“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.” Deut. 18:10-12.
Superstitious Buddhist trinkets (Narita, Japan)
Let’s see what the Japanese Buddhist teacher Marvin Harada has to say about his religion:
A Brief Introduction to Buddhism
by Reverend Marvin Harada
A Brief Introduction to Buddhism
In a nutshell, Buddhism is a teaching that shows us the workings of our ego self and how that ego self causes us all of our problems in life.
Therefore Buddhism is a religion for fools because the Bible says, “A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.” (Proverbs 18:2). The Buddhist is only interested in mental exercises that will quiet his present inner turmoil; he is disinterested in learning the fear of the LORD. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.” (Psalms 111:10)
Our normal reaction to such a statement is, “Who me? I don’t have an ego.” This is
exactly why we need Buddhism, because we cannot see the workings of our ego and how it causes us so many problems in life.
He says people need Buddhism to understand their ego, yet his religion actually teaches that “ego” does not exist (“anatta“). Thus Buddhism is not being honest about its true aim, which is that it is a philosophy invented to avoid contemplation of the fearful judgement of God which every soul must face. The Bible say, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” (Matthew 16:26-27)
Just as we cannot see our physical self, like our own face, without the help of a mirror, Buddhism teaches us that our ego self is impossible for us to see ourselves. Buddhism is a teaching that shows us our ego self, and then shows us the path to being liberated from the workings of that ego.
In other words, it makes you see an ego it thinks doesn’t exist, so it can then teach you to believe that the ego doesn’t exist! It is any wonder Buddhism is being abandoned by so many Japanese who consider it nothing but superstitious nonsense? What modern good did Buddhism ever bring to India, China, or the other countries of Asia? By teaching nonsense, Buddhism caused people to languish in the dark and remain undeveloped.
Buddhism: A teaching of self introspection
The focus of Buddhism is oneself, not in a self-centered manner, but to reflect within oneself, instead of looking critically at others. The great Zen Master Dogen said, “To study Buddhism is to study the self.” By this, Dogen pointed to the central focus of the Buddhist teachings, which is to see into oneself.
And how does this solve any real problems that man faces?
The real problems that every man faces are sin, death, judgement, and hell. Sinful man is guilty, he deserves death and will die, and after death comes God’s judgement, and the righteous penalty of God against sin is banishment into the flames of hell forever.
These are the actual problems – and Buddhism ignores ever single one of them by foolishly pretending that none of them exist!
The Historical Buddha
Buddhism began in India, nearly 2,600 years ago, with a man who did exactly that, looked deep into himself. Through such deep introspection, he came to realize a profound truth. He came to see the world around him beyond the ego-centered viewpoint.
He is dead. Buddha never solved the problem of anybody’s death – much less his own. His dead ashes are still worshipped by deluded and impoverished pagans in India who were never helped by him. They are all dead and dying and Buddha can’t lift a finger to help – because Buddha is DEAD. The world needed the bread of life, and Buddha gave it sawdust to eat.
But the Lord Jesus Christ says, “All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” (John 10:8-9). This was not an empty boast – Jesus Christ demonstrated the reality of his life-giving power. “And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:” (Romans 1:4). Jesus Christ is ALIVE. He solved the problems man faces – he actually did something about them. We have a problem – death – and Jesus won the victory over it!
This insight allowed him to see the great oneness of life, the interconnectedness of all beings, animate and inanimate. It was the insight of great wisdom and compassion, the contents of enlightenment. Through his enlightenment, the Buddha discovered the real meaning of peace and happiness in life. After his enlightenment, the Buddha shared his insight and teachings with the people of India for the next 45 years.
Nothing is as bizarre as calling Buddha “compassionate” even though he selfishly abandoned his own wife and child! If Buddha had lived in our day, the police would have arrested him and put him in jail charging him with neglect! Instead of being a husband and father to his family, he left them, and spent his life mouthing off boasts of his own enlightenment. But hypocrites admire their own, and Buddha represents the notion that a religious veneer can whitewash man’s black heart of sin inside.
The Spread and Development of Buddhism
The teaching of the historical Shakyamuni Buddha spread throughout India, and then across the Asian continent over the course of these past 2,600 years. Buddhism flowed into China, Korea, and Japan. Now the flow of the Dharma is reaching and permeating the thought and lives of people in the West.
Buddhism travelled east because it first went West and was rejected by people who had the true enlightenment of revealed religion which came by God’s prophets amongst the Jewish people. But when the Buddhists gurus landed in America, they found many apostate fools looking to justify their sins by adopting moral relativism propped up with seeming legitimacy by attachment to eastern religious dogmas. Christianity has gone victoriously westward circling the globe – while the false eastern religions have languished – and rightly so, because they are false and have nothing to offer mankind to solve his true problems.
The Purpose of the Buddha’s Teachings
Buddhism has been carried and transmitted over the many centuries because of its timeless and enduring message to the spiritual needs of human beings. The Buddha’s teaching seek to help all beings find true peace, happiness, and well-being. It does not require that we follow doctrines, beliefs, or creeds, but simply encourages us to listen to the Dharma (teachings), and if we find them to be true through our own life experiences, then to follow them.
(Underline added). The crafty Buddhist is a total moral relativist but too cowardly to say it that bluntly. He frames it as following what one finds to be “true” for himself – which of course is utter nonsense. A demonized serial killer might think he is being true to himself!
The Buddhist’s religion is a feel-good self-deception philosophy that wicked people can adopt in order to feel self-justified. The Buddhist engages in a fantasy of self-righteousness by judging himself by himself.
“¶ The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jeremiah 17:9-10)
The Path of True Happiness
All beings seek happiness, but we don’t always know where to find it. Actually, Buddhism teaches us that we look for it Actually, Buddhism teaches us that we look for it in all the wrong places. True happiness is not something we can find outside of ourselves, but it is something that we can discover within ourselves.
A foolish man seeks to be ‘happy’ while hurdling like a speeding bullet downward into hell! The Buddhist solution to riding the fast train to hell is to not look out the window – just look at your navel and think happy thoughts!
The Bible says: “3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” (Romans 10:3-4)
The way of life of Buddhism is this unfolding of the real meaning of happiness, the real meaning of our lives and our existence. It enables us to live a dynamic and a fulfilling life, a life of deep gratitude, reverence, and humility.
Wrong! How is it “reverence” or “gratitude” for the Buddhist to reject the testimony of Almighty God against himself so that he can believe the lie of self-righteousness?
No Buddhist has any “life” at all – every one of them is still 100% dead in his trespasses and sins! Life has been demonstrated – real life – by the resurrection of Christ from the dead – but the Buddhist rejects the new birth in Christ so he can stay lost.
The “Shin” Buddhist sect to which Harada belongs even calls out to a false god they call “Amida Buddha” to save them – but this is a vain hope because they even admit that such a being doesn’t exist. Thus Buddhists’ hopes are deplorably pitiful and stupid – they reject the proven Saviour Jesus Christ, and seek instead a false god of lies who never saved anybody.
“23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” (John 8:23-24)
“26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:26-31)
The Buddhist teacher Marvin Harada is surely headed for an eternity in the fires of hell, but not because he is especially evil any more than other persons. After all, all have sinned: “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20). But John the Baptist testified of Jesus Christ saying, “… Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)
Therefore it is because of what Harada has failed to do that will damn his eternal soul (John 16:9). He did not trust the Lord Jesus Christ for his salvation.
Jesus Christ died in payment of the sins of the world, that our souls might live in him forgiven and redeemed for all eternity. So forgiveness is available for all for free, purchased at a very high cost by Jesus Christ. But Mr Harada has not bothered to accept it. Mr Harada only had to acknowledge that he was a sinner, and that he deserves hell, and then believed the gospel message that Jesus Christ died for his sins according to the scriptures, was buried, and that he rose against the third day according to the scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:1-5).
Mr Harada, and all his Buddhist followers, wish instead to unnecessarily go to hell by holding onto utterly false notions of their own self righteousness and by imagining they won’t ever face the judgement of God.
“12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:12-15)
In Joshua chapter 17 a certain Levite was hired by a man named Michah to be his personal priest over the graven image he had made. Later, in chapter 18, the priest got recruited by the tribe of Dan to be their priest and father – and he took the graven image along with him.
Another instance is found in 2 Kings 17:26 where the Samaritans where transplanted into northern Israel and the LORD sent mountain lions to attack them. The Assyrians sent a Jewish priest to teach them the manner of the God of the land to stop the attacks. The priest taught them that they should fear the LORD, but they then had an ad-hoc religious jumble, serving both their old gods and the LORD:
“Howbeit every nation made gods of their own, and put them in the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made, every nation in their cities wherein they dwelt. … So they feared the LORD, and made unto themselves of the lowest of them priests of the high places, which sacrificed for them in the houses of the high places. They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence. … So these nations feared the LORD, and served their graven images, both their children, and their children’s children: as did their fathers, so do they unto this day.” 2 Kings 17:29~41.
Someone has compiled research (Rev. Arimasa Kubo, author of “Lost Tribes of Japan“) showing interesting similarities between “Shinto” – the native folk religion of Japan – and the worship of the true God as found in the Bible. This lead the researcher to conjuncture that the Japanese may be a “lost tribe” of Jews. Read the rest of this entry »
Review #4 of “Teaching of the Buddha” – Today looking at Buddhism’s fictitious messiah figure, ‘Amida’ the Buddha of infinite light.
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Audio #3 in the Book review series looking at “The Teaching of the Buddha” – Today we look at Buddhism’s illogical nonsense that dares to call common sense and reality “absurd.”
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Update: links corrected.
Book review continues:
Direct link: part 2