11 Religions in 7 Days

11 Religions in 7 DaysIf you could choose to be born into any religion, would you pick your own or another? Me? Sometimes I wish I’d been born a Buddhist.

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Instead of being raised in the dour Dutch Calvinist church where I was exposed to such limiting concepts as unconditional election (only a lucky few are predestined by God for salvation) and total depravity (humans are incapable of refraining from evil), I would have learned about the Four Noble Truths, a philosophical guideline for ethical happy living.

Rather than face the ever-present threat of hell, I could have aimed for nirvana here on earth. Instead of looking toward the heavens for answers, I would have been encouraged to seek them from within. “Be ye lamps unto yourselves,” urged the Buddha.

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