By A.L. De Silva
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Ere is of course no example of him ever praising war, encouraging it, or going to war himself. ). ). But the Buddha was not content with merely speaking in favor of peace or with being peaceful himself. He actively promoted peace by trying to stop war. When his relatives were about to go to war over the waters of the Rohini River, the Buddha did not take sides, urge them on, give them advice on tactics or tell them to show no mercy to their adversaries as God did. ” Both sides dropped their weapons and peace was restored (Dhammapada Atthakata Book ,).
E only sacrifice that the Buddha asked us to make was to give up our selfishness and replace it with love, wisdom and kindness. ove We are told that God is love and the Bible sometimes mentions love as one of God’s attributes. However, there are different types of love. A person can love his or her own children but hate the neighbor’s children. Someone might have a strong love for their own country but a burning hatred for another country. ough we may love someone deeply, we may, due to changed circumstances, grow indifferent or even hateful towards them.
Christians also claim that all the events in Jesus’ life were prophesied in the Bible long before he was born and the fact that these prophecies came true proves that he really was the Messiah. Let us have a look at some of these supposed prophecies and see if they are as accurate as Christians claim. In the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament it says: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called ‘Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace’.
Beyond Belief: A Buddhist Critique of Fundamentalist Christianity by A.L. De Silva