Here is an article from http://www.carm.org directed to those who are witnessing to Roman Catholics:
Although many people feel that Buddhism is a wonderful religion or non-religion (that definition appears to be on which follower you ask), and is harmless and has many good points. Many overlook the evidence or lack of it and not realize that it is the work of the devil. It keeps followers of the faith of Buddhism away from the Lord Jesus Christ! Jesus clearly said John 14:6 ““I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”” No other way to Salvation other than through Jesus!
“The history of Buddhism is problematic. It has grown from the cultural practices and beliefs from particular parts of the East and there seems to be no evidence for Buddhist beliefs. Not only that, but the Buddha himself lacks any evidence for his existence, apart from the fact that many varied and contradictory stories were once passed on orally for hundreds of years before being written down. It is impossible to separate fact from fable.
*Buddhist traditions all claim that through a long and accurate teacher-student lineage, their practices were those ordained by the Buddha. Yet major divisions exist between the branches of Buddhism as to what practices are good, what are bad, and what the beliefs of the religion are. It is clear that with so many contradictory claims, most Buddhists must therefore be wrong in their beliefs.”
I found this quote from the Dalai Lama troubling:
““Whether you believe in God or not does not matter much, whether you believe in Buddha or not does not matter so much; as a Buddhist, whether you believe in reincarnation or not does not matter so much. You must lead a good life.”
– Dalai Lama XIV
First I wonder where the he gets the idea of “good”? What moral standard does that statement come from? Coming from an atheistic belief (sic), he must steal that from God! Second, how could this statement be more confusing to the buddhist? Third, I would suggest that believing in God DOES MATTER! You won’t want to say to God on judgment day, “I didn’t believe in you”!
Psalm 9:8 (NASB)
And He will judge the world in righteousness;
He will execute judgment for the peoples with equity.
*Criticisms of Buddhism http://www.humanreligions.info/buddhism_criticism.html
Yes, it is. That means that a Christian once save cannot lose their salvation. And yes that is direct from the pages of the Bible. Here is some scripture that buttresses the position of “once saved”:
Hebrews 13: 5 (NASB)
5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”
No one will take us out of God’s hand.
1 John 2: 19 (NASB)
They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.
Those who are with Him will not be discarded.
If people choose to leave God’s salvation, they “chose” to leave. So if they were in fact regenerated Christians they would not have decided to leave, nor could they leave, thus losing their salvation! There Salvation is the crux of the matter! A regenerate Christian cannot lose their salvation, just put.
Beware this is not permission for the regenerate Christian to sin. Read Romans 6: 1-2 (NASB)
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?
The regenerate Christian is a changed person aka “born again”. Read 2 Corinthians 5: 16-17 (NASB)
16 Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
We cannot call Paul a liar, we do if we say that you can lose your salvation.
1 John 2: 3-4 (NASB)
3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
As a believer in election/predestination (written about in great detail in the biblical pages) I pray that the Holy Spirit saves those who are not the elect (as we do not ultimately know).
Facebook can be a great tool for discussing one’s faith and evangelizing. But every once in a while I come upon a certain brand of Christian that claims that they do not sin anymore. They walk a complete Godly life without back-sliding or a sinful thought. Well I personally do not believe that there is a single human being in or out of the Christian faith that is sinless. Jesus is the only person who comes to mind.
I submitted a comment to a post on facebook that headlines: “I cannot believe that anyone who calls themselves a Christian would still be sinning!” My comment was in the lines of: “You must be careful with such a broad stroked statement”. Then quickly (within seconds) I was asked if I still sin and I said “yes”. Oh man did the gates open up! I was accused of being a heretic to even suggest I still sinned before I could even address what I was stating! I was mocked and literally had to remove them as friends as we as Christians are not to openly mock one another. If you have a disagreement you are to privately bring up your issue I a different form, such as a private message etc.
So is it possible that a “Real” Christian could still be sinning?
Living a Christian life does not mean that in the human condition of abiding in a fallen world we do not sin! Is there still a struggle with sin as regenerate Christian? YES! Even the Apostle Paul struggled with sin Read Roman 7: 14-25
14 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.15 For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 16 But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. 17 So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.
21 I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, 23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.
If the Apostle Paul struggled, a so-called “real” Christian is in good company.
That being said, it is not alright to sin. We still have no excuse or justification to sin!
When a Christian sins, we have Jesus to cleanse us of that sin. We as Christians are commanded not to abide or live in sin, however we will stumble now and then, it is inevitable. We are not to purposely live in sin.
1 John 1: 6 -10
6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.
We ask Jesus for forgiveness.
The commandments that Jesus told us to follow and keep are:
Matthew 22: 36-37
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
Matthew 22: 38
39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
John 13: 34
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
LOVE ONE ANOTHER
Matthew 28: 18-20
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS
I have heard someone say, “Darkness is not the problem in this world, it is the absence of light!” Go out into the world and love. Preach the gospel, defend it and give all glory to God.
Just another work-based heresy by the Roman Catholic Church:
*In the Catholic tradition, the sacrament of reconciliation by which the penitent person is reconciled to God and the church through forgiveness of sin. Often such reconciliation comes after the penitent sinner performs some prescribed act as an indication of repentance.
A holy relationship with God only is made possible through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, not by our works! Read Ephesians 2: 8 (NASB)
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
Also Romans 4: 4-6 9NASB)
Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
Please pray for the Roman Catholic to see the true gospel of Jesus Christ.
*Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki &, Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 90
See, Christianity is all about SALVATION! There is no valid argument against it. We can argue until the Yaks come home, but this is the MOST IMPORTANT thing in your life! Jesus was born of a virgin, he was crucified and rose in three days! What would the natural man make of that? I would hope that they would at least READ the Gospel of John, then respond intelligently.