While i was in a city far away from my state of domicile, a friend of mine asked me, “IF JESUS WAS GOD, THEN WHILE HE WAS IN THE FLESH IN THIS WORLD, WHAT HAPPENED TO GOD? DID THE CHRISTIAN GOD LOSE THAT MUCH GODNESS?”
The question seemed an insult to my belief, then. So i asked him, “If you believe that Lord Rama or Lord Krishna were on an incarnation in this world, then who were attending to the functions of the preserver Lord Vishnu?”
My friend was calm and said, “Firstly, we have many Gods and they are interdependent and not like the Christian God concept of three in one. Secondly, by your questioning my beliefs you cannot convince yourself of the veracity of your beliefs……………….so think or ask and tell me.”
I had no convincing answer to his question, much worse was the state of my own thus far held assertions. A new question had been flung at me, for which i had no answer. The challenge was RATIONAL and there was no way i could shirk or shrug and leave that question.
The peculiar problem that a Christian faces is that he cannot ask such questions, as the enquirer would be open to being called a blasphemous person. As a lay person, i am to accept the postulates and start off with certain indoctrinated fundamental beliefs. So, i was left with my question with no one to ask or refer the problem. So like in life, as we put many questions in the back burner and get on with our day to day lives, i also put this question in the back burner of my mind and forgot all about it over a period of time.
After about two years had passed by, one evening i was with another Hindu friend, who told me that you Christians flaunt the verse John 3:16 FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLATING LIFE, but it is the 2 verses appearing in
John 5: 26 & 27
For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
which is the crux of the DIVINITY of CHRIST and the empowerment granted by the Father.
I was stunned! I had read The Bible many a time and have never thought of these 2 verses having the significance which my Hindu friend expatiated as follows:
SEE GOD THE ‘FATHER’ HAS LIFE IN HIMSELF, WHICH MEANS HE IS SELF ORIGINATING, SELF PERPETUATING AND SELF RESURRECTING (in the unlikely event of his own death, for any reason whatsoever). That God the father, gave the Son those ATTRIBUTES to have LIFE in himself.
The second part is the “AUTHORITY” granted because he was brought into this world as a mortal and yet was not tainted by the sins of this world and therefore the Son was granted the authority to judge men, with whom the Son had been a peer once. So JESUS is the interface between GOD and MAN. What amazing verses…………and he fell into a vacant thoughtfulness.
I realized that BELIEF comes very much in the way of our understanding of the WORD. When we do not have the openness of mind we miss what is being said and read what we already hold as a belief.
After hearing that explanation by my friend Raj, i am convinced that WORD has the power to convey meanings which no BELIEF can ever substitute! I believe that the first question raised by my other friend stands answered.