[quote="Sufjon, post:4, topic:269437"]
Buddhism is more a way of life than it is a religion. There are more and more people who consider themselves Christians who use Buddhist techniques in life. Hinduism is a very inclusive religion in which Jesus can be included in a larger context of encounters with God. I do not, however, think that any of this is what Mr. Osteen was referring to. My sense is that he was making reference to the fact that every person has a life to live, and each life has a story, the culmination of which can be union with Jesus. So, if there are x number of people on the planet, then there are x number of paths that can be taken to Jesus, but my sense is that Mr. Osteen was viewing each of these lives as a potential path to Christianity, or stories that can end at that conclusion. Not that I agree with him, this is what I would bet he means.
I've been late to this as always----sorry------computer problems this time----------
Good post, Sufjon-----but Christians using "Buddhist techniques" belies the fact that:
a) They are supposedly already Christian;
b) "Buddhist mediation" (which is what I think you are implying----is VERY different than Christian contemplation).
Also,the Buddhist religion is essentially atheistic----how can a NON-BELIEVER (let's say) arrive at Christianity through a NON-CHRISTIAN religion?
The thing about Hinduism, though, Sufjon, is that Jesus is basically just another one of MANY Gods-----in fact, Millins of Gods in the Hindu pantheon--------just another "Enlightened, Superior Being," to be precise. How can one differentiate enough to determine Jesus is THE "One" when He is just one among many?
What you just mentioned may be one of the number one reasons why Hindus have not converted en masse to Christianity------to you guys, jesus is just another God among Millions of Gods. Not surprising, given that Hinduism is probably the supreme accomodationist religion par excellence in the world-----you guys have absorbed elements of EVERYTHING that has come your way----from Islam to Buddhism to Jainism. Christianity is just another "religion to absorb." :rolleyes::)
Don't understand that.
Anyway, thatnks for the post. Await your answer if you have any. :thumbsup: