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- From Buddha to Jesus: An Insider's View of Buddhism and Christianity by Steve Cioccolanti
- From Buddha To Jesus, An Insider's View of Buddhism and Christianity
- ISBN 13: 9781854249562
Cioccolanti says, Christians could say, "That's great! Can you keep the Five Commandments, or seen ha? Same with Chapter 16 "Reincarnation. Steve also gave four reasons why he doesn't believe in reincarnation: 1 Hebrews ; 2 All animals I have ever seen act instinctively and without concern for morals, contradicting reincarnation; 3 He uses Scott Noble Stand to Reason Ministries to question 'Why does a person need to be under hypnosis The word 'Aryan" which Nazis used to refer to a "master race" actually comes from a Sanskrit word meaning "noble.
Nearly all Buddhists and Hindus who believe in reincarnation desire to come back in the next life with whiter skin as Aryans are at the top of the caste system I appreciate the contribution he makes at the end of chapter 20 when he addresses "Is There a God in Buddhism? There is also absolute morality and a just distribution of merits and demerits. This happens through Jesus. Chapter 24 went into the Tripitaka Tipitaka and I came across what I thought was some good material, but when I looked up the sites, they didn't work the book is from He went into some differences in translation between the Bible and Tripitaka, which were ok, but I felt some were used to make the Bible's translation history look impeccable.
I think he could have included some Bible history and more specific Buddhist history. Rather than allowing the whole nation to be enslaved, the Prince gave his life as security for the liberty of the rest of the Thai people. Pra-Naresuan then became highly trained in martial arts and military skills under his Burmese guardians, and three years after the Burmese King died, Pra-Naresuan led a victorious revolt against them. This can obviously be used to share how Jesus' life can be used to set us free although differently The Appendix gives some interesting information about Tongsuk Siriruk see connection with Ch.
Now for the parts of the book that were frustrating: -Chapter 14 "The Ten Karmas" includes some of the frustrating parts of the book. He speaks of how there are "Ten ways of karma, or Ten ways of death that will cause a human to go to Hell" In Thai: gumma bot sip, or hon-taang hang gum sip yaang serng ja tum hai mannut pai soo narok. But where does this teaching come from? No citation! In other words, maybe it wasn't his teaching, it was just to "connect" to his audience before branching off and discussing other things. This is purely speculative, and I didn't think his reasoning was too convincing.
But this seems hard to do as they are myths and not reliable as no sources are provided.
It could possibly work for engaging some people, but for those I mainly speak to I just do not feel comfortable sharing them. He does specifically mention that the Bible does not teach reincarnation, but he says how much Buddhists like this text and just seems to go completely overboard in his fantasy-land 'rationalization' of how much 'debt' has been accumulated as a result of not only the reader's personal sins, but the entire world as a whole--he actually calculates specific dollar amounts.
Then he quotes his friend, a former monk, Tongsuk Siriruk, found a version of Buddhist scripture in Kampee Khom, meaning Cambodian or Khmer Canon a seemingly very meaningful text. But, again, no specific reference Jan 11, Kathy S rated it it was ok. I was very excited to start this book because -as a Christian - I wanted to learn more about Buddhism.
Soon it became clear however, that the book was written from a very conservative perspective with a side kick of almost extreme evangelism at times.
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Throughout the whole book, it became clear that it was written with the intention to evangelise Buddhists, which fundamen I was very excited to start this book because -as a Christian - I wanted to learn more about Buddhism. Throughout the whole book, it became clear that it was written with the intention to evangelise Buddhists, which fundamentally I think is a bad idea because how can we accept other religions and encourage more tolerance and understanding, if we start from this angle?!
May 05, Girlie Garcia rated it it was amazing. Honestly speaking, i don't have that much knowledge about Buddhism except what the western movies showed to me which i found it to be wrong after reading this book. I've learn a lot of new things that i didn't know before. My view of Buddhism was really changed.
I've realized that as a christian it's not that hard to reach out to buddhist. All i need to have is to be equipped with the right and accurate information which Steve Cioccolanti provided in this book. It is not just informative but als Honestly speaking, i don't have that much knowledge about Buddhism except what the western movies showed to me which i found it to be wrong after reading this book. It is not just informative but also very practical.
May 25, Liz rated it really liked it. Class reading. Steve Cioccolanti's unique bicultural identity gives him insight into both worlds. Half Thai and raised Buddhist, he converted to Christianity after exploring a few different religions. His Christian theology bends a little conservatively, but he's identified inroads for how Christianity makes sense in a Buddhist context.
Dec 02, Margaret Makewell rated it it was amazing. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Steve's style is so easy to read and follow. If you're a Christian around Buddhists, you need to read this. Jan 30, Rod rated it it was ok Shelves: apologetics , buddhism. I enjoyed this book. Although half way through I started getting a little sceptical and doubting the authors abilities.
It seems like his heart is in the right place but his facts seemed questionable. I know very little about Buddhism doesn't everyone? The problem seems to be that everytime i read something it disagrees with other things i've read: oh well, that's religions for you. It's apparently impossible to put any core Buddhist writings together in a Bi I enjoyed this book.
It's apparently impossible to put any core Buddhist writings together in a Bible like format. But the one thing i do know is the Bible Yes, i've been reading and studying it for 30 years. And I found a few problems with Cioccolanti's reading abilities. In the chapter: Is there a Hell. He says; "worms, maggots, snakes, beasts and terrible monstrosities. All of which hate you because they hate God The verses you mentioned don't clearly say that. Would a loving God do that?
God will leave you alone to your own torment and anguish Yes, read Luke I think Steve has seen too many horror movies. You are making the Christian God out to be just as nasty as the Allah of Islam. He seems to like burning people's flesh off and replacing it endlessly. No where in the Bible does God torture people.
NO reason for God to do it. There was almost a glimmer of hope for this book until Steve thought it was important to mention Crazy old Smith Wigglesworth a some-what infamous Christian Evangelist who supposedly raised around 20 people from the dead - mostly his wife numerous times, yes - now is a goodtime to laugh. That alone is embarrassing enough. I won't even get into the speaking in tongues foolishness.
But if you were going for credibility? You blew it buddy. I will now lump all of your Buddhist expertise right beside your Biblical expertise in the who-cares file. You gave me some interesting things to think about in the area of Buddhism.
Thanks for that. Sorry Steve; you sound like a really nice guy who is working hard for Jesus but Be careful. Apparently some comments misunderstand my discussion of biblical hell. Yes there is a hell, indeed it is fiery and eternal for those who have NOT been covered by the Righteousness of Christ. But my Bible still doesn't have any verses that match Steve's imagination: " But please keep trying Valid indeed - but no mention of being stung, bitten or beaten and torn apart in hell.
View all 3 comments. The author was born in Thailand in a family of Catholics, Buddhists, Methodists and Muslims and now is a follower of Jesus who pastors a church in Melbourne, Australia. This book serves as a fine basic primer to Buddhism, especially from the perspective of other followers of Jesus. It convinced me that what most Westerners think they know about Buddhism is wrong.
From Buddha to Jesus: An Insider's View of Buddhism and Christianity by Steve Cioccolanti
Certainly most of what I thought I knew about Buddhism was wrong. We use the word "karma" to mean things the Buddha never would have re The author was born in Thailand in a family of Catholics, Buddhists, Methodists and Muslims and now is a follower of Jesus who pastors a church in Melbourne, Australia.
We use the word "karma" to mean things the Buddha never would have recognized. It surprised me to learn that Buddha had a lot to say about sin and also about hell. Steve Cioccolanti doesn't think Buddha even believed in reincarnation but only referred to it out of respect for his Hindu roots.
Most important, Cioccolanti says, Buddha's teaching points to the lostness of the human race -- there is no escape from our karma, and that is not a good thing at all. In fact, Buddha's teachings, like the Hebrew Bible, point to the need for a savior -- and that savior, Cioccolanti says, was provided through Jesus Christ.
From Buddha To Jesus, An Insider's View of Buddhism and Christianity
I think "From Buddha to Jesus" could have used stronger editing. It seems a bit disorganized and occasionally repetitive. On the other hand, it has a nice conversational feel, as if Cioccolanti is so excited to share his observations with you that he can't wait long enough to present it in a perfectly uncluttered way.
Dec 04, Sally rated it liked it. The author took his family name from his 2nd father, who was not the one raising him. His mother had two husbands. I found it to be an insightful and eyeopening read. There are also some Buddhist parables included which are pretty interesting. Preparing for a trip to a Buddhist country? If so, this book offers many ways to carry on a conversation that would get others thinking about Christ as a way out of the cycle of suffering!
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Is God Anti-Gay? This page book contains ancient parables and prophecies of Buddhism that bring us back to Buddhaaes original message and real-life stories of Buddhists that illustrate Eastern thinking. This book will dispel many Western myths about Buddhism and empower Christians to engage Buddhists in a culturally relevant way. It's time to unlock the mysteries held in 2 of the world's Great Religions! Steve explains the concerns, fears and stresses that Buddhists experience - Buddhism is not a way of harmony and cosmic unity, as Westerners tend to think - and suggests what Christians truly have to offer.
Buddhism is a rapidly rising religion in the West. But few Westerners know what Buddhism is like from the inside. Steve, who made the journey from Buddhism to Christ, sets himself to compare the two faiths. The book is studded with stories, parables and illuminating observations. This book is remarkably easy to read, and Steve is an engaging and original guide.
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