The title doesn’t adequately describe the blog and is over-simplified a bit but I’m lazy so whatever. Here is a comment I gave about buddhism and other western religions/philosophies and how they differ from traditional christian teachings which I thought worth sharing:
In eastern religions like buddhism, taoism etc this is nothing unusual, the wisdom of their teachings is esoteric, meaning so subtle it can be learned but cannot be directly taught. When you go to a zen master they teach by leaving a trail of bread crumbs, not hitting you over the head with some simplistic message – the point is to make you wise not make you conform. And you can’t become wise by being told what to think any more than you can become a bodybuilder by watching someone lift weights – you have to do the work yourself. This is why I really like buddhist and taoist teachings, because they’re not dogmatic. It’s not about believing anything, it’s about using these subtle texts to make you think and to open your mind and make you gain more and more insight over time. The first time I read the tao te ching every other paragraph I was thinking “um, okay…” But by the fifth read I was struck by the meaning of passages I found objectionable on their face or thought didn’t make sense. Which isn’t to say I now understand the “true” meaning of them, there is no true meaning, there is only truth. And when a doctrine is dogmatic it narrows peoples’ minds, but when it is a riddle it produces open and seeking minds. One way produces tremendous ignorance and arrogance like what we see in fundamentalism, and the other produces wisdom and open-mindedness and deepens the positive qualities of humanity.