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Satanic Influences In Buddhism

If you have a relative or friend who is dabbling in Buddhism, please, take my advice, fall on your face in prayer for this person until they steer clear.  I might say something like this if the friend or relative was involved with a dangerous drug, but I am firmly convinced that Buddhism is as dangerous as any drug.  No, more dangerous, much, much more.

I would like to relate a recent interaction between my self and a dear one who, sadly, is deep into Buddhism.  I will not identify this person any further to protect their identity.  This dear person is so involved with what they call, not a religion, but a philosophy that they are not even aware what a dangerous and destructive path they are walking.

First, a little background.  This person lives in another state, and we had just started communicating with this person and their significant other via Google Hangouts.  They have been away for over a year when we had our first hangout and it went really well.  My wife was looking forward to our next hangout which was scheduled for about two weeks later.  When the time came near for our next hangout we received the news that another engagement would get in the way and they would have to reschedule.  My wife was upset and disappointed, as was I, and I suggested that they could arrange their time to fit in their other commitment as well as ours.  When our dear one refused with a comment that they could not understand why I was making such a big deal over this, I responded, “Sorry to have bothered you, hope you have a good time.

And the response to this was, every time we attempted to contact this person via email or other means, we received dead silence.  This went on for over 3 months, until my wife received an email explaining the reason for the silence.  It was the same explanation I am about to quote.  This was an email, by the way, and it is a response to the email I sent in apology for the snarky statement I made to him 3 months ago.

John,

I disconnect when relationships with people develop friction in any way. I respond the same way to everyone…..I have always been like this.

I don’t become emotional or vindictive nor do I hold a grudge. I know some people believe that family should simply endure whatever other family members throw at them but I do not. 

I could not care any less what people want to call this way of being or what people think of me for being this way. I stay true to myself always.

That being said, I fully realize that I have alienated myself from plenty of people over the course of my life because of the way I am but I am also just fine with that as well.

I understand your email and I know we all make mistakes. I make a ton. As I said in my email I don’t care about that event or figuring anything out regarding it.

I very much live in the now and that is not my now. My inner peace comes from finding the joy that is in every moment. When I bump into things that conflict with that I focus on other things. If you read between the lines you will see that I am very much a Buddhist now. I receive friction but I do not give friction back, I simply maintain my inner peace and give my energy to things that provide no friction. Hence my silence when I encounter such friction.

I hope you understand. If not, that is OK too. We all need to remain true to ourselves regardless.

I do hope you are feeling better. Please do not confuse the difference between my personalty and yours with me not caring. I care a lot about mmmm and nnnnn but I also care a lot about maintaining my peaceful and friction free life. I wish I could have both a healthy relationship with you and inner peace. Any none religious suggestions? Remember, Buddhism is not a religion it is a philosophy. I am very much an agnostic now…..please don’t confuse that with an atheist. I simply believe in the way things are, religion relies heavily on both of the things that I do not believe in…..the way things were and the way things might be in the future. Don’t worry, we are still raising the boys to know and understand the Christian way as we are letting them form their own opinions and beliefs. We will explain ours to them but leave the choice up to them.

So, our dear one apparently believes that nothing is more important than peace of mind, and that no sacrifice is too large to attain it.  If anyone threatens their peace of mind, just change course, go a different direction.  It is also obvious that they have no intention of accepting an apology.  Or, to put it another way, “there is nothing more important than ME!”

That is what Satan told Even in the garden, and it worked so well on Eve, that he has been repeating it as his best tactic for controlling his victims ever since.  First, convince a person that nothing is more important than self, and that ones interests must be protected at all costs.  This has worked so well in our dear ones life that they are totally unaware that their life is forever getting smaller, and smaller, and smaller, until finally there will be only two left, our dear one, and Satan.

I can promise you this, if I had it within my power I would smash Satan to smithereens this very minute!  But I don’t, so I will have to be content that God’s ultimate plan for “the great deceiver” will be both just and satisfying and greatly deserved.  But in the meantime, he is destroying real lives of real people who my wife and I care about.

Hence, my original plea, if you know anyone who is dabbling in Buddhism, please, do whatever it takes in prayer to turn that loved on back.  Or, if you yourself are caught up in this so-called philosophy, get out!  Get out quickly before your mind can be turned against those you love and ultimately, against yourself.

I am finding great comfort in the 37th psalm these days, and my wife and I pray for our dear one fervently, several times every day.

July 25, 2015 Posted by | Buddhism, Cults, Satanic, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Just a Thought

Truth in Palmyra

We will all meet Jesus. The only question is: Will we meet Him as Savior or will we meet Him as Judge?

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April 26, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

He Is… The Names of Jesus

Here are all the names of Jesus, from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22.  This is truly inspiring!

April 11, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Just a Thought

Truth in Palmyra

If any one is in Christ, they ARE a new creature. This is not a possibility or an option; it is an inevitable consequence of real, saving faith.

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March 14, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

A True Love

An amazing story of true selfless giving along with insights by the author that will make you think.

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True Love -Karina's Thought- Paul Militaru (2)

I begin this post with an old inspiring and touching story from China. There was an old grandfather named Bai Fang Li. He was living in Tianjin, China. What is interesting thing from this old man? The most interesting thing from him is even though he was live in shortage, he had has very rich heart. Poverty was not being a reason for him to keep giving to others. He was called to give donations to schools and universities in Tianjin city to help more than 300 poor children in order to able obtain an education for their future. Many years he was pedaling his rickshaw to get money in order to increase amount of his contributions.

He lived in an old and rusty hut in a slum area of the city where many rickshaw operators and garbage collectors live and he also lived without thinking of his own needs…

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August 19, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The Sacrament Of Life

“The Sacrament Of Life” is the title of the last chapter of A.W. Tozer’s book, “The Pursuit Of God” For anyone who has not read this book, I highly recommend it. It has provided so many blessings to me.prayinghands_6

But none greater than the last chapter. In it, Mr. Tozer describes the difficulty that many Christians have with the two areas of their lives, the sacred and the secular. As Christians we want to live in the sacred acts of prayer, fellowship, shared worship, etc. but we find ourselves living in a secular world which forces us to deal with such tasks of making money, maintaining our home and transportation, etc. Thus we are forced to switch back and forth between our inner spiritual life and our external secular one.

But Mr’ Tozer points out very eloquently how this view of two separate “lives” is nothing more than a misconception on the part of believers.

At the heart of Mr. Tozer’s argument are some of Paul’s exhortations to believers that point out how the Lord intends for us to approach our lives.

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  —  1 Corintians 10:31

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.  —  Collossians 3:17

Seeing these verses, and others like them, it is clear that God never intended for us to separate our lives into secular and sacred. Rather, we are to do all to the glory of God. Every act then, whatever it may be, is to be done as an act of worship to the Lord.

Another verse that should drive the point home is where Paul exhorts bond servants and their relationship to their masters. In our day we could think of this as how an employee should relate to his employer:

Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.  —  Ephesians 6:5-6

When we go through our daily routine at work, we should give our employers the same level of service as if we were working directly for the Lord.  And, by extension, when we are engaged in any of our earthly tasks, we should look to perform them as unto the Lord, glorifying Him in all that we do.

January 23, 2014 Posted by | Faith, Godliness, Uncategorized, Worship | , , , , , | 6 Comments

This Is Exactly What Christmas Is About

Christmas is a time of family and gift giving and making memories. But let us not forget what Christmas is really about.

May this Christmas be very special to you and to your family

God bless!

December 25, 2013 Posted by | Christmas, Christmas Story, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Testimony

JesusI grew up in a religious home. I came from a moral family and I knew the difference between right and wrong. But as a teen I began smoking cigarettes and fifteen, and then experimenting with alcohol at sixteen. By the time I was eighteen I was using marijuana, and a year later, I was using heavier drugs, mostly LSD and cocaine, but I had experimented with others as well. I was also becoming sexually active and had developed an addiction to pornography.

I was doing everything I wanted to do, but the longer I continued down the path of living only for self, the emptier I became. Finally, I reached a point where I just didn’t care whether I lived or died. I was not suicidal; I just had no desire to go on any longer.

I was talking with my Mom while in this depressed state, and she tried to explain some things to me. She said that the things I was doing, living for self, and the activities I was involved in, God calls sin. She said that we are all sinners, and because God is a holy God, that we are separated from Him. She said that Jesus died to take away my sins, that He died in my place, and then rose from the dead, having paid the debt in full.
And then she asked if I would turn away from my sin, confessing them to Jesus, and turn my life over to Him, letting Him be Lord of my life.

At that point, I didn’t want my life, so I said that if Jesus was willing to take it, then yes, that is what I would do.

And in that moment when I decided to turn my life over to Jesus, a miracle happened. In an instant, He cleansed me from my sin and made me a new creature. A moment before, the old me didn’t care if I lived or died, in fact, I felt half dead already. A moment later, the new me, the alive in Christ me, felt vital and alive, and eager to move forward. But I knew that from that moment onward I would not be moving on my own, but with my Lord at my side.

July 22, 2013 Posted by | Christian, Discipleship, Forgiveness, God's Grace, Knowing Jesus, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 11 Comments

When I say “I am a Christian,”

This is excellent! A must read! — John

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When I say “I am a Christian,” I am not shouting that I am living clean. I am whispering I was lost but now I am found and forgiven.

When I say “I am a Christian,” I don’t speak this with pride.  I am confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide

When I say “I am a Christian,” I am not trying to be strong, I am professing that I am weak and need His strength to carry on.

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When I say “I am A Christian,” I am not bragging of success. I am admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess

When I say “I am a Christian,” I am not claiming to be perfect. My flaws are far to visible but God believes I am worth it

When I say “I am a Christian,” I still feel the sting of pain…

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April 14, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I Am The Pearl

I am currently reading the book, “The Romance of Grace”, by Jim McNeely III, where, at one point, the author quotes Jesus’ parable of the Pearl Merchant:

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it., Matthew 13:45,46

The author points out that the merchant is God, seeking the finest pearls.  When He finds one, His desire for that pearl is so great that He is willing to sacrifice everything for it, even giving His own life as the only satisfactory price of redemption.  That is how much God loves me, because I am the pearl He seeks.  And, so are you!  That is why John 3:16 says:

For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

I am reminded of a verse from the song, “Above All”, by Michael W. Smith:

Crucified, laid behind a stone
You lived to die, rejected and alone
Like a rose, trampled on the ground
You took the fall and thought of me
Above all

He thought of me, above all.  He considered my life, even before His own.  I can’t even comprehend love like that.

What a love like that does though is encourage a response of love in kind.  I find I want nothing more than to express His love in my life, toward Him, and toward others.

March 7, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 12 Comments