Problems With Buddhism

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.

God Bless

Brian Mason

*Criticisms of Buddhism http://www.humanreligions.info/buddhism_criticism.html

Mindfulness Teaching In Schools; What is it? And Why Is It Happening?

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)

Occult Practices
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.

God Bless

Brian Mason

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

The Dangers of Zen Buddhism

To continue from my past article “Is Buddhism Satanic?” I would now like to write about and warn Christians of the practice of Zen Buddhism.

In the West, Zen Buddhism wasn’t popular until the mid 1950’s.
The main discipline is called “zazen”, and it literally means “to sit in meditation”. In this state of meditation the practitioner looks to remove the “self” and thus becoming one with the “conscious universe”. Chanting and getting into a trance-like state with breathing techniques and body positions are utilized to “release the mind” from thought and with this attain complete emptiness. The purpose of all this is to reach what they coin “enlightenment”. This so-called enlightenment is the key to removing a zenist’s identity and reaching the doorway to Nirvana. I want to make a strong statement and warning at this point; the practice of centering meditation/prayers, altered states of consciousness etc. can open you up to demonic oppression! Read Ephesians 6: 10-13:

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

The complete enlightenment happens after a series of “koans” (a riddle) in chant form they achieve an altered reality, that is, the universe becomes an interdependent whole, and each person is that whole. Are you with me so far?

Strangely the zenist wants to remove the self and become one with the conscious universe achieving a state of absolute emptiness. Back again to Ephesians 6: 10-13! Re-read if necessary.

What is a Christian to make of all this? Well to begin with it is not Biblical as the “self” is not the focal point of the Christian Faith; our focus is on the Creator of the universe. We live to Glorify Him and not the self-departing on a wild ride of altered states! Our renewing comes from the filling of The Holy Spirit, which ultimately changes the game drastically and renews the heart, mind and soul through regeneration. We know that the only way to the Father is through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. He died on the cross, taking away the sins of the believers, arose after three days from the tomb, walked among believers and unbelievers for forty days and then ascended to Heaven in Body with the scars of the crucifixion to be at the right hand of his Father.

This practice of Zen Buddhism is not of our Lord and Savior. I implore you to pray for the followers of Zen Buddhism and Buddhism in general as it is idolatrous and opens up the follower to the demonic realm.

Acts 4: 30-31:

30 while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.

God Bless

Brian Mason

What’s up with Wicca? What’s up with our Kids?

According to the “American Religious Identification Survey” done last year, Wicca is the fastest growing religion in the United States. Interestingly the biggest part of that growth is in the High School and Collegiate students’ bracket. As a footnote to fairness, surveys can be skewed and some identified with Wicca but were not practicing the rituals as was apparently disclosed in this study. However, surveys are still a good indicator of the actual social movements.

This to me is a frightening swing with the second fastest religion in North America is Islam. Why is this happening to our youth? Is it because young people can become confused and lose direction between adolescence and adulthood? Is it Hollywood with the glorification of Witchcraft in a film? With the body of Christ becoming more and more divided we as Christians must stop fighting over non-salvation issues and come together in unity. We must not only be on guard with our children but must fight the evils that are dressed up as “Glamorous”.

Brian Mason