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  • Christianity

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  • Islam

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  • Hinduism

    1 2.70%
  • Taoism (Traditional Chinese Religion)

    2 5.41%
  • Buddhism

    20 54.05%
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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    Christianity, without question.

    It does not labor under the nave delusion that human behavior is naturally inclined to be good.
    I am not sure that is an accurate characterization of most other religions. For example, Islam does not believe man is inherently good or bad, but rather that he must choose to be one or the other. Buddhism certainly doesn't teach that we are inherently good, or bad for that matter, but rather that suffering is the core of the human condition, and the redemption from that has to come from within (the biggest difference in philosophy between it and Christianity). I think most eastern religions also recognize that everything we do we do for selfish reasons. Even helping others we do because it makes us feel better to do so.
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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    I am not religious, but I can't agree with that. For example, the constitution has nothing to say on holding on to anger or our core motivations in life.
    Yes it does. It says you can do what makes you happy and the government won't get in the way and tell you what is The Good Way.

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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    Christianity, without question.

    It does not labor under the nave delusion that human behavior is naturally inclined to be good.
    Neither does Buddhism- it just accepts it as a natural state of the human, and understands that what holds us back is ourselves, and not some force of evil.
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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    no vote
    IMO, none of them do, I do not think that human nature and religion are compatable...in my opinion

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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    If we bloody well knew we wouldn't have more than one religion.

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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    Buddhism for sure. It's more advanced than modern psychology, yet simpler to understand. The Abrahamic faiths tell us that it's not our job to analyze why the way things are, and instead leave it up to God. Buddhism tells us that it is our job and we won't be happy until we do this inner work.

    It begins with the premise that our good and bad sides do not have equal value. We were born good, and the core of who we are is good. This departs from the Abrahamic faiths which state we are born into sin and must spend our whole lives becoming worthy of God. Modern psychiatry has its roots in Christian thinking which is why most mental problems get diagnosed as lifelong diseases that can only be managed, not cured. Buddhism flips this on its head and says that your true, good nature is always there, it is just decorated with neuroses and delusions which distract your mind from reality. It's your job to debunk them and restore your view of core mind.

    It's the only religion that has ever worked for me for debunking mind, without inserting guilt, punishment, duty, etc. The "how" in Buddhism is way, way more useful than any other religion. Just stay clear of its answers for "why" and you won't deal with much koolaid.
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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    Christian science.

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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    The American constitution has better insight into human nature than any of the above.
    The Constitution recognizes that men are corrupt, which is why it calls for checks and balances. Christianity also recognizes that mankind is corrupt, but provides a remedy that the others do not. That remedy is the salvation of Christ for eternal life, and progressive sanctification (instigated and monitored by God himself) that with the believer's cooperation, slowly transforms the individual from a broken sinner, more and more into the likeness of Christ. Buddhism and Tao can't touch that because they don't have divine assistance.
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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Light View Post
    We were born good, and the core of who we are is good.
    Anybody who has raised a two year old understands that we are not born good. Good is also a relative term, because what's good in man's mind may well not qualify as good in God's eyes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Light View Post
    This departs from the Abrahamic faiths which state we are born into sin and must spend our whole lives becoming worthy of God.
    Christianity teaches we become positionally righteous immediately upon acceptance of Christ as our Lord and Savior for the remission of our sins. We cannot earn that and we do not spend a lifetime becoming good enough to warrant that salvation.

    Buddhism can't save anyone.
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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I'd have to go with either Buddhism or Tao, but I think it's because they are more accepting of human error than the Abrahamic religions tend to be. Their insight may not be more- they just perceive the errors and consequences differently.
    Absolute and complete forgiveness of human error is a basic precept of Christianity. Do you realize, in theory, Hitler could have been fully absolved of his sins, and be sinless before God with full glory and everlasting life (in heaven for those that don't get that)? How can any religion/philosophy top that in "accepting human error"?

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