I come from a fundamentalist Christian background. I am very familiar with the Christian world view. I never learned much about Buddhism, but I have been reading with some interest the comments about this religion here.
What strikes me is the strong similarity between Buddhism and fundamentalist Christianity (once you get past the trappings).
They both (according to posts here) deal with a truth. There are people who have the truth. There are people who don't have the truth. There is the idea of straying from the truth which causes suffering. And there is the idea that through sacrifice and meditation you can reach peace.
Religion is uniquely human. It reflects human nature and addresses human needs. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that they are really quite similar. But somehow I find it amusing.
Later (halfway down page 2):
... I am an atheist. I come from a Christian background as I said in my first post but my intellectual journey has led me away from this particular brand of spiritual truth.
I started this thread because of a few recent posts here claiming that Buddhism offers a better, truer spiritual truth than the other religions…
Any time you gain a spiritual truth it comes at the cost of reason.
I reject Buddhism for the same reason I reject the other religions.
But I find these posts saying "My Spiritual truth is better than all the other Spiritual truths" to be a bit amusing. And we have now had these types of posts from Buddhists as well as Christians and Muslims. From my perspective, there isn't much substantive difference.
Is Buddhism similar to Christianity - a topic by Max:
The subtext (in my opinion) of what Max was getting at, seems to me to be a need for Max to have Buddhism attacked by some atheists on this site in a similar way, to the way fundamentalist Christianity
is attacked by some atheists on this site. The reason: because some people who post on this site allegedly believe that Buddhism is superior to fundamentalist Christianity. If Max could get those atheists to see Buddhism as similar to Christianity then attacks by some atheists would highlight how Buddhism was not superior but worthy of similar attacks by some atheists; attacks that were previously only aimed at fundamentalist Christians and Muslims
One problem Max has is:
Is it possible to be both a Buddhist and a Christian
Is it possible to be a Christian and an atheist?
Is it possible to be an atheist and a Buddhist? Yes