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

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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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auntb93

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

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

(sassy & tangy) is ho-ho-hoing

According to Buddhism you can be both.
According to Christianity you can’t.

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 Brahman and his three creation first.

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.

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

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 bad Christian, even Jesus Himself didnt say not to like other religions. He taught to lead a good life thats all.

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 has taught us or you don’t. (ahh – you don’t)
You live a spiritual life of syncretism which goes directly against the 1st Commandment. (See Ezra 9-10)
Also, you are adhering to the unscriptural destruction of yoga. I’m sure you don’t even have a clue what this is. Yoga is part and parcel of one of the denoms of Hinduism. Yoga is an eight-step process called “Astanga Yoga:. The purpose is for the person to find transcendence from this world of reality to that of “unreality” – to a state of “enlightenment”. The utter failure of this is that the purpose is to become “like a drop of water in the ocean”. In yoga, the person eradicates every aspect of her personality to become one within this fully impersonal monism.
If you think you’re doing this for exercise, you can explain that to Christ when you see Him.
You are being twisted in a spiritual war. (Eph 6:12) And you see yourself as being righteous for that effort.
You do not see the truth and are not even willing to exert any effort to find out the truth. You do all that you do because you are like most people – 100% selfish for your own justification. At some point you might come to realize that you do not do sanctification on your own power. It is accomplished by and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
(ahhh – but you’re on the WRONG side of the fence for that)

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, Taoists, and Confucianism followers (all of which are pantheistic) do not believe in a God who is the creator, anthropomorphic God of Christianity. Pantheists see “God” as being everything (which is where this gets confusing). Take the Tao for instance. The Tao is “The Way”. It is everything, but it is also nothing. If we give it a name, we are defining it, and the way can’t be defined. It is nature, it is everything we know, and especially it is everything we DON’T know. It is the Tao.
The “higher power” of Pantheism isn’t the same in ANY way as the Christian “higher power.” There is no thought by the “higher power” there is only karma, which is the consequences of onesown actions in this life, and can carry over into the next. The “higher power” doesn’t judge. It doesn’t say “Jake, you have sinned against me! I shall smite you, and send you to eternal damnation.” The “higher power” of pantheism is just the way things work out, naturally.
To summarize, Yes, you can be whatever you please, as well as being Christian. Just be aware of the pitfalls of identifying yourself as a Christian X (Christian Buddhist, Christian Taoist). You must find a way to combine your religion that works for you. If you prefer to substitute the Tao with God, that is your prerogative, but be sure to do your research. You may come to find some interesting theories that you would have never thought of before.
If you are interested in Taoism, I recommend reading “The Tao of Pooh” and the “Tao Te Ching”.

geeksball

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.

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 is given into the hand of the wicked; He covers the faces of its judges) that it is very essential that holiness should be maintained in the exercise of religion to have everlasting life with our God and Father.
You cannot have two churches where you can practice religion. The Holy Bible specifically Ephesians 4:4-6 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. Therefore there is only one religion that’s being practice in one body which is the church (Colossians 1:18 He is also head of the body, the church;).
I do not know what you are referring to when you mentioned “super christians”. You cannot read this phrase in the Holy Bible. May I refer you to the blog of Brother Eli Soriano: http://www.esoriano.wordpress.com which has won the educational to follow of the internet.

Ronie

survivor – i’m always here

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?
.

sonya

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 : )

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