I was listening to an interview between Faye Dsouza and Devadutt Pattanaik. Both are extremely amazing personalities, with significant contributions in their own fields. During the interview, Pattanaik speaks of the difference in paradigm between the eastern religions (Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism) and near eastern religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism).
He says, the near east Asian religions see God as a judge, who has given a set of rules and the heaven/hell is given based on the following of those rules in life. There is only one life. The case is different in eastern religions where rebirth is permitted. The main factor here is dharma, which comes as the relationship between the mighty and meek. Definitely the mighty have a responsibility towards the meek. [This is his analysis; I don’t have enough resources to analyze it]
Now Pattanaik is a well-known scholar and his analysis on far eastern religions (it includes Christianity) is significant. Definitely Christians believe that God is a judge; there are rules/commandments; there is only life; there is judgement. But my question is,
- Is this the most important teaching of Christianity?
- Have our lives / our preaching & teaching conveyed to others that this is the most important teaching?
Definitely the answer to the first question is a big NO from my side. The answer to the second question may be an YES. If that is the case, it is time for a change.
Evangelization isn’t getting people to fall in line — it’s getting them to fall in love
The above saying of Pope Francis is extremely significant. Christianity is not about morals or commandments. It is about the person of Jesus Christ. I do things because I have fallen in love with Jesus. I know it is easy to preach about the morals/rules, but difficult to fall in love and help others to fall in love with Jesus. The video is definitely an invitation for all, especially the leaders of the church to preach and practice an authentic Christianity, which is true evangelization.