I know this is a Catholic forum and teaches the ways of Christianity but I was wondering if it was a mortal sin as described by god himself to think of Buddha as a good person and practice some of his teachings in your life. Because, he had some fascinating ideas about spirituality and how one should live one’s life to achieve a better afterlife. But I’m afraid that even this little amount would count as “conversion” into Buddhism and worship of another god. After all there’s a commandment given by god to avoid other gods. I don’t want to convert into Buddhism at all and I’m against the Religion a little bit.
But I think I can argue in the favor of “Thou shall have no other gods before me for I am a Jealous god” because Buddha was NOT a god. He never claimed to be god or a god nor did he want to be remembered as a god or worshiped in any way, shape, or form. He stated that many times during his life. Yet modern day Buddhism and modern day non Christian Japanese and Chinese people and Asians seem to remember him as god or a god despite the man’s living wishes! It could have been possible that the man was Christian himself and wanted all Indians and Asians to be Christians and taught ways of becoming a better Christian in the afterlife (A theory some of my Christian Asian Friends have).
This is where my problem comes from though. If he’s worshipped as a god today even though he isn’t and didn’t want to be, would employing some of his teachings into my life become a mortal sin and anger god considerably? Or would it be a better idea to talk to my pastor about this?