Saturday, March 12, 2011

Tweeted: prayforjapan

According to Wikipedia: "The highest estimates suggest that 84-96 percent of the Japanese population are Buddhists or Shintoists, including a large number of believers in a syncretism of both religions.  However, these estimates are based on people associated with a temple, rather than the number of people truly following the religion.  Professor Robert Kisala of Nanzan University suggests that only 30 percent of the population identify themselves as belonging to a religion.  Taoism and Confucianism from China have also influenced Japanese beliefs and customs.  Religion in Japan tends to be syncretic in nature. According to the CIA World Factbook, two percent of Japanese are Christian."  So the question is, if fundagelicals "prayforjapan" as suggested on Twitter, does it do any good when the Buddhist/Shintoist 84-96% of the 30% of Japanese who are religious at all believe in a different god?  Buddha is the man over there, and the big guy may get offended if upstaged by some other deity.  Instead of praying to the wrong god, text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to relief efforts; the charge is automatically added to your phone bill.  The big guy thanks you.  And so does the big guy.