What confuses Pi about Christianity?

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Pi did not understand how God would send his own son to suffer. He based his reasoning on the Biblical story of Jesus’ crucifixion to save mankind. According to him, it was confusing that the innocent should be made to pay for the wrongs of the guilty. In addition, love was the only explanation given to him concerning his inquiries about Christ and Christianity.

Pi had an interesting understanding of faith which saw him observe three religions (Hinduism, Christianity and Islam) at the same time. His father asserted that it was impossible for one to believe in three religions at the same time because “If you believe in everything, you will end up not believing in anything at all.” He further urged him to employ reason before following any of the religions blindly. According to Pi, faith could not be monopolized by any single religion “faith is a house with many rooms.” He also believed that the different religions all hold different manifestations of God as the Supreme Being.