"'It's well for you that you didn't dissemble, my son. I don't matter, but God doesn't like false pretences.'" (Gallicenae, p. 151)
This strikes me as sanctimonious:
Gratillonius has just said that he does not worship that God;
he is not Corentinus' spiritual son;
he has very practical reasons to dissemble -
- his faith is outlawed and he has already been tortured on the orders of a Christian Emperor. In these circumstances, it is inappropriate to make moral judgments about any man who did lie about his religion or conceal his beliefs.
"'...I'll not ask that you pray for guidance. You couldn't, if you're as true a worshipper of Mithras as you seem to be.'" (p. 152)
Gratillonius can pray for guidance - to Mithras or to whatever God may be! Some Christians assume the truth of their own belief so that it is impossible to find any common ground for dialogue. A Mormon missionary was confident that, if I prayed to God in the name of His Son, then I would receive the truth. So I did, before meditating. Since I did not discern any overt answer, I interpreted this to mean that I should continue to practice Zen at least for the time being.