Spiny Norman wrote:binocular wrote:Spiny Norman wrote:It depends what we mean by "helps", Dave - a theist would probably say that believing in God helps.
I don't think many theists would say that.
I think you've missed my point, which was that the definition of "helpful" is likely to depend on one's spiritual tradition. So somebody in a theist tradition would regard faith in God as helpful to their practice while somebody in a non-theist tradition wouldn't.
This is why the diagnosis of the problem as well as the curative prescription is part of the Four Truths; the problem is defined in a certain way, and understanding this is part of the process of development.
So what's helpful needs to be held against these sorts of Dhammic benchmarks.