Srila Bhaktivinoda on Christianity

    Posted on December 26, 2016

Thinking about the virtues and faults of this world, some moralist monotheists concluded that this material world is not a place of unalloyed pleasures. Indeed, the sufferings outweigh the pleasures. They decided that the material world is a prison to punish the living entities. If there is punishment, then there must be a crime. If there were no crime, then why would there be any punishment? What crime did the living entities commit? Unable to properly answer this question, some men of small intelligence gave birth to a very wild idea. God created the first man and placed him in a pleasant garden with his wife. Then God forbade the man to taste the fruit of the tree of knowledge. Following the evil counsel of a wicked being, the first man and woman tasted the fruit of the tree of knowledge, thus disobeying God's command. In this way they fell from that garden into the material world filled with sufferings. Because of their offense, all other living entities are offenders from the moment of their birth. Not seeing any other way to remove this offense, God Himself took birth in a humanlike form, took on His own shoulders the sins of His followers, and then died. All who follow Him easily attain liberation, and all who do not follow Him fall into an eternal hell. In this way God assumes a humanlike form, punishes Himself, and thus liberates the living entities. An intelligent person cannot make sense of any of this.

(Tattva-viveka 1.25)

 

See also:

Gross sex and subtle sex
First-class education, free, in varnasrama-dharma
The best policy to control the mind
Sannyasis and philanthropic work
Like Srila Bhaktisiddhanta, we should never compromise
Bestowal of the divine name — Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati
Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati: "No need to learn anything extra"
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta said: Don't try to see Krsna
Why our movement was solid
Narottama dasa Thakura on living among devotees
Haridasa Thakura – don't imitate, follow
Nityananda vamsa
Approach Nityananda Prabhu by following His footsteps
Properly understanding Varaha-avatara
Milk from protected cows for long life, good brain, bhakti
 

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