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whole (Buddhism) vs incomplete (Christianity)???

Posted by smokeymadison on December 2, 2004, at 18:24:46

hey all,
i have some general musing and questions. to start, let me say that i am no expert on either "religion" and my musing are just that, musing, wondering what these two are about.

that said, it seems to me that in Buddhism a person is considered "whole" in that enlightenment is the realization that one is whole and is apart of everything else, so in that sense there is no self.

in Christianity, it seems, that a person is lacking without God, in particular, Jesus. people have "sinned" (a concept i don't understand) and require redemption from their sin or else they are going to hell.

so in choosing btw the two, i have to decide whether i beleive that i am a whole person w/out any other outside force or whether i am lacking that which i need to be whole, that i need to accept Jesus Christ into my life.

i find these two "religions" diametrically opposed to one another and am unable to resolve my beliefs. i was raised a Christian and cannot get rid of it, roughly speaking. But Buddhism appeals strongly to me. so there is the puzzle: how to fit the two together. any ideas/musings/advice would be greatly appreciated!




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