Originally posted by whodey
What do you think Ghandi and Christ had in common? How do you think they differed?
I think there are striking similarities between them. Personally i think Gandhi took Jesus as a role model, i know he certainly studied Christianity as many of his close friends were Christian missionaries.
Gandhi took the problems of the people upon himself as if they were his own. After he returned from his many years in South Africa (where he stood up for Indian rights in the birth pangs of Apartheid) he travelled extensively across India. Having trained as a Lawyer, he realised that the vast majority of Indians were illiterate and impoverished. The Independence movement was largely made up of educated rich Indians who were totally separated from the reality of every day Indian life. He took it upon himself to live as the peasants do. He spun his own clothes, reared livestock and crops. He truly made everyone his equal, having as much time for a poor peasant child with a cut finger as he had for any Statesman or official. Christ had this quality too. There are many passages i remember from the Bible (can't name them i'm afraid, it's been many years since i read it) were Jesus is surrounded by his disciples and followers. They are competing for his attention, some wish him to lead the Jews against the Romans, some want him to do this or that, but he cuts right through the mania surrounding him, avoids letting it all go to his head and his ego and finds the lowliest person who needs him most at that particular moment. Gandhi was idolised in the same way Jesus was, the streets were filled with followers where ever he went, but it never went to his head. His thoughts were always on what he could do that was positive. He never sacrificed the needs of any individual 'for thee greater good' putting some sort of value on his time. He simply made more time. His energy was quite simply boundless, even in old age.
I could go on (and probably will...) but i'm interested on other peoples thoughts.
It was said that Christ would rise again some day. How many Christians would get upset if i suggested that he did, and this little Indian Hindu was that very resurrection...? Does Christianity have some hidden racist undertones to it (don't take this the wrong way people) that doesn't allow us to consider a Brown Jesus? Would the son of God not choose to take sides with the downtrodden today in exactly the same way he did 2000 years ago?