The academic study of religion teaches you to love God the way psychology teaches you to make friends and the way that biology teaches you how to make love to your wife: it doesn’t.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m a professional student. But the academic disciplines supply us with information and with ways of seeing things, some but not all of them helpful in reaching our ultimate goal: closeness with each other and with the Eternal.
What we believe is important, but secondary to who we follow. Information is no substitute for Person. Just like in any relationship, you must never fall in love with your idea of someone more than in the actual Person! We are saved by God, not by our theology; by Who we know, not by what we know.
“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that… and shudder.” James 2:19