What if Christianity is like a recipe?
You follow the steps and rules and, in the end, you get the specified result.
But following a recipe isn’t the same as learning to cook.
Now, not everyone needs to learn to cook.
You can eat just fine by following a recipe.
But for those who want to learn to cook, you need more than one recipe.
You need several.
You need to experiment.
You need to try other dishes.
You learn to compare and contrast.
You get good at techniques like mixing and stirring.
You start to notice what ingredients are the most important and how they work together.
And you learn all this by doing.
You can read recipes all day long, but until you’re in the kitchen, you’re not learning to cook.
Cooking takes experiential knowledge.
I think religion might be the same way.