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    12 32.43%
  • Islam

    2 5.41%
  • Hinduism

    1 2.70%
  • Taoism (Traditional Chinese Religion)

    2 5.41%
  • Buddhism

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

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

    Quote Originally Posted by NoC_T View Post

    I do hope we haven't been chasing our own tails this whole time, or we stand to be the butt of future jokes.
    If I am chasing my own tail, it doesn't bother me. At least it keeps me occupied.

    As for being the butt of a future joke, I don't plan to be here forever, and if I am, at least I have already learned to laugh at myself.
    "God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    If I am chasing my own tail, it doesn't bother me. At least it keeps me occupied.

    As for being the butt of a future joke, I don't plan to be here forever, and if I am, at least I have already learned to laugh at myself.
    But what if you're immortal?

    Ah, see. Didn't think of that did ya, little miss clever clogs?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by NoC_T View Post
    But what if you're immortal?

    Ah, see. Didn't think of that did ya, little miss clever clogs?
    But I am immortal. I just don't plan to be living on planet earth forever.
    "God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    But I am immortal. I just don't plan to be living on planet earth forever.
    Can't say as I blame you. Forests in autumn don't hold a candle to the rocky promontories of Alpha Centauri. We'll do lunch. It should be cool.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    ....er, yes and no. Faith apart from works is dead - even satan knows that Jesus is the Son of God and offers salvation.



    well, firstly, I wouldn't dismiss the simple, or even the deep complexity of the simple. Plenty of simple things are true, and plenty of simple things are rich and complex in application. Secondly, I would ask why you think that the Buddhist path is more complex, given that they both seem to involve roughly the same motion, with Buddhism simply containing much, much more of it due to having to do it through centuries.
    Allow me to jump in. I would have joined the conversation earlier but I've been out of town for almost a week. Bless Mississippi. I do love it there. It is a beautiful and graceful place with some of the best people on earth.

    I find that Christianity and Buddhism are similar in many ways. Obviously they are fundamentally different.

    Buddhism was more difficult for me to understand than was Christianity. Truth told there are still concepts in Buddhism I struggle with. Buddhism as you know doesn't have any commandments. We have what I sometimes refer to as "suggestions". Buddhists don't believe in the Christian concept of sin. With no deity, no "Shalt nots" and no prescribed punishments for harms done Buddhists are no less worthy than any other group of people on earth. As a Buddhist I believe that I create my own reality. My thoughts, my intent, my words, my actions and inactions make my world. It's down to me, all of it. Buddhism teaches me why and how. It can be extremely complex. Buddhism philosophy is no walk through the park.

    In short, most Buddhists - not all - believe that it is all on us as individuals. No higher power will intercede and rescue us when the fit hits the shan.










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

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    Fair enough...but I was talking in terms of use to humanity.

    Many millions have died and many, MANY millions more have been persecuted, abused, oppressed in various ways strictly because of their religious 'beliefs'; and yet there is zero factual proof that anyone was ever 'saved' at death.

    What a pathetic human invention religion was...especially the major ones.
    Personally, I think that...

    At best, religion was partially inspired by a supernatural entity or entities, with additional stuff added on by people
    And at worst, was fabricated entirely by people as a way to control other people.
    Education.

    Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

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

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Personally, I think that...

    At best, religion was partially inspired by a supernatural entity or entities, with additional stuff added on by people
    And at worst, was fabricated entirely by people as a way to control other people.
    I think the bolded is something that happened as a result of religion, and not as cause for it. One of the primary reasons for the existence of religion, is that humans needed it for various reasons. They needed it to explain the things they couldn't understand, and as comfort in dealing with the realities of life as it is.

    I mean, think about it. Sometimes life just really, really sucks, and it's damn depressing to think that we go through the pain and suffering for nothing at all.
    "God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
    -C G Jung

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