Religion escapes logic. Anything not logical cannot be true can it? Well, then is life true? Are we living it? Life is the most illogical thing you can expect to have. The Big Bang theory says we have less than 1% chance of being who we are, probably closer to 0%. Then there is the theory of God. If there is a God, then who came before him?
In Buddhism, it is believed that there is no end, and there is no beginning. It doesn’t involve itself in how the world started, as there is no use to finding out. It teaches ways to improve our lives, both the individual’s, as well as society’s. In Buddhism, there is no “God” that you pray to. Buddha is an enlightened being, and nothing more than that. He doesn’t answer your prayers, he doesn’t answer your wishes; what he can do is teach you the way to achieve enlightenment, like him, or her.
Buddhism has become almost a religion to many people because of cultural influences. We see people going to temples to pray for things, to pray for well-being, for riches, for magic numbers they can use in the lottery. A lot of these are cultural influences, and not because Buddhism is a religion.
In Catholicism though, there is only one God. HE doesn’t accept competitors, and if you pray to other Gods, he will punish you. Well, this is according to the Bible, which is the word of God…or is it?
I believe that the Bible is not written by God, as we so understand it. I believe that the Bible is a message by well-meaning people. The passages in the book are mere messages sent out from enlightened people, something like Buddha. Jesus can be compared to Buddha, both spread the word of peace and love. The Bible is a medium of getting through to people.
If you have taken any social behaviorial class, or any book on that subject, you’d know that a message has many parts. There is the sender, the actual message, the medium that the message passes through, the actual message heard by the reciever, and the receiver’s perception of that message.
So the Bible is the message. But the people who wrote the stories in the Bible had a goal, one the same as Buddha and Jesus, to create a better world, and better people!
The Bible may not hold historial truths, but it gets the job done in converting us to be better people. Do not take it too literally, unless that works for you. Everyone will, and should, have their own interpretation of the bible, and life in general. Religion may not work for everyone, that’s why there are atheists.
Do it, and if it works, stick by it.
The following is a parable quoted in the ezine, Rondout, called A Wise Woman; the author is unknown:
A wise woman who was travelling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveller who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food.
The hungry traveller saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveller left rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime.
But, a few days later, he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. “I’ve been thinking,” he said. “I know how valuable this stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me this stone.”
Sometimes it’s not the wealth you have but what’s inside you that others need.