Posted by Sergio (220.127.116.11) on July 25, 2000 at 14:03:36:
In Reply to: God posted by Grace on July 23, 2000 at 03:56:45:
1. If God created everything, who created him?. He couldn’t have created himself, because you must exist first if you want to be able to create something.
2. If God created this world, we should ask him some questions:
2.1 why so much suffering?. If this is a test, then the humour of God is very black. There is no written evidence in Christianity which could prove that this question is answered.
2.2 Why some people is under better conditions than others?. Is our God discriminative or what?. If he is omnipotent, why does he allow this suffering and differences?
3. Buddha talked in the attman sutra about the no existence of God and soul:
3.1 People have a psychological need to believe in a God as a child needs his parents. They create in their minds a God who perfectly satisfies their specific emotional and intellectual needs.
3.2 People have fair to death, and they create a permanent identity called “soul”, which will live in an eternal paradise without suffering. This belief creates pace in the heart of people.
4. It is always easier to delegate the responsibility of our destiny, happiness and future to an external God who will take care of you. People like this just try to have a decent life as their God said and they wait their great reward (in many cases they don’t have an ethical life but the still hope the reward). Because of this fact, Buddhism will never have so many followers as other religions, due to Buddhism will not give you a magic solution. You will have to work hard and make an effort in this and future lives. And you don’t have any certainty that you will get your goal anyway.
I have no more time to write. I hope this be useful. BYE!
: I have been asked by some of my non-Buddhist friends why Buddhists do not believe in a supreme being..a creator i.e. God. They ask then if there is no supreme creator how did we get here? Can someone offer me a source where I can find a response to these questions that is easy and simple to convey to these friends. I have searched in some of my books and have not found an answer. One of those asking this question is an interested family member and I would like to explain this to them. If someone on here can give me an answer so that I can respond to these people I would appreciate it very much.
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