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Discussion in 'Christian Debate Forum' started by aspen, Feb 6, 2019.

  1. Prayer Warrior

    Prayer Warrior Well-Known Member

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    By all means, explain this to us. I dabbled in Zen Buddhism in college before I was a Christian, and I studied pantheism as a Christian in order to wrap my mind around this worldview that is so contrary to the truth.
     
  2. jaybird

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    The sad thing is most Buddhist follow Jesus better than many christians.
     
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    bbyrd009 Groper

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    unfort i guess if you believe you have found the truth then any explanation is moot, and sorry i don't know what Zen Buddhism even is, sounds like a wasp thing? i can say with confidence that i was never directed into any "worship" such as a nominal Christian believer would define, the literal obeisance thing we do?

    And even in its correct def imo i can't say i found any fault with them; these ppl whom i did not like, and didn't seem to like me much either. But i was pretty bad back then too, hated myself even. They certainly seemed to be unflinchingly seeking truth, and while they used diff terms Works unto repentance seemed to be at the forefront?

    but i'm sure every group of Buddhists is somewhat diff too, just like us
     
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    ha you want betrayal just go listen to a round of "when we all get to heaven" imo.
    The philosophy and vain deceit are palpable i guess

    and being as how Buddha did not even leave any writings, i'm not sure it is fair to say that God did not originate the Sutras or the Pali, imo you would have to Quote something that iyo Scripture maybe disagreed with from them first?
     
  5. Prayer Warrior

    Prayer Warrior Well-Known Member

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    Zen Buddhism is one of the major Buddhist sects.

    I'm not sure what you're saying here.
     
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    I've obv heard of it, but never heard it stated during my admittedly brief time with Buddhists
    works unto repentance is a bad translation of a goal or vision that one should be working toward, Acts I think, although I would ditch the penance part myself. The point imo is an expansion of you will know them by their fruit, "works meet for repentance" being an indication of good fruit I guess
     
  7. amadeus

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    "New creations in Christ", but this is simply giving us a new start with a clean slate as Adam and Eve had a clean slate. Directly once Adam and Eve died as a result of their disobedience, all of their natural offspring were also dead with no immediate hope. God sent Jesus to provide Hope, to provide the possibility of Life. Most people enjoy "death" too much to take hold the "Life" now offered to them. Being born again or from above or resurrected from the dead, are NOT guarantees of enduring to the end with Him. What is guaranteed is a possibility.
     
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    The foundation on which Buddhism rests, the doctrine of karma, is false. This is a pretended law of nature by which the myriads of gods, demons, men, and animals are but the transient forms of rational beings essentially the same. It is in flat contradiction to the recognized laws of nature and hence ignored by men of science. Another basic defect in primitive Buddhism is its failure to recognize man's dependence on a supreme God.

    So the answer is YES.....It is contrary and incompatible with Christianity.
     
  9. aspen

    aspen “"The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few

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    Karma is cause and effect.....reaping what you sow
     
  10. Marymog

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    And it is FALSE. ;)
     
  11. jaybird

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    There are so many connections between Jesus and Buddha.

    Both had miraculous births.
    Their moms were Mary and Maya.
    taught against corrupt religious leaders.
    Always fasting.
    Performed miracles
    Both tempted by evil (Satan and Mara) and overcame.
    Began teaching in early 30s.
    Had disciples and sent them off at death.
    Both descended from noble families, and both chose to live among common men rejecting worldly riches.
    And you could go on and on and on but none the less, many will just tell you they are all coincidences and nothing more.

    I like what Einstein had to say about a coincidence.
    “A coincidence is a small miracle when God chooses to remain anonymous.”

    but what would Einstein know other than one of the smartest men ever and also worked in a field where pretty much everyone is an atheist, except Einstein.
     
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    some will never see it, they will just bury their head in the sand and claim you are wrong even after you just proved the point with a bible scripture.
    i think some Christians want to believe Christianity is an exclusive club that only a select few are invited to and no one else can get in unless they go through an exclusive member that is already there.
     
  13. Prayer Warrior

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    I wouldn't call these connections. Similarities, maybe.

    But the differences are glaring. Jesus, not the Buddha, lived a sinless life, suffered and died for our sins, and rose from the dead, conquering death and hell. Jesus alone ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. There is no other name but Jesus by which people must be saved.

    Acts 4:11-12--"This [Jesus] is the Stone which was despised and rejected by you, the builders, but which has become the Head of the corner [the Cornerstone]. And there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved."

    Einstein was brilliant, but he rejected Jesus Christ as his savior and was, from all accounts, a pantheist. So, what good did his intelligence do him in the end?

    What religion do you claim as your own, Jaybird?
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