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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Temple of the One Thousand Buddhas

            The legend is told that in Japan, there is a temple called “the temple of the one thousand Buddhas.” Upon entering the temple, a person can view one thousand images of Buddha, each one slightly different than the other.
            You might ask, what is the purpose? It is so that the worshipper can enter and find the image of Buddha that is most like him or her. That image, then, is the appropriate one to worship.
            Scripture teaches, this is one of the many reasons idolatry is wrong—humans tend to create a god in their own image.
            (Sarcasm alert!)
            Fortunately, we, in the United States, don’t have that problem.

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