So I chatted with a Buddhist today.

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  1. Ben W

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    Today I spent two hours chatting to a Buddhist about what Buddhism really is all about and what he thinks of Christianity.

    What surprised me was one of his main reasons as to why he felt that Christianity was wrong. He told me that he had been along to a Christian Church on occasion, What he did not like at all was the focus of the church on money and material goods. He said that the Buddha house where he went to fellowship and worship was full of people who by the age of 40 had realised that gaining material wealth did not bring happiness, and in fact inflicted sadness upon people - negative karma.

    The church in his eyes seemed all about material gain rather than Spiritual Growth of people.

    Reflecting on that, I have been known before to speak and write against people that teach the Prosperity Gospel in Christian Churches. I wonder if people like Copeland, Hinn, Meyer etc realise that the "fruits" of their respective ministries are full Buddha Temples and other new age places of worship?

    It is a sad thing that when a church has got through milking someone for what they can get out of them materially, that they find refuge in Buddhism. What ever happened to the church that preached the words of Jesus? - How may I become rich, "Sell what you have and give to the poor then you shall be rich".

    What makes me feel weird is that I can remember when this was preached in churches. Now it is all about - applying the right "Spiritual Keys" or praying the right mantras in order to manipulate God into bringing you material wealth. Oh and of course the material wealth is only so that you can "bless" others and that others may "see what you have" and be convinced of God by it.

    Pathetic!
     
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    Sad it is. Unfortunately churches cost money to operate.Nothing wrog with churches taking offerings as prescribed in the new testament. Don't fool yourself though. Buddhisim is a very prosperous religion.

    You are right that some of the power churches seem to be in it for the nmaterial end. It has come to light that cons are running huge works to bilk people out of their money. There are scams in everything.
     
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    It is indicative of liberalism in the Church that takes its eyes off the Word of God and instead, focuses more on appealing to the world and the wisdom of this world. If we had pastors today who simply preached the word of God and left the convincing and convicting to the Holy Spirit, we would solve many problems in the Church. However, I would also say that Benny Hinn is not the one keeping these Buddhist out of heaven. It is their sin.

    Joseph Botwinick
     
  4. Ben W

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    Check this out, This is "The Message" which is widely read in WOF and health/prosperity circles compares with a NASB translation for example - and just look how completely distorted only verse 6 is! It plays right into the hands of those folks. Is it any wonder this is going on?

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    6 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.7 For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. 8 If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 11 But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness
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    THE MESSAGE:

    1 Timothy 6:

    6 A devout life does bring wealth, but it's the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. 7 Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, 8 if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that's enough. 9 But if it's only money these leaders are after, they'll self-destruct in no time. 10 Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble. Going down that path, some lose their footing in the faith completely and live to regret it bitterly ever after. Running Hard 11 But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life--a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy.
     
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    It is truly sad when the emphasis is misplaced on money and material things. Both are needed, to a degree, but not to the extent that some would have us to believe.
     
  6. csmith

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    I will tell you what is sad is the amount of interest that many churches pay to banks on loans. Kind of off the topic, but building edifices is truly a priority in many churches today.
     
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    Hi daktim.
    Welcome to BB. I only know of one Tim in S.D. and I believe you are the one. Well, I know you are the one. I will PM you.
     
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    Not that I am defending "The Message," but to be fair, the antecedent of "it's" in this sentence

    "A devout life does bring wealth, but it's the rich simplicity of being yourself before God."

    is wealth. That is to say the wealth the sentence is referring to is "the rich simplicity of being yourself before God," not money per se.
     

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