Nonviolence

@Pose123 (21667)
Canada
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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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
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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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 Sep 07
Hi poohgal, Thank you for commenting. Gandhi was wise enough to know that religion doesn't matter. He knew that the basic truths are taught in all. Blessings.
@TravisE (445)
• United States
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.
@urbandekay (18312)
20 May 10
No, only about a minority of Christians. Gandhi was heavily influenced by the Christian writer H.D. Thoreau all the best urban
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
20 May 10
Hi urban, Thanks for your comment.I feel that Gandhi lived the teachings of Christ better than anyone in the twentieth century, Blessings.
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
1 May 10
Well this is really new to me. But what he felt is true, christ jesus has thought the power of tolerance and non violence. So to explain the power of non violence, he liked to be the Christians.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
5 May 10
Hi besthope, Thank you for commenting on this old post. Gandhi liked the teachings of Christ but didn't think that most Christians lived the way that Christ taught. Blessings.
• India
6 Oct 07
non violence is always a good way to proceed but we cant show our second cheek all the time it depends on other person with whom we r dealing
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
5 May 10
I have no idea why I didn't see your comment before but thank you anyway. Gandhi did not appear to think that there were any exceptions to this rule. Blessings.
• India
6 Oct 07
Concept of non violence is a concept of Universalism in ethics.So it is applicable to all religions .If we go for meta ethical thinking ,it is true for all cultures anad religions.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
5 May 10
Hi jyotira, Thank you for commenting and we agree. I have no idea why I didn't see your response before this but we do agree. Blessings.
@sunshinecup (7881)
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.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
24 Sep 07
Hi sunshinecup, Thanks for a wonderful response. Blessings.
@jmbauer (43)
• 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.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
24 Sep 07
An excellent response jm, Thank you. Blessings
@Mirita (2668)
• United States
22 Sep 07
Yes, Christianity is a beautiful religion ,and if each of us follows the teachings of Christ the world will be a better place for everyone. People will judge you not on what you say ,but on what you do.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 Sep 07
Hi Mirita, Thank you for responding. Good comment.
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
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.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 Sep 07
Hi faith210, Thank you for responding. A lot of Christians feel as you do. Blessings.