Buddhism is easy
Yesterday we had a new co-worker and his wife over for dinner. He's Kiwi and used to go to the AoG church; she's Thai and Buddhist. We got to talking about the five precepts of Buddhism, which are (roughly): do not kill, do not steal, do not lie, do not misuse sex, do not consume alcohol or drugs. Interesting how four of these are almost exactly the same as four of the Ten Commandments.
She also said that Buddhism was "easy, just living at peace with everyone". I replied that Christianity is hard, because Jesus says that the commandment to not kill also means we can't hate, and the commandment about adultery means we can't lust. What do you think: is Christianity a hard religion? What does that mean?
Another thing I've been wondering recently: if everyone believes stealing and lying are wrong, why is bribery so common in "developing" and non-Western countries? My co-worker and his wife said bribes were common in Thailand (for getting of scot-free for DVD piracy, etc.), and I know my dad's talked about how bad bribes were in Myanmar.