Spring 2015 In Katmandu
Getting to know this group of servants and students. When you break bread you often get closer to you brothers and sisters in Christ. What is really amazing is the explosion of the Gospel and the Christian faith here in such a "dark" country. 1951 is when the Gospel began to penetrate the borders Wow! We are living in the last days. The harvest is going on everywhere where the light goes. Oh how we in the USA need a revival in heart. But I remember something, Jesus said it begins with you and I.
"A heart aflame for the Christ and His cause." "A life abandon to the propagation of the Gospel." And all of that to happen right in my living room, right in my town, right in the place God has placed us today! Thank you Lord.
"And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings," (Acts 17:26).
The Climb to the Stupa
While we were here we had the pleasure of going to Pokhara. A lush valley area surrounded by high hills. At the top of a very long, steep walk lies a monument or temple to Buddha. It was built by the Japanese as a symbol for world peace. It took us 2 hours, some 2,400 steps or more. Up an incline that at times seemed at least 10 to 15 percent. The Stupa is a round stone temple (a little like a mosque) visited by many all around the world much like San Francisco or London. This edifice is refered to as "the Stupa"
Aside from the joy of seeing this famous Asian monument with Gino, Jay and his wife, I had a haunting question. Why? The funds, energy and human investment to place this building where it is was incredible.
The dark population and poor country surrounding it were no more the recipient of its self-espoused peace than a desert is a recipient of an ocean wave. Why? Because of what Jesus said: "But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness." (Matthew 6:23)
The spiritual light that the Stupa represents is essentially the darkness of Buddhism. The instruction of Scripture says that an acceptance of Christ and His sacrifice for our sin brings a peace with God. A real peace. An everlasting peace.
I couldn't help myself as we climbed and climbed. I kept thinking about what Solomon said in Proverbs 12:1: "Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is Stupa ... oh I meant stupid."
I write this with all reverence and a broken heart for the countless souls lost in the mire of a religion that never really delivers.