He was permitted by God, created by God and is loved by God. His ultimate disposition? We will not and cannot know in this life, despite all appearances. Since he was “BC” it seems that anything is possible. Those who lived and died before Christ could not hear the Gospel unless…
He did teach to look at his philosophy and not at him, so he never made any messianic claim that I am aware of. His philosophy seems one of disconnecting from the ills and vagaries of life, sublimating it to the level of an abstraction or illusion. Hard to reconcile this, as his pain was real.
If one is detached and has no expectations or desires, there can be no disappointments. Yet, mankind has since been taught better.
Also interesting that much that is “known” about him is based solely on Buddhist tradition. Let’s review, shall we?
Buddha’s authority as a teacher, his writings and the tradition handed on.
A formula which sounds vaguely familiar, as if a precursor to something - which might also explain the Church’s rapid growth in Asia. I pray that it does!