So….anything outside of what the typical Japanese will say and believe is not Japanese; therefore, it is not worth considering. This is the number one wall we face when trying to reach any one person. And that is just the first wall they might have in their minds without truly even thinking about it. While they might not understand all that the think they believe and do (customs), it is Japanese so it is right and ‘who we are’. Therefore, anything outside of that realm is not Japanese.
We pray often for openness of heart to even begin to think that it is OK to listen to the foreigner give his thoughts about what they think is just another religion. This has to be a first step of acceptance–which does not mean they think our way is truth and alright for them, but they must first have made a decision in their minds that they are not betraying their basic Japanese makeup by listening to us and taking part in any study for further truth.