Although it’s been a while, what we learned about Buddhism on our trip to Myanmar, formerly Burma, needs to be shared.
We learned that Buddhists don’t believe in a personal God! Some Buddhist sects may pray to Buddha, but most meditate on, and only pay respect, to Buddha, their teachers or their ancestors. It was our understanding that they might meditate for themselves or others. Their prayers may often be their own words of encouragement to themselves!
Their lifestyle is steeped in superstition and luck, which they take seriously. We were told that certain flowers are bad luck if placed in certain places. Doing different normal activities might be bad luck, depending on the day or place.
When I think about my faith in Jesus Christ, I realize there is no place for superstition. Christians are not to be superstitious. Superstitions are actually a form of witchcraft and we want no part of that! Satan is alive! Satan does not care what we believe, as long as we don’t put our faith in Jesus Christ.
What about LUCK? A follower of Jesus is not to depend on good luck, nor fear bad luck. In fact, I believe there is no place in a Christian’s vocabulary for the word luck. We depend on Jesus Christ and the Word of God, which is far superior than luck.
- Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: ‘Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!’ These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. Colossians 2:20-23
- Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 1 Timothy 4:7
- THE STORY OF A DREAM – by Kathleen
This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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