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July 10, 2015 / BTM

Christianity in a World of Religions

We’ve been busy learning about different religions so far this summer.

I know some people think that children should only be taught Christianity.  Often the illustration of money fraud is given to support this claim.  People who are trained to detect counterfeit money only study genuine bills.  When a counterfeit bill is presented to them, they can easily identify it as a fake.  In the same way, if we teach our children to recognize the truth (ie: Christianity), they will be in a position to clearly tell what its false (ie: other religions).

I sometimes wonder if the analogy fits our situation though….

One clear difference that I can think of is that we live in a society that tells us that all religions lead to God and that all are equally true and valid.  In the case of money fraud detectives, only one truth is presented to them (the genuine piece of money), and no one disputes it.

The ‘truth statement’ of fraud detectives is not being challenged, but the ‘truth statement’ of Christianity as the one way to God is being challenged.

There are a few other reasons that we chose to introduce other religious beliefs to our kids this summer.  First, we wanted them to realize that they exist.  Our kids currently attend a Christian school, but they won’t always.

A second influence came through a discussion that I had with a young Christian woman who had also been raised in a Christian school but wished she’d been exposed in-depth to different world religions and their beliefs before going to university.  She’d felt totally unprepared for the sophistication of the arguments for other faiths during her university years and it shook her faith immensely.

If your kids attend a secular school, they are already being exposed to different religions and you have even more reason to help them to understand the basic beliefs of these faiths.

I’m focusing on what are considered world religions at this point; and only a subset of them.  We’ve been discussing Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Secularism/Atheism.

I have to say, we’re all learning a lot together and have even begun to see some of the religious undertones in movies and other media.

There are a lot of resources that you could use to help you to learn about other religions as a family.

– Speak with Christians that you know who converted from a different religion;

– Draw on various websites for information, such as 4Truth, CARM, and International Students Inc.;

– Buy a book, like the one I’ve been using called The Compact Guide to World Religions, edited by Dean C. Halverson (although the International Students Inc. link above likely gives you most of what you’ll need from this book).

However, what I am most interested in teaching our kids is how to evaluate these other religions compared to Christianity.  I’ll tell you more about what I mean in this post….

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  1. Andrew / Jul 10 2015 4:20 pm

    Thanks, great post. Our kids are going to be exposed to different religions and different worldviews at some point, so we should we be the ones to teach them about other beliefs, how these beliefs don’t match up with reality, and how Christianity fits what we actually see out there and so must be true.

  2. Wintery Knight / Oct 6 2015 10:07 am

    The Compact Guide to World Religions is really good!

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