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Why Christians Have a Problem With Buddhism



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Over the past 10 or so years, I’ve been listening to some Christians explain why they feel like other religions are wrong and evil. Especially such a peaceful seeming religion like Buddhism.

What I’ve come to understand is Buddhism, Taoism and other religions like that are religions of “SELF.” Everything is about self…self-awakening, self-enlightenment, self-perfectionism. God, who is the only one who can perfect man because he’s the one that created man and is the only one who knows what a perfect man is to begin with, is almost completely absent from this equation.

That is why Christians and others of the Abrahamic religions call these other religions “Satanism” because Satan was all about SELF too. He felt he didn’t need God and wanted to take the place of God. By going to self to obtain enlightenment you are doing the same thing Satan did.

Christianity and other Abrahamic religions oppose this as one of Christianity's main tenements is “sacrificing yourself for others” and “honoring God” and going through God to obtain enlightenment and perfection.

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  1. Oh boy. It might be more accurate to point out that the reason that many Christians have an issue with any other religion is because the foundation of their religion is founded in fear - fear of the unknown, fear of upsetting God, fear of being judged, and fear of what The fiery consequences may be if you so dare to explore the unknown. This fear is made quite prevalent by your delicate observation that Christians, quite literally, lump any religion other than theirs, under the umbrella of Satanism.

    In addition, the comment that Buddhism and other religions are based on and focused on the self isn't exactly the fairest or most transparent statement. The golden rule of Buddhism states: "Whatever is disagreeable to yourself, do not do unto others".

    For the most part, religion as a whole encourages individuals to live out of love towards everything and everyone.

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    1. Hey, thank you for the reply! I do agree, fear is an important part of Christianity. Fear of God for sure, that is one of the basis for the religion. Fear of the unknown, I'm not too sure about. Maybe Catholism.

      "Whatever is disagreeable to yourself, do not do unto others." That is kind of focusing on self once again though. That's making yourself the judge for what is agreeable or disagreeable to others.

      A stranger touching you might not be disagreeable to you, but it could be disagreeable to someone else.

      I love theological discussions so I hope to hear from you again! Thanks for the comment either way!

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  2. Oh boy. It might be more accurate to point out that the reason that many Christians have an issue with any other religion is because the foundation of their religion is founded in fear - fear of the unknown, fear of upsetting God, fear of being judged, and fear of what The fiery consequences may be if you so dare to explore the unknown. This fear is made quite prevalent by your delicate observation that Christians, quite literally, lump any religion other than theirs, under the umbrella of Satanism.

    In addition, the comment that Buddhism and other religions are based on and focused on the self isn't exactly the fairest or most transparent statement. The golden rule of Buddhism states: "Whatever is disagreeable to yourself, do not do unto others".

    For the most part, religion as a whole encourages individuals to live out of love towards everything and everyone.

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