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Soldiers of the Cross?

Has it occurred to you that Y’shua never made that correlation? That was a Paulism. Would it surprise you to find that Y’shua probably would shudder at such a title for “His” followers? Remember that to all of the people of Judea soldiers were representatives of Rome. They were often cruel, many times brutal, seldom considerate of other humans in any way. That is so far from the “Path” that Y’shua was teaching that it seems way off key when we celebrate such a position. Now, keep in mind, as I address this glitch in our thinking that the US has never had a “professional” army in the same sense that Rome did. We have professionals, yes, but the bulk of our army is citizens, not mercenaries. There’s a reason for that, and it does indeed go back to the type of people soldiers become in such an atmosphere.

Be that as it may, Y’shua would not have encouraged his followers to emulate soldiers in any way. I am not all that certain I understand why Paul took the church in that direction. Part of the issue may be that Y’shua was calling individuals to a closer relationship with Spirit, while Paul was organizing a flock he hoped would all march to the same tune.

I admire individualism. That cannot survive in a regimented atmosphere. In fact, if you look at the many churches we have all within a few blocks of one another in many cities, you will see that most churches have no give in the fabric of their construction for the individual. When someone has a different vision of Hashem, they almost have to start another church instead of making room in the old fellowship for a different way of seeing things. I remember hearing a preacher once say that if you did not see God the way he saw God, you could not worship at the same altar as he. I didn’t argue, I just left.

But then, here is the point of this musing: does a God that so completely treasures variety that there are so many different flowers, trees, plants, animals, even colors of humans, really want those who follow and obey to be like rubber stamp copies of one another? I doubt it. Even the clouds in the sky do not copy one another exactly. And then there is something else that it seems Y’shua wanted, it was for each of us to mind our relationship with the Almighty, and leave our neighbor’s relationship to God between the neighbor and God. But then, Paul thought it was all right to scold people for doing wicked things when they weren’t even doing them. So the children follow the pied piper, should I be surprised?

A Christian Buddhist ~

I know, you have to seriously wonder if such a category even dares exist. And the painful truth is, not as an orthodox Christian. However, there are several points at which Buddhism and Christianity are so thoroughly alike that one needs to examine the differences as a matter of testing their importance. The results of such an examination might surprise you.

The major difference between Buddhism and Christianity is that Buddhism is a path of disciplined living toward becoming a happier and more fulfilled individual, while Christianity is (ostensibly) about being at the very center, of God’s will in how you live your life.  One Buddhist may believe in Indra, another in no God at all, another in Shiva. There is no contest among them, as Gautama Buddha taught that it was not a relevant issue toward one’s inner peace. Buddha, in fact would not allow his followers to make him into a God in any way. I am not sure that it would actually please him that there are statues of him all over the world. He said he was not a God.

Now, Y’shua may have actually claimed that he was the Son of God, but almost invariably when he is quoted as having said things of this sort, there is following a teaching on the fact that Hashem taught that we were all Sons and Daughters of God. However, his teachings were mostly about finding peace in obedience to the teachings. In other words, by pleasing a Holy God.

Yet, at the heart of both their teachings is only one command or discipline to be practiced. Compassion. This is the sum of the Buddha’s teachings, this is the sum of Y’shua’s teachings. When you realize this one thing, there should be no reason that one cannot be a Buddhist Christian.

The one difference that most orthodox Christians would point out, then, that cannot be overcome is that the churched do not believe in reincarnation. That is pretty basic to Paulist Christianity. And Paulist Christianity is what is practiced in every church I have ever been inside. I am not a Paulist. There were many things he wrote that I find helpful and wonderful, but the man did not even walk at Y’shua’s side, and I will not follow his teachings.

I have no problem with reincarnation, in fact, I believe it actually occurs. Therefore, for me, there is no problem in being a Buddhist Christian.

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