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I really like this forum. I think it's lively- when so many other Buddhist forums are boring and/or idle.
I think there's a great diversity of people here who choose to view and practice Buddhism from different traditional and cultural perspectives.
That being said, it always bugged me (a little bit) why this particular topic/discussion (Comparing Religions) was included or considered relevant; and what the purpose of it is.
I often read through the different threads started under this topic heading, and I almost always come away with the feeling that it's nothing more than a platform for people to "judge" other religions (or Buddhism itself) by way of comparison -- which inevitably leads to both offensive and defensive talk. It really seems to me to be a topic with very little practical learning to it.
Someone comes along and criticizes Christianity (and let's face it, that faith is the one most compared) because of experiences or common misconceptions, then someone defends it according to their experiences and knowledge of it. Nearly all the threads start and stop with the same pattern. Some people just want to / need to 'rant' a bit about bad experiences or impressions they have with other religions, and honestly it really gets nowhere for either side of the coin.
Are we defending other religions to encourage those who might be interested or newly following the Buddhist path to instead follow another religion? I wouldn't think so. Are we comparing religions to Buddhism to in some manner 'prove' its superiority over other religions? Well, that might be a good thing in many eyes, but really one should choose to follow Buddhism for better reasons than that. (like because it 'rings true' to something deep within).
So I ask... Why compare at all? What is accomplished?
I think this topic - comparing religions - is irrelevant and usually not in the spirit of 'right speech'.
But maybe that's just me.....