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My Misguided "Christian" Ethic Intersection
I had a realization today in my therapy session: how my perfectionism is rooted in my Christian upbringing and indoctrination. I also looked at the concept of "sin" as lensed through the Four Noble Truths. By doing this, I'm not sure "sin" exists, per se.
By making the Christian proclamation that all people are "sinners" we become vested in the idea that as "sinners" we are, in essence, no good. By NATURE (in Christian doctrine) we are not good. Goodness, indeed, spiritual wholeness, according to the doctrine, only comes by way of the external source called "God" or "Jesus" or the "Holy Spirit."
From what I've learned thus far, Buddhism never says we are "sinners," but rather, by our very NATURE (again) we cause our own suffering. But, no where, did the Buddha state or imply that we are "no good." But that we CAN change our relationship to the inevitable suffering and bring about a spiritual transformation within ourselves.
Christianity espouses such a transformation but never details how to do it. Perhaps its the idea of "place your trust in God/Jesus." In a literal way? I can see putting my trust in the idea that it is POSSIBLE to to get to a spiritual transformation, but I have not found that path to transformation within Christianity like I have in Buddhism.
Granted, this experience is mine alone. I bring it to this group not to impose a binary "true" or "false," on these ideas but to deepen my thought process on it.