Sunday, December 15, 2013
India's Caste System: Jesus' Answer to His Indian Friend !
[The narration given below is taken from my favorite book of life guidance, the Urantia Book. The book reveals to us for the first time, the details of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, that are not covered in the Bible. When Jesus was about 28 years of age, he undertook a year long journey in the company of a wealthy Indian merchant, named Gonod and his son, Ganid, who was of nearly the same age as Jesus himself. These three journeyed together in the areas of Palestine, Egypt, Greece and other parts of the ancient Roman Empire during AD 22-23 period. Jesus worked for Gonod as a language intrepreter, especially Greek in which the Indian merchant lacked proficiency and traveled with the Indian father and son sharing many life experiences and thoughts. The Indians had visited these foreign lands in connection with their trading business. The following incident happened during the course of their journey]
One day while resting at lunch, about halfway to Tarentum, Ganid asked Jesus a direct question as to what he thought of India’s caste system.
“Though human beings differ in many ways, the one from another, before God and in the spiritual world all mortals stand on an equal footing.
There are only two groups of mortals in the eyes of God: those who desire to do his will and those who do not.
As the universe looks upon an inhabited world, it likewise discerns two great classes: those who know God and those who do not.
Those who cannot know God are reckoned among the animals of any given realm.
Mankind can appropriately be divided into many classes in accordance with differing qualifications, as they may be viewed physically, mentally, socially, vocationally, or morally, but as these different classes of mortals appear before the judgment bar of God, they stand on an equal footing; God is truly no respecter of persons.
Although you cannot escape the recognition of differential human abilities and endowments in matters intellectual, social, and moral, you should make no such distinctions in the spiritual brotherhood of men when assembled for worship in the presence of God.”