reply to post by Buddha1098
Thank you, I agree the conversation has been quite refreshing and it is definitely nice to disagree without the mudslinging tactics we so often see on
Thank you for helping me understand better what it is that you believe. Very interesting, especially given the fact that I just returned from a month
long visit to Sri Lanka and visited many many Buddhist temples while there, including the Temple of the Tooth. Such beautiful places and what a
wonderful people. I even got to climb "Adam's Peak" or Sri Pada as the locals call it. It was the hardest thing I have ever done and not sure I
would do it again, but I did reach the top right before sunrise and it was a magnificent and humbling experience. I was not able to see "Buddha's
footprint" due to the fact that it was bitterly cold and my daughter became sick during our journey and we needed to get back down to the bottom as
soon as possible to see about her, but my husband was able to see it. So after visiting the many temples, being blessed by numerous Buddhist monks
(still wearing my bracelet) and talking to them, and what you have explained to me, I now have a better understanding of your beliefs.
And yes, you are absolutely correct in the statement that Jesus was/is a teacher of "loss of ego/self". It's a very hard thing to do, I think
moreso sometimes for Christians, because it's an alien concept for us (the old man that sticks to us like glue) and we are still living "in" this
world. I have changed my way of thinking in the last year or two. I know longer look at this world as my "home". It's not. My home is in
heaven, so things that would have upset me immensly in the past, don't tend to bother me as much anymore and I am not as surprised as I use to be by
peoples actions. So "this is not my home, nor my body" concept, has helped me let go of that ego. I am no one in the scheme of eternity, it is
only Christ and Christ alone that matters and my body, talents, gifts, words, and actions should only be of use to Him, not myself. But I admit, I am
not perfect and faulter.
In response to your statement that "belief and knowledge are completely different", that's a tricky one. Many believed that the earth was flat
until the subject was studied and only after proof was provided did they change their belief. It's a little harder with "faith" just as it is with
"love". They are not tangible items that can be experienced with the 5 senses or proof. I try to keep an open mind, which if I understand correctly
is the basis for agnostics?, but I can only keep an open mind to a certain extent, and with that I mean, as to what the Holy Spirit reveals to me. You
know, kinda like that whole right vs. wrong, devil vs. the angel on your shoulder type thing. My beliefs now are more logical than they used to be.
Before it was purely emotion (it's a woman thing I guess lol), but spending much time and discussion with my husband, has transformed me if you will,
as men are more logical thinkers. To me, belief and knowledge work hand in hand in the case of faith. We, or maybe I should use I rather, base my
beliefs less on personal experience (but still some) and more on the knowledge that I have attained from scripture, the Holy Spirit, the study of
history, logical thinking, and common sense. That does not mean that with that knowledge I know it all, but just that there is plenty of room for
error and growth in my beliefs.