Christian Crusaders’ bigoted Propaganda
Charnjit Singh Bal
Two UK Christian zealots, Ram Gidoomal, chairman of South Asian Concern, obviously a Hindu Convert to Christianity and Margaret Wardell, a former Inter-serve (Christian) missionary teamed up to co-author two books, ‘CHAPATIS FOR TEA' and its sequel ‘LIONSPRINCESSES GURUS REACHING YOUR SIKH NEIGHBOURS’, hereafter LIONS PRINCESSES GURUS. Both books are guides exhorting Christians to ingeniously persuade their irresolute Hindu and Sikh neighbours to Christianity.
The ‘LIONS PRINCESSES GURUS’ authors start off with, ‘When we thought of writing a book for Christians in Britain to help them reach out to Sikhs we first looked to see what was available. Except for a small book written for Canadian Christians by Raj Santosh, we drew a complete blank. There are plenty of secular publications about Sikhism but nothing for Christian man or woman who has Sikh neighbours and wants to share the love of Jesus with him’. LIONS PRINCESSES GURUS Page 7
‘We would especially like to thank those who read the first draft and made numerous helpful comments and suggestions. They include Alex Abraham, Julia Cameron, David Corfe, Rana Johal, Narinder Kang, Sunil Kapur, Sheila Kanwal, Narinder Mehat, Santosh Ninan, Sunil Raheja, Kuldip Rajo, Raj Santiosh, Basil Scott, Graham Stockton and Hillary Warner. Special thanks go to Suk Gill for supplying the material for chapter 2.’ Ibid, page 7
Apparently there are quite a number of Sikh and/or Hindu sounding names on the authors’ appreciation list. Presumably they are either Converts to Christianity or accomplices in aiding the devious Christian crusaders in the production of diabolical guide to convert vulnerable Sikhs to Christianity.
Zealotry at its Worst
‘This book aims to help Christians learn about the culture and religion of the Sikhs and to suggest ways of witnessing (evangelizing) to them. Some of them will certainly question or even oppose what you are doing. May we suggest this word from the Rev. Gordon Flyes of Emmanuel church, Wimbledon, (UK) given to us privately?’
"In what biblical sense do we conceive of God as Lord of history at this moment? He is the God who motivated white British missionaries to take the Good News of Jesus to the Indian subcontinent from 18th century onwards. Local people heard and believed the gospel and churches were established. Now, at the end of era of imperial British rule, considerable numbers of Asian people-through political and commercial considerations which seem to have no religious strands within them- have arrived and will achieve significant numerical growth. We clearly see God’s sovereignty in sending out missionaries and are comfortable with that, and even feel we should send more. But when God, the Lord of all history, acts sovereignly- and who else could arrange such a convoluted (twisted) turn of history such as brought Asians and, indeed, West Indians here?- We are uncomfortable and feel threatened. Yet what if God, as the decline of Western Christianity accelerates, proposes to switch the focus for His purposes from white British churches to Black and Asian Christian groups?"
‘Most towns in Britain have few Sikh inhabitants; the large cities have thousands. Who will tell them of Jesus if not their Christian neighbours?’ Lions Princesses Gurus, p. 10
‘Christians who live in areas where there are Sikhs should be leaning how to understand and relate to them. Above all they should be concerned to witness (evangelize) to them. Ibid, page. 17
‘One matter of crucial importance is that Sikhs believe there are many ways to God. So talking will not persuade them that Jesus is unique. However explaining gospel is not doomed to failure; that would be to reckon without Holy Spirit. He has the power to change hearts from within. Pray he will do so. The stories in this book of Sikhs who have come to Christ are powerful illustrations of that.’ Ibid, page 18
Revealing their sinister plan to lure the wavering Sikhs to Christianity the wily authors advise the Christian (foot-soldier) proselytizers,
"The Sikhs are friendly, outgoing people and will welcome a chance to get to know you. Take courage. Make your first approach one of simple friendship and you may well build up warm relationship in which you can share your faith later." Ibid, page 19
"The only way to share the gospel with Sikhs is to get to know one or two on personal level. These will usually be neighbours or work colleagues." Page 22 "And when you really get to know them you will be able to share the gospel in a relaxed atmosphere." Ibid, page 24
Sly Gidoomal and Wardell caution Christian proselytizers not to emphasize grounds common to the Sikhism and Christianity and not to skip the differences lest the targeted Sikhs realize there is no need to abandon their religion and convert to Christianity.
‘Some Christians from a Sikh background feel that the phrase True Guru refers to God himself and that we can point Jesus as its fulfillment. There are many parallels between the qualities ascribed to the true Guru in the Granth and those ascribed to Jesus Christ in the Bible. However there are also differences and we should not skate over (skip) these in order to make Christian teaching more acceptable to Sikhs. If we do that they may feel that Sikhism has everything and they do not need Jesus.’ Ibid, page 140
‘Despite all common ground between Sikhs and Christians, Sikhism is powerless to save men and women. When talking with a Sikh friend you can share what you have in common but realize that emphasizing this unduly may strengthen his resolve to maintain his faith because Christianity seems so close to his present beliefs. Significant differences may have greater potential for drawing him to Christ. They may not make Christianity more appealing at the outset but the need to make a choice will be clear.’ Ibid, page 141
‘When talking with a Sikh don’t begin by listing what you consider the shortcomings of Sikhism. But do get to know how his beliefs and practices influence the way he thinks about spiritual matters.’ Ibid, page 142
‘If Sikhs are to visit your home make sure you place your bible on the highest shelf in your sitting room, preferably covering it with a cloth (as Sikhs do).’ Ibid, Page 149-50
‘When approaching Sikhs with the gospel you do need to know something about their faith. This does not mean you have to become a good Sikh.’ Ibid, page 186
‘Don’t, however, spend all your time on the similarities or you may give the impression that Sikhism is as valid a way of approaching God as Christianity.’ Ibid, p. 187
Lopsided Comparison of Christianity and Sikhism
‘However someone who had turned from Gurus to Jesus Christ said that no one knows of any Sikh who has achieved the union with God for which they long’ Ibid’ page 71
‘A witnessing Christian can remind Sikhs who are caught up in good works that the Granth teaches the impossibility of being saved by them. This may open the door to explaining that salvation can only be found in Jesus.’ Ibid, page 137
‘For Sikhs the issue is clear-cut: Guru Nanak taught that suffering is part of life as real as joy but not as welcome. It can only be endured by obeying the will of God.’ Ibid, page 138
‘But the New Testament offers us more hopeful than ‘grin and bear it’. It sees the suffering of Jesus as a central part of God’s plan. The devil is active in the world, causing trouble and pain for his own ends. But Jesus rose from the dead, demonstrating the power of love to overcome evil, sin and death. The Christian can resist the devil in the victory of Jesus, and his hope for the future is secure in this too.’ Ibid, page 139
‘As Guru Granth Sahib is made up entirely of poetry it is rich in mysticism and can be interpreted differently by different people. It is more a hymn book than a statement of faith. The Bible does have some mystical passages but there is also a great deal of straightforward moral and ethical teachings, and statements about God’s character and his activity in the world.’ Ibid, page 142
Following Ram and Margaret’s lead their counterpart Christian zealots in Kenya have published a book titled ‘LOVE THY NEIGHBOURREACHING OUT TO YOUR SIKH Neighbor’, an all but verbatim copy of ‘LIONS PRINCESSES GURUS’.
Another neo-Christian bigot, Pastor Kent Brandenburg of Bethel Baptist Church, 4905 Appian Way, 1000 Sun Hill Circle, El Sobrante, CA 94803(firstname.lastname@example.org 510-223-8721 or 223-9550), produced a six-page tract spewing venomous diabolical propaganda against Sikhism and exhorting Sikhs to convert to Christianity.
‘Mool-Mantar says, "God is the Eternal Truth." If we were to agree on this, even as in John, 14:6, Lord Jesus Christ said, "I am the truth," then neither of us would be afraid of hearing the truth. Bible Christianity and Sikhism contradict in doctrine. Both could not at the same time be truth.’ Kent Brandenburg, 6-page Tract, page 1
‘Can the Bible and Granth Sahib, your book, both be true when they contradict?’ ‘First, the Bible is accredited or authenticated by fulfilled prophecy. It is the only body of literature that has this kind of prophetic material, exact, detailed, and specific prophecies that have come true hundred of years in the future. Since God is timeless and sovereign, He can tell us what He will do before it occurs. He does this in the Bible. There is not the same kind of mathematical probability in the Granth Sahib. When prophecies come true 100% like this, this mathematical probability verifies the Bible as nothing else but absolutely truth. Granth Sahib has no such authentication. There is no objective evidence to confirm it as authoritative.’ Ibid page 1
‘With evidence that the Bible is the truth and that Jesus Christ truly is God in the flesh, should you not consider what the Bible says about your condition and your salvation?‘Sikhism says that God is everywhere and within us too, but a veil of ego separates us from Him, hiding the Truth from us. The way to God, called NAM in Sikhism, is through cleaning the impure mind. In this system impurity in the mind is cleansed through constant prayer and praise to God, leading to an exalted mental state, free from a chaotic state, and a spiritual evolution that will result in Heavenly Bliss.’ Ibid, pages 4-5
‘The Bible teaches that salvation is through believing in Jesus Christ, receiving Him into one’s life.’ Ibid, page 5
A Christian zealot of Punjabi extraction, who we are told lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, spews blustering anti-Sikh propaganda, recorded on a tape. He too exhorts Sikhs to renounce Sikhism, and believe in and follow Jesus Christ because he alone can cleanse man’s sins because he died for mankind’s sins, purportedly inherited from Adam. Guru Nanak, he says cannot cleanse our sins and save us because he himself says he is sinner He later apologized for his bigoted exhortation.
Christendom, to which the proselytizing zealots, Ram Gidoomal, Margaret Wardell, Kent Brandenburg and their ilk belong, is a customized version of defunct Christianity. The Christendom’s zealous evangelists exhort the cultist worship of Jesus Christ for his crucifixion and resurrection to obliterate man’s purported original sins, surreal dogmas of Trinity Godhead, immaculate-conception, heaven and hell etc. We cite verbatim excerpts from incontrovertible, canonical sources; and quotes and statements of the celebrated philosophers, theologians and Scholars to elicit Christendom’s metamorphosis, historicity, credo and covert/overt evangelism.
The Bible, Judaic (Jewish) and Christian Scriptures is a 66-book volume, co-authored by 40 men, over the period of 1600 years (1513 B.C. to 98 D.C.). Judaism’s Hebrew Scriptures, called Old Testament is a 39-book codex; and Christian Greek Scriptures, called New Testament is a 27-book collection.
The Old Testament is a collection of sacred Hebrew writings Torah (Law) including works pertaining to prophets Mosses Joshua, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, et al from 16th to 5th century B.C.; and Talmud (oral Law), a summary of the Oral Law with later commentaries and explanation compiled by rabbis from 2nd C.E. to middle Ages.
The New Testament comprises of four Gospels, Apostle Paul’s fourteen letters to Christian individuals and congregations compiled by Luke, and letters from James, Peter, John, Jude; and the book of Revelation. A tax collector, Mathew and a fisherman, John, wrote two Gospels immediately after Christ’s death. Mark and Luke, two early followers of Christ, wrote the other Gospels.
Evidently, Jesus Christ wrote none of the Christian Scriptures. The New Testament, a collection of Christian Apostles and disciples’ works, was not compiled into the extant (present) Bible until much later after Jesus Christ’s death. It is also tinged with, and supplement to the Judaic Scriptures or Old Testament.
‘The New Testament differs from the Old Testament in being not a national Literature, or the Literature of a national religion, but an international religious literature. It was basically Jewish in spirit, but was originally written in Greek, and arose in the Greek-speaking churches as the Christian supplement to the Greek translation, the Septuagint, (70 Jewish Scriptures written by Jewish scholars in 3rd and 4th century, and adapted by Greek-speaking Christians), of the Hebrew Bible, which included writings known as Apocrypha (unauthenticated scripture).’ Funk and Wagnall New Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, pp 384-5
‘These early Christian writings, along with the Septuagint, were produced, preserved, copied, and made a part of Holy Scripture by the process of constant use in Christian worship, in the instruction of converts and youth, and in study, exposition, and preaching everywhere in the Christian Church.’ Ibid, page 385
‘The full New Testament canon of twenty-seven books was not fixed until the 4th century A.D., although an almost complete collection was in use in Rome about 180 A.D. These Christian additions to the Old Testament comprised the four Gospels, the acts of the Apostles, the Letters, or Epistles, attributed to Paul, fourteen in all (although several are of doubtful authenticity); and the revelation, or Apocalypse, considered to be by John.’ Ibid, page 394
‘By "Christendom" we refer the realm of sectarian activity dominated by religions that claim to be Christian. "Christianity" refers to the original form of worship and access to God by Jesus Christ.’ MANKIND’S SEARCH FOR GOD, footnote, page 235
‘When we analyze Jesus’ message and the methods he used, we see a distinct difference between his style and that of many of Christendom’s preachers. He did not manipulate the masses with cheap emotionalism or with hellfire scare tactics. Rather Jesus, used simple logic and parables, or illustrations, from everyday life to appeal to the heart and the mind.’ Ibid, page 242
‘The realm of Christendom has been noteworthy for its hypocrisy in this field. In two world wars, Catholic has killed Catholic and Protestant has killed Protestant at the behest of their "Christian" political leaders.’ MANKIND’S SEARCH FOR GOD, page 14-15
‘The history of Christendom with its wars, inquisitions, crusades, and religious hypocrisy, has not helped the cause of Christianity. Devout Muslims and others point to the moral corruption and decadence of the Western, "Christian" world as a basis for rejecting Christianity. Indeed the so-called Christian nations have lost their moral rudder and have suffered shipwreck on the rocks of faithlessness, greed, and self-indulgence.’ MANKIND’S SEARCH FOR GOD, page 235
‘Prophyry, a third-century philosopher from Tyre and an opposer of Christianity, raised the question as to whether followers of Jesus, rather than Jesus himself, were responsible for the distinctive form of Christian religion. Prophyry and (Julian [fourth-century Roman Emperor and opposer of Christianity]) showed, on the basis of the New Testament, that Jesus did not call himself God and he preached, not about himself, but about the one God, the god of all. It was his followers who abandoned his teachings and introduced a new way of their own in which Jesus (not the one God) was the object of worship and adoration.’ Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York Publication, MANKIND’S SEARCH FOR GOD, Text Box, page 266
Christendom’s Surreal Dogmas
The Christendom’s surreal dicta, Immaculate Conception (i.e. Jesus Christ was born of a Virgin mother), Trinity Godhead, Father (God), Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit/ghost, Resurrection, Humans inherit sins from Adam etc. are contentious. Trinity Godhead (Divinity) dogma is suggestive of polytheism and incomprehensible as to who is the Creator or Savior. Even the early Christian scholars held divergent views, and some of the medieval Christian Movements opposed these dogmas. The dissident Movements were branded heretics and suppressed ruthlessly. We have quoted comments of the Christian Scholars who don’t subscribe to Christendom’s surreal dogmas and un-Christian evangelism.
‘The Trinitarian creed of Christianity …sets it apart from the two other classical monotheistic religions [Judaism and Islam].’ (The New Encyclopedia Britannica)
‘The Trinity was developed by the church even though "the bible of Christians include no assertions about God that are specifically Trinitarian." Ibid, footnote, page 219
‘Over the centuries, one result of Trinity teaching has been that the true God Jehovah has been submerged in the quagmire of Christendom’s God-Christ theology. The next logical consequence of that theology was that if Jesus was really God incarnate, then Jesus’ mother Mary, was obviously the "Mother of God." Over the years, that has led to veneration of Mary in many different forms, this is in spite of the total lack of text that speak of Mary in any role of importance except as the humble biological mother of Jesus. Over the centuries the Mother-of-God teaching has been developed and adorned by the Roman Catholic Church, with the result that many Catholics venerate Mary far more fervently than they worship God.’ Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of New York Publication, ‘MANKIND’S SEARCH FOR GOD’, page 277
‘Yet another movement got started in the 12th century in the south of France-the albigenses (also known as Cathari), named after the town Albi, where they had many followers, who expected to be greeted with reverence. They believed Jesus spoke figuratively when he said of the bread, "This is my body." (Mathew 26:26, NAB) They rejected the doctrine of Trinity, the Virgin Birth (Immaculate Conception), hellfire, and purgatory (soul purification). Thus they actively put in doubt the teachings of Rome. Pope the Innocent Ш (3) gave instructions that the Albigenses be persecuted. “If necessary” he said, “suppress them with the sword.” ‘A crusade was mounted against the "heretics" and the Catholic crusaders massacred 20,000 men, women and children in Béziers, France.’ Ibid, page 282
‘At age 20, Michael Servetus (1511-53), a Spaniard, trained in law and medicine, published ‘De Trinitatis erroribus’ (error of Trinity), in which he stated that he "will not make use of the word Trinity, which is not to be found in scripture, and only seems to perpetuate philosophical error." He denounced the Trinity as a doctrine, "that cannot be understood, that is impossible in the nature of things, and that may be looked on as blasphemous.’ Ibid, page 322
The Holy Spirit/Ghost, Immaculate Conception
‘Christians believe that the presence and power of the Holy Spirit is essential if a person is to live as God intends he should (Galatians 5:13-26). Sikhs believe in presence of the divine soul within man but don’t look to it as a means of helping them to live their earthly life. They have no satisfactory answer to the question of how a man can live a life that pleases God except, ‘try harder’. Christianity makes impossible demands on a man or woman but at the same time indicates that Holy Spirit is the power through whom these may be fulfilled.’ LIONS PRINCESSES GURUS, pages 144-5
‘The New Testament gives the account of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) in which the archangel Gabriel told Mary, a virgin betrothed to the carpenter Joseph, that she would conceive and bear the Son of God through the agency of the Holy Ghost. Joseph was also told of this in a dream. Funk and Wagnall New Encyclopedia, Vol. 16, pages 57, 58
‘Immaculate Conception, Roman Catholic dogma holding that, from the first instant of its creation, the soul of the Virgin Mary was free from original sin; this doctrine is not to be confused with that of the Virgin Birth, which holds that Jesus Christ was born of a Virgin mother. Despite divergent scholarly opinions, the Roman Catholic Church has consistently favored belief in the Immaculate Conception. Opposition to the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception was conducted in the 12th century by the French monastic Saint Bernard of Clairvaus and in the 13th century by the famous Italian philosopher Saint Thomas Aquinas.’ Ibid, Vol. 13, page 176
‘Sikhs deny the reality of man’s sinful nature. They teach that people are essentially good; the divine spark within them needs to be fanned into flame of goodness. On the other hand the Bible teaches that men inherit sinful nature from Adam; a person’s guilt must be atoned for. Guru Nanak taught that a man’s sins are moral lapses caused by his environment. They may be cleansed through meditation and prayer.’ LIONS PRINCESSES GURUS, page 143
‘Sikhs believe that meditation on the Granth draws them closer to God; it cleanses a person from sin and instills godly qualities in him. They see it as a means of Salvation. Christians do not believe that meditation can set anyone free from sin but do value it as a way of drawing closer to God, hearing his voice and discerning his will’. Ibid page 145
Who can believe that the children, paragons of innocence, are born sinners? Even in the historical accounts of the Pagans and Neanderthals there is no mention of such a belief. Simple logic evinces that a man alone commits Sins and he alone can atone for his sins. Almost all the major religious theologies, except Christendom, vouch for the logical principle that we are responsible for our deeds.
‘In Christian theology Jesus Christ, by His death on the Cross, made a covenant between God and man for the redemption of mankind. Theologians differ about the precise meaning of this covenant, sometimes called the covenant of the New Testament. Some believe that Christ’s voluntary sacrifice redeemed all men, others contend that only those who earn their redemption by faith alone, or by faith and good works, can or will be saved.’ Funk & Wagnall’s New Encyclopedia, Vol. 7, p. 108
Salvation, Heaven, Hell
‘The Gurus taught that if deliverance is sought in the proper manner all will eventually receive it. Nevertheless most Sikhs are uncertain of salvation. Grace is viewed as something, which God bestows on those he chooses. A man or woman receives salvation when it is in their destiny to do so. But given enough time and rebirths all will eventually reach that point. So Sikhs believe that there is no such thing as eternal damnation; all will eventually achieve deliverance from the bondage of earthly life. Therefore ultimately no one is lost but is re-united with the divine absolute. There is no personal resurrection. The human soul is of the same essence as God, comes from God and will eventually be merged back into him.’
‘Heaven and hell are not places where individuals live for eternity but refer to different stages of person’s earthly life.’ ‘In contrast Christians believe that those who receive Christ as their Savior are adopted into God’s family. After their earthly life is over they will have eternal fellowship with him in heaven. They will not lose their unique personal identity. Similarly hell is a reality where those who have rejected the Lord will spend eternity.’ LIONS PRINCESSES GURUS, page 144
‘Without believing in Jesus Christ, you, my Sikh friend, will die in your sins, and in so doing, will be condemned to Hell for ever. Receive Jesus Christ alone as your Lord and saviour today, turning from your sin and religion.’ Pastor Kent Brandenburg, Tract p. 6
We interpolate commentaries that rebut Christendom zealot’s nefarious propaganda and support Sikhism’s theological concepts.
Jean Cauvin or John Calvin (1509-64) who was burned to death as heretic, published Institutes of the Christian Religion), set forth his theology. To Calvin, God is the absolute sovereign, whose will determines and rules over everything. In contrast, fallen man is sinful and totally undeserving. Salvation, therefore, is not dependent on man’s good works but on God-hence, Calvin’s doctrine of predestination, on which he wrote:’
"We assert that by an eternal and immutable (unchangeable) counsel, God has once for all determined, both whom He would admit to salvation, and whom He would condemn to destruction. We affirm that this counsel, as far as concerns the elect, is founded on His gratuitous mercy, totally irrespective of human merit; but that to those He devotes to condemnation, the gate of life is closed by a just and irreprehensible, but incomprehensible judgment." ‘MANKIND’S SEARCH FOR GOD’, p. 323
‘Hell does exist and is eternal said a Jesuit magazine, but it is not a physical place and there is no fire: It’s the condition of people who live without God. "It is not God who condemns man to hell, but it’s man, who freely condemns himself to eternal damnation," said an editorial in prominent weekly Civilta Cattolica (Rome). "Hell is a state, a form of existence of man in which he suffers the pain of being deprived of God," said the editorial, quoted in Italian newspapers Friday. The Italian Jesuit magazine said that a man is condemned to eternal damnation "when he prefers himself to God." Vancouver Sun, 17 July 1999
John Calvin’s and Jesuits’ above theological statement defining ‘Heaven and Hell and salvation concepts jibe with Sikhism’s tenet. Guru Nanak says,
Some, (by the Lord) are blessed (redeemed),
Some (by Him) are kept wandering (in the reincarnation cycle). Japji
Fictitious Tale of a Sikh Convert
‘One teenager living in London went to a church youth club where he heard the gospel for the first time. After some months he decided to accept Christ and bought a bible. When his parents found it in his room and asked about it he admitted that he had become a Christian. They were horrified, took away the Bible and forbade him to go on attending the youth club. He did that but continued to meet his Christian friends secretly for Bible study. Inevitably his parents came to know. When they faced him with it he declared he could not desert Jesus who had given his life for him. At that his parents ordered him to leave home. He did so and went to a Midlands city. Western Christians should be aware of such consequences when trying to help former Sikhs. They must be prepared to take them into their own family if they are thrown out by their parents.’ LIONS PRINCESSES GURUS, Page 119
That the Sikh teenager bought a bible belies the fantastical story because the Christendom’s fervent missionaries usually stand on the streets and Jehovah’s witnesses go around the neighborhoods to distribute free Bibles and Christian literature. Even the Christian Government agencies i.e. Immigration and citizenship departments give away the Bibles to all the new immigrants at the Naturalization oath ceremony. In Britain such literature is made available in Gurmukhi too.
‘Asian Books, a ministry of South Asian Concern, holds stocks of most literature suitable for Sikhs in Britain. They are available in both Gurmukhi and English and include tracts, stories of Sikhs who have come to Christ and simple explanation of Christian truths. Ibid, page 160
‘The Bible Society publishes gospels in Gurmukhi. The Scripture Gift Mission produces selection of Scriptures for free distribution.’ Ibid, page 159
Evidently Ram Gidoomal, Margaret Wardell, Pastor Kent Brandenburg and their ilk are not true Christians. Their rabid obsession has prodded them to distort the noble Christian principle of ‘Love thy neighbor’ to ‘convert thy neighbor’. Instead of shepherding back the disenchanted Christians, these zealots have launched a devious mission to convert credulous non-Christians and replenish the dwindling floks of Christendom.
Sikhism in Multi-Faith Scholars’ View
We have posited our arguments and scribed statements and quotes of the celebrated multi-faith theologians, philosophers and scholars that controvert Christendom’s evangelists’ professed surreal dogmas, below such postulates.
‘SIKHISM is religion taught through Guru Nanak in forms of the Ten Gurus and now through the Guru-Granth Sahib and the whole community of disciples. It is a practical way of life, leading man straight to his goal, and does not involve itself in verbose theorizing.’
‘There is one God, absolute, eternal, infinite, beyond all human comprehension, yet revealed through creation and through grace to one prepared by the practice of devotion and the virtues. This God never limits Himself to one form by taking birth, but sends His messages from time to time to lead His creatures towards him.’ Duncun Greenlees, Gospel of the Guru-Granth Sahib, page vii
‘Out of this wretched, misery-trampled, hag-ridden (tormented) peasantry the Gurus had to build a nation of self-respecting men, devoted to God and their leader, filled with a sense of equality and brotherhood for all, ready to die, eager to die, as martyrs for their faith when opportunity allowed, and yet prepared to fight the tyrant with his own weapons in defense of the weak and to protect the righteous. Yet the Gurus never fought save in self defense, never raised the sword in anger, never forgot the noblest chivalry while fighting-and looking to the future with hope and faith instead of the blind despair of accepting meekly the effects of their ‘Karma’ of earlier life. Ibid, page xxiv
‘Guru Nanak spoke of himself as neither continent (austere), learned and was in every respect the essence of humility. His advent was heralded by no prophecies, and consequently he was not obliged to make or invent incidents in his life comfortable thereto. He preached against idolatry, caste, distinction, and hypocrisy, and gave men a most comprehensive ethical code; but in so doing he never uttered a word which savoured of personal ambition or arrogation (assumption) of the attributes of the creator.’
‘The cardinal principle of the Gurus and Bhagats whose writings finds place in the sacred books of the Sikhs was the unity of God.’ Max Arthur Macauliffe ‘THE SIKH RELIGION’, Vol. 1, pp d 1-2
‘The Adi Granth is part of mankind’s common spiritual treasure. It is important that it should be brought within the direct reach of as many people as possible. A book that has meant, and means so much to a notable community as the Sikh Khalsa deserves close study from the rest of the world.’
‘For Nanak the fundamental truth was that, for a human being, the approach to God lies through self-abnegation (self-denial) and this is indeed the chief message of most of the higher religions that have made their appearance up to date.’
‘But the Adi Granth is a catholic (universal) anthology (scriptural volume). It also includes hymns written by earlier Indian seers in whom Nanak and his successors recognized kindred spirits; and some of these contributors to the Granth are Hindus, while others are Muslims. Their writings have found a place in the Adi Granth because the compilers of it held, and this surely with good reason, that these seers were Sikhs in fact, though they lived and wrote before the Sikh religion took institutional form. They were Sikhs because they brought out and emphasized the universal spiritual truths contained in their respective religious traditions, and these truths belong to all ages and all faiths.’
‘Mankind’s religious future may be obscure; yet one thing can be foreseen: the living higher religions are going to influence each other more than ever before, in these days of increasing communication between all parts of the world and all branches of the human race. In this coming religious debate, the Sikh religion, and its scriptures the Adi Granth, will have something special to say to the World.’ Arnold Toynbee, Historian Forward, UNESCO Publication, ‘The Sacred Writings of the Sikhs’, page 9, 10, 11
‘Guru Nanak tried to build a nation of self respecting men and women, devoted to god and their leaders, filled with a sense of equality and brotherhood for all.’ The Gurus are the light bearers to mankind. They are the messengers of the timeless. The Gurus are human and not divine. They are not to be worshipped. Guru Gobind Singh says: ‘whosoever regards me as Lord shall be damned and destroyed…I am but the servant of God.’ Late Dr. Radha Krishan, Former President of India Introduction, UNESCO Publication, ‘Sacred Writings of the Sikhs, pp. 17, 18, 19
‘The Sikhs Gurus transcend the opposition between the personal and the impersonal, between the transcendent (beyond) and the immanent (pervading). God is not abstraction but an actuality. He is Truth, formless nirguna, absolute, eternal, infinite, beyond human comprehension. He is yet revealed through creation, and through grace anyone who seeks Him through devotion. God is not limited to any one incarnation but sends His messengers from time to time, to lead struggling humanity towards Him. Ibid, p. 19’
‘Nanak was critical of the formalism (dogmatism) of both the Hindus and the Muslims. Ibid, p. 21
Nanak strove to bring Hindus and Muslims together. His life and teachings were a symbol of the harmony between the two communities. A popular verse describes him as a Guru for the Hindus and Pir for the Muslims.’ Nanak Shah Fakir, Hindu ka Guru, Mussulman ka pir. Ibid, p. 23
The Sikhism’s concept of an ideal religion and its true purpose are to instill in a man, piety, morality, humanism, socio-religious liberalism and cultural pluralism.
‘The true purpose of a higher religion is to radiate the spiritual counsels and truths that are its essence into as many souls as it can reach, in order that each of these souls may be enabled thereby to fulfill the true end of man. Man’s true end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.’ Arnold Toynbee, Historian, MANKIND’S SEARCH FOR GOD, page 14
‘On other hand, there are millions of people who profess no religion, nor any belief in a god. They are atheists. Others, agnostics, believe that God is unknown and probably unknowable. However, that obviously does not mean that they are people without principles or ethics, any more than professing a religion mean that one does have them. However, if one accepts religion as being "devotion to some principle, strict fidelity or faithfulness; consciousness, pious affection or attachment", then most people, including atheists and agnostics, do have some form of religious devotion in their lives.’Ibid, p. 7
‘To study different religions need not imply infidelity to one’s own faith, but rather it may be enlarged by seeing how other people have sought for reality and have been enriched by their search. Knowledge leads to understanding, and understanding to tolerance of other people with a different viewpoint.’ *Geoffrey Parinder, Historian, World Religions-From Ancient History to the Present, Ibid, page. 8
‘Socrates, who inculcated every active Virtue, nevertheless admitted, ‘that he who wanted least was nearest to the Divinity; for to need nothing was the attribute of God.’
‘We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love.’
Jonathan Swift (166- 1745)
‘Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do from religious conviction.’ Blaise Pascal (1623-62)
The excerpts and abstracts from crusaders’ diabolical propaganda material; and rebuttals of the all-time philosophers, scholars and theologians evince that while the Sikhism preaches a blend of monotheism, quintessential spirituality, pragmatic religiosity, liberalism, and religious harmony, the Christendom professes Blind faith Cultism, Occultism, Parochialism and polytheism (i.e. Trinity Godhead, Mary mother of God).