In the practice of full disclosure, I am Buddhist. I was raised a Baptist but found Christianity not my path in life. So while this blog goes against my Buddhist beliefs(meaning as a Buddhist I should be judgmental), I really just am curious about a few things. Please forgive me if this offends. Religion is a deep emotional area for those who devote themselves to it. Even the most casual practitioner can have a visceral reaction when they feel their beliefs are being attacked.
From my understanding, the Christian way and the Buddhist way are very similar. The foundation of both are not to harm others, live your life in love and for the benefit of others, do not judge, not to be disruptive, and basically be a positive force in the world. So why is it Christians have a problem holding to those basic values?
This is not a condemnation of Christianity because I know many many devout Christians who do nothing but follow the way. But for every one of them, there seems to be ten more(and this is my perception) that have a distorted view on what the Christian way really represents. So here are the areas I see most from those that declare themselves to be Christian:
- Judging without knowing( Judge not lest…)
- Murder(in the name of the almighty)
- Hatred of differences
- Regular sin(put you can pray for forgiveness afterwards)
- Sexual misconduct
There of course is a longer list but those came to mind first. I remember something about, ‘love the sinner not the sin,’ but with the protest of military soldiers killed in the defense of our freedoms(blog about war coming), gay marriage, etc, its hard to see where the love lies. And most of these protesters are church organizations. Where is the joy? Where is the compassion that I remember is a stable in the Christian faith? Why is it that true Christians aren’t fighting harder to spread the correct message of Christ?
I will repeat, I am a Buddhist. I’m not even a good Buddhist but I get better each day because of the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Paths( Google them and you will know the basis of the Buddhist path). But I recognize the work that is before me. I’m not sure that the Christian followers I have described do, and that is a shame. While I may have realized being a Baptist was not for me, I see my mother and the rest of my family(who naturally stumble as to be expected), follow a very Christian life. I see my friends uphold the wonderful standards of Christianity, so I know it to be valuable. Someone explain to me how the message is getting distorted.