September 22, 2007 10:26am CST
The concept of nonviolence as advocated by Mahatma Gandhi, is really love in action. It is said that Gandhi, at one time, considered becoming a Christian, It is well known that he was greatly impressed by the teachings of Christ, especially that found in the sermon on the mount. Christ too taught nonviolence, as in seen in such sayings as "if someone strikes you on one cheek, let him strike the other as well" and "resist not evil, but overcome evil with good". Gandhi, of course, did not become a Christian, and I often feel that the fact that he has been quoted as saying, "I could be a Christian if it wasn't for Christians" speaks volumes to those of us who claim to follow Christ. Blessings.
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22 Sep 07
Oh dear, I never knew he has considered being a Christian before. I personally think that he is a great man even though he is a non-christian. I admire his teaching on nonviolence and i feel that that's a very Christ-like. I really wonder is he in hell or heaven now. He deserves to go heaven than many of the so-called christians out there (perhaps even me).
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28 Sep 07
A the heart of all spiritual teachings is the basic understanding that our sufferings come from a misidentification of what we are. If that is the case, the second common point of all the great paths flows easily out, which is that the only way out of suffering is to know the truth of what we are. Gandhi often spoke of reducing oneself to a "cypher", an equivalent to a mathematical zero. He spoke of the light of God's truth shining through us all, and that light was only corrupted by what we hold in the way. By reducing ourselves to a no-thing, the light of God shines through bright and pure.
23 Sep 07
I have to confess I know very little about Gandhi other than what was in the movie. I do believe he was a very wise man that did achieve his goals through peace and love. As for his comment, I agree whole heartily with him. I refused to be a Christian for many years, then realized what was stopping me was the idea of being associated with those that call themselves Christians but really don't understand the meaning of the word. It's a hard title to carry because many times when you introduced yourself as a Christian, people tend to brace themselves. So I don't, I let them get to know me then I let them know. I want them to know me from my actions, not my claims. I think this way maybe I can change the way other's view my religion.
• United States
23 Sep 07
Some Christians place too great an emphasis on judging others based on belief methods (or lack thereof), live a life guided by selfish fears of the afterlife and their own merits rather than focusing on love and kindness toward their fellow human being, and using their 'believers' status to shirk responsibilities and duties. Jesus's teachings do not advocate such behavior. Perhaps gandhi's remark was born of this realization and the knowledge that so-called followers of Jesus Christ live in such stark contrast to his mantras. Personally, I am not a Christian, but I find Jesus's ten commandments (with the exception of those that deal specifically with God) a more than adequate model for the living of a happy, morally sound life.
22 Sep 07
Hi Pose123! I agree with you. There are many who claim to be Christians but are in words only and never in action. They are called Christians but do not practice the teachings maybe because, in this materialistic world of ours, we are always caught up being in the grey area of life. I am a Christian but I admit that I am not at all very Christian-like. I am not a violent person but there is somehow a trace of hatred in my heart because of the sufferings and pains I have experienced and from what I have seen and witnessed from other people. I guess, I am just trying to survive this world the best way that I can but trying very hard yet with so much difficulty to be practicing the life of a true Christian. I do know that there are those who claimed to be Christians but they make other people suffer just to get what they want. It is really sad and unfortunate to try to stand against them because they are rich and poweful and you end up being alone and ridiculed most of the time. Well, that is just me talking. Take care and have a nice day.