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Idol In Their Home

Visted a home, noticing a plaque. Said it was Buddha. Wife said, "It's just a good luck charm." Later the preacher husband said, "It's just a piece of plastic. It can't hurt me." Would you continue to visit their home with that "idol" in their house?

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To Whosoever has an ear to hear?

--BlogQ: Would you continue to visit their home with that "idol"?

Neither fear nor submit to anything but God!!!!

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7).

Resisting the devil is not accomplished through our physical efforts of trying to avoid or fleeing from situations/him. The only way to resist/defy him is by submitting to God. Then there's no longer any need to be concerned with where or what the devil is doing. Wherever we are we'll be protected wearing the "Full Armor of the Lord".

--Answer: Convict your heart in James 4:7 and you'll find that the devilishness in any idolism will flee from you!!!!
---Shawn.M.T on 10/18/08

yes, but if they believe in god they shouldnt have that in there home and i would nicely speak to them about it,
---netta_3634 on 10/18/08

A-men sister Barbara.
---Eloy on 9/15/08

Anything that a person puts between them & God is an idol. Your spouse,children,job's,
friends,even personal belongings.
If your washing your car,boat,truck,m-cycle,
shopping & or other things & Not being in Church services when the service times are,it's recognized as an idol & or idols in God's eyes.
God Is Strict & His Word Also.
---Lawrence on 9/15/08

Wow!!! Those people just answered your question when the wife said "It's only a Good Luck Charm".......Now what the heck is a good luck charm?? When we have God The Father,God The Son & God The Holy Spirit.And how can you compare good luck & The Love God Has For Us........AMEN You Can't Compare them.
As for me and my house we will serve the Lord,No Belly Rubbing here for Buhdda.
---Gabby on 7/9/08

you can achieve Nirvana through the self-sacrifice of living the good life.
---Trish9863 on 6/29/08
Heaven is much better then Nirvana any day.
I'd rather live like Jesus Christ full of grace and truth, then Buddah or any other false god any day.
Jesus is the Light the life the answer the only way to true everlasting happiness. Live His way the only true way to happiness.
---Paul on 7/6/08

It comes down to acceptance or rejection of an idol which is well-known to be bowed down to and worshipped by nonChristians. I know of no Christian who worships their car or any other inanimate object and believes that these functional machines have supernatural power to grant them good luck. I wonder if the so-called Christians also rub the buddha belly to get 3 wishes granted to them.
---Eloy on 7/1/08

Rita: This question is not about good luck charm, but about whether or not it is appropriate for believers to visit the homes of people who have such things in their homes. My point is, would you stop visiting someone who places a lot of value on their car, or their home, or their other material belongings? Why stop visiting someone if they have a statue or other such thing in their home? An idol is an idol, whether it is a religious icon, or a material possession. A believer, walking in the Spirit, knows it has no real power or "Good Luck" and should be a loving witness to the person who values the idol.
---Trish9863 on 7/1/08

Trish "there are many idols in people's lives, such as cars, homes, spouses, jobs, etc." I agree that many people place far too much importance on the things you mention here but I'm sure that they do not tell people that these things are 'good luck charms' which is what this question was about.
---RitaH on 7/1/08

Trish, "Wife said, It's just a good luck charm." "JINX". And the preacher said, "It's just a piece of plastic. It can't hurt me." "JINX". Both are jinxed into thinking that the buddha plaque is harmless. It is an idol because one: the buddha was nonChristian and should not be worshipped, and two: the owners are cursed into thinking their buddha idol has some power to bring them good luck. Yes, they have both fallen from the truth and they are jinxed (ie: spotted of sin). The plaque of the dead buddha idol has zero power and can bring zero good luck, instead idols have power to lead people away from the living God and become stuck upon delusion and they become just as dead as their idol.
---Eloy on 6/30/08

Eloy: I was not promoting Buddhism as a true faith or belief. I just know a few things about it and I believe that having a statue of Buddha is not going to jinx someone. As has been already said, there are many idols in people's lives, such as cars, homes, spouses, jobs, etc.
---Trish9863 on 6/30/08

If you want to find evil, you will. If you want to find peace and love, you will.
---Deb on 6/29/08

Trish, buddhism is a false religion, and 100% nonChristian: no person becomes buddha, buddha was a nonChristian leader of a false religion and he is long dead. Either a person is Christian whom wholly worships and obeys Christ, or else a person is nonChristian and is none of Christ. It is sin to hand a buddha in a Christian home, and the preacher's wife says "it's just a good luck charm"? When the blind lead the blind, both will fall into the ditch. The preacher is nonChristian, and the wife is nonChristian, both need to be saved, then they will see their "buddha sin" in their house.
---Eloy on 6/29/08

Any person whom sinfully calls a strong Christian weak because the strong Christian rightly condemns idols and idolatry, and this sinful person also makes excuses to accept idols and idoltry, that person is a sinner, a blasphemer, and a nonChristian.
---Eloy on 6/29/08

BillBila::Anything that detracts your attention away from God and is more important than Him in your life, Is what you idolise and this is the new idols of today Giving to something else which belongs to God.
---Emcee on 6/30/08

Oh, you foolish and weak Christians. I sometimes wonder if anyone on these blogs ever read the Bible.

1 Corinthians 8 is concerned with the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols.
---Steveng on 6/29/08

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If you can't go in a house where there is an idol . . . there are people whose money is an idol of theirs, and so you can't go into a house where their money is, perhaps.

An idol is anything that takes a place where God belongs. So, if people have Buddha where God belongs, then most certainly he or an image of him is their idol.

If my beliefs can get me into arguing and realting in a wrong way, these beliefs could be an idol . . . even if they are correct. Correct beliefs, money, a pastor who is a good pastor . . . can be an idol for me.

It's what you make it, how you take it . . . just don't fake it (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 6/29/08

ALL::The idols of today are NOT in images and Icons Because the true Just God Has visited this earth,manifested Himself and left us a legacy.The idols of today are within your Hearts Read 1 Cor. 5:9-13
---Emcee on 6/29/08

The teachings of Buddha are a way of life, not a worship system. They are ideals for leading a good life. The idea is that once you live this good life, you can achieve Nirvana through the self-sacrifice of living the good life.
---Trish9863 on 6/29/08

It's not wrong to respect any great man, it's wrong to deify them.

My Father had a statue of Moses in our living room when I was a child.

We understood it was a dead thing, we didn't worship it or leave offerings to it or pray to it, it was merely a decoration.

It's not the mission of the Holy Spirit to create rifts between people over small stuff, that's not why Jesus died and sent him.

Who's really the one with the issue? Right, them so why get all voodoo over it and behaving as if this thing has some power.

You trust in God that the Spirit magnifies Christ to them just as he does to you, OR say something, even a bad attempt to restore is better than indifference and gossip.
---Pharisee on 6/29/08

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Trish, yes, you are mistaken. Buddhists worship Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder and teacher of Buddhism. Buddhists bow down to statues and pictures of Buddha, and they lay flowers on their Buddhist shrine. Buddha taught a wrong "middle path" which misleads others into false promises of ending their suffering. Buddhists believe Buddha attained "nirvana", full enlightment, and is beyond the continual reincarnation cycle. Buddhists believe that Buddha means "full enlightment", and that all people have the ability to become buddha.
---Eloy on 6/29/08

Always, Alan of UK.
---Eloy on 6/29/08

So, what are they worshipping? Tell me, I want to know. They are worshipping something.
---catherine on 6/28/08

I may be mistaken, but Buddhists do not worship Buddha. He is not their god. He was their teacher.
---Trish9863 on 6/28/08

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Eloy ... You are quite right here.
---alan_of_UK on 6/28/08

Eloy...Thank you! I agree with you. The sad part is that this is just the tip of the iceberg. We have been trying to help this couple through some problems, including prescription drug addiction on the wife's part. They keep wondering why they have all these problems. Pride and stubborness are a real downfall to many Christians.
---KarenD on 6/28/08

The fact that the buddha itself is a false god whom indeed is worshipped by buddhists is indicative of it being an idol. Christians should not have any idols of nonChristian beings which are known to be worshipped by nonChristians on plaques in their home. God who's name is Jealous is a jealous God, he does not share his glory with another, and there is no other God beside him, he will take vengeance upon his enemies, I will repay say the Lord, to every one according to his works. If you're going to hang a buddha up in your home, then why not also hang up a picture of Satan the devil with the words "Beloved" or "Our Beloved God" over it, because it is the same thing, blasphemy.
---Eloy on 6/28/08

the biggest idol in the world today,and the same one it has always been ,is your life.your flesh,the world.are you living for God,or for yourself and the world?
---tom2 on 6/28/08

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How you people twist scriptures in order to try to justify and make sin acceptable is sin on your part. Going to a nonChristian restaurant to eat food which is Not offered to idols, but instead offered To Me is not the same thing as nonChristians eating food that is offered to idols. A Christian who has an idol of a false religion in their home is foolishness. Buddha is not God, Jesus Christ is the Creator so it is wrong to have a plaque of a nonChristian Buddha which represents idolatry in a Christians home, and a Preacher's home at that! How great is the stupid preacher! and he leads others? it is no wonder that the sheep are lost.
---Eloy on 6/28/08

KarenD: I would continue to visit the people and pray for them. Your attitude is not one of love and acceptance of them, but one of condemnation, and you must check that with the Holy Spirit of God. Jesus would visit with them and sup with them, so you should too.
---Trish9863 on 6/28/08

When I was in graduate school studying social work, I participated in a group project on Hinduism. One of the women in our group is from India and we all went to her temple to observe a worship service. I had no problem with this project, as it gave me great insight into the beliefs of this religious system.

As to the Buddha question, you will have a hard time finding good Chinese food at a Christian establishment, but good luck in trying.

I suggest you pray for your friends, and yourself. Your judgemental attitude can be more of a hindrance to them than their pitiful little statue.
---Trish9863 on 6/27/08

how can it be an idol if no one worships it?

That'd be a big yes for me.
---Pharisee on 6/27/08

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Would statues of Mary be Idols? On the car dash, or on the lawn, or in the home?
---Mima on 6/27/08

Actually, we do not eat in most Chinese restaurants as they are full of such idols, including those cute little dragons which most people don't know are worshipped. My question had nothing to do with fear, as our Lord is stronger than any false idol. However, we believe that we should not associate with such things. That includes going to businesses which are openly worshipping false idols. Why give our money to them? We prefer to do business with Christian establishments whenever possible. The people with the buddhist plaque call themselves pentecostals and he says he is a preacher. He is too stubborn to let someone else tell him what he should have in his home.
---KarenD on 6/27/08

A statue idol or whatever has just as much power as you (a christian) give it if it means nothing to you except say art it is nothing.It's when you bow before it,worship it in some way or something of that nature that it's wrong.You can make an idol of money,cars,homes,exspensive furnishings even people.Anything you put before GOD is an idol to you.-IMHO
---shirley on 6/27/08

I wouldn't want that in my home.
However everytime I get my nails done there are little and big icons around. Buddhas with candles burning in front of them, or flowers or fruit (not burning!). I'm secure in my faith and I take any chance I can to slip in some witnessing.
I can plant a seed and hope at some point it sprouts!
---NVBarbara on 6/27/08

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ALL ::The idols of Yesteryears are not the idols of today .Reflect what do you care of MOST,Putting God as second.Things of the flesh wealth power your own Pride in your desires.
---Emcee on 6/27/08

Scaredy cats, do you ever go to chinese restaurants? If you do, you must stop going to them.

I wouldn't be afraid to visit the house, but I would ask them why they have that thing in their home.

It would be good if you prayed for yourself before you entered their home if you're afraid of the idol having power over you.

Everywhere we go, we come into contact with people who've touched all kinds of idols, wicked objects. They're in bookstores, curio shops, tourist traps, you name it, you'll find it.

If your faith is too weak, you must stop going into these shops, gas stations with curios (dragons, buddhas, etc.), you'll have to stay home.

Learn how to pray for yourself.
---Rebecca_D on 6/27/08

For those of you who wouldn't go back to the house you should also then not go to a Chinese restaurant because one of those little idols is in every one of them that I've ever seen. It will be located somewhere between the entrance and the kitchen and will usually, if taken care of, have some food in front of it. This falls into the category of "food offered to idols."
Personally, I'd keep going for a visit but with a purpose to open the eyes of the person who says there is no problem.
---john on 6/27/08

I am happy that you brought that up. Right now I would say, "I would not". To be honest, right now, I believe in all good conscience, I could not. Everytime I looked at the thing something in my mind, spirit would click. Something would!
---catherine on 6/27/08

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kared,there might be an idol sitting in the driveway,or the house itself,or lord knows what.yes christian should not have images of hindu religious people in their home.but they shouldn,t idolize their car,home,job,bank account,portfolio,anything.many make an idol out of their own it priority over their spirit.
---tom2 on 6/27/08

A preacher's wife should not need a 'good luck charm'. She needs to be told why that is so and if, after being told that (from scripture) the idol is still there next time you visit tell her that this is your final visit until you are told, by her, that it is gone.
---RitaH on 6/27/08

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