“If you want to attain salvation, follow Jesus. The name of Jesus Christ is on the top more priority than any other God you can imagine.”
As a part of Conversion, missionaries are tracking great philosophers of India and trashing the teachings of them in t=a regards of Christianity. Writing new pages on the teachings of Swami Vivekananda on Christianity, missionaries are misleading the followers again in websites.
You may visit this website to see how missionaries are outraging the teachings of Swami Vivekananda.
Adding to it, missionaries were beginning to copy most of Hindu customs just to impress Hindu people that ‘Christianity is not so different from Hinduism’. The cheapest ways of missionaries just symbolizing the ‘Thirst’ of conversion through selling lies.
But, now the question does really Swami Vivekananda asked followers to attain salvation through Jesus and through Christianity? Does he encourage conversion?
Vivekananda not only carried a message of Hinduism to Europe Countries, but he also turned the tide against Christianity in India as far he concerned. He himself symbolized the irony of the educational system of India, which had been deliberately designed to demolish the teachings of Hinduism and to promote Christianity. He was himself a product of that very education, but he never opposed his ‘Religion’ and he turned against evil acts of Christianity in favor of Hinduism.
The renewal of the East India Company’s Charter had opened dominions to missionaries in 1893. And, the controversy had been going on ever since regarding the system of education in India to introduce knowledge and religious and moral improvements, so that they could easily drag Hindus to Christianity. The orientalists were afraid of introduction of this new education system that if they imparted western knowledge to native, might it would encourage them to demand equality with white men and also, the part in the administration. In other hand, the Anglicists were convinced that ‘Knowledge of western literature and philosophy would wean Hindus away from their ‘Ancestral Superstitions’ and draw them closer to Christ.
Missionaries and charities supported Anglicist, convinced that ‘Through western education, now Hindus engaged in degrading and polluting worship of idols, shall be brought to the true knowledge of Jesus Christ whom he has sent”.
Based on Anglicist’s theory, Macaulay claimed that “It is my firm belief that if our plans of education followed up, there will not be a single idolater among the respectable classes of Bengal of thirty years hence.”
“There at the ten places from all that the Hindu holds to be the most sacred in religion, between the source of wisdom and the idol of Shiva, a Protestant Missionary had taken his stand beneath a tree, mounted on a chair, he was preaching in the Hindustani Language of the Christian religion and the errors of paganism.”
And, at the same time, he was very sure about Christianity’s bright future in India.
Since Missionaries arrived in India, there were trying to drag Hindus away from Hinduism as far as Hindus concerned with the ‘New system’ of life.
The spiritual teachings once taught by Hindu Sages, strongly opposed by Missionaries had diverted Hindus away from Christianity further. And later, they adopted every custom of Hinduism including Idol worship.
Swami Vivekananda was well aware that the “Historicity of Jesus Christ had become highly controversial among scholars of the subject. “This is a great dispute” he wrote,” as to whether a there ever was a born with the name of Jesus. Of the four books compromising the new testament, the book of St. John has been rejected by some as spurious. As to the remaining three, the verdict is that they have been copied from ancient Hindu books, and that too, long after the date ascribed to Jesus Christ.”
The fond hope that Hinduism will die out before long was expressed by Richard Temple before a Christian audience in England in 1883. “India is like a mighty bastion,” he wrote, “which is being battered by heavy artillery. We have given blow after blow, and thud after thud, and the effect is not at first very remarkable; but at least with a crash the mighty structure will come toppling down, and it is our hope that some day the heathen religions of India will in like manner succumb.”
“But we are not chasing a shadow,” he continued, “we are not rolling a Sisyphean stone, we are not ascending an inaccessible hill; or, if we are going uphill, it is that sort of ascent which soon leads to a summit, from which we shall survey the promised land. And when we reach the top what prospect shall we see? We shall see churches in India raising up their spires towards heaven, Christian villages extending over whole tracts of country, churches crowded with dusky congregations and dusky communicants at the altar tables.”
Moreover, about the time that Jesus is believed to have been born, among the Jews themselves there were born two historians, Josephus and Philo. They have mentioned even petty sects among the Jews, but not made the least reference to Jesus or the Christians or that the Roman judge sentenced him to death on the cross. Josephus’ book had a single line about it, which has now been proved to be an interpolation. The Romans used to rule over the Jews at that time, and the Greeks taught them all arts and Sciences.
They have all written a good many things about the Jews, but made no mention of either Jesus or the Christians.” He also knew that doubts had been raised whether Jesus had himself said what was attributed to him in the gospels. “Another difficulty,” he continued, “is that the sayings, precepts, or doctrines which the New Testament preachers were already in existence among the Jews before the Christian era, having come from different quarters, and were being preached by Rabbis like Hillel and others.”
The miracles of Christ also failed to impress Vivekananda. In fact, they repelled him strongly. “What were the great powers of Christ,” he asked, “in miracles and healing, in one of his characters? They were low, vulgar things because he was among vulgar beings… Any fool could do those things. Fools heal others, devils can heal others. I have seen horrible demoniacal men do wonderful miracles. They seem to manufacture fruits out of the earth. I have known fools and diabolical men tell the past, present and future. I have seen fools heal at a glance, by the will, the most horrible diseases. These are powers, true, but often demoniacal powers.” And he was not at all interested in the historical Jesus. “One gets sick at heart,” he said, “at the different accounts of the life of the Christ that Western people give. One would make him a great politician; another, perhaps, would make of him a great military general, another great patriotic Jew; and so on.”
Christian missionaries were attacking the Puranas for containing passages which they considered somewhat obscene. Vivekananda had studied the Bible and knew that it contained a lot, which was downright pornography. But he had his own method of exposing the Bible. “The Chinese,” he wrote, “are the disciples of Confucius, are the disciples of Buddha, and their morality is quite strict and refined. Obscene language, obscene books, pictures, any conduct the least obscene – and the offender is punished then and there.
The missionaries’ teachings and the way they were oppressing Hinduism terrified Swami Vivekananda. And also, the history of Christianity in Europe and elsewhere had simply horrified Vivekananda, as it does any person with any moral sensibility. Besides being blood-soaked, Christianity has been inimical to all free inquiry. “The ancient Greeks,” wrote Vivekananda, “who were the first teachers of European civilization attained the zenith of their culture long before the Christians.
According to these evidences and more, we could just say the missionaries are now on track Swami Vivekananda teachings and changing into ‘Lies’ in order to promote Christianity.
In south India, conversion rate is very high compared to the north. Through designing websites as they are followers of Swami Vivekananda, copying every customs of Hinduism, they are terribly misleading the Ancient Indian Values well.
Personally, I read every work of Vivekananda and I have never seen such non-sense that Swami Vivekananda just supported Christianity. I have never seen anything that promoted Christianity in his original works.
What really amazed him was the utter lack of logic in Christian propaganda. “On metaphysical lines,” he wrote on his return to India in 1897, “no nation on earth can hold a candle to the Hindus; and curiously all the fellows that come over here from Christian lands have that one antiquated foolishness of an argument that because the Christians are powerful and rich and Hindus are not, so Christianity must be better than Hinduism. To which the Hindus very aptly retort that, that is the very reason why Hinduism is a religion and Christianity is not; because in this beastly world, it is blackguardism and that alone which prospers, the virtue always suffers.”
Hindus have nothing to gain from Christianity as it is only a system of superstitions. Hindus should not get frightened when the missionaries threaten them with hell; in fact, hell is better than the company of a Christian missionary. “There came a Christian to me once,” recalled Vivekananda, “and said, ‘You are a terrible sinner.’ I said, ‘Yes, I am. Go on.’ He was a Christian missionary.
That man would not give me any rest. When I see him I fly. He said, ‘I have very good things for you. You are a sinner and you will go to hell.’ I said, ‘Very good, what else?’ I asked him, ‘Where are you going?’ ‘I am going to heaven,’ he answered. I said, ‘I will go to hell.’ “That day he gave me up.” If Christ could help people become good, why has he failed in the Christian countries where he has been worshipped for so long? “Here comes a Christian man,” continued Vivekananda, “and he says, ‘You are all doomed; but if you believe in this doctrine, Christ will help you out.’ If this was true – but of course it is nothing but superstition – there would be no wickedness in Christian countries. Let us believe in it – belief costs nothing – but why is there no result? If I ask, ‘Why is it that there are so many wicked people?’ They say, ‘We have to work more.’ Trust in God but keep your power dry!”
Criticism of Christianity, however, was not the primary task which Vivekananda had set for himself. He was first and foremost an exponent of Hinduism. He had to speak out about Christianity because the missionaries forced it upon him by their unceasing sallies against Hinduism. This is not the occasion even for a summary of his voluminous writings and speeches on various aspects of the subject he loved above all. We shall only touch a few points which he upheld against missionary attack.
These websites are misleading every teachings of Vivekananda where you never find the proper source for all of them. The truth is Swamy Vivekananda has never spoken in a favor of Christianity and its blind ways of spreading religious teachings.
Source: SitaramGoel, Complete works of Vivekananda