I was just discussing “walking in faith” with Buddhist friend of mine…. different myths, cultures, language, experiences, BUT the TRUTH MUST BE true for ALL or it’s NOT the TRUTH. Attachments or Judgments, is there a difference? NOT REALY – learn to let them go. Look for the TRUTH, which must be the same for both. Lately I have been hearing a lot about the “666” discussion. In John 3, Jesus says:
“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
In Google: 6 and 7 are presented as:
- SIX is also related to the Hebrew word shanah, meaning change or repeat. Both Hebrew and Christian sources believe six indicates “imperfection,” “man”, or “evil.” For Christianity, this occurs preeminently in the Book of Revelation. Buddhist cosmology typically identifies six realms of rebirth and existence: gods, demi-gods, humans, animals, hungry ghosts and hells. Earlier Buddhist texts refer to five realms rather than six realms; when described as five realms, the god realm and demi-god realm constitute a single realm.
- SEVEN is the number of completeness and perfection (both physical and spiritual). It derives much of its meaning from being tied directly to God’s creation of all things. … The word ‘created’ is used 7 times describing God’s creative work (Genesis 1:1, 21, 27 three times; 2:3; 2:4). In Buddhism, seven is the number of ascent, and Buddha is said to have walked this number of steps at his birth.
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
- 777 Spirit, of Spirit, by Spirit Genesis 1 Created in the IMAGE and LIKENESS of God
- 666 Mark of the beast- “man,man,man” Genesis 2 made from the dust of the earth.
“flesh, of flesh and by flesh”
Is it coincidence or the commonality of TRUTH that both faiths or paths express the same underlying similarities Although I haven’t studied the Buddhist Dhamma, I would love to hear, from any reader, their take on the subjects. Google search states:
“Buddhism says that there is one in many and many in one, but not that we are all one. We are individuals and each one of us is the whole of our own Universe in which all the others appear in as characters.”
Buddha dealt with the sufferings and attachments in this world, leaving enlightenment to the Enlightened, whereas Jesus spoke of a personal “SPIRIT-ual” relationship. As Jesus said “My Father’s mansion has many rooms and I go to make a place for you.” Through the Blog I hope to delve deeper into these concepts.
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