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Museum on Japan's persecuted Christians opens in Nagasaki

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Sounds interesting. Might be a good place to visit after reading Shusaku Endo's silence and watching the various different film versions. May not be in English though...

Somewhere in here?  http://www1.bbiq.jp/oourahp/

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Christians who had to hide their faith in the Virgin Mary. It is in the shape of a Buddhist statue representing a deity.

The Catholics in particular are not really a monotheistic religion, as they pray to deities and carved idols.

Should be an interesting museum showing that aspect of this major religion besides the other Christian religion offshoots which were against the idolatry.

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The Catholics in particular are not really a monotheistic religion, as they pray to deities and carved idols.

Should be an interesting museum showing that aspect of this major religion besides the other Christian religion offshoots which were against the idolatry.

Yes, the museum should be interesting, Haruka ... but not for the reason you suggest. The persecution of Christians is an important part of Japan's history that should be remembered.

As for the rest of your post:

We don't pray to deities, Haruka -- except to God, of course.

And we don't pray to idols. We may use certain objects as aids in prayer, but that is different from praying to them.

Praying to objects is idolatry - but using objects as aids in prayer is not. It's entirely Biblical. See Exodus chapter 20.

I've been Catholic all my life, Haruka, and I have never once prayed TO an idol or any other object. Since I am Catholic and you are not, I must say that I think I know my religion better than you do.

Educate yourself on the Catholic faith. Don't just parrot the same tired old lines that you've no doubt heard from many anti-Catholic fundamentalist Christians before you.

I've heard the "Catholics worship images" nonsense many, many times before. For those who have grave misconceptions about Catholicism to just repeat it again and again doesn't make it any less false. God bless.

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I think many are confused about Catholicism in regards to praying to God/Jesus alone (most regard god and Jesus as one in some sense, either with trinity or oneness).

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Sorry, should've tagged you, Hakman. ;)

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For historical reasons, Nagasaki was the base for Christianity in Japan. After the atom bomb, it never recovered.

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After the atom bomb, it never recovered.

As of 2002, there are 68,617 Catholics in Nagasaki Prefecture, accounting for 4.52 percent of the population of the prefecture.

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The Catholics in particular are not really a monotheistic religion, as they pray to deities and carved idols.

As HAKMAN says, Catholics don’t pray to idols nor deities. One need not be a Catholic to know that, if one is really interested.

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Wow, great news! I’ve been to Nagasaki one time, now I must get back to visit this place!

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When A bomb was drooped, military gov't decided Americans are serious. The Emperor ignoredGovernment. and declared "Shusen Chokugo'. Until Eeiji Ishin, Nagasaki people were calld Kakure kirishitan in curret. Kyushu and Chugoku area to import Dutch merchandise.

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Colonization by England. Two Japanese found. One died with TB. Another one made War against Tokugawa, won and created Meiji Ishin. He protected Nagasaki.

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...me thinks Jesus met a Taoist Monk somewhere along the line. Catholicism has no more the concept of idol worship than does the praying Buddhist.

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Will check it out the next time I am in Nagaski.

It is not the first museum in Nagasaki-ken that deals with this topic. Many many years ago I went to the Amakusa Christian Museum in Amakusa. Very interesting place.

https://kumanago.jp/en/spots/detail/430000001012.html

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There already are a couple of these museums, but it would be interesting to see what this new museum has to see.   There is the 26 Martyers Museum by Nishizaka Park in Nagasaki.  It is very interesting with an actual document signed by the Pope to Francis Xavier, and many other historical items.  In Amakusa there is one next to the Ariake Michino-eki / Ripple Land that has a lot of Maria Kannon objects.

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If you visit this, I also highly recommend visiting Goto Island with its 27? churches only a 2 hour ferry ride from Sasebo. Plus its just a gorgeous island.

And I recommend watching Scorsese's "Silence" which is beautifully shot.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0490215/?ref_=nm_knf_i3

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It's good to see a memorial to Catholic Christianity in Japan. Christianity and Islam were introduced in western China around 600 AD and spread throughout the Orient. Now unfortunately those and all other religions are underground in China.

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