David N. Snyder wrote:Would your parents be open to a Buddhist-Christian hybrid belief system if you said you followed both and like the wisdom teachings in both?
I highly doubt it, although it's a non-issue; my opinion of (at least traditional) Christianity is not very high. There are some wise statements in a few verses, but then there are some very cruel verses I can't bring myself to ignore. Suffice it to say I've rejected that religion outright. My current struggle is to try and not be bitter about my experience with it, but rather learn from it as well as from other people's perspectives. That's part of why I'm here. The other reason is that although I'm atheist (and as such, skeptical about things like reincarnation and nirvana/nibbana), I find Buddhist philosophy very interesting, and there certainly is much wisdom to be found in following the basic tenets of trying to alleviate the suffering of oneself and others, living a life of moderation instead of abject poverty or opulence, being mindful, and meditating, etc.
I guess my biggest problem with the way I was taught Christianity was that you could live as good a life as you liked, but if you simply held the wrong beliefs, I was told, you'd go to hell forever. There's a part of my brain that says that just gets it all backwards, y'know? If I don't believe a Creator exists, for example, but I turn out to be factually wrong, this to me doesn't seem like it should reflect my morality, but just that I was factually mistaken. Certainly there's a difference between being mistaken (factually wrong) and being dishonest (morally wrong), and I can manage to be mistaken without having been dishonest?
plwk wrote:How uncanny! I have the same kind of parents too, they tell others one thing yet apply another standard to their own son.
Apparently, its ok if others do it but not when one of their own does it.
^Sometimes the simplest picture is worth a thousand words, eh? That and a bit of shared experience, anyway. My parents, I admit, didn't destroy anything of mine, and I think they're trying their best to keep on good footing with me. Time will tell how that works out.