and the Bible
As people study the Tao, they are often struck by the many similarities to the New Testament. In fact, some Taoists feel that Taoism spread to Israel in Jesus' time, influencing Christ. There are many historical and theological reasons why that is extremely unlikely. Instead, I believe the similarities are due to the universal nature of wisdom. As the Buddha said: Truth is true in all places and times and applies to all people. It isn't surprising then, that wise people in different times and places made the same observations about life.
This section of the New Testament discusses the relationship between God and those who have never directly been exposed to Jesus' teachings:
20For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. . .
. . . 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. . .
25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised. Amen.
Here are some other comparisons from the Bible and the Tao:
Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.
People who try to take the executioner's place are like people that try to take the Master Carpenter's place.
If you use the Master's tools, you just cut your own hands.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
The soft and yielding (people) will prevail.
The more you talk, the more you are likely to sin.
If you are wise, you will keep quiet.
The mouth, on the other hand, becomes exhausted if you talk too much.
Better to keep your thoughts inside you.
By the way: The Tao is the world's most translated book, after the Bible.
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