1-THE TEACHINGS OF THE KORAN
Some call Islam the most peace-loving religion in the world. Others
call it the most violence-ridden one. Who is right? Go to the holy book of
Islam, the Koran, and find out for yourself. You will be surprised what
you will learn. The complete text of the Koran is available on a number of
websites, including the following:
Here are some of the commands in this unusual book:
Have nothing to do with Christians or Jews, who are evil people-"O you who believe! Do not take the Jews and the
Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever
amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely
Allah does not guide the unjust people. Sura 5:51.
Have nothing to do with blacks-"On the day when [some] faces shall turn white and [some] faces shall turn
black; then as to those whose faces turn black; Did you disbelieve after
your believing? Taste therefore the chastisement because you disbelieved.
And as to those whose faces turn white, they shall be in Allah's mercy; in
it they shall abide."-Sura 3:106-107,
Kill the unbelievers-"So
when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever
you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for
them in every ambush."-Sura 9:5,
If they resist-"The
punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive
to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered
or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite
sides or they should be imprisoned."-Sura 5:33.
Finish them off completely-"Strive
hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to
them; and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination."-Sura
Our god will reward you for your efforts- And let not those who disbelieve think that they shall come in
first; surely they will not escape. And prepare against them what force
you can on horses tied at the frontier, to frighten thereby the enemy of
Allah and your enemy and others besides them, whom you do not know [but]
Allah knows them; and whatever thing you will spend in Allah's way, it
will be paid back to you fully and you shall not be dealt with unjustly.
After Pope John Paul II and Billy Graham, the Dalai Lama is probably the
most recognized religious figure in the world. He is the voice of Buddhism
to the nations and is often called the "god-king" of Tibet.
Chosen as the 14th Dalai Lama in 1935 at the age of 2, he was enthroned
in 1940 in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. At that young age, he became
Tibet's political leader-just at the time that Mao's armies began taking
over the nation. In exile since 1959, the Dalai Lama has become the
religious leader many confused people, searching for an exotic religion,
are turning to.
Whether at home or abroad, wherever he goes, the Dalai Lama is greeted by
his admirers with tears, shouts of joy, and an adulation bordering on worship.
People from all over the world flock to, what is called "little
Lhasa," the home of the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, in northern India.
The town is on the side of one of the mountains in the outer Himalayas.
When he is not traveling to far places, he follows a regular routine of
early-morning prayers, meditation, and midmorning administrative work;
and, then, he gives his afternoons to interviews and public forums (in a
nearby Buddhist temple).
The Dalai Lama believes he is a reincarnation of a previous Dalai Lama,
but he is not sure of the details. He readily admits that he continuality
struggles with his temper, which he loses frequently. He also says he
struggles with lust.
He frequently says he has "excellent karma." But that is a
meaningless phrase, since karma is only the Buddhist name for cause and
In his book. The Opening of the Wisdom-Eye, the Dalai Lama says that
Tibetan Buddhist teachings and rituals "were taught by Lord Buddha
in person." Tibetan Buddhist tantric ritual includes visualization of
wrathful deities and conversing with demons.
No one knows what Gautama Buddha actually taught! The earliest Buddhist
texts (in Pali and Sanskrit) were written nearly five centuries after
the death of Buddha. In his book. A Short History of Buddhism, the devout
Buddhist scholar. Edward Conze, says any "confident assertions"
about what the Buddha really said are "mere guesswork." Conze
wrote in his introduction to the Buddhist scriptures: "Buddhists
possess nothing that corresponds to the New Testament."
The aspect of Tibetan spirituality which we see as especially significant
is its emphasis on contact with spirit mediums. The Dalai Lama himself
regularly consults with the Nechung Oracle, said to be a spirit deity who
takes over the body of a chosen Tibetan Buddhist.
Many Tibetan Buddhists have a superstitious fear about the spirit world
and a magical view of reality. They believe that the number of
prostrations and countless turns of a prayer wheel is all it takes to
affect the ever-pervasive karmic forces of the supernatural.
The concepts of karma and reincarnation are offered as explanations of
many of life's events. The Dalai Lama wrote in one of his books that a
person killed by a lightning bolt earned that fate as a reward for
something bad he did in a previous life. Here are several basic Buddhist
* The current universe has evolved through natural law. (Evolution is a
fact) * Truth has been given through countless ages, by various Buddhas or
enlightened beings. Jesus was only one of them. (Lots of people have the
truth.) * More than anyone else, Gautama Buddha, who lived 2,500 years
age, is the primary teacher for our time in history. * All living things
are subject to the law of karma (the principle of cause and effect), which
controls the cycle of reincarnation. * There is no God or supreme Creator.
From all this, you can see that people who are searching for truth in
Buddhism are not only headed for failure in their quest, they are moving
into the realm of demons; and demon control is what they are going to
Apart from the Creator God, His inspired Writings, and Jesus Christ our
only Saviour from sin, mankind has no hope in this life. And there will be
no future incarnations on earth in which they can improve their situation.
Thank God for the wonderful light we have as Seventh-day Adventists!