Why is it that Buddhists seem (in general) to believe that life is just suffering? How can they explain that there is a significant percentage of the world population who see life as joyful, and full of happiness?
It seems that the worldview of Buddhism is built upon the subjective experiences of Buddha’s personal and direct experiences. The idea that Buddha’s outlook was that life is packed with suffering with no actual value on the person.
Now suppose that an individual sees misfortune and oppression as a positive life experience to gain value and knowledge from life’s difficulties? Hmmmm
Christianity looks at death suffering as a direct result of “The Fall.” The fall was a product of Adam’s rebellion against God.
Genesis 3: 17-19 (NASB)
Then to Adam, He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’;
Cursed is the ground because of you;
In toil you will eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;
And you will eat the plants of the field;
19 By the sweat of your face
You will eat bread,
Till you return to the ground,
Because from it you were taken;
For you are dust,
And to dust you shall return.”
Yes we have suffering in the world and why God allows it to still happen could be answered this way; God may use suffering as a way to do good. He uses tribulation to bring about perseverance.
Romans 5: 1-5 (NASB)
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
As always please pray for the person ensnared in the “New Age” religion of Buddhism. The Buddha is dead, Jesus Christ conquered death and is living and seated at the right hand of God the Father. Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human! Buddha’s philosophy is a deceptive product of Satan to lull people to Hell!