Sunday, February 05, 2006

So, in case you haven't noticed, Buddhist and/or Hindu thought is actually based on some of the exact same ideas as Christianity.

1) "God" is everywhere--inside us, outside us, around us.
2) "God" sustains life.
3) The ultimate goal is to unite with "God."

And those are just a few off the top of my head.

Doesn't that suggest a common deity in some way? If Eastern religions--on the surface appearing so opposite to Western ones--are actually based on some of the same fundamental ideas, isn't that more of a case for a single common deity, being expressed through different avenues and particulars?

In turn, doesn't that help make a really, really good case for religious tolerance and freedom of worship? Perhaps even...pluralism?

1 comment:

Viator said...

Personally I believe that if there is something like a god then all our ideas about this entity would be totally irrelevant. And to ponder if it was male, female, singular or plural would be laughable. Furthermore it would not matter what we thought about it, it would feel the same way towards us and surely not be offended weather we worshipped it or not. Still I believe there is something there, at the very least we humans are designed to feel good when we "imagine" we are in touch with the divine. Perhaps that is proof enough.