Monday, March 14, 2011

In His Own Words: What Gandhi Said He Believed and Didn’t Believe About Jesus

Tonight at 7:00pm, Rob Bell will launch his new book Love Wins - A Book about Heaven, Hell and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived at a gathering in New York City. In his introductory video, Bell cites a moment several years ago at his church when someone posted a hand-written note on a piece of art that featured quote from Gandhi. The note said, “Reality Check: He is in Hell.” To that comment Bell provocatively asks, “Gandhi’s in Hell? He really is? And someone knows this for sure? And felt the need to let the rest of us know?”

Today I was reading John Stott’s book The Cross of Christ, and he cites Gandhi as example of “those who repudiate the gospel of the cross.” Stott quotes from Gandhi’s autobiography:

“I could accept Jesus as a martyr, an embodiment of sacrifice, and a divine teacher, but not as the most perfect man ever born. His death on the cross was a great example to the world, but that there was anything like a mysterious or miraculous virtue in it, my heart could not accept.” (Gandhi: An Autobiography, p. 113 as cited by John Stott in The Cross of Christ, p. 42).

Compare Gandhi’s statement with Romans 10:9:

“…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

1 comment:

Chris Dean said...

As more details of the book soon come to light, I am open to being corrected about Rob Bell here, in fact I dearly hope I am so for his own sake, but in reading other works of Rob Bell's and seeing his current theological trajectory culminating in 'Love Wins', I simply cannot help but think of this quote from Jesus Himself:

"Whoever is not with Me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me scatters." -Matthew 12:30 & Luke 11:23 ESV

Lord Jesus, please grant clarity and conviction to Rob Bell (and myself and all of us) to speak the Truth, for the sake of Your flock and Your great Name's sake.