Gandhi, a Hindu, lived the greatest Christian life of the 20th century. Mohandas K. Gandhi embraced, with every ounce of his being, the ethical teachings of Christ. He was particularly touched by the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus' teaching on forgiveness, and the figure of the suffering Christ. He also maintained a devotion to Jesus throughout his life. With this he believed that “the truth is God”. In this essay I will describe how Gandhi led the greatest Christian life.
Gandhi was a man preoccupied with truth and the pursuit of truth. “Truth is God” is the religious principle that ruled his life. The central concept of Gandhi's philosophy is satyagraha. This
This is what I believe makes him the person who lead the greatest Christian life in the 20th century. He believed that the truth is a gift and a goal which must be stubbornly and continually sought after. Sanskrit word translates to mean "the adherence to Truth in all matters". In the time that Gandhi was around, many religions believed that they had the real "truth" but Gandhi believed that if one of the religions claimed have the only real "truth" that they have lost touch what is truth. He taught people the idea of resistance by non-violent means. He found that violence, which he defined as abusing power or causing physical harm, could only be fought sanely by using nonviolence. Gandhi disapproved of the use of violence in the midst of his struggle for the fundamental principles of equality and fairness. Gandhi thus believed that each religion is divinely inspired because each represents one manifestation of the "truth". With this nonviolence movement Gandhi fought on many levels, including the political levels. Furthermore, Gandhi condemned the taking of life, as did Jesus Christ. This nonviolence, known as "Ahimsa" is an ancient Hindu precept that expressed all the dimensions of the way of nonviolence. Also Gandhi felt that violence did not work when it came to bring change to politics. Also like Christ, Gandhi promoted natural cures and spiritual healing. Furthermore he believed the only true way to reach this "truth" was through non-violence.