Oh Buddha…


Bronze Buddha Idol in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

 

Eastern religions like Buddhism are extremely interesting to study, mostly because their beliefs (no offense) are so completely preposterous. For instance, Zen Buddhists believe that reality along with our experiences are illusionary. If that belief is true, then why do Buddhists still look both ways before crossing a busy street? Why is it that if a Buddhist is about to get run over by say — a cement truck, that he jumps out of the way? If reality and experience truly are illusions, then the illusionary cement truck should easily pass right through the Buddhist’s illusionary body, so he can get back to doing his illusionary meditation. The fact of the matter is, that Buddhism would quickly be devoid of all living followers if they actually started practicing what they preach.

Hinduism fairs no better. For instance, Hindus believe that there is no real difference between good and evil. The late Francis Schaeffer once related a story which illustrates how absurd that notion is:

“One day I was talking to a group of people in the room of a young South African in Cambridge University. Among others, there was present a young Indian who was of Sikh background but a Hindu by religion. He started to speak strongly against Christianity, but did not really understand the problems of his own beliefs. So I said, “Am I not correct in saying that on the basis of your system, cruelty and non-cruelty are ultimately equal, that there is no intrinsic difference between them?” He agreed. The student in whose room we met, who had clearly understood the implications of what the Sikh had admitted, picked up his kettle of boiling water with which he was about to make tea, and stood with it steaming over the Indian’s head. The man looked up and asked him what he was doing and he said, with a cold yet gentle finality, “There is no difference between cruelty and non-cruelty.” Thereupon the Hindu walked out into the night.” (Schaeffer, CWFS, 1:110)

It is sad to think that currently over a billion people believe in such easily refuted nonsense as Buddhism and Hinduism. Yet, all the other false religions in the entire world sit in the same boat. Thankfully, the only true faith is not hard to find. Jesus said:

“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:31-32

Here are the lyrics sung by the Southern Gospel quartet, The Imperials, which they used to express the truth of Jesus Christ compared to the other faiths, a song composed by Mark Farrow entitled: “Oh Buddha”:

 

Well, old Buddha was a man

And I’m sure that he did well,

But I pray for his disciples

Lest they end up in hell,

And I’m sure that old Mohammed

Was sure he knew the way,

But it won’t be Hari Krishna

We stand before on judgment day.

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Chorus:

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No, it won’t be old Buddha

That’s sitting on the throne,

And it won’t be old Mohammed

That’s calling me home,

And it won’t be Hari Krishna

That plays that trumpet tune,

And we’re going to see the Son,

Not Reverend Moon!

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Well, I don’t hate anybody,

So please don’t take me wrong,

But there really is a message

In this simple song,

See, there’s only one way — Jesus,

If eternal life’s your goal,

And meditation of the mind,

It won’t save your soul.

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For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, – 1 Timothy 2:3–6

Have a blessed day!

Sean Kirkpatrick

Sean Kirkpatrick posted at 2011-9-1 Category: Refuting False Religions