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A christian I was born and raised
but life taught me to change.
From the good and bad I faced
A Buddhist I became.



Telling good from evil
ain't the pattern of my life,
now I have seen what we will
accomplish with white lies.

A christian I was born and raised
but life taught me to change.
From the good and bad I faced
A Buddhist I became.

I now spend my whole life reaching
for what I will never be,
but I live for learning & teaching,
for the journey to a dream.
And all their trying, all their preaching
will not stop me being me.
This is my entry for =ScENeYmE's All about you contest.
It was also featured here by =WorldWar-Tori :)


This was inspired by my friend :icons1v1:
I told him what I believed would be the best way to live, which - summarised - goes something like this: to find an impossible goal to accomplish and to spend the rest of your life trying to make it happen, and most importantly, enjoying the journey to the goal.
He immediately replied by telling me it seems a very buddhistic way of thinking. I was raised a christian though, and I'm not actually Buddhistic as such, it's just the way of thinking that seems to be similar to Buddha's :D

Title inspired by 7 days to the wolves by Nightwish.
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ArterialBlack716 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
i think it's rather strange, i am a Christian, but people often compare my philosophies with Buddhism. it's interesting in a way, to compare my experience with your poem. life does interesting things.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Ah, interesting! :) Thank you for commenting!
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BatmanWithBunnyEars Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011   General Artist
I see so much of myself in this poem. I was raised Christian (like nearly every other American), and after a great deal of research and thought, I later came to reject all religion as woefully unsubstantiated by evidence and some religious beliefs as logically impossible. I'm not a Buddhist, but the Buddhism's teachings of skepticism and its rejection of a divine creator and immaterial existences are very close to my own beliefs. In fact, I think the only topic on which we disagree is the rebirth after death. I could go into detail as to why I disbelieve this, but it essentially relates to the teleporter paradox. (In fact, I've already written very detailed essays describing what I believe and why.)

Another way I relate to this is in your desire to believe despite the evidence to the contrary. I don't care so much about the existence of God, but I really wish there were an afterlife. The existential terror of eternal oblivion after death is palpable. But no matter how futile and nihilistic a finite life may seem, that doesn't change the reality of the situation, which is a fact many Christians seem to ignore.

In any case, I enjoyed reading this. It's nice to see someone else who's not afraid to question the status quo and admit they don't drink the Kool-Aid.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Thank you for sharing your thoughts! :hug:

Yeah, I'm not sure about afterlife, myself. It'd just be so wonderful if there was such a thing. :XD:

I prefer to avoid speaking about 'reality', 'truth' etc when discussing religion.. because perception often plays a big part in that. I do not see atheism as better than religions, just as the one that makes the most sense to me, if you get where I'm coming from :ashamed:
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BatmanWithBunnyEars Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011   General Artist
I don't see how you figure that atheism is not better than religion. Religions make outlandish claims with little or no evidence, and an atheist is skeptical of beliefs that are poorly supported. (Contrary to what many religious people will tell you, atheism isn't a dogma or the systematic rejection of God. Atheism, itself, isn't a belief system at all, but merely the lack of religious faith.)

The fact is, there is a 'truth' and 'reality' out there that persists regardless of what we think about it. In the realm of theology, it has become fashionable to say that the questions of God's existence and the afterlife are unknowable, but I contend that they're quite knowable given the information that's available to us. (It used to be considered heresy to suggest that religion was unprovable or unknowable.)

If you're curious, I've written a detailed publication about why I disbelieve religion, responding the most prevalent and convincing arguments presented by theologians. It's called The Best Case for God: Refuted. It primarily focuses on Christianity because it's the most popular religion, but some of my counterarguments can apply to other religions as well. If you have time to read it, I hope you find it informative and enjoyable! :eager:
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WingDiamond Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
:iconnedflandersplz::iconsaysplz:My "Satan" alarm is going off! :giggle:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student Interface Designer
:noes:
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Ninjawannabe98 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
this is beautiful! :iconamazedplz:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Thank you :aww:
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Borbonne-le-Bonne Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
:iconrlytearplz: That's beautiful, man. I like simple poetry like this more than excessively flowery poetry, don't know why, but I do. Straightforward, simple, tells a story; instant fave. <3
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Thanks a lot! :love:
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TitusKun Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Student Artist
wow i really like this, very nice nice
and i think its a very nice direct way of explaining yourself in such few words!
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Thank you! :aww: I appreciate it :hug:
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TitusKun Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Student Artist
of course! lots of people admire you so keep doing your best on these writings
:)
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Student Interface Designer
n'awww, thanks :hug:
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marob0501 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Grappig dat vind ik nou ook belangrijk, de boeddhistische visie waarom we in de wereld zijn om jezelf ook te leren kennen en daardoor beter je visie kan uitdragen, ook deels terug te vinden bij de Vrij Katholieke Kerk, waarbij de kerk niet je de wijsvinger nawijst, maar dat jezelf verantwoordelijk bent, voor je eigen welzijn
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Ah, dat principe ken ik niet! Dank je wel! :D
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marob0501 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
^+^ Ik vindt het belangrijk dat een ieder zijn eigen weg kiest, ongeacht welk geloof, maar men moet niet fanatiek anderen opdringen, dit resulteert tot weerzin/oorlog
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Me eens :hug:
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marob0501 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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ASimpleArtLover Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
the two are not mutually exclusive. in fact, many religions accept the thinking of philosophy. I am a Christian, but with Stoic and Buddhist tendencies.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Oh, that's true, I hadn't thought of it that way! Thanks for the input :D
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ASimpleArtLover Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
no problem. it's kinda weird i foun this, cause it's what my senior thesis is on.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Ohh, interesting! :D I'm not that educated on the subject.:giggle: what do you study then?
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ASimpleArtLover Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
senior thesis in high school.

in college i am going to be an RN, hopefully with an APN certification a few years after that.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Student Interface Designer
I see! :D

What's RN or APN? does APN mean the same as it means on here? :O
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ASimpleArtLover Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
RN is registered nurse. APN is basically a doctor, but no surgeries.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Ohh I see :nod: I only know APN as "Animals, Plants & Nature", a photography sub category on here :lol:
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TheKittyMistress Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010   Writer
This is really good, I'm sure alot of people relate to this.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Thanks :hug:
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monsuerlaclauddebut Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student Writer
Theres the ability to be a taoist Christian, basically a Christian who also values the teachings of Buddha. Honestly I think I'm one of those myself, theres nothing in their teachings that go against the Bible. Buddha doesn't have to be seen as a god or deity, just a man with great ideas!
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student Interface Designer
That's really interesting! Thanks for pointing that out! I will research it actually. :D Although I'm not actually Christian anymore :P
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monsuerlaclauddebut Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student Writer
:) just keeping ideas fresh!
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Thank you for that. :D
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monsuerlaclauddebut Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student Writer
You are (as usual) very very welcome! :D
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Exillior Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I take it thou art a Nightwish fan? :meow:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Indeed :headbang:
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iloveacupcake Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
That is really good.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Thank you :aww:
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aztecian-phoenix Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Student Writer
A very nice work to really introduce your belief. I like the way you placed the 2nd stanza as a subscript on top, really caught my attention.

I do agree with what you've said (I'm not a Buddhist though) - reaching out something that seems impossible in your current stage. Perfection may be too far to reach right now, but we always try to create something close to being perfect. This is a very nice topic that was also included in your poem.:D
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Thank you very much for the comment :)

I'm glad you can relate so much :D Thanks :hug:
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aztecian-phoenix Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Student Writer
You're welcome.:)
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RiONX Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
:) Poetry I can relate too... now that's refreshing, nice work.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Student Interface Designer
Thanks a lot, that's great to hear :D
And i'm glad you can relate, well i assume you meant it positively, at least I am glad it is true for me :)
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RiONX Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
Yes,positively, LOL, kinda reminds me of some of the thich naht hanh, stuff I've read, "living Buddah living Christ" more specifically. I've never found the faith and philosophy to be contradictory... I have indeed chosen some seemingly impossible goals, but I am alive in the journey. :)
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Student Interface Designer
Oh, I see, I didn't know that.
And the bible itself is full of contradictory stuff... or so i've heard :P I think they are contradictory if you take the bible literally.

And thanks a lot for the watch, by the way :D
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RiONX Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
Ah, we could start a long argument about any of those ideas, but I wouldn't know which side of a metaphilosophical debate to take, lol.

And no problem by the way :XD:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Student Interface Designer
lol, true ^^ Plus I wouldn't want to upset anyone who happens to disagree with me :P

Lol nice one :P
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shining-armor7 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
nice
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Student Interface Designer
Thank you :D
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