tktt: Periodical Rebirths

“Enq:  In this Christian dogmas contradict both, and I doubt whether any Christian will accept the teaching.

 
Theo:  No; and Inman gave the reason for it many years ago. As he puts it, while “the Christians will accept any nonsense, if promulgated by the Church as a matter of faith…the Buddhists hold that nothing which is contradicted by sound reason can be a true doctrine of Buddha.”

 
They do not believe in any pardon for their sins, except after an adequate and just punishment for each evil deed or thought in a future incarnation, and a proportionate compensation to the parties injured.

 
Enq: Where is it so stated?

 
Theo: In most of their sacred works. In the “Wheel of the Law” (p. 57) you may find the following Theosophical tenet:  “Buddhists believe that every act, word or thought has its consequence, which will appear sooner or later in the present or in the future state. Evil acts will produce evil consequences, good acts will produce good consequences:  prosperity in this world, or birth in heaven (Devachan)…in the future state.”

 
Enq:  Christians believe the same thing, don’t they?

 
Theo:  Oh, no; they believe in the pardon and the remission of all sins. They are promised that if they only believe in the blood of Christ (an innocent victim!), in the blood offered by Him for the expiation of the sins of the whole of mankind, it will atone for every mortal sin.

 
And we believe neither in vicarious atonement, nor in the possibility of the remission of the smallest sin by any god, not even by a “personal Absolute” or “Infinite”, if such a thing could have any existence. What we believe in, is strict and impartial justice.

 
Our idea of the unknown Universal Deity, represented by Karma, is that it is a Power which cannot fail, and can, therefore, have neither wrath nor mercy, only absolute Equity, which leaves every cause, great or small, to work out its inevitable effects.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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