Originally Posted by Bill
Does any one else have complete doubts?
On my religious/spiritual journey along with the unfolding of my life -- I just can't believe in God or Jesus (or Mohammad or Buddha). I wish I could but I can't.
I would give any thing to believe that Jesus exists and cares for humankind but my rational mind says, no. I wish there was something beside emotionality and hysteria that resolved in my heart that there was a caring Jesus. But currently, no.
Is it because I'm gay?
The problem is reconciling ancient thinking with modern thinking. I agree that the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) don;t jive with modern thinking.
Buddhism, however is merely a science of the mind. There is no diety or after-life or spirit. It is just the mind and how to imrpove your mental and emotional state with focus of intellect.
Buddha was a man. a prince from 2,500 years ago who through trial and error developed meditation technique and a code of behavior that optimizes release of suffering.
Try goung on you tube searching Jack Kornfield