Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Jews: God rested on Saturday;
Christians: Christ rose on Sunday;
Seventh Day Adventists: Christians who revert to Saturday;
Mithraists: Sunday but why?
Muslims: Friday, in order to be different from Jews and Christians (I think);
Sikhs: attend Gurdwara on Sunday in Christian countries.
A slave boy asks:
"'You're not Jesus?...I heard Jesus is the God in the city. I heard He is kind.'" (p. 69)
Gratillomius, a Mithraist, replies:
"'I am not He...but I promise Jesus will always watch over you.'" (ibid.)
What else could he say? My niece suddenly realised an apparent contradiction: her father had gone up to Heaven and down into a grave. How could he do both? I told her that we would find out when it happened to us and she was satisfied with that. (I did not add "if.")
A soldier sneers when he hears that one of his comrades observes Lent but adds:
"'I suppose someone among us may as well get in good with Jesus...'" (p. 75)
He attends Mass sometimes but visits the temple of Nodens when he can.
Thus, a society in which no one god has become dominant yet - and I like it. Buddhism spreads to different countries without disturbing the local gods too much although a Buddhist in Tibet is said to have "tamed" some local gods there.