“…I’m Buddhist. I may argue with Jesus Christ, but in practice I fully agree with his [teaching] [i].”
Tenzin Gyatso, otherwise known as the Dalai Lama, has committed his life to universal human values such as happiness, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline [ii]. We have no reason to doubt his sincerity. I simply wonder why the citizens of this world believe his religious views are extraordinarily profound or unique. Even atheists desire such things [iii]; indeed, the Dalai Lama’s chief adversary, the People’s Republic of China, profess similar goals [iv].
The ethical teaching found in Buddhism cannot save a man’s soul. Frankly, the faith has condemned millions of people to hell. Commonly known as natural law these simple moral codes are divinely implanted in mankind by God and accessible to all persons through human reason. Although men have not always had the Holy Scriptures available to them, nonetheless they have always possessed a divine law in themselves, which they constantly broke and were thus condemned. The Apostle Paul describes this law as being “written in the hearts” by which all men will ultimately be judged [v]. While some may be ignorant of the content of Holy Bible and the teachings of Christ, they are by no means deprived of any knowledge of what is right and wrong. Those who have not heard and believed the Gospel will be pronounced guilty and condemned in the afterlife. Natural moral law as propounded by the Dalai Lama does not redeem; it condemns. Buddhism is not good news. It is bad news.
Hence, there is an urgency to proclaim the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to the lost world. Those who have not heard the Good News are condemned to judgment by their own words and actions and admissions [vi].
We are made holy through the offering up of Jesus’s Body as a sacrifice once for all – Hebrews 10:10
Men need not be condemned by natural law; instead, there is forgiveness of sins offered through the blood of Christ. God has provided a Savior. Our right standing before our Judge is established on one thing only: the finished work of the Lord Christ – crucified – who shed His blood so we could live (John 19:30). We are released from our sins by His blood (Revelation 1:5). He has reconciled us in His earthly body through His death (Colossians 1:22). Jesus bore our sins in His own Body on the cross so that by His wounds we are healed (1 Peter 2:24). We are made holy through the offering up of Jesus’ Body as a sacrifice once for all (Hebrews 10:10). Christ appeared once for all to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself (Hebrews 9:26). God sent His Son to remove the wrath that we ourselves deserved (1 John 4:10). The penalty of sin that is rightly ours is absolved by grace through faith, not by any righteous deeds of our own (Ephesians 2:8-9). The way of salvation could not be any clearer.
How will religious men like Tenzin Gyatso be condemned in the afterlife? The Dalai Lama will be judged by God in two ways. First, by natural law. The Dalai Lama has failed to perform the natural law he knows to be true and has even taught to others; he knows what God has expected of him making him responsible to God for his actions, yet he disobeys. Secondly, by rejecting the generous salvation offered him through the Lord Jesus Christ, the Dali Lama has sentenced himself to eternal death and the torments of hell. The author of the book of Hebrews describes a dreadful punishment a man will incur if he disobeys the law and subsequently neglects the great salvation provided by Christ [vii]. The severest punishment God ever inflicted upon sinners such as the Dali Lama is just and deserved, for he has rejected the eternal Son of God and His mercy. A dreadful doom awaits spiritual teachers who have rejected the last remedy for their sins. It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God [viii].
There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we are saved. – Acts 4:12
The Dalai Lama purports to foster inter-religious harmony and tolerance. However, according to Gyatso, “… I may argue with Jesus Christ, but in practice I fully agree with His [teaching].” How so? Jesus’s exclusive claim to be the absolute Savior of the world cannot be merged into the Tibetan Buddhist’s worldview. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Me [ix].” By his own admission, the Dalai Lama purports to have read the words of Christ, yet has chosen to oppose the Lord regarding the way of salvation. He has trampled underfoot the Son of God, denying Him to be the Messiah, the Savior of the world. What punishment can be too harsh for such a man?
Either he has never read Jesus’s teaching in which case the Tibetan Lama is guilty of fraud or he has purposely maligned Christ’s words. In either case the Lama must be disqualified as a trustworthy spiritual teacher. He is misled and is misleading others, and he is on the road to hell. His teaching will not lead you to eternal life, but eternal death.
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Notes and Citations:
[iii] Ibid: “ … Even people who do not believe in religion recognize the importance of these human values in making their life happier…”
From http://americanhumanist.org/Who_We_Are/About_Humanism: “… Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity…”
[iv] Excerpted from the Constitution of the PRC: “….promoting friendship with other countries … creating equality, unity and mutual assistance have been established among the ethnic groups … state will do its utmost to promote the common prosperity of all ethnic groups… Citizens of the People’s Republic of China enjoy freedom of religious belief … etc.
[v] Romans 2:14-15
[vi] Luke 19:22
[vii] Hebrews 2:3
[viii] Hebrews 10:31
[ix] John 14:6