The Lies of the Devil “Buddhism”

Lies of the Devil - Buddhism

Feb 24 2013 – Buddhism – Message

Founder of Buddhism

Siddhartha Gautama

Four noble paths

  • There is suffering in this life
  • The cause of suffering is desire
  • To stop suffering one must cease desire
  • The way to stop desire is to follow the eight fold path

The word suffering has many meanings

  • Pain
  • Stress
  • Dissatisfaction
  • Frustration
  • Anguish
  • Discomfort
  • Sorrow
  • anxiety

Eight fold path

  • Right speech
  • … action
  • … livelihood
  • … effort
  • … awareness
  • … meditation
  • …understanding
  • … thoughts

Living these out will lead you to Nirvana

(State of enlightened perfection)

  • Craving pleasures
  • Material goods
  • Immortality

The goal is to free oneself from desire

Reincarnation (Rebirth)

Six levels of rebirth (3 good and 3 bad)

Bad

  • Animal
  • Ghost
  • Hell

Good

  • Demi god
  • God
  • Man

What determines where you are rebirthed to?

  • Karma – You get the fruits of what you deserve

Therevada Buddhism

– Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar

  • Only monks can reach nirvana

Mahayana Buddhism

– China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Vietnam

  • Laymen can reach enlightenment

Tibetan Buddhism

  • Through proper concentration one can literally become Buddha himself
  • Dalai Lama

Zen Buddhism

  • Developed 1200 years after life of Siddhartha Gautama
  • Deep and laborious meditation
  • Do not adhere to sacred texts
  • Teacher is eminent (Zen Master)
  • Zen Master is equal to Buddha

What do you need to do to be Buddhist?

  • Not kill any living thing
  • Don’t steal
  • No adultery
  • No lying
  • No drugs or intoxification

What are the lies that the devil is trying to get Buddhists to believe in?

  • You can be like God
  • You can do this in your own ability
  • No God
  • The purpose or goal in life is to be comfortable
  • Suffering is bad and is to be avoided

How to witness to a Buddhist:

  • Help them to see that evil and sinful cravings are humanly unable to resolve
  • Illustrate the hopelessness of attempting to rid ones sin by human effort
  • Show in Scripture how Jesus conquered sin, the devil, hell, and death

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