Critical Thinking Assignment Buddhism/Christian Worldview
Robert Barbour, Jr.
Liberty University Online
Professor Robert Hunter
September 29, 2014
In Aspect I of this essay, I will make an effort to respond on several concerns regarding the overall viewpoint from which Buddhists see and understand the world. I deem that the Buddhists worldview can be very fascinating and complicated in several ways. In addition, in Aspect II, I will display how the Buddhists worldview makes a large comparison in comparison to a/the Spiritual / Christian worldview.
Presenting Buddhism’s Multiple Viewpoints on Worldview
The question of Origin: Buddhism is a religion that involves a ...view middle of the document...
Buddhists believe we suffer because we grasp on to things, which do not give long long-term pleasure.
The question of Morality: Principles are a very important part of Buddhist training. The Eightfold Direction connects to values with the concept of “right discussion, right action, right effort, right awareness, right understanding, right thoughts, right meditation and right livelihood.” (Hindson & Caner, 2008). The five concepts of Buddhist devotion are as follows: No Ahisma, theft, adultery, lying; in addition to, drug abuse/usage also falls within their ethical rules-as well.
The question of Destiny: In the Buddhist Worldview, our achievements are not determined by God-but by one self. The actions we take and the options we make determine if we have good or bad Karma. When we go through the way of reincarnation, Karma chooses who we are when we are born-again with the objective to achieve the state of Nirvana.
Comparing and contrasting Christianity’s and Buddhism’s Questions on Worldview
In comparison for both religions, both theologies have an identified “respective” leader/person and/or deity to follow, in order, to learn the guidelines of that religion-permitting one to have a good present life and afterlife, too.
Christianity’s question of Origin: Christians follow the Bible’s teaching that God is their almighty creator of the earth, the heaven and humankind; while on the other hand, Buddhists follow the teachings of Gautama Buddha. Overall, they do not believe God is the creator.
Christianity’s question of Identity: There is no messiah in Buddhism because there is no identification of “sin” in Buddhism so normally there is no need for a messiah. In contrast, Christians believe all are born in sin and Jesus Christ is their savior.
Christianity’s question of Meaning/Purpose: Buddhism initially confirmed nothing about God, not even His life and his life style. However, the Holy Bible states that the very life of the galaxy shows God's existence. “Therefore, where Buddhism says nothing about God as the Creator, the Bible uses creation – along with miracles, fulfilled prophecy, and Jesus’ resurrection – as fundamental evidence for the true God.”...