People attempt to compare religions. For me, with a theological background and my focal point is more about Buddhism these days. I get asked some pretty unusual questions.
This is my resolution when I consider the consequences of personal anger with both familiar religions side by side.
A Christian might say God does not like anger and you need to repent and change your wicked ways or suffer judgment and consequences.
Matthew 5:22 NIV
But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
A Buddhist might say that your anger will punish you and the cause and effect, (karma) will alone bring about more suffering and trouble.
The Buddha Whence is there anger for one free from anger, tamed, living in tune — one released through right knowing, calmed & Such.
You make things worse when you flare up at someone who’s angry. Whoever doesn’t flare up at someone who’s angry wins a battle hard to win.
You live for the good of both — your own, the other’s — when, knowing the other’s provoked, you mindfully grow calm.
When you work the cure of both — your own, the other’s — those who think you a fool know nothing of Dhamma.
Accordingly and without doubts we all know the mayhem caused when we lose our temper!
We don’t need any ancient wisdom to understand that aggressive behaviour causes more aggressive behaviour. It’s no answer to any situations.
Whether you believe Gods unhappy with you behaviour or Karma will have its way. You know and I know it’s a dreadful feeling when we get angry, it can take some time to recover and often weeks to repair damage to relationships and possibly our reputations.
On relationships I read a great book years ago. Feeling Good Together, David Burns
How many religious people push their truths. Not saying they hold no truth but to claim theirs as the ultimate truth is troubling and causes no end of conflicts and anger for many. The monotheistic religions, all claim their God is the one and only. The Buddhists in general could be classed as atheists to the monotheistic believers. The Buddhist could consider the monotheistic beliefs as no better than fairy tales. Nevertheless, the people who are grounded in both religions have a much more balanced view of course.
Balanced views very rarely cause anger. It’s the strong feelings and even bigoted attitude that ignites anger often. More from Burns
This has come down from old, Atula, & not just from today: they find fault with one who sits silent, they find fault with one who speaks a great deal, they find fault with one who measures his words. There’s no one unfaulted in the world. There never was, will be, nor at present is found anyone entirely faulted or entirely praised.
If knowledgeable people praise him, having observed him day after day to be blameless in conduct, intelligent, endowed with discernment & virtue: like an ingot of gold — who’s fit to find fault with him? Even devas praise him. Even by Brahmas he’s praised.
Guard against anger erupting in body; in body, be restrained. Having abandoned bodily misconduct, live conducting yourself well in body.Guard against anger erupting in speech; in speech, be restrained. Having abandoned verbal misconduct, live conducting yourself well in speech.
Guard against anger erupting in mind; in mind, be restrained. Having abandoned mental misconduct, live conducting yourself well in mind.
Those restrained in body — the enlightened — restrained in speech & in mind — enlightened — are the ones whose restraint is secure.
I hope all of you have the courage to let go of any anger that’s been troubling you. Scott