More Problems With Buddhism: #1

How do we know that reincarnation is real? Is there any evidence of it?

We through the writings of Buddhism do not get any real proof of reincarnation. All the articles and pamphlets etc. explain the “feeling” you get of reincarnation. Can we trust “feelings”? The Mormon church/cult also work that angle by saying they have a “burning in the bosom.” Any evidence outside of the “feelings” of reincarnation shows no consistency and to think of it “whose feelings are correct?” Is there any philosophical reasoning that can bring us to the conclusion of reincarnation’s authenticity?

Something to think about as well is if we are all reincarnates, how can we explain the growing population of the earth? What is the origin of the new humans? Logic must be used.

Once again, Buddhism seeks to undermine Christianity. Followers do so blindly and do so unaware of the hot coals be thrown upon them. We must pray for the Buddhist and ask the Holy Spirit to come over them! And stop following this false religion!

Genesis 6: 12
12 God looked on the earth, and behold; it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.

John 14: 6
6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

God Bless

Brian Mason

The Lie Of Reincarnation:

*”The lie of reincarnation in a nutshell: Reincarnation comes from Eastern thought. It is a core tenant of Hinduism and Buddhism. It promises a better life in the next go around, and it dresses up a lie that way. The fundamental principle of reincarnation is karma or the law of cause and effect. Karma is said to be the creative force that brings beings into existence. Negative karma from the previous life brings a more miserable life or vice versa. There is no mercy or forgiveness or court of appeals. The God of the Bible forgives, and teaches that one life is sufficient for us to know Him, and receive salvation, and forgiveness. Reincarnation believers also say we are working our way back to God; Christianity says that we are running away from God but that He pursued us in Jesus Christ. Many people believe that the human race is hopelessly enslaved to self-will, making man the measure of all things. In response to this, God took the initiative by actually absorbing the sin of humanity, and it’s consequences by sending Jesus to die on the cross for us. This act cannot be ignored. Because God took the initiative and the punishment for a rebellious creation, a response is required. The prayer to receive Jesus as our Savior is: Lord Jesus I believe you died and took the punishment for my sins on the cross. You shed your blood for me. I now want to ask you into my heart and life to be my Lord and Savior. Thank you for eternal life. Amen”

God Bless

Brian Mason

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Terminology Tuesday: Transmigration

Transmigration is the false teaching that the “movement” of one’s soul into another body occurs. Most people that believe in reincarnation subscribe to this false teaching. Believers in this notion say that the soul can pass into other life forms such as animals, vegetables and minerals. Some go so far as to teach the soul “transmigrates” into other humans.

How Should A Christian View Reincarnation?

To begin with, what does the believer of reincarnation believe in? Reincarnation is the teaching that after death a person’s soul will go to a holding place and after a length of time enters a new human body. It is a cycle that repeats over and over again for thousands of years until the person has learned what needs to be taught, and then the reincarnation cycle ends.

This belief is contrary to biblical scripture, though. The Bible is clear that man was to die but once and then judgment. Read Hebrews 9: 24-27 (NIV)

24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Reincarnation is a shallow idea that does not allow for the forgiveness of sins. A Christian should not believe in reincarnation but should believe in Jesus as our Savior! Jesus is the only way to sin forgiveness! Trust in Jesus as your true Savior. John 14: 6 (NIV)

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

What Does “Born Again” Mean? One Hint…It Is Not Reincarnation.

The correct Biblical definition of “Born Again” is found in the Book of John 3: 3-10 (HCSB) from the mouth of Jesus:

3 Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 “But how can anyone be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked Him. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “I assure you: Unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.6 Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again. 8 The wind blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
9 “How can these things be?” asked Nicodemus.
10 “Are you a teacher of Israel and don’t know these things?”Jesus replied.

The New Testament was translated from the Greek Septuagint and it was written “born from above” and is defined as being regeneration when one becomes a Christian, no longer dead in his sins, no longer spiritually blind and made into a new creature.

Now what “Born Again” does not mean;

The Roman Catholic belief: It means that a transformation occurs when they are water baptized and all their sins are removed and the Grace of God is infused into them.

The Jehovah’s Witness belief: There are only 144000 followers that are born again be with Christ in heaven.

The Mormon belief: Baptism is necessary or they can’t be born again. Being born again, arrives through the “Spirit of God” as a result of ordinances.

Seventh Day Adventists belief: You must be water baptized, a works for salvation position.

The Baha’I belief: Being born again is a “spiritual state” by power coming from the manifestation of God (www.planetbahai.org).

The Eastern Reincarnation belief: (Wikipedia) Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral quality of the previous life’s actions.

There are some real issues that throw huge road blocks into this belief for instance, if we are all being recycled (reincarnated)then where are all the babies coming from? As of writing this article there is 7,104,015,836 humans on planet earth (www.geohive.com) Reincarnation states there is no creator God, so where are all these new souls coming from? And where did the first humans originate?

Also something to ponder is; how could any progress in bettering yourself be made without a clear understanding of the past cause of your suffering?

There are many more problems posed by the fictional tale of reincarnation, but I will address them in a separate article.

The Christian belief in NO reincarnation is found in Hebrews 9: 27(HCSB),

27 And just as it is appointed for people to die once—and after this, judgment

Also Matthew 25: 46(HCSB),

46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

We die ONCE and there is judgment, pretty clear huh?

God Bless
Brian Mason

Buddhism: Harmonizing With Christianity?

I recently met by chance with an acquaintance of mine, (maybe slightly more than an “acquaintance”) and he asked “what is new with you these days?” and he was very surprised to hear my response…I said I have become an ordained Christian Minister. More surprising to me, he told me that he too was a believer. Even more surprising to me, although he professed to be a Christian believer he said that he lives his life following the lifestyles of Buddhism!  After further explanation to me he stated that although he believes that Jesus is the Messiah he sees nothing wrong in following the teachings of Buddha as they are very similar.

When I started questioning him on how he came to that decision in his spiritual journey he quickly shut me down, and I could see him getting agitated. So before I left him I gave him some spiritual food for thought.

 Buddhism has an “Eight Fold Path” that is the basis tenet of their belief system. By following the “Path” you will be led to 1) Many Reincarnations 2) Erasure of Karmic Debt; all leading to Nirvana.

Conversely the Christian Bible tells us we must exercise the spiritual disciplines in order to transform our desires. Suffering is not overcome from the quashing of the “self” but through the “selfless” sacrifice of our sinless savior Jesus Christ.

In Buddhism the soul escapes the body and then dresses up in other bodies. Harmonize with Christianity? NO WAY! These two belief systems cannot be harmonized. Buddhism is a false doctrine and offers false hope. Whereas Christianity offers eternal life promised to us from a resurrected savior Jesus.

Since Jesus rose bodily from the tomb and had over FIVE HUNDRED WITNESSES, and he promised that he will return to us in judgment I must believe that. He is still alive. Where is Buddha?

Buddhists require great works to reach Nirvana; Christians do not have a works based faith. Christians only need to realize that we are ALL sinners and require the Grace of God to save us. We ask for forgiveness through repentance. We believe that Jesus was crucified, buried and rose in body three days later.

On the surface most people believe that Buddhism is a peaceful, anti-suffering religion. However I still have not met that many people that really know what Buddhism is all about. Most think of this little fat “Buddha” statue and Yoga, not researching it or really trying to understand it. It is also a favorite of Hollywood celebrities, and we know how well meaning they are…ahem.

Can you see how the two beliefs are similar? I can’t.

John 14: 6 (NASB)

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

God Bless

Brian Mason