This blog entry is dedicated to my Facebook conversation with my family about Christianity verses the fate of the Dalai Lama (see my last post for the conversation.)
I spoke to my boyfriend about this conversation. This is the beginning of his reply:
I found an interesting little quote from a Christian (The Case For Faith, Award-winning reporter and author Lee Strobel):
“Each day we’re preparing ourselves for either being with God and his people and valuing the things He values, or choosing not to engage with those things. If people do not fall passionately in love with Him, then to force them to have to be around Him forever–doing the kinds of things that people who love Him would want to do–would be utterly uncomfortable.”
I’ve been told in church, or by Christian friends and family, that Jesus Christ is the ONE and ONLY way to God. I’ve also been told, thankfully, that Jesus Christ never said this. He said, “Live through me, and even in death, I will give you eternal life.” This somehow translated to, “Jesus is the ONE and ONLY way to salvation.”
In my personal experience, Christians can be pretty righteous and intolerant of different ways of finding God—even if these other ways are MORE peaceful and loving than their own ways, and therefore following Jesus’ teachings more than they do. Let me explain: Both Buddha and Jesus taught the same messages, and it seems clear that most Buddhists, especially Buddhist Monks, are much more peaceful, loving, and compassionate to EVERYONE than any regular Christian fellow I know. Dedication to being your best self, loving everyone, and working to better the world, to me, is what Jesus represents. What Buddha represents. What God represents.
Jesus Christ is ONE way to God. This makes sense because what fits well with one person, or one society or culture, doesn’t fit well with another. If the messages are the same (among different religions), I believe the outcome is the same: they find God.
Good people WILL go to heaven, not ONLY ONE certain religious group. Heaven will be full of good people, who find their way to God through living and offering love, grace, and compassion, who live their lives the way Jesus or Buddha asked us to.
This is what Jesus taught, and I believe this with my whole heart.
And, no offense, but I say The Dalai Lama has a long leg up in finding God than any of us–religious of not. He deserves nothing but the best after this life for his dedication and wonderful influence on human existence. He is a prime example of a man full of love, unlike some Christians who claim to be full of love, but quick to condemn other’s. This is not what Jesus wants.
If there is a Christian God, He is either a God I can’t say is all-loving or fair, or He is a God who the Christians have misunderstood. I believe that if there is a Christian God, He embraces any being who whole-heartedly offers good to human existence, of any religion, of any faith.
This is a sort of a side note, but I would love to continue my existance after this life in a happy place, no questions asked. But if there isn’t a God or a heaven or hell, and there isn’t a soul, and our being dies with our body, then this is okay. I was terrified of no longer being, but not anymore. And it’s because of him.
My LIFE is a blessing. My CONSCIOUSNESS is a blessing. And if there is nothing after this life, I am blessed to know him. My life with him is the closest to heaven that I may ever be, and that’s all I can know. As he and I discussed last night, maybe he and I found heaven.
Life together feels that good.