Hey everyone! I'm back after a rather lengthy stay away. During the past 6 months, I have been mostly a very conservative and what I would call "hardcore" Catholic. Roman Catholic to be precise. Well, now I am beginning to get "tired" with it all and I am back to looking at Buddhism again and also liberal Christianity. As most of you know, I have tried both Buddhism and liberal Christianity in the past.
I wonder if there is a way to combine Buddhism with Christianity? I think my boyfriend does that to a certain extent. He has told me in the past that he really admires Buddhism. However, he also really admires Christianity and is, in fact, a liberal Christian himself. So yeah, I do think it is possible to combine the two. I am sure that some would disagree but hey, people are going to disagree about lots of things all of the time so if you disagree, let's agree to disagree or at least have a calm and open discussion about it.
I don't really feel like discussing the whole issue too much but I will say that it is the fact that conservative Christianity is just way too strict for me. I do not like all of the strict dogma and such that one has to follow in order to be a conservative Christian. I am mostly talking about the morality aspects of conservative Christianity. However, the theological aspects also bother me to a certain extent. The "brand" of conservative Christianity that I am a part of has soooo many rules and dogmas and such that it is hard to tell when one is actually being "orthodox" or not. And being "orthodox" has always been something that is very important to me (for the past 6 months anyway so maybe not always ). I guess you could say that I have held the view for a long time that if you're going to be a member of a specific religion, you should obey it strictly. I don't really feel that way any more. I now feel that if one wants to be a member of a religion, one should follow their own beliefs to the best of their ability. Of course, if those beliefs have the potential to harm oneself or others, then they should be abandoned. I do not believe that the "Divine" or "God" would want us to harm oneself or others. I would think that most people believe the same.
But anyway, I am going to do a lot of contemplating in the next few days and possibly even weeks.