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"...The church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth."
I Timothy 3:15

Devout Practices

Victor Bryditzki

Did you know that devout (but pagan) Buddhists pray before a statue for hours with a rosary?

Did you know that relics of bones, teeth and hair are enshrined in Buddhist temples and worshiped?

Buddhists also keep guardian statues and images for protection and to repel evil spirits.

Did you know that a Buddhist priest has his own parish?

Sweeping the Pagoda is considered to be an "act of merit" and a Buddhist's favorite object of prayer is his Kuan Yin, a female goddess.

Did you know that in the pagan Taoist religion, a priest burns incense and asks "patron saints" to bless deceased family members?

Did you know that in Confucianism, they have a burning ceremony to release a soul from purgatory?

Did you know that Islam worshippers make pilgrimages to touch and kiss sacred objects? They also self-inflict wounds upon themselves. They build ornate mosques for the bodies of Moslem saints, and pilgrims come to pray at these tombs.

Did you know that heathen Hindus ring temple bells as a devotional act?

Did you know that Hindus pray for the dead?

Did you know that the Brahmin prays before images while kissing a string of beads?

Do these pagan religious customs sound familiar?

The question we must ask is, "would a true, born-again Christian do such things? Based on such scriptures as John 14:26, 16:13, I Cor. 12-14, the answer must be, "no!"

More specifically we ask, "Would a bona fide Christian enter a "temple" and participate in a service where a "priest" makes a sacrifice for sin?

Again basing our answers on such passages as Heb. 9:14, 10:10-14, 12:2, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 5:9, Heb. 6:4-6, II Peter 2:20-22, we must reply that a true born-again Christian would not.