Actually the ponderings in this series are not new. Not too long ago in another post called "None But Jesus" I mused about this same topic. I was spurred on by a comment by Beatrix on a yahoo list I am on.
Still our god-imagery is rich in its diversity all around
the world. Perhaps there are many "faces" of God, as
some wise folk have suggested. I have followed the
Continuum of these faces come down through the
ages, but Jesus is ours!
Yesterday while poking around on an ecclectic website called the Reluctant Messenger....a site I am going to post about...I came upon the following
Is Krishna also Christ?The Master seemed delighted as he started instructing Chester. "In the Bhagavad-Gita, we learn that Krishna created everything and sustains all things by his glory. Chapter 9 teaches that the entire material universe is created, prevaded, maintained and sustained by him. In Chapter 10 we learn that he is the source of everthing and that all existence is because of Lord Krishna. '... I am the seed of all creatures; nothing animate or inanimate could exist without me.'
In John 1 of the Christian New Testament we are taught that 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth .... grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.'
We also learn in the Bhagavad-Gita that total devotion to Krishna will allow man to achieve eternal life and never know death again.
In the New Testament we learn that Christ is the the only way. '...that whosoever believeth in Christ should not perish, but have everlasting life.'
What does your logic tell you about this paradox?" The Master waited.
Chester licked his lips. "Here are two different religions revealing to us the creator of all things who, is also the way to achieve eternal life. Either one is a fraud or both are the same holy manifestation recorded at different times from two different cultural and historical viewpoints. The logic is clear and simple."
The Master announced, "The Krishna of Ancient Hinduism is the Christ of Christianity. Christ comes from the Greek word Christos, and Christos is the Greek version of the word Krishna. When an Indian person calls on Krishna, he often says "Krista." Krishna is a Sanskrit word meaning the object of attraction." So when we address God as "Christ," "Krista," or "Krishna," we indicate the same all-attractive Supreme Personality of Godhead. When Jesus said, "Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name," that name of God was Krista or Krishna. "Christ" is simply another way of saying "Krista," and "Krista" is another way of pronouncing Krishna."
How does that fit with what Beatrix had to say about the faces of God down through the ages? But Jesus is ours!!
I do think there are "many faces of God" down through the ages...and...I don't quite know how to reconcile these many faces with the Bible's clear teaching that Jesus is the name above all names. I don't discount the path to God others follow....around the world and down through the ages....but for me...Jesus is the way.
The other night while clicking here and there, I stopped off at my playlists on You Tube. I have several Alan Jackson videos saved because....yes....I really like country music and I really like Alan Jackson. Among them is his rendition of "I Love To Tell The Story"....
The lyrics to the first verse are:
I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.
I love to tell the story, because I know 'tis true;
It satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.
Which is sort of what the comment "but Jesus is ours" means to me. There are other faces of God down through the ages...but Jesus is ours and "he satisfies my longings as nothing else can do." He does. While I might read the words of and about Krishna (which I have not yet...but intend to do so eventually) and I might find wisdom and truth there...and it might enhance...strengthen my relationship with and understanding of God...it's just not the same as when I read the words of the Gospels.
There are four verses to the song..and I like them all...but especially the first...and the last:
And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,
'Twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.