Is religion dead? Seems so. (Fortunately, JESUS IS ALIVE!)
Dalai Lama wrote on Facebook yesterday,
"All the world's major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether."
HuffPo noted that "The Los Angeles Times notes the 77-year-old Buddhist monk was by no means "denouncing faith," but rather highlighting the need for a universally shared ethos that is rooted in compassion and is relevant in this modern age. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, the Dalai Lama has long been a vocal advocate for compassion, religious tolerance and the need to bring together science and spirituality in the face of modern suffering."
Dalai Lama argues that secular ethics are more important when it comes to dealing with the problems in today's world than organized religion. When he says secular ethics, he means science. Are we finally at that place where religion is deemed irrelevant and science tells us that we are our own gods? Almost. During the Tribulation, the one world religion the Dalai Lama hopes for will "flourish" for three and a half years. But after that, the antichrist will crush the religion and demand that the world worship him. (Revelation 13:15).
All religions are dead, except for those who follow Jesus. We are not in a religion but instead have a relationship with the Messiah. Religion is increasingly irrelevant in this world because they don't work.
They don't work because people are dead in their sins, and nothing man does will resurrect his own dead spirit. Only Jesus, the Lamb slain for our sins and resurrected by the power of God, can revive us by sending His Spirit into us when He forgives us of our sin. How do we get our sins forgiven:? Repent! We are sorry for those sins, which are crimes against Jesus. If we ask Him to forgive them, He will.
BTW, the Dalai Lama is called His Holiness. He is known as an all-around, really nice guy. Dalai Lamas are the head monks of the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Wikipedia notes, "Tibetan Buddhism comprises the teachings of the three vehicles of Buddhism: the Foundational Vehicle, Mahāyāna, and Vajrayāna. The Mahāyāna goal of spiritual development is to achieve the enlightenment of Buddhahood in order to most efficiently help all other sentient beings attain this state. The motivation in it is the bodhicitta mind of enlightenment — an altruistic intention to become enlightened for the sake of all sentient beings. Buddhahood is defined as a state free of the obstructions to liberation as well as those to omniscience. When, in Buddhahood, one is freed from all mental obscurations, one is said to attain a state of continuous bliss mixed with a simultaneous cognition of emptiness, the true nature of reality. In this state, all limitations on one's ability to help other living beings are removed."
"Thus, although Buddhas possess no limitation from their side on their ability to help others, sentient beings continue to experience suffering as a result of the limitations of their own former negative actions."
Buddhism is a false religion. It is the opposite of Christianity, in which we know we are wretched human beings, can never do anything to resolve our depravity, and are of no help to anyone, in addition to being an abomination to God. It is HIS work on the cross that allows us the opportunity through His grace and mercy to be forgiven. When one believes on Jesus by faith and seeks forgiveness through repentance, He will transform us into living creatures, sanctified for every good work. Apart from him, there are no good works. (Psalm 14:1). Unless the Dalai Lama repents to Jesus, he will go to hell when he dies.
"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:4-10). [emphasis mine]
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