Dhammakid wrote:Do human beings have a natural (i.e. delusion-based) tendency towards believing in a higher power?
Ben wrote:Hi Dhammakid
I think I might have something that might scare the b'jesus (belief in jesus or any othr creator being) right out of you. I'm just trying to find it - its in one of Ledi Sayadaw's publications.
Kim O'Hara wrote:
Atheists and Buddhists tend to say, as you did, that it is delusion-based.
Theists tend to take it as a proof of the existence of God, as in, "We all naturally believe it so it must be true," which is
(Edit - fixed typo)
pilgrim wrote:I don't think it is a natural but a conditioned or cultural belief. I was raised Buddhist and so are my children and our natural tendency is to find the belief in an omnipresent, all powerful God to be ridiculous.
rowyourboat wrote:There maybe a 'middle ground' on this as well. In one sutta (Cant find it now) the Buddha speaks of maha-brahma who mistakenly thinks he is the creator god because he is the first to appear when a new universe comes into being.
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