First of all, as a Buddhist to a Buddhist, I would like to tell you I am impressed that you are consciously choosing your religion, especially at your age. I was 16 when I did. I told my mom and sister, but my Dad believed only Christians go to heaven, so I never told him.
I know what it is like to have Christianity crammed down your throat your entire life. My Dad did it to me until the day he died. That being said, I would like you to meditate and let go of all of your frustrations with your family before reading any further.
Compassion is important in Buddhism. When you are compassionate, you see the hopes, fears, dreams, desires, etc. of other people. Putting aside your thoughts and feelings for a moment, realize that they are concerned for your salvation. In their world, salvation is everything. That is how much they love you.
Staying in touch with any feelings of love and compassion you may have, ask yourself:
- What do you want them to know?
- Why do you want them to know that?
Are you still in touch with those feeling? If not, perhaps your reasons for telling them aren’t kind or loving. You can start again with the feelings and try different answers to the questions until you find answers that support your love and compassion for them.
Buddhist don’t set out to prove anything. If you feel you must prove something, you acting from one of the three poisons, the one that pushes away, usually called hatred, anger or ill will. Its antidote is loving-kindness.
If you are a Mahayana Buddhist, you could make Jesus a Bodhisattva. My teacher said he saw both Avalokiteshvara and Jesus in the energetic realm. My friend who is a Pastor knows a Christian Zen Buddhist.
I hope this is helpful. Please ask questions anytime.
©2017 Stephen L. Martin
Photo: Girl meditates in Thailand. CC0 Public Domain