Christianity and Buddhism, two of the world’s most practiced religions, can be seen as both similar and different devotions based on their teachings and beliefs. When you analyze these two doctrines, three of these comparisons stand out. One comparison being their origin, because the start of these religious traditions closely relates to a single philosopher; Buddha and Jesus Christ. These two men taught very similar ideas, but with different comparisons towards the subject of a God. These religions also see differently when it comes to after life, or where or what becomes of a person after their death.
Even though Franklin criticizes the influence of religion on people’s life, he also understands and tolerates the social use of religion. “I grew convinced that truth, sincerity, and integrity in dealings between man and man were of the utmost importance of felicity of life; […] Revelation had indeed no weight with me, as such; but I entertained an opinion that, though certain actions might not be bad because they were forbidden by it, or good because it commanded them, yet probably these actions might be forbidden because they were bad for us, or commanded because they were beneficial to us.” (Franklin 55) These feelings of solidarity formed a common identity which eventually results in the beginning of the American Revolution. Away from the Anglican Church and the English royal dynasty, people formed their own identity independently. They became a
As opposed to the Grandmothers constant change of morals to favor certain situations, the Misfit has morals that are set in stone and adhere to his past, present and future. As the two characters converse, religion sparks an interest in the Misfit because it is something he is interested in understanding but knowing it must not be true. He believes that he must see it with his own eyes to prove the existence. His concept of reality also relates himself to Jesus, so much so as to believe he is a realistic representation of Him. He goes on to tell that the only difference is between the crimes committed and the proof held against him.
He emphasizes that organized religion and sects are more focused on following specific rules and practices, than concentrating on really understanding God and His ideas of humility, moral behavior and virtue. Benjamin Franklin tolerates and accepts people who have different mindsets and commit themselves to organized religions; however, even though Franklin believes in God and His creations, he considers organized religion as something that does not inspire morality and, instead, creates a hostile environment among people. The importance of religion is reflected through its use for society. Many people left their homes in Great Britain to start a new life in a foreign country they were not accustomed
He drew in followers who continued to further spread Buddhism, and encouraged followers to question everything he said in order to find a path to enlightenment on their own, in lieu of only following his word. He did not want to be seen as their religious leader, but rather as a teacher on how to reach enlightenment. Through this quote are reflected many core buddhist teachings, as many teaching surround the idea of transience, from one life to the next. It exemplifies how in order to reach enlightenment, and to be free of pain and suffering, one must realize what suffering truly is, and why it is present within all life. Buddha saw that suffering stemmed from greed and desire.
Humanity is always searching for answers, and for leaders that can supply them with answers. We ponder questions regarding our existence and the way things ought to be, organize into tribes according to the conclusions we make, and then develop some form of public policy to create order. This tendency of humanity is most evident in modern times in politics and religion. In the American government system, the church and the state are meant to be kept separate, meaning the state is not allowed to have an established religion. However, this concept becomes controversial when public policy decisions have moral implications because people inherit their moral sentiments from their religion and/or the things they choose to worship (and this by no
A common questioning of a higher power beyond the physical realm lingers in society: Who and what is God?. However, many of these theological questions cannot be answered until we of course, die. Due to human’s innate curiosity to understand the forces beyond their own, especially in terms of religion, humans find their own reasons to believe in a higher power in the process of discovery. Religion is a sense of belief and worship to praise a higher power (God), and it provides a guide for human beings to have the opportunity to come together and live as one image of God’s children. “Imagine There’s No Heaven” is an article in which Salman Rushdie, the author, presents an atheistic view where religion is pointless, and a higher being is non-existent.
Motivation for religious behavior or the physical and mental drive to achieve self-actualization through the practice of religion stands out as the most as no complying with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Why this should be the case is difficult to determine. It might be due to a different generation expecting more from life, or that the practice of religion is supposed as a helper in achieving it. From an evolutionary perspective, one might easily have assumed that the uppermost mental and physical drive for well-being would be found in the need to survive (Dawkins, 1989). That safety comes sixth in the order of those practicing religion seems to indicate that those who practice religion are not doing so out solely as a coping mechanism (Maltby et al., 1999).
The fear of death makes people irrational and cling to things that don 't make sense, like in John 11:25: "he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." This shows that people are drawn to religion because they want to live forever and if they can be promised that then they can find consolation. Dr. Ronnegard points out that this is not needed for knowing that death is coming for all of us makes us look at life subjectively and makes this life even more important. We must come to terms of our demise and learn to embrace this life because looking at life objectively through a religious lens is a waste of emotion capital. The best way to look at life is with a subjective lens, making friendships, love, and life in
Many people struggle with forgetting their memories because it represents lessons and values that they learn from it. However, if they learn to disremember their previous encounters and thoughts and accept their present state, they will become at peace with their current state and gain wisdom. Siddhartha was initially reluctant to let go of his past. They consist of family, his experience, and his suffering. However, Siddhartha needed to accept change in order to gain enlightenment and wisdom from Vasudeva.