Our coworkers in some regional centers share the Gospel from a very different cultural perspective. Their language may be new to partners in our global network, but it is completely relevant to the cultures where they are working.
Timothy P., Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia
Many Buddhists worship Gautama, the founder of Buddhism. His teachings about the True Buddha points people to Jesus Christ.
I want to help people to understand the real meaning of the word “Buddha” because Buddhists think Gautama is Buddha. In reality, Buddha means “God” in the Magadha (Pali) language. Pali was the language Gautama spoke. Historically and literally, it does not refer to Gautama, who people worship today.
We should not interchange the names Gautama and Buddha because Buddha is God, and Gautama is a human being. Gautama himself wanted to be like Buddha (God) and prayed to Buddha (God). When Buddhists understand the difference between Buddha and Gautama, they realize who the true Buddha is.
Jesus Christ is the first and the last God. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He is love, the greatest, and the Almighty God. He is the Savior and the Creator. He is the Messiah (Matthias), who descended from Heaven to the earth. Jesus Christ is the Truth. The Truth makes people free (John 8:32). Knowing Him is amazing and wonderful (Revelation 22:13, Hebrew 13:8, Philippians 2:10-11, Matthew 1:18-21, John 1:1-14, John 4:25-26).