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She Wants To Chant In My Home

Should I allow my mother in law to live with us and not attend church? My mother in law is buddhist. My wife let her know that worship of false gods in our home is prohibited and violation of this will result in immediate expulsion from my home. She is upset that she cannot chant.

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alexia: "Romans 1:20 refers to the Jews."

You are again taking things out of context. If you read a couple of verses before, he was taking about the Jews AND the Gentiles - all of mankind who changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things of whom all of mankind have built.
---Steveng on 10/4/07


Romans 1:20 refers to the Jews. I has no implication that other religions see Jesus at the heart. The statment makes no sense. Andrea, keep your presumptuous offers of prayer to yourself.
---alexia on 10/2/07


StrongAxe: "where do you draw the line?

As hard as it may be to understand, there are times when you must sever ties from the things, family, friends and people you love in the world to be with Jesus. It's either you love what you have on earth or you love God. Would you put a rotten apple in with the good ones? Your home is holy, keep it that way. Don't forget, we are not wrestling with mom or dad, but with Satan. Pray for them. Philippians 4:6-8 It doesn't mean you can't talk with them.
---Steveng on 10/1/07


Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse:
---Andrea on 10/1/07
andrea was right everyone has a chance to know god
---blaze on 10/1/07


"looks into the heart of God sees Jesus" That is a very gnostic sounding statement, esoteric. Harold Bloom discribes american protestantism as being gnostic. I do not know if this is true, but statements like that lend to his conclusions.
---MikeM on 10/1/07




alexia -
the bible says that God has witnessed to every man and they are without excuse ....

if you lived on an island and loved Jesus would you still be a christian without the eucharist or a baptism - no priest etc etc

you would have only Jesus and He is enough

I believe a Hindu can find Christ if he seeks and that God honors the heart of the seeker.
Have you begun praying for your husband...tell me his name and I'll pray too
maybe we can find something we agree on...
---Andrea on 10/1/07


Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse:
---Andrea on 10/1/07


andrea, evidence for your statment "every religion that looks into the heart of God sees Jesus?" what does this mean exactly? Is this another example of fundie conspiracy theory?
---alexia on 10/1/07


Dan- have you asked Christ to be Lord and Savior now? Had you been born again before you studied with Buddists?
I'm not trying to question your path. I'm curious how you came full circle - if you have?
Any religion that looks into the heart of God can see Jesus. Whether or not they want Him is another thing.
This is true for many professing Christians.

Its almost so easy people stumble over the Rock they are seeking
---Andrea on 9/30/07


Dan- have you asked Christ to be Lord and Savior now? Had you been born again before you studied with Buddists?
I'm not trying to question your path. I'm curious how you came full circle - if you have?
Any religion that looks into the heart of God can see Jesus. Whether or not they want Him is another thing.
This is true for many professing Christians.

Its almost so easy people stumble over the Rock they are seeking
---Andrea on 9/30/07




Let her be upset, for goodness sakes. In my house only the true God will be worshiped. You had better be careful that stuff could rub off on you. Noone is that strong. I mean you never know. RUN, RUN, away from evil.
---catherine on 9/30/07


steve- the satanic thing is anti-christian but think of it this way, but if your mother became catholic and had a statue of Mary.
Would you stop her from praying to it.

I don't allow unGodly yhings in my home but I have a TV and a PC so they bring things in I don't desire. God can deal with me and them.
---Andrea on 9/30/07


StevenG:

Some parents will refuse grandparents access to their children because they are protestant and the children are Catholic (or vice versa). Or one is Baptist and the other is Presbyterian. Just where do you draw the line?
---StrongAxe on 9/30/07


Having left the Christian faith to study the Buddist way for six years, try to understand that Buddah is not a God, is not prayed to. Prayers are said before Buddah but not to Buddah. He was an enlightened Master, not a God. There are God's in Buddism but none hold's power over enlightenment. When I left that way of life it was at the prompting of my teaching monk. He told me that when truth was found I had to follow it whatever it cost. It cost me Buddah.
---dan on 9/30/07


2. Buddism is not a religion, it is a philosophy. I found out more about the Christian life should be from the Buddism than I had from Christian's. I still use this with Buddist friends. Let's compare our faiths. Sit down and have a heartfelt discussion. Not to persuede but in a search for truth. Know what you believe, you might be suprised by what you will learn, and they as well.
---dan on 9/30/07


1. It is possible to honour our parents without allowing them to influence us in ways which we believe are wrong. Sometimes we have to tell our parents that they are wrong. The generation that produced us are not automatically right and it is not honouring them to leave them in their ignorance or sin, nor must we let their sin affect our lives. Keeping them at a distance is, sometimes, the correct thing.
---RitaH on 9/30/07


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2. We should also remember to read scripture in context. There is a verse after the one about honouring parents. It reads "Provoke not thy children to wrath." The obligation is not one-sided. Parents must not put their children (especially adult children) in situations that will compromise their faith. Of course, non-believing parents will not realise this but, as believers, it is our right and duty to point this out when necessary.
---RitaH on 9/30/07


This may be a little extreme, but...

If your mother and father belonged, and were active in, a Satanic cult, would you still allow them into your home to play with, or baby sit, your children?
---Steveng on 9/29/07


catherine:

And yet, in Mark 7:7-13, Jesus condemns Pharisees who use their own interpretation of the law to get around the clear commandment "honor your father and your mother", as some here seem to be doing.
---StrongAxe on 9/28/07


2 John: 9-11 "Whoever transgresses and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.

If there come any unto you and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

For he that bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."
---ralph7477 on 9/26/07


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StrongAxe-anything or anyone that you worship more than Jehovah God is definitely a god to someone. Don't mean to say "you." Haven't you ever heard teachings on this? Anything that comes between you and Jehovah God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob can become an idol in your heart, thus you have a false god you are honoring or giving honor to. However you want to put it.
---Donna on 9/26/07


StrongAxe: "But you can't call it worship of gods..."

On the contrary, they do have gods and godesses. At least many branches of Buddism. The god of mercy, Guanyin, comes to mind. Besides, ANY statue is considered an idol according to Scriptures.

It's also a way of life to attain nirvana - to become like gods.

(besides studying many religions in the 1970s, I presently live among a large Asian community and know many people. As a Christian, I have my work cut out for me.)
---Steveng on 9/25/07


StrongAxe: "Buddha is NOT a god, but a man who lived 1500 years ago and believed he had achieved enlightenment."

Around my community, Buddha is considered a god. Statues are everywhere - in homes and in businesses. They rub it for good luck and kiss his feet. They place candles and incense around the statues having pictures of dead relatives. Much like the Catholics do to their statues of Mary, Paul and Christ.
---Steveng on 9/25/07


"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
---Eloy on 9/25/07


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NO, It will be a BIG mistake. Deuteronomy 32:16
They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.
rather you beleive it or not she will bring spirits with her and it will cause turmoil in your home. It wont be sudden but it will be.
---denise on 9/25/07


We are to honor our father and mother, and I would welcome her to live with you, but I would tell her that Buddah is not welcome to come with her. Have you sat down and tried to talk to her about our true Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? Have you shared the good news of the Gospel with her? God may be opening up a door here to use you as His vessel to win her to Christ. Something to think about.
---Cynthia on 9/25/07


Jesus said, "if you love mother, Father, sister, and brother more than me you can not be my disciple". This passage simply means that you must put God first all and all above everybody.
---catherine on 9/25/07


.drdayodaniel, The Lord God Jesus says, "If any come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and childre, and brothers, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:26.
---Eloy on 9/25/07


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It is your home and you have that right to tell her to not chant in your home. Christians are not to be unequally yoked, which would include your mother-in-law. I applaud you in your decision to obey the Lord.
---Helen_5378 on 9/25/07


ANYTHING that u worship that isn't your TRUE GOD that created us in HIS OWN Image is an idol and A false God. And Your wife has the right to not allow a false god or an idol into our house. And if her mother can't accept that then she doesn't need to move in.
---ANN on 9/25/07


I would think your mother-in-law would be happier in a home that is not so repressive. Buddha was not a god. No one claimed he was. Your children will ultimately rebel at such narrowmindedness. you might want to rethink your position.
---alexia on 9/25/07


The law commands ..'honour father and mother' Christ says ..'man forsake father and mother and cling to his wife'. Balanced scriptural guidance to your decision is to provide for her sustenance but outside your home. She is not stranger to the christian faith, she abandoned it, scripture commands separation from such. Bringing her to live in your house does not guarantee her conversion, your prayers and wise sacrifices could do a lot win her while watching your own souls. Dayo
---Drdayodaniel on 9/25/07


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The law commands ..'honour father and mother' Christ says ..'man forsake father and mother and cling to his wife'. Balanced scriptural guidance to your decision is to provide for her sustenance but outside your home. She is not stranger to the christian faith, she abandoned it, scripture commands separation from such. Bringing her to live in your house does not guarantee her conversion, your prayers and wise sacrifices could do a lot win her while watching your own souls. Dayo
---Drdayodaniel on 9/25/07


Donna:

Buddha is NOT a god, but a man who lived 1500 years ago and believed he had achieved enlightenment. He is revered by Buddhists (like Jews revere Moses, but don't worship Moses as a god.)

Buddhism does not focus on worship of gods, but rather on personal improvement and enlightenment.

You can call it false teaching. You can call it idolatry (since they have statues of the Buddha). But you can't call it worship of false gods, since it isn't about gods at all.
---StrongAxe on 9/25/07


2 Kings 5, talks of Naaman, a leprous Syrian general who went to Elisha for healing.

Unfortuately, he had to support his master, the King, worship in the house of Rimmon. He asked Elisha about this, and Elisha said "go in peace". He did NOT say "get out of that house of idolatry."

It is our job to spread the gospel, NOT judge others religious practices. By acting like judgmental fanatics, we can drive people away from God because they want nothing of our hateful venom.
---StrongAxe on 9/25/07


Ephesians 5:11 says And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. It would be difficult to obey this and, at the same time, have someone of a false religion living in your own home.
---RitaH on 9/25/07


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I agree with you Trish. She is still your wife's mother, how would you feel if your children were to do the same thing to you if they had different beliefs?
---Katie on 9/25/07


We know that idolatry is sin. And you are free to worship Christ in your house, and you are also free to ban idolatry from your house. You all are adults, so sit down and talk together. Let each side know the position you hold and why you feel strongly about it. Your mother-in-law should respect you and the principals you have inside of your own house. Share Jesus with her, and pray with her to become a Christian, then you can all be of the same one family of Christ.
---Eloy on 9/25/07


Chris, what your mother-in-law believes does not affect you unless you believe what she believes. You don't have to worry about gods who are not even gods. Why? Because they aren't God. The witness of the love of God through you toward her is what matters and will go further into introducing Jesus to her than forbidding her to do something she obviously believes in.
---Linda on 9/24/07


If you apply an attitude of judgment toward her, then she would, of course, believe her god is at least someone approachable. It is of no coincidence that the last miracle Jesus did before He went to the cross was restore the ear of a servant who was serving those who were out to kill Him. Like as if Peter needed to defend and save Jesus with the sword he was carrying. That was Peter before the resurrection life of Christ was manifest in his life....a man dangerous with a sword.
---Linda on 9/24/07


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Don't forget that Jesus ate with sinners and some of them were the worst...self-righteous Pharisees. It was the self-righteous folks that no one common could get near that Jesus pronounced all the "woes" upon.
---Linda on 9/24/07


Don't be yoked with an unbeliever. 2Corinth6:14-16
Joshua23:12-13

There are many verses about intermarrying, but are used when an unbeliever lives with a believer. Exodus34:16, Exra9:2, Neh13:23-27.

Proverbs12:26, 17:17, 1Corinthians15:33, 2Corinthians6:14-18.

Do not compromise your blessed home and bring in idols, even if they are family.
---Steveng on 9/24/07


Trish9863-If I allow her to pray to a false god in my home I will be taking part in her sin. I just want good guidance on if I should allow her to stay without her practicing her religion. She refuses to attend church.
She grew up in church like the rest of her family but has chosen to follow buddah. She will have to find some other relatives to move in with. She has forsaken The Way.
---Chris on 9/24/07


Unless your mother in law is old and needs your physical care you shouldn't have her in your house no matter what her religion. The Bible says to leave your father and mother and cling to your spouse. Having an inlaw in your house causes big trouble in your family. Being an idol worshipper is all the more reason the have her have her own place.
---john on 9/25/07


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Correct me if I am wrong, but since she has been inside of your atmosphere, have you noticed a dark presence, she has been conjuring up demons in her chanting, have you been getting bad dreams bad feelings?
---Whisper on 9/24/07


1) "If you open the door and let your mother in law in, you are opening the door for demons to enter your home."

Wow, I am so astounded that a Christian would speak from such a place of fear. Should we all, then, kick out our children the moment they begin to doubt scriptural teachings? (most poeple do at some point in their lives at least)
---Marla on 9/24/07


2) Honouring one's mother is indeed a commandment as we understand the commandments today, and furthermore, to kick out your mother-in-law would lose you an ideal opportunity to save a loved one through witness.
---Marla on 9/24/07


I would welcome her. But I would not let her practice her religion in the home. Whatever she does outside the home is up to her. If you have enough of the Holy Ghost power in you, no matter what comes inside your home you can get rid of it in Jesus name.
---Rebecca_D on 9/24/07


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I cannot believe some of the answers I am reading.

This is your wife's mother. Scripture says that we are to honor our parents. It does not say that we have to condone their beliefs.

I would let anyone live in my home, and make it clear to them that they are free to do their spiritual beliefs in the privacy of their room, but that they must not intrude their beliefs into the family living space.
---Trish9863 on 9/24/07


If you open the door and let your mother in law in, you are opening the door for demons to enter your home. Buddah is a false god. What does Jehovah say about false gods? There is NO OTHER GOD BESIDES Jehovah God. Would God honor you for letting your mother in law in? I don't think so. You'd be grieving the Holy Spirit. DO NOT LET your mother in law stay with you, not for one night. You are asking for trouble if you do.
---Donna on 9/24/07


It is time for you to scream out to the person of the Holy Spirit and start chanting out to Him, a bit of Glossalia, and fasting should do the trick.
---Whisper on 9/24/07


Do not even open your doors and welcome someone who does this,into your home. Explain to them your love for them but you are Christians who cannot allow this activity in your home. Offer, if you can, a few dollars, on a small apt or some type place for her to live. Your duty as a Christian and family member has been done. But whatever you do...do not let her come there ,or you will live to regret that very unwise decision. This is your home and you have every right to protect it from all evil and danger.
---Robyn on 9/24/07


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............WWJD
---Andrea on 9/24/07


This must be really difficult when it is a member of your family but I personally would not was to live in the same house as a buddhist or anyone of another religion. It is hard enough living with non-Christians who do not have an alternative belief but to have to share with someone involved in false worship must be worse. It is your home and your decision and it sounds as if your wife will be in agreement with you. God bless you in your decision.
---RitaH on 9/24/07


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