DID JESUS RESIDE IN ANCIENT INDIA FOR 18 YEARS?
Mr. Samuel Koodal's Argument That Jesus Christ Practiced Yoga & Hinduism in India for Eighteen Years Is Refuted Point by Point by Professor E. C. Samkutty)
Readers, please pray for this gentleman Samuel Koodal-sir, so that he would make peace with God at this senior age and stop propagating such strange ideas which lack authentic historical validation.
Catholic priests have become targets of Samuel Koodal’s vicious attack because he knows that priests, in general, are pacifists and would not pluck out his long beard.
Mr. Koodal's gray hairs and extra-long beard do not mean that everything he says needs to be blindly accepted.
Kindly read my arguments below against his diabolical ideas.
(1) Mr. Samuel is mercilessly attacking priests as ignorant and anti-social.
But what is the real fact?
A good number of medical colleges, academic institutions, hospitals, orphanages, and charity foundations in the world were initiated by Christian priests and Hindu/Islamic religious leaders.
(2)All priests receive adequate education and practical training. Many great philosophers, social activists, and humanitarians were actually priests and nuns.
(3)A substantial number of scientists and thinkers are the products of universities founded by priests. Harvard University and Oxford University originated in the minds of priests that Mr. Samuel Koodal is now mudslinging at. A good number of professors in these universities were priests in the early centuries. Many neighbors of Samuel Koodal are now attending colleges founded by priests and bishops. The first college at Pathanapuram(near Koodal) was founded by bishops.
Priests have become targets for Koodal because he knows well that priests, in general, are nonviolent and would not pluck out his long gray beard.
JESUS IN INDIA??
Mr. Koodal sir is claiming that Jesus came to India and studied the sacred books of India. This argument itself proves that Mr. Koodal has lost his ability to think rationally.
The teachings of Jesus absolutely have no similarity to the basic concepts of Buddhism or Hinduism. See the following reasons that would discredit Mr. Samuel Koodal's arguments.
(1)Ancient religions of India were pluralistic in their approach to the universe and supernatural phenomena. India absorbed ideas from all religions that our ancient people came in contact with. So, Hinduism has a very broader and liberal view of human destiny.
But Jesus rejected all such pluralistic ideas and formulated a very narrow concept of salvation that is unique and singular.
(2)Ancient Indian belief systems focused on KARMA or the possibility of salvation through good works. But Jesus totally rejected the benefits of KARMA in attaining SALVATION. Jesus clearly taught that salvation is possible only through the KARMA of a blemish-less lamb of God---Jesus, but not through the good deeds of a sinful person. Even the best deeds of a human are polluted with selfishness.
Jesus and his disciples flatly rejected the benefit of human karma toward attaining SALVATION. The Hindu concept of MUKTI and Jesus's concept of Mukti(SALVATION) were very different.
(3)The eschatological views of Christ were the very opposite of the ideas given in the ancient sacred books of India. The Indian concept of life after death is based on reincarnation and transmigration of the soul at the moment of death.
However, Jesus clearly taught that once a person is physically dead, the final destiny of the soul is immediately decided whether it would go to hell or paradise. Never has Jesus taught that the human soul or the animal soul will be transmigrated to live inside another animal or insect or human being.
(4)The yoga system is completely foreign to the teachings of Jesus. Not once did Jesus asked his disciples to meditate through physical and mental exercises.
(5) The Indian practice of "thapas" (disciplined meditation)sitting in lonely areas was never practiced by Jesus, neither did he teach his disciples to meditate in remote areas of the woods separated from human contact.
(6)The Indian concept of Self-Renunciation accomplished by inflicting pain on the human body was never taught by Jesus. Jesus ate well, slept well, and put on nice clothes. He never slept on nails. He did not ask his disciples to fast and suffer hunger, thereby torment their bodies.
Some of his enemies questioned why the disciples of Jesus did not observe ritualistic Fasting and Prayer. He taught the disciples to duly protect the human body as a temple of God but not to torment it.
(7)Ahimsa was also a basic concept of Indian Buddhism and Hinduism. To be faithful to Ahimsa ideals, Buddhists did not even kill ants, fleas, or insects. I have seen some Buddhist monks covering their mouth with a piece of cloth, so they would not accidentally kill any flees, in case of a flea flying into their mouth accidentally.
If Jesus lived in India from age 12 to 30, the concept of ahimsa would have impacted his teaching.
Jesus ate fish, meat, and never taught that it is wrong to use animals as food. Buddhism was practiced in India 450 years before Christ was born. But there is no trace of Buddhism in the doctrines of Jesus.
(8)Ancient Buddhist and Hindu priests lived by begging. They ate what others gave them to eat. An oval-shaped Alms-Receiving Dish was what Buddhist monks always carried with them. Many Hindu gurus and sanyasis also practiced begging.
But Jesus never begged. Jesus taught that all people must work hard to eat. Jesus never carried a metal dish, so people can put money in it. First-century Christianity taught the importance of working hard. Even Apostle Paul worked part-time to maintain himself.
Jesus never called lazy people to become his disciples. He called all of them while they were fishing or engaged in some kind of hard work. All his disciples once had a career, including Mathew who was a revenue officer.
(9)Hindu gurus and Buddhist monks promoted the worship of the sun, moon, stars, trees, rivers, and other objects. All ancient Indian religions were Pantheistic that promoted worship of natural objects. But Jesus attacked nature-worship with the strongest voice.
(10) Ancient worship sites of India were saturated with wooden statues and metallic images of religious leaders, gods, goddesses, serpents, and even spiders. However, Jesus did not encourage idol worship. He taught that bowing down before statues will send one to hell.
(11) Ancient religions of India promoted BRAHMACHARYA (celibacy) and discouraged religious leaders from engaging in sexual relations. They encouraged celibacy even among married Hindu couples. In contrast, Jesus and the first-century apostles promoted normal family life and sexual activities. In fact, his disciples were married. The Bible talks about Peter's mother-in-law and Jesus and his disciples together visiting her.
Healthy sex between married couples was promoted by the first-century church as the duty of every married spouse. Illicit sex was opposed by Jesus and Jesus allowed divorce if any spouse is sexually unfaithful.
(12) Ancient Hindu and Buddhist religions taught people to appreciate the beauty of male and female naked bodies. Some even made images of male and female sex organs for worship. Sivalingam (sex organ of the chief god Siva)was worshiped in temples and shrines.
Various acts of sex in different positions were designed by artists and placed in temples. The Hindu shrines in the Agenda Caves of India are known for pornographic statues. Many ancient Indian worship places were full of naked statues that clearly depict both male and female sex organs.
Jesus never followed any such ideas.
Jesus and his disciples strictly enforced modest clothes that covered the body from the neck to the feet. Exposing nakedness was a horrible sin in the first-century churches started by the disciples of Jesus.
Archeologists have never found any traces of naked images in any ruins of early Christian communities. People in Christian communities wore well-covering long gowns as ancient paintings reveal.
Many statues in ancient Indian temples were completely naked. Ancient Indian culture celebrated nakedness, while ancient Christian culture prohibited nakedness and scanty clothes. Public display of Kamasuthra-related ideas was unknown in Christian communities. Sex was a private matter between married couples in ancient Christianity.
This shows that Jesus had no influence from India. Indian religions did not impact any teachings of Jesus.
(13) If Jesus lived in India for many years, he would have absorbed many moral stories from ancient India. He would have used them in his parables as anecdotes. He would have mentioned the names of old gurus, maharshis, kings, and holy places of India in his dialogues, sermons or parables. In thirty-three years of Jesus' earthly life, there was no mention of India or Indian belief systems in his casual or formal conversations.
***If I had time, I could present hundreds of facts to disprove the arguments of Mr. Samuel Koodal.
Hello, Samuel Koodal sir...your concepts are illogical and blatantly invalid. There is no parallel to be drawn between Indian religions and the teachings of Christ.
What connection is there between Indian religions and Christianity? None.
Christ did not come to India---100 % sure. If he ever came to ancient India--- even for a brief visit--- he would have mentioned the name India or its old name positively or negatively. When Jesus rebuked idol worship, he would have mentioned India. He would have sent his chief disciple Simon Peter to India first--- to preach against idol worship, polytheism, Pantheism, reincarnation, brahmacharya, self-mutilation of bodies, nakedness, and prostitution in temples.
Madam Selin John elsewhere posted an article with Bible verses to discredit your flimsy arguments which I shared above or below this post.
Sir.....you are misleading people. You are offending Catholic priests--- most of them honest and dedicated. The world is a better place, a cleaner place, a healthier place, and a smarter place to live and learn because of our priests.
The world will be doomed if people accept your crazy ideas.
Sir, stop such weak unfounded arguments, please.
Repent, if you do not want to go to hell.
Professor Ezhamkulam Samkutty, USA
(20 December 2017)