How Does the “Enlightenment” Of Buddhism Compare To The Bible?
A quick study of Buddhism will reveal the darkness immediately to a Spirit-filled Christian. Buddhism teaching completely throws out God and any relationship we should have with our Creator for works. Religion is always all about works. Whether you are an unbeliever or a follower of Jesus, the Bible is very clear that there are no works that humans can do to become holy, good, perfect, or enlightened ( Ephesians 2:8,9). Human works are like dirty rags (Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:19-23), before God, only good to be thrown out with other worthless trash. Buddhism denies God and this is foolishness anywhere around the world (1 Corinthians 1:21).
Buddhism began with the historical Buddha, whose name was Siddhartha Gautama in present- day India. Gautama lived sometime between 566-410 B.C. (exact dates or even years of Gautama’s life are unknown). The philosophy of Gautama, which we now label as Buddhism, developed slowly over the years. Buddhists don’t believe that Buddhism actually began with Gautama, but that it has eternally existed and was merely discovered and shared by Buddha, the grand life guide. As the teaching promotes the false idea of reincarnation (that people are born and die, and born again as someone/something else), Gautama apparently later says that it was revealed to him that there were other Buddhas (enlightened ones) before him. Therefore he was not the first Buddha it is said he later taught.
What Are the Four ‘Noble Truths’ of Buddhism?
- The truth of suffering (dukkha)
- The truth of the cause of suffering (samudaya)
- The truth of the end of suffering (nirhodha)
- The truth of the path that frees us from suffering (magga)
Buddhism started as Hinduism. The founder (Siddhartha Gautama) attributed with the concept of the religion was a Hindu. From everything being a ‘god’ in Hinduism to actually nothing behind a god. In actuality, Buddhism denies the existent of our Creator and completely focuses on self. A relationship with God is all about loving Him first, and loving others because He loves you. Frankly, there are many flavors of Buddhism but generally the religion is all mans attempt to get enlightenment and get a better after life. This is a deception from the enemy and the forces of hell.
The enemy wants to deceive as many people as possible in two ways;
1) by getting them to worship other things,
2) or by convincing people that God does not exist at all.
Starting in polytheist Hinduism and moving to a works-based atheist teaching of Buddhism is hell’s way to deceive, distort, and distract people from knowing the only true and loving God. The Almighty God of the Bible who loves us so much that He sent Jesus to become a man and right all the wrongs of human beings so that man (humans) can have eternal life with Him… this is true enlightenment.
Buddhism is an ideal religion if you want to ‘take it easily’ spiritually. If you want to associate with some type of spiritual teaching, just say you are Buddhist. The problem is Buddhist principles heavily push ‘suffering’ is life and life is suffering. Could this be the poison of the Dark Ages Mentality that infected some churches and their thinking/teaching over the years. It is highly likely. If you look at some people that are involved in Christian tradition, better named “Christianism”, you will see the same darkness of Buddhism. What is that? Dark places, burning candles before idols or images (a bit hypocritical if the teaching says there is no God, why would you pray or ‘mediate’ before a statue/idol?).
The Lord Jesus is very clear that suffering is not something for us. Jesus already suffered for us (Isaiah 53:3-5) so that we don’t have to. There are no works that you can do to make you fulfilled (Romans 6:23) in this demonic concept of Nirvana. The best lies are the ones that have an element of the truth. Apparently the religion of Buddha wasn’t that effective as a religion so the forces of heal created Islam to try to steal ideas from the real story of how God created us as Islam does. (The Three Challenges of Islam Compared to the Bible and God.).
With God, everything is so simple. There is nothing you can do without Him. That is why Jesus died on the cross for every person alive. He rose on the third day to bring eternal life in 33 AD, and the world has never been the same. You don’t have to be the same. Those who are lost can be found. You can go from the world’s darkness and religious confusion, to God’s light that reveals everything. Do you know Jesus?