His hope is that you can explore other religions…as long as you come back to Jesus in the end. I was right along with the story up until the “white board of Jesus” came out. Understanding another religion or path does not entail adding your own preconceptions upon it and calling it wisdom. Translating the first noble truth to mean “Life is characterized by suffering/evil” is a poor translation at best and misinformation at the worse. Buddha rarely mentioned evil in the Pali Canon and it surely didn’t have too much of a place in the 4 Noble Truths.
This is my main issue with Evangelicals. There is no desire for you to explore your spirituality or practice. There are no other options and no acceptance of change or variety. Judgement and derision is hidden behind pleasant, conversational smiles. An illusion of hope and salvation is really just fear and group think. I don’t mean to ride the Christians too hard here. It applies to any Evangelical or fundamentalist of any religion or pattern of thought and philosophy. Also, the Christian Evangelicals are by far the most vocal.
If you honestly want to learn about another religion then you need to immerse yourself, at least make some effort, and talk or read from actual practitioners. Calling a religion “counterfeit” and then saying you are learning from it is poor method of learning anything. It is almost as bad as learning about evolution abigenesis from a youth pastor – you are sure to get an open and balance discussion of a nuanced science there.