Q. What is idolatry? Is Buddhism a kind of idolatry because it keeps statues of Buddha in temples and are other religions not because they don’t?

A. Considering that all Buddhist temples have statues of Buddha and the members of these organisations worship them, Buddhism has every reason to be regarded as idolatry even though its essence is very reasonable and logical.


Idolatry, however, is not to do with whether or not a physical image or a statue of the object of their belief and worship is used or kept. To believe that there is something or someone almighty with supernatural power that is responsible for and controls our destiny, worship it or him and beg it or him for happiness and security by praying is no other than idol worship. In other words, if you have any figure or an image to worship in your mind that doesn’t exist in reality, it is still idolatry even though you don’t have a physical image. I hope all of you ask yourselves whether you are worshiping an idol or not.


©Boo Ahm


All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway


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