Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Question of the Day — Religion and Personal Responsibility

In the Hindu and Buddhist traditions ones salvation is determined by ones actions—i.e. karma. In the Judea-Christian traditions salvation is determined by the will of God and ones faith in God. This is a bit of a generalization of course, but covers the basics of each idea. So, with that in mind…

Which religious idea of salvation better promotes the concept of personal responsibility: karma or belief in God?

My Two Cents –
Speaking in general terms I believe that the concept of karma better promotes personal responsibility. With karma, ones destiny is completely determined by ones actions, not what one believes. To me this is the embodiment of personal responsibility.


Otter Limits said...

I believe in personal responsibility and accountability as much as the next guy but I don't really believe that personal responsibility comes into play when it comes to spiritual salvation. Not in the way that is appears you think it does anyway.

To me, when a person thinks that something that they do affects their spiritual salvation, that is, when a person think that their salvation is dependent on themselves, it seems to me that the person is putting themselves in the God role.

Dave said...

Hmmm…I hadn’t thought of it like that. I’m going to have to ponder on this for a while.