Posted by Sergio on February 24, 19100 at 12:14:41:
In Reply to: Re: What happened? posted by Desiree on February 23, 19100 at 06:37:17:
: Thank you so much for responding. After thinking long and hard on why people who were raised with strict christian backgrounds are sometimes dissatisfied with the beliefs, I am very proud to be raised without any strict background at all. I do not feel any guilt or bogged down by the dogma of a religion. Although my parents are christians (mainly my mom), I was never told or forced to go to church (we went only if we wanted to). I have been to many churches and have taken the positive aspect of each one and just considered the negative ones as the fault of the church and the members. Yes, I do believe in God, but I believe that God is in everyone and not just one BIG entity. I also believe that the bible is a good book on how one should live their lifes in relationships to one another (sorta like a self-help book).
: So, is Buddhism a way to take the good in all belief and use it to become a better person enternally?
Buddhism is not based in beliefs. However, it's designed to make better people. But under the Buddhist point of view, only a person who get enlightment is able to be a great person eternally. But people like me have the risk to lose the chance of develop his mind with the Buddha's teachings in future lifes, and that means that I have the risk of not getting enligthened. In that sense, I could not be a better person eternally if I don't get the Buddha's state.
Hope this be useful.
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