Great Buddha once said "Life is suffering."
How can one conclude that he was "great" when this is what he offers? In this one sentence he summed up the thinking of man without His Creator.
Buddhism is an insidious religion which does nothing to address the problem of physical suffering on this earth. It just preaches "that's your
lot". How about finding out what your Creator has to say about the source of suffering, misery and death? How about, as He commands you, to judge
yourself against His Word and see just how far we are fallen? How about understanding that evil can only ever produce misery and death, and that His
good can only ever bring peace and life?
When man defines his own "good", it's based upon nothing higher than pleasure and what feels good. Take for example the complete 180 in sexual
expression in this society. Since that decade of "sexual liberation", 50,000,000 unborn babies have been slaughtered as a direct result. And yet, we
still think that change in morality is "good"? That figure should make us stop and think 1)how is what society relabelled as good leaving a trail of
murder behind it and 2) why won't we look to our behaviours, acts and thinking to see how and why that genocide started? We all know why - sex became
casual and based on pleasure instead of the creation of life, and the unending indoctrination to redefine infanticide as "abortion". But what if
tomorrow we all woke up and those 50 million babies were laying dismembered in their blood all across this land? Close your eyes and picture it - only
at that point could the masses 1) realise that it was blatant murder and 2) actually see the devastation that what we declared "good" must not be
His good because it's producing death.
Jesus Christ told the world of Adamic man the truth - it's our own wicked lusts and desires which produce the suffering, oppression and victimisation
in the world! 'Great' Buddha on the other hand concludes that baby's lot was to be in suffering therefore nothing can be done! The former holds man
accountable for that murder whilst the second merely excuses it. The former holds out the solution - to be born of the Spirit and water in a new birth
which will overcome our evil desires and the other just says don't worry, the baby will just be reborn! Which do you think appeals to those who love
truth, and which do you think appeals to man who wants to continue in his ways? Can we not see that this very reason is why Jesus Christ was kicked
out of all public life and why 'eastern spirituality' is being brought into our homes, our schools and our corporate life? Man, consumed by his
lusts, will only listen to what he WANTS to hear and will reject what he doesn't want to hear.
That distinction between the two sums up what Jesus Christ declared - the thief only comes to steal, kill and destroy but that He comes to offer LIFE.
And it sums up what the Holy Spirit wrote through John:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not
send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not
believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the
world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the
light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they
have done has been done in the sight of God. John 3:16-21
The knowledge of evil is within man. Look around and you cannot help but notice its release at the end of the Millennium. There is only one choice for
those in Adam - to be in the true Christ. The new creation of man has been offered for 2,000 years, yet as in the days of Judea, the world will choose
that old man the insurrectionist, murderer and robber and to crucify the Saviour who offers the solution - the new creation. The wicked kill the
righteous, just as Cain slaughtered Able. There is the cause of suffering and death. Unregenerate man who keeps listening to his unregenerate self and
other unregenerate men. We don't want to look into the mirror which is the Bible because we see ourselves. We close it in rejection, concluding that
the Creator is the Evil one instead of what He really shows us - that it's man and always has been. Once you understand that, and are convicted of
your thoughts and beliefs, He transforms before your very eyes! From evil to only Good. From hate to love. From unjust to Just. From a killer to a
Saviour. From Unmerciful to Merciful. But it's not He that changes - it's us that are changed.
Life isn't to suffer. Life is to live in His righteousness and Holiness as it was supposed to be.