Another fantastic article on Pokemon.
From a Christian Perspective. Any thoughts?
I came across a very good show that you can call in to that airs on Sunday nights. You use “Google Hangouts” to hook up with them. Always a good watch and the show brings up great dialogue between Christians and atheists. The program is hosted by Tim Hurd and regular guests including Matt Slick from CARM.ORG Also available on Youtube.com
“Why do people laud this man as a deep thinker? He is amazingly facile in his thought and his answers. Here is an example. Update: I keep forgetting that when you address atheism on YouTube, you turn off comments since atheists have no moral restraints so as to control their tongues, or, in this case, their keyboards. My apologies.” Dr. James White.
Okay this debate was well received! I will keep my input silent…
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
This comes directly from the website http://mindfulnessinschools.org:
“A brief history of mindfulness
Mindfulness is said to have originated in Buddhist thinking and meditation practice over two and a half thousand years ago. Its original purpose was to address and relieve self-induced suffering caused by the dysfunctional ways people habitually tend to respond to their experience.
Over the last 30 years, mindfulness has become secularized and simplified to suit a Western context. In the 1970’s anecdotal and research findings of the ability of meditation to reduce unhealthy psychological symptoms triggered interest in mindfulness as a healthcare intervention. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Medical Center at the University of Massachusetts introduced the first eight week structured mindfulness skills training programme which gave considerable psychological, and some physical, relief, to patients experiencing intractable severe pain and distress from a wide range of chronic physical health conditions.
Since then mindfulness interventions and research have proliferated across the world, and the emerging evidence base suggests that mindfulness has a wide range of potential applications.”
Ladies and gentlemen, this is Buddhism dressed up in a slightly different package. This should come as an outrage to Christians! The secular school (brainwashing) system has forbidden prayer and bibles in the classroom and now teach Buddhism! This is Satanic and should NOT be practiced by anyone especially Christians. This is being taught along with Yoga.
http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/ reports: “The last decade has seen a huge spike in secular applications of mindfulness, the practice of focusing our attention on our thoughts, feelings, and the environment in the present moment. While the first wave of mindfulness-based programs was for adults, more recent efforts have targeted the well-being of children and adolescents; as a result, mindfulness programs in schools are becoming more and more widespread.”
This is a serious problem Christian. We must fight this satanic practice now!
Deuteronomy 18:9-11 (NIV)
9 When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.
The origins of the office of the pope were pagan in its inception. What the Roman Catholic Church wants you to believe is that the apostle Peter was the first “pope,” however scripture refutes this claim. In fact, the theology of the Roman Catholic Church reads that if anyone denies that Peter was the first Bishop of Rome, they shall be accursed!
Nowhere in the New Testament does it say that Peter took on any role of “pope,” in fact, the Gospels do not even show a whisper of any evidence that any of the apostles held any position of primacy! Jesus treated all His disciples the same and demonstrated this by conferring with all of them.
1 Peter 5: 1-5 (NASB)
Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, 2 shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; 3 nor yet aslording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.5 You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
Does that read as if Peter views himself as pope? No, he speaks as a fellow pastor/elder! Look if Peter shows us absolutely no evidence of him being the “Vicar of Christ” and it is nowhere indicated in the writing’s of Paul, why should we trust the Roman Catholic Church of such proclamations of the papacy of Peter?
As for the Roman Catholic term “Vicar of Christ,”” the word “Vicar” is defined as a “substitute.” This is the thought pattern of the RCC as they have stated that Peter is that “substitute” as he is the Lords representation on earth. This is blasphemous as Jesus Himself said that the Holy Spirit is the “Vicar of Christ,” read John 14: 16 (NASB)
16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
Also read John 16: 5-11 (NASB)
5 “But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 8 And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
I conclude that inlight of evidence of the holy scriptures, the institution of the Papacy has zero credibility.
I pray that the Roman Catholic today, pray for true revelation, and listen to the Word of God in the scriptures. Read: Acts 17: 24-25
24 The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things;