• Jeff & Julie Sanders

Truth Trek - Buddhism

The brightly colored flags waving in the wind provide a striking contrast to the epic scenes of massive snow-covered rock and glaciers. Unfortunately, they are not festive mountain decorations. These “prayer” flags are a prominent symbol of Buddhist religion. ‘The five colors are arranged from left to right in a specific order: blue, white, red, green, and yellow. The five colors represent the five elements and the Five Pure Lights. Different elements are associated with different colors for specific traditions and purposes. Blue symbolizes the sky and space, white symbolizes the air and wind, red symbolizes fire, green symbolizes water, and yellow symbolizes earth.’ They are not actual prayers sent out across the wind, but rather meant to spread compassion and peace into the air.

Nearly every step of the trek to Everest Base Camp is within sight of some Buddhist memorial. Prayer flags are ubiquitous, burial manes and chortens are strewn along the trail, monasteries and attending monks are plentiful. Each Tea house (mountain hotel) is filled with articles of worship and the morning incense offering’s smoke is present rain or shine.

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Corinthians 4:4 - ESV)

Nepal prides itself as the birth place of Buddha (also known as Siddhattha Gotama). Although much of the country of Nepal is Hindu, they are prone to mix Hinduism and Buddhism together with a splash of Animism as well. Needless to say, it is not user friendly to Christianity. The Sherpa (and Rai) people tend to be very Buddhist in their mountainous regions, remote and removed from much of the world.

People so religious, but so blind. This religion is not just some off the track, but interesting eastern cultural development. It is rather a terrible ploy of the evil one to blind the hearts of millions of souls created to worship the Living and True God, Jesus Christ.

  • Pray for the unreached Sherpa people.

  • Pray their eyes would be open to the message and ministry of the Lord Jesus.

  • Pray for believers to be free to access the region.

  • Pray for believers around the Sherpa to be bold to share the Good News in love.

  • Pray for the spiritual growth and development of new Sherpa believers.

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