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  • 1. e B UDDHANET' S BOOK LIBRARY E-mail: bdea@buddhanet.net Web site: www.buddhanet.net Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc. A L De Silva Beyond BeliefBeyond Belief

2. eyond elief uddhi ritique of undamentali hriianity by A. L. De Silva ree Gem Publications Published ree Gem Publications Church Street Camperdown N.S.W. Australia ISBN 0 646 21211 7 is book is not intended as an attack on Christianity or main- stream Christians. e purpose in publishing this book is to counteract the dog- matic propaganda of the, so called, born again evangelists. Buddhist Library Meditation Centre Church St. Camperdown N.S.W.Tel. 3. alama utta During the Buddhas time, as now people were and are confused by the myriad religious beliefs expounded by different religious teachers who exalted their own teachings and denounced those of others. is discourse was given by the Buddha when he was asked by the Kalamas (the citizens of Kesaputta) who were con- fused over the many religions at that time. e uddha said: o not accept anything on mere hearsay (i.e. thinking that thus we have heard for a long time) o not accept anything by mere tradition (i.e. thinking that it has thus been handed down: through many generations) o not accept anything on account of rumours (i.e. believing what others say without investigation) o not accept anything just because it accords with your scriptures o not accept anything by mere supposition o not accept anything by mere inference o not accept anything by merely considering the appearances o not accept anything merely because it agrees with your preconceived notions o not accept anything merely because it seems acceptable (i.e. should be accepted) o not accept anything thinking that the ascetic is respected; by us (and therefore it is right to accept his word) But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept and abide by it. 4. ontents Kalama Sutta ............................................................................................. Preface ........................................................................................................... Christian Arguments for Gods Existence e Authority of the Bible............................................................ e Existence of the Universe..................................................... e Argument from Design ........................................................ e First Cause Argument........................................................... Miracles .................................................................................................. e Argument for Gods Necessity........................................... e Try and Disprove Argument........................................... e Testimony ...................................................................................... Why God Cannot Exist e Problem of Free Will............................................................... e Problem of Evil........................................................................... Why Create?......................................................................................... e Problem of the Hidden God .............................................. God or e Buddha Physical Appearance........................................................................ Character................................................................................................ Attitude to War................................................................................... He Set an Example by being a Man of Peace.................... 5. Idea of Justice........................................................................................ Attitude to Disease ............................................................................ Creating Evil........................................................................................ Sacrifices................................................................................................. Love........................................................................................................... Fact and Fiction in e Life of Jesus Did Jesus Exist?................................................................................... Prophecies about and by Jesus...................................................... e Birth of Jesus............................................................................... Was He A Good Teacher?............................................................ e Last Supper.................................................................................. e Trial................................................................................................... What Happened to Judas?............................................................ Jesus Last Words............................................................................... e Resurrection ................................................................................ Was Jesus God?................................................................................... How did Jesus become God?....................................................... Was Jesus Perfect? ............................................................................. Hell............................................................................................................ Miracles .................................................................................................. Inconsistency........................................................................................ How Buddhists See Jesus.............................................................. A Critique of e Bible Is it Gods Word?............................................................................... Is the Bible Inspired?....................................................................... 6. One Bible or Several?.................................................................... Are ere Mistakes in the Bible? ........................................... Is the Bible Reliable Testimony? ............................................. Who Did Write the Bible?......................................................... Mistakes and Variations in the Bible.................................... Changing the Lords Prayer....................................................... Removing Verses from the Bible............................................. Selective Interpreting..................................................................... Buddhism e Logical Alternative e Buddha......................................................................................... When we Die we are Reborn.................................................... Life is Suffering................................................................................ Suffering can be Overcome........................................................ ere is a Way to Overcome Suffering................................. Right Understanding..................................................................... Right ought, Speech and Action....................................... Right Livelihood............................................................................... Right Effort ........................................................................................ Right Mindfulness and Concentration................................. How to Answer the Evangelists You do not believe in God so you cannot explain how the world began. ................ en what does Buddhism sat about how everything began?................................. Buddhism is impractical because it says you cannot even kill an ant...................... e Buddha is dead so he cannot help you. ............................................................ 7. Unlike Christianity, Buddhism is so pessimistic. ................................................... Jesus teaches us to love but Buddhism encourages us to be cold and detached....... You claim that when we die we are reborn, but there is no proof of this. ............... If we are really reborn, how do you explain the increase in the worlds population? Nirvana is an impractical goal because it takes so long to attain and so few can do it. In Christianity, history has a meaning and is moving towards a particular goal. Buddhisms cyclic view of existence means that history has no meaning and this makes Buddhists fatalistic and indifferent......................................................................... e Buddha copied the idea of kamma and rebirth from Hinduism. ..................... Jesus forgives our sins, but Buddhism says you can never escape the consequences of your kamma. .................................................................................................................. Christianity has spread to almost every country in the world and has more followers than any other religion, so it must be true. ..................................................................... God blesses those who believe in him. at is why Christian countries are so rich and Buddhist countries are so poor. .............................................................................. Christianity has been a force for progress while Buddhism has done little to improve the world. ........................................................................................................................... Buddhism may be a noble philosophy but if you look at Buddhist countries you notice that few people seem to practice it. ..................................................................................... Conclusion ................................................................................................ 8. reface he purpose of this book is thr

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