India, Nepal, Thailand or Taiwan?
February 23, 2013 9:03pm CST
I am a Christian but I have been exposed to other religions and beliefs especially so that I work in the arts. I am at a crossroads in my life at the moment and I am also a bit lost spiritually. I go to church when no one is in it. I just feel good in the peace and quite, almost all the time dark empty house. The sound of the opening door or of footsteps of someone coming in and out randomly echoes, my eyes are closed all the time, even if I am not praying. I feel like I don't even need to speak my mind because He reads it clearly. I know He does coz I always go out with a more positive vibe, renewed. But i feel like I need a spiritual adviser that does not depend on what is said in the bible. I feel that what is written on it is very judging. I am not saying this to challenge someone for a debate. I am just saying this coz the more I read it then all the more that I have questions to raise. I learned martial arts and was with a Buddhist housemate two years ago and how we spoke about spirituality had so much more impact or effect on me. Now I am planning to either go in one of these countries to get to know my spirituality more thru Buddhism...
24 Feb 13
I don't think I could be of much help to you because I myself am lacking in faith. However, I never thought of forgetting Jesus as my God. He has constantly helped me in my daily life. I've been through a lot since I was a child but believing in him gave me hope. Believing in Him, taught me how to love other people even if it's sometimes hurting. Even if I had lost my faith in him in the past, He had constantly shown His presence in my life. It is true that a lot of words in the Bible are quite judging but if you try to read them and understand them, I noticed they are conflicting as well. And so I came to a conclusion that there is no such thing as perfect person even in God's eyes. We are all imperfect so we need not stress ourselves too much about how sinful we are. Knowing this however should not stop you from aiming to be better. We don't need to be perfect. We just need to be the best that we can be. With this in mind, I get to enjoy life while working hard. Aristotle once said, "A life of moderation is a life of happiness." You would easily notice judging verses in the Bible but I hope you also notice those instances where in God made you aware that no matter how sinful you are, He still loves you. I am not fond of memorizing verses maybe because I am a little dumb but I remember that instance when God forgave even the criminal who was crucified with Him. I also remembered when He begged the Father to forgive those who had led him to suffer for they did not know what they were doing. As for me, listening to Buddhist teachings wouldn't be a bad idea at all. I read Taoist books and Socrates. I adopt their teachings if I see them good. That is because I believe that Christianity is not a religion but rather of faith. Religion may define to whom your faith is but your faith in Jesus Christ would never be measured by your religion. As for Buddhism.. even if books would say it is a religion, I wouldn't consider it as one. Sorry if I could not be of much help. God bless and I do hope you finally search yourself. I usually do a serendipity walk during weekends. I just walk and walk and look at things around me and do introspection. (^.^)