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Catholicism and Buddhism: Are They Really Similar?

As I read books, watch things, and learn, I have learned that a supposed branch of Christianity and a pagan religion in Asia are very similar. Catholicism and Buddhism are much more alike than the average person might know. I was shocked to learn how similar Buddhism and Catholicism where when I decided to start learning about Buddhism. Though I know this is not an entertainment post (and if I disappointed you I apologize I will post one tomorrow, promise), this is important. This post may also be considered by some to b offensive, if so I’m sorry, you can blame God for providing the Bible to contradict Catholicism.

 

Idols

Idols are rampant in both religions. The Buddhist bow before Buddha statues and statues of gods and goddesses may be in their temples. A Catholic home or church may have statues of Mary, crosses, or the saints. Though they are of different things, both religions may bow down to or worship these statues. The Bible condemns this in the Ten Commandments. I have heard that a Catholic may try to defend their statues and pictures by saying, “But the Jewish people were commanded by God to make statues and decorations for the tabernacle!” There are two problems with this. First God had specifically instructed them to make them. Any made by man, such as the golden calf, was greatly condemned. Secondly the Jewish people did not worship the images, bow down to them, or kiss them. They hardly even saw them since they were in the holiest place of the tabernacle where only the High Priest could go.

Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in earth beneath, or that is in the water below.

Temple and Church Decorations

Both Buddhist temples and Catholic churches are quite fancily decorated. Now there is nothing wrong or sinful about making the church of God look nice, as the temple was made quite beautifully, but there the elaborate churches and temples show emphases on the money going towards the now rather than the later. What would be more important, a church that was directed toward winning converts with money funded events or one that was more concerned with fine glass stained windows and tall fancy buildings? Also the Catholic Church gets this money by selling people indulgences and masses. If the Roman Church really wanted to free people from the unbiblical realm of purgatory, why charge money for it? Why not give these indulgences freely? Probably because they aren’t giving it out of the goodness of their hearts, but to fund their unnecessarily fancy church buildings.

Matthew 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

 

Mother Goddess Figure

Both Catholicism and Buddhism have a motherly figure that is worshiped like a goddess. The Catholics pray to Mary, give her titles never given to her in the Bible, and build statues of her. The Buddhist have a mother goddess called Tara. She is also prayed to and has statues of herself that are worshiped. In the Bible God condemns Israel for worshiping the Queen of Heaven in Jeremiah 44. God is the only one to be worshiped and prayed to, not Mary or Tara.

Luke 11:27-28 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

Monasteries

Monasteries are another thing shared by Buddhism and Catholicism. Both monasteries have people that are dress plainly, vow to never marry, and restrain themselves from things. There are a few problems with monasteries and convents. The Bible commands Christians to not be of the world, but it also says that we can live in the world and enjoy it. If people are sealed off from the world, how are they supposed to share their faith and change the world? You really can’t. Also the Bible warns about false Christians that would forbid themselves marriage and pleasure to an extreme.

1 Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

 

The Rosary

Both the Catholics and Buddhist have a rosary. This was the similarity that I found the most surprising. The Buddhist and Catholics both have a rosary, one is wooden and brown and the other white. The one prays to Mary and the other Buddha. Jesus Himself said we are not to pray repetitious prayers, as it is a heathen practice. I always found it ironic that it is right before Jesus sample prayer, which people recite all the time, even Protestants. God wants prayers to be original and personal, not mechanical and repetitive.

Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

 

Works to Go to Heaven/Nirvana

Though the Buddhist and Catholics each have a different eternal destination in mind, they do err in a similar way. They both believe that works are necessary to go to their Paradise. Buddhists believe earning merit and good karma will give them either better place on earth through reincarnation or Nirvana. Catholics believe they must do the sacraments to avoid hell and work even harder to avoid purgatory, eventually going to Heaven. Both religions promote joining a monastery, saying prayers, and giving money for this. God clearly says in Romans 3:26-28″Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.” To go to Heaven all one must do is repent and have faith, the thief on the cross probably did none of the sacraments, but Jesus counted his faith for righteousness.

Romans 9:32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Conclusion

Though Buddhism and Catholicism are very different, one can see that they are close enough to make Catholicism look pagan rather than Christian. Since Catholicism was started centuries after Buddhism, it is likely that the Catholics took this from the pagans rather than the pagans took it from the Catholics. Buddhism is not the only religion to have these things, other pagan religions may have monasteries and idols, some of these things were probably in the pagan Roman religion. I ask if you are Catholic or know someone who is please leave this very pagan branch of Christianity. They are right in that “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” and that “For the wages of sin is death” but the Catholics are wrong in how we are redeemed.

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sins:

Romans 3:24-26 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

This is how man is forgiven and saved. Not through the Eucharist, infant baptism, and confession. I beg you if you are a Catholic, please, consider what you have read and repent. God has been waiting and is eager to bring you into true and pure Christianity. I also hop that id you are a Christian Buddhist you will leave these ungodly, pagan practices and repent.

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An Important Easter Message

An Important Easter Message

Happy Easter!

Easter is a fun time of year. People often visit each other, go on egg hunts, paint eggs, and even decorate their homes for Easter. The Christians though have another reason to celebrate Easter. Easter is a time to remember what Jesus did for us. Do you know what Jesus did for you? Many Americans have a vague idea, but here are the specifics.

  1. Jesus Created You!

The Bible says that in John 1:3, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” In the first part of Genesis 1:26 it says, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:”; God uses “us” and “our” showing that the Trinity was in existence back then. Not multiple gods as the might Muslims claim we have, but one God in three parts, like an egg with a yolk, shell, and albumen. God is the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost and the Bible says, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” in Matthew 8: 19.

  1. Jesus Was Born for You!

Even though God loved us enough to create us, we have disobeyed Him. We have all lied at least once. Many of us have disrespected our parents, “borrowed” something without permission and forgetting to return it, had lustful thoughts, and called people unkind and sinful things. The Bible says in Romans, “For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (6:23) and “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (3:23). When a criminal commits a crime, they must be separated from society by being place in prison or jail. God is so perfect though, that any sin requires that we be separated from Him. This place of separation is Hell and eventually the Lake of Fire. God did not want us to have to suffer that though and so He came from Heaven itself and was born as a person. This is Jesus. John 1:14 says, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” Jesus could have stayed in Heaven if He wanted as He is God, but Jesus loved us enough to be born in a world of sin and endure mistreatment so that we could be with Him again. Isaiah 7:14 says, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

  1. Jesus Died for You!

The birth was only the beginning though. Someone had to be punished for breaking God’s law. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death;” in the first part of Romans 6:23. Since God did not want us to pay in Hell, after He was born on earth, He died for us. He was punished so that we would no have to be. It is like a criminal who commits a crime and instead of going to jail, someone else that loves them goes to jail in that person’s place. Jesus though did a lot more than go to jail for us. Jesus was scourged (which means to be whipped with a whip with glass that tore your skin off), He was mocked and spit on, He was abandoned by his friends, and He eventually was literally nailed into a cross. He did this so that we would not have to go to Hell. He took all our sins away when He did this and became sin so that we would no have to suffer Hell. Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

  1. Jesus Rose Again for You!

To prove that Jesus was God, Jesus, after three days of death, came back to life. His disciples saw Him eat food and work miracles. Luke 24 says “And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.” He was physically alive. If He had not risen, everything would have been a hopeless lie, but He rose from the dead and proved to be God and conqueror of sin and death. The first part of 1 Corinthians 6:14 says “And God hath both raised up the Lord,” and first part of Hebrews 11:19 says,”Accounting that God [was] able to raise [him] up, even from the dead;”

  1. Now What Will You Do?

Jesus did so much for all people, yet many still reject it. Many believe that Jesus was not God, though the Jesus clearly says John 10:30, “I and [my] Father are one.” Many others believe that they must work, because Jesus was not enough. The Bible in Ephesians 2: 8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:“; to work for salvation is to say that what Jesus suffered was not enough. It is like an insult. Others say that a priest or bishop must forgive their sins, though the Bible says in 1 Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” If you offended God it makes sense that He is the only one that can forgive sins. If you lie to a friend, a different friend can not forgive you in the first ones place. Please accept Jesus’ gift. You don’t have to do anything besides have faith that He is God and that He died for your sins and rose again. It is a like a man who paid a friend’s debt, and all the friend has to do is accept the check. Though no prayer can save you, the Bible says in Romans 10: 9-10, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” If you have faith in God, you should be willing to say so, though the prayer does and can not save you.. Please have faith in Him now. There may not be a tomorrow or even another hour left for you. The Bible also says in James 4:14, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” If you accept Jesus, Easter will become a new thing, and you will be able to celebrate it with much more happiness!

If you already have long ago accepted Him or just have, there is much more to do. Though we are going to Heaven, many people aren’t. Mark 16:15  says, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” As a Christian you are commanded to tell others. There are many ways to do this including one-on-one discussions, Bible tracts (little pamphlets that tell about Jesus), and inviting people to a church. As a warning you will be persecuted as the 2 Timothy 3:12 says, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” as well as in John 15:18 says, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before [it hated] you.” But when we remember that Jesus did so much for us, we can have the confidence and faith to tell everyone. Please give others a reason to celebrate Easter!

Some types of tracts are:

Chick Tracts: They are comic style and deal with almost all religions that are not true Christians, as well as evolution and atheism. They also show where you can find the information on the religion or scientific theory elsewhere, so they use good sources! You can also get them in several different languages.

Fellowship League Tracts: They say what the basic gospel is, similar to above. They have many different covers such as: Death Happens Every Day, Thank You for Your Hospitality, and Eternal Life is a Free Gift! Though they are simple and usually have a small theme.

Local Church Tracts: They often say on one side how to get to the church and on the other has a very basic gospel explanation. They are often very simple and are more intended to let people know about church than salvation, but still explain salvation.

Make sure that whatever tract you use tells the gospel story correctly. If it says something that the Bible clearly says is not true, such as working to go to Heaven or that you must be forgiven by a priest, it could hinder a person rather than bring them to Jesus.

I hope you do have a happy Easter and that you are now a Christian! If you have any questions (genuine ones preferably, not antagonistic ones) about the article, salvation, or living as a Christian, please ask. Also it is fine if you share the article elsewhere.