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I've been seeing more and more similarities between Christianity and my religion. This feeling about a "light coming on" and wanting to live morally and ethically because it is in harmony with the Divine, and how belief in itself can be illuminating - that is all resonating with me. It also resonates with me that separating oneself from the Divine by doing immoral things or otherwise not feeling a connection to the Divine "energy" that is all around us will cause pain and suffering (hell?). In my own little way, I think I'm getting it, finally. Thanks again!
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I believe anyone who has a love for the Divine (not making that an exclusive Christian thing) will do good in their lives. Someone who feels the love of the Divine in their lives will want to extend that to others. That is why there are works. But then again, I think you have to go back even further than the controversy over "faith versus works" and really define what people mean by "salvation" or "saved" because I can guarantee my view (and views of people who are more progressive/liberal in their theology) will vary greatly from a more literal, conservative, evangelical, fundamental point of view. I see Jesus's death, resurrection, and purpose much differently. He went as far as his death to show that nonviolence, compassion, and love for one another was the way of God. The Roman Imperial government/theology executed him because he was a threat to their way of life, as he is a threat to the way of life in most of the world (think of the idea of manifest destiny, or much of our foreign policy over the last number of years - just to clarify, those would be examples of the way of the world ).
Okay, I got to interrupted, I'm going to post this and then clarify if I need because I cannot remember my train of thought.
and dd born 11/21/10 - our T21 SuperBaby
From what I can understand reading the bible and from what I can understand by what my pastor says, Christians believe that Jesus is the ONLY way to God.
How can we accept this? Do we have to accept this? This is such a troubling issue to us. Are there any alternative ways to interpret the scriptures? How do other Christians reconcile this? Do other Christians really believe that (for example) Gandhi is in hell right now? That just seems ... unthinkable!!
I believe that Christ is the only way to God, yet believe that Ghandi is in "heaven." This is because I believe that Christ is saying that you believe and act out his body of teachings. And it is through those teachings, compassion, and love, that we are saved. And many religions also believe in the same parables and teachings. Buddhism is very close - they too have parables like Jesus told. In fact some scholars have conjectured that Jesus traveled the silk trade routes and learned of Buddhism during the missing years of his life. I believe then, that many people can come to Jesus's teachings in many ways - whether through the Bible or Koran or Buddhism or even deep self-reflection.
ETA: I read only the first 2 pages of posts, and did not yet see my belief mentioned yet, so I thought I'd throw it out there.
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