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Other Religions: Religion in Southeast Asia.

My wife and I just returned from a cruise from Hong Kong to Singapore .  My, my.  What different societies and cultures we visited…..   Aside from all the places and sights to see and visit, I was really taken by the spiritual life of Southeast Asia.

There is a quote in my book by Emily Large:  “We are created to worship God, and if we don’t worship God, we will worship something else.  Understanding this truth, and knowing that we are so needy, has really helped Alex and me in our ministry to people.”   This was never more evident than seeing this first hand in all the places visited: Hong Kong, Macau, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Singapore.  As a matter of interest, there are some 1,300 Temples in Bangkok.

There were throngs of people visiting these Temples and Pagodas each and every day, praying and worshipping.  Yes, lots of visitors, but many more worshippers — complete with incense burning all over the place, all the time.

Ancestor Worship (the worship of grandparents/ancient patriarchs, and/or ancient leaders/protectors) was new to me, complete with their own Temples. Buddhism is the major religion, with Taoism and Hinduism being important.  We’ll discuss Ancestor Worship, as well as these others, at a later time as we move along.

While one young guide was quick to point out that 60% of Vietnamese were not followers of God, or any god or goddesses, that figure has nearly quadrupled in these economic better times since embracing capitalism — the vastly improved quality of life.  They are, of course, worshiping “something else,” the material things of success — even an up surge in Ancestor Worship.  In reality, the same condition exist in any society; however, bring on sickness/disease, war/rebellion, or economic troubled times, and that number quickly reverses.

As an aside, and as I point out in my book, this agnostic type upswing is a product of the example set by the role model leaders of society.  Because money represents power, authority, and success, it is often difficult for wealthy people to realize their need to recognize and honor God.  It’s not that they seriously doubt God’s existence — He is just not relevant in their life, and therefore, no need to return to Him for reconciliation and forgiveness.  The rich in talent, or intelligence, suffer the same difficulty.

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Blog Contents
Christianity
      What is Lent?
      Holy Week
      This is Christmas
Other Religions:
      Religion in Southeast Asia
Hinduism:
      The Concept of God in the Hindu World
Judaism
      Why Jews Don't Believe in Jesus
      Religious Allegiance vs Belief & Faith
      This is Yom Kippur
      This is Rosh Hashanah
Islam, Shiite:
     This is Ashura
     This is Ramadan
Religion:
      Religions are Forms of Superstition
      How America Sees God
      Hearing with Different Ears
Text of Religions:
      This is the Bible, on One Page
      The Da Vinci Code versus the Bible
Houses of Worship:
      Brick and Mortar

Major Religions of the World
 
 
 
 
 

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