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Why do good buddhist monks go to hell?

Discussion in 'Christianity and World Religion' started by Rainangel, Jun 26, 2003.

  1. Rainangel

    Rainangel New Member

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    Please :help: me understand this question. Why should truely GOOD people who may or may not have heard the message of Jesus Christ spend eternity in hell, eternally separated from God? I am a Christian, and I recently went through a questioning phase, but have come out of it with renewed faith. BUT my questions remain unanswered. That is okay for me because I believe anyway, but what about my ex-boyfriend, who used to be an atheist and has how turned to Buddhism? He is respectful of Christianity, and has even read the Bible, but his questions and objections reguarding Christianity are too hard to counter. We broke up 2 days ago, and are both hurting over it. The reason is because I've always known in the back of my mind that I shouldn't marry him because he is a nonbeliever, and we know we shouldn't get more attached to eachother if ultimately it will not work. I am also respectful of Buddhism and have read much about it with him. Buddhist teachings are very wise and honorable, I think. They teach compassion for all mankind and selflessness. I still care deeply about my ex-boyfriend, and wish I had more to say in defence of Christianity. He is a very moral person, who is innately honest and of good, compassionate character, but he is not a Christian.
     
  2. Waiting4tomorrow

    Waiting4tomorrow New Member

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    Wow, I can only imagine the hurt you must be going through. First, I'd like to say that you made the right choice with breaking up. As hard as it must be to have that happen, a couple that does not believe the same thing is just asking for trouble.

    Now, to answer your question. The reason is simple. Good works do not get you into heaven. Believing that Jesus died to save you from your sins and that he is the only way is what saves you. I know it can be sad, because there are some really good people out there that will not go to heaven because they do not believe the truth. That is why as Christians we must make sure we share the truth with everyone. I have just recently realized how important it is to not only believe that Jesus is the way, but to support it with knowledge, or you will not be able to stand up to others of different faiths. I am sorry for what you are going through, and will pray for your situation. Please don't give up! God is awesome and can change your ex-boyfriends heart! Pray and have faith. Research and find out how to show him the truth-make sure to support it with facts, and do it in a loving way, not condeming.
     
  3. vajradhara

    vajradhara Diamond Thunderbolt of Indestructable Wisdom

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    Namaste rainangel,

    thank you for the post.

    You are correct when you assert that according to your beliefs, Buddhists will suffer eternal punishment in hell for not believing in the salvation of Jesus or in God.

    however, please consider this from the other side of the coin. from your ex-boyfriends perspective, he will not be suffering in hell any longer than his karma would dicate at which point the essence would be reborn into whatever state his karma indicated. provided that he was reborn in a hell realm. it is possible for him to change his karma now and directly influence the subsequent rebirth... or end it altogether.

    whilst this is necessarily brief and loose with Buddhist teaching, it should suffice for our discussion.

    an analogy may help here:

    Most religions teach that they are the one true path to salvation and all unbelievers are cast into hell. This is a doctrine known as exclusivism. Buddhism is not exclusivist. Any person guided in their activities by compassion is regarded as following a beneficial spiritual path.

    Unfortunately, in Christianity exclusivism went to extreme lengths with many denominations (at one time) claiming that they were the one true faith and the other denominations of Christianity were corrupt (or even in league with anti-Christ). This situation has improved during the past 50 years, but 'Extra ecclesiam nulla salus' ( No salvation outside (our) Church) is still the official policy of the Vatican, though how many Catholics still believe in it is open to question.

    However his does raise an interesting scenario. Presumably a Salvation Army officer who devoted her life to rescuing drug addicts and alcoholics would be regarded as ****** for all eternity by traditional Catholic theologians. A Buddhist, on the other hand, would regard such a person as an advanced spiritual practitioner - a Bodhisattva or possibly even a manifestation of Buddha Tara . (One of the more surprising teachings of Mahayana Buddhism is that Buddhas can appear in whatever form is beneficial to sentient beings, and Buddhas needn't necessarily be Buddhist!) . So, taken to its logical conclustion, Christian exclusivism would require one Christian to regard a fellow Christian as ******, while a Buddhist would recognise her as a saint!

    ~compassionately~
     
  4. Arikay

    Arikay HI

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    Although Im sure many will disagree with me, from my understanding of christianity
    No Matter What the bible says, God gets last Judgement.

    So it is possible that God could Judge some good who arent christians. He could also give someone a second chance to accept Jesus etc.

    I know some christians dont like that idea, but thats what happens when you have an all powerfull god that gets final judgement. In the past god didnt play by his own rules, so we cant be sure he will in the future. :)
     
  5. Volos

    Volos New Member

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    Are you saying that a child molesting mass murder will go to heaven so long as he or she believes the above?

    If so if really speaks bad of your religion.

    Rainangle minght I suggest you read the following:
    Zen for Christians: A Beginner's Guide by Kim Boykin
     
  6. Waiting4tomorrow

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    No, I didn't say that, but I guess I didn't NOT say that either. I believe that a person that continuously and purposefully sins, (e.g. a child molesting mass murderer) is not going to go to heaven. You cannot follow Jesus AND live in consious deliberate sin. That said, I also believe a person that WAS a child molesting mass murderer can turn from his ways and be forgiven, and thus saved. If he truely repents (turns away) from his evil ways and turns towards God, and believes that Jesus died to save him from his sins, then he will be saved.
     
  7. spinto

    spinto Regular Member

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    In regard to the first and second posts....

    Well to Rainangel: It is always sad to have a breakup... I'm sorry it came to work out that way. This is one of the reasons Christianity never seemed to set well with me. It seems it's causing you some pain. I believe God is love and you can't even enjoy the prospect of it because of this doctrine that you place before it. Literally, and this is simply my opinion and not meant in disrespect, you place these "rules" before God.

    Maybe your ex-boyfriend believes in the teachings of Jesus Christ but it just doesn't take the form YOU are accustomed to. Maybe it's all the same thing...Certainly an all knowing God won't limit himself to one form. At least that's what I think. But, you do what you think is right.

    And "waiting4tomorrow": This doctrine of yours is so disempowering of your GOD. So you say Christians adhere to the thought that good must only take one form of acceptance in one character "JESUS CHRIST" in order to be validated enough to enter the realm of heaven. This is certainly not a “truth” that should be held by an ALL POWERFUL and ALL KNOWING GOD. An omniscient God would know that GOOD takes many forms and all those forms are deserving of recognition. How some Christians limit God, it saddens me. And now, you perpetuate a pain that this girl goes through because she was taught this TRUTH that she holds more dear than enjoying the LOVE that is part of God’s very being and creation. And God is trying to tell her that very thing because she morns the loss. But she won’t listen because the voice of preachers and the words in a book have told her not to. I think it’s sad.

    And rainangel: please don’t pray for your ex to believe in what you do (for God to change his heart. Why would anyone want someone’s heart to change? It’s who you are.). That is immoral because you judge that your way, or even someone else’s way is the only way. It disrespects him and what he believes. If you love your faith, stick to it and don’t be sad that left him behind. That is TRULY being happy with what you believe to be RIGHT.
     
  8. Waiting4tomorrow

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    I also believe that God is love, but does that mean that we are supposed to avoid anything that makes us hurt? God gives "rules" to follow so that we don't get hurt, and to keep us from turning away from Him. Sometimes it does hurt at first, but that's what happens when there is sin in the world.

    What does the fact that God is all knowing have to do with whether or not he would "limit himself to one form"? Why wouldn't He?

    How so? God can't choose to have only one way to Him? How does having only one way to Him have anything to do with desempowering Him?

    So now you're telling me what God SHOULD be like. Again, you're saying that one way to God cannot be true because it somehow shows that God is not all powerful or all knowing. Yes there are different forms of good-by the worlds terems. God has different terms-we are ALL unworthy to be saved. Non of us are "Good" enough. It is through Jesus we are saved, not through what the world describes as "good".

    So if you mourn something it means that it is God's will? Mourning is a feeling, and our feelings are often not tuned to what God's will is. Just becuase you FEEL something is right doesn't necessarily mean that it IS right.

    If she truely is a Christian, she will pray for his heart to be changed. That is what Christians do. They pray for those who don't believe that Jesus is the only way to come to know the truth. It is not "immoral" to pray for someone to change their beliefs. If that were true, many many religions are "immoral" simply because of that reason alone. Most are trying to get others to follow their ways.
     
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    So you are saying that it is not immoral for a Muslim to pray to Allah to change your heart from Christian to Muslim? Yea... I can see that, really what you are saying is that it is ok to "wish" or "pray" that things go your way which might or might not be the will of God. But then that would contradict Jesus' instruction to pray that "God's will" be done, not man's. You are saying that we should pray that our will be done while hoping (wishing) that it is in line with God's will.

    Of course no one knows what God's will really is, therefore we can't really pray for anything without creating a conflict with God's true will. Unless you think that God will violate or Give-in to the begging and then change his will to your will's request. If this is how prayer works then you can only bend God's will to events that you can conceive would have some effect on your life. But what about all the other things that God's will will bring that you missed, what if you had just known to pray that God would not give cancer to your Uncle Felix instead of having to wait until God allowed him to get cancer before you started your begging.

    Prayer is too limited to be a valid method of changing events to make things work out in the good Christian's life. Why not just deal with stuff as it comes up and use your God given understanding and wisdom to overcome, deal with,or accept problems. It would seem that a praying Christian should be able to Cheat on life events using prayers on some limited events that are currently creating problems.

    If prayer really worked, why hasn't the insurance companies given a discount to Christians like they do to non-smokers? Surely there are more Christians that are cured of disease than non-christians. Right?
     
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  11. spinto

    spinto Regular Member

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    RichST: Whoo Hoo!!! Well said.

    Oh and sorry I wrote so much. Yikes it kinda got away from me. Somtimes I just have so much to say and I enjoy saying it. Anywho, to all those who actually read through it all, thanks... :)

    Best wishes to all.
     
  12. Doctrine1st

    Doctrine1st Official nitwit

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    Bravo Spinto, you have put in a nutshell what I strongly believe:

    Christians are getting so lost in the fog of structured doctrine and theology and proving what they believe to be correct, they can't see their own ideal of the compassion of God right before them.

    D1st
     
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    God is merciful and just, none of us know how we will be judged. But I trust in his infinite mercy and compassion. Only God knows our hearts and minds and he alone will judge us.
     
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    I believe you have it wrong, I think you are suppose to believe that only Jesus will judge you, not God. I'm sure in the big picture it doesn't matter whether one entity or another will judge you and dole out the rewards or punishments but as a Christian, you can confuse us atheists if you get your doctrine wrong.
     
  15. Sharky

    Sharky Rockin dude!

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    I'm not going to go into the details but i live in a buddist family. My parents believe in a god mother budda etc. They have tried to persuade me into that stuff but i really never gave it a go.

    Basically, i became atheistic. Not really full on i just didn't care and went on with my life.

    It's kinda hard to explain but somewhere along the way things happen. Nothing supernatural just normal stuff happen. I went to a church and got saved. Again, i was young then. I didn't know what it was, what it meant or how big it is going to be. So i just said the salvation prayer with my auntie.

    I'm not sure how things go in your side but the best thing that i found is to be someone of action. Actions speak louder than words. I dont' shove Jesus in my families face. I just grow and go with the flow.

    For you, you should do that too. There is a time to speak and a time to be silent but let your actions do the talking.

    The thing about God is that hell isn't for those who don't know Him. It's for those who reject Him. I believe that God will bring each and everyone of us to a point where we have to choose a 2 way point.

    Sorry can't make it any shorter but hey, keep faithful.
     
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    Rainangel, please do not despair. I believe that God has final judgment of all souls. I am a Christian, so I believe that if your friend is saved at the end, he will be saved through Jesus, no matter what his formal religion on Earth was. God will judge men by what is in their hearts. And I believe He is a compassionate God. The ancient Hebrews did not know Jesus, but I believe that those among them that pursued righteousness are in Heaven, regardless. "[C]ompassion for all mankind and selflessness" are cornerstones of Christianity, so he is practicing a system of morality that Jesus could tolerate, I believe. In the end, it is a decision left to God, and Him alone. And it seems as though your friend is doing everything he can, in his own best understanding, to be as righteous a person as possible. Righteousness is what matters in life; it is the scale by which God weighs our hearts. And I believe that your friend is on a good path. Simply pray that he continues in this, and that he will one day find Jesus, face-to-face. This is really all you can do. Love him as a brother and pray for him continually. These are what make life bearable in situations such as these.
     
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    spinto Regular Member

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    Humblejoe,

    I will say Bravo! Even though I don't share the exact same view point, your words are very compassionate. I'm sure she will find great comfort in them.. Great post, I liked it! :)
     
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    Caedmon kawaii Supporter

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    Oh man... :eek: ... Now ya did it! :D

    Thanks :)
     
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    What I have read in the Bible comes from God. He said that no one should worship any other but Me (God). Meaning to not pray or worship any statues or human beings. I believe that it is Budists (along with maybe other religions) who worship a dead person or statue. It is also stated in the Bible that as long as we TRULY believe that God created Jesus Christ and was the son of God, and that Christ died for sins and was resurrected we would go to heaven.

    I do pray for the people out there that have not found God. I know that at one time (when I was around 14 or so) I would ask my mother so many questions about God. I never took her serious about anything she had to say about Him, because my human brain wasn't allowing it for some reason to sink in. I'm glad now that I am blessed to have my eyes opened. The more I read the Bible, and other books (usually by Joyce Meyers) the more I seem to understand. God is loving and has many wonderful things instore for us as long as we do what He commands.

    I used to be terrified of death (and once in a great while I still can't seem to fathum (sp) it) but now that I know there is a heaven and what great things He has in store for us, it seems really exciting! Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to live forever. My mind can't seem to grasp it.
     
  20. vajradhara

    vajradhara Diamond Thunderbolt of Indestructable Wisdom

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    Namaste Lizquest,

    thank you for the post.

    you write:

    I believe that it is Budists (along with maybe other religions) who worship a dead person or statue.

    i reply:

    this is absolutely incorrect, in every way possible that you could care to imagine. this would be analgous to me saying that Christians worship the picture of Jesus on their bookshelves.

    Buddhists, in a very strict sense, do not "worship" anything or anybody. the Buddha was a person just like you and i and did not and does not require worship of any sort.

    i realize that you are not a Buddhist so i wouldn't expect that you'd have a firm grasp on the Sutras and so forth, however, before you condem a religion to idolatry please try to have the facts correct :)

    shakey,

    you write:

    My parents believe in a god mother budda etc.

    to which i reply:

    whilst they may proclaim this belief (which would strike me as incredibly odd) this is also incorrect. there is no God Mother Buddha or anything of that nature within any of the successive 9 Vehicles. whilst a certain case can be made, it would not be correct and really reflects a lack of understanding. actually, this aspect of the discussion becomes quite technical very quickly and is probably not condusive to dialog.
     
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