Buddha

According to this site...

Buddha was born around 565 B.C. in Lumbini in modern day Nepal. His name ‘Siddhattha Gautama,’ means ‘descendant of Gotama whose aims are achieved/who is efficacious in achieving aims’, he later became the Buddha (literally Enlightened One or Awakened One). He is also commonly known as ‘Shakyamuni’ or ‘Sakyamuni’ (lit. “The sage of the Shakya clan”) and as the Tathagata (lit. “thus come” or “thus gone”). Gautama was a contemporary of Mahavira.

I HAVE managed to find different years of birth on different sites, but I have found out that he was actually a person.   I posted, on my facebook, today a quote from Buddha…

when there’s a fork in the road, choose wisely: remember that ultimately, you become that path.

And I kind of irritated someone because she believes in Jesus and Buddha is an idol. AND… something about the fact that he was not real.  Funny… it looks kind of like he was real. Why is posting something that makes sense and makes you go… hmmmm yeah…. I never really thought of every decision I make quite like that… kind of like… you know… you can make every decision exactly once because even if you have “the same” decision to make later (pie or cake… coffee or tea… this exit or the next one) no matter what decision you make the next time you have to make it you have a different set of circumstances to weigh the decision with.

I’m not quite sure why the person took exception with the quote or with the fact that I said Buddha was a very smart man… I wanted to argue the point, but I didn’t… I decided that it wasn’t worth the effort of pointing out that Buddha was really a man.

I suppose that I shouldn’t, given that Jesus is apparently all that there has ever been as far as smart people… I shouldn’t quote Mother Theresa… or Gandhi… or Dr Seuss… or anyone else who makes me think.  I should not think.  I should read only one book. And I’m pretty sure I shouldn’t THINK about that… just site scripture without any application of The Word.

Sigh.

I try to think I’m broad minded and that I enjoy stretching my mind.

I wonder… given that

Matthew 17:14-20

And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. …

I guess that means that I should assume that my daughter is possessed by demons because it says so in Matthew?  I guess so.

Since I can find that in several different versions of my Bibles (in almost exactly the same verbiage)…

Sigh…

Should I narrow my mind?  Or unfriend the friend of a friend….

My life is too short to deal with argumentative people who I’m not related to… Sorry… I voted your tiny little brain OFF my island.

 

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