ON CHRISTIANITY Janardana Dasa 'Think not that I am come to send peace on earth. I came n

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ON CHRISTIANITY Janardana Dasa "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth. I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man at variance with his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a mans foes shall be they of his own household." Jesus Christ The Bible, Matthew 10:34-36 And such it has been in the Christian world, where divorce is planned before marriage, newborns [sic] aborted (killed) before birth, patricide, matricide, fratricide and suicide. To say that these aren't prevalent is to ignore the world around us, the world dominated by Christian ideals and thought. Devotees of Lord Krishna are not generally willing to "bash" anothers faith. Rather, devotees of Lord Krishna hope that the Christians will someday accept all the commandments of Christ and stop the slaughter of innocents, stop the illicit lifestyles, and learn to truly love the Lord. Christ demands this, although the Christians have another idea. The purpose of this essay is not to bash Christians, although I can see no other way to drive certain points home than to point out the great fallicies of Western idealism and this may seem, and probably is, an attack against present-day Christianity. So be it. If one takes offense at this, then perhaps they fit into the scenario I find fault with. Is there a Christian who can tell me who God is? Jesus Christ prayed to his Father, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He begged his Father, confided in his Father, surrendered to his Father, and took shelter of his Father. "In my Father's Name..." Moses took instruction from this same Father. The Father told Moses "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me!" Adam and Eve were chastised by the same Father. Noah was given direction by this same Father. So who is He? The Christian ideology claims that Christ himself is the Father of Christ. They purport that "In My Father's Name" actually means "In My Name." "Jesus is God!" The Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are, in Biblical theology, attributes of the Godhead. Three separate personalities. No one can get to the Father without first going to the Son. This is a reasonable argument. The Son, as spiritual master, guru, teacher, must first explain who his father is before attempting to introduce us to Him. He must first foster within our hearts a pure love of God in order that we may qualify to approach Him. Christ the Son could not even begin to teach Love of God because he had to first teach humans the very basics of moral and ethical codes. He was vague on questions about heaven, but more precise about questions of hell. His audience was rebellious, hedonistic, corrupt and unworthy of his very presence, let alone his mercy. The Christian teachers today are fond of telling us we have to love God with all our heart and soul. To love anyone with all our heart and soul, or with even our mere minds, we must first find some endearing qualities, some PERSONALITY to love otherwise its simply dry sentiment. We can love Christ sincerely for his qualities, his mercy and his teachings, and by loving the Son, the Father will surely be pleased, yet still He is anonymous. Belieeeve and yeee are sayvedddd! The only way to get into the heavenly kingdon, according to Christian thought, is to ask for Jesus' forgiveness for our past sins. Then WHAM! No more sin, no more karma, no more hell, we are automatically awarded the key to heaven and it doesn't matter what we do for the rest of this life. The Lord's GRACE is such that by his promise, you are saved, you have achieved liberation, God consciousness. This is cheap sentiment. If I grow up stealing all of my Father's money, throwing away His food, depriving Him of my offerings, hurting His friends and associates, I'm doomed. If I ask Him one day for forgiveness, and truly repent, because He is my Father, I am sure to be forgiven. But if after He forgives my offenses I continue on in the same way, slighting Him at every opportunity, without even considering Him, how long do you think this forgiveness and mercy will last? You're still doomed. "Oh Jesus, forgive me for I have sinned" has become a magic-mantra for sinners. Krishnas tu bhagavan svayam. Lord Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Krishna, the Father to Whom Jesys prayed and from Whom Moses received the Ten Commandments, is exactly that, the Supreme PERSONALITY of Godhead. The mistakes Christians make in their non-conception of God is that God has no personality, no feelings, no pastimes. They think that God is simply sitting in some cloud with a clipboard looking down upon the fallen souls and counting, "this one's a sinner, this one's a sinner, this one is SAVED." When a Christian goes to heaven then to be WITH God, I suppose he helps God count, or sharpens His pencils? This entire material universe is created by God because we, His rebellious children, hoped to enjoy independently from Him. We wanted to enjoy like Him, rather than enjoy Him. Christian philosophy, and not necessarily the Bible itself, perpetuates this desire to enjoy and lord over material life independently from God. -------------------- This has been part one in a series "On Christianity" by Janardana Dasa


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