How is your personell view on Christianity? Do you see it as a way to enlightment too?
I got into a discussion about the similarities between Buddhism (Theravada point of view) and Christianity.
My Theravadin friend tried to figure out similarities or parallels between "Buddha, Dharma and Sangha" and the Holy Trinity of "Father, Son and holy Ghost" - and he has many more such mixing up ideas. Sounds good, but in the details i feel it as false. He calls it interreligious understanding - i call it jumble.
Also he tried to point out the necessity of the "Evel" as a counterpart for "Good". He tried to tell me, there is also a God as creator (Brahma) and a devil (Mara) mentioned in the Palikanon.
I argued, that Brahma is no Creator, because he is not outside of Samsara, and that Mara is something different than the Christian "devil"...
In this discussion we found out that i have a big feeling of refusal against Christianity. I don't believe it functions and i, for myself, don't like to mix all these beliefs and assumptions together. Also it is my impression that this Theravadin friend brings himself to mental confusion, because he doesn't really stand against "Black Magic". He doesn't like this word, he calls it "left path" and he also refuses this for himself, but he says it is a possible way.
I don't like this kind of self-invented teachings. So he calls me ignorant.
He argues, my absence of open-mindedness is not buddhistic and is a hindrance on my path. I suspect, i hurt his feelings with my point of view.
But i don't think that this kind of open-mindedness (accepting EVERYTHING even black magicians) is helpful for me right now.
Any ideas or experiences? Thank you.