How To Find Out More About Your Religion

Posted on: 13 February 2017

If you're interested in exploring your religion, there are some interesting ways to do so. The ideas outlined below can not only educate you about the origin and history of your religion, but may also serve to deepen your faith. There are an estimated 4,200 religions in the world. It will be an educational and enlightening experience to discover what makes your religion special and unique.

1. Travel to the Place of Origin

Many religions have a specific place of origin, where the central figure was born, grew up, or where the religion was founded. In Catholicism, for example, Bethlehem and Israel would be a meaningful destination, since this is where Jesus was born and lived. When you travel to the place of origin, walk in the footsteps of the ancient people, and see for yourself the inspirational places where that religion first took blossomed, it's easy to imagine how much the religion meant to those people years ago. Trips like this can be made more educational when you enlist the services of a knowledgeable guide or enroll in a group tour where others are also seeking to learn more about their religious origins.

2. Read About the Founder

In many religions, there are central figures who either founded the religion or who worked closely with key people during the beginning, when the religion was forming. For instance, Joseph Smith was an inspirational leader who produced the Book of Mormon and began one of the largest religions in the world. Reading the fascinating biographies of people like Joseph Smith can help to round out your knowledge about the religion, as well as give you a frame of reference for understanding what was happening in the world at the time. Used bookstores like have abundant quantities of biographies covering the lives of religious leaders like Smith, Gandhi, and more.

3. Start a Discussion Group With Fellow Believers

When you attend religious services with fellow believers, take time afterward or before to organize a discussion group about the faith. Arrange a meeting date and place, and, instead of talking about who brought the donuts or where to get used children's clothing, share stories of faith and inspiration with your fellow believers. Discuss why you each believe what you do and challenges you've faced as a believer. These conversations will help you to better understand your religion, as well as lift the group up and strengthen the faith of everyone in the group.

Your religion is a personal belief, but when you express it by visiting meaningful places, reading about it and talking about it, you can learn more about it in an enriching and meaningful way.