Recently I have been battling with the question, "Am I a Christian Buddhist or a Buddhist Christian," and is it even possible to be both? I do believe that there are principles about Buddhism that makes me a better Christian, and I am exploring those. What are your thoughts on this topic?
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Paul was speaking of things pertaining to GOD in Philippians 4:8! What is TRUE, NOBLE, RIGHT, PURE, LOVELY, ADMIRABLE, PRAISEWORTHY, but GOD? IF you LOVE Christ, you would “read” to find out; NO MAN can teach one more than the Holy Spirit!
Love Christ, but still learn from others! I love that!!! "So many who have studied and learned from other philosophies think they are somehow betraying Christ." This pretty much sums up exactly how I have been feeling. Thanks for your thoughts.
And is EXACTLY why you DEFY the WORD of GOD and "proclaim" Christianity!
So much for Buddhist Astrology being "compatible."
Thus Yahweh says, "Do not start following pagan religious practices. Do not be in awe of signs that occur in the sky even though the nations hold them in awe. - Jeremiah 10:2
When it comes to her "losing her soul," it's NOT "her prerogative!" She's asked a question & we should respond according to what JESUS would say!
Lev 19:17 "REBUKE your brother and don't suffer sin upon him!"
II Tim 2:15 "CORRECT" w/HIS WORD!
No offense taken. I appreciate your view. I posted this because I want your views, your responses. I welcome the conversation.
I thought you wanted TRUTH but you only wanted someone to agree with your beliefs as MOST on HP!
If you BELIEVE GOD is THE CREATOR; you MUST BELIEVE what HE'S SAID! "Thou shalt have no other gods ("Way of Life") before me" (Exd 20:3)!
Norine, I asked this question to start a conversation. Many have responded in a very professional manner. Others haven't. No comments have been deleted because I want to hear what everyone has to say, even you......but remember ONLY GOD judges me.
Savvy this is an interesting answer. I thought about it and went right away to Christ being born of the Jewish race yet I figure He must have been a Christian even though there weren't any. I think my wife's Buddhism was more a race/class deal.
GOD'S WORD "IS" GOD "judging u!" READ if u "proclaim" Christianity! GOD "loves" judgment (Is 61:8) & "begins @ the house of GOD" (I Pet 4:17)! Savvy is RIGHT w/1 except! She didn't "judge" w/WORD! Eric, get junk out of house! I could have witchd
Eric, Jesus was a Jew in practice. The Christian movement began in earnest after the death of Christ when followers had to make some distinctions between Judaism and this new movement, which became Christianity.
Acts 11:18 ("rev"=Gentiles 2"); v19 (previously "preached ONLY 2 Jews"); v22 ("Barnabas sent 2 Antioch 2 tell "rev"=Gentiles 2") v26 ("first called "Christians" at Antioch") 2 distinguish "rev" of "Gentiles 2" r not only Jews!
Brilliant HUB from a "carnal" point of view; yet it reiterates some of what Scripture says!
I will elaborate farther under comments of subject HUB!
You say, "Because Christianity and Buddhism each make exclusive truth claims" I'm looking at different principles that I think everyone could learn from within Buddhism. I'll check out your hub.
Go ahead, use that "brilliant" mind of yours "looking @ diff principles" & see where that gets you! U can just drop the phrase "Christian" fm your belief! You have chosen along w/anyone else who believes we should consider anything/one BUT GOD!
Norine, studying about other "principles" or other "religions" does not make me a non-Christian. In fact anyone who goes to Seminary studies other religions. Does that make them less of a Christian because they do? I think it makes them wiser.
That actually depends on the seminary that you attend.
Thanks for the correction, Dr. CHE. I was basing my statement on all the ministers I know and the curriculum that was studied.
Very interesting I shall come over and read your hub. I grew up with Mexican Catholics and Native Americans. Learning their traditions and beliefs just seemed like the neighborly thing to do. To learn is not to shift faith.
True Dr! You are what you eat, Eric!
I attended a university working towards Master majored in Theology for 2 semesters & GOD told me to drop out! Reason: They taught "The Trinity!" Couldn't maintain 4.0 there! NEVER agree w/LIES! GOD sees!
To all: indeed there is huge difference btwn learning ABOUT and learning FROM; e.g., a sensible apologist can learn about atheism to engage others in dialogue. Tacit in learning from means you consider what you have to be deficient.
Dr: Learning "about" opens "doubt!" I chose not to tell my young child about certain thgs which opens curiosity! So it is "in Christ;" "milk" first then "meat;" "after FAITH" is STRONG! We are "growing" (deficient) IAW 2Cor 3:18!
Provide a book w/more accurate fulfilled prophecies, then tell one they should believe what they like & what GOD ("label") SAID doesn't matter!
Yes, you "grew" ("logically") but not "Spiritually!"
Tell GOD we don't belong in "a 1-sz-fits-all-box!
Norine, take your preaching elsewhere. You seem to have an unhealthy compulsion. Not everyone has to believe the exact same things that you do, why don't you focus on your own stuff & let other people come to their own conclusions?
Aime, I'm not talking to u but that DEMON u have allowed possess u: U DEFY WORD! Matt 28:19 "TEACH ALL NATIONS!"
GOD created us & told us what to do via Bible!
IF u don't BELIEVE, so be it; u've come to ur "conclusion!"
Aime, it is such a wonderful thing that though much the same we are all different. If we truly celebrate others then we must first respect them which can only come from learning about them. I sure am glad life is a journey instead of a place.
Eric, this is a "Spiritual" journey (Gal 5:16)! Therefore, our "spirits" are not the same! Satan possessed even "Peter" (Matt16:23)! I don't know Aime fm Adam but I do know she's allowed possession by speaking AGAINST WORD as "Peter!"
Apparently not "so be it" because you're still talking to me about it after I've asked you not to. You can tell me I'm possessed or lost or whatever all you'd like but those words are meaningless to me, so don't bother. You do you, let me do me.
Seems that as we are given the ability to listen to and learn from somethings. We have the corresponding right not to listen and learn from other things.
Aime: Girl, u've "done" u; BUT "His hand is still stretched out" (Isaiah)!
Savvy: They "think" I "know it all," but as I told the Dr, I'm "growing" too & love interaction w/BELIEVERS (saints) who "study" HIS WORD!
Aime an anti-christ atheist in it's best form.
Oooh, in its best form! I'll take that as a compliment. Thanks.
Aime- Well, of course YOU would take it as a compliment. There no surprise there.
Just to clarify, are you being snippy with me because I encourage people to think for themselves and let others do the same? Or because I don't want someone to waste their time preaching at me?
Aime: If GOD SAID "Lean not 2 your OWN understanding" (Prov3:5) & u say "think for yourself;" what r we (Blvrs) 2 say when WORD says "U can't serve 2 masters" (I Cor 10:21)? We def what we BLV!
Eric:U've exercised that "rt" not "listening" 2 GOD
Aime- preaching to the spawn of satan is clearly a waste of time.
Amen! Amen! Amen!
The gate sure is "singular!"
JESUS SAID (speaking through Paul), "If we preached ANY other gospel, we are "ACCURSED" (Gal 1:6-9) which makes "other gate" even "broader!"
Explain I Tim 3:16?
"GOD was "manifested in the flesh"..."believed on in the world, received up into glory?" "And "without controversy," great is the mystery of godliness...?"
What does this mean?
"Buddhism, is much better and to the best of my knowledge, its teaching got no problem (and hopefully I am right.)!" SORRY - You're WRONG according to the CREATOR! Yes, I'm sure MOST "hope u're right," for it satisfies the "flesh"but Gal 1:6-9!
Those verses do not use the word "Satanic." They are referring primarily to those who say they represent Christ, but who are inauthentic.
This has nothing to do with Buddhism, which does not make that claim.
I Jn 2:22 "say they rep Christ" (GOD)=ALL RELIGIONS! v19! "went out fm us but not of us!" Don't ALL say they serve GOD (2Kgs17:29-41) & have prophets/messengers (IJn4:1-3)?
Buddhism says "no Creator"=ANTICHRIST!
"Christianity" is not a RELIGION but a derogatory remark used by UNBELIEVERS "mocking" disciples (Acts 11:19-26) & JESUS doesn't "welcome anyone" BUT believers "into the fold!"
Hindus & any other man-made RELIGION against Gal 1:6-9 are LIARS
Norine, Buddhism is not a religion either. It is a way of life. On another note...I have met so many Christians who are some of the 'worst' type of people imaginable, and I try not to question Christianity based on a couple of people......
Gina, IF you knew "Christians" are supposed to be Christ Followers or Disciples of Christ (Who is THE CREATOR), you wouldn't have asked this question! Your belief is as mixing oil with water! A material ("carnal") god w/THE CREATOR ("SPIRIT")!
I'm curious, Norine. What "carnal" god did I mention in my question. "A material ("carnal") god w/THE CREATOR ("SPIRIT")!"
I have not referred to Buddha as a god. Buddha was a man.
WHATEVER one worships (man/mammon/money) or needs to "find a way" (via yoga, mediation, etc) to get to THE CREATOR it is considered "worshiping" another "god!"
GOD is JEALOUS (Exd34:14;Gal 1:6-9) like ur spouse!
That Bible verse does not say that. And you know it doesn't Norine.
Seriously, Norine!?!? Wow!
You know guys, if u would only READ Matt 6:21 ""For where your treasure is (man/mammon/money) there will your HEART be also." The love of anything can be one's god!
Ever heard "Love of money?" If so, it's ur god!
Believe Bible not Eric!
Good girl Norine -- "the love "can be".
Not "good girl," Eric!
Rather "GOOD WORD" from GOD!
You go Kingdom Come! Has she not "studied" Scripture? But that's why we're here KC, to "teach!"
So get BUSY!
Eric, How could Jesus have been "a Christian" when we ("Christians" aka man) "fall short" (Rm 3:23) but HE was "w/o sin" (II Cor 5:21)?
Yes, GET JUNK OUT! I could have witchdoctor based on "race/class deal!"