The truth of this quotation obviously depends on your definition of religion. On a basic level this is true—God is not into religious dogma—but God certainly is undeniably Jesus. In the context of what is meant here, though, Mahatma Gandhi is wrong. Just like he was wrong when he said: “I cannot say that Jesus was uniquely divine. He was as much God as Krishna, or Rama, or Mohammed, or Zoroaster.” I would not be seeking spiritual insight from a Buddhist universalist.
I love this quote and I think we Christians would be much better off if we remembered it every so often. But sadly, I think some of us can only feel good about ourselves when we re-make God into our own image.
Brad – how about a Buddhist Exclusivist?
Um, guys, Gandhi wasn’t a Buddhist – if that’s who you’re referring to.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1: 27