Enter A Dharma Door Deeply
Z: (After hearing about it from H) Gnostic Christianity, as with many things, is very interesting indeed. But life is too short to compare religious similarities and differences to no end. Life can end any time too. Good to 一门深入 (enter one Dharma door deeply) to practise towards substantial results before life expires. I have chosen the Pure Land path. Amituofo
H: Good for you! All the best.
R: Well said! If a victim has fatally injured by a poisonous arrow, will the victim quickly seek for medical help to save the day or sit back to analyse where, what, how, when did the arrow hit him? Z is right. Life is transient and full of uncertainty. 一门深入 is the only remedy to remove the venom from our mind and save ourselves from cyclic existence.
A: When theists say 主说世人都有罪 (‘God’ says humans have sins), Buddhists should counter that 佛说世人以一切众生都有佛性。世人不是有罪而是有病，被三毒的毒箭刺伤，在六道轮回却把它不当一回事，
Z: Indeed, we are already shot. And this poison on the arrow can kick in any time. Honestly, from the truly little I know, there is nothing in Gnostic Christianity that seems uniquely valuable, that the Buddha did not teach clearer. And if Jesus did learn Buddhism in India in his ‘lost years’ before and after crucifixion, it means he was not even close to being a Buddha himself in his time, which is why he needed to learn. It also means it’s more straightforward to learn Buddhism from the Buddha’s teachings.
[Buddhists do not subscribe to the idea that an almighty omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent creator God exists due to these reasons: www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/beyond-belief02.pdf]