"If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today.”
Ouch! That hurts!
Gandhi was a great man and a serious world leader. He stood for many of the values that Jesus espoused. I am not the judge, nor do I claim to be. But I have to suppose that he ended up in hell based on the scriptures that are clear:
He that believeth in the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him." John 3:36
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 1 John 5:12
So it’s clear based on what I know about the life of Gandhi that he never became a Christian, although he was exposed to our beliefs and people. Did the fact that some who confessed to be Christians, yet lived a lifestyle contrary to their words have an affect on Gandhi heading for hell? I mentioned this to group of Christian men Tuesday night. Most of them got the message loud and clear. One of them said that “he wasn’t going to feel guilty about Gandhi”. I could see the whole “predestination thing” flying around in his mind. Ironically, he is one who was recently having premarital sex out of wedlock.
It is easy to believe that we don’t have to be salt and light to a dying world because God already knows who will make it and who won’t. I wonder if God is going to buy into our lame excuses for not living holy lives. I wonder if there will be any reason for looking like hypocrites that the righteous judge will accept.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. Romans 3:23
But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a job to do. We have to do what we can. We have to get real, be honest, live holy lives to the best of our abilities, resist the enemy, fight against temptation, love those who are unlovable, and show all men how merciful our Lord Jesus can be to us when we least deserve it.
Fare well Gandhi! May we do a better job of witnessing to others.