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Is the Lotus sutra just a story?
There have been many comments in this forum regarding the Christian faith, and obviously due to the nature of the forum, outside of the faith. I have made the observation that perhaps much is influenced from predominantly negative experiences, or ignorance about the faith. I admit that ignorance also comes from within including with me. God is a mystery on the horizon that we walk toward never quite getting there, and if we try to grasp Him in our hands (intellect) He slips through our fingers.
I have read in threads that the Bible as been just a story, that the Church uses it teachings just to control people, or that people outside the faith know more about what Christ was teaching or what it means to be Christ like as opposed to those in the faith.
This certainly is true. To the pedestrian soul the bible is just a story and nonsense, some churches do steal money from the sick and the old where abuses and control issues do abound, and there are certainly holy people outside of the faith.
However, to think that one’s own faith tradition is without issues, that their aren’t teachers who are only serving their self interest, to think that because the Buddha or Jesus came before us and struggled we don’t have to, or that we know better and don’t need to follow the tenets of our faith in our own spiritual struggle is the worst form of ignorance. We follow the tenets of our respective faith’s to become Buddha or Christ like. We take refuge and place our trust and confidence there.
Is there something more to the Lotus Sutra than just a story of cosmic proportion, or could it, like the Bible, reveal the illumined or enlightened life?