The Buddha taught that everything is impermanent, that everything must change. The desire for permanence is one of the greatest causes of suffering in life:
Probably the hardest thing to accept is the impermanence of life, which causes us to either cling to greed and desire, wanting to live as hedonistically as possible while we still can, or cling to a flowery afterlife that might not even exist.
To one who accepts impermanence, death is the backside to a sheet of paper. There would be no life without death, just as there is no happiness without sorrow.
Imagine if, tomorrow night, you were to fall asleep and never wake up again. How would you live, right now, as a final testament of who you really are?
The Buddha left the question of an afterlife, whether for or against, unanswered. This is so we may live in gratitude for the here and now, rather than speculate endlessly:
The death of Jesus can be seen as either the atonement for man’s fallen nature or our at-one-ment with our divine nature. Unity chooses to see the positive side of it. As it says in Galatians, it is no longer I that lives but the Christ that lives in me.
In this era of religious pluralism, the question often arises: Is it possible to be Christian and still honor all paths to God? Doesn’t it have to be one way or the other?
Bible – Unity’s founders, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, considered the Bible to be history and allegory. Their interpretation of Scripture was that it is “a metaphysical representation of humankind’s evolutionary journey toward spiritual awakening.” While Unity calls the Bible its “basic textbook,” it also says it “honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual’s right to choose a spiritual path.”