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RBKay
How do we Love?

Here are ten of the figures often sited as god:1

Buddha

Both went to their temples at the age of twelve, where they are said to have astonished all with their wisdom. Both supposedly fasted in solitude for a long time: Buddha for forty–seven days and Jesus for forty. Both wandered to a fig tree at the conclusion of their fasts. Both were about the same age when they began their public ministry:


“When he [Buddha] went again to the garden he saw a monk who was calm, tranquil, self–possessed, serene, and dignified. The prince, determined to become such a monk, was led to make the great renunciation. At the time he was twenty–nine years of age… 


“Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age.” (Luke 3:23). Both were tempted by the “devil” at the beginning of their ministry: To Buddha, he said: “Go not forth to adopt a religious life but return to your kingdom, and in seven days you shall become emperor of the world, riding over the four continents.” To Jesus, he said: “All these [kingdoms of the world] I will give you, if you fall down and worship me” (Matthew 4:9). Buddha answered the “devil”: “Get you away from me.”


Jesus responded: “…begone, Satan!” (Matthew 4:10). Both strove to establish a kingdom of heaven on earth. According to the Somadeva (a Buddhist holy book), a Buddhist ascetic’s eye once offended him, so he plucked it out and cast it away. Jesus said: “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out, and throw it away;.” (Matthew 5:29).


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Buddha was not born of a virgin, Buddha did not die for the sins of mankind. Buddha was not resurected. and many, many more things. In my humble opinion there is no comparison.


RBKay


The Dream
A man dreamed that he saw Jesus tied to a whipping-post, and a soldier was scourging Him. He saw the whip in the soldier's hand, with its thick lashes studded here and there with bits of lead, which were intended to cut into the flesh. As the soldier brought the whip down on the bare shoulders of Jesus, the dreamer shuddered when he saw the marks and blood-stains it left behind. When the soldier raised his hand to strike again, the dreamer rushed forward intending to stop him. As he did so the soldier turned around and the dreamer recognized himself!

The Jews or the Romans are often blamed for the awful sufferings and horrible crucifixion of Jesus Christ, but the Bible clearly says that the cause was our sins! “Christ died for our sins” (I Corinthians 15:3). “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities” (Isaiah 53:5).

The Bible teaches, “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23). Our sin separates us from an absolutely holy God. Because of His love for us, God took the initiative to break the impasse “and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10). Yes, Jesus “suffered for (our) sins...that he might bring us to God” (I Peter 3:18). 

Firmly believing this, we must act on it and sincerely confess our sins and repent of them. That’s when we experience divine forgiveness and the inner cleansing away of sin for the Bible declares, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). 

If you do what God asks you to do, He does what He promises to do! Have you done that? Are you living for Him? The Bible says that “he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again” (2 Corinthians 5:15).

Oh Lord Jesus take me and use me.

RBKay