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Would paying respect to Buddha by bowing, be a sin in Christian belief?

I am a Christian and I have always had a interest in becoming a Buddhist. But I only want to learn about morals of being a Buddhist and learning how to meditate. But I want to keep my Christian belief of Jesus and God. But if I bow to Buddha but not in worship him but pay respect to his teachings. Would that be a sin in Christianity.


  • Spyderbear, what you said is totally unscriptural. It tells me you are not a christian and thus have no clue how to answer the question posed here.
    Exodus 23-24 King James

    Thou shalt not BOW down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images.

    There is one God and He is a jealous God according to His word the Holy Bible.

    God is not the author of confusion. His word is all you need for life. Satan is constantly trying to confuse and offer false gods to people.

    Remember this, Christianity is the #1 religion in the world, but the bibles says, streight is the way and narrow is the way and FEW there be that find it. FEW and #1 are far different. In other words, the vast majority of people who call themselves christians are not, they are just religious. His word shows who is who. be not deceived.

  • Absolutely YES! You as a Christian and follower of Jesus Christ have NO need for false religions of any sort. The bible tells us not to bow down to any idol or any god. You dont need Budism to learn morality, just pick up the good old King James bible and read it. It contains the answer to every single one of mans problems. Man just usually refuses to follow Gods word, he likes his sin too much. Ye must repent, ye must be born again!

  • Yes. It would be a sin.

    It is still an act of worship even if you are not worshiping in your heart.

    Hypocrisy is frowned upon. Nobody likes a hypocrite.

    You can learn about Buddhism without going through the motions of being a Buddhist. You can learn to meditate and do other beneficial things without all the trappings of Buddhism.

  • Remember the 10 Commandments – God’s Revelation in the Old Testament
    The 10 Commandments are found in the Bible’s Old Testament at Exodus, Chapter 20. They were given directly by God to the people of Israel at Mount Sinai after He had delivered them from slavery in Egypt:

    “And God spoke all these words, saying: ‘I am the LORD your God…

    ONE: ‘You shall have no other gods before Me.’

    TWO: ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image–any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.’

    Bowing down before a statue of Buddha is paying homage to and worshiping it which is a grievous sin.


    Apostolic Believer In One God, Jesus

  • It depends on how you interpret the first commandment.

    You shall have no other gods before me.

    Most Christian churches seem to ignore the last two words. By strict definition, the god Jehovah admits the existence of other gods and the legitimacy of those gods. If he didn’t, there would be no need for the last two words.
    I think you could follow the Buddhist lifestyle and still worship Jehovah as the supreme deity, and Buddha as your second god.

    I know I’m going to get all sorts of thumbs down for this.

  • Absolutely not. Although devout fundamentalists will disagree. You can be both Christian AND Buddhist without fear of conflict. In fact, the man called Jesus studied in the far east and was very well versed in the teachings of Lord Buddha, as is recorded in many ancient Buddhist texts, Jesus himself is recorded (i believe) as Jesse or Joshua the perfect man.

  • Who cares? Sin is only important to the one that gives it value. If you think you’re not sinning, then don’t worry about what the rest of the Christians say. Besides, Jesus was middle eastern. I’m pretty sure he was aware of, and respected Siddhartha.

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