Got a question on facebook, thought I would write an answer here…
hi so i have a question… its a legit one. and ive been struggling with it… i have this gut feeling that religion is made up by man… ive been reading alot of bhuddist principles and it makes so much sense… the lack of diety intrigues me cause i grew up “taught” differently… i struggle with what i was indoctrinated and what i believe now,,….. how does someone believe the same thing for so long when life is ever changing? am i going to this “hell” if i believe this way? if there is even one…
and is god a concious being or just pure energy. ive been reading this book called living bhudda living christ and it talks about god not being a diety… hmmmm let me know
“i have a gut feeling…”
I would recommend that you evaluate this approach to making decisions about what is true or false. Every “gut feeling” is based on a “mental process.” It’s best to delineate what those thoughts are so that you can truly evaluate the value of your gut feeling. It means nothing to anyone else, and means nothing in determining truth. So, contrary to popular opinion, you can’t always trust your gut. Bottom line, I don’t know what you mean by gut feeling and really can’t assign any value to the phrase.
“…religion is made up by man.”
Obviously this is a true statement. Since there are many different religious systems which make mutually exclusive claims, not every religion can be “true”, therefore by definition most must be made up. That statement has no bearing on the truth value of a religious system. So, are you asking if Christianity was made up by man, or Buddhism?
“ive been reading alot of bhuddist principles and it makes so much sense”
What principles? I am sure that there are many principles in all religions that make sense. For instance, one Buddhist principle that makes sense is to refrain from intoxicants which lead to loss of mindfulness (specifically, drugs and alcohol). In Islam adherents are encouraged to spend a portion of their wealth for the benefit of the poor or needy. Every religion has principles which make sense.
“the lack of diety intrigues me cause i grew up “taught” differently…i struggle with what i was indoctrinated and what i believe now,,….. how does someone believe the same thing for so long when life is ever changing?”
Based on this line of thinking, it would make sense for all Buddhists to become Christians (or something different) and all Christians to become Buddhists, because we had been indoctrinated and need some sort of freedom from our evil roots. This reaction to upbringing is most likely appealing because we don’t like the representatives of our youth, not because Buddhism has more truth value than Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Atheism or whatever. Just because you hate your parents doesn’t make their beliefs false and alternative beliefs true.
“and is god a concious being or just pure energy. ive been reading this book called living bhudda living christ and it talks about god not being a diety.”
Buddhism is “anti-deity” and there are inherent contradictions distinguishing “God” from “deity.” The statement about “god not being a deity” is non-sensical. By definition a God is a deity. God and divine are synonyms. It is like saying “blue is not blue.” By definition when we talk about God we are talking about a conscious being. If you want to be a Buddhist, recognize that they are not interested in a “creator” that would demand some sort of accountability from His creation, a personal God with whom there is the possibility of relationship, rather you are left with self: your consciousness. Since the Buddhist worldview is missing God, the self becomes the focus – and you have the embracing of contradiction necessary to mortality and immortality dependent upon this finite self.
“am i going to this “hell” if i believe this way? if there is even one…”
Believing there is no God, stripping Him of any positive attributes, equating Christ with Buddha, would put you in the Biblically defined category of unbeliever. The Bible speaks of punishment and separation for unbelievers. You might not like that, but it is hard to read the Bible and ignore it.