Reaching Buddhists

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Reaching Buddhists
The practical steps that could be taken to build a relationship with a follower of a Buddhist worldview who might be a co-worker or neighbor would first rely totally on the Holy Spirit and prayer. Buddhists will be drawn to Jesus as His character is seen in true Christians. Christians should show genuine kindness, generosity, justice, mercy, peacefulness, and devotion when building relationships with Buddhists.

Because Buddhism split from Hinduism and became its own religion, which is “more about ethics and philosophy than an actual religion” (Hindson, E. & Caner, E. p115). This presents problems for Christian reaching Buddhists. Also, some Buddhists see Jesus as another Buddha or Bodhisattva which is an enlightened being. Others see Jesus simply as a good man. This is why some even put up statues and pictures of Jesus along with Buddha and Hindu gods. Another barrier when presenting the Christian gospel to a person from this worldview is their primary belief system. They believe that they can be saved by their works. Because of their belief in karma, rebirth or reincarnation and nirvana, it make it difficult to understand who Jesus is and why He is needed. Because Buddhist family and friends are most likely also Buddhists conversion could be seen as betrayal of family and country. Finally, often Buddhists see Christianity as a religion that is less moral, less spiritual, and selfish, and materialistic which according to many Buddhists is embraced by a repressive government, America.

I believe the biggest personal challenge that I might have when presenting the gospel would be my lack of patience. When presenting the gospel to Buddhists or any other faith you must be patient and not present the gospel forcefully. I lack patience especially when I know my view is correct.

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