Friday, March 29, 2013
The sages of Chinese Taoism noted wisely that following the ways of natural will remove a lot of obstacles and make life much smoother. That works to some extent. But what if nature is naturally capricious to start with? Sickness, competition, looking-after-yourself-first, and death are all part of nature. How can we escape by following the ways of natural?
The buddha tells us that suffering will cease when we are enlightened and achieve nirvana. Indeed, much that we feel are actually happening in our minds and do not necessarily reflect reality, as neural science is telling us. The suffering around us, however, are so overwhelming, physical, incessant and real. I doubt very much that our minds, even when enlightened, are strong enough to deliver us from such evil.
In the end, I am convinced that evil and suffering are real and physical. And it takes a tremendous sacrifice - in the form of the suffering and death of Jesus the Son of God - to free us from it. Today we commemorate His act of salvation for us - hence it is truly a “Good” Friday.