Friday, December 23, 2005
No need for supernatural beings, just live an ethic life and try to see the world for what it really is and not for what you'd like it to be.
In terms of religions where these is no question whether it is a religion, Buddhism is the clear winner.
Faith is one of the most pernicious ideas to infiltrate religions, since it encourages ignorance and punishes the thoughtful. There is no Faith or set of beliefs that must be adhered to in the teachings of Neoplatonism or the Buddha, in fact encouraged questioning of all aspects of his philosophy. All axioms that either system depends on are supposed to be questionsed and investigated.
It's true that some later developments in Buddhism became watered down religions largely unrelated to the Buddha's teachings, and are lacking in this respect (such as Pure Land/Nichiren/et al), as they tend to go pretending that some Buddha or another is a god to be blindly worshipped without understanding,and that doing so is the main or only way to gain merit, but there are still many living philosophical branches of Buddhism that try to be true to the Buddha's teachings.
None, however, appear to be even close to the Truth. Whatever the Truth may be.
Let me tell you some facts ..
Islam is the only religion which has an unaltered Holy Book, the Koran. Yes now I know many people come on TV and say that what they are doing is permitted by Islam and all that .. and then people belive them and say that Islam is what that guy on TV said.. well NO .. people abrogate religion (Christians havew abrogated the bible .. kings came and added or deleted stuff from the bible as they pleased) .. so anyway back to the point .. just look at the Koran and u'll find all the answers and not a SINGLE word in the Koran has been changed to this day ..
Anonymous .. Budhism is not a religion .. Buddha never said it's a religion ..
people tend to categorize religion that bests fits their life style or the generation .. hey .. have some common sense here please. Don't change the religion .. change yourself ..
what's your say?
"Truth" would have to be defined as the sum
of all events that have ever occurred.
(including present time)
In order to measure various creeds
as to "how close" they've come to describing
'all events which have ever occurred'
a responder would have to have available, both :
1) a detailed personal knowledge of all creeds,
2) a detailed personal recollection of
all events which have ever occurred.
Some academics may have criterion #1 covered,
no living person has anything near a grasp
of criterion #2
Only a supermind, spanning all of time and space,
would be authoritatively credentialled to respond.
Therefore, in posing the question, you have prayed.
I love the perhaps over enthusiastic extension of Gödel's Incompleteness theorem to universal scientific theories: There's always something unprovable you'll have to take on faith.
Ho ho ho,
1. We can't fairly judge what we haven't experienced. People don't wear two suits of clothes at the same time, and neither can they experience more than one religion.
2. Individual people are affected differently by the same religion. A religion makes one person peace-loving and tolerant; it makes another person a zealot.
3. There is no definition of "Truth" outside of religion, so we have no standard to judge by.
4. All answers offered so far have simply expressed individual preferences and prejudices.
This passage is central to islam/chritianity/judaism.
Genesis chapter 21 from verses 14 through to 22. Please read this very carefully several times and then tell me the mental picture you get between the mother child interactions what the age of the child is mentioned in these verses. If the mental picture is that of a 17 year old child being carried on the shoulder of his mother, being phsically placed in the bush, crying like a baby, mother having to give him water to drink, than the islamic viewpoint is nul and void.
Also Genesis 21 verse 1 to 3 why is issac being refered to as abrahams only son? at this stage abraham had two sons Ishmael the first born and Issac the second born.
I have asked these questions to many learned christians and am very perplexed that nobody can give me a logical answer and it is dismissed as a mystery???
My extremely large family Look forward to receiving your reply.
And I second what daldianus said. I do really dig Buddhism, though, because you just are nice to everyone. EVERYONE.
If all other religions followed that principle, we'd be a lot better off in the world.
What is the best method of control, Islam. It is the only contemporary belief that encourages people to strap bombs upon themselves and blow up other people with the promise of a heaven populated with virgins. Thats a pretty brilliant way of controlling people and it works.
it's also the dumbest idea on the planet at the moment.
"Science" presumes to use fact, while "religion" presumes to use faith.
A short decade ago, it was a scientific "fact" that cancer and heart disease were not caused by communicable agents. To suggets otherwise was "heresy". Of course, now there is evidence that viruses cause cancer and bacteria causes congestive heart disease. And in another century, it will probably be proven that some other factor is at work.
Nihilism is probably the closest thing to an "accurate" religion, but it fails to explain concepts that cannot be understood and phenomena that cannot be percieved by human minds and senses.
Enjoy whatever illusions give you comfort, try not to hurt others (including animals and the environment), and don't kill anyone over your precious fantasies.
The only thing I know for certain about religion is that none of them have it right. Their own scriptures tell them they can't have the answers, can't "know" God.
To ask who is closest is obviously absurd.
I'd bet that the Abrahamic religions; christianity, judaism and islam, particularly christianity and islam have spent the most time 'converting' the heathen with the sword. They all recognize the same god, a majority of the same prophets and variants of the same mythos/text. Augustine in his later life came to the conclusion that conversion by the sword was sanctioned by G-d. Mohammed reached that conclusion at the beginnings of Islam. Christianity and Islam need to repent their bloody evils and begin to universally practise tolerance and respect for the lives, aspirations and beliefs of their neighbours. As far as the truth goes, that's the truth.
And another bit of truth: If you're religious and think G-d sanctions your violence towards any being within creation then you're not hearing G-d. In fact, you should really be concerned about who it is you're really listening to.
Not so much the Mythology as the attitude. Take care of yourself, fight hard for what you believe in, give hospitality to even your enemy in the interests of being civil, but always be ready to put down on the table all of your cards.
Thor was strong, Loki was crafty, and Odin and Frigga were wise. Yet even in being wise Odin always sought more knowledge in an attempt to control his destiny and those he cared for.
They, the norsemen, had a hard life, a hard enviroment, and they wrested out from that a good living. They were not all reaving Vikings. They had poets, farmers, and some of the most talented metal smiths of the ancient world.
They put limits on their gods, understanding maybe subconciously that they were really metaphors for their world. Kind of like "Old Man Winter"
If I was to guess which religion might be most helpful to humanity, it would be a nature religion. Something similar to, or containing the Ghia Principle.
now do i belive in them? no, i'm agnostic, but I do think their the best. If I had to choose between those religons leaders preaching to me, and then the western religons (islam, judisim, christianity) preaching to me, i'd choose the first ones.
There is a true meaning in Christianity, don't know about all the other religions out there.