Buddhism & Christianity
Buddhism and Christianity represent the head and the heart of spiritual enlightenment. These two beautiful spiritual paths do not conflict, rather they support the growth of individuals in complimentary ways.
Buddhism is a mental path to enlightenment. It is one that is effective for intellectuals since it works with one's mental faculties.
Christianity is a heart centered path. It is focused on love and unity. It is most effective for the empath and highly emotionally sensitive type.
Ultimately the goal of each will bring the practitioner closer to the image of God. Through the 8 fold path of Buddhism, I become less destructive in my thoughts, words, and actions. I learn to see things without the biases and judgements of my social conditioning. I walk a path of goodness and righteousness. Through Buddha consciousness I see accurately the connection of all things. I become one with everything.
Through the Christian path, I strive to become more Christ-like. I learn to love and see my brother as myself. I lean towards goodness and righteousness, and learn the true meaning of forgiveness. Compassion, love and forgiveness are my creed. Through Christ consciousness I see the presence of God in all things. I see myself as a part of this oneness.
Both of these paths complement one another. The Buddhist path can benefit from the warmth of love felt on the Christian path, and the Christian path can benefit from the effortful removal of all negative conditioning provided by the 8-fold path.
Christian arrogance is one of the most destructive forces in our churches today. Christians often fail to follow the true teachings of Jesus when they begin to see themselves as superior to other religious paths. Instead of loving their brother as the Christian teachings speak of, they condemn them to hell. This is why so many spiritual seekers no longer resonate with the path of Christianity. It has been perverted by the judgmental arrogance of so many of those who would proclaim it to be theirs and theirs alone.
Christ consciousness is everyone's birthright. The awakening of the mind, body and spirit is the goal of humanity. It is our goal to work together to uplift and encourage each of our brothers and sisters to discover their light within and shine it out into the world.
So no matter what your religious beliefs may be, remember to see within each other the truth of God's eternal light, love and goodness. Seek to find this within yourself, and encourage others to do the same.
Love Thy Neighbor!
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