December 18, 2007

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

Posted in Messages, Philosophy, Religion tagged , , , , , , , , at 5:53 am by randallbutisingh

MY CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

Another Christmas will soon be here, a festival celebrated by millions throughout the world. But what does Christmas celebrate?

Christmas celebrates the Birth Anniversary of a Great Soul who to the Christians is the Son of God and GOD Incarnate; to the Muslims, a Prophet of God in the line of Prophets, of whom Muhamad claimed to be the last, and to the Hindus, an Incarnation of God, like Rama, Krishna and currently Satya Sai Baba, Many believed he spent His missing years in India and Tibet, where among the yogis, he imbibed the teachings which were revealed in the Sermon on the Mount. Hindus also include Him in the pantheon of Gods and Goddesses that presided over their daily lives.

The recognition of the great religions of the world of this great teacher, prophet and yogi can be the basis on which the unity of all mankind be achieved. To the Christians, the Fatherhood of God makes the Brotherhood of man a Divine command; to the Muslims, all believers in one God are the inheritors of the Garden; and to the Hindus, God is both immanent and transcendent, not unlike the Jews in Genesis of man being made in the Image of God. Man here connotes all manlind and an indivisible humanity.

But in practice, one sees differently. One does not see Religion as a unifying force, but as something exclusive and divisive. We see division, not only in the different religions, but also inside each religion. One religion may be splintered into many sects, each claiming to have possession of the truth, and each spending time defending its position rather than propagating the fundamentals of Love, Compassion and Brotherhood, the message of the Sermon on the mount. Gandhi, a Hindhu, read this message, was inspired by it and exhorted his followers to do the same.

We say we celebrate Christmas, but do we celebrate the true spirit of the occasion? In our revelry and our excesses and our commercial exploitation, do we remember the poor, the needy, the destitute? Or do we leave that to a few charitable organisations who ask for the crumbs from our table?

What will be our gift to the man we celebrate? Whatever our beliefs, there can be no doubt that he was Love Incarnate. Did he not say if you feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, entertain the stranger, give clothing to the naked, and visit the prisoner; and as you have done to one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you have done it unto me. ( Matthew 25: 35-40). That was for all times. How much more should it be at Christmas !

HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND GOD BLESS YOU !

Randall Butisingh

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3 Comments »

  1. glenscriv said,

    Hi Randall,
    Thanks for wishing us a happy Christmas. Let me wish you the same.

    You mention much about Christ’s teaching. I wonder what you make of the *fact* of incarnation. If you consider John 1 for instance you see that Christ – the Word made flesh – is Himself the Sermon. He is God’s speech to man by becoming man – more precisely by becoming *this* man.

    Christ cannot be reduced to teachings that could be found equally on the lips of other teachers. Christmas means God is incredibly particular. The place where God’s Word meets humanity is Jesus. Therefore God is particularly *this* God. The God of Jesus. The God of the crib and the cross.

    I am 100% for your suggestions that we remember the poor, the needy and the destitute. Once we remember that ‘He who was rich for our sakes became poor, so that we, through His poverty, might become rich’ (2 Cor 8:9) then we must do likewise. But first let’s remember *Him*. Not primarily as an example but primarily as this particular Saviour – God Incarnate, the King of Heaven who came in poverty. It is this ‘One and Only’ from the Father’s side who we celebrate at Christmas. Not simply an example who could be replicated by all manner of ‘good people.’ In *this* crib is the Saviour of the world. In *this* stable is the hope for all humanity.

    Author : glenscriv (IP: 89.243.189.128 , 89.243.189.128)
    > E-mail : glen@christthetruth.org.uk
    > URL : http://www.christthetruth.org.uk

  2. randallbutisingh said,

    To glenscriv
    E-mail : glen@christthetruth.org.uk
    http://www.christthetruth.org.uk

    Thanks for your comments. I am a believer in Jesus, that He is God incarnate. I am a baptised Christian, but I am open minded. I respect other religions; If I do not, then I do not understand my own. What I have in my message is how the other religions look at Jesus. I ended by saying that “whatever their beliefs, no one can deny He is the Incarnation of Love.”

    I refuse to agree with Christianity as it is practiced. It is exclusive and divisive. There is wrangling among sects. The fundamentals of religion as Jesus taught it are love and compassion, and this should be extended to all mankind, for ALL MANKIND IS ONE. All men are made of the same clay with the same Divine spark within them.

    You have a right to your beliefs. Others should have the same. When the LOVE of God will have descended, then all differences will disappear.

    Randall Butisingh

  3. randallbutisingh said,

    DEAR TEACHER,

    Thank you so very much for your profoundly kind thoughts many of which have helped to mould my values in life and living in the years that have gone by. They will continue to follow me and to be with me in the remaining years of my journey in this mortal world. You have been a very good friend of my deceased father and a great source of moral and intellectual support to me and my family. You are aslo a highly cherished elder relative in our extended family and village communities. May you continue to share your human values and rich personal wisdom with us during your remaining years in this world.

    Peace and Blessings. “SANTOSHAM PARAM SUKHAM”

    RAM TIWARI


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