Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Dali Delusion

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”-Dali Lama

I saw this quote on Facebook this week. So profound. So acceptable. So absolutely unbiblical. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 14 that, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but it’s end is the way to death.” In Eternity you will not care if you had fulfillment and happiness in this fallen world. All that will matter is righteousness. Sinners that we are, we can not stand before God on Judgment Day with our own righteous deeds. It would be like handing Him a box of menstrual rags (Isaiah 64:6) and hoping to get into Heaven. So what is one to do? Follow the narrow road. Because if you don’t, in spite of the “wisdom” of the Lama, you are indeed lost. Matthew 7:13-14 instructs us to, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Christ is that narrow road. The way to get on that road is through repentance and faith in Him alone. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me.” I believe Him to be who He claimed to be, God in the flesh, so I have no reason to depend on the profoundness of self proclaimed spiritual men. Buddha, the Dali Lama, Muhammad. All mere men, none of whom claimed to be God. Their words, no matter how wise they are deemed by human, worldly standards, mean nothing to me. To take this thought to it’s simplest form I will tell you about a small conversation my 3 year old and I had while I was taking him to hockey practice and his mom and sisters were going elsewhere. “Daddy, how come we are taking different cars?” “Because son, we are not going to the same place.” Simple enough.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

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