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I spent 50 years as a Christian, 30 of them as a Sunday School Superintendent, Teacher trainer, Sunday School Teacher, Art Director, UTO Chairman, Vestry Member, Church secretary, etc, etc, etc. I volunteered for just about everything imaginable. I began my journey into Buddhism even before I left Christianity 17 years ago, but now, at age 67, I would never go back to it. I have found peace with Buddhism that I could never find with Christianity. The thing that changed me for good was finally, after all those years, reading the Bible from cover to cover over the course of 3 weeks, without cherry picking or picking passages out of context. You can always make excuses for specific passages ... I had been doing that for decades. But when you read it cover to cover over the course of a short period of time, only weeks, you can no longer make excuses. You see all the inconsistencies, the terrible cruelties not inflicted by man, but according to the Bible, by God "him" self. You see how he praises misogyny, hate, cruelty and prejudice. You see how one part says one thing and another part says another. When you actually study the inconsistencies, you begin to realize just how many hundreds of humans ... not divine angels, but humans, wrote, rewrote, edited and generally mangled the meaning of the Bible. When you finally read it cover to cover, you realize that you were brainwashed all of your life. That's when I left for good. Don't get me wrong ... it's a beautiful book and has many wonderful parts. But it is historical fiction that has some true and some untrue tales, just like any other collection of myths and legends. It is not a "sacred" or "divine" book, but it is an important one that does contain clues to history. In fact, if you study history, you'll find that many of the stories in the Bible were inspired by earlier Pagan stories. It shows just how much the ancient Israelites were inspired by the Pagans around them. Very interesting stuff ... just not divine.
1. You were forbid to open up ur mind, your intellectual.
2. You were forbade to read other religious scriptures or spiritual books out of Christianity!
3. All unanswered quarries starts and end with God.
4. Bible speaks of God as all powerful, omnipresent and omnipotent which is questionable...
5. You are made auto suggestions to believe blindly in God without using your own logic and conscience. etc.
the number of folks that use it to judge. hate. justify racism. homophobia. and self righteousness
Why "unfortunately" from China?
Kathy Muhl McMillan
The lack of intellectualism. The weird insistence on having the physical world match the Bible, for example, many Christian's insistence on the earth being actually 6,000 years old when we know that it is billions of years old.
Buddhism helps me be a better christian.
Never trust a religion that diagnoses you with a sickness in order to sell you the cure. Never trust a religion based on human sacrifice.
All religions are made to enslave the people
If you are looking for enlightenment for me the Bible is not a very good roadmap.
religion is for people who are afraid of hell. Spirituality is for people who've been there.
Christianity failed me in two ways. First, many but not all Christians are intolerant of others. Second, when I took the time to learn the history of Christian writings and dogma I realized that what we’re taught in church often bears no relation to the original teachings. That being true, I wonder how much is false and how much is authentic.
It did not show me the way out of suffering. It opposed all other religions saying they are wrong (the same thing being done by other religions). It taught to be tolerant but it did not tolerate anything different than itself. A cluster of old religion…See more
the doctrines are false
You’ll learn quick. Christianity is a fear based religion.
Christianity itself did not fail me. It's followers did ;)
Part of the problem is that people take literal, the parts of the Bible that should be accepted as metaphorical; yet the lessons that should be obviously taken literally, basic teachings about humanity and how we should treat each other, are often overlooked, or even only accepted allegorically. The various Christian churches and “faiths” just seem to to further muddy the waters, by teaching the opposite lessons than the wisdom than can be gleaned from the text. There is much in the Bible that illustrates the misogyny of the era and intolerance of its people toward each other. It’s easy to confuse historical context with how we should behave when teachers exploit passages for their own agenda. Read the text, but be careful of hidden agendas- and it can help establish a code to live wisely and compassionately, maybe even gratitude. However, this is not a map to end our suffering, or the suffering of others.
It is not Christianity that fails, it is the people. I am a chaplain and talk with many people and the majority of people complain it is with other supposed like minded people. People do not realize that it is an intimate relation ship you have with your higher power, not man. It was not Buddha, Jesus,, Shiva, or Muhammad that created the mess the world is in, man did. Many choose not to believe and for whatever reason it is on the individual, not the religion itself. Some say it is fear based, but fear only exists in the mind, in the now fear is non-existent. meaning we fear what is going to happen. it hasn't happened therefore it does not exist. I am sorry I could go on with more.
Cause Jesus is made up of eight different gods. Krishna horas Elijah and that's just a few
Dogma vs self inquiry.