“O monks and wise men, just as a goldsmith would test his gold by burning, cutting and rubbing it, so must you examine my words and accept them, not merely out of reverence for me.”
“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ…”
2 Corinthians 10:5 (Paul)
Paraphrasing the Buddha: “Don’t believe, test everything I have taught.”
Paraphrasing Paul: “Cast doubt out, discipline your mind.”
Buddhist and Christian theological positions on doubt are in huge contrast ! This is another aspect of Buddhism that I embrace. But believers of any faith may not believe their theologies. There are Christians who have worked out comfortable ways of doubting and Buddhists who believe irrationally. People are all tempted by dualism and religious mentality and no matter what the teaching, they go for magic. People always hope that their beliefs and actions lead to a better life. And when suffering hits (as it inevitably does), they often despair of their false faith.
I found this post which illustrates well how many everyday-Buddhists buy into the same delusion of Christians. I have witnessed this in Japan and China many times.
Theologians and common believers are often two different animals ! So for those who think Buddhism is the answer, realize that no matter what faith one contrives, people are the ones who change it !