I recently read a blog post about obeying and pleasing God as two separate parts of the same process of becoming Holy
However it was unclear about just how one becomes holy, was becoming holy the end result of partaking in obedience and therefore getting to know God and then being able to please Him
The process starting with accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour, by obeying the commandments, which Jesus simplified when asked replied “You shall love the lord your God, with all your heart and soul and love your neighbour as yourself”
We might think reducing the number of commandments, down to two should make our lives a whole lot easier, but that wasn’t what Jesus intended
But He was just pointing out if we obeyed theses two then we would also obey all the others without extra effort
But “how do we love God?” By obeying first, and then seeking to please Him, by getting to know God on a personal level
A personal God was something Einstein could not bring himself to accept
It is said another part of holiness is to practice self control, although somewhere else self control is said to be part of the fruits of the spirit, along with patience and goodness
Self control is not something we humans willing do or find easy at all
We are to die to self when we invite Jesus into our lives, and from one of the older commandments “Judge not lest you be judged” which we would not do if we love others as ourselves
Buddha is said to have strived to gain a higher level of self through self control, but never it seems never searched for God or believed there was a God
Although he believed in nirvana a state of peacefulness or a place of perfect peace and happiness, much like heaven.
I wonder did Buddha consider himself to being holy?
According the the internet, Buddha did not believe in any kind of god (which ought to please atheists) Buddhists believe everything is changeable. What exists is changeable and what is not changeable does not exist
So perhaps that’s why he didn’t even consider believing in GOD, as God is immortal and never changing