I was reading a book that was a critique of fundamentalist Christianity. It is called "Beyond Belief" and I'm sure many of you have at least seen it online. In the section where it has how to answer questions from evangelicals, one of the questions is "The Buddha is dead so He can't really help you." The book says to answer "He isn't dead, He has attained Nibbana." I know He is called the Deathless One. So, if He really isn't dead, but just in Nibbana, I guess we shouldn't ever refer to Him as 'dead'? I generally say "passed on" to non-Buddhists. Maybe that is even wrong to say, technically. So, where is the Buddha?
As a side note, I'm pretty new to Buddhism. I originally found Buddhism when I was a teenager, but didn't really understand it. I took Refuge, but again, didn't really know what I was doing. What I practiced was patently absurd. It was a combination of Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. I read books from all the three schools and tried to combine them. I didn't know there was such a big difference between them all back then. This was back when I was a teenager, with many things going on in my life. I was pretty confused at the time. I'm almost 26 now and have taken Refuge and actually know what I'm doing this time. And, there's no combining things. I'm strictly Theravada. I hope there is no blame on me. I know Buddhism doesn't have a real clear cut policy on apostasy. I guess I just finally figured out where I belong, and it's Theravada Buddhism. And, yes, I've read the apostasy thread on here and the quotes form the Tipitaka. I was just afraid to post this in public. I guess the beans are out now.