Redeeming the Time


16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Ephesians 5:16-20 (KJV)

Christians,

This is the time. Seriously. I am becoming more and more convinced that the Rapture of the Christians is nearing. Many of you have blogs… this is the time to get serious about this.

Contend earnestly for the faith. Witness to the lost. Try to reach those who call themselves Christians, whose entire claim for a hope in Heaven but who actually claim nothing but a wet forehead as a baby. Try to reach those who think they are a god, and can speak things into existence. Try to reach those who believe that the Watchtower Society is God’s faithful servant on this earth. Try to reach those who believe that Joseph Smith was visited by an Angel who used to be a man named Moroni. Try to reach those who believe they have to keep the laws of Moses to be saved. Try to reach those who think “the Sunday Sabbath is the number of the beast”. Try to reach those who think Hinduism is the way. Who think their Buddhist faith will get them reborn if they redeem enough karma points. Try to reach those who think the vibration of cosmic crystals will allow them to ascend into a higher order of sentient being. Try to reach those who think, “My whole family is Baptist, so I guess I go to heaven too…”

You’re going to get arguments. You’re going to offend many. You’re going to risk a lot of heartache just to finally reach one person – but that one person will avoid Hell forever, and that’s the point.

And you may be planting a seed for when (after we disappear) they may wake up and realize, “This was real, and I just missed it.”

But if you do nothing… they all are lost. Condemned.

Redeem the time, for the days are evil.

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Apostasy Part 1 Seducing Spirits


1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 1 Timothy 4:1-2 (KJV)

Just a short four part series… apostasy. We’re in the midst of the great apostasy, and I’ve got to do my best to wake you up to it. I’m sure my like minded readers understand this, that we’re in the midst of the falling away.

If you’re awake, and have been paying attention, you’ll probably be able to recognize people and advocated practices just from what I’m going to say about it.

The first and foremost weapon you have against apostasy is the Bible. The complete Bible.

I don’t have to get into Greek manuscripts and textual criticism to get an immediate agreement from Christians – you want the entire Bible, not one with missing parts.

That gets an immediate amen from just about everyone except wolves in sheep’s clothing. They want you ignorant of the bible – that way they maintain their position of authority. They’ve got another reason they don’t want you reading the complete Bible – they’re going to Hell, and they don’t want to go alone.

Who’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing? Well, I won’t have to name names this time. By the time I’m done, you’ll be able to fill in the blanks. You’re welcome to suggest names in the comments field.

First, seducing spirits. What’s a seducing spirit? Anything that draws you away from the worship of the true God into worship of something else.

Paganism – That’s our first identifier. No, this is not going to be a Christmas rant. Marc Monte did a message a few years back where he proves with a calendar and the Bible that Jesus Christ probably WAS born somewhere between Dec. 23-27.

So, any teaching that gets you involved in Pagan methods of Worship, or worship of pagan deities, is a seducing spirit.

Any attempt to infuse pagan methods into the worship of God is a seducing spirit.

12 If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which the LORD thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying, 13 Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known; 14 Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you; 15 Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword. 16 And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the LORD thy God: and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again. 17 And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that the LORD may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers; Deuteronomy 13:12-17 (KJV)

Read that, and really think about it. If God felt so strongly about it He commanded that everything in the city be burnt, He obviously takes a very dim view of us incorporating pagan methods of worship into His worship.

Pagans chant. Christians should not.

Pagans bow and pray to graven images. Christians should not.

Pagans repeat memorized prayers endlessly. Christians… well, almost never pray, but really should. How should you pray? Speaking to God with some respect and reverence – but He wants to be spoken to like a friend. Jesus Christ said in the Gospel of John that He calls us His friends. Friends that don’t speak grow apart. You should speak to God.

Pagans use beads that they run their hands across and count beads to remind themselves of where they are in their prayer cycles. Christians do not do this.

So when someone attempts to introduce contemplative mysticism into your church, quickly get together with the Pastor and speak urgently and respectfully to him about it.

When someone attempts to get you to experience the Mass, the answer is no. Will it get you closer to God? No, but it’ll teach you to make a god of your emotional experiences. And eventually begin worshipping a piece of cracker.

When someone attempts to introduce the Rosary into your church, and speak about how Catholics derive a great deal of comfort from it, remind them, “yes, but we’re Christians and saved. Christians don’t do that.”

Statues of saints? Nope. We don’t do that. We don’t dress them up, place flowers on them, offer them incense, or move them indoors to let them experience the air conditioning.

nobody’s trying to introduce this in your church? Just wait. It’s happening at churches all across the country. The Lutherans and the Episcopals have been doing Contemplative Mysticism in many churches for three or four years.

We do not bow to the queen of heaven. We do not worship – or even recognize the “mother of God”. We recognize Mary, a Jewish woman who gave birth to Jesus Christ – but she acknowledged her need of salvation in her prayer after being told her child would be the Messiah.

We do not light candles in the memory of dead Christians. Nor do we offer prayers to dead Christians.

A number of false teachers have been advocating we do exactly these things. They’re false teachers, wolves in sheeps clothing, antichrists.

Anyone who has a message of “we need to belong to the world, so we can be relevant, communicate with them, get them saved. We should listen to worldly music, drink beer, watch tv, watch worldly movies, and go clubbing…” they are trying to get you to heed the other kind of seducing spirit – to be worldly.

Any attempt to sit there at a nightclub and tell people of Jesus Christ while you smoke and drink alcohol will get you zero points. The world will mock you and call you a hypocrite.

Can you think of any people who are advocating these very things? They’re hard at work in your church right now.

Do not give heed to seducing spirits.

Proofs of Christianity 2


What’s the first proof of Christianity?

The Bible.

I can think of few books that have faced a more dedicated campaign to get rid of it. When other books face a dedicated campaign to find and eliminate, usually the hunt is successful – or only a few copies survive.

I draw attention to the Emperor Qin in China, who simply burned millions of historical texts… so that he could rewrite history and make himself look good.

The Japanese, in each invasion of China, usually carried on book burning campaigns.

The Egyptian libraries also come to mind – many irreplaceable books were lost, including ancient plays by many famous Greek authors.

The Mayan persecution by Catholics also come to mind. The Conquistadors simply burned everything they found with any kind of handwriting in it.

Hitler burned every book he disagreed with.

The Bible faced opposition and destruction at the hands of the Romans, other religions, Roman Catholics, and every Buddhist or Hindu government that took exception to what the bible said. The single biggest campaign was by Roman Catholics, under orders by Popes who hoped that with the real Bible destroyed, they could simply write their own and pass it off as authoritative. One Pope came up with his “translation” of the bible which turned out to be a horrible embarrassment for Rome. After his death, the Vatican simply attempted to collect all copies of it.

So, with pagan governments trying to destroy it, Rome trying to destroy it, the Vatican trying to destroy it, other religions trying to destroy it – you’d expect only perhaps 20 or so existing manuscripts. Not to mention loss by disaster, fires, earthquakes, floods, age, overuse, decay, etc.

There are over 5,200 existing ancient Syrian family manuscripts. That’s not even listing the fragments or partial copies. The number is HUGE.

And what’s amazing is that although minor copying errors can be found in them, all of the Syrian family manuscripts agree nearly letter for letter.

Bible Preservation, which is what this doctrine is called, is nearly statistically impossible. Yet – we have them. We have entire countries where Christian populations were exiled or martyred under the Roman Catholic oppression. A cursory reading of Foxe’s book of Martyrs is recommended for a brief example of them.

“well, only 5,200 copies are not enough to establish authenticity.”

um… there’s only a few copies of Julius Caesar’s “Gallic Wars”, 20 or so copies of Livey’s “Roman history”, Tacitus’s “Annals” only boasts two copies. All these manuscripts are considered authentic. Who’s got the most ancient copies of books considered authentic? Homer’s Iliad, with over 600 copies. The New Testament dwarfs that. And there was no dedicated campaign to eliminate those books. There was of the Bible.

“well, the New Testament was written centuries after the lifetime of the Apostles.”

No that’s not true. The Bible was written during their lifetimes, by the Apostles themselves.

“well, we only have copies from two centuries or so later. Obviously not authentic.”

Some of the oldest copies of the New Testament we have date to within a century of the Apostles. MOST of the New Testament Syrian texts are 200-300 years after. the oldest copies of Caesar’s “Gallic Wars” are 900 years after the time of Caesar. That’s a MUCH greater gap of time. If those manuscripts are considered authentic – the Bible is unquestionable.

Same with Tacitus, at 800 to 1,000 years after – and still considered authentic. Homer’s Iliad – 800 years after, and unquestioned. So, if experts accept those without doubts… they should accept the New Testament, in FAR GREATER numbers (almost a thousand times as many copies as the Iliad) and much closer to

um… many of the Greek New Testament manuscripts date to within a couple hundred years of the Apostles.

And remember, nobody was really hunting down and attempting to burn copies of the Iliad along with their owners.

First proof of Christianity? The Bible.

Meditation


13 And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth. Exodus 23:13 (KJV)

24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images. Exodus 23:24 (KJV)

14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you; Deuteronomy 6:14 (KJV)

16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; Deuteronomy 11:16 (KJV)

Today, let’s discuss zero tolerance. Those words have been cheapened by constant use, by people whose very application of those words usually means they tolerate a lot.
As you’re probably used to from me, let’s start by putting things in perspective. There’s one God. That God is one God revealed in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Worship of anything or anyone else is forbidden. The fact that the Lord Jesus Christ not only allowed worship but encouraged it, was a huge clue to who He was when walking this earth.

Deuteronomy 6:14 tells us not to add worship of other gods to the worship due to God alone. Yet modern Christians not only do this, but actively encourage it.
Universalism is rampant today. That’s the belief that all people go to heaven. But John 14:6 says it plainly – the only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ.

Yes, I know – we want to love all people! And the thought that so many sincere peoples of every faith who reject Christ are going to Hell is painful. So, while some go out and pass out tracts, witness, set up wordpress blogs etc… the rest of Christianity sits around and tries to make excuses. “Well, we believe that ***** is just the name for God in their language.” No, it’s not.

“Well, they worship Isa, and that’s their name for Jesus!” Um… that’s been debated many times – and no, they do not worship Isa. Or Jesus. The Bible says there is salvation in no other name, there is no other way to God than through Jesus Christ. Ye must be born again. Unless a man is born again, he cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven.
“Buddists live by the Golden Rule…” Bully for them. Have they been born again? Have they accepted Jesus Christ? Then they need to abandon false religions like Buddhism. THe Buddha himself abandoned Hinduism, but basically created an atheistic version of it – and billions of followers are blindly accepting the words of a single Indian prince who abandoned his wife and son and left them behind – surely not a very “good karma” producing action.

Billions take the Buddha’s word for it that there is an endless cycle of life, death, reincarnation. What proof do you have? “Uhhhh…” Buddha died. Did he rise again to tell us, “Hey, I was there, I saw for myself! I was right! Yay, me!!!”
Nope. So, abandon any part of Buddhism. It’s pagan. The people of God Almighty should not be doing it.

You should not be sitting cross legged, meditating. It’s a waste of time. Trust me, I learned how to meditate! Depending on the discipline, you either stare at an object for a while, or you close your eyes and focus on the inside of your eyelids. Some discplines advocate the chanting of a Mantra, to “aid in focus”. They say any phrase will do, but then they tell you that saying “Krishna” is the strongest syllables for aid in meditation. You enter a state of self hypnosis. Kind of like opening your front door and leaving the house – anyone can walk in.

Buddhism leads to idolatry. Because sooner or later, you get dissatisfied with just sitting there, and soon you want to get the most out of it. So you find a guru, a mentor, or start reading books by the Dalai Lama – and you start seeing the encouragement to buy Buddha idols, as an “aid to meditation, something to focus your attention on.” If it’s that, then why do they discuss the powers and abilities of the different colored buddhas?

30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Deuteronomy 12:30 (KJV)

“well, I’m a good Christian! I don’t meditate!”
Good! Do you do contemplative mysticism?
“That’s different…”
How? Aren’t you sitting still, focusing on a spot? Aren’t you chanting a mantra? It’s kind of blasphemous to engage in the practices of other religions while chanting, “Lord Jesus have mercy on me, a sinner…”.

Seriously! Think about it! And… stop it!!!

It’s getting to a point where Christians are eager to research on other pagan religions, to see what they can add to their religions!

“some religions dance in circles! We should do that too to the glory of God!!!”

18 That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God. Deuteronomy 20:18 (KJV)

“some religions that pass themsevles off as Christianity burn incense to their idols! We should too!”

10 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree: 11 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger: 12 For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing. 2 Kings 17:10-12 (KJV)

Some religions blah blah blah…
It doesn’t matter what the other religions do! Do what the Lord God commanded you to do, and no more! We are in the age of Grace, where we are not required to offer sacrifices or incense… all God wants from you is prayer, from time to time, to spend time in your Bible, to attend church, to share the Gospel. It’s not much!
But instead of that, you can find time to study Chakras, auras, kundalini, meditation, buddhism, sikhism, and a million other “isms”?

12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, Deuteronomy 10:12 (KJV)

Buddhism 2


We have examined and answered:

  1. Reincarnation, and found there is no real proof.
  2. The Dalai Lama’s claims of consecutive life/death/rebirth, and found many inconsistencies with the story.
  3. The Dalai Lama’s methods of being discovered lend themselves to a great deal of probable error, if not outright coaching of candidates what to say/do.

In this post, we examine the 50 million dollar question – who set up the system of the karmic wheel, life/death/rebirth/nirvana?

This is a major area in which Buddhism falls apart.

“Who created the Universe?”

The answer is usually, “The universe has always been here.” or “it created itself.”

So – nothing plus nothing equals everything, then.

Logically, this falls apart immediately.

SOMEBODY put together this system. Someone organized it. Someone set up the rules we all play by. There’s a definite order to the way Buddhists believe. Without a supreme being, a God, the order becomes suspect.

Who determines whether a person ascends or descends the karmic wheel? Who examines ones motives? Actions? Thoughts? The eightfold path places emphasis upon these things.

If we see a rich prince depart from luxury and depart to become a monk, and then become disillusioned with the false religion he’s in – we can well understand Buddhism. it sounds logical – but without a God, the whole system breaks down VERY rapidly.

Buddhism 1


What is the weakness of Buddhism’s basic beliefs?

There’s not the slightest evidence that reincarnation exists.

I do not accept the “Evidence” that supposedly exists of people remembering past lives. Why is it that New Agers always believe they were chiefs, kings, warlords, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra? Nobody ever seems to be slaves, lepers, etc.

Although people seem to remember details of past lives, there’s major drawbacks to it. There’s never been a documented case of someone in the UK for example speaking of living in a tribe or country they’d never heard about. For example, the Hyksos were numerous at one point in history – yet for some reason nobody ever claims to have been one.

Nobody who seems to have memories of a previous life can ever fill in researchers and historians with any of the missing details about those lives. For instance, researchers know about the Carthaginian civilization, and about Troy. However, there are details of daily life that are missing. If you lived that life for sixty years, surely you should be able to write out a daily listing. “Well, here’s what we did.”

And strange how all these people seem to know they were an Egyptian Pharaoh… but can’t seem to remember how to speak any ancient Egyptian. Or read hieroglyphs without being trained. Or the names of their parents or children, so that we can verify historically their claims.

examined in its logical conclusion, Reincarnation breaks down quickly. Reincarnation is to Buddhism what the Resurrection is to Christianity – no reincarnation, no Buddhism.

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Heb 9:27 (KJV)

There is an incompatibility between Buddhism and Christianity. Buddhism claims there is no God (an inconsistent claim, as we’ll prove soon…) – Christianity believes in one God revealed in three persons. Buddhism believes in an endless chain of life/death/rebirth – Christianity believes one cannot save oneself due to the sin barrier, Buddhism believes we must save ourselves.

Buddhists often cite the Dalai Lama as proof of reincarnation. However, we’ll dispose of that very quickly.

The teaching is that the Dalai Lama is at the top of the Karmic cycle. The current Dalai Lama denies this. Tibetan mysticism claims that all the Dalai Lamas are the same person, reincarnated over and over again, something I believe it was the 8th Dalai Lama confirmed. The current Dalai Lama denies this, saying he came from the 8th onward, and that the first through 7th achieved Nirvana.

There’s huge inconsistencies in what all of the Dalai Lamas have claimed. It would be enough in a court of law to discredit this man as a witness. In addition, the 9th Dalai Lama did something that would have reduced his karma level drastically, by urging Tibetans to go to war against Burma. It means that he would have dropped several levels in the karmic wheel, and would have to work his way back up. The 10th Dalai Lama would have to be chosen from among the higher ranking monks, instead of seeking the reincarnated Dalai Lama. So if the current Dalai Lama is correct, and that he is reincarnated from the 7th Dalai Lama, this would mean he also was the 9th – and thus would have to spend successive lives restoring his karmic level!

This is the second inconsistency.

The Third one is subtle, and calls for a careful reading of all the Dalai Lama has spoken in his numerous books (in which, like successive lives, he repeats himself in each book! To know all the Dalai Lama has said, you could save a lot of money and just buy one book). The tone in his books when he speaks of his selection, he is always careful to point out that there was another candidate – and he is always careful to state that there was a disagreement among the monks over which child was the Dalai Lama.

It reads to anyone familiar with human nature as if – the Dalai Lama is confessing he thinks the other candidate was the real Dalai Lama, and that he’s a fraud.

The fact that there was disagreement between the monks shatters the nice propaganda belief that the monks, impassionate, examine the two youths, and the choice is clear. However, this is far from the truth. Some monks, trained in recognizing who the Dalai Lama is, believed the other one was the Dalai Lama.

The current Dalai Lama admits that he frequently entertained the other youth at the monastery, which reeks of guilt and the need to assuage it.

Here’s some simple ways to explode the Dalai Lama rebirth stories.

  • The monks always assumed that the Dalai Lama would be reborn in Tibet. This way they merely searched Tibet’s towns and villages. What if he was reborn in Alaska? They’d never find him.
  • The identifying sign is that the candidate always must be born at the moment the other one dies. In a culture without clocks, this is nearly impossible to ascertain. How did they know they chose the right one before Tibet had clocks?
  • It’s funny that in fourteen generations of supposed rebirth, the Dalai Lama never said, “Here’s an idea – I’ll greet you by name, and the code word will be ‘stewed tomatoes'”. or something similar. The testing system seems improbable.
  • Researchers have shown that there is unconscious clues that an untrained person exhibits when you want someone to choose something. An attentive child will simply pick up on those clues. It’s like the “counting horse” that at first stunned science – until they realized the math whiz was simply watching his owner, and stopped tapping when he saw the clues stop. so, showing a child some of the Dalai Lama’s belongings proves nothing. Especially when you add the element of random chance and guesswork into it. The answer is, both children either read the clues of the testing monks – or just randomly guessed correctly.
  • There was another candidate whom some of the monks preferred. This means you had two children identifying things the Dalai Lama had owned – not one. Explain that, if you believe reincarnation is the answer. The real Dalai Lama should have identified the items, and the other candidate should have just looked confused and obviously guessed.
  • The Dalai Lama should be consistent if he’s truly the same person over and over again. He should be saying all the same things – not contradicting what previous Dalai Lamas said.
  • The system, to be honest, also lends itself far too well with candidates being coached what to say/do/look for. In other words, an orchestrated sham.
  • It almost seems more a lottery system. “If you guess right, you win the right to… well, stay poor and hungry.” Temujin at least is sincere. No house parties in his temple. He stays humble and poor, even going begging with other monks when visiting other countries.

I am not smearing the Dalai Lama. He is a great man, committed to teaching what he truly believes. I personally would like him if I met him. I respect him greatly.

However, we’re looking into religion, not just philosophies. These choices men make on what they believe have eternal consequences. I may respect the Dalai Lama, but I do not agree with him. He is following a false religion straight into destruction, and taking others with him. This makes him a false teacher, as sincere as he is.

As a committed follower of Jesus Christ, I cannot let men make choices that will result in them being lost forever in agony and torment without attempting to prove the way that will save. So, as much as I like the Dalai Lama as a person, I have to point out where the whole thing falls apart – in order to save souls. In my shoes, you’d do the same.

Buddhism


Buddhism could best be described as the religion of “Nothing”. there are several different kinds of Buddhism, the most popular being Chan Buddhism (In Japan, known as Zen) and Tibetan Buddhism.

From my Bible College info:

The essence of Buddhism may be summarized in its: Three Jewels; Four Noble Truths; The Noble Eightfold Paths; and The Ten Precepts. Here are some examples of these:

I go to the Buddha for refuge (3 Jewels);

To stop suffering one must stop desiring (4 Noble Truths);

8-Fold Path

  1. right views
  2. right intention
  3. right speech
  4. right action
  5. right livelihood
  6. right effort
  7. right mindfulness
  8. right concentration.

I observe the precept not to enjoy any dancing, singing or playing of musical instruments, I observe the precept not to indulge in the use of flowers, perfumes, or any other cosmetics (10 Precepts).

I’ll fill in the missing info. Buddhism claims it is not about worshipping the Buddha, but rather about the Buddha’s theory that all life is suffering. To be elevated above this world, one must begin to divorce ones mind from the things that cause suffering.

Here’s an example. You want that new car you saw in a TV commercial. You want it badly. It upsets you that you can’t have it.

The Buddhism answer is: Stop being greedy. Give up the desire for that car. If you don’t desire it, the desire will not cause suffering. Thus you achieve peace.

This is the problem. Buddhism’s really logical. However, it’s tied to both the Buddha’s Atheism, and the karmic wheel of Hinduism. It’s very possible that if Gautama (The Buddha’s real name) had lived near Israel, he probably would have anticipated Christianity by reading the prophets.

Buddhism teaches we are stuck in the karmic wheel of endless suffering. To some forms of Buddhism, life on Earth itself is Hell, and we must free ourselves from it.

To free ourselves from the endless cycle of birth/death/rebirth, we must involve ourselves with right thought/right speech/right actions. These are the Three Jewels of Buddhism.

Taking reincarnation to its logical extension, the Dalai Lama teaches Tibetan Buddhists not to hate anyone – as anyone on earth could have been your mother in a previous life.

We will begin answering these tomorrow. It won’t take long, as Buddhism fails only in a couple of levels, and we will discuss those rapidly.  Once those are gone, you’re left with… well, nothing.

Buddhism is one of the two religions I know a great deal about, as I was investigating which religion I would follow. The three top contenders was Buddhism, Shintoism, and Native American animism. I was well on my way into a synthesis of all three religions when I became convinced of Christianity.

I’ve repented of all that, of course. I am a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. John 3:36