I have read your article on your web site regarding Jesus being a vegetarian. It seems that you are no different than the people who compiled the Bible way back to 400 AD. There is a lot of gospel regarding Jesus taught vegetarianism was removed because the early compilers of the Bible are meat-eaters. And the only reason that people don't want to believe that Jesus was a vegetarian is that they themselves have no control over their senses. Instead of being the master of their senses they become a slave of their tongue their stomach and their genitals. You guys should also remember that the Old and New Testament is not accurate because the people who translate the Bible have no Spiritual Teachers who are Self Realized and bona fide. They just rely on their limited mind trying to speculate what this ancient scripture means. Just like the so-called Christians today calling themselves a follower of Christ yet they don't even have a Spiritual Master. Even Jesus took initiation from a Spiritual Master John the Baptist. In order for us to know the truth, we should humbly seek a bona fide Spiritual Master who is a confidential servant of God just like Jesus who took initiation from a bona fide Spiritual Teacher. Just like if wanted to learn anything in this world, it is natural to consider finding a teacher or tutor who will teach us the knowledge or skill that we desire to acquire. As much as possible, we look for the most qualified and knowledgeable expert in the particular field we are interested in. We respect and acknowledge the authority of those who have gained expertise in such areas. And if we ever have the opportunity to learn under the guidance of a bona fide authority, we feel most fortunate and appreciative of our situation. "Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth." -Bhagavad-gita 4.34.
I'm so pleased you think my teaching is like that of A.D. 400, though I'm actually aiming for about 300 years earlier.
Since you are clearly not a Christian, I'm amazed that you spend so much time trying to re-write history and make Jesus into your own image. You deny the inspired words of God, claiming they were not translated by self-proclaimed "spiritual masters." Yet you have no problem speaking of John the Baptist, though the only historical document he appears in is the Bible. You can't have it both ways. If you accept the fact that John lived and interacted with Jesus, then you appear foolish to reject the same source which tells us that Jesus didn't learn from John. John did not meet Jesus before his baptism. "'I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.' And John bore witness, saying, 'I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God'" (John 1:31-34).
After his baptism, Jesus left immediately. "Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him" (Mark 1:12-13). After the temptation, Jesus returned briefly to were John was at but left the very next day for Galilee. Those were the only two face-to-face meetings between John and Jesus.
The problem is that we can't have much of a discussion because you elevate mere men who make claims without proof that they are somehow capable of guiding others into truth when I can clearly see they do not recognize the truth that is before them. "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth" (John 17:17).
I didn't expect you would reply to my letter. First and foremost I would like to thank your effort in sending me a message, or should I say a reply message.
By the way, regarding your letter, you were saying I deny the inspired words of God. I do not deny the words of God or Scriptures. Because I believe in God and we both know that God and His words are not different in full potency. There is no doubt that the Bible is the words of God, what I would just like to point out is that the information contained in the Bible is not complete. Even Re-incarnation which was previously taught by the early Christians was no longer there but they weren't able to take all of them.
Forgive me if I have to correct you. Spiritual Teachers are not self-proclaimed, maybe you are referring to the word Self-Realized. Because if you are saying they are self-proclaimed, then you are also saying that Jesus is self-proclaiming himself as a Spiritual Master. Jesus is an example of a great Spiritual Teacher. A bonafide guru(teacher) is the perfect example of a devotee in both words and actions. His life is in complete harmony with the teachings of the scriptures. Who will only preach one thing, "Love for God" and by helping others by teaching them how to develop their love for the Supreme Being, teaching them their real Identity as a Spirit Soul, and that the position of the living entity(the Soul) is the dominated part and parcel of the Supreme Being and their natural function is to serve the Supreme Lord?
You claim that the Bible are the words of God. Thus the following words must be true:
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work" (II Timothy 3:16-17).
"Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust" (II Peter 1:2-4).
"Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3).
"I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ" (Galatians 1:6-10).
Since the Gospel was delivered once in a complete form, it is a contradiction to say that the Bible is not complete. Thus, my conclusion stands that you do not believe that the Bible is God's Word since you do not believe what it states.
You further state that reincarnation was once taught by Christianity by it was removed. No proof is offered of this. Further, it is easy to show from the Bible that it never taught reincarnation. See "Questions and Answers regarding Reincarnation" for details.
"Spiritual teachers" or "gurus" are a part of Hinduism, not Christianity. Those who claim to be "spiritual teachers" do so by their own claims. They can offer no evidence that their teachings are from God since they are not based upon the Bible. They cannot prove that they have more wisdom than what God has given in the Bible. Yet, you claim that it would take such self-made men to sit in judgment on the contents of a book you claim but do not believe is from God. I feel sorry for you; Hinduism is merely one aspect of idolatry that God clearly condemns.