494) Buddhism and Christianity

Buddhism says, “Those who love a hundred have a hundred woes.  Those who love ten have ten woes.  Those who love one have one woe.  Those who love none have no woe.”

Christianity says, “He who does not love remains in death.”

–Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking, page 92.


John 13:34-35  —  (Jesus said),  “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1 John 3:14b  —  Anyone who does not love remains in death.

1 John 3:16  —  This is how we know what love is:  Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.

1 John 7-12  —  Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.  Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God showed his love among us:  He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love:  not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

1 John 4:19  —  We love because He first loved us.


O God, fountain of love, pour your love into our souls, that we may love those whom you love with the love you give us, and think and speak about them tenderly, meekly, lovingly; and so loving our brothers and sisters for your sake, may grow in your love and live for you; for Jesus Christ’s sake.  Amen.

–E. B. Pusey