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How Does the Gospel Answer What the Buddhist Truly Longs For?

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In this new video, Glen Scrivener explains how Jesus’s answer to the third Noble Truth brings hope for those who suffer.


Life is suffering. That is the first noble truth.

The second noble truth says that the cause of suffering is desire. It’s hard to translate that word, but it’s about our ego wanting to gratify itself. And because of that twisted desire, we are bound on a wheel of karma.

But the third noble truth comes in and says, “The answer to that suffering is detachment.” And at that point, I think Jesus would say, “I beg to differ.”

The answer to suffering is not detachment but attachment. What do you do when you see a friend who is lost in a pit of their own making? Actually, if you truly love them, you’ll say, “Your pit will be my pit.”

Jesus takes our karma on himself on the cross and rises again to a true physical, personal hope.

And this is what Jesus does. He comes down into our suffering. Jesus takes our karma on himself on the cross and rises again to a true physical, personal hope. And Jesus says to each of us, “Don’t just be one with the cosmos. Be one with me.”