Sharing the Good News

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“For G-d so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

For G-d… There is no G-d. There may be spirits, demons, or gods, but these beings are not all-powerful and are subject to death and rebirth just as humans are.

so loved the world… Emotions, including love, are attachments in this life. The perfect Buddhist life is one lived without attachments. If a G-d loves, he must be imperfect and must struggle with attachments just like humans. Therefore he must not be all-powerful.

that he gave his one and only Son… if there is no god, then he has no son. The Son was a good teacher, but so was the Buddha. Also, since the Son died on the cross and endured so much shame and suffering, he must have had a very bad karma in a previous life to deserve suffering. Why would I want to follow someone with such bad karma?

that whoever believes in him… Buddhism is not based on belief or faith in anything. In fact, the only way to better karma and ultimately nirvana is to depend on myself. No one can save you or help you, you have to help yourself.

shall not perish but have eternal life… I already have eternal life, and that’s what I’m trying to get away from! We are all stuck in this cycle of death and rebirth, and the goal is to escape it to reach nirvana, the ultimate state of nothingness. Life is suffering–eternal life sounds like eternal suffering.

This is a glimpse of what the Good News sounds like to a Buddhist, at least when expressed in manner that doesn’t fit their worldview.

Please continue to keep the workers here in your heart as they try to share the Good News; ask that they would continue to hear from the Father how He’d like to communicate His message so that His children may know and understand.

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