Here is piece of Tiger’s apology that I want to focus on. “Part of following this path for me is Buddhism, which my mother taught me at a young age. People probably don’t realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist, and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years. Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously, I lost track of what I was taught.”
Realizing that I could catch flak on this, I still want to point out a difference between Christianity and Buddhism, if what Tiger said is true about Buddhism. Buddhism seems to teach that you will always have the “craving for things outside ourselves.” This means, and this is what might bother me if I was Tiger’s wife, that he still desires other women. In other words, his wife is still not enough for him. In contrast to this belief, the Bible teaches that we can desire what is right. This is from Romans 12:1-2; “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” This Scripture was written to those who received Jesus Christ as their Savior, which means transformation is possible.
To continue to desire what is of worldly value instead of God’s will makes us unhappy. According to Tiger, Buddhism correctly teaches that pursuing our desires will clearly make us “unhappy” while leading on a “pointless search for security.” It seems to me that if I am able to be transformed that I can be happy doing what is right since my heart is now changed by the grace of God. I think that this type of pursuit would make Tiger’s wife a little happier. Come to think of it, is it possible that this could make Tiger happier too?
The difference between Buddhism, as Tiger speaks of it, and Christianity, as I understand it, is that Buddhism starves the wrong desires of this world. While Christianity teaches that God will help you develop right desires that are not of this world. I believe that Tiger and his wife would have a better chance to have a happy, and fulfilled, marriage if they lived for Jesus Christ.