060625-alone.jpg"The idea that there are really no substantive differences between religions needs to be held up to careful scrutiny and declared fraudulent. For example, Islam says that Jesus was not crucified. Christianity says He was. Only one of us can be right. Judaism says Jesus was not the Messiah. Christianity says He was. Only one of us can be right. Hinduism says God has often been incarnate. Christianity says God was incarnate only in Jesus. We cannot both be right. Buddhism says that the world's miseries will end when we do what is right. Christianity says we cannot do what is right. The world's miseries will end when we believe what is right"

– Alistar Begg, Made For His Pleasure , 126

I just came across this quote, while doing my browsing through Jesus-freak websites, and it got me thinking. I realized what it is that everyone seems to be doing wrong when they think about religion and spirituality. It all seemed to be bickering over technicalities, and most of it I think I'd have to know more about the religions concerned to really argue them, but at least with that last little bit I can explain how Christianity and Buddhism are really saying the same thing.

"Buddhism says that the world's miseries will end when we do what is right. Christianity says we cannot do what is right. The world's miseries will end when we believe what is right"

Believing vs. doing, that's a fine line. Would any christian argue that believing what is right will not lead to doing what is right? What could possibly influence our actions more than our beliefs? If our beliefs are the cause of our actions and our actions are a reflection of our beliefs, doing and believing are essentially the same thing.

Making a distinction between doing and believing is, in some cases, nothing more than a route to a cop-out. Some, especially spiritually lazy, Christians have separated the two so that they can do wrong, but still believe they will go to heaven simply for believing right. In reality, if they truly believed right they would do right too.

So really all that both of these religions are asking from their followers is rightness in every form they can muster.  It shouldn't be so hard, but for some reason they just can't do it.

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