Buddha And Jesus
At the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10).
My friend, the late Dr. Normal Vincent Peale, once told a very interesting and challenging story.
The story is about the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr. U Thant, from the nation of Burma. Dr. U Thant was invited to the White House in Washington, D.C. to address many leaders of the United States. Leaders from the House, the Senate, the Supreme Court, the Pentagon and other agencies were present.
Dr. Peale describes how after Dr. U Thant was introduced, he began to speak of his faith in Buddha, his model and mentor, the one whom he had followed for most of his life. For an hour he extolled the virtues of Buddha and the benefits of his religion. The audience listened with attention and courtesy.
Dr. Peale observed that to his knowledge most of the people in the room would claim to be a Christian, and he wondered if they would have had the same courage or the commitment, under similar circumstances, to speak to the leaders of another country for an hour about our Lord Jesus Christ.
Two ministers were recently discussing on television how it is politically incorrect in our nation today to say the precious and holy name, "Jesus." In virtually any public setting, one can mention the name of Buddha, Allah, Mohammed, Confucius, or any other religious figure, and no one is the least bit concerned. But at simply the mention of the name "Jesus," there is often a shocked silence, and many become angry and offended. No doubt, demons are enraged when they hear that name, and they express themselves through people.
A few years ago I was privileged to be invited to lead the opening prayer at a state congressional session of both houses. In the prayer I mentioned the name of Jesus. Later, there was an outcry of protest by some, and the incident was reported in major newspapers. I assure you that if any other god had been mentioned, there would have been no protest. But it was an honor to mention His holy name, that name which is above every name, and at whose name every knee shall one day bow.
As the old song goes, "There's just something about that name." Let us not be ashamed of it, but speak it boldly to a world which desperately needs Him.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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