Good grief.Are we back to nit-picking again instead of worrying about our relationship with Christ?
Just because a person has an area set aside for his worship doesn't mean that being in the same room is a sin. In the first place they don't offer "your food choice' to Buddha before they they bring it to you....If the truth be known I have eaten in many Chinese festivals where the food "was' offered before I got it. In the five years I spent in Malaysia it was difficult to tell what was and what wasn't. We have to keep remembering that "SIN" is an attitude. Don't let your attitude get between you and Christ. 'nuff sed
Christ ate in tax collector's homes, and where prostitutes came in and washed his feet. He also preached in areas where people were possessed by satan, and was constantly eating and sleeping near a man who betrayed Him.
What do you think?
I think what is much more critical than where you eat, is what you eat.
There has been a recent proliferation of Chinese fast food eateries, in my community. I am aware that their food is laced with msg and other seasoning of questionable sources.
The oil(s) that lots of the foods are fried in are recycled for a substantial period.
A lot of non-kosher foods are prepared in the same area, and there is the concern that there may be cross contamination.
My family has decided not to patronize them out of an abundance of concern for our health.
Buddha or no Buddha.
Most resraurants don't share with you whether or not there i Msg in your food ...and how woudl you know ...
it's not easy as it was years ago to eat in a restaurant .... idon't go out to then as I used to either .... as for chinese food .... Idon;t eat chinese food often in fact can' t quite remember the last time I did ... and yes i see the grease pit when i pass restaurants from the back and remember the other ingredients in the food and what else is cooked on the same grills and so on .... makes me wonder ,,,, I do seem to remember a passage in the 1cor :?
8:5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
8:6 But to us [there is but] one God, the Father, of whom [are] all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom [are] all things, and we by him.
8:7 Howbeit [there is] not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat [it] as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
8:8 But meat (food) commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.
8:9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
8:10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;
8:11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
8:12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
8:13 Wherefore, if meat (food) make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.
Yes the Budda is nothing really but what will yo udo with it ? Is Budda the issue ? or the food ?