This post is actually a reply to another post I sent to someone. We were discussing “higher power” and if it is an entity (God) that “gives” you the solutions to problems in your life. I understand that not everyone believes the way I do. I am Buddhist – and I respect the faith of others. Everyone decides for themselves what and why they believe in something. The bigger part of that question for me is “why?” I ask that question of a lot of people, to find out their reason. It usually falls into 2 categories. 1. It’s the only thing they know, and never searched outside the box to decide to see for themselves if their faith makes sense. 2. It was what they were told growing up. It is what everyone around them believes so it must be true. They are told, over and over that the truth lies in Christianity. But does it?
Or is it something that has been passed down from generation to generation so you think it has to be the truth or why would so many people around you believe it? If you were raised in a different part of the world you would absolutely believe something different.
When something unexplained happens, or if a prayer you had did came to pass, then it had to be God? Would your circumstance have worked out the same way anyway? I don’t believe there is an entity such as “God” – as someone who is out there thinking about me and has a plan for me. Not in the slightest. I do believe in a God nature inside us. We call it – meaning Buddhists – your Buddha nature. Your capacity to understand everyone has the capacity to see and understand evil and understand the obstacles in our lives we need to overcome to be happy.
Because something worked out or it didn’t work out, you may have the answer that this is what God wanted for you. God can’t lose in that kind of equation.
The capacity people have to understand is so much greater than it was 2000 years ago. So many things we understand now seemed like miracles so had to be a god who did it. I use god without capitalizing it because different gods have been around for a long time and people believed in every single one of them. We really do know that a man cannot be made whole out of clay,no matter how you want to reason it, and I have met many Christians who also say they know it is a story, a parable, to learn from, yet there are still many people, who think, if they are to believe in Christianity, they have to believe the story of Adam and Eve, as well many other “miracles” in the Bible.
Please don’t take offense at this, this is the way I see it. Don’t tell me I won’t go to heaven or may go to hell because I absolutely do not believe in them as places we go to. I believe they are life conditions we live in today. So if nothing else, let’s part friends and agree to disagree.
I am only trying to stimulate the thought, “What if what you have believed in, is not what you think it is?” After all, there is no proof. The Bible is not proof. It was written by man after centuries of passing down “the stories”. Stories, like gossip, get changed with every telling, and these are just ordinary men retelling the stories.
Is there value in the lessons that are told. Absolutely, as long as you don’t believe all the other stuff that was okay at that time, that isn’t now, like expecting your slaves to obey you, or selling your daughter, or sacrificing your son, or believing that a women is to submit to a man even if it against her desire, because the bible was written for men in most cases, not women. Women were chattel. So read this reply with an open mind, and please – tell me your response – as long as it doesn’t get accusatory and can been done intelligently. I am interested in your responses.
I think there is so much we don’t have the capacity to understand yet. I think the concept of God, higher power, whatever you call it, is something people have different ways of trying to explain. I think it is really means the same thing. The universe is not stagnant. It changes. It grows. It expands. Our capacity to understand constantly grows. I believe the problem people have with “religion” and in particular, Christianity, is they try to continue to apply something that is based on the capacity of understanding two thousand years ago. They try to take an evolving understanding and try to force it to stay the same. It is like continuing to teach people 1+1= 2 and we are far beyond that now. The ability we have to understand the mind and the capabilities we have tell us, it is impossible to make a full grown person out of clay, and then remove a rib from that person and make a woman. Does that mean the Bible doesn’t teach things that are good to know? Of course not. If people really tried to make the teachings a basis on which they lived their life, we’d be in a much better place – but people don’t. Many say they believe in God, yet they don’t apply any Christian values. Better to believe and go to heaven than to take a chance and go to hell. They think all they have to say is they believe to get a ticket at the pearly gates to enter. Many people also use it, as a means to allow them to hurt people who don’t believe the way they do. It is used as a weapon. Those who don’t like gay people or like abortion. They use religion as a tool to approve of their own vicious behavior. I see it every day.
I saw a post on an article this morning. It was 2 men arguing between the validity of Mohammed vs Jesus. One man says, “You worship Mohammed and he’s dead and I worship Jesus and he’s alive! There are witnesses ( he had read about) who said they saw him rise 2000 years ago.” So the conclusion was that he was alive right this minute – and had the capacity to love, basing this on the capacity of someones understanding thousands of years ago. The whole concept of “Jesus loves you” based on this understanding is absurd. Usually, what people are told over and over as a child is what they swear has to be true, because to even think otherwise is too much for them to deal with.
Do I think there is an energy one can tap into. Yes, I do, as sure as the tides will rise and fall, but I do not need to give it human emotions, like love and hate and have the need to be worshiped. People don’t want to be alone. They need to feel loved and most of all, when the going gets tough, they want the cause of it to not be theirs – God wanted it for them. They want to pray to God to fix their problem. Everyone has the personal right to make sense of life in any way that makes sense to them. There will always be different religions and belief systems. I only have a problem with it when someone starts trying to make others believe the way they do, and get downright nasty about it. Here’s a question. Did the higher power(something finite) “give” the solutions “to” you, which indicates there had to be an intent for this higher power to understand something and us learn from it? Or is the wisdom we amass from our life experiences, the things we learned from our problems is what guides our actions in the future? Are you not responsible for your own life, or is it some other entity that has a plan? And what about all the millions of people today and in the past who are not Christians. Christianity is not the major religion in the world and never has been. Many people are Buddhist like I am, or Islamic, or the many other religions that are not Christian around the world. Remember Christianity didn’t even begin at all until 2000 years ago, and the world and the people in it, have been for a really long time. 2000 years is just a drop in the bucket.