Similarities in Taoism and Christianity
Once again we must say that though there are huge differences in Taoism and Christianity, we still proport that there is truth to be found in Taoism - even for Christians who may not think so. We suggest that there are truths that ancient religions have that Christians no longer have. We believe that in searching for truths amidst the teachings of others, we can find greater truth.
If there are elements of truth in all religious belief systems, then the quest must be to find what the truth is by careful study and glean what we can from the teachings of ancient peoples who have had enlightenment and still have truths to share.
Because Christianity has likewise undergone huge changes in theological teachings due to many factors (but predominantly due to conspiring men) we must look at some of the truths wherever we find them to fill in missing gaps. We can likewise see where the adversary took truth, twisted it and made it so that people miss the mark. There is a foundation of truth in these ancient religions. We must find them. But first, let's look at the comparable truths we have to the teachings of Christ that have survived the ages. Then we will look at some of the other teachings of Tao and see again how they are anchored in truth.
There are teachings in Taoism that are divinely inspired. Let's take a look:
Yin and Yang
The Yin and Yang are in reality the law of opposition in play. We are taught in the scriptures that there must needs be opposition in all things. We are taught that our weaknesses are a gift for they help us turn to Christ that He might succor us in time of need. We have been promised that our weaknesses can become our strengths. Without this process, we would not progress and overcome. So, in a modernistic point of view without villains, there would be no heroes to look up to. Yin and Yang is in harmony with the teachings of Christ.
Without without men we could never make women or anything else. Without women, men could not make children. Both are needed in the cycle of life. One without the other is not complete in the union of heaven. Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
Water, Fire, Air, Earth. These things have importance in Taoism. In early Egyptian religious beliefs, they knew that the four arch angels had power over these elements. In time, they turned the "angels" into Gods and began to worship them. But, truth be told, these elements are important in Christianity, Egyptian religion, Taoism and more.
As we compare Taoism with the Bhagavad Gita we see similar teachings (to each other) Are there any teachings of Christianity that are similar to these?:
Both the Tao and the Gita suggest that we need to perform actions without a desire or an attachment to the fruits or results.
Tao: “All things spring up, and there is not one which declines to show itself; they grow, and there is no claim made for their ownership;
they go through their processes, and there is no expectation (of a reward for the results).”
Gita: “Perform your duty in the spirit of ‘niskama-karma’ or desireless action. Offer the fruits and the results thereof to God”
The Tao-te-Ching and the Gita discuss that one who knows and has attained the Brahman or enlightenment do not care to speak about it as the Tao & the Brahman cannot be described verbally. The Brahman & Tao are beyond verbalization and can only be experienced.
Tao: “He who knows (the Tao) does not (care to) speak (about it);he who is (ever ready to) speak about it does not know it.””
Gita: “He who knows (the Brahman) talks not, he who talks knows not (the Brahman)”
Tao: “He diminishes it and again diminishes it, till he arrives at doing nothing (on purpose). Having arrived at this point of non-action, there is nothing which he does not do.”
Gita: “A true Brahman is one who has renounced action through devotion and whose doubt has been removed by knowledge and is composed in his self is not bound by karma”
Taoism and the Bible - another comparison.
The Tao and the Bible suggest that gentleness and flexibility can overcome power and inflexibility. In the Tao Te Ching the example of gentle water eroding the strongest rocks is provided as an example of this principle.
Tao : “The soft overcomes the hard; and the weak the strong.”
Bible: “The meek shall rule the world.”
Both the Bible and the Tao Te Ching underscore the importance of forgiveness. They extol the need to be shower kindness and blessings even on those who treat you with derision and contempt.