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Jesus is junk, Christianity Crumbles in the West
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Jesus is junk, Christianity Crumbles in the West
In spite of Bultmann and the rest resorting to endless blah blah, the
twentieth century West has refused to buy the Christ of Faith. What we
find flourishing over there, as we have seen, is steep decline. This is
especially the case in Europe, where church attendance levels in many
countries have fallen below 10% or even 5%. In most Christian countries,
the trend is the same, even if less dramatic. Even more ominous for the
survival of Christianity is the decline in the priestly vocation. Many
parishes that used to have two or three parish priests now have none.
So that Sunday Service has to be conducted by a visiting priest, who has
an ever fuller agenda as his colleagues keep on dying, retiring or abandoning
priesthood without being replaced. The average age of Catholic priests
in the world is now 55. In the Netherlands it is even 62, and increasing.
This is only partly due to the strenu ous obligation of celibacy, for
in Protestant Churches where priests do get married, and in those countries where Catholic priests ignore the celibacy rules,
the decline in priestly vocation is also in evidence. The fact is that
modern people just aren't very interested anymore is practising Christianity."1
"In an ironical reversal of roles," reports Arthur J. Pais,
"priests from India are going out to the West, not so much to spread
the faith as priests from the West journeyed to the East to do, but to
keep the Church's institutions going." He finds "5,000 foreign
priests who come on a five-year contract negotiated between bishops in
America and their respective countries". Among them 500 are from
India. "Another 250 [Indian] priests are either working for their
master's degree or a Ph.D. and work part-time in churches, hospitals,
schools, prisons and rehabilitation centres, offering religious instructions
and counselling. Several of them work as chaplains in the American armed
Indian nuns too are now increasingly needed in America. "Most of
the Indian nuns here belong to Mother Teresa's convents, and they work
in the slums in the Bronx and in Chicago... They are venturing into areas
most Americans would rather ignore." The author concludes, "Catholicism
is still a potent force in developing countries like India while in the
more consumerist West its missionary fervour has considerably dimmed.
Though Indian priests and nuns may be co-opted to work in the poorer parishes
of America, they seem to be doing their bit to keep the religion alive."2
I came across quite a few of these Indian priests and nuns during my travels
in Europe and America in 1979 and 1989.
The situation in AD (anno Domini, year of the Lord) 1980 was summed up
by the World Christian Encyclopaedia after a statistical survey. "Christianity,"
it says, "has experienced massive losses in the Western and Communist
world over the last 60 years. In Europe and North America, defections
from Christianity - converts to other religions or irreligion - are now
running at 1,820,500 former Christians a year. This loss is much higher
if we consider only church numbers: 2,224,800 a year (6,000 a day). It
is even higher if we are speaking only of church attenders: every year
some 2,765,100 church attenders in Europe and North America cease to be
practising Christians within the 12-month period, an average loss of 7,600
every day...At the global level these losses from Christianity... outweigh
the gains in the Third World."3 A large number of churches all over
Europe stand abandoned or uncared for. Many churches have been made into
buildings for non-religious use. Many others have been sold to non-Christians
who have converted them into their own places of worship.
Why has it happened? "The point simply is," observes Koenraad
Elst, "that we, European Christians of many generations, have outgrown
Christianity. Most people who left the church have found that they are
not missing anything, and that beliefs which provided a framework for
interpreting and shaping life, were but a bizarre and unnecessary construction
after all. We know that Jesus was not God's Only-begotten Son, that he
did not save humanity from eternal sin, and that our happiness in this
world or the next does not depend on believing these or any other dogmas."4
In fact, it is wrong to talk any more of a "Christian West",
as most of us continue to do.
The fact that Christian missions are still in business in the Hindu-Buddhist
world, should not lead to the inference that the controllers of the missions
in the West care for saving of heathen souls. What it simply means is
that powerful political interests in the West as also the Western intelligence
networks find the missions handy for destabilizing the governments and
disintegrating the social fabrics in the Hindu-Buddhist world. Yesterday
it was the formidable military might of the West which was maintaining
the crusaders for Christ. Today it is the fabulous wealth of the West
which keeps the merchants of Jesus in busi ness. The merchants have not
only been able to retain the organisational weapons which they had forged
in the heyday of Western imperialism, they have also kept on multiplying
the weapons with the help of mammoth finance and media power which the
West has placed at their disposal. Let no one make the mistake of seeing
religious faith in the sprawling missions and seminaries and hierarchies
in the East. Thorn trees have never been known to blossom with flowers.
The Scene in India
It is, therefore, sadly surprising that the Jesus of the gospels should
continue to retain his hallow in the land of the Veda-Vedanga, the Itihasa-Purana,
the Dharmasastras, the Saddarsanas, the Tripitaka, the Jainagama, and
the bhakti literature. Christianity is accepted as a religion not only
by the westernised Hindu elite but also by Hindu saints, scholars, and
political platforms. Swami Dayananda had seen through the fraud that is
Jesus as soon as he read the gospels. But his example was not followed
by Hindu leaders who came later. Christian missions have been criticised,
but Jesus has been praised to the skies, particularly by Mahatma Gandhi.
This strategy to mea sure the Christian missions with their own yardstick,
has not worked. In fact, it has boomeranged as is evident from the freedom
which Christian missions have increasingly acquired not only to aggress
against but also to throw Hindu society on the defensive. They are waging
a war on Hinduism with no holds barred.
"When staying in India," says Koenraad Elst, "I find it
sad and sometimes comical to see how these outdated beliefs are being
foisted upon backward sections of the Indian population by fanatical missionaries.
In their aggressive campaign to sell their product, the missionaries are
helped a lot by sentimental expressions of admiration for Christianity
on the part of leading Hindus. Many Hindus project their own religious
categories on the few Jesus episodes they have heard, and they base their
whole attitude to Christianity on what I know to be a selective, incoherent
and unhistorical version of the available information on Jesus's life
Most Hindus know the story of Raja Nala who made it easy for Kaliyuga
to enter into him and make him lose his kingdom by showing weakness for
gambling. Weakness for Jesus is the same sort of vice. The moment a Hindu
shows this weakness, he invites the Christian missionary apparatus and
its controllers in the West - intelligence networks and foreign policy
depart ments - to increase their stranglehold and subvert his country
and culture. He also encourages mischievous Christian theolo gians to
write the following type of books:
1.. The Unknown Christ of Hinduism by Raimundo Panikkar, London, 1964.
2.. The Acknowledged Christ of the Indian Renaissance by M.M. Thomas,
3.. India's Search for the Unknown Christ by K.V. Paul Pillai, New Delhi,
4.. The Lost Years of Christ by Elizabeth Clare Prophet, Livingston, MT
5.. Christ as Common Ground: A Study of Christianity and Hinduism by
Kathleen Healy with a Foreword by Bede Griffiths, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
Of these, the first three are fraudulent, the fourth is based on a blatant
forgery, and the fifth is a mass of meaningless verbiage. For those who
seek sincerely, there is nothing unknown in Hin duism; it has never tried
to hide what it stands for. In any case, it has never harboured, to use
the language of the gospels, an unclean spirit like Jesus. No stalwart
of the Indian Renaissance ever recognized Jesus as the Christ. Nor did
Jesus, if he existed at all, ever come to India to denounce the Brahmanas,
the Kshatriyas, and the caste system as is alleged in the forgery. And
Healy is no more than a professional hack trying to encash the current
Christian fashion for dialogue with Hinduism.
I can cite many more books and pamphlets written in the same vein and
for the same purpose, namely, to prove that Hinduism remains unfulfilled
without accepting Jesus Christ as its crown. The Jesus industry in India
will continue to flood the market with similar spurious products till
Hindus make it clear that there is nothing common between Sanatana Dharma
and the sinister cult of the Only Saviour, that Hindus have nothing to
learn from Christianity but a lot to teach, and that the sooner the Christians
missions close their shop in this country the better for them and their
Koenraad Elst had tendered a very sound advice to us Hindus; "What
Hindus who have been trapped in a sentimental glo rification of Jesus
and other prophets will have to learn, is that the essence of Hindu Dharma
is not 'tolerance' or 'equal respect for all religious' but satya, truth.
The problem with Christianity and Islam is superficially their intolerance
and fanaticism. But this intolerance is a consequence of these religions'
untruthfulness. If your belief system is based on delusions, you have
to pre-empt rational enquiry into it and shield it from contact with more
sustainable thought systems. The fundamental problem with monotheistic
religions is not that they are intolerant but that they are untrue (Asatya
Jesus is Junk
It is high time for Hindus to learn that Jesus Christ symbolises no spiritual
power, or moral uprightness. He is no more than an artifice for legitimizing
wanton imperialist aggression. The aggressors have found him to be highly
profitable so far. By the same token, Hindus should know that Jesus means
nothing but mischief for their country and culture. The West where he
flourished for long, has discarded him as junk. There is no reason why
Hindus should buy him. He is the type of junk that cannot be re-cycled.
He can only poison the environment.
1.. Koenraad Elst, op cit., p. 1
2.. The Sunday Observer, New Delhi, January 16-22, 1994, p 12
3.. World Christian Encyclopaedia: A Comparative Study of Churches and
Religions in the World, AD 1900-2000, edited by David B Barret, OUP, 1982,
p 7. Emphasis added
4.. Koenraad Elst, op. cit., pp. vii-viii.
5.. Ibid., p. viii.
6.. Ibid., p. 134.
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