I figured the first question many people will have for me is, “What do you mean by you are a Christian-Buddhist? Don’t you have to be either Christian or Buddhist. You can’t be both. Can you?”
Short answer: I am a Christian who believes in God and Jesus and I also believe that a man who is known as Buddha had a great ability to see the world in a positive way before the time of Jesus. I can be both Christian and Buddhist easily as Christianity is an established religion (The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or gods) (1) and Buddhism is a philosophy (The study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, esp. when considered as an academic discipline) (2)
As with any religion, there are many differences in each of its members in any given religion. I believe that there is a God and that he sent Jesus the Christ to the Earth to not only save us from our sins through his sacrifice, but to also give an example of how we were created to live while upon this planet. Through the testimonies of other human beings, God reveals Himself. People took their stories, their lives, and their history and placed it into a book that humanity now calls the Holy Bible. I believe that what the Holy Bible says is true is truth, but of course as within any language, when it is translated into another language and interpreted my human beings, it loses meaning and makes the Holy Bible fallible to a degree. I believe that God is all-powerful, but do I believe that He is present in our lives, making all things happen. Well, not necessarily. I don’t believe that every time a person survives a crises or when an unexplained happening happens, that it was a miracle preformed by God or that it is the power of God. When I stood by and watched my cousin in a coma for several months while people kept praying for him to get better and the doctors said that he was going to die, was it a miracle that he survived and is functioning somewhat normally today? Or, is it possible that God created him and the rest of humanity in a way that their bodies can heal on their own or develop their minds through school to become doctors, nurses and other types of healers to deal with injuries? It is hard to say, but the Bible does say in Matthew, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (3) When it says this, does this mean that God hand feeds each bird for each meal since they do not store food? Or, does it mean that he created them in a way, as with the rest of the world, to have the knowledge to migrate when needed in order to find the food that they need to survive. In the same way, did God not create us in a way to care for our needs, to learn, to grow, to discover?
So, yes… I believe Jesus is the Christ son of the living God, therefore, I am a Christian. However, is it possible that since Buddha came well before Jesus that he could have understood the concepts of Christianity? I see Buddhism as yet another path discovered by Buddha before Jesus on Earth existed. The concepts of Christianity are seen in Buddhism (later posting) though Buddha would most likely had never heard of the Jews and their religion.
My Buddhist believes, as you will see in future postings, come from the ideas of using Buddhism as a form of reaching my ability to be happy, understanding the world around me, using meditation as a form of speaking to God and to use the natural energies of the planet to energize myself. I believe that my studying Buddhism and the teachings of the Buddha can be a crutch in helping me to become the person that God wants me to be. The Buddha’s teachings coincide with the person Jesus was and the person that God wants us to be, but that is for another posting. The Buddha said, “If you find truth in any religion, accept that truth.” (4) I can be Buddhist and Christian as I see truths in them both.
May God bless you and the Buddha guide you throughout your life…
Jesus Quote – Matthew 37:37-40 – 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Buddha Quote – “One who serves the sick, serves me.”
(1) – https://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=religion&tbs=dfn:1&tbo=u&sa=X&ei=KiVkT9-FFqbhiALO5_WiDw&sqi=2&ved=0CCcQkQ4&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=be4785b23a3ecada&biw=1280&bih=568
(2) – https://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=philosophy&tbs=dfn:1&tbo=u&sa=X&ei=fyZkT8z3E8bjiALL0tWiDw&sqi=2&ved=0CCcQkQ4&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=be4785b23a3ecada&biw=1280&bih=568
(3) – http://bible.cc/matthew/6-26.htm – New International Version (1984)