Acts 11:1-18

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Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.” But Peter began and explained it to them in order: “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, something like a great sheet descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to me. Looking at it closely, I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I said, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ (Acts 11:1-8)

The leaders and other members of the church in Jerusalem are critical of Peter for staying with non-Jews.

Today also people, even Christian people, may say to preachers, “How can you go into monasteries ( dgon pa ) ? They have their own religion; just leave them alone.”

However, this passage tells us that it is right for Christians to explain to anyone how the cross of Jesus Christ is the way to forgiveness, even to Buddhists who want to know. And that is because God wants them also to have unfading life.

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