What this site is NOT about

This is a site about The Gospel. But you might think that the purpose of this site is to convert you and others to Christianity. But this is not what it is about. Let me explain the difference.

You might think of it as similar to the distinction between being a Hindu and speaking Hindi. Many people in the West think that these two are the same and I have heard people here mix these words up. Of course there has been tremendous overlap and influence between the two. The Hindi language has been greatly influenced by Hinduism and Hinduism has flourished, developed and is usually expressed in Hindi. However, there are many Hindi speakers who are not Hindus (my mother is one of them), and likewise Hindu devotees pray and worship in other languages as well (ex. Tamil, Malayalam, Sanskrit etc.). There is overlap and influence one upon the other – but they are not the same.

So it is with the Gospel and Christianity. There are many things, beliefs and practices in Christianity that are not part of the Gospel. For example, there are the well-known festivals of Easter and Christmas. They are probably the most well-known representations of Christianity. And these festivals are in memory of the birth and death & resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Incarnation of God revealed in the Gospel. But nowhere in the message of the Gospel, or in the Veda Pusthakam – the Bible – do we find any reference or command (or anything) having to do with these festivals. I enjoy celebrating these festivals – but so also do many of my friends who have no interest at all in the Gospel. In fact, different Christian sects have different days of the year in which they celebrate these festivals. As another example, the Festival of Diwali is not one that Christians celebrate though the Gospel of John in the Veda Pusthakam – the Bible – starts by declaring that in the darkness of the world a Light entered in the incarnation of Jesus. Whether with festivals, churches, images and saints there is much, good and bad, that has developed after the Gospel was revealed by Jesus Christ, that has been pulled into Christianity.

So though there is much overlap between the Gospel and Christianity – they are not the same. In fact, in the whole Bible the word ‘Christian’ is mentioned just three times, and the first time it is mentioned it indicates that this was the name that opponents of the Gospel of that day invented the word as their name for the ‘disciples’ or followers of Jesus (Acts 11:26). Terms and concepts in the Veda Pusthakam – the Bible – that are commonly used to describe the Gospel are The Way and The Straight Way; and those that follow the Gospel are called Believers, Disciples, Followers of the Way.

My goal in this site is to explore, so all of us can become informed for ourselves, how the longing and anticipation for truth, freedom and immortality of the ancient Rg Veda, as well as the longings of the earliest Hebrew prophets or rsis were fulfilled in the incarnation of Jesus and is available to all. The something should be able to consider regardless of whether one is Hindu, Muslim, Christian, or any other religion – or even if one is not a devotee of any religion.

So this is a site for those who wonder about life, freedom from sin and death and a relationship with God. We leave the controversies of Christianity for other places and other people to consider since the Gospel deserves to be understood without the complications of Christianity. I think you will find, as I have found, that the Gospel will be interesting and satisfying enough on that basis.

What are your thoughts?