How Buddha Can Help You Stop Sin in your Life
Born from a Christian family has its advantages and disadvantages. For one, there are many non-evangelical thinking I don’t have to worry about. On the other hand, there are also many things I take for granted. I was talking to a friend once who see Jesus in visions and constantly sees angels and demons with her own physical eyes open. (I haven’t seen any with eyes open and am extremely envious, only see them with eyes closed but can sense them) I asked her why she still chose to stay out of church. Her answer? “You kind of get used to it and and everyone else of my friends experience the same. But I haven’t been out of the church before and I felt stuck and need to get out.”
This shows that difference people experience life differently. I am blind to what I experience eveeyday. In my case every sunday. I think its ussually the common good things we take for granted that keeps us feeling stuck.
Before I share how Buddha can help you stop Sin, I would like to answer a question that is a little closer to home: Why do we even need Buddha to solve Sin issues that
Jesus has already paid for, resolved and conquered? First, we don’t need Buddha, for Christians this sounds reassuring but next comes a the deeper wisdom. First let me quote some scripture.
Peter got hungry and started thinking about lunch. while lunch was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw the skies open and something that looked like a huge blanket lowered by ropes at its four corners settled on the ground. Every kid of animal and reptile and bird you could think of was on it. Then a voice came. “Go to it. Peter – kill and eat.” Peter said, “Oh no Lord. I’ve neer so much as tasted food that was not kosher.”
The Voice said, “If God says its okay, it’s okay.” This happened three times, and then the blanket was pulled back up into the skies.
It happened to Peter. God told him to eat what was backslidingly blashemous. God did the same for many. He told Abraham to kill his son (Satanic Child Sacrifice), Moses to make a bronze snake (Occultic Idolatry after laying down the 10 Commandments, do not make anygods), He told prophet Hosea to marry a sexy prostitute and a lot more.
God was breaking their mold of what a nice f…… religion Christianity is. Being born in a Christian family is not a guarantee I will hear God personally. The sad truth is that there are habitual thoughts in my own church experience that will prevent me from receiving the fullness of who God really is. I have to see automatic thinking that because pork was not allowed before, that it still is. And because it is Buddhist, God can never use it. (I am not saying again that all Buddhist principles are in line with God’s word.) In fact, I believe God has used Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn to detach the religious aspects of Mindfulness Meditation so it can be more acceptable to the West.
The deeper wisdom is this: God is bound by His Word and will not violate it, but we have to be familiar with His voice so that we can recieve God when He speaks in ways that are foul and displeasing to us.
How can Buddha help you Stop Sin in your Life.
Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhism. Today there are many scientific journal published about mindfulness. It was first introduced to the West by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1960. He specifically removed the mystical part and looked at it for what it is: channelling attention to the now so we are more aware and are less distracted, affected and worried about the past or future. I try to take some scriptures to show how it can be Biblical if you choose to see it. Here is how:
- “Consider the lillies of the field, they do not . . ” Mark 6:26-34
Observe your thoughts as they pass by. Be aware of the the now. Consider the lillies, the birds, the ant, whatever you can find around you. It also means being present in the moment. Think of this, no matter how bad your situation is, if you will get fired tomorow, will lose $20M or will have lethal injection, YOU can chose to not live tomorow and be present NOW. Just follow Jesus, He said “Consider the . . . “. The more discipline you gain about your attention, the more power you are over your worries and anxieties.
- “As a man thinks in his Heart so is He.” Prov 23:7.
Start believing you can stop your sinful habit. Yes it is a habit. It is a product of family anxieties, past trauma, self inflicted / limiting thoughts, recurring thoughts plus recurring emotions.
Do you know that thoughts often emerge automatically and immediately?
Imagine for a moment that you where looking for a street in a neighborhood. You asked directions from a tall bearded man. You asked “Do you know where is . . . ” But he just stared at you, ignored you and didn’t respond. What thoughts came to your mind? Now, didn’t you just create stories to explain why he didn’t respond? Actually are are doing that everyday for everything around you. Most of the time these stories are not true. An example is “I am a bad person because I sin. I will only be accepted by God when I stop sinning.” For the moment, don’t try to control the thought. ALLOW IT. Then acknowledge that it is ok to have these thoughts.
- “Be careful how you live, not as unwise. . .” Eph 5:15. Instead of watching when you sin and controlling the emerging thoughts and emotions, watch everything and acknowledge. “I seem to be thinking about drinking.” “I seem to feel like I want to find drugs.” But more than just the negative habits you want to stop, start acknowledging the positive or neutral thoughts too. “I seem to feel hungry.” “I seem to like the color blue.” acknowledge everything else, not just sin because it is life that we watch out for.
- Then think of the areas where you are automatically reacting. For example, when your phone rings, you react to your phone, therefore you are not anymore deciding whether you want to respond to your phone or not. Or in the morning, after you wake up, you are anxious and immediately open facebook and scroll along. It is not sin but these are one of the few habits, good and bad, that you want to be aware of.
- Question: what did you feel when you read that I cursed and was talking about God? Did you feel so bad that you wanted to punch me? Take responsibility. That was a thought and that was a feeling you seem to be experiencing. It doesnt make you vad. It doesn’t make you good either.
Many of our habits are automatic including driving, eating, surfing facebook, brushing your teeth. These are actions that we unconsciously make decisions of everyday, and we think we really had a choice about them. So are sinful habits. The goad is to stopbecoming “mindless” in making decisions.
Most of us have 10% of our lives controlled by habits, good and bad. Once your are able to push your awareness to more than 30% of the decisions in your life (not just the bad habits), you will be free-er to decide how to stop sinful habits in your life. You can also decide that you have options like, I will stop next time, I can call a friend to talk about it, I can journal, I can play football, I will go to the office, I will try baking, I will go to gym, I will paint, I will buy some food, I will watch a movie. After all, you are aware the one bad choice, ok with choosing good or bad, and can choose to stop.
By the way, sinful habits include emotional habits of condemnation, guilt, shame, judgement, anger and worry. Those are emotional habits, not sin. If you weren’t feeling, then I would have said it was actually a robot who read my article about Buddha.