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Buddhism and "Recovering" from Fundamentalist Christianity
« on: September 05, 2015, 04:56:17 pm »
I'm curious if anyone else here has any background in Christianity. For my own part, I grew up in a church that followed a strict literal interpretation of the Bible (in most aspects. It was a little strange in its beliefs, so I've learned later.) That way of thinking has been difficult to overcome, and led to a lot of depression and anxiety. I turned to Buddhism in part to deal with the feelings resulting from that, and have found it very helpful. Now I hold no resentment toward the old church or its teachings. In fact, I feel pretty bad for them because they believe something that has little to do with what Jesus actually taught. I wonder if any of you have come from a similar sort of background? How do you see Christianity now? Do you still have issues stemming from your time in the church? And how has Buddhism helped you?

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Re: Buddhism and "Recovering" from Fundamentalist Christianity
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2015, 07:11:19 am »
I was raised Catholic, but my family wasn't strict. I read the old and new testament, when I was in my twenties. Jesus's was a very wise man, his teaching, which most people don't follow, are what buddha taught. I just have trouble with Christian's, in general, they be Dont follow his words, and use them against others. To suit their point. I live in Rome Italy, but never turned to the church during my bad times, I turned to Buddhism. I to, as many suffer from panic attacks, through meditation I'm doing better.

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Re: Buddhism and "Recovering" from Fundamentalist Christianity
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2015, 12:18:34 pm »
The same criticisms can be leveled at Buddhism and every other "ism" in existence, so my advice is that people stop carrying their baggage around with them and not trade it in for a new set of Samsonite luggage.

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Re: Buddhism and "Recovering" from Fundamentalist Christianity
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2015, 07:51:41 pm »
Dharmakara

oh...wow...very helpful

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Re: Buddhism and "Recovering" from Fundamentalist Christianity
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2015, 08:11:41 am »
I went to a baptist church with my wife for a few years before finding Buddhism, I feel the following about most Christians: They don't follow everything Jesus actually taught, it seems they follow the teachings when it's convenient to them. Not all Christians, but many. I'm sure there are Buddhists who don't follow all the precepts all the time too, though. Nobody is perfect.
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