Monday, September 25, 2006:
We wrote the following above:
Hinduism brought the caste system, clearly selfish on the part of those born into circumstances that their characters showed were not reward for past righteousness.
Buddha brought the ultimate self will. There are so-called disciples who have deviated from Buddha's teachings, but that doesn't change the fact that Buddha considered himself the most enlightened being in existence, without equal, without any feeling of any need to credit any other being. This is just another form of ultimate ego.
Mohammed made no attempts to be as subtle or sublime. He flat out said kill rather then standing with Jesus even as he claimed Jesus was a real prophet of God. All of these and the Chinese and other religions reject the prophetic fulfillment of Jesus and his miracles. To accept them would be to reject Jesus's as the one and only path, the narrow path.
Jesus's path says, among many other things, give up the caste, give up the self-centeredness, give up the killing. People who come from bloodlines have a false need to uphold the false teachings and direction of their ancestors. They find self-esteem in it. They claim it is necessary for their self-respect and that others should grant them that. It is as saying that people cannot change. Well, what about all the child sacrificing that went on all over the world in ancient so-called civilizations? If that can be cast off as wrong, if the gods who called upon ancestors to engage in such practices can be said to have been false (unrighteous), then why can't people change to the new commandment? It is because they refuse to let go of the last vestiges of false pride.
People would wonder whether or not from Jesus's perspective, from God's perspective, whether or not the other religions of the world and what are called the denominations of Christianity are evil, per se. Here again, it depends upon context. It depends upon direction.
People can allow the truth to funnel them to Jesus or they can say that they don't require that to be right. People who have never heard of Jesus, who are descent to life are living as righteously as they know how. People who have heard the prophetic message of Jesus and reject the truth (including figurative) of it saying he was not the one and only one (the pivotal one, the climactic one) of the fulfilled prophecy, they are in error, stating corruption, offending God, etc. Is it evil? It prevents the solution, for nothing else convinces one to do the absolutely right thing.
Buddha didn't come to the world to allow himself to be sacrifice unto death out of love, to show us how deep love has to run for salvation, to make up for the great evils that have come out of the selfishness direction, to turn the human soul. To follow Buddha doesn't require the solution. It doesn't require the active love of Jesus.
Don't take it wrong, we aren't saying the Buddha was out machine gunning people. We are saying that the calling of Jesus when it is told correctly, rather than as the neocon and false-liberal perverters do, takes us to that leveling highest love where credit is completely given over to that love.
With Buddha and Hinduism, credit or leveling is withheld. Buddha didn't credit God as the all-love. Hinduism held down the so-called lower castes. Shintoism, the traditional religion of Japan, doesn't require the heart of Christ. The various shamanistic religions of the world don't know who they worship, knowing in the sense meant by Jesus in the Gospel. Which one came to the center of the world with such power of truth?
Again, don't take it wrong. There are stories amongst the American Indians that point very much to the desire for the peace of a Christlike being. That's a good thing. Those stories came out of good hearts. That emotional direction is exactly what will funnel people to the God of Christ, the one God of all who see it.
However, those who say no, no, we don't need to follow Jesus are saying no, no, we don't need to do what he said. There's the spirit slipping and falling. They are saying and telling others by their words and actions that no, no, we don't need to love as much and in the way Jesus loved others. That's wrong. That's the fatal error. That's the difference when you are standing way back away, it seems so infinitesimal as to be inconsequential. That's the difference when you come close enough becomes so magnified that you see that it is the only thing of real consequence. Everything hinges upon it. It is the dividing line. It is the point at which selfishness is split off from unselfishness. It is where the difference between right and wrong lies.
Syncretism-up is the conflation.