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Christian behavior in China....
I was called to attend the funeral of the mother of the boss of one of our supplier who passed away due to a car accident.|
When I arrived at their town I was suprised to see 2 bands (this is quite traditional still in rural China) at the entrance of the home. My friend's niece explained that one band had been hired by the family and the other was from the local church, since the dead woman was a xtian practioner. The thing that suprised me most was that the xtian priest that prayed for the woman didn't allow those who wanted to pay respect to her in the chinese traditional way, to do so. At that moment a short discussion erupted between him and my friend; he finally said......"you let us pay respect to our mother and wife in our way and then we let you follow your beleives, this is fair!" Answer "Your ways are bad and wrong we are here to make sure she will enter heaven and this can never be achieved if other rites are applied!"
Unlickily for me, in this case, and being the only foreigner there, the priest turned to me (this was happening in the house living room with the decesaed "corpo presente") and asked "What do you think?" "I am a bit out of place here and came just for respect with the family, I would not like to interefere" He insisted "Just give your true opinion" "Listen, I said, I am atheist," The priest stood there for a while silent and then said "That's wrong (or you are wrong I didn't hear clear the first word in front of "bu dui") and you shouldn't be here"
I went outside, a while later the family came outside too. We sat in the garden. My friend told me that out of respect to their gone mother they had decided to not argue. I asked if her mother had always been a Xtian, the husband said, "just for the last 2-3 years......she never expressed those feelings before" "Did she read the holly book?" I asked "My wife couldn't read nor write, she never went to school, she just attended church and listened"
I have my own opinion on this but I'd rather not take sides.......Is it right to deny the family the chance to honour in their traditional way the dead?