BUDDHISM AND THE BIBLE
Many people believe all religions came from God even though they teach different and contradictory doctrines. If all religions came from God, they reason that we should simply choose the best of them and leave the others alone. In fact, if all religions came from God, then we should not criticize any of them. However, the Bible says that God is not “the author of confusion” (1 Corinthians ). Since all the world religions are different from one another and contradict one another, it is not possible that they all came from God.
Of course there is some good in
most religions. If a religion were
entirely bad, most people would not be interested in following it. However, it takes only a little false doctrine
to destroy one’s soul. Among the many
religions which claim to be the guide for people in this life is Buddhism. Buddhism fits Paul’s description of those who
“changed the glory of the incorruptible
God into an image made like corruptible man....who exchanged the truth of God
for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator”
(Romans 1:23-25). As with many of
the other religions of
Buddhism is based on the teachings
of Siddhartha Gautama (563? - 483?). He
was born in
Buddhism was born in
If the Bible is true (and it is), then anything which contradicts the Bible must be false. We can prove the Bible is true. It is the greatest Book which has ever been written. The Bible is from God and is inspired by Him (1 Peter , 21; 2 Timothy , 17). In the Bible we learn of Jesus Christ who is the only way to God (John 14:6). We will be judged by the words of Jesus at the last day (John ). There are only two choices one has in life. He may choose the narrow way or the broad way (Matthew , 14). If one wants to go to Heaven when he dies, he must obey the will of God which is found in the Bible (Matthew -23).
Buddhism contradicts many of the truths of the Bible. The Bible teaches there is a God and only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:6; 1 Corinthians 8:6). Buddhism’s teaching about God is contradictory and unclear. In Buddhism it is possible to believe in many gods or no gods at all.
The Bible claims to be God’s Word. Therefore, it is our guide in life for it reveals all spiritual truth (Psalm 119:105; John ; ; 2 Peter 1:3). Buddhism claims the teachings of Gautama, along with one’s own feelings, are the guide in this life (Proverbs ; Jeremiah ).
The Bible proclaims Jesus to be the Christ, the Son of the living God (Romans 1:4; John , 31). The Bible also tells us that Jesus arose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). Buddhism denies the claims of the Bible. Buddhists teach that Jesus did not arise from the dead. Therefore, Buddhists deny that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the living God. Both Buddhism and Christianity cannot be true. One must be right and the other wrong! Both cannot be true!
The Bible reveals God’s plan to save mankind through His church (Ephesians 3:8-11; Matthew ; Acts ; Ephesians , 23; ). Buddhists deny this is the path of salvation. According to Siddhartha, a person must follow “the eight fold path” to Nirvana. Since this is contradictory to the Bible, we know it is not right!
The Bible teaches that each one of us has a soul. Our souls are eternal. They will be judged by the Word of God at the last day (Matthew ; 1 Corinthians ; Romans ; 2 Corinthians ). Buddhism, however, teaches that one’s soul is involved in a constant wheel of rebirth. It continues until one reaches “Nirvana.” The Bible teaches that once we die, we await the Judgment (Hebrews ).
The only hope for this world is Jesus Christ (Ephesians ; John 14:6; 1 Thessalonians 1:9). May God help each one of us to use every opportunity we have to teach the Gospel of Christ to those who practice Buddhism and give Buddhists the opportunity to turn to the true God and find eternal life in His Son, Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Romans 1:16).
God’s Plan of Salvation for Man
1. We must hear the truth. Romans 10:14; Romans 10:17.
2. We must believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Mark ;
3. We must repent of our sins. Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38.
4. We must confess Christ before men. Matthew 10:32, 33;
5. We must be baptized into Christ. Galatians 3:27; 1 Peter 3:21;
6. We must continue to live for Christ Revelation 2:10;
2 Peter 1:10; 2 Peter 3:18.
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