By A.L. De Silva
Through the Buddha's time, as now humans have been and are contused by way of the myriad spiritual ideals expounded by way of diversified non secular lecturers who exalted their very own teachings and denounced these of others. This discourse was once given by way of the Buddha while he was once requested by way of the Kalamas (the voters of Kesaputta) who have been harassed over the numerous religions at the moment. The Buddha said:Do no longer settle for something on mere rumour (i.e. considering that therefore now we have heard for a very long time) don't settle for something by means of mere culture (i.e. pondering that it has hence been passed down: via many generations) don't settle for something as a result of rumours (i.e. believing what others say with no research) don't settle for something simply because it accords with yourscriptures don't settle for something by means of mere supposition don't settle for whatever by way of mere inference don't settle for whatever through purely contemplating the appearances don't settle for something only since it concurs along with your preconceived notions Dо now not settle for whatever in basic terms since it turns out appropriate (i.e. might be permitted) don't settle for something pondering that the ascetic is revered; by way of us (and consequently it's correct to just accept his word...This ebook is nor meant as an assault on Christianity or mainstream Christians.The goal in publishing this booklet is to counteract the dogmatic propaganda of the, so known as, ''born again'' evangelists.
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In the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament it says: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called ‘Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace’. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end. (Is :-). is is supposed to be a prophecy foretelling the birth of Jesus. But does it? Other than being born no event mentioned here ever happened to Jesus. e government was not on his shoulders, he was never called nor did he call himself by the titles mentioned here and there has been no more peace since he was born than there was before.
We have already seen that the Bible is quite confused about what Jesus did and said. In fact even Jesus’ last words have not been accurately recorded. ” (Matt :). According to Mark he just gave a loud cry and died (Mk :). According to Luke he said, “Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit” (Lk :). ” (Jn :). Once again we have discrepancies and contradictions which make it impossible to know what Jesus actually said. e esurreion e most important event in Jesus’ life and the cornerstone of Christian faith is the supposed resurrection of Jesus.
We read in the Bible that even evil spirits come from God. In Samuel :- we are told that an evil spirit from God tormented Saul. Did the Buddha create evil? As he was not a creator God he cannot be held responsible for “‘darkness and evil”. e only thing he created was the Dhamma which he discovered and then proclaimed to the world. And this Dhamma has brought only light, good and gentleness everywhere it has spread. acrifices In Old Testament times when people broke God’s commandments he would get angry and the only way the sinner could make atonement and soothe God’s anger was to sacrifice an animal.