Nu sînt adeptul schemelor simpliste. Cred că o analiză comparativă între Yoga şi Creştinism este aproape imposibilă. La fel, între Budism şi Creştinism. Este ca şi cum am aduna mere cu pere. Care este rezultatul? De aceea nu prea cred în dialogul între religii. Autorul articolului de AICI încearcă totuşi ceva interesant.
Buddhist teachings say that existence itself is the problem and the major goal in life is to achieve nirvana, or total absence of existence. To live is to suffer, adherents are taught, and the way to end suffering is to detach oneself from life by following the Noble Eightfold Path.
“That is not what Christianity is about at all. There is a dramatic distinction,” declared Mohler, who highlighted that nirvana’s non-existence goal is about “emptiness rather than filling.”
In contrast, Christianity does not view existence as the problem but rather sin as the issue. Existence is good, especially humans who are made in the image of God. Moreover, heaven is “maximum…forever, eternal…perfect, glorified existence.”
Sin, the Bible explains, is not just a personal issue but it is an offense against a holy God who will judge the person. By comparison, there is no god in Buddhism that holds a person accountable for his “sins” (there is no concept of sin in Buddhism). Wrongdoings are seen as foolish choices that result in bad karma. The consequences of foolish choices are the kind of existence a person becomes after he is reincarnated and the delay in the process of reaching nirvana.
“Tiger Woods will recover as a golfer. Whether or not he can recover as a person I think is a very open question, and it’s a tragic situation for him. …. “He’s said to be a Buddhist; I don’t think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith…
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