Persecution Blog: Reaching Tibet

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August 21, 2013


Robert Chance

"Christianity" may well fail in Tibet and the vast majority of Tibetans will continue to follow their Four Noble Truths. But let us pray for God's (the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) elect...those few Tibetans who have a willingness to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, who have a willingness to forsake everything to honor Jesus and obtain eternal life--that they will be found of the gospel by the committed Chinese missionaries who are laboring under much danger and difficulty, and become regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit, joining saints from every tribe and every nation to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the culmination of earthly history and FOREVER!!! Sampuna, are you one who has a willingness to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ (Yeshua Messiah)?


So what if Christianity fails to grow in Tibet? Buddhism is their life. Buddhism is a beautiful religion with its Four Noble Truths and meaningful meditations on life which ends in death. It helps them so much. It also press them on to practice all the goodness in life urgently.


I am curious, Leah. What are Buddhists doing as they carry around idols--chanting and rubbing them? I have always thought of this as idolatry--but is this something different? Interesting comment that you made. I did feel that the article was well supported--though more of a "story" than an academic paper needing documentation. I, too, am concerned about credibility in journalism, but according to what I have learned from VOM, the writer has recently returned from visiting Tibet. So assuming that she/he is one of responsible character, I hope that we can repose these details and rest assured of the integrity of both writer and organization.


Leah, the term idolatry, and even the concept of worship of idols - including worship of the buddha - has broader meaning than the one you seem to be applying here. From the context of one Christian speaking to another, a broader definition would be assumed. The Bible itself uses the broader definition and says that even covetousness is idolatry. Col. 3:5. In this setting, the definition would be to honor something or someone above God, to put a created thing above the Creator in honor or obedience or preeminence in one's life. You point out exactly it is the buddha's teachings - not the Christ's - that are paramount, even though, as you rightly point out, the buddhas are just men, ones who are seen as having reached "enlightenment" as they define it. You accuse the writer of the post of "obviously" not having "done the research", but the writer is not saying this about the Tibetans worshiping idols, but rather is quoting the Chinese missionary. It's hard to know what was lost in translation. As Elvis would say, "Have mercy!" :)


Just by the way because you obviously haven't done the research, Buddhists don't actually worship idols or Buddha for that matter. Buddha was a man, which Buddhists believe reached enlightenment, adherents to the Buddhist faith don't worship him they live by his teachings....

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