The Noble Buddha’s Approach



The most notable absences, however, that one would expect to have been talked about by the founder of a religion, are the subjects of God and soul. A common fallacy is that Buddhists deny the existence of both. Some would differ saying that by not proclaiming the existence of God, the noble Buddha in effect denied the existence of God, but even with this position, they cannot claim this with certainty for the very reason that no clear statement was made accepting the existence of God. At the same time, we could also argue that God does exist because there are sufficient records of noble Buddha discussing God in the Buddhist scriptures. In regard to the soul, the position of Buddhism is similar to Islam wherein God responded to a question concerning the soul. that people have only been given ‘a little knowledge’. The noble Buddha, however, was more strict in ensuring that his teachings were kept simple, and he did not intend to cause any confusion. In actual fact, the noble Buddha neither categorically denied God or the soul, nor did he affirm their existence. What the noble Buddha discouraged was speculating on such subjects on which one does not have proper knowledge. The noble Buddha’s position was to either remain silent when asked about such questions or to discourage delving on the subject in detail because the knowledge was not helpful to know. His point was also to show that the world is in a constant state of flux. Again, he attempted to make his followers simply focus on more important issues that concerned their liberation, and attaining enlightenment after which truths are revealed anyway.