Friday, July 3, 2009

Blatant Theology

Last night I sat with one of my great friends, Koji, in Tokyo. We had a great dinner of fried food (the best cure for a long plane ride) and had great conversation to go with it.

We eventually got on the subject of God, religion, and spirituality. For me, something amazing occured in this conversation. My friend was talking about Christianity and Buddhism and the Japanese perspective on it. He looked me in the eye and said that he liked the Christianity perspective better. So I asked him, "Why?" His response was so simple and incredible it will resonate with me for a long time.

He said, "The difference is Love." Unbelievable. Totally true.

I think that I complicate the gospel with words. I think that sometimes the need to translate and not finding the words makes things perfect.

I think this is a problem with the Church. It often looses this. It makes it a set of rules or dogma. Its a set of "you musts" or "you can'ts".

I looked at my Japanese brother and said, "you are a true theologian."

1 comment:

BF said...

you mean the church makes the Gospel a set of rules, or Love? i understand your frustration with words, and how they might complicate things sometimes, but i'm not really sure what Love means. (I'm even more confused by statements like "The Gospel IS Love.") maybe a better question is, how is Christianity more loving than Buddhism?