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What religion do you think I am? And can I be two?

So I consider myself a Christian… I think. That’s the problem. I was born and raised a devout Protestant Christian. I’ve read and studied the bible a few times and I even teach Sunday School. I firmly believe in God and my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. But in my Psychoanalytical Thought class we were discussing quickly the different aspects of different sects of religions (monotheism, polytheism, etc.) and Pantheism seems to really, really, appeal to me. Personally, I believe that:
-Everything happens for a reason.
-Everything in the world is connected, on a sort of spiritual level.
-There is a higher power.
-I believe in meditation, ‘Ohm’, and zen.
-I sort of believe in Nirvana, that through meditation you can reach a higher understanding.
-I strongly believe in fate. Again, everything happens for a reason.

If you haven’t guessed, I do yoga five times a week, for the past three years.
So what religion do you think I am? What religions are considered ‘pantheistic’? I was thinking of Buddhism and Hinduism? Is it possible to be a Christian AND a Buddhist (and not praise Buddha) or Hindu (and not praise the their deity)? And please, super Christians, refrain from your ‘heathen’ comments, I know the bible, quite well actually.
Thanks a ton in advance! 🙂
I also believe strongly that god has created, and is in, everything in the universe.

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Here is an article about respecting all faiths and peaceful coexistence of major faiths by Dalai Lama… http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/opinion/25gyatso.html?hp

I hope you will find it helpful : )

Hogie
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Hogie

I wish I had a dime for every time I heard someone say they know the Bible.

What you are talking about is commonly referred to as “New Age”.

It is incompatible with the gospel, and Scripture in general.

So you know the Bible “quite well”….

Ok then, what is a Christians relationship to sin?

Does God justify the ungodly?

What’s the difference between the old covenant and the new covenant?

According to Christ, who gave the OC law to Israel?

What is a tithe?

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Ronie
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Ronie

survivor – i’m always here

benlorangeles
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benlorangeles

I believe you have no religion. In the Holy Bible James 1:27 This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. There are two main essences or parts of this Bible definition: 1. to visit orphans and widows in their distress which is charity or love (agape in Greek); and 2. to keep oneself unstained by the world which is holiness. This is because this world is already given into the hand of the wicked (Job 9:24 The earth… Read more »

geeksball
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Why should your feelings about Christianity be incompatible with Buddhism? After all, Buddhism is the oldest religion on the planet and many Muslim, Hindu and Christian traditions are derived from it.

Get this DVD (probably from EBay, from a Thai vendor): Life of Buddha — be sure it specifies the BBC documentary version. It’s all there.

jessi.larae
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jessi.larae

Okay, first things first, It IS okay to be a mix of something. It’s YOUR religion. It’s what YOU take away from your religion that matters. If someone asks what you believe, you DON’T have to say “Well, I’m a Christian but I believe in X” (X being what ever you want it to be). Second, Buddhists don’t worship the Buddha. Buddha was an enlightened individual. He reached Nirvana. His teachings guide you to the path of Nirvana. There is no conflict there in terms of worshiping God, and following the 8 fold path. The only conflict here is, Buddhists,… Read more »

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craig b

First, you can be a Christian and a Buddhist because Buddhism is NOT a religion! There is no god in Buddhism. It is a philosophy of life. That’s all it is. There is no salvation, no relationships, no love in Buddhism. There is no life and death. It is NOTHING! If you know the basic doctrines of Christianity, then you also know that there is only one side to the fence. The side with Jesus Christ on it. On the other side if satan and you can’t be on BOTH sides at the same time. You adhere to what Christ… Read more »

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vjbunny

Religion ,sect are man made. Asyou age you get to like new ideas of other religions so you liked Buddhist and Hindu teachings. Eventhough I am a Hindu I like some of the teachings of all religion so I consider myself as to belong to human religion. We modern Hindus don’t bother what religion others are.In Hindu teachings there is a saying that there is ONLY ONE GOD but people pray him under various names but all prayers reach HIM if done with pure thoughts. Don’t worry as long as your views doesn’t hurt others. Bigots may say you are… Read more »

temps15
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temps15

sounds very much like SIKHISM .

In Sikhism you believe in

-Everything happens for a reason.
-There is a higher power.
I believe in meditation
-I sort of believe in Nirvana, that through meditation you can reach a higher understanding.
-I strongly believe in fate. Again, everything happens for a reason.

and sikhs dont even worship hindu deities or worship buddha

you can go here : http://www.sikhnet.com for further info

joe
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joe

No it is not possible to be a true christian and also a buddhist or a hindu or wiccan or pagan or any other faith.

To be a Christian means that you beleive that Jesus is ‘the way, the truth and the life’. No one comes to the Father except thru Him.

The bible warns severely the dangers and consequences of seeking another path into Heaven besides Jesus.

Jeebus ur Christ â„¢(AM, Lvl 5)
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Jeebus ur Christ â„¢(AM, Lvl 5)

Hinduism is a Polytheistic monotheism (Oxymoron, but then they believe the only one god Brahman and his three great gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and the many little godlings. It would be easy to convert the one god to god and his three great gods to archangels and the many little godlings to angels). Buddhism is a pantheistic religion, self training to reach nirvana. You can be a christian and still practice buddhism as a living method. You cannot be a Christian and be a Hindu at the same time because to be a Hindu, you need to believe in… Read more »

(sassy & tangy) is ho-ho-hoing
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(sassy & tangy) is ho-ho-hoing

According to Buddhism you can be both.

According to Christianity you can’t.

Maximus Genesis
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Maximus Genesis

Well, I would think a true Christian would be satisfied enough with Christ.

Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon

auntb93
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auntb93

A liberal Christian can add almost anything to their Christian base. But you sound to me most like a Unitarian Universalist.