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Old 08-31-2007, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Ireland......
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Its just a statue! sounds nice!!
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Between Here and There
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Just my personal opinion, but it wouldn't be in my yard!
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It wouldn't be in mine either.
It wouldn't be in mine, but not because I think God would care just because it reminds a bit too much of my former body. But would you guys not want it in yours because it represents a religion other than your own and you think that is wrong or just because you don't like it? Not starting anything just wondering. I always think if something feels wrong to you then it's best to trust your instinct and stay away from it.
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Texas
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It wouldn't be in mine, but not because I think God would care just because it reminds a bit too much of my former body. But would you guys not want it in yours because it represents a religion other than your own and you think that is wrong or just because you don't like it? Not starting anything just wondering. I always think if something feels wrong to you then it's best to trust your instinct and stay away from it.
No, it would be because as you said it represents a religion that is not Christianity.
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Old 08-31-2007, 02:44 PM
 
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It represents different things in different sects of Buddhism. For the laughing Buddha I think a theme through all sects is one of contentment and serving the weak and poor (thus the sack if your Buddha has one). Not a bad message.
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Old 08-31-2007, 02:58 PM
 
Location: God's Country
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It wouldn't be in mine, but not because I think God would care just because it reminds a bit too much of my former body. But would you guys not want it in yours because it represents a religion other than your own and you think that is wrong or just because you don't like it? Not starting anything just wondering. I always think if something feels wrong to you then it's best to trust your instinct and stay away from it.
I agree with kaykay, and for me as a Christian I feel it would be wrong.

Hey why don't you post a picture of your buddha body and let us decide
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Old 08-31-2007, 03:06 PM
 
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In the new testament Paul talks of food offered to idols, etc, as not really meaning anything to him. However, he wouldn't eat it if it would offend a brother. Some of these things are like that... really, they are nothing but a block of concrete, etc, and maybe to us mean nothing other than a decorative piece, but what will my neighbor think, knowing I am a Christian? Someone may read a deeper meaning in this than we do.
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Old 08-31-2007, 03:10 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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Depending on the person, their interpretation of your Buddha statue will vary greatly.

I would personally see it as you showing your openness to others' beliefs and that you're willing to show that without fear.
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Old 08-31-2007, 03:20 PM
 
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I've been wondering who to ask about this. As a christian, is it offensive to God to have a buddha statue out in my garden?
I don't understand what you mean by "offensive to God." I don't think of God as offendable. You aren't worshiping it, so it doesn't seem like a sin.

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Is it offensive to buddhists?
I don't think so. My understanding is that Buddhists don't take offense at anything, because to do so doesn't follow Buddhist teachings. I'm not an expert, though.
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Old 08-31-2007, 03:21 PM
 
Location: God's Country
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In the new testament Paul talks of food offered to idols, etc, as not really meaning anything to him. However, he wouldn't eat it if it would offend a brother. Some of these things are like that... really, they are nothing but a block of concrete, etc, and maybe to us mean nothing other than a decorative piece, but what will my neighbor think, knowing I am a Christian? Someone may read a deeper meaning in this than we do.
Very good point!! I'm glad you brought that up.
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Old 08-31-2007, 04:46 PM
 
Location: South East UK
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It wouldn't be in mine either.
How strange that we cannot tolerate a statue unless it carries the sanction and blessing of our particular belief.

How would you reassure a Buddist who asked similar questions about a statue of Christ in their garden?
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