My dog and Buddhism
by, 06-Oct-2011 at 08:07 (479 Views)
His name is Kody. And he's very weird.
When he wakes up in the middle of the night, he sometimes gets up and sits...and just looks at me. I try to call his name to see if he would respond in any way to it, but he doesn't; he just stares. After about 15 seconds, he goes about in circles on the pillow and lays back down, and he doesn't look at me at all after he does that. I'm honestly a LITTLE creeped out when he does it, because I have no idea why he does. Maybe he's just sleepwalking...can dogs sleepwalk?
Just a disclaimer: if you are a highly religious Baptist, or a devout atheist, you may want to stop reading right now...
On a totally different note, I think I might convert to Buddhism. Finding that article about rainbow bodies had gotten my attention turned to the religion. The basics state that YOU are responsible for finding the right spiritual guide in your life. I have always been a Baptist, but sometimes I find ways to disprove that Jesus' resurrection happened the way it says in the Bible. Don't get me wrong, I think he was totally and entirely devout to dedicating his life to improving the ways of mankind, but I find it very hard to believe that he was God reincarnate. That article on rainbow bodies offers a new interpretation of Mary seeing Jesus rise into heaven; maybe she was seeing the rainbow that he had formed. After all, Jesus was incredibly wise in his ways, especially in a spiritual sense.
The thing is that I'm scared of venturing into something so new. I had no idea about how Buddhism worked until just last night. I often preach the philosophy that the only reason people don't approve of new things and don't invite it with open arms is due to fear. Fear of the unknown, and what might change with this new venturing. I am used to following the Baptist beliefs, and going into another religion unarmed with the proper knowledge makes me hesitant. That makes me a hypocrite in a sense, since I am not currently following that philosophy. I would very much like to get into Buddhism, because it suits me and my views almost seamlessly. Maybe I'm rushing myself...converting to another religion can't happen overnight, can it?
My views on Baptism are nothing more than a very literal interpretation of the Bible (as far as what I've experienced from living with Baptists, and from going to a Baptist church for a few years). Many people are this way, atheists and believers alike. I usually go on Yahoo! Answers and answer questions for people. I venture into the religion and spirituality section quite a bit, and some of the die-hard Christians follow a direct interpretation of the Bible. Along with atheists, who like to ignorantly label the Bible as "a book of fairy tales." That gets me angry, but there's no point in arguing with them, because they're all just trolls with nothing better to do than bash believers with shallow proof that God doesn't exist. To me, of course there was not really a talking snake that convinced Adam to eat that fruit. It was sin that told him to. But to not go further than saying "that isn't true at all" shows me that people are too lazy to think things through, and choose to ignore that which may be of higher authority than them out of pride.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a literal interpretation of the Bible. It's just not the way I think. I'm convinced that the original scriptures were written in a highly ambiguous manner, so that they could reach out to as many people as possible. I mean, God's intent is to get as many followers as He can, right? I happen to take things more in a metaphorical mindset, and so to me, all the stories in the Bible are symbolic and meant to represent certain things which align with the behavior of man. I give some major props to the individual who wrote the first tangible Bible!
I could go on, but in the case that someone is reading this, I don't want to overwhelm you with even more religious ramblings. And I give major props to YOU for making it this far if you have!