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Pase66
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CultLeader34
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Buddhism (Pro) or Christianity (Con)

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Started: 2/26/2015 Category: Religion
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Pase66

Pro

The debate is simple enough. Which religion, of the two, is more relevant in our present day 21st century, first world society. Which one offers more truth, and which one is "better" (I left the word open to interpretation, as it will be up to the voters, based on the arguments that both sides give, to decide which one is better in their own terms).
Definition of Truth: the quality or state of being true
http://www.merriam-webster.com...
Definition of True: agreeing with the facts ; not false
http://www.merriam-webster.com...

Con agrees to argue for the side of Christianity (any or all sects they wish), and I, Pro, agree to argue from the side of Buddhism (any or all sects I wish).

The Burden of Proof is shared, and the first round is for acceptance only.

For the voters and/or readers, I ask that you please keep an open mind, and consider the arguments, and not let your personal beliefs weigh in too much.

For all of those involved in this debate, Con, readers, and voters, I thank you.
CultLeader34

Con

Buddhism is not a religion at all. It is a philosophy. To be a religion it has to have a deity. Buddha is not a person but a rank of status for those who have achieved Nirvana or a state of wanting nothing but letting life flow. Technically a Christian can be Buddhist. Christianity on the other hand is a religion. I would say in science Christianity is more relevant while being somewhat equal with Buddhism in philosophical ideas.
Debate Round No. 1
Pase66

Pro

I thank CultLeader34 for accepting.

1.) The Question of Religion
First, I would like to point out the definition of religion.
Religion- An interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group.
http://www.merriam-webster.com...

Yes, many religions have the worship of a deity involved in them. But, the main concept of every religion is that there has to be some level of faith attached to it. For someone to be considered a Buddhist, they must have faith in the four indestructible objects of faith:
1.) The Buddha
2.) The Dharma (the teachings of the Buddha)
3.) The Sangha (the Buddhist community)
4.) The five precepts
http://www.sutrasmantras.info...
Thus, for one to be considered a Buddhist, they must have faith in these four items.

2.) Christianity and Buddhism
Con asserts the point that one can be a Christian Buddhist. Technically, one cannot (although I do believe that one should try different ideas and religions). To quote from the bible:
"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me'." - John 14:6
https://www.biblegateway.com...

As it is demonstrated, the only way to the Christian ideal of liberation (residing with the father) is through Jesus. But, in Buddhism, the way to nirvana (the Buddhist ideal of liberation) is through the teachings of the Buddha, and not Jesus. Thus, Buddhism and Christianity are incompatible.

3.) The Buddhist Worldview
The Buddhist worldview is actually a very viable worldview. It can be summed up in the four seals of the Dharma:
1.) All compounded things are impermanent.
2.) All stained emotions are painful.
3.) All phenomena are empty.
4.) Nirvana is peace.
http://buddhism.about.com...

As these are just my premise, I won't go into detail just yet. In Con's turn, I ask con (although con doesn't need to comply) to state his (I will refer to Con as he/him/his from now on, until Con says otherwise. If I have offended anyone, I apologize) argument of why Christianity is "better" than Buddhism.
CultLeader34

Con

CultLeader34 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Pase66

Pro

Since Con has forfeited the previous round, I will not make an argument this one.
CultLeader34

Con

CultLeader34 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
Pase66

Pro

Since Con forfeited the last round, I shall make no argument for this one.
CultLeader34

Con

CultLeader34 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
Pase66

Pro

Since Con has made no argument, I see no need to rebut (any further) anything Cons has said. Please, vote Pro.
CultLeader34

Con

CultLeader34 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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