Critical Podium Dewanand Religion
Conversion in any form is Destruction of Culture
by Ed Vishwanathan
Sacrificer Ed Vishwanathan
Sacrifice code wfor0425
Sacrifice date 25 march 2009
Conversion in any form is Destruction of Culture http://www.boloji.com/opinion/0007.htm
Conversion in any form is the destruction of the culture of a community
and a nation. Conversion of Hindus in India to Islam and Christianity is
the cruel destruction of the culture of India.
Christianity and Islam are the two great religions of this world. True
that every one should have the right to convince some one else about his
beliefs and ideas. True that there is nothing wrong for a Moslem or a
Christian to tell a poor Hindu all about his beliefs. We need free flow
of thoughts during this age of confusion and conflicts. Unluckily, missionaries
inject lies about Hinduism when they preach about their religion. They
falsify the facts and figures documented in the world history. They prey
upon the "poor and sick" of India.
What a paradox! One is not even allowed to carry a copy of the Holy Bible
in Saudi Arabia; One is not allowed to convert a Jew into any other religion
is Israel; One is not allowed to convert a Muslim to any other religion
in Malaysia, Pakistan, Jordan and even Turkey; but in India, every one
is allowed to convert any Hindu into any other religion forcefully or
Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's first elected Prime Minister (1963-1964) and President
(1964-1978) said: "When the missionaries arrived, the Africans had
the land and the missionaries had the Bible. They taught us to pray with
our eyes closed. When we opened them, they had the land and we had the
Bible." Hope and pray that this will not happen to India.
Most of the conversions in India are rice converts, people converting
to other religions so that they can have free food. Hindus do not have
the bank balance Moslems and Christians have. As such nobody is discussing
every aspect of Hinduism in a market place. It is a shame that claims
of Christians and Moslems, about the superiority of their religions, are
going unchallenged through out the world.
I fully agree, like all other religions and cultures in the world, Hinduism
has the good, the bad and the ugly aspects in it. Caste system is a disgrace
and it is a curse on Hinduism. It only brought misery to India. I am sick
of the humiliation lower castes subjected in India. I am for first complete
eradication of caste system and then for stoppage of forcible conversion
all over India.
At the same time, Please remember that Slavery was part and parcel of
the Holy Bible. There are many verses in the 66 books of the Holy Bible
supporting SLAVERY and that was the reasons why, good, loving, caring,
Church going Christians kept African Americans as SLAVES for hundreds
of years. Slavery was sanctioned by Old Testament of the Holy Bible. Biblical
verses such as Genesis 9:25-27, Leviticus 25:46, Exodus 21:1-6; Deut.
15:17; Exodus 21:7-9; support slavery. Moses did not condemn slavery.
Jesus did not condemn slavery. In fact Jesus did not even address the
issue at all, even though slavery was widespread in Palestine during Jesus'
time. Slavery is even mentioned in the New Testament of the Holy Bible..
During Civil War, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States
of America, said that " Slavery was established by decree of Almighty
God...it is sanctioned in the Bible, in both Testaments, from Genesis
to Revelation." George Washington, the father of our country, owned
slaves. The great Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence
owned many slaves. Patrick Henry, who said, "Give me liberty or give
me death," was a slave owner. They owned slaves since they felt nothing
wrong about it at all. I admire Christians and Christianity for eradicating
slavery. Like Christians We should eradicate caste system, which is nothing
If we study world history, we will see that the whole idea of conversion
does not make any sense at all. History shows slow development in thinking
process of men. Even though every religion claim that Almighty God wrote
their scriptures, it was men who wrote all scriptures. Nobody has the
monopoly on God or truth. Those things are universal.
First Man was a nomad and this nomad man settled on the banks of rivers
of the world.
? First thing man did after settling is agriculture. When man started
cultivation, he had problems with nature.
? So he worshiped all natural powers like Sun, Moon, rain, thunder, serpent
etc as gods. Then finally man started worshiping one and only God instead
of many. Hindus and Jews worshiped many gods.
? When man settled on banks of rivers, for the proper functioning of
society, he made many laws and regulations such as Manu Smriti in in Hinduism
and Ten Commandments in Judaism.
? So first man started cultures all over the world near river banks.
Then out of these cultures came organized religions.
? Hinduism and Judaism are two ancient cultures and all organized religions
of the world today came from those two "mother cultures".
? Islam, Christianity, Bahaism etc came from Judaism. Holy Koran mentions
the name of Jesus Christ many times in its chapters.
? Buddhism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and to some extent Jainism came from
? Everything that is coming from the west has its roots in Judaism like
the Ethics and morality segments of Islam & Christianity.
? Similarly, everything you see in the East has its origins in Hinduism.
Believe it or not, even the rituals in Christianity that people in the
east follow has close resemblance with Hindu rituals.
? Sixty six books of the Holy Bible deals with the trails & tribulations
of the Jews. You will only read about Jews and their history in the Holy
? Similarly, in the Hindu scriptures one is studying about the culture
of India, the culture of the people who gave up their nomad life style
and settled on the banks of the rivers such as Ganges, Brahmaputra, Godavari,
? Sixty six books of the Holy Bible does not mention about the prosperous
Indian Hindu civilization nor about the Chinese civilization, since Holy
Bible was written by Jews about Jews and for Jews. Holy Bible does not
even mention about the American Continent. World came to know about its
existence only after Columbus stumbled upon it on his way to India.
? According to the Holy Bible, Jews are the chosen people of God. Jesus
Christ was a Jew. Jesus did not intend to break away from Judaism. He
came to make Judaism better by eradicating the evil things that have crept
? Today, all organized religions are amalgamations of many civilizations.
No culture or religion can boast its tenets or concepts are unique nor
it alone has the monopoly on God and Truth.
My point is that all cultures in the world are the result of "slowly
developed thought process in the man" and organized religions came
from those cultures. Nobody has the answer even for a question like "whether
there is a God or not or are we speculating?"
History is stained with the blood of millions of human beings who fought
in the name of their personal God and religion. Let us not repeat history.
Let us study from history and learn the fact that all religions are belief
systems and not scientifically or historically documented facts.
Nobody has monopoly on God or truth. God and truth are universal. Nobody
can describe what God is! As such We have to and we should respect each
other's beliefs, since nobody can prove or disapprove any one's belief.
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