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What's more I guarantee such advanced souls refuse to take any money for passing on their enlightenment ...
Sorry @Namaste Jesus For repeated editing.Sounds like yet another attempt by man to go it alone and create his own salvation.
Sure, we were given the freedom to choose from the start. When I say 'go it alone' I mean bypassing God's word in favor of man's.Perhaps there's an issue here, that one should not deny man the right to try to 'go it alone and create his own salvation.' Sure, give it your best shot. See how you go. But these people are not at all trying to do it alone.
Just skipping around, some of those teachings aren't bad. Pretty good actually. The few I read tend to reinforce a lot of Biblical ideals, though from an entirely different cultural perspective in some cases.
Oh dear, LaLa Land Looking at the list of contributors ... if WASP is White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, is there an equivalent acronym for the BatGap collective. Predominately American, predominately white, predominately affluent and educated, New Agey, Liberal, etc.
Sorry, inclined to disagree. I'm more in line with RJM and NJ above.... in a spiritual, and in my opinion, very religious setting, no less.
Sorry, inclined to disagree. I'm more in line with RJM and NJ above.
Interesting viewpoint. Not sure scholarship would endorse it, but there you go.And yet, Christianity arose out of Gentiles cherry-picking from a Jewish messianic group and Greek philosophy and Roman mystery religion.
I regard cherry-picking from its philosophical viewpoint, the equivalent of children in a sweet-shop.To look down on cherry-picking is to look down on the historical origins and heritage of religions.
LOLThat said, newage anything-goes mush religion gets on my nerves just as much as venerable ossified joyless tradition and new-atheist reductionism.
OK. I suppose it depends how one views 'cherry-picking'.Feel free to correct me!
OK. I suppose it depends how one views 'cherry-picking
And our Baha'i friends would say, to be a good Jew, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Krishna devote and so on, one would be a good Baha'i?I've heard it said you can't be a good Christian without first being a good Jew... But you seem to be implying to be a good Jew one would be a Christian?
The whole point is that Christ came to do away with outer forms of piety and to replace blood sacrifice etc. He said it's what comes out of a man's mouth, not what goes in.Thanks, that was interesting!
I was specifically thinking of the abrogation of most of the Jewish law by Paul and a grudging Peter, which made early Christianity more attractive to the Greeks. The Acts of the Apostles document this plainly. Picking the proverbial cherry of being in a contract with God, but not picking the contractual obligations like circumcision, or having to decline gyros with tzatziki sauce, or seafood, or bacon...
I like these innovations a lot. But how they can not be seen as cherry-picking is beyond me.
As to philosophy: Christian theologians over millennia have drawn on some, but not all of classical Greek philosophy. To pick something at random: The figure of Socrates is a favorite. He was admired as an example, even by Christians. And it makes sense: Greek philosophy was part of a good education, alongside the epics and so on. Of course Christians had to choose what to keep and what to abrogate. Again, how is that not cherry-picking?
Religious traditions do not exist in splendid isolation. Early Buddhism (and Jainism and a host of other movements that have since died out) and Vedic Religion, later Buddhism and Puranic Hinduism, Buddhism and Central Asian Religions, Nestorian Christianity and Manichaeism and Zoroastrianism, Buddhism and Chinese religion... They all cherry-picked from each other, even when they were not direct descendants.