The problem is not only that other 'religions' may have little or nothing to say about questions which are of burning importance for Christianity, but that they may not even see themselves as religions in precisely the same way in which Christianity sees itself as a religion. Middle Eastern religions Main articles:
The Dalai Lama has said: But if I were to say that Hinduism and Buddhism are totally different, it would not be in conformity with truth. Who is a Hindu? The Bhagavad Gita doctrine of lokasmgraha good of humanity and of Divine Incarnation influenced the Mahayana or the Northern school of Buddhism.
This quasi-historical notice, reduced to its less allegorical expression means that Mahayanism is much indebted to the Bhagavadgita and more even to Shaivism.
It may be called a reform within Hinduism. The formative years of Buddhism were spent in the Hindu religious environment. It shares in a large measure the basic pre suppositons of Hinduism.
It is a product of the Hindu religious ethos. Religion and Culture - By S. The origin of Christianity is due also to Buddhist influence. The teachings of the Buddha got woven into Greek, Egyptian and Hebraic theology, giving rise to the new Christian religion.
Flavius Joseph observed that the Pharisees of Alexandria had taken from the Indians the belief in resurrection of the dead. Though this idea was alien to the Hebrew dogma, it gradually got absorbed into it, which probably explains the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
At a more mundane level, Christians who venerate relics, ring bells and burn incense are unwittingly imitating Indian rituals that were established many centuries before Christianity.
Ironically in the 19th century, some Christian missionaries expressed their indignation at Indian pagans ringing Christian bells and burning Christian incense when in point of fact it was the Christians who were imitating the Indians.
These influences from India may come as a surprise to many Christians. Yet they were often discussed in the early 19th century when Europe discovered the Vedas and the Upanishads in translation. More recently, with the discovery of the Dead Sea Biblical manuscripts, some archaeologists who specialize in religion have spoken once again of an Indian connection between Buddhist monks and the Essenian community which lived next to Jerusalem.
The Hindus venerate Christ as an Incarnation, and they see that his essential message is that of the Sanatana Dharma the Eternal Religion.
The special ethical and religious ideas contained in the teachings of Christ have no antecedents in the religious traditions in which he was born. John the Baptist, who belonged to the monastic sect of the Essenes, was a Buddhist.
Moffatt, in his book, Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, vol. The Christian historian, Mahaffi, declared that the Buddhist missionaries were forerunners of Christ. Millman admit that the sect of the Essenes arose through the influence of the Buddhist missionaries who came from India.
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Josaphat sees a blind man, a cripple and a dying man. The idea of Incarnation is purely and Indian idea. It was not known among the Jews.Tomorrow is the big event on Stoicism for Everyday Life in London, at which Mark Vernon and I will be discussing the relationship between Stoicism and Christianity.
Mark has an interesting story to tell – he was a priest, who then left Christianity and found an alternative in Greek philosophy. The Bible is a lot of things to a lot of people, but to Christians, especially, it is a source of inspiration and a guide to daily living..
To others, the Bible is a historical document and a source of controversy. To others still, the Bible is a self-contradictory mish-mash of arcane rules and proscriptions, mostly relevant to long-dead cultures in far away places.
Editor’s Note: This exchange between French philosophers Pierre Manent and Rémi Brague originally appeared in the January issue of the French journal L’Incorrect as “Rémi Brague & Pierre Manent: Duel de Géants” in January. L’Incorrect is a new conservative-minded journal of ideas in France that challenges the presuppositions of political correctness.
The Bhagavad Gita, Buddhism and Christianity. The Dalai Lama has said: “When I say that Buddhism is part of Hinduism, certain people criticize me. But if I were to say that Hinduism and Buddhism are totally different, it would not be in conformity with truth.”. "There is far more violence in the Bible than in the Qur'an; the idea that Islam imposed itself by the sword is a Western fiction, fabricated during the time of the Crusades when, in fact, it was Western Christians who were fighting brutal holy wars "There is far more violence in the Bible than in.
Tomorrow is the big event on Stoicism for Everyday Life in London, at which Mark Vernon and I will be discussing the relationship between Stoicism and Christianity. Mark has an interesting story to tell – he was a priest, who then left Christianity and found an alternative in Greek philosophy.