I was a born and brought-up as a catholic and knew absolutely nothing about India, Hinduism and Hindus. When I was a young Frenchman of 19, I had the privilege to hear about the Mother and Sri Aurobindo, through a friend, whose father was the last Governor of Pondichery. My friend told me that a caravan of 5 cars was about to drive from Paris to Pondichery. On a hunch, I joined this caravan.
Upon arriving in Delhi after driving trough nine countries, I felt I had come home and that this country was a very special place.

I lived in the Pondichery Sri Aurobindo ashram for seven years. These were wonderful times: the Mother was still alive and everything looked new, everything seemed possible. One read Sri Aurobindo, of course, as he was the Master and the inspiration of the place, but one either did not understand or felt disconnected to his political writings.

Then, having done some journalism and photography in France, I started freelancing in South India and I discovered the Hindus. What I chanced upon was that their religion was not in their heads, as it is for us Christians – “I must pray, I must be good, I must not sin” – but that it was rather something they lived: they seemed, for instance, to accept me, a Westerner, a non Hindu, as they seemed to accept all other religions. This discovery would never leave me, even when I became a political journalist in Delhi for major French newspapers.

Thus slowly, I became acquainted with the eternal principles of Hinduism:
• A Hindu is one who searches for the Ultimate Truth.
• Unlike other religions, Hinduism refuses to sanction the monopoly of one God, or one Scripture as the only way to salvation.
• Hinduism is the eternal faith, Sanataana Dharma, or the universal law by which all humans are governed.
• Hindus believe that the soul takes birth in a physical body, dies, gets reborn, until it has attained Perfect Divinity.
• Hindus believe that one can cleanse oneself from karmas through yoga practices, such as pranayama, meditation or asanas.
• One can be a Christian, a Muslim, a Jew, or from any other religion and still practice Hinduism. His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has shown the way: breath has no religion and pranayama can be practiced by anybody, whatever their creed.

In that sense, I consider myself a Hindu

38 responses to “WHY I AM A HINDU

  1. Hello Sir,
    I don’t know much about religion. However I don’t understand that why it is important to believe and to be part of some religion.
    I don’t know but somewhere I am very upset when someone says that I belong to this religion or that religion. I think that religion is very personal thing that one keeps to oneself, it is personal even for those who don’t believe in any religion.

    I dont know how to put it, hope you got what I meant to say…

    Ranjeet Jha

  2. such a deep insight , thanx

  3. Francois I have read some of your irrational rants. You sound like a hippie who came to India and got hooked. Thats okay, but I think you should stop fanning the fire of communalism. Your articles like ‘Awake Hindus’ present a false dilemma to the majority hindu population and you are creating a divide amongst Indians. India needs to promote secular thought backed by reason and science. Its provided for in article 51 of the constitution. You are promoting religion and ill feeling between the already irrational religious population. It appears that you are a mouth piece for right wing hindu fascists. So please stop writing nonsense and leave our country alone.

  4. Very Good Article Sir!!!!

  5. francois i have been quite a regular reader of your articles and blog. However, id like to mention that the quintesssence of hinduism is not that it is a religion in the sense of the word “religion” but rather the soul or very core of hinduism is spirituality which extremely practical for daily living i do appreciate the work guruji is doing being a follower of art of living myself , i have learnt from him that one neednt been born a hindu, christian, muslim, sikh, atheist to be spiritual and imbibe good values from various organised religions infact seeing the principles of the foundation it has aspects of all religions imbibed in it inspite of its originality…overall i liked your article..jgd 🙂

  6. If at all anyone has to leave Bharat i.e India it should be the cassocked goons. They get afraid when someone has the guts to show the extent these goons to deceive people with their lies, utter lies and their red-lined book of fables. Please spare us you cassocked goons

  7. Dear Gautierji,
    Namaste, living in America I see the vast ignorance of hindus that reflects right here in the comments section. I also see why hindu lands were invaded and conquered by outsiders for almost 800 years and how these hindus were subjugated and successfully converted out of their faith. They dont read scriptures, they have ‘understood’ their religion after a muslim or a christian bigot’s ‘ASSESSMENT’ of hinduism. None of these naysayers ever took trouble to read Gita and vedopanishads. Please dont get disheartened or distracted by the men living in andhakara (ignorance), they were there all along in hindu history and bound to be there as long as the hindu religion is alive and kicking.

    YOU ARE A TRUE HINDU SIR, Please find some solace with a breath of fresh air that comes from ‘western hindus’ (google it). These westerners are not going to let down the only faith that is applicable to all and serve as a bonding and unifying force to people across the planet and beyond. Great men like you and other western intellectuals are the real hope to keep the sanatana dharma alive.
    Thank you for your contribution to hinduism and India.
    – Surya, USA.

  8. Dr Satish K Kapoor

    To be truly human is to be truly divine.Francois Gautier is a true hindu because he is a true human being. It does not matter whether one gets a Nobel Prize or not.The sages Ved Vyasa and Valmiki or Goswami Tulsidas who produced immortal literature were not Nobel Laureates. Why to judge any one by the awards one gets? Gautier would never get a Nobel because he is Noble and truthful about what he writes about Hinduism and about India.

  9. I think the problem with majority of Hindus is that they are unaware of the core philosophical concepts of their religion, whatever knowledge they have is of some Puranic stories and some rituals, however the real gem of Hinduism is its philosophies. The secularists… well most of them in my opinion are not really anti-Hindu but they see Hinduism as somewhat backward and primitive. This this specially true of Indian elites educated in Christian convents, the class that most English language editors in India fall into. The insistence of some of their middle class readers in being “Indian first” stems from the same mentality, “India” has a better brand value than “Hindu.


  11. Sandeep Mahendra

    Im so impressed by what you write…I often make people read what your thoughts on Hindus are…May be some day few sold out Indian jernos read what you write.Great job ,Sir.

  12. I have met François on several occasions in the Art of Living events and read his articles and blog posts. He strikes me as being a very sincere, truthful person and one possessing very high integrity. When he says Awake Hindus, it is a call to action to preserve the culture of Bharat which is the reason for its diversity and accepting nature. Berate and put down Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma all you like, but understand the reason for your being able to do so is the accepting nature of Hindus in this country. India is the greatest country in the world in terms of diversity, acceptance and real religious freedom.

  13. Hinduism A simply Great Religion
    Besides its basic qualities such as open-mindedness, compassion and tolerance; it would be the greatest religion on the basis of its profound mysticism alone. No other faith boasts such a deep and enduring comprehension of the mysteries of existence, or possesses so vast a metaphysical system. The storehouse of religious revelations in Hinduism cannot be reckoned. No one knows of its equal anywhere. It contains the entire system of yoga, meditation, contemplation and Self Realization. Nowhere else is there such insightful revelation of the inner bodies of man, the subtle pranas and the chakras, or psychic centers within the nerve system. Inner states of superconsciousness are explored and mapped fully in Hinduism, from the clear white light to the sights and sounds which flood the awakened inner consciousness of man. In the West it is the mystically awakened soul who is drawn to Hinduism for understanding of inner states of consciousness, discovering after ardent seeking that Hinduism possesses answers which do not exist elsewhere and is capable of guiding awareness into ever-deepening mind strata.

  14. siddharthkaushalharth

    are you kidding me ??

    this is a good example of poor quality parachute journalism.. Monsieur Gautier.. kindly acquaint yourself with the ill treatment of women, aboriginals and low-castes in india.

    i think this hippie rant wont contribute to productive debate at all.

  15. thi is to sidhath,
    you are one more eg.how selective journalism can spoil the focus,in sanathan dharm,the basic fundamentals never speek about the problems you highlighted,its the interpretations and the practice over 1000 of yers made the change,you can yourself evaluate the treatment meted out to women in muslims,the division among themslves,these are not what religion teaches,its what people extracts out of it.
    you with out going in to the merits and de merits,attacking him peronally shows the quality of yours,which certaintly not attributes to any true religion.
    my friend,hindiusm is a way of living.which cares for everyone,the earth,the water all,not like christianity and islam,which speak about themself as the true for of religion,they are in fact bought the instability in the whole world,with out accepting others beliefs.

  16. Referring to Gautier as a hippie sounds pretty racist. You would not derogatorily refer to him as hippie if he was Indian. So much for your tolerance and acceptance of difference that you claim to espouse. You are not interested in discussion or debate, but to make your view the only view that you want others to believe in.

    In America the Founding Fathers understood the importance and value of religion while limiting government exercise of religion: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” America is deeply religious, and is also a place of different religions. Secularism is not the absence of religion, nor is it atheism. In a real secular society religion is respected and allowed to thrive along with agnosticism and atheism. This is where the far left gets it wrong and it is not liberalism as much as communism/socialism that falsely equates secularism with anti-religion and with atheism. The left need to separate liberalism from communism/socialism. They are not the same.

  17. I am surprised the way some people have made a statement saying Christianity and islam have lead to a destabilized world. It is racist. I respect all religions and am a catholic. I agree we humans are not perfect. To generalize a group and spread hatred is racist. you can say some christians do this and that or some hindus do this and that. Do you know all christians? Do you know they are human beings like you? Well hinduism is a great religion and I respect you do not follow a religion cause it is old or new . It should speak to your spiritual self and you cannot hate.
    Christ speaks of love and compassion in his own words let you who is without sin through the first stone. It is not christians or muslims or hindus who are evil it is the human being who is. No religion asks to kill its how you interpret it. That said I do agree though I am not political Mr Francisis you are threading a political path based on money paid to you by RSS and VHP and other hindu orgs.
    BTW I voted for BJP when in India and love some of its leaders.if Mr Francisis could not be a good christian he may not be a good hindu as he sold his soul. I do agree no forced conversion should occur and some people who do it should stop. Let us not destroy churches that belong to inoncent christians cause we want revenge where is the compassion.what have they done to you Please read bible quran torah or gita of opposing faith before criticizing. Love each other my brothers I have cousins from inter religious marriage they are happy. You will now the truth whether Ram rahim or jesus lives only when you die there is no proof of god we all could be wrong.
    On that note spread love as christ and buddha did and compassion. Lets make a better world lets be rational and stop stereotyping why is belief so important in loving another human. I am sadened by people ( my fellow Indian bothers who do not understand hinduism and make such statements ) .
    Spirituality is not to master your mind only it is to make you a better person looking at fascist statements I have no doubt that people above making broad statements on hinduism and fascist ones would make horrible christians too. As the evil is in their soul filled with hatred and revenge and venom. In Gandhi’s words” If all christians followed the teachings of christ the whole world would be christian” I do not like all congress leaders but the BJP is political too its hindu wing the Shiv sena was attacking fellow north and south indians. That is how hate works. The truth is the RSS, VHP and wings are scared to lose vote bank of brain washed hindus.
    It wants diversion politics though some leaders are moderate. Fascism is fascism whether spread by hitler , al qaeda or VHP/RSS/Sangh parivar all for political again. If you are hindu stand up for whats right not cause it was said by hindu.
    Satya Meva Jayathe
    Jai Hind

  18. Neither Christianity nor Islam is a race. They are religions and are fair game.To criticize a religion is not racism as they are not people and are not a race. It is healthy to debate religions. In a democracy where free speech is valued, all topics should be debated and criticized including religion. It can be done honestly and civilly. Love and compassion does not mean the shunning of criticism and debate of religions. They need not at all be mutually exclusive. I so much rather have an honest discussion on religion than some fake stifling PC niceness.

    As for Gandhi he told those Christian missionaries, “I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” “When asked why he did not embrace Christianity, Gandhi said it offered nothing he could not get from his own religion, observing, “…to be a good Hindu also meant that I would be a good Christian. There is no need for me to join your creed to be a believer in the beauty of the teachings of Jesus or try to follow His example.” “

  19. I will tell you Hindus in India, Christians in the US are taught that Hinduism is demonic by their priests, that you worship demons – yes demons -, that Satan is ruling India and much of Asia. Go google some US evangelical sites bent on converting Indians to Christianity. Christians do NOT believe that all religions are the same. They believe that only they have the truth and all else is run by Satan. So if you want to speak up against fascism and bigotry, there is plenty coming from Christian evangelicals. Their idea of love and compassion is to save you from your hell bound Hindu demon worshiping ways and get you to believe in Christ as your one and only savior.

  20. Here is a current instance of a US Christian referring to an aspect of Hinduism as demonic, but he gives a good explanation of why he calls it demonic:
    “…A little over a year ago, I said yoga was demonic. My stance hasn’t changed since then, but I thought I’d take this opportunity to provide a much fuller and comprehensive teaching on what yoga is and why it is in fact demonic. By demonic I mean it’s a spiritual act to a being other than the God of the Bible. And, for those unfamiliar with me, I’m no raging Christian fundamentalist. My most vocal critics tend to be from the fundamentalist tribe as I do drink alcohol, have been known to use strong language, and talk very frankly about the joys of married sex. I’m no prude, but I am a pastor….” http://pastormark.tv/2011/11/02/christian-yoga-its-a-stretch

    So Hindus Christians consider Hinduism to be demonic because it is NOT Christian, not so much because it is Hindu. Get the difference? All religions outside of Christianity is demonic because it is not of the God of the Bible. Even within Christianity the other Christian denominations are also demonic and false – the Catholic Pope has been called the Anti-Christ (Satan). Plus remember Europe though now Christian for centuries used to not be Christian at all. European religions too were called demonic and were persecuted to non-existence. Churches built on top of temples of European religions. The spread of Christianity in Europe was the destruction of European religions and temples. Christianity is NOT from Europe. Jesus is NOT a white European. Christianity is from Asia, specifically the Middle East, Jesus was an Asian, specifically a Middle Eastern Jew. European religions once thrived but now nearly all are extinct. The remnants of European religions can be seen in the practices of Christianity (Christmas – Jesus was not born on December 25 – , Easter; look it up all symbols are from pre-Christian European religions). And some European religious stories you can still study in school as Greek and Roman mythologies. (Christians call other religions’ religious stories mythologies because they consider them to be fairy tales and fake unlike the Christian faith of course). European women used to still carry on many aspects of their European goddess religions, but ended up being burned at the stake in the millions by Christians because they were still practicing some non-Christian spirituality which they considered demonic.

    Hinduism in India still exists, European religions not so much. Hinduism is facing the same onslaught from Christians as Europeans of old following European religions once did. Remember that.

    Islam is the same. There used to be Arab religions all over the Middle East. Mecca once was the center for many Arab religions. The Kaaba the center for many Arab and other religions to come and rotate around seven times. Islam picks up from Christianity and has the same monotheistic proselytizing intolerance. Islam is NOT a separate religion – it considers itself the heir of Judaism/Chistianity. Jew are people still waiting for the Jewish messiah, Christians are Jews who believe that Jesus was the messiah and later it broadened to convert non-Jews to Christianity, Islam is an non-Jewish Arab man putting himself as the prophet after Jesus, fashioning himself the last in line of all the Jewish leaders of what we now know as Judaism and Christianity. Islam as the offshoot of Christianity has the same global conquest goal as Christianity which is an offshoot of Judaism. You could say that Islam is another offshoot of Judaism. They are not really three different religions – they are three religions competing to be the best most accurate upto date version of Middle Eastern Judaism. Did the Jewish messiah come or not? Think no, then you are Jewish. Think Yes and it is Jesus then your are either Christian or Muslim. Think no one came after Jesus, then you are Christian. Think a non-Jewish Arab pagan who never studied either Judaism or Christian scriptures and who belonged to a completely different Arab religion initially is the last prophet for the Jews/Abrahamic faiths, then you are Muslim. Here is the irony of Islam – thanks to the non-Jewish Arab pagan Mohammed promoting himself as the last prophet of the Jews, Mohammed’s people’s own Arab religions are no more and were all destroyed by his Islam. Arabs through Islam know more about Jewish scriptures than their own Ancestral Arab religion that Islam wiped out. Arab religions have been more thoroughly wiped out by Islam than European religions have been by Christianity. Read VS Naipaul’s Among the Believers to understand the impact of Islam on non-Arab peoples, and then remember it happened to pre-Islamic Arabs first and hardest.

    Hinduism in India still exists. Arab religions not so much.

    PC bs would say it is impolite to discuss such things, but shoving things underground does nothing to make the world a better place.

  21. Francois has excellent articles and I was very impressed with so well researched and written information on hinduism. It is very important for our younger generation to read these articles. Hindu individual could not have explained any better. Will follow his writing.

  22. Great Article sir. It is also evident that Hinduism is the most tolerant religion.. Unfortunately, few are taking this tolerance as advantage.

    The idiot with moronic comment “Ranjit Jha” seems to be non hindu in disguise.

  23. Sheila Parmar

    Hinduism is way of life and not a religion. I am a Hindu and practice my life according to my Guru and beloved father Suryakant Pandya

  24. Greetings from the Emerald Isle!
    A son of Patrick, a disciple of Jesus Christ & a child of God.
    It Is Finished
    As I consider the state of the Church at the beginning of the twenty-first century, I observe a people who have swapped their faith for a bumper sticker and a church that has been caught up with the wrappings of religion. Many in the Church have grown tired of that old-time religion, and they have become enamoured with the affluence of get-holy-quick, pop-Christian programs. They have joined arms with the razzlers and the dazzlers of the world’s marketplace, and they have set out on a journey down a yellow-brick road that will lead only to the great and powerful Judge whom they do not recognize, for without even realizing it they have abandoned their first love. For all practical purposes, the person and work of Jesus Christ have become commonplace, and the finished work of Christ’s atonement is largely taken for granted.
    Nevertheless, the atoning death of the Lord of glory is never to be regarded merely as a pleasant fact of history. Redemption has been accomplished. God promised that the Seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent, and He promised that the Christ would be a Stone of stumbling and a Rock of offence. When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order to redeem those under the Law for the express purpose that we, His people, might be adopted as sons of God. God’s Word is filled with the story of God’s enduring love for His people. From Genesis to Revelation, God reveals the progress of the salvation of His people culminating in the death of death in the death of the Saviour who cried out “It is finished.”
    Although no one would ever admit it, many have attempted to displace the redemptive work of Jesus Christ — wrapping the entire doctrine of redemption in ornate packaging with colourful bows and ribbons in order to make Jesus look as attractive as possible so that He would not be an offence to anyone contemplating the option of religion. However, it does not matter if we dress up Jesus in the most colourful robes of our culture, and it does not matter how we decorate the cross of Christ; it will always be an offence to the unbelieving world. We cannot disguise the cross of Christ, nor can we hide its radiance. For it was upon the cross the Prince of glory died so that we might live, move, and have our being, before His face and for His glory alone.

    Counterfeit Gospels

    The Gospel is not “You must be born again.”
    The Gospel is not “You must be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
    The Gospel is not “You must be baptized in the Holy Spirit.”
    The Gospel is not “You must speak in tongues.”
    The Gospel is not “You can perform miracles.”
    The Gospel is not “Let Jesus into your heart.”
    The Gospel is not “You must have a personal relationship (or experience or encounter) with Christ.”
    The Gospel is not “Repent.”
    The Gospel is not “Expect a miracle.”
    The Gospel is not “Put Jesus on the throne of your life.”
    The Gospel is not “Jesus set an example for us so that we may follow him to Heaven.”
    The Gospel is not “Trust Jesus.”
    The Gospel is not “Let go and let God.”
    The Gospel is not “Draw nigh unto God.”
    The Gospel is not “Christ died for all men and desires the salvation of all.”
    The Gospel is not “Decide for Christ.”
    The Gospel is not “Christians should take dominion over the Earth.”
    The Gospel is not “Make Jesus Lord of your life.”
    The Gospel is not “Jesus is coming again.”

    The Gospel is Good News.

    But the Gospel is Good News of a particular sort. It is not good news about what Christians will enjoy in Heaven. It is not good news about what God can do in changing your life. It is not good news about the success, prosperity, health, money, and powerful
    living that God wants you to enjoy. Many people confuse the Gospel with stories about what God has done or can do in their lives.
    One looks in vain through their books and newsletters for a presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What one finds instead are numerous accounts of miracles, speaking in tongues, and other amazing and exciting religious experiences. None of these things is the Gospel.
    They make the same mistake that seventy disciples did, as Luke reports in chapter 10.

    Let me repeat the story:

    After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before his face into every city and place where he himself was about to go….
    Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject
    to us in your name.”
    And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from Heaven. Behold, I give you
    authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in Heaven.

    Unlike many religious people who falsely claim they can perform divine miracles, here were seventy men who could truly perform divine miracles. God was doing wonderful things in their lives. They had dominion even over demons. But Jesus tells them explicitly, “Do not rejoice in this.” Christ gave them a direct and explicit command not to rejoice in their own experiences—experiences that some people today would promote as “power evangelism” and “power healing.” The disciples were focusing on their own experiences rather than what God had done from all eternity and what Christ was going to accomplish on the cross. They were rejoicing in their subjective experiences. But Christ told them to rejoice in something that they had never experienced, something that God had done wholly outside of them, even before they were born. He told them to rejoice in the doctrine of election—that their names are written in Heaven. That election is permanent:

    Their names are written. But many, if not all, of those who are promoting healing and miracles today actually deny the doctrine of election. They believe that man is free of God’s control. Therefore, they have nothing to rejoice in but their own experiences.

    Most of what are called “Evangelical” books, essays, television programs, and sermons consist of little more than stories about the wonderful things God is doing in this movie star’s life, or that football player’s life, or what he can do in your life. They do not contain even the least suggestion of the Gospel. It is impossible to over-emphasize this point. Virtually all of what is preached from the pulpits and television studios, in conservative as well as in liberal churches, is not the Gospel. It is a clever counterfeit, and millions of churchgoers and television viewers are being cheated.

    The Gospel of Jesus Christ

    In contrast to their subjective religious experience, the apostle Paul tells us what the Gospel is in 1 Corinthians 15:

    Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the Gospel which I preached to you, which
    also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold
    fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
    For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for
    our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again
    the third day according to the Scriptures.

    That is the Gospel, and that Gospel is preached in very few so-called Christian churches today:

    Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, he was buried, and he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.

    Because of contemporary religious confusion, there are several aspects of Paul’s Gospel that demand elucidation.

    First, the Gospel concerns history, not legend or myth. It is not, as Peter says, “cunningly devised fables.” When Paul mentions Jesus Christ, he means an actual historical character like George Washington or Julius Caesar. He is not speaking of an experiential “Christ” whom we imagine. There are many different “Christs” and “Gods” being talked about today. The words Jesus, Christ, and God have become almost meaningless in the 21st century, as we have seen, and unless one says exactly which “Christ” he means, no one, including himself, can know. Paul does that. His Christ is an historical figure, not a voice, nor a vision, nor a dream.

    Second, the Gospel concerns the past, neither the present nor the future. It is history. The Gospel does not describe any present or future action that God or man might take. The Gospel is news about actions God in Christ took almost 2,000 years ago to save his people, actions that are wholly outside of our experience. Just as all men are condemned by Adam’s sin, which was wholly outside of us, so are all of God’s chosen people saved by Christ’s obedience unto death, which is wholly outside of their experience. Just as the Gospel is history, not legend; and just as the Gospel concerns the past, not the present nor the future; so the Gospel is about something that God did, not something that we must do or can do. Christ is both the author and the finisher of our salvation. We do not complete what he began; Christ said, “It is finished.”

    Third, the Gospel concerns what Christ did for his people:

    Christ died for our sins, not for the sins of everyone in the world, but for the sins of his people only. He did not die for the sins of Judas, for example, for Judas went to Hell. If Christ had died for Judas’s sins, why was Judas sent to Hell? Was it for his unbelief, his failure to “let Jesus into his heart”? But unbelief and failure to “accept” Christ admittedly are sins, and Christ, according to this false but popular gospel, died for all of Judas’s sins.

    So the question remains unanswered:

    If Christ died for all men, why are some men punished in Hell?

    The Scriptures teach that Christ did not die for all men. He came to Earth to save some men, whom the Bible calls “his people,” “the sheep,” “friends,” and “the church,” among other names, and he actually earned salvation for them. He did not come merely to offer salvation to all men and hope that some men would accept his offer. He came to save his people, and he did so.

    The Gospel is an objective and historical message.

    It does not concern our experiences at all. It does not concern our works, but God’s works. It does not concern our alleged miracles, but Christ’s death and Resurrection. Regeneration—sometimes called the new birth—sanctification, faith, and the Second
    Coming—are all consequences of what Christ accomplished 2,000 years ago in Judea. They must not be confused with the Gospel, for effects should not be confused with causes.

    The Whole Counsel of God

    But there is more in Paul’s account of the Gospel than might appear in a superficial reading. What we have discovered so far is totally different from what passes for the Gospel in this decadent age. But there is a great deal more. Paul uses the phrase
    “according to the Scriptures” twice in this concise account of the Gospel. His whole summary of the Gospel takes only twenty-seven words in the New King James translation (and fewer in the Greek), and eight of those words are “according to the
    Scriptures … according to the Scriptures.”

    The phrase is obviously very important. Why does Paul repeat it? What does it mean?

    The Gospel, according to Paul, is embedded in some thing much larger:

    It is embedded in all the Scriptures. Not only are the Scriptures the only reliable source of information we have about the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, but the Scriptures alone explain those events. The Gospel is not merely that Christ died; so did Paul. The Gospel is not merely that he was buried; so was Abraham.

    The Gospel is not merely that Christ rose again, so did Lazarus. The Gospel is that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. And that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. The Gospel is in accord with and explained by the Scriptures.

    When Christ explained his resurrection to the disciples, he did so by explaining the Scriptures:

    And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the
    Scriptures the things concerning himself….
    Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him: and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us? … And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

    By emphasizing the phrase “according to the Scriptures,” Paul is emphasizing the fact that the Gospel is part of a system of truth given to us in the Bible. All of the parts of this system fit together. All the statements in the Bible are logically consistent with one another. To give but one example of this, Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection fulfilled specific prophecies given centuries earlier. The exact town where he would be born was predicted hundreds of years before his birth; the fact that his birth would be unusual, for his mother would be a virgin, was predicted centuries before his birth; his death among the wicked and his burial among the rich were predicted; and Christ himself predicted his resurrection. The specific propositions that Paul calls the Gospel in 1 Corinthians 15 do not stand alone. They imply and are implied by many others.

    The choosing by God the Father of those that should be saved, the suffering of the punishment due them for their sins by Jesus Christ at Calvary, and the gift of faith to the elect people by God the Holy Spirit are all part of the system of truth taught in the Bible. They are the three great aspects of redemption: election, atonement, and faith. And the
    Gospel, the doctrine of the atonement, is the central theme. It is impossible to defend the Gospel, or even to preach the Gospel, without defending and explaining the system of truth of which it is a part.

    Paul’s emphatic phrases in 1 Corinthians 15 indicate that those who wish to separate the Gospel from the system of truth found in the Bible cannot do so. The Gospel, while a distinct part of the Biblical system, is nevertheless a part of the system.

    This system is fully expressed in the Scriptures. The propositions that Paul calls the Gospel are some of the propositions of Scripture. Because the Gospel is part of the Scriptural system of truth, it is impossible to defend the Gospel without defending the whole system. An exclusive emphasis on the “fundamentals” of the faith, rather than the “whole counsel of God,” which is the phrase the Bible uses, is futile. Six or eight unconnected truths, even if they be major doctrines of Christianity, are not the whole of Christianity, and cannot be defended effectively.

    Fundamentalism poses no serious threat to secular philosophies because it is logically unsystematic and disjointed, a mere shadow of the robust Christianity we find in the Bible.

    Paul emphasized the Scriptures, but this emphasis upon the writings is not unique to Paul. When explaining and defending Christianity, Christ always appealed to Scripture and never to his own experience. During his temptation in the wilderness, Christ quoted Scripture in reply to each of the Devil’s temptations:

    “It is written,” “It is written,” “It is written.”

    What makes this appeal more significant is the context in which it occurred.
    Christ had just been baptized in the River Jordan by John the Baptist. He had heard a voice from Heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son in Whom I am well-pleased.” The Holy Spirit had descended on him in the form of a dove. Talk about religious experiences! No one else, before or since, has ever had such an astonishing experience. Yet Christ did not tell the Devil what had happened to him, the voice from Heaven and the giving of the Holy Spirit. Why not? Why did Christ ignore all this and quote what many today call the dead letter of the Bible? Why does Christ answer the Devil by quoting Scripture rather than recounting his recent and unique spiritual experiences? Because, the Scriptures are the objective written word of God.

    The Bible, not our experience, is authoritative. If Christ did not appeal to his experience, and it was a far greater experience than any mere man could ever hope to have, there is absolutely no justification for our appealing to our miserable and possibly deceptive experiences.

    It was, in fact, the Devil who wanted Christ to appeal to his personal experiences:

    He wanted Christ to perform a miracle; Christ refused.

    He wanted Christ to take a leap of faith off the pinnacle of the temple, presuming God the Father would perform a miracle; Christ refused.

    He wanted Christ to worship him, avoid the hellish suffering of the cross, and thereby gain dominion over all the kingdoms of the world; again Christ refused.

    The Devil used the same appeal to experience in the Garden when he tempted Eve:

    He promised Eve that she would become godlike when she ate the forbidden fruit. And Eve “saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise.” Relying upon her experience, and seeking a still more wonderful experience, Eve abandoned the Word of God. The secret of Christ’s intransigent resistance to diabolical temptation was precisely the fact that he did not prefer his own experiences to the Word of God.

    The apostle Peter also emphasizes the written Word of God. He climaxes his account of the testimony concerning the truth of the Christian faith by mentioning Scripture. In his second letter, Peter says,

    For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to him from the Excellent Glory:
    “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well-pleased.” And we heard this voice which came from Heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.
    We also have the prophetic word made more sure, which you do well to heed as a
    light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in
    your hearts.

    A few verses earlier Peter had written that God’s “divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us.”
    Please notice the phrase “all things.”

    Later in the same chapter Peter again says that Scripture is the only way we have of getting this knowledge:
    Scripture, the prophetic word made more sure, is the light that shines in a dark place—not a brightly lit place, nor even a dimly lit place, but a dark place. There is no other source for this knowledge, including knowledge of the Gospel, than the Scriptures. The Bible claims to have a monopoly on truth.

    The Evangelical Pentecostal/Charismatic crowd, like all other cults and false religions, deny that monopoly. They denigrate the Bible and base their religion on their personal experiences.

    The Gospel is the Good News of what Christ did for his people 2,000 years ago. It is not about the new birth, nor the Second Coming, nor the activities of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. The Gospel is propositions about historical events that happened wholly outside of us. It has consequences and implications for us today, to be sure, but these consequences are effects of the Gospel, and must not be confused with the Gospel itself.

    The fatal error of the Dark Ages was to confuse God’s work for us with God’s work in us, and so pervert the Gospel. The same error is widespread among so-called Evangelicals today who do not distinguish between what Christ has done for us and what the Holy Spirit can do in us. We are rapidly re-entering the Dark Ages because the light and clarity of the Gospel has been lost.

    What is it to Preach the Gospel?

    “For though I preach the Gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the Gospel!”

    1 Corinthians 9:16

    What is it to preach the Gospel? Is everybody preaching the Gospel? No!
    Is everybody who claims to preach the Gospel preaching the Gospel? No!
    What is it to preach the Gospel? To Preach the Gospel is:

    To Tell The Truth About God

    First, to preach the Gospel is to preach the truth about God.

    1. We preach the God of eternal existence. The Scripture says, “in the beginning God.” When Moses came to the burning bush, God said, “Go down and deliver my people out of Egypt.” Moses said, “whom shall I say hath sent me?” and God replied, “I AM.” Not, I was; not I shall be, but I AM, the eternal I AM, the everlasting I Am. I Am that I Am!
    2. . We preach the God of creation. “All things were made by him and without him was not anything made that was made.” In him we move, we live and we have our being. God created all things.
    3. . We preach the God of sovereign mercy. The Scripture says “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” The Bible says, “I will have mercy upon whom I will have mercy; I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious.” We preach the God of mercy, yes, but sovereign mercy, the God of grace, yes, but sovereign grace. God will be gracious to whom he will be gracious. He owes no man anything; if he bestows grace, his mercy, it is sovereignly bestowed. He is an immutable sovereign, and unchanging sovereign.
    4. . We preach the God of righteousness. Our Lord said, “I will in no wise clear the guilty. The soul that sinneth it shall die. Sin when it is finished bringeth forth death.” God Almighty is a righteous God. He is a holy God, therefore, Christ Jesus came into the world that God might be just and justify the ungodly. We preach a God that cannot show his love at the expense of his holiness. We preach a God that cannot show mercy at the expense of his truth and only at Calvary can mercy and truth meet together, and righteousness and peace kiss one another. The God we preach is the God of righteousness.
    5. . He’s the God of unchanging grace. “I am the Lord,” he said, “I do not change; therefore, you sons of Jacob are not consumed “Why is there no fear of God before the eyes of this generation? They’ve heard preached a false god; they’ve heard preached a weak god; they’ve heard preached a failing god; they’ve heard preached a disappointed god; they’ve heard preached a god whose hands are tied; they’ve heard preached a god who says I have no eyes but your eyes; I have no feet but your feet; I have no hands but your hands. That’s a lie! The God of the Bible is totally and completely independent of his creatures as far as his strength, his wisdom, his power, his beauty and his glory are concerned. We do not add to his glory! We receive and share in his glory. The God we preach is the God of eternal existence, the God of creation, the God of sovereign mercy, the God of righteousness, and the God of unchanging grace. He is the God upon whom we depend; the God to whom we look; and the God without whom we can’t exist! All things that we have we receive of him. We return nothing but that which he gives us. What is it to preach the Gospel? It is to preach the truth about God.

    To Tell The Truth About Man

    Secondly, what is it to preach the Gospel? It’s to preach the truth about man. Men do not want to hear the truth about God; and they do not want to hear the truth about themselves. But Gospel preachers preach the truth, not only about God, but the truth about the sinner, and they leave that sinner empty, broken and destroyed with all his foundations of flesh swept from under him, and all his self-righteous rags stripped from off him, leaving him naked and unclothed before the searchlight of God’s holiness. What does the Bible say about man? It says in Romans 3:10, “there is none righteous, no not one, there is none that understandeth; there is none that seek after God.” What are men seeking? Seeking their own pleasure; seeking their own comfort; seeking their own glory; seeking their own wills; seeking their own satisfaction, everybody seeks his own, they do not seek God. “They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable, for there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Christ said, “you have not the love of God in you.” Somebody says, “Well, I love people.” No you don’t. You just consider whom you love. You love yourself. You try and think this minute “is there anybody in this world you really love? Well, you say, “I love my wife,” that’s yourself. That’s your wife. Well, “I love my mother and father.” That’s still loving yourself! You love them because they are your mother and father. Well, “I love my son or daughter.” Your son and daughter! Do you love anybody else’s son or daughter? “I love my brothers and sisters” That’s yourself. Well, “I love my Saviour; my own personal Saviour.” That’s loving yourself. If He weren’t your Saviour, you would not love Him. Everything you love is connected with your own sinful, selfish self. Your whole world revolves around yourself, your own pleasures, your own delights, your own passions, your own seeking.

    “There is none good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre, with their tongues they have used deceit the poison of snakes is under their lips; their mouths are full of cursing, bitterness, murmuring, complaining, fault-finding, gossip, back-biting, their feet are swift to shed blood, destruction and misery are in their ways, the way of peace, they know nothing about it.”

    There’s no genuine, honest, sincere fear of God before their eyes, they don’t fear God; they do not tremble at the presence of God; they don’t fall at His feet as dead men, even religious worshippers today don’t fear God. If they feared God, they would be silent in the presence of God; they would choose their words carefully; their worship would be marked, not by shouting, but by awesome reverence and fear. Job said:

    “When I saw the Lord, I said I have spoken once, yea, twice, but I’ll never speak again.”

    John said:

    “When I saw the Lord, I fell at his feet as a dead man. My eyes have seen the Lord.”

    Isaiah said:

    “When I saw the Lord, I cried, woe is me, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell among a people of unclean lips. When I saw the Lord I saw my guilt.”

    The average person goes to church and he comes away feeling good. If the preacher had preached the truth about man, they would have come away from that place crying:

    “O, God, be merciful to me a sinner!”

    To Tell The Truth About Christ

    Thirdly: What is it to preach the Gospel? It is to tell the truth about God and man, and it is to tell the truth about Jesus Christ. My friends, Jesus of Nazareth is not a weak, frustrated reformer; Jesus Christ of Nazareth is very God of very God. He is the Messiah. He did not die as a martyr; he did not die as an example, he came down here and died on the cross as the victorious, conquering, successful Redeemer of his people. He died as the covenant Redeemer. He died for the covenant people; he died to accomplish a task given him by the Father before the world’s creation. When he completed his suffering on Calvary, he said, “It is finished.” He cannot fail! Christ is not a frustrated Redeemer; he is not a disappointed Saviour; he is not a defeated Saviour; he is not a poor, weak, reformer up there in heaven, crying his eyes out because people won’t let him have his way. He is the conquering, victorious Messiah who is seated at the right hand of the Father, waiting until his enemies become his footstool! He is the Lord of the living and the dead. A preacher said to a congregation one time, “won’t you make Jesus your Lord?” I emphatically declare that you cannot make Jesus Christ your Lord! The Father has already beaten you to it! He is your Lord! He is your Lord if you are saved; he is your Lord if you are damned! He is your Lord if you are on the right hand with his sheep; he is your Lord if you are on the left hand with the goats! He is your Lord! Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess in heaven, earth and hell that he is Lord. You don’t make him Lord, you recognize him as Lord. God made him Lord. The Father has delivered all things to the Son; the Scripture says he is the Lord. He purchased that right through his death on Calvary. Jesus Christ is not a fire escape from hell, he is the Lord; he is not a doormat named Jesus, he is Lord. If any man shall confess with his mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in his heart that God has raised him from the dead, he shall be saved. His life is a perfect righteousness; his death a perfect sacrifice. We’d better start telling the truth about this man called Jesus. To preach the Gospel is to tell the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ.

    To Tell The Truth About Salvation

    Fourthly: I am come to preach the Gospel and tell the truth about God, about men, about Christ and to tell the truth about salvation. Now let me tell you something about this thing of salvation. We use that word rather loosely in this day. Salvation from sin is not by the deeds of the law. Even those who are supposed to know something about salvation by grace have to remind themselves again and again that salvation is not by the works of the flesh, not in any way! Salvation is not by reformation; salvation does not come by decision; salvation does not come through church ordinances; salvation is not ours by church membership; salvation is in Christ the Lord. That’s where salvation is, not in man’s purpose, not in man’s plan; it’s in a Person. It’s not in a proposition, it’s not in walking an aisle, it’s not in a church ordinance, it’s in Christ! It’s not in a law; it’s not in the deeds of the flesh; salvation is in Christ. A man does not have salvation until he comes by the power of God’s Spirit through faith to a living, personal, vital, intimate union with Christ as the Lord. A man is not a Christian until he has a vital union with Christ. A man is not a Christian until he is inseparably joined, personally joined to Jesus Christ. A man is not a Christian until Christ becomes his life. A man is not a Christian unless you can cut into his heart and find love for Christ; cut into his mind and find thoughts of Christ; and cut into his soul and find a panting after Christ. Christ in you, that’s the hope of glory. The Holy Spirit convicts a man of sin; the Holy Spirit empties a sinner; the Holy Spirit brings a man to faith in the Son of God, faith in the living Lord. “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new.” Most people’s so-called Christianity can be taken off with their Sunday clothes; but a man who is genuinely saved has Christ living in him as an everlasting fountain springing up into everlasting life, he’s been born-again, he’s been resurrected from the grave, he has the very image of the Son of God stamped on his heart and it cannot be moved. What is it to preach the Gospel? There are not many folks preaching the Gospel because there are not many people telling the truth about God. Everybody has a god. But eternal life is to know the living God. What is it to preach the Gospel? It’s to tell the truth about man, and we are not going to like what we hear. It’s to tell the truth about, Christ, and it’s to tell the truth about salvation.

    Nothing To Glory Of In Preaching

    The next thing that Paul deals with here is “though I preach the Gospel I have nothing to glory of. Why is it that we who preach the Gospel have nothing to glory of? Well, firstly, we are conscious of our guilt. Any man who is not conscious of his own guilt can’t preach the Gospel because he doesn’t know the Gospel. And you can’t tell what you don’t know any more than you can come back from where you haven’t been. A man who preaches the Gospel is conscious of his own guilt. The man who was led of the Spirit to write this Scripture said, “I am not worthy to be an apostle, I see no worthiness in myself.” Later on he said, “I am less than the least of all the saints.” Pick out the least saint in God’s house and I am less than the least saint. Then later on he said, “Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” When somebody asked, “Paul, who is the chief of sinners?” He replied, “I am.”
    A man who really knows God never graduates above that statement right there, “I’m only a sinner saved by grace.” He may grow in grace, grow in talent, grow in gifts and grow in knowledge, but he’s still only a sinner saved by grace. We have nothing to glory of, we’re just using borrowed gifts. 1 Corinthians 4:7, states:

    “Who maketh thee to differ?” Are you able to preach? Who gave you the power? Do you have a little more than somebody else? Who gave it to you? Do you have more talents than the next fellow? Who made you to differ? “What hast thou that thou didst not receive? Now if you received it, why dost thou glory?”
    Why do you glory in your beauty? God gave it to you. Why do you glory in your strength? Without God you would not have it. Why do you glory in your wealth? God gave it to you. Why do you glory in your talent, in your singing ability? Without God’s grace you’d be a simpleminded imbecile. Who made you to differ? What do you have that God didn’t give you? If you are walking around with something, something somebody gave you, why are you bragging as if you have it of your own natural ability? Why do you think that you are better than anybody else? Only God’s merciful grace; God’s gracious grace enables you to be anything.

    Necessity Laid Upon Me To Preach

    Read the next line of our text: “Necessity is laid upon me.” Why is it necessary for me to preach the Gospel? Preacher, why are you so compelled; why is it that every time you speak it’s always Christ and him crucified the Gospel? I’ll tell you why because of the truth and the beauty of the Gospel. I see in the Gospel of substitution a beauty beyond all things. I see in the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Good News of the Son of God, the truth of God. Only Christ can meet the perfect law. Only Christ can satisfy the justice of God. Only Christ can open the way for us into the holiest of all, into the presence of the Father. Only Christ can supply the need of the bankrupt sinner, and only Christ can keep me from falling.

    “Now unto him who is able to keep you from falling, and who is able to present you faultless before the throne and the presence of his glory with exceeding joy; to him be glory both now and forever.”

    That’s why it’s necessary for me to preach the Gospel: the beauty of it, the glory of it, and the truth of it. I could tell you that salvation is in the church, but it wouldn’t be true. I could tell you, let me baptize you, and by obeying the baptismal commandment you will go to heaven, but it wouldn’t be so. I could tell you that if you live a good life and pray and go to church on Sunday and give a little offering, God will take you to heaven when you die, but it wouldn’t be so. I could tell you to quit drinking, live a good, moral life and you will go to heaven when you die, but that would be a lie.
    But when I tell you that Christ died for our sins; that Christ is a sufficient Saviour; that Christ is an effectual substitute who came down here and gave us a righteousness which we didn’t have and couldn’t produce, went to the cross, bore our sins, paid our debt, satisfied the justice of God; that he is our living advocate at the right hand of the Father; and that if you come to a living, vital union with him, you’ll be saved, that’s the truth, and the only truth that will make you free.

    Woe Is Unto Me If I Preach Not

    Paul said it first, the Holy Spirit inspired him to say it, “Woe is unto me if I preach not the Gospel.” I’m in trouble, real trouble. I can’t think of a crime more terrible than to be entrusted with the immortal souls of eternity-bound boys and girls, young people, men and women, like every preacher is entrusted every Sunday, and then stand up in church and waste precious time talking about myself, about my problems or my so-called denomination or my church, or talk about my ideas of what is right and what is wrong. I can’t think of a more awful crime against society than to deceive people who are given to us to instruct in the things of the Lord. I’ve got to preach the Gospel! Woe is me if I don’t. God have mercy, and he won’t, if I don’t! Woe unto the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, woe unto the Christ-crucifiers of Jerusalem, but double woe upon the preachers and shepherds and pastors who for advantage, filthy lucre and praise of men deceive men’s souls. God help them, but he won’t. Woe is unto me if I preach not the Gospel, and there’s not another one, it’s the Gospel of Christ. If an angel from heaven preaches unto you any other gospel, Paul said, “Let him be accursed.” I’m preaching as a dying man to dying men; I’m preaching as one who may never preach again, and under God I’m going to tell you the truth. I say this, woe is me if I preach not the Gospel; but I have something to tell you: woe is you if I preach it and you do not believe it. You may not understand it; and it may not fit in with your tradition; and it may not fit into your denominational pattern, and I’m sure if it’s the Gospel it won’t because Christ didn’t fit the denominational pattern when he came down here either. He didn’t fit into their religious theology; he didn’t fit into their tradition; and he didn’t fit into their mould; and they crucified him!

    What is it to preach the Gospel? It is to preach the truth about God, the truth about man, the truth about Christ, and to preach the truth about salvation.

    I hope I have done that, and that you acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.


  25. Yo Sridhar Krishnan (@kv_rangan),

    That’s all you Hindus could do until Christianity came to India.

    Go find your Rat & worship him!

    Only for Western man, India would still be a SHIT PILE!

    Or should I say Dung Pile, being politically correct?

    It would still be a SHIT PILE!

  26. @pip:
    dear brother..
    just keep ur mouth shut wen u dont know something..
    check ur words before commenting on hinduism coz the greatest in the world hav bowed their heads in front of hinduism…its sanatan…an unending origin..

  27. Indian couple who lost their law firm jobs due to ‘forbidden love’ at centre of first caste discrimination tribunal
    Home Secretary Theresa May considering whether to add the ancient Indian class system to British equality law
    UPDATED: 10:50 GMT, 18 August 2011
    Comments (187)

    An Indian couple who met at a legal firm have become the first in Britain to claim ‘caste’ discrimination, saying they were forced from their jobs following their marriage.
    An employment tribunal was told that solicitor Amardeep Begraj, 33, was from a higher caste than her husband Vijay, 32, the practice manager.
    He belonged to the Dalits, formerly known as the Untouchables because of the nature of their work in roles such as cleaning, pest control or scavenging, and the lowest class of people according to the ancient Indian caste system.

    Hand in hand: Amardeep Begraj and her husband Vijay are pictured outside the tribunal in Birmingham
    Mrs Begraj has told the tribunal that a senior colleague warned her against marrying Mr Begraj because people of his caste were ‘different creatures’, while he was told his position at the firm was ‘compromised’.

    Immigration officer comes home to find family of Romanian gypsies squatting in her house, wearing her clothes and drinking her wine (after telling neighbours she’d died)
    UK population grows at twice EU average: Migrant baby boom fuels 400,000 rise in one year
    The case throws a spotlight on how the hereditary caste system, for centuries used to categorise people according to occupation or social standing in India, has gained a foothold in a contemporary Britain where five per cent of the population originates from the sub-continent.
    Dating back to at least 1500BC there are dozens of different castes based on race and religion, with most of these represented across Britain.
    Despite being outlawed in the Indian constitution during the last decade, experts say it is increasingly becoming a source of identity for young people today.

    Children at a rural Dalit school in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh
    For example Britain’s hugely popular banghra music scene was created by Jats, who were originally rural people who composed this type of music to celebrate the harvest in India.
    While the Brahmins, generally considered the highest caste because they were the most educated, hold meetings and group events so people can meet and marry.
    Home Secretary Theresa May is considering whether to add protection to those discriminated because of their caste to existing safeguards governing race, sex, religion and sexuality in British equality law.
    Five Law Lords last year inserted a clause into the Single Equalities Act, passed just before the election, giving the Government power to forbid caste discrimination.
    But the issue was then referred for public consultation and the Coalition is now considering responses.
    Mrs Begraj, a Sikh, belongs to the Jat caste, an agrarian people from the Punjab. She and her husband met when both worked at Coventry-based solicitors Heer Manak and began dating four years later.
    Mrs Begraj told the Birmingham tribunal she was warned by a senior colleague. ‘He said I should reconsider the step I was taking of marrying Vijay because people of his caste were different creatures. Marriage would be very different from dating. Vijay was told a number of times that his position had been compromised for entering into a relationship with me.’
    She also claimed that her workload increased and secretarial support was reduced ‘as a punishment’, and she was paid less than colleagues.
    The couple married at a Gurdwara, or Sikh temple, in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, three years ago, when a colleague raised a toast to ‘Jat girls going down the drain’.
    When the couple had their first child, the firm did not send flowers, although this was standard practice.
    Mr Begraj, who worked as a practice manager for the firm for seven years, was sacked last year. His wife resigned in January.
    Last year the couple briefed a committee of the House of Lords, which swayed them to insert the clause in the legislation recognising caste discrimination. A subsequent newspaper story led to the couple’s car windscreen being smashed.
    The tribunal will also rule on whether they were discriminated against on grounds of religion or race. Mr Begraj is claiming wrongful dismissal and his wife is claiming unfair constructive dismissal.
    The firm’s management are said to consider the couple’s claims outrageous.
    The tribunal continues

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2026939/Indian-couple-lost-jobs-centre-caste-discrimination-tribunal.html#ixzz1waUpNUuS

  28. another nice blog from you as we expect. for some of the replies i read i will like to add: hinduism is not exclusively a religion but has 3 independent components
    1. hinduism as a cosmic philosophy
    2. hinduism as nationalism or hindutva which considers india as its destined land like jews consider israel .
    3. hinduism as a religion like bhakths of sri-ram, krishna,durga and pantheon of gods and goddesses which is essentially polytheist in practice .

    this explains why an atheists like veersavarkar was a hindu by virtue of (1) and (2) so are the jai-sri ram chanting vhp men by (2) and (3).
    but the tenets of islam and christianity are against all of the (1) (2) and (3) so technically a person who is a devout christian or muslim cannot be a hindu or even a indian as such, though a person who prays jesus and considers him as god or considers muhammad as prohphet without going into nitty-gritties of these religion can be simultaneously a hindu by (2) and (3).

  29. Tamil Arasan

    Lovely Article Shri. François Gautier, please keep writing such articles….I am proud to be the follower of Sanatan Dharma which propagates “vasudev kutumbakam” – that means that the whole world is one single family….

  30. Suresh Anthavasi

    Hi François,
    Good Article. No special comments on your article, for I know your love for Sanatana Dharma.
    I would like outo tell the person behind the Mask “Indianspark” – Show the courage to reveal your actual identity and leave comments. You seem to be an agent of the Semitic cult… François has written a lot of books also on Indian culture.. Read them before passing comments.

  31. Ashwini Kaul

    Appreciate your thoughts. Hope it will awaken my fellow Hindus to understand the deep meaning of our religion. Unfortunately a millenium of Muslim & Christian rule followed by pseudo secularist rule since independence actively encourages people to think that anything in praise of Hinduism is “communal” while it is alright to abuse Hinduism. That sadly is reflected in some of the comments in the garb of “secularism” to your article. I trust having understood Hinduism you would also know one of the virtues of our religion is that it has no beginning and it has no end. It was always there and it will always be there.
    To these pseudo secularists, let me remind that unlike Muslims & Christians Hindus do not believe in proselytism ( conversions ), forcibly or otherwise. I would like to quote a very small anecdote here from Mahabharat. When Pandavas were proceding towards Heaven they came upon a lake. Being thirsty they wanted to drink the water but a crane standing at the edge of the lake told them they cannot do so unless they answered his questions correctly. Except Yudhister all other four Pandavs ignored the crane and drank the water from the lake. Soon all of them were dead. Upon which Yudhishter begged the crane to ask him the questions. Amongst the various questions the crane asked, one was “What is hypocrisy?” Yudhishter answered ” Setting up religious standards for others is hypocrisy.” This is secularism. Not the pseudo variety preached by our rulers! Secularism is the right to live by your own religion and let others live by theirs. As far as I know, only Hinduism practices that. I am sure many have already read this story in Mahabhata but others can read it too. The crane is infact “Dharma” the God of Justice and father of Yudhishter. The other Pandavs came back to life only after Yudhishter answered all the questions correctly. I advise people to read it even though it is an iota of Hindu thought.

  32. >> Unlike other religions, Hinduism refuses to sanction the monopoly of one God, or one Scripture as the only way to salvation.

    Either there is one God, or that is not the case. And if there is God, what is God’s means of salvation etc. Just that different religions hold different views on these matters. It is not a question of anybody “sanactioning monopoly” to God or anything like that. Either you believe in existence of God or you don’t. As simple as that.

    >> Hinduism is the eternal faith, Sanataana Dharma, or the universal law by which all humans are governed.

    That, of course begs the question, how do you know? For example if the faith that there is God, is true, then it is God who is source of what is true/good/moral and we are accountable to God.

    >> One can be a Christian, a Muslim, a Jew, or from any other religion and still practice Hinduism

    How? For example how can one who believes in existence of Creator God as the source of morality and to whom one is accountable and through whom salvation is possible, how can such a person be called a hindu, as per your own description?

  33. Jesus Christ is the LORD, mighty to Save! I’ve divided his page into three sections: The Son is God, Jesus Christ is God, and Jesus is Jehovah. Readers may wonder, isn’t the Son Jesus, and isn’t God Jehovah? Yes, and Yes. But there’s a method to my madness. ‘Oneness’ Pentecostals, who define ‘the Son’ as the ‘humanity’ of Jesus, can read here that He is eternal God. Meanwhile, Jehovah’s Witnesses freely concede that Jesus Christ is a god. But that He is Jehovah God, they will not allow. They say He’s one of the others (no kidding!). So the second section is for them. The final section: that He is God, is for those who already know the God-census of the Bible stands at one, and one alone. The Son is God Your Throne, O God God the Father addresses His beloved Son as “God” in Hebrews 1:8: “But to the Son He says: ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.” (Hebrews 1:8). This is a quote from Psalm 45, a coronation psalm: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.” (Psalm 45:6). Jehovah’s Witnesses, ‘Oneness’ Pentecostals, and others who find the thought of “the Son” addressed as “God” troubling try to water down Hebrews 1:8 by noting that the original “King” addressed in Psalm 45 wasn’t really God at all. But the New Testament reading of the Psalms is premised on the realization that the grand promises they lavish on God’s Messiah aren’t really about David, Solomon et al. How do we know this? Because these promises didn’t come true for David or Solomon. Psalm 16 promises that “Your Holy One” will not see corruption: “For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.” (Psalm 16:10). But that never came true for David: “‘Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.\'” (Acts 2:29-31). So did a solemn promise of God fall to the ground? That cannot be! So the apostles knew that the Psalms spoke of another, a far greater King than David or Solomon, Who is truthfully addressed as “O God”. MESSIAH The Work of Your Hands In a list of scriptures addressed “to the Son” (Hebrews 1:8), the letter to Hebrews quotes Psalm 102, a hymn of praise to the Creator God, Jehovah: “To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and His praise in Jerusalem…Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You will endure; Yes, they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak You will change them, and they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will have no end.” (Psalm 102:21-27). The author of Hebrews adds this majestic hymn of praise to his list of scriptures addressed “to the Son”: “And: ‘You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not fail.” (Hebrews 1:10-12). So we learn from Hebrews 1:8-12 that “the Son” is eternal God, the Creator! Let Angels Worship The angels of God are commanded to worship the Son: “But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: ‘Let all the angels of God worship Him.\'” (Hebrews 1:6). Can many lawfully be worshipped? Only one: “Then Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.\'” (Matthew 4:10); “And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, ‘See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God!\'” (Revelation 19:10). True God John said: “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.” (1 John 5:20). The Jehovah’s Witnesses refer “This is the true God” to “Him who is true”, i.e. the Father of the Son. But that runs somewhat contrary to normal grammar, where ‘houtos’, ‘this’, tends to tie in with the closer possible referent, not the further: “A demonstrative pronoun is a pointer, singling out an object in a special way. The three demonstrative pronouns used in the NT are ‘houtos,’ ‘ekeinos,’ and ‘hode’….’houtos’ regularly refers to the near object (‘this’), while ‘ekeinos’ regularly refers to the far object (‘that’).” (Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics, Daniel B. Wallace, p. 325). John could have expressed himself ungrammatically; but if he did not, this is a clear statement of the eternal Deity of the Son, Jesus Christ. Express Image Gazing into Jesus’ face reveals the Father to us: “‘If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.’ Philip said to Him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, “Show us the Father”?\'” (John 14:7-9). We see God’s glory in His face: “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6). Jesus is the “brightness of His glory”, the “express image”: “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…” (Hebrews 1:2-3). An image so perfect that Philip, gazing in His face, saw as it were the original! Visible and Invisible God created all things: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1). And He created alone; there are no angelic co-creators nor ‘subordinate gods’ known to the Bible: “Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, And He who formed you from the womb: ‘I am the LORD, who makes all things, Who stretches out the heavens all alone, Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself…\'” (Isaiah 44:24). “…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,…He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” (Colossians 1:12-18). For Himself For Whom did He create these things? For Himself. All things were created for Jehovah God’s glory: “The LORD has made all for Himself, Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom.” (Proverbs 16:4); “Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.” (Isaiah 43:7).. “…[F]or himself”: for God the Son: “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16). Son of God “Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.\'” (Matthew 16:16). The Jehovah’s Witnesses understand this to mean to Jesus is a lesser, subordinate being, but the Jews were far more perceptive. They understood that, in claiming to be the Son of God, Jesus was claiming Deity: “Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God. Then Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.\'” (John 5:18-19). The idiom, ‘son of’, means ‘of the order of’, as in, “Now the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, ‘Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from over you today?\'” (2 Kings 2:3); “And the sons of the singers gathered together from the countryside around Jerusalem, from the villages of the Netophathites…” (Nehemiah 12:28). This is an understandable idiom given that a son, unlike a creation, is of the same nature as his father; pigs beget pigs not rodents, sheep beget sheep not lice, etc. The royal psalms speak of the King to come as the firstborn Son of God the Father: “He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.’ Also I will make him My firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.” (Psalm 89:26-27). Is this language oriental flattery, meaning no more than when pagan peoples hymned their kings? Or is it literally true, as is fitting to the dignity of Holy Writ? Kiss the Son It’s downright perilous not to put your trust in the Son: “Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.” (Psalm 2:12). But the Bible counsels against trusting in man: “Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help…Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is the LORD his God, Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them…” (Psalm 146:3-6). “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7). Can the Son be a mere man, if blessing comes with trusting in Him? A Son is born “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6). “Wonderful counsellor — And so Christ is, because he hath been the counsellor of his church in all ages, and the author and giver of all those excellent counsels delivered not only by the apostles, but also by the prophets, and hath gathered and enlarged, and preserved his church, by admirable counsels and methods of his providence, and, in a word, hath in him all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, (Colossians 2:3). Mighty God — This title can agree to no man but Christ, who was God as well as man, to whom the title of God or Jehovah is given, both in the Old and New Testament. And it is a true observation, that this Hebrew word El is never used in the singular number, of any creature, but only of the almighty God. The father — The father of eternity. Who, though as man he was then unborn, yet was and is from everlasting to everlasting.” (Wesley Notes). (According to Bible idiom, the possessor of any quality may be called the father of it, as in proper names: “Abihail = the father of strength” (Hitchcock Bible Names). As the eternal Logos, Jesus is thus father of eternity.) Honor the Son We are commanded to worship the Son just as we worship the Father: “…that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.” (John 5:23). Our God is a jealous God: “You shall fear the LORD your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you (for the LORD your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the LORD your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.” (Deuteronomy 6:13-14). If the Son were a creature as some claim, this demand for equal honor would be strange indeed. Only-begotten God Many newer translations of the Bible prefer a stripped-down text, based on the very small sample of ancient manuscripts which chance has preserved. The Jehovah’s Witnesses, no doubt with a sigh of relief, turned to these newer texts for their New World Translation. But was this wise?: “No man has seen God at any time; the only-begotten god who is in the bosom position with the Father is the one that has explained him.” (John 1:18 NWT); “No one has ever seen God; the only-born God who is in the bosom of his father, it is he who told of him.” (Richmond Lattimore); “No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.” (NASB); “No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.” (NRSV). Pantocrator “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,’ says the Lord, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.\'” (Revelation 1:8). The word translated “Almighty” is ‘pantocrator,’ meaning ruler of all. It’s used in the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament, of the LORD God: “And now, O my Lord, the Almighty [‘pantocrator’] Lord God of Israel, confirm the word for ever which thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and his house…” (2 Samuel 7:25 Brenton Septuagint). “And let thy name be established and magnified for ever, men saying, Lord, Lord, Almighty [‘pantocrator’] God of Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee.” (1 Chronicles 17:24 Brenton Septuagint). Believe on the Son Those who trust in man are under a curse: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes. But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river…” (Jeremiah 17:5-8). But those who trust in the Son have everlasting life: “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36). Only Savior Are there many Saviors?: “I, even I, am the LORD, and besides Me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:11). The Son is our Savior: “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.” (1 John 4:14) The Jehovah’s Witnesses point out that national champions like Othniel are also called ‘Saviors’: “When the children of Israel cried out to the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer [‘yasha’] for the children of Israel, who delivered them: Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother.” (Judges 3:9). But Othniel and his rank saved only as from the paw of the bear and into the maw of the lion; those whom they saved, died. This is not so with our Savior! He has ever saved His people: “They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt; wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea.” (Psalm 106:21-22). “For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.” (Isaiah 43:3). “O the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night?” (Jeremiah 14:8). The Dead were Judged “And I saw a great white throne and the one seated on it. From before him the earth and the heaven fled away…And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and scrolls were opened…And the dead were judged out of those things written in the scrolls according to their deeds.” (Revelation 20:11-12, NWT). The New World Translation helpfully provides as a cross reference for verse 11, Hebrews 12:23: “…in general assembly, and the congregation of the firstborn who have been enrolled in the heavens, and God the Judge of all, and the spiritual lives of righteous ones who have been made perfect.” (Hebrews 12:23 NWT). He who is seated upon the great white throne is God. God the Father…or God the Son? Who is the Judge of mankind?: “For the Father judges no one at all, but he has committed all the judging to the Son…And he has given him authority to do judging, because Son of man he is.” (John 5:22-27, NWT). Everlasting to Everlasting Created things are transient and pass away. Only God abides from everlasting to everlasting: “Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.” (Psalm 90:1-2). God the Father is eternal, as is “His Son Jesus Christ,” to whom belongs “that eternal life which was with the Father:” “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life — the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us – that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” (1 John 1:1-3). Jesus is Jehovah God A Voice Crying Isaiah prophesied that God Himself would visit His people: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert A highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken…O Zion, you who bring good tidings, get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, you who bring good tidings, lift up your voice with strength, lift it up, be not afraid; say to the cities of Judah, ‘Behold your God!’ Behold, the Lord GOD shall come with a strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him. He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young.” (Isaiah 40:3-11). This great prophecy was fulfilled in Christ’s first advent: “In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!’ For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.”‘” (Matthew 3:1-3, Mark 1:3, Luke 3:4). John explained his mission in terms of Isaiah 40: “Then they said to him, ‘Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?’ He said: ‘I am “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the LORD,” as the prophet Isaiah said.\'” (John 1:22-23). There’s no room in Isaiah’s prophecy for any two thousand year gap between the ‘voice crying’ and the One whose advent he’s announcing. So either this is the blown prophecy of all time: either John the Baptist and Jesus goofed big-time in identifying John with Isaiah’s ‘voice crying in the wilderness’…or else Jesus Christ is Jehovah God, come to save His people! Temple Visitor Malachi prophesied that the Lord Himself would visit His temple: “‘Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,’ Says the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 3:1). This prophecy has to be filed in the ‘fulfilled prophecy’ slot, because it’s already happened. So Mark tells us: “As it is written in the Prophets: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.\'” (Mark 1:2). Jesus identified John the Baptist as the fore-runner of Malachi 3:1: “For this is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.\'” (Matthew 11:10). So did John the Baptist prepare the way in vain, for One who wasn’t coming? No, Jesus is “the Lord, whom you seek”, who suddenly came to His temple! The Temple at Jerusalem was sacred to none but the living God, Jehovah. And Jesus ‘came suddenly’ to “His temple”, carried as a baby, as a twelve-year old boy, and ultimately to cleanse and purify: “Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, ‘It is written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer,” but you have made it a “den of thieves.”‘ Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.” (Matthew 21:12-14). Stone of Stumbling Isaiah prophesied a “stone of stumbling”: “The LORD of hosts, Him you shall hallow; Let Him be your fear, And let Him be your dread. He will be as a sanctuary, But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense To both the houses of Israel, As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble; They shall fall and be broken, Be snared and taken.” (Isaiah 8:13-15). Isaiah’s “stone of stumbling” is “the LORD of hosts”. It’s interesting to see the use the New Testament authors make of this “stone of stumbling”: “Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,’ and ‘A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.’ They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.” (1 Peter 2:7-8); “…For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. As it is written: ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, and whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.\'” (Romans 9:32-33). To the New Testament authors, Isaiah’s “stone of stumbling” is Jesus Christ. The Bible testifies: Jesus Christ is the LORD of Hosts! The Rock of Israel Jesus is the Rock of Israel: “Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.” (1 Corinthians 10:1-4). Who is the Rock of Israel? Jehovah God!: “He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.” (Deuteronomy 32:4); “But Jeshurun grew fat and kicked; you grew fat, you grew thick, you are obese! Then he forsook God who made him, and scornfully esteemed the Rock of his salvation…Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful, and have forgotten the God who fathered you.” (Deuteronomy 32:15-18); “How could one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had surrendered them? For their rock is not like our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.” (Deuteronomy 32:30-31); “The LORD lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let God be exalted, the Rock of my salvation!” (2 Samuel 22:47; Psalm 18:46); “The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me: ‘He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.\'” (2 Samuel 23:3); “To You I will cry, O LORD my Rock: do not be silent to me, lest, if You are silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.” (Psalm 28:1); “Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation, and have not been mindful of the Rock of your stronghold…” (Isaiah 17:10); “Then they remembered that God was their rock, and the Most High God their Redeemer.” (Psalm 78:35). Are there lots of rocks? To listen to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, you’d think this Rock part of a huge rock collection. But the Bible counts One: “No one is holy like the LORD, for there is none besides You, nor is there any rock like our God.” (1 Samuel 2:2); “‘For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?\'” (2 Samuel 22:32); “For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?” (Psalm 18:31); “He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.” (Psalm 62:2). The First and the Last Jesus identified Himself to John as “the first and the last”: “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,’…Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” (Revelation 1:10-18). Who is the First and the Last? Jehovah God!: “Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God.” (Isaiah 44:6); “‘Listen to Me, O Jacob, and Israel, My called: I am He, I am the First, I am also the Last.” (Isaiah 48:12). Lord of all John the Baptist said that Jesus Christ is “above all”: “He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.” (John 3:31). This is the Lord who came down from heaven: “The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.” (1 Corinthians 15:47). The Bible tells us that the LORD is “most high above all the earth”: “For You, LORD, are most high above all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods.” (Psalm 97:9); “The LORD is high above all nations, His glory above the heavens. Who is like the LORD our God, Who dwells on high, Who humbles Himself to behold The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?” (Psalm 113:4-6). Peter calls Him “Lord of all”: “The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ — He is Lord of all…” (Acts 10:36). And who is the Lord of all? Jehovah God!: “Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is crossing over before you into the Jordan.” (Joshua 3:11). We call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. According to Paul, calling on the name of the Lord Jesus is calling on the “Lord over all”: “For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For ‘whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.\'” (Romans 10:11-13). Jesus Christ is the Lord of all the earth! The LORD our Righteousness The Jehovah’s Witnesses restrict the name ‘Jehovah’ to ‘the Father-only’, though there’s no Biblical warrant for so doing. To the contrary, the Bible explicitly assigns the name ‘Jehovah’ to the Son as well: “‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the LORD, ‘That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS\'” (Jeremiah 23:5-6). The Jehovah’s Witnesses nonchalantly note that Jerusalem is called by the same name (33:16), and of what significance can a name be that’s so common? But when has it been unusual for a bride to take her husband’s name?: “Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Revelation 21:2). Jesus lives up to His name, “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS”…because He is the Lord, and He is our righteousness!: “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” (Romans 10:3-4); “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith…” (Philippians 3:8-9); “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness and sanctification and redemption — that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.\'” (1 Corinthians 1:30-31). Holy, holy, holy Isaiah saw “the LORD of hosts” in the temple: “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!’ And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: ‘Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.\'” (Isaiah 6:1-5). Whom did he see? John relates that it was Christ’s glory he saw: God the Son. After quoting Isaiah 6:10, delivered to Isaiah at that same occasion, he says, “These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him. Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue…” (John 12:41-42). Here are several commentators’ thoughts on Isaiah’s vision: “In this figurative vision, the temple is thrown open to view, even to the most holy place. The prophet, standing outside the temple, sees the Divine Presence seated on the mercy-seat, raised over the ark of the covenant, between the cherubim and seraphim, and the Divine glory filled the whole temple. See God upon his throne. This vision is explained, John 12:41, that Isaiah now saw Christ’s glory, and spake of Him, which is a full proof that our Saviour is God. In Christ Jesus, God is seated on a throne of grace; and through him the way into the holiest is laid open. See God’s temple, his church on earth, filled with his glory. His train, the skirts of his robes, filled the temple, the whole world, for it is all God’s temple. And yet he dwells in every contrite heart. See the blessed attendants by whom his government is served. Above the throne stood the holy angels, called seraphim, which means ‘burners;’ they burn in love to God, and zeal for his glory against sin. The seraphim showing their faces veiled, declares that they are ready to yield obedience to all God’s commands, though they do not understand the secret reasons of his counsels, government, or promises. All vain-glory, ambition, ignorance, and pride, would be done away by one view of Christ in his glory.” (Matthew Henry). “The apostle writes: ‘These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.’ Therefore, He whom the prophet saw in his vision was our Lord Jesus Christ, throned in His rightful glory ere He came to effect redemption. From that majesty He stooped to humiliation and suffering and to the sorrows of the Cross. “Who shall fathom that descending From His rainbow-circled throne, Down to earth’s most base profaning, Dying, desolate, alone– From the Holy, holy, holy, We adore Thee, O Most High, Down to earth’s blaspheming voices, And the shout of ‘Crucify’?” (H. C. Hewlett, The Companion of the Way, p. 87) Captivity Captive Psalm 68 sings a song of triumph: “Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; let those also who hate Him flee before Him…The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of thousands; the Lord is among them as in Sinai, in the Holy Place. You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts among men, even from the rebellious, that the LORD God might dwell there.” (Psalm 68:1-18). So to the Psalmist, the One who ascended on High is the LORD God. It’s obvious to Paul who this refers to: Jesus Christ!: “Therefore He says: ‘When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.’ (Now this, ‘He ascended’ — what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)” (Ephesians 4:8-9). House of David “In that day the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the LORD before them.” (Zechariah 12:8). Answered prayers Jesus Christ “humbled himself” and made himself of no reputation: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8). He took on our nature in all its humility, and “learned obedience”: a new experience, according to the author of Hebrews: “…who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.” (Hebrews 5:7-8). This is why, although it’s not His native estate to come before the Father as a humble petitioner, in His humility, having taken on our estate, He did so. Now in His glory He hears our prayers. Paul called upon the Lord…and Jesus picked up on the line!: “Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-9). When the Lord to whom he prayed answered him, “My strength is made perfect in weakness”, Paul understood “my strength” to be “the power of Christ”! Stephen also prayed to the Lord: “And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not charge them with this sin.’ And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” (Acts 7:59-60). Truly it’s as the Bible teaches, “O You who hear prayer, to You all flesh will come.” (Psalm 65:2). With all His saints The LORD will come with all the saints: “Then you shall flee through My mountain valley, for the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus the LORD my God will come, and all the saints with You.” (Zechariah 14:5). More precisely: “And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.” (1 Thessalonians 3:13). No Savior Besides Me There is One Savior of Israel: “Yet I am the LORD your God Ever since the land of Egypt and you shall know no God but Me; for there is no savior besides Me.” (Hosea 13:4). This Savior is the LORD: “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2). “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21). Who forgives Sin The LORD, the only savior, forgives the sins of His people: “I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, and like a cloud, your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.\'” (Isaiah 44:22). “For Your name’s sake, O LORD, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great…Look on my affliction and my pain, and forgive all my sins.” (Psalm 25:11-18). “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.” (Psalm 32:1-2). “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases…as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:2-12). “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.” (Isaiah 43:25). “To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 1:25) This is why the Pharisees realized the magnitude of the claim Jesus was making about Himself when He forgave the paralyzed man: “When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven you.’ And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, ‘Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?\'” (Mark 2:5-7). Who indeed?: “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” (Colossians 3:13). He is the Savior of the world: “Then they said to the woman, ‘Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.\'” (John 4:42). Giver of Life Jehovah God is the fountain of life: “For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light. (Psalm 36:9). To get down to detail, the source of life is Jehovah the Son: “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:3-5); “For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will.” (John 5:21); “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.\'” (John 8:12). Life is the gift of God: “‘Now see that I, even I, am He, and there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; Nor is there any who can deliver from My hand.\'” (Deuteronomy 32:39); “Our God is the God of salvation; And to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death.” (Psalm 68:20). And life is in Jesus’ hand: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?’…Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth!’ And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Loose him, and let him go.\'” (John 11:25-44). Every Knee Shall Bow The LORD promised that every knee would bow: “Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself; the word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath.” (Isaiah 45:22-23). Paul fleshed this prophecy out with further detail: “For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: ‘As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.’ So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:9-12). It’s before the judgment seat of Christ that every knee shall bow: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10). One Judge Most of the quotes on this page are from the New King James Version, and are reliably documented in the works of the early church authors. Some are absent from those modern translations which rely upon a very small sample of manuscripts. In a few cases, though, the modern translations offer proofs of the deity of Jesus Christ absent from the traditional text: “There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. […] Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near…See, the Judge is standing at the doors!” (James 4:12-5:9). James did not say there are many judges,–Judge Wapner, Judge Judy, Judge Rehnquist, God,–one of whom is coming, although he could have said this had it been on his mind. Rather he said that there is one judge…and He is at the door! The New World Translation helpfully supplies this cross reference for James 4:12: “For Jehovah is our Judge, Jehovah is our Statute-giver, Jehovah is our King; he himself will save us.” (Isaiah 33:22 NWT). Truly, God is Judge over all the earth: “Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?\'” (Genesis 18:25); “Let the heavens declare His righteousness, for God Himself is Judge. Selah.” (Psalm 50:6); “But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another.” (Psalm 75:7); “Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills be joyful together before the LORD, for He is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness He shall judge the world, and the peoples with equity.” (Psalm 98:8-9). Pastoral Supply Who gives pastors to the Church? The LORD, says Jeremiah: “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” (Jeremiah 3:15). Jesus Christ, who ascended on high, says Paul: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers…” (Ephesians 4:11). Some of the ministers you read about in the papers are volunteers, it would seem. But the Bible teaches that the calling to the ministry is a work of God. God separated Paul for service from the womb: “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood…” (Galatians 1:15-16). And Christ Jesus our Lord called Paul to service: “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry…” (1 Timothy 1:12). I send you prophets Jesus said that He sends prophets: “Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.” (Matthew 23:34). Who is it who sends the prophets? The LORD!: “Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have even sent to you all My servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them.” (Jeremiah 7:25); “And the LORD has sent to you all His servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, but you have not listened nor inclined your ear to hear.” (Jeremiah 25:4). I am He Jesus said, “I told you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am [‘ego eimi’], you will die in your sins…When you raise the son of man aloft, then you will know that I am…” (John 8:24-28, Lattimore). For John to write in his Greek gospel that Jesus responds to questions about His identity with the phrase ‘ego eimi,’ I am,’ would strike a chord with Septuagint-literate readers, who would recognize that very phrase as God’s way of identifying Himself: “Now see that I, even I, am He [‘ego eimi’ LXX], and there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; nor is there any who can deliver from My hand. (Deuteronomy 32:39). “‘You are My witnesses,’ says the LORD, ‘And My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He [‘ego eimi’ LXX]…\'” (Isaiah 43:10). “Listen to Me, O Jacob, And Israel, My called: I am He [‘ego eimi’ LXX], I am the First, I am also the Last.” (Isaiah 48:12). Of especial interest are the Septuagint’s reduplicated ‘ego eimi’s in Isaiah 43:25 and 45:19, which are difficult to understand unless the Seventy explicitly understood ‘I am he’ as a divine name: “I am ‘I AM’ [‘ego eimi ego eimi’], who erases your iniquities” (43:25), “I am ‘I AM’ the Lord [‘ego eimi ego eimi kurios’], who speaks righteousness.” (45:19, Septuagint translations from C. H. Dodd, The Interpretation of the Fourth Gospel, p. 94). I Am That I Am He is Lord “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11). It cannot be thought coincidental that the title the early church gave to Jesus: ‘the Lord’ – is the same way they addressed the living God: “Jesus answered him, ‘The first of all the commandments is: “Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD [‘kyrios’] is one.”‘” (Mark 12:29, Deuteronomy 6:4). The Jehovah’s Witnesses point out that many are addressed as ‘Lord’ in the New Testament who are unarguably not God, such as Pilate: “On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, saying, ‘Sir [‘kyrios’], we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, “After three days I will rise.”‘” (Matthew 27:62-63), and a person Mary Magdalene supposed to be a gardener: “…She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, ‘Sir [‘kyrios’], if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.\'” (John 20:15). Unlike ‘theos’, non-gods like gardeners and governors are addressed as ‘kyrios’ in scripture. The same is true of the English word ‘Lord’: there’s a whole chamber-full of them over in England, called ‘the House of Lords’. It should be noted, though, that this common habit of promiscuously addressing all and sundry as ‘Lord’ had already met resistance from the Zealots, and would soon meet fierce resistance from the Christian martyrs, who chose death rather than to say ‘Caesar is Lord’. There is an undeniable gravity and momentum to addressing the living God as ‘Lord’ which tends toward jealousy: “…but as to all those that fled into Egypt, and to the Egyptian Thebes, it was not long ere they were caught also, and brought back, — whose courage, or whether we ought to call it madness, or hardiness in their opinions, everybody was amazed at; for when all sorts of torments and vexations of their bodies that could be devised were made use of to them, they could not get any one of them to comply so far as to confess, or seem to confess, that Caesar was their lord; but they preserved their own opinion, in spite of all the distress they were brought to, as if they received these torments and the fire itself with bodies insensible of pain, and with a soul that in a manner rejoiced under them. But what was most of all astonishing to the beholders, was the courage of the children; for not one of these children was so far overcome by these torments, as to name Caesar for their lord.” (Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book VII, Chapter X.1). Neither would the Christians: “Herod, the police captain, and his father, Nicetes, came out to meet him [Polycarp]. After transferring him to their carriage and sitting down at his side, they tried to persuade him, saying, ‘Why, what harm is there in saying, “Caesar is Lord,” and offering incense’ (and other words to this effect) ‘and thereby saving yourself?’ Now at first he gave them no answer. But when they persisted, he said, ‘I am not about to do what you are suggesting to me.\'” (The Martyrdom of Polycarp, 8.2) Yet Christians confess that Jesus is Lord: “Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:3) — because He truly is! Call upon the Name The prophet Joel said that, in the days to come, whoever would call upon the name of the LORD would be saved: “And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the remnant whom the LORD calls.” (Joel 2:32). Peter quotes Joel, with a new spin: “‘And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved.\'” (Acts 2:21). A new name has been revealed: “To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1:2-3). The apostles found there’s power in that name: “Then Peter said, ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.\'” (Acts 3:6). Not only power, there’s salvation in that name: “For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For ‘whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.’ How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:11-14, Isaiah 28:16). It is the gospel of Jesus Christ which gives us the saving name. As the word of God says, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.” (Proverbs 18:10). Doxology The living God in the Old Testament is hymned this way: “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting!” (1 Chronicles 16:36). “Therefore David blessed the LORD before all the assembly; and David said: ‘Blessed are You, LORD God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. Now therefore, our God, We thank You and praise Your glorious name.\'” (1 Chronicles 29:11-13). This same phraseology is sung to Jesus Christ by the New Testament saints: “And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!” (2 Timothy 4:18) “You therefore, beloved…grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:17-18). “…and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 1:5-6). Since this stereotyped formula of praise is not applied to earthly rulers but to God alone, seeing Jesus praised in that manner is a weighty testimony to His eternal Deity. God with Us The Old Testament prophets foretold that God would dwell amongst His people: “And it will be said in that day: ‘Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.\'” (Isaiah 25:9). “Thus says the LORD: ‘The labor of Egypt and merchandise of Cush and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over to you, and they shall be yours; they shall walk behind you, they shall come over in chains; and they shall bow down to you. They will make supplication to you, saying, “Surely God is in you, and there is no other; there is no other God.\'”” (Isaiah 45:14). “‘Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,’ says the LORD. ‘Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you.\'” (Zechariah 2:10-11). The Bible teaches two advents, that Christ will come again; the One who is to return is the “same Jesus” as He who ascended: “And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.\'” (Acts 1:10-11). Isaiah prophesied a Savior named ‘God-With-Us:’ ” Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. . .” (KJV, Isaiah 7:14); “And the stretching out of its wings hath been the fulness of the breadth of thy land, O Emmanu-El! . .Take counsel, and it is broken, speak a word, and it doth not stand, Because of Emmanu-El!’” (YLT, Isaiah 8:8-10). This Savior came to redeem His people: “‘And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.’ So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which is translated, ‘God with us.\'” (Matthew 1:21-23). The inspired New Testament author reveals the true Immanuel! Lawgiver “For the LORD is our Judge, The LORD is our Lawgiver, The LORD is our King; He will save us…” (Isaiah 33:22). Jehovah God gave laws to Israel: “And he said: ‘The LORD came from Sinai, and dawned on them from Seir; He shone forth from Mount Paran, and He came with ten thousands of saints; from His right hand came a fiery law for them.\'” (Deuteronomy 33:2); “There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?” (James 4:12). Jesus is the Lawgiver: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (John 13:34). Great Shepherd Jesus Christ is the Great Shepherd of the Sheep: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” (John 10:11). “For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” (1 Peter 2:25); “Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20-21). Isaiah had promised that Jehovah God would come and shepherd His people: “Behold, the Lord GOD shall come with a strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him; Behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him. He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young.” (Isaiah 40:10-11). Christians can say with David, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.” (Psalm 23:1-2). He is our Shepherd: “Know that the LORD, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” (Psalm 100:3). “But He made His own people go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock, and He led them on safely, so that they did not fear…” (Psalm 78:52-53). “Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who dwell between the cherubim, shine forth!” (Psalm 80:1) “For thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,” says the Lord GOD. I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment.\'” (Ezekiel 34:11-16). The Good Shepherd You Only Sin is transgression against God: “Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight – That You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge.” (Psalm 51:4) In this case, against God the Son: “But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.” (1 Corinthians 8:12). Lawful worship or idolatry? Ultimately every creature, even the Jehovah’s Witnesses, willing or unwilling, will worship the Lamb: “And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: ‘Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!’ Then the four living creatures said, ‘Amen!’ And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.” (Revelation 5:13-14). But if Jesus is not God, such worship is unlawful. Only One may lawfully be worshipped: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:2-3); “…for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” (Exodus 34:13). “If your brother, the son of your mother, your son or your daughter, the wife of your bosom, or our friend who is as your own soul, secretly entices you, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers, of the gods of the people which are all around you, near to you or far off from you, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth, you shall not consent to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him or conceal him; but you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people.” (Deuteronomy 13:6-9). A Catch-22…or is Jesus God? His disciples worshipped Him, without rebuke: “When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.” (Matthew 28:17). Wise men worshipped then…and still do!: “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.\'” (Matthew 2:1-2). Builder “Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus…For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.” (Hebrews 3:1-4). Jeremiah tells us that the true God is the Creator: “Thus you shall say to them: ‘The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under these heavens.’ He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, And has stretched out the heavens at His discretion.” (Jeremiah 10:11-12). “[T]his One” who built all things, the Word of God, came to visit His people: “Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” (Psalm 100:3); “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.” (John 1:10). I AM THAT I AM God revealed His name to Moses: “And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.’ And He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, “I AM has sent me to you.”‘” (Exodus 3:14). Jesus told His hearers, “Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.\'” (John 8:58). And His hearers got the message, too; they picked up stones to throw at Him for claiming to be God. This is one of several uses of the Old Testament divine name ‘I am’ by Jesus, but it seems to bug the Jehovah’s Witnesses more than the others, perhaps because the tenses belong to God: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8). God is before Abraham was. “The declaration ‘I AM THAT I AM’ was an unfolding of the meaning of the name Jehovah. The form of the word Jehovah appears deliberately to intermingle future and past tenses, i.e. He will be, He was, and so He is, and possibly even the sense that He causes to be, or brings to pass. “The name speaks of the unchangeable One, with whom essentially there is no past nor future, but rather an eternal present. That which He is, He ever has been. . .To the Jews who heard Him the claim was unmistakable. For them there could be no middle course. Either they must own His rightful use of the title, ‘I AM,’ and worship Him, or they must account Him a blasphemer worthy of death. In their follly they rejected Him, but it was He who had spoken to Moses from the bush who now spoke to them in lowly manhood.” ( H. C. Hewlett, The Companion of the Way, pp. 52-54) Moses’ Veil “But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” (2 Corinthians 3:14-16). “But whenev
  34. ajit vadakayil

    Hi FG-ji ,

    i have quoted you in my post.

    ast para of the post below.



    Capt ajit ajit vadakayil

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  36. Hi Francois,
    I plan to visit Pondicherry this week, can you please suggest a good place to stay, is there any place in the French Quarters where I can get vegetarian food? Asking this here because I want to experience the heritage and know unheard facts if any from someone who has lived here for long and knows our culture inside out

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