Buddhists believe that one must do “merit” in order to better one’s life. They know that people have sin, so each person tries to do “merit” to cover over his sins. But they know that their sins are too great. This is especially difficult on poor people, because they know that to do “merit”, one needs money. The way to get money is to be a powerful person, but many powerful people steal and are not just. Often they are corrupt and abuse their power. Money received by doing sin to others is not acceptable merit money. So sin continues because no one is able to have enough merit to take away sin� unless someone so perfect He could have enough merit for Himself and others.
It is interesting that in the Buddhist Scriptures of Cambodia, a prophecy regarding a “Holy One” (who) would come. One who would lead people away from the old way and introduce a new way.
“When Buddha was travelling and living in this world, there was an old Brahman priest who wore white robes who asked the Buddha, “How will all men and all Brahman continue in their merit-making so as to escape the results of sin?” The Buddha answered, “Even though all of you give alms according to the 5 precepts, the 8 precepts, the 10 precepts, or the 227 precepts for 9 trillion years and you raise your hands and offer yourselves as a burnt offering, or you pray 5 times a day, you will still not escape the results of your sins. If you do this every day, your merit gained will only be equal to the smallest strand of hair of an unborn infant extremely small. You shall not enter heaven’s doors.”
The old Brahman priest asked further, “What are we all to do to be saved?” The Buddha answered the old Brahman priest, “The results of sin and karma are very great, heavier than the sky, thicker than the earth, and so high that it would be like an angel dusting the corner-posts of the temple compound with a cloth post that are 18 inches high dusting them one time per year – until the posts were worn down to the ground. When the posts are worn down, that’s how long it would take to end your sins.”
The Buddha said further, “I have given up my high position and entered the priesthood. I considered that even though I am good, I would have only a very small amount of merit at the end of the year. If I was given this same amount of merit for 100,000 epochs and live 10 more lifetimes, I would not be saved from sin’s results even once.
The old Brahman priest asked further, “So what should we all do?” The Buddha answered, “Keep on making merit and look for another Holy One who will come and help the world and all of you in the future.”
Then the old Brahman priest asked, “What will the characteristics of the Holy One be like?” The Buddha answered him, “The Holy One who will keep the world in the future will be like this: in the palms of his hands and in the flat of his feet will be the design of a disc, in the side will be a stab wound; and his forehead will have many marks like scars. This Holy One will be the golden boat who will carry you over the cycle of rebirths all the way to the highest heaven (Nirvana). Do not look for salvation the old way; there is no salvation in it for sure. Quit the old way. And there will be a new spirit like the light of a lightening bug in all of your hearts and you will be victorious over all your enemies. Nobody will be able to destroy you. If you die, you will not come back to be born in this world again. You will go to the highest heaven (Nirvana).”
Permission was granted to copy these Buddhist Scriptures from Wat Phra Sing in ChiangMai Province. The person who gave permission was Phra Sriwisutthiwong in Bangkok. It is guaranteed that there is no error in transmission, which is in the book of the district headman, the religious encyclopaedia volume 23, book #29. This inquiry was made on October 13, 1954 AD, (Buddhist era 2497)) Phra Sriwisutthiwong is the Deputy Abbot and Director of Wat Pho Museum, Wat Pho Temple, Thailand.
A man born in Thailand and who trained as a Buddhist priest told how he read that the Buddha stated in writings the priest read during his studies, that he, the Buddha, was not God, and you would know God had come among us when you saw a man walking on water. This too happened with Jesus Christ, (Matthew 14:22-32; Mark 6:48-50; John 6:16-21). That priest from Thailand decided to follow Jesus Christ, and came to live in New Zealand and led many to become followers of Jesus Christ. He died at an advanced age around 2004, and was delighted to go to heaven with Jesus Christ.
Buddha was correct about the uselessness of trying to earn merit. It is impossible. The Holy One Buddha said would come has come. About five hundred years after Buddha left this world, the prophecy was fulfilled. When Jesus Christ died on the cross to take away human sin, each hand and foot was pierced with a large nail leaving a disc shape (John 20:20); his side was pierced with a spear (John 19:34); and his forehead had many marks on it from the crown of thorns the Romans put on him (John 19:2). Jesus Christ opened up a new way of faith to relate to God so that the old ways of merit could be left behind. Through Jesus Christ alone, one can find perfect assurance that the highest heaven is opened by God’s grace. One cannot be a Christian without verbally confessing the deity of Jesus the Christ. One cannot even pray to God, let alone have sin remitted by Him, without approaching Him through Jesus Christ (John 14:6; & 13; 15:16; 16:23-24; Romans 5:2; & Ephesians 2:18.)
We know Muslims and Mormons, Christian Scientists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Unitarians, Scientologists, Jews, Roman Catholics, Buddhists, Hindus, Seventh-Day Adventists and many others will not want to hear this, but the Bible declares that Jesus was the final revelation of God to man (Hebrews 1:1-3) There have been no others.