Why? Well, for three very good reasons. The first is that people have been manipulating information to their
The second reason it doesn't matter what these hucksters say is that, sooner or later, it will show itself up for
It doesn't matter what anyone says, there will never again be one Buddhism, one Christianity, one Islam, or anything else. The day of "one, true religion" ends about fifty years after a religious founder dies. That's all the time it takes for differences of opinion about what was really said to set in - especially in a pre-literate society like the ones in which most surviving historic religious traditions appeared! We can't pull out the film footage of the Buddha's teachings from the files as CNN to check what some teacher is claiming against what the Buddha actually said. Jesus said, "turn the other cheek," and the Mark Driscolls of the world claim he said
Finally, if the real and authentic teachings of a spiritual leader aren't strong enough to survive in the face of cheap imitations, there is nothing you or I will be able to do to prop them up. We simply aren't that powerful. Neither are those who propose that Big Butter Jesus is the real thing all that powerful. We absolutely need to point out the hucksters when we encounter them so that people can make informed decisions. Then we need to recognize that some of those people are going to make bad decisions no matter how hard we try to stop them. We need to allow other adults to take responsibility for their own choices and we need to get on with ours. Playing defense against religious charlatans is not a viable substitution for having an authentic spiritual practice of our own.