Wednesday, January 20, 2010

There's a llama at the end of this post

Ok: So I generally stray away from religion that's "organized" (most likely due to my decidedly disorganized personality) but it's really interesting to study and observe how people revolve their lives around religion... from an outsider's point of view, that is. Yes, we should all study religion and try not to be biased against any of them. (Which doesn't happen. Everyone's a little biased. I have to try really hard to not be biased against the predominant faith in Texas and all of the states for that matter, but it's hard)

Judging by that intro, you'd think this would be a long rambly rant-y post, but alas, it's not. It's a comparison of quotes.

A biblical quote one of my friends recently posted on facebook reads "Trust in the lord with all your heart and do not trust your own understanding." or something to that effect.

However, a popular quote among Buddhist scriptures reads "
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, even if I [the Buddha] have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own understanding." (Truth be told, it's one of my favorite quotes of all time since it promotes being an independent thinker)

Interesting, no? Generally, all faiths preach goodness and kindness and helping the fellow man... but this, my friends, is one way in which they severely differ. Food for thought. [Insert deity of choice here] bless. Y'know, if you're into that. :)

And now, to relieve the headache I've most likely given you via my ramblings, here is a picture of me and a llama.


middleagedtreehouse said...

So is that the Dali llama?

Kate said...

ba dum- chh

CNE said...

St Thomas Aquinas says that reason and faith must fit together for either of them to be real. Things from the bible are only true if they fit with our sense of reason. So...what was this about again? Oh right. I like llamas.