Interesting experience tonight. Our Buddhist Exchange Students visited, observed and learned about Hindu Religion at a Hindu Temple & then about Islam at a Muslim Mosque. I asked after which they liked better and they said the Hindu Temple.
In the car on the way home we discussed what we learned tonight that Hindu Religion has over 30,000 gods and Islam has 1 God.
Then I inquired if there were 1 God in Buddhism, but was told Buddhism has a ‘mountain’ of gods because there are so many. I inquired if Buddha was a god and they answered ‘yes’.
Then they asked me how many gods my religion has. I answered them 1 God, 3 Persons: Father, Son & Holy Spirit, but they are not 3 gods, but 1 God. One of our students speaks English better than the other and my answer had to be translated to the other to be understood, after the translation loud bursts of laughter explode out of my backseat along with Japanese…which was translated by a girl laughing so hard she could hardly speak, ‘That is so funny, your religion has 1 God with 3 faces.’ I answered while laughter continued, that not 1 God with 3 faces, but 1 God 3 Persons. While laughter continued, I have to be honest, I recognize how crazy it sounds and I wasn’t about to go further that one of the Persons of our 1 God came down from heaven and was born to a human woman, was crucified, buried and then rose again and now we eat Him in the Eucharist. If I had, I am convinced that this may have caused so much laughing they would stop breathing and passed out. After they were able to control their laughter, they did realizing I’m sure that it’s not polite to laugh about their host-family’s God. They’re just teenagers and had an honest response to something they’ve never heard of before.
A very interesting experience that I thought appropriate to share here. Thoughts anyone?