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Old 08-31-2007, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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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.
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Between Here and There
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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.
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.
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:09 AM
 
Location: ARK-KIN-SAW
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I agree with Irishmom. To me, its just a statue, now if you had people wondering thru your garden worshipping it...that would be different-IMHO...I wouldnt have it in my yard, but thats just me
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Default No...to a Buddha statue!

Just my personal opinion, but it wouldn't be in my yard!
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:10 AM
 
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well, I am not a christian... I am native american... but I don't know why it wouldn't be. I suppose as long as you are not bowing down to it and expecting it to act like a god or worshiping it... it would be a neat piece of statuary.

I have a t-shirt that has a buddha on it. It says, "I have the body of a god!"

I think, as with most things, it is what is in your heart and behaviours that mimic what is in your heart, that counts.

Statuary is statuary... I don't think it is any different than appreciating the Greek statuary of their former gods for the art and pleasing looks of the statuary.
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:10 AM
 
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I agree with Irishmom. To me, its just a statue, now if you had people wondering thru your garden worshipping it...that would be different-IMHO
Thud!
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:11 AM
 
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Thud!
yep...two thuds in two days..we agree on something
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:11 AM
 
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I have to laugh a bit... all those posts went in while I was typing mine. Disregard I guess.... we all said the same thing.
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Oh no, I would not be worshipping it it. It just makes me smile when I look at it. I don't know anything about Buddhism, so perhaps a laughing Buddha with outstretched arms is not even considered a real Buddha anyway.
Truthfully, I'll probably get it and just take my chances with the Lord.
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:13 AM
 
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Just my personal opinion, but it wouldn't be in my yard!
It wouldn't be in mine either.
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