In SKY BLUE, Eiko and her friend, Satoh kun, have a conversation about religion while eating ramen at a restaurant near their workplace during their lunch break…
[Eiko paused from finishing off her noodles and asked, “Satoh kun, do you believe there is just one God? I mean, have you ever thought about it before? Are you really happy trying to satisfy so many gods to make things work out right in your life?”]
Satoh kun’s quick answer was a “yes” to believing in many gods because that is their cultural norm. Eiko then confessed that she was starting to believe there is just one God. This is her reason why.
[“I heard a coworker talk about her God. She calls Him the One True God, the Creator who made the world and all human beings. My friend, Sayuri, says she communicates with Him and knows Him personally.”
Satoh kun informs Eiko, “Your friend will wake up soon and realize that her god is just like all the others – distant, deaf, and forgetful.”
“It’s not that way with Sayuri’s God,” Eiko insisted, wishing Satoh had a more positive view of religion. It was obvious he wasn’t going to change his mind over lunch, so they got up from the table, paid their bill, and walked back to the office without saying another word.]
[From SKY BLUE, p. 43-44]
As you think about the above account, which character did you identify with most?
Satoh kun – who believes in many gods
Eiko san – who is seeking the One True God
Sayuri san – who shared her faith with her friend/coworker
Two scriptures from God’s Word to think about and have conversations with others about are:
“Lord, there is no god like You and no works like Yours. You are great and You do miracles.” Psalm 86: 8, 10
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6
For His Glory,
“God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him may not be lost, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16