A comment came in recently with questions that I’ve wrestled with before from an Asian perspective. Of course, the question does have its biases, although you can’t really blame him since Christian fundamentalists get so much play in the media in the worst ways. But how would you answer Jason’s questions?
I have many questions on why Asians believe in Western religions.
1) Why do Asians believe in a faith that is primarily spread by Westerners. Some of the paintings depict Jesus as a white person, and is believed by some Asians.
2) Yes, the bible can be interpreted however ways by the believer, but unfortunately, in America, the believers are fundamentalists who do deny Homosexuals, immigrants, etc. of things that a non-believer wouldn’t.
3) Why must evangelical tactics be used to convert others? I visited http://www.buddhabook.org and found it to be a bit sickening. Buddhism is one of the most understanding form of spirituality and this Cioccolanti person wrote a book on how to convert a person from that.
All my findings and understanding of Christianity/Catholicism/etc. points to prejudice, discrimination, and narrow-mindedness. I would like to have some clarifications.