Do Buddhist’s Worship Buddha?

Many times in my conversations with Buddhist’s they will make statements such as “I don’t worship Buddha”. Or just recently I received this response from a Buddhist: “In buddhism there is no worship, the Dalai Lama kicked out a lot of monk that were worshiping a protector of the dharma, in Asia having a statue or picture of someone and bowing to it or even talking to it is a mean of respect not worshipping, worshipping would be offering yoursefl to someone else.”

Despite many Buddhist websites that actually state they DO worship Buddha, aka also known as Siddhārtha Gautama Shakyamuni, I still get the fringe element or in most cases the Buddhist follower simply does not understand the Buddhist teachings or want to.

To get to the crux of the matter, what is worship?

A dictionary.com definition is as such:

Wor•ship
noun
1. reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage,or to any object regarded as sacred.
2.formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor and homage:They attended worship this morning.
3.adoring reverence or regard: excessive worship of business success.
4.the object of adoring reverence or regard.
5.( initial capital letter ) British . a title of honor used in addressing or mentioning certain magistrates and others of high rank or station (usually preceded by Your, His, or Her ).

So why all the photos of Buddhist’s bowing down to their statues and icons of Buddha? They are worshiping a statue, plainly idol worship! How is bowing down to a statue anything less that idolatry? Buddha is dead. Talking to a statue if not worship would be a sign of severe dysfunction of the brain a real disconnect with reality.

The Apostle Paul said in Romans 1: 24-25:

“Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”

Please pray that the Holy Spirit brings the knowledge of this false teaching and idolatry.

1 Corinthians 10: 4

“Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.”

Jesus = Still Alive, Buddha = Dead!

John 14: 6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 

God Bless

Brian Mason

Does The Roman Catholic Church Perform Sorcery?

I know, now you are going to say I am going too far now! However if we look at the very definition of “Sorcery” it is: “The involvement of the Spirit World via rituals and orations to get a specific aftereffect in the Physical World”. Are the Roman Catholics guilty of these things? Let’s take a quick look of this from the writing from the Church’s own publications:

CCC 1127 Celebrated worthily in faith, the sacraments confer the grace that they signify .48 They are efficacious because in them Christ himself is at work: it is he who baptizes, he who acts in his sacraments in order to communicate the grace that each sacrament signifies. The Father always hears the prayer of his Son’s Church which, in the epiclesis of each sacrament, expresses her faith in the power of the Spirit. As fire transforms into itself everything it touches, so the Holy Spirit transforms into the divine life whatever is subjected to his power.

CCC 1128 this is the meaning of the Church’s affirmation that the sacraments act ex opere operato (literally: “by the very fact of the action’s being performed”), i.e., by virtue of the saving work of Christ, accomplished once for all. It follows that “the sacrament is not wrought by the righteousness of either the celebrant or the recipient, but by the power of God.” From the moment that a sacrament is celebrated in accordance with the intention of the Church, the power of Christ and his Spirit acts in and through it, independently of the personal holiness of the minister. Nevertheless, the fruits of the sacraments also depend on the disposition of the one who receives them.

These two reference examples (and there are more) show clearly that by the simple act of performing a sacrament, which is a ritual, a particular outcome will arise. When the sacraments are done by a priest in a particular style they achieve, by indication of the procedure procured and the authority of the church and the priest, the intended result will be received, according to the Roman Catholic Church. This my friend is Sorcery!

The Rosary Beads:

The Rosary Beads are ritualistic and boldly laughs at the words of God! Roman Catholics must do 20 sets of 10 “Hail Marys”, (200 times in total.) In defense the Catholics petition to Psalm 136, that translates the same phrase 26 times with 26 different blessings that God gives us. It is not 26 in a row as with the rosary! This is a song, and not a prayer. As history indicates The Roman Catholic Church borrowed the idea from the Pagan Hindus and Buddhists and goes back as far as 1000 AD! The beads the Catholics use today were invented in 1090 AD by Peter the Hermit (a priest of Amiens and a key figure during the First Crusade).

Biblically a Christian knows this is wrong, and condemned by Jesus:

Matthew 6: 7-8, 7 “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

The Rosary is not only vain repetition and meaningless, it is a form of Mary worship that is against the Second Commandment.

Exodus 20: 4-5 4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,

I ask that Christians pray to God (directly) to show the Roman Catholic’s the true way to Jesus and ultimately Salvation.

God Bless!

Brian Mason

Is It Unbiblical To Pray To The Saints, as Roman Catholics Do?

Are the Roman Catholics in error to pray to the Saints? Roman Catholic doctrines state it is alright to pray to creatures such as Mary, Joseph and a plethora of others whom have supposedly entered the gates of Heaven!

The Christian position on this is that it is ABSOLUTELY UNBIBLICAL to do so! See Revelation 19: 10

10 When I heard this, I fell at his feet to worship him.
But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I serve God, just as you do. I am God’s servant, just like other believers who hold firmly to what Jesus has taught. Worship God! What Jesus taught is the very heart of prophecy.”

When John wanted to bow down and worship the Angel, the Angel told him to not do so as the Angel is a fellow creature! This worship embodies prayer.

The Bible is crystal clear that prayer is always offered to God, and not the created things. Prayer is being timorous to the Lord, and NOT to anyone or anything else. If we creatures pray to other creatures it is plain IDOLITRY!

The Roman Catholic Church should re-consider this position on praying to the Saints! It is leading their own followers to Hell!

“You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them.” Exodus 20:4-5

Is this why the Pope deleted the 2nd of the 10 commandments? Is it so they could use statues & images and pray to the Saints they worship?

God Bless!

Brian Mason

Mary. Full of Grace?

No. Let me explain or better yet, let me quote The Catholic Encyclopedia” under the topic of “Hail Mary”, it reads…”Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women , embodies the words used by the Angel Gabriel in saluting the Blessed Virgin. The RCC added “Hail Mary Full of Grace” to Luke 1: 28.

Luke 1:28 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” After the RCC was done with this it reads: “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed among women are you, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”

You cannot find the phrase “Hail Mary Full of Grace” in the Bible. The phrase is brought up though, through the Roman Catholic Church’s Catechism several times. For example:

She was redeemed from conception without sin. CCC pg 491 states, “The most Blessed Virgin Mary was from the first moment of conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the Human Race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin”

“Full of Grace” in Greek is “Plarus Karitos” and only occurs twice in the New Testament, and it is not about Mary.
John 1:14, 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Acts 6: 8, 8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people.

In conclusion, there is no doubt that Mary was a “very blessed woman”, and she did give birth to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to not forget her “high privilege”. But to raise her up to a level of Goddess and Mediatrix, it is just plain Idol Worship! Mary was a creature that sinned. We should not worship or pray to a creature, but to pray to our Lord Jesus.

John 14:6, 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. And that includes Mary.

Ask a Catholic if they pray to Mary?

God Bless!

Brian Mason