So last Saturday, I went to the church, FGA, to attend a seminar/talk on creation, i.e. how the world and the universe came to be.
So I entered the church wearing my chain with the Goddess of Mercy pendant(Kun Yam)
Before the seminar started they started to sing a song, and it does make you feel humble when everyone sing, praising the lord, knowing that there is a supreme entity up there looking down on you and loving you.
So they started singing 'Praise the lord', 'I'm in awe of all of you', etc. etc.
I didn't although the song was very pleasant and I just clapped along.
Basically it's based on the bible. God created the world and all that's in them in six literal days. It is against what human scientists believe.
The bible says the world is approximately 6000 years old.
Human scientists say the world is 4.6 billion years old, calculated by analyzing the oldest rocks found.
So the seminar is basically pointing out that modern human scientists carbon dating techniques, etc. etc. are wrong/inaccurate.
Before the speaker, Reverend Albert, talked about creation, he first gave an overview for the purpose of the seminar, why men rejects God and so on.
Basically, he was talking about what I was.
In the work book he states 3 destructive philosophies.
1. Individualism - Live for myself.
And I do have this destructive philosophy, I remembered once my auntie borrowed me this book, the purpose of life, I didn't know it was based on god first, it wasn't stated on the cover.
After reading a few pages and then they slowly start to say we live for God, our purpose is to live for God, I got discouraged straight away.
My rebellious nature was thinking, why on earth do I have to live for an external factor??
Nobody affects my life but me. I am my own god. This is called individualism.
The second destructive philosophy is Secularism, i.e. God is unnecessary, because at the moment, I do think so that god is unnecessary, again because he is an external factor.
The third destructive philosophy is relativism, that there are no absolutes in life. I forgot what he said about this.
One part of the seminar talks about Christianity being under attack. The real issue is, is there a god??
So what people should do is, begin with God as he is truth. And to reject all lies and atheistic humanism lifestyle.
Now this sounds familiar right my Buddhist friends?
Buddha was a prince, he was a human. He meditated and got enlightened and preaches about his teaching to all.
Buddhists do not believe in a creator god.
So Buddhism is an atheistic humanism lifestyle, and according to Christianity, is not the truth and is not the way to live.
This leads me to another question. If those that did not believe in Jesus, they will perish and be sent to hell.
What about the people that were not exposed to Jesus and his doings at that point if time?
What about the people in India(for example) who know nothing about it, are they going to hell because they are not exposed to Christianity.
Another question, Buddha, where is he now?
Of course Buddhists will know that he is enlightened and has free himself from the cycle of rebirths and has achieved nirvana. He is in peace, eternally.
But Buddha did not believe in a creator god, so according to the bible, Buddha is in hell then?
He with all compassion and has relieved many of their suffering is in hell?
I'm not trying to create a controversy here, I apologize if I do, I'm just mentioning the questions that came up in my mind.
The creation seminar states that evolution is wrong.
if evolution is true, then why aren't the monkeys in the Zoo turning to humans?
People there were laughing when they heard this statement.
To sum it all up, it's all based on the bible , and the bible is the truth of all things as it is god's words.
At the moment, human calculations, and it's factors and variables may be wrong, hence, contradictory to the bible.
I also found out that Adam lived for 930 years, and then when he ate the fruit he is not supposed to, he has sinned and decay started. Before that, there were no deaths and suffering, after Adam ate it, he sinned so all of man has sinned, and that was the start of decay, deaths arose.
So the things I learned,
According to Christianity, religions like Buddhism, derived from man, are false religions.
They do not like Aethists, because they deny the lord, the creator, the author.
Buddhism, is wrong, because all it's teachings are from MAN, not GOD.
I think it all boils down to, whether you believe in a creator-god.
If you believe him, then worship him and live for him.
I wonder if it is ok to have both.
believe in a creator god but still practice Buddha's teachings.
Since Buddha is man and God created man, he should be proud to see what his child, Buddha brought to the world!
I truly believe in the Buddha and his teachings and the way to end suffering.
The bible does say we are not allowed to believe in other god's as he is jealous of his relationship with you.
You only worship him.
But the thing is, Buddha is not a god, he is a man.
Is this a loophole? can we worship the creator-god, and practice Buddha's teachings?(e.g. meditation)
If can, than that would be ideal.
oh during the seminar, he quotes alot of proverbs from the bible, John what what, Corinthian, Romans something something.
This is all to state things that contradicts to what human scientists believe today.
So at the end of the seminar during the question and answer session I wanted to ask him,
"What if the bible is wrong?"
but of course I didn't as everyone would go *GAAASSSSP!!!* and look at me with huge round eyes.
"YE AVE SINNED!!! THOU SHALL PERISH ETERNALLY!!!!"
of course the bible can't be wrong to Christians, but
so are the palis and sutras to Buddhists.
for now my mind is open, I can accept Christianity but I am all for Buddhism. Maybe I should ask a Christian pastor about this.
Worshiping god and practicing Buddhism
and also a Buddhist monk, practicing Buddhism and worshiping a creator-god.
But hey you know what, if I can contribute to mankind by being born into the world again and again and to help free others from suffering, I'm all for it, instead of accepting Christ and go into heaven eternally...I will choose whichever way that is more selfless.
If both doesn't satisfy me, I would have to read the Quran! lol
so what do you think?
I welcome all comments, whether you're a Buddhist or a Christian or a Muslim. But please keep it friendly and respect other religions and faiths.