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Old 08-31-2007, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Between Here and There
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Hey why don't you post a picture of your buddha body and let us decide
ROFL!!!!!!

I said FORMER body...former is the key word...LOL I have tears in my eyes from laughing so hard when I saw your comment...good one!
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Old 08-31-2007, 08:14 PM
 
Location: God's Country
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ROFL!!!!!!

I said FORMER body...former is the key word...LOL I have tears in my eyes from laughing so hard when I saw your comment...good one!
Sorry, I guess former is a very important word here
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Old 08-31-2007, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Just a few miles outside of St. Louis
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Envision Jesus standing at your side, as the two of you look at your garden. Then ask yourself that question...
I don't know. I always figured God must have a heck of a sense of humor, (ever take a look at the platypus?). I don't think Jesus would fall over in a dead faint, or start throwing lighting bolts. I've seen those type of Buddha statues, and I think they are funny. Very jolly-looking. I suspect it would make Jesus smile, maybe even chuckle. Personally, I wouldn't worry about it. Of course, I suppose I could be the wrong person to ask, seeing as how I have a number of kachina dolls, dreamcatchers, etc. I also read/watch Harry Potter, The DaVinci Code, and whatever else is liable to make alot of other folks wig out!
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:26 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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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? Is it offensive to buddhists?
I'm asking because I saw a big happy buddha statue which looks very joyful, and I'd buy it except for my questions about it being appropriate.
Your garden, your yard - you can put whatever you want in it. Just as other people can whatever statues they want in their yard.
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:30 PM
 
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If I feared to offend my God by having a statue of a peaceful teacher in my home or yard, I would question the strength of my own faith.
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Old 09-01-2007, 12:28 AM
 
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When people see me in my yard with my shirt off they think I am a buddha statue. Maybe thats why they burn rubber, actually spraying gravel, trying to get away from me.

Personally, I fail to see why anyone in their right mind would think a statue of Buddha in the garden would be offensive to god. But that's just me and my understanding of buddha and god. To each his own interpretation, I guess.

Got any incense to go with it? Let's really freak people out!

Repeat after me... oooOOOHMMMMMMMM

OMG, Mildred, they're worshipping buddha right next to the tomato plants!!!
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Old 09-01-2007, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Texas
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When people see me in my yard with my shirt off they think I am a buddha statue. Maybe thats why they burn rubber, actually spraying gravel, trying to get away from me.

Personally, I fail to see why anyone in their right mind would think a statue of Buddha in the garden would be offensive to god. But that's just me and my understanding of buddha and god. To each his own interpretation, I guess.

Got any incense to go with it? Let's really freak people out!

Repeat after me... oooOOOHMMMMMMMM

OMG, Mildred, they're worshipping buddha right next to the tomato plants!!!
redbird, are you a male??? I always thought you were a woman! From above post, I think not!
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Old 09-01-2007, 03:48 AM
 
Location: The Silver State (from the UK)
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Its absolutely fine, Christian or not. Buddhist statues are not a God to be worshipped. The mere act of worshiping it would be against the teaching of Buddhism in the first place. It is just a symbol of the Buddha that lived thousands of years ago. It would not interfere with your worshiping the Christian God.
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Old 09-01-2007, 04:43 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, MI
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I don't know. I always figured God must have a heck of a sense of humor, (ever take a look at the platypus?). I don't think Jesus would fall over in a dead faint, or start throwing lighting bolts. I've seen those type of Buddha statues, and I think they are funny. Very jolly-looking. I suspect it would make Jesus smile, maybe even chuckle. Personally, I wouldn't worry about it. Of course, I suppose I could be the wrong person to ask, seeing as how I have a number of kachina dolls, dreamcatchers, etc. I also read/watch Harry Potter, The DaVinci Code, and whatever else is liable to make alot of other folks wig out!
LMBO @ the bolded part.

Hmmm...Buddha statue in my house? Well, I don't have one and I'm not rushing out to get one. I don't think I would do so in my own home, but I do understand the fact that Buddha is not a figure to be worshiped, so you can't technically consider him an idol IMO. Still, he could easily become an idol of the heart, and additionally, as a Christian I feel I shouldn't send any confusing messages, even if I would understand in my heart and mind that it meant nothing but decoration to me.

My in laws have a Buddha statue, and they are Christians--well, my mom-in-law is, my father in law is good guy but not into religion in general, but does believe in God. They don't have it out, though...think it was a gift to FIL as a joke referencing his "Buddha belly". LOL It's in the hall closet, grinning at you like an Eastern Santa Clause as you get a towel out.
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Old 09-01-2007, 05:00 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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I don't know what the significance of the statue is to Buddhists so I can't answer for that. But I think as a Christian is depends on what the significance of the statue is for you. If you are worshiping it then I would have to say that is wrong and offensive to God. If you just think it looks happy and appreciate it as a piece of art then I doubt God would find that offensive.
I would also agree with that... as a Jew, we're taught not to worship false idols, but it says nothing about decorating with them. I live in a heavily Chinese neighborhood, and have picked up some Buddhist & Eastern-cultural stuff for myself. Hopefully it doesn't offend anyone who follows those religions, but so far I've never heard anything negative - in fact, they usually love when I wear my jade necklaces! But I would be interested to hear their opinion, since I might have a problem with people using Jewish symbols that way... depends on exactly what & where it is (a mezuzah, for instance, would be inappropriate).
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