II. BELIEF IN GOD
Belief in God among the major religions is similar. It is the kind of God that is being venerated that is different. Belief in God is based on faith. In this respect, all religions should be the same but differences occur when descriptions of who or what God is started.
Religion is many things to many people; summarizing all the kinds of beliefs in God, we can say in no order whatsoever that
1. God is Beyond our Comprehension
2. There is a Hierarchy of Gods
3. There is Only One God
4. God is Everything
According to Buddhism, man cannot totally comprehend who or what God is. It is like as Buddha said a man wounded by a poisoned arrow refusing treatment until he had completely learned who shot him, if he was short or tall or medium height, from what clan, or the color of his skin, etc. That man would die before getting his answers. Buddhism admits it can never fully explain who God is and it never makes any attempts to.The religion does not personalize God with attributes common to man: jealousy (by worshiping other gods), forgiveness (can He be hurt by us?), kindness (what about all the oppression going on?), bribery, flattery and the like (offerings, adulations). Everybody is free to believe in Him or not and in no certain terms am I saying to stop believing in Him; on the contrary, belief helps us keep our sanity in this troubled world.
How lucky mankind would be if God appeared or spoke to any of us but let us stop our wishful thinking for it will never be. It is so comforting to think He is our loving father, is He? Does He really care? What if I say no? That we are left in this world with our own devices? This thought should not make us knock-kneed, on the other hand, it should make us feel responsible and mature for we are in control of our own destiny.
If I say that God is not a kind loving father, neither am I saying he is cruel, unjust and unkind. There is no general chaos despite God's seemingly being detached from us because of the universal law of cause and effect. Did God make this law and reincarnation to guide us?
We have the law, it exists and affects all of us. Upon accepting that God is beyond our comprehension and is detached from human affairs, we cannot blame, thank, credit or leave to His will our misfortunes or gifts in life.
This section should really be self explanatory. Can anybody say he knows God? Show me a man who is sane who can claim he is in contact with God or he is taking instructions from Him or that he can feel His presence and I will show you a flying elephant. Without stepping on the toes of other religions, miracles seem if we keep an open mind are a dime a dozen. Budd-hism and Hinduism have more fantastic miracles than in Christianity. Belief is not a matter which religion has the greatest miracles because for the learned and educated, these are in modern parlance promotional materials for the religion. It is a come on, a way of getting converts and keeping them once they start to believe. I have nothing against in propagating miracles in keeping the belief alive among the unlearned and unsophisticated populace during the early times, but to use these as arguments and justification until today to make them appear as acts of God is begging for explanation.
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