The author in the linked articles below tried to put forward the argument that a Christian could “practice the Buddhist “Eight Fold Path” while not compromising their faith.
The Buddhist Eight Fold Path is defined as:Right view Right Intention Right Speech Right Action Right Livelihood Right Effort Right Mindfulness Right Concentration
He tried to assert that it did not matter what you believed as the eight “rights” in the Buddhist Eight Fold Path could apply to any belief system.
But when I challenged him on this he literally started chasing his tail. At first he tried to hold to the position that it did not matter what you believed, that you could be a Good Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or whatever and still follow the practice of the “Eight Fold Path”.
Then after I showed him that the “eight rights” in the Buddhist Eight fold path divorced from any single universal firm belief system were actually just arbitrary terms, and depending upon your individual belief system the definition of what each of the eight “rights” mean could change very drastically.
As we have seen in Islam, where the meaning of “the freedom to choose to believe in Allah or not” has a very odd meaning indeed! And the eight rights above would have very different meanings within Islam as well that would be diametrically opposed to the meanings within Christianity.
So then he changed his story, in the comment threads of his second post he then said that the “rights” in the eight fold path actually are grounded in a firm belief system in Buddhism known as the “Four Noble Truths” And that by accepting the “Four Noble Truths” then you would have “The Right View” which would put the rest of the Eight Fold Path” “Rights” into their correct contextual meaning.
So then I showed him how the Buddhist Belief system of the “Four Noble Truths” clearly contradicted God’s word especially in regards to the origins of existence, the reasons for existence, the origins and causes of suffering, and how to end suffering. He then just let loose with ad hominem attacks on me and then he finally showed clear contempt for the Biblical teaching of Salvation and Eternal life!
Folks this is what is slithering into the Christian Church. People who call themselves Christians accepting the words of adherents of false religions such as this, and it’s because these people who call themselves Christians do not either care to read God’s Word, understand it and follow it. Or who have accepted the post modern lie that God through The Bible is not clear in his revelation of truth and salvation to man, hence the meanings of words in the Bible are arbitrary and can change depending on how you choose to apply them! (subjective and relative truth)
Therefore it is alright to pick and choose elements of any and all religions because you are the one that places the meanings on those practices that suits your own desires.
For these people no one has the right to place fixed meanings on words, passages, chapters or books in the Bible. And if you do so you are an extremist and have a very narrow view of Christianity.
I encourage everyone to read the two linked articles below and then the comment threads after each article. You will see the subtle tactics that Satan uses to introduce what seem to be innocent practices into Christian teachings. But if you know God’s Word and use it as a mighty sword you bring to light the real agenda behind such efforts, and Satan in the end shows his true colors: Contempt for God!