I'm interested in the answer to this, as I have always had a casual interest in Buddhism - this question, about the Buddha's faith or lack thereof, specifically. But y'all are gonna have to start justifying and/or sourcing your arguments lmaooo. I'm sick of every philosophy/religion thread devolving into a bunch of dorks yelling "'he/text was/is x!'; 'no, you insolent naive, he/text was/is y!'" You're turning a dialogue into a circlejerk. It's especially meaningless for peeps like me, who know little about the subject.
How do we know his original message and preaching didnt get corrupted? No body knows for sure what he believed. I bet he did believe in something higher. He believed in fucking hungry ghosts but not a deity? Apparently modern buddhists beleive in gods(devas) but not a creator god. So who the fuck knows? Buddha may have never existed
I could've sworn that the Buddha explicitly stated that there existed no supreme power / supreme organizational structure (at least, I've been told this by some followers) with one of the only passages coming close is the Buddha not answering one priest's questions about the universe being caused or uncaused or both.
In Buddhism there are celestial beings but no creator God, only a celestial being called Brahma who was the first being to come into existence in this world cycle and so mistakenly believes that he is the creator
All beings — human, sub-human, devas, and brahmas — die. All except arahants are reborn in one or another of the thirty-one planes. No being lasts forever. Arahants have eradicated all mental defilements and have thereby eliminated the causes for rebirth with its attendant suffering. They are not reborn after death. Instead, they attain Parinibbana, the complete, permanent cessation of every form of existence. For all non-arahants, death is immediately followed by rebirth. The plane of birth is determined by the kamma that becomes operative at the moment of death. This could be any volition created in the present life or in any previous existence.
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