The world has seen an alarming rise in the culture of hatred and prejudices to promote their own ideologies/agendas. This is very much seen all over internet including social media & newsgroups. Studies have shown that overuse or wrong motives, social media sites primarily promote and draw attention to ourselves, it is time to take a step back. The reality of love is closely connected to Truth, Light, Goodness and Life. The importance and demands of love can be best learned from Yeshu's teachings, who is the fullness of Love Himself, and whose eternal Son, became incarnate in the Person of Jesus Christ. Our love for one another becomes worthy, when its sourced and nourished by our union with the same God.
God loves is unconditional and it must be spelled out in concrete stewardship of God’s creatures, especially to human beings. It is urgent and necessary that we all manifest jointly to the world that hatred can be overcome by love. Despite the great advances made in science and technology, each day we see how much suffering there is in the world on account of different kinds of poverty, both material and spiritual. Moral and spiritual poverty, caused by breeding hatred in one’s heart, can only be filled with love and compassion. Love creates trust, which in turn, promotes genuine relationships among all people. Yeshu who is Light of the world – that can always illuminate a world grown dim and give us the courage needed to keep living and working. May our love finally overcome the darkness of hatred in the world!
Yeshu life a great story of all time, to everyone, everywhere, in every language, surpassing all regional and cultural boundaries of this world. In the world of so much misinformation and opinions, following FAQ's compiled from different sources to assist in understanding of Who is Yeshu (Jesus)? Who are Yeshu Followers? How do I know Bible is True? What is good news? How about my culture and identity? Q & A..
Satsang word is Indian, why is your group called Yeshu Satsang? Dallas Indian Purpose Group language based?
Yeshu refers to Jesus. Satsang derives from the Sanskrit words sat (“being,” “essence,” or “reality”) and sanga (“association”). The word refers to gathering of the Truth with similar (spiritual) aspirations. We are all inclusive small group of Yeshu bhakta's pre-dominantly from Indian sub-continent/South Asian/African regions. Our primary communication and purpose group discussions are in English, however we openly welcome and encourage all Indian origin languages and cultures. The Tower of Babel narrative in Genesis 11:1–9 explain why the world's peoples speak different languages.
How Indian word Guru applies to Jesus?
Guru is a Sanskrit term for a "teacher, guide, expert, or master" of certain knowledge or field. In the Bible Yeshu was often referred as Rabbi, a person had a reputation as a wise teacher or sage. Even the Jewish ruler Nicodemus thought that this title was appropriate for Yeshu: “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him”.
Yeshu belong to western/desert culture, not eastern/Indian?
Yeshu Himself was not European but Middle Eastern. His first followers were Jewish, but people from other cultural backgrounds (Jews, Romans, Greeks, Asians, Africans, Arabs, etc) quickly began to follow Him too. The message about Yeshu—the gospel—actually arrived in India before it came to much of Europe. According to tradition, the Apostle Thomas, one of Yeshu 12 disciples (followers), followed the trade routes to India. In Kerala, in southern India, you can see a beautiful beach where he is believed to have landed. He went on to tell people about Yeshu in both north and south India before dying near Chennai. If you look at Saint Thomas Yeshu followers have heavy influence of the ancient Hindu traditions in the lifestyle of a typical nasrani (aramaic term for 'Believer of the Nazarene'). For ex: Vidyarambham (Start of learning), New born baby ritual, Dance Style (Margam Kali, Thiruvathira), instruments (Chenda), festival rally with umbrella, Lamp, Temple structures - Palli, marriage sacraments, thali, goldlen thread, etc. Nasrani ancestors didn't find it sensible to let go of the rich Indian culture and traditions just because of changed our God of worship. So for almost 2000 years after St. Thomas created the first Yeshu followers community in India, still acknowledge their Hindu ancestry today. Indian Yeshu followers no matter wherever they live retain or embrace Indian traditions such as respect for elders and the importance of the strong family ties.
Whenever I meet someone or go to a Yeshu Mandir, I experience arrogant people and religious practices?
First of all, it is human nature to be arrogant and flawed. One cannot blame just Yeshu followers alone, spread in different cultures of the world (2.18 Billion +). Yeshu Mandir is not social/cowboy or cliquish club or a building you go casually once a week; a Mandir is nothing but full of broken people (like a nursing baby in the hospital) who come together to thank Yeshu for what He has done in their life, seek forgiveness for their shortcomings, and encounter holy spirit thru Yeshu's teachings. Its possible some do not know how to present themselves or we simple judge them based on our own preconceived notions/fears or do not align with our ideology. Need to admit our own ignorance on several fronts, who think all Yeshu followers descended from the British and American or low caste or less patriotic or do not belong to India just because they have different names or place of worship or women clothing/external attire is different compared to the mainstream population nor are they angrez ki aulad. Regardless of your beliefs, if you see world cultures evolved and liberalism has taken over many aspects(beliefs, traditions, gender classification, clothing, etc) of society today. Bible teaches modesty, focus inside that matters most and developing our inner beauty so that it can be reflected in everything we do and what we are. Bible teachings and truths remain, relevant the same thru the ages. Bible says and Yeshu greatest teaching "Love Your Neighbor as Yourself" and ", "Love Your Enemy", and "Children like character will be First to enter the Kingdom of God". Its not a physical space but a spiritual place which every human can enter. Yeshu teaches and ask all to follow Him as example with love and humility.
I went to Catholic convent schools in India and know how you promote Christianity?
Most Indian parents prefer and benefit sending their kids to convent schools because of infrastructure, moral values, discipline, teaching, overall environment, and quality of education are generally good. It is unfair to say that schools promote only Christianity because of prayers and hymns. If that holds true Christian population in India would be far more larger than what it is now had the schools promoted Christianity. If you go to any other non-convent school, don't they conduct prayers? Saraswati Prardhana every morning. Optional Bhagawat Geeta or Slokas or Carnatic Music classes. Every year Guru Purnima and other festivals celebrated with grandeur. Does it mean that they promote Hinduism?
Christian Faith is Western (Caucasian), so I leave my culture?
It’s true that it has very much influenced Western culture. But following Yeshu is not about culture, language or outward appearances. It is about a relationship. Yeshu came to open the way to God for all people from every background and country. Yeshu message is about everyone’s need for inner change—change to a life with God at the center. That is our deepest need. You do not have to give up your culture to become a Yeshu follower, it has Jewish and other influences at the beginning, now Yeshu followers are every where, and truly international. When it comes to helping and caring other family members who not yet received Yeshu, the bottom line is that we do simply love and care for them! Genuine love and concern, backed by prayer as Paul did for the Gentiles and reflects how Yeshu treats us in a loving way with grace.
What is Yeshu Mandir? Who are Yeshu followers?
The original Greek Ekklesia mentioned 107 times in the Bible always refers to Truth Seekers (not a building or place you go to do something) - meant a gathering, assembly. Early home purpose group DNA was "Koinonia" (Greek word means partner, sharer, and companion) a deep connection with others thru love, teaching the Truth from bible, prayer, accountability, help the needy, and encouraged to live outwardly.. A true Yeshu follower is someone who genuinely examine themselves, repented from his paap, believes in Yeshu for the forgiveness of his paap to begin a new life (Naya Jeevan), keeps Him #1, follows Him daily, becomes child of God, obeys like a child to parent, shares good news with others, and gives priority to heavenly treasure more than anything else. Yeshu followers with divine wisdom is always fair to others, gentle, patient, forbearing, courteous and is never harsh or rough but always considerate of the feelings of others and can bear with one another - even if some are slow of understanding or crude in their manners. They are full of mercy - forgive anyone freely and cheerfully from the heart. Like Yeshu, they usually have compassion towards others. This mercy is not just a mental attitude but action with good fruits. They are dependable - who can be trusted at all times to keep their word, steadfast and unmovable. They care more about inward spiritual content and joyful life than external show or others opinion. They watch their inner thoughts, motives and attitudes far more than external words and longs for God's approval of their inner life.
What do Yeshu followers think about their birth place India?
There is the huge number of stereotypes and misconceptions - for a lot of people in India, their idea of Christianity is heavily influenced by the British colonial rule India for 200 years prior to Independence in 1947, Western media, movies and books. Many Yeshu followers respect local cultures and traditions they live in, do not kiss in mandir or make vows or steak for dinner every day. Most people also consider us ‘Westernized’ even though we’re Indian as you are. All those experiences you consider Indian happen to all of us too like relatives, to Sharmaji ka beta, and from marriage to log kya kahenge. They think of us, who just want to convert everyone into their faith which is not true. Many accept Yeshu becaue of spiritual encounter, not because someone offered money or other benefits. Some others think, we having no respect for Indian traditions/culture or look down upon us for eating meats that they consider sacred or dirty. We might be of a different faith but are from the same country. There are people who celebrate our festivals (Christmas) with us, and invite us to celebrate their festivals. There are people who come to Yeshu Mandir, just because of the calm and the peace they get when they pray there. There are several people who learn our songs, cuisine and language because they genuinely appreciate it. There are many desi people who went and send their kids to convent/Catholic schools & tell it was one of the best times in their life. Seriously, my faith and my country do not clash with each other, both are strong aspects of my identity of who I am.
What is the role of Yeshu followers in the world full of darkness (hatred, racism, etc) reflects indifference to humanity and ignores the inherent dignity of the creator in each of us?
According to Bible every human being is made in the image of God and a strong need to affirm the God-given worth, dignity and equality of men and women from every tribe, language, people and nation. As followers of Yeshu we are instructed to pursue righteousness and justice, personally and throughout our culture. The Bible calls us to love one another (Matthew 22:39), bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2) and to consider not only our needs but the needs of others (Philippians 2:4). We are commanded to act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8). As followers of Yeshu and undeserving recipients of His grace, we acknowledge the brokenness of how we have related to one another. This reveals itself in how individuals and groups are treated based on the certain profile. This is counter to the heart of God who creates each individual in His image, with infinite value. We also own that over the years, Christ followers, including ourselves, who in fallen nature, have turned a blind eye and failed to speak up. Often, we have not taken the time to listen, learn and lament. In the power of the Holy Spirit we are committed to seek change in our own lives.In this time of anguish and turmoil it is only the love of God that can reshape both heart and character. Each of us is created by God for a relationship with Him. Jesus Christ alone is our hope. His unconditional love offers the opportunity for a restored relationship, by faith, through His death and resurrection. This should be our message to the world as we proclaim and live out the love of Jesus.
Yeshu an avatar of Krishna?
Krishna is the incarnation of Narayan (also known as Vishnu with 24 Avatars, English). Where as Yeshu, who born of a virgin are not the same. Read more, was Yeshu an avatar. In-contrary to multitude of Hindu avatars, many believe Yeshu as very unique. His coming was perfect in purpose and sufficient in providing right teaching and a restored relationship to God, Yeshu came to save sinners and is not willing that any should perish, and Yeshu’s eternal purpose (Ref: Incarnation). Yeshu said in Bible teaches man can do nothing to earn or pay his way into heaven. Man, a slave to the Paap nature he was born with, must completely rely on the grace of God in applying Yeshu sacrifice to the Paap of the person. People are saved by faith in the death and resurrection of Yeshu. Upon death, the spirits of followers go to heaven.
Trimurti and Trinity, same correct?
Trimurti is not like the Trinity. Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the preserver) and Shiva (the destroyer) are temporally differentiated. Not so with the Trinity - Father (God above us), the Son (God among us) and the Spirit (God within us). They are equally active in every age. In the beginning, in the end, and in between. Bible reveals a Trinity of God - the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit all co-equal, co-existent, co-eternal, and co-divine (Ref: Trimurti).John 10:30 I and the Father are one." John 8:58 "Very truly I tell you," Yeshu answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!" Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. You may need to note Trinity is most difficult concept (1=3) even for many Christ followers. Because God is infinite, Trinity is usually developed gradually as you read and experience deeper truths of the Bible.
Whole Yeshu death was made up. Yeshu wasn’t really dead when His body was removed from the cross?
No, it’s not possible. And we can know this with certainty for several reasons. Apart from Gospels, independent researchers have uncovered that twelve reliable, non-Christian sources, dated approximately 20 to 150 years after Yeshu’s crucifixion, record that Yeshu died. One of the sources, Cornelius Tacitus (AD 55-120), is considered by many to be the greatest ancient Roman historian. (Ref:Crucifixion Details of the Resurrection of Christ)
I consider animals as sacred. In pictures, why is Yeshu holding a sheep in arms?
It is interesting and important that the Bible calls all of his followers as sheep. Like a good shepherd leads lost sheep from front, we need to be lead and cared for in this lost world. We need protection and provision. We desperately need a shepherd, and The Lord takes that title upon himself. Abuse of any animal is strictly prohibited.
I am a strict Vegetarian? Why do you eat meat?
From the creation story in Genesis, Yeshu followers are taught that animals, and even all of creation, is under man's dominion and stewardship. You personally do not want to eat you do not have to (veg or non-veg), but you should also not judge what others eat. Consider 1 Cor 10:31 (NIV): So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the Glory of God. It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth (Matthew 15:11).
Why do you wear shoes inside worship centers? Is it not unclean?
It has to do more with the evolution of the various practices as per the environmental conditions and public hygiene rather than anything said in the Holy books or the prophets. Initially when Yeshu followers spread to Europe, you need to take into account that colder weather is typically ranging from cold to very cold at least for 6–8 months round the year. So you cannot walk on any surface barefooted unless it is sufficiently heated or insulated. Therefore you need to wear shoes or sandals in order to protect your feet from catching the cold. This is also true when you are at home. Almost everyone in colder region (Europe/US) will have a pair of flip flops/sandals/home shoes for indoor use. Hinduism/Buddhism initially spread In warmer regions, you do not need to wear shoes or sandals in order to protect your feet. In fact, the use of outside Shoes in your home is discouraged in India and subcontinental region because it is a potential source of bringing in germs and bacteria from outside into your house. Best practices according to the surroundings where they originated become rules and then convert into tradition…
Why do some women wear head covering at Yeshu gatherings?
In India, Language (or dialects)/cultural traditions/practices/dressing/food habits (22 major languages written in 13 different scripts with over 720 dialects) can be vastly different as you travel 100 miles either direction. Regardless of beliefs, In various parts of India head cover (dupatta, veil, etc) is still practiced to respect elders, follow traditions and on special occasions. Head covering was developed in sandy areas to keep sand and dirt out of the hair and eyes. Biblical history and scriptures tell, It is done to express obedience and modesty. Today, head coverings were a custom or tradition in some places, not in others. Yeshu teachings are about all in the spiritual development and growth of the soul, and not outward physical appearance. The same principle applies to women’s hair, makeup, sarees, ghagras, and jewelry, and sometimes men’s facial and head hair, in some gatherings. If you read scriptures like 1 Peter 3:3–6 and many miss the entire point of becoming more SPIRITUAL, and taking the emphasis off of the PHYSICAL, in the form of clothing, jewelry, etc. It is human fallen nature, who in flesh (old nature) loves to form little groups (cliques) make rules and break them, while demanding others follow them. In Yeshu’s days, there were scribes and pharisees with religion of rules/attitudes Yeshu confronted openly, and they still exist today. Yeshu taught a spiritual new life based on New Covenant (NT) He established by being the promised Messiah, it is the spirit that gives life, not the flesh. (2 Cor 3:6)
What is Tithe and Offerings. Should I give a certain percentage?
The dictionary defines the word “tithe” as a tenth part of something paid as a voluntary contribution or as a tax especially for the support of a Faith establishment. It was a common practice in the Old Testament and was required of members of the nation of Israel. New Testament (Yeshu) talks about, the matter of your giving is between you and God, and always take into account your circumstances.The important thing is that we see giving as a privilege and not a burden or fulfillment of duty, but rather out of love for the Lord to support kingdom work spreading good news and helping the needy.
There are so many gods, Guru's, etc in the world. How is Yeshu unique?
Yeshu beckons “all you who are weary and burdened” to come to Him (Matt:11:28). The inclusive Yeshu associated with the most unlikely of people, even the social outcast (Luke:19:1-10) and the sinner (Luke:15:1-7). Yeshu offers instant forgiveness and abundant life to anyone who have change in heart and seeks a relationship with Him.The Gospel of Yeshu is intended for the whole world. As John wrote: “I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb” (Rev.7:9)
I like Yeshu but don't like preachers. Why most are not like Yeshu?
It is not about preaching a religion as some perceive, but Yeshu before ascending into Heaven, commanded all His followers to share good news with all in the world. God has throughout time, skeptics have regarded the Bible as mythological, but archeology has confirmed it as historical. Opponents have attacked its teaching as primitive and outdated, but its moral and legal concepts and teachings have had a positive influence on societies and cultures throughout the world. It is unfair to compare all (or any including preachers) with Yeshu who is a pefect role model. Those who are in Yeshu are at different levels of spiritual maturity (fruitfulness) based on their daily walk with Yeshu and His poured blessings. Sanctification (cleansing) is a work in progress (in the fallen world) and in practice no one has arrived at the perfect level.
Why do you have multiple denominations? What is Catholicism & Protestant Reformations?
Yes, there different branches and denominations because we are all very different people however fundamental Truths do not change and all still united in Christ. However considering the human inability to see the truth clearly at all times, and differences of opinion exists on some aspects of bible and its importance.Catholicism history reaches back to ancient times with Pope as head. See Catholicism, Protestant vs Catholicism. Protestant Reformers (Martin Luther) developed what would be known as the “Five Solas” (sola being the Latin word for “alone”). These five essential points of biblical doctrine clearly separate Protestantism from Roman Catholicism.
What are cults/unorthodox/non-Christian groups?
Best way to know cult is who is Yeshu to them? Most people in cults seem very nice because they are into ‘good works’. They try to earn moksha by self-effort (not Biblical). Another sign is they have a human founder whom they highly exalt and follow. Often have their own version of the Bible (with some changes) or other books they follow, usually written by the founder. They add and take away from the Bible, which is forbidden. Most Christian book stores have cult sections that include Mormons/LDS, Jehovah's Witnesses, Scientology, Christian Science, Moon's Unification Church, Branch Davidian, People's Temple, etc. For more info on unorthodox groups, ref:cults, List of cults and non-Christian groups Some of these folks well dressed with a big friendly smile, claim as Christians with their own version of scriptures & beautiful colored booklets, knock your doors and very much visible at train/bus stations, busy street corners, library's, airports, etc. They will not disclose, but many of these groups are unofficially barred by all mainstream Yeshu denominations.
How do I evaluate who is genuine and telling the Truth?
General rule of thumb, group is non-Christian when it denies essentials such as deity of Yeshu involves Trinity, The Resurrection of Yeshu, Salvation by Grace alone. Bible also warns about The prosperity gospel movement closely resembles some of the destructive greed sects that infiltrated the early Church. Paul and the other apostles identified them as dangerous and urged all followers to avoid them. Also be aware of charismatic movements with new apostles, new faith healers, and self-styled miracle workers. Bible says test all spirits, to see whether they are from God when a person or spirit is claiming to speak for God, we are to be discerning hearers and readers of all messages. Do not just go by your own conditioned feelings, friends's or cultural biased opinions that may not be true. We shouldn't just judge and criticize all by looking at few or know the buzz words or superficial knowledge of the bible. We must read, examine, and have a clear understanding of what Bible verses mean and how God's love story fits together. Be like a Berean, Read & Learn from Bible, no matter who is teaching, investigate new teaching in comparison with the Bible and grow spiritually (Acts 17:10-12).
I celebrate Christmas in Dec with Santa Clause and 4th of July fireworks, isn't same as Diwali (Deepavali)?
Both celebrated once a year, however Christmas and Diwali are very different. Diwali (Deepavali) is the "Festival of Lights" or row of diyvas - clay lamps(Fireworks celebration symbolizes victory over evil; goddess Lakshmi, who symbolizes wealth, happiness and prosperity, is also worshiped) while Christmas is the birth of Yeshu. The exact date of Yeshu birth is unknown, as the Bible does not give specifics as to the dates of either His birth or conception. But in the second century AD, a Roman Christian historian named Sextus Julius Africanus calculated Yeshu birth date to be December 25 (nine months after Yeshu was conceived, according to Africanus).
What is X-mas?
What people celebrate X-mas is NOT Christmas. X (symbol for Christ, from the Greek letter chi (X), initial of Christos Christ) + -mas (in Christmas) (Ref: Webster). There is no denying that there is a trend to, take Christ out of Christmas. In pursuit of tolerance, inclusiveness, and political correctness, some are attempting to obscure the origins and meaning of Christmas. Whether they refer to it as “Xmas” or “the winter holidays” or something else, consumerism (Santa, Rain-deer, Competing Yard Decorations with Lights, Black Fri Shopping, etc.) has overtaken the significance and true meaning of Christmas in the modern age and has no connection whatsoever to Yeshu's birth.
Is Prajapathi & Sacrifice fulfilled thru Yeshu?
This is not to claim the original identity of the Prajapati in Vedas. According to Bible, In Yeshu All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being” (John 1:3). “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands” (Hebrews 1:10). Yeshu (the angel of YHWH being the eternally-incarnate Yeshua of Nazareth) is the True Prajapati.
Why do most Christ followers refuse to accept Prasadam?
Most Yeshu followers love to have a friendly meal with anyone or accept Indian food & snacks offered in friendly sharing. When you accept Yeshu into your life, In the Bible there is a command to participate in the Lord’s table. Lord's table is reserved only for Yeshu followers, they do not ask anyone else to participate. There may be other Biblical reasons but mainly they do not take both Prasadam and Holy communion at an an equal understanding. Either they participate in Lord’s table or eat the Prasadam but not both. Its good to respect individual comfort levels and sentiments.
Once you become Yeshu follower, do you change caste or name?
Caste / culture / lineage is a social / civilization concept. You can be added to lineage by birth or by marriage. If someone makes India as their home, even if you are foreign born, you will be assimilated in a few generations. When we are talking about become a Yeshu follower, we are not talking about social aspect. We are talking about inward / spiritual journey. This spiritual transformation is not bound by time, region, culture or lineage. You follow a spiritual journey where such identities are meaningless. According to Bible, all are equal before Yeshu and God created every man in same manner without any discrimination. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).
What does Bible say about submit and obedience to Human authorities?
Whether the Bible uses the terms “master,” “ruler,” “government,” or any other name for an established authority, the instruction is always the same – obey. We must remember that God created the authorities ruling over us just as He created us. As Paul wrote to the Romans, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves” (Romans 13:1-2)
What exactly is sin (paap)? How does it fulfilled thru Yeshu?
From Indian context, it varies and very complex, paap and punya come from a worldview where actions (Karma) are deemed good or bad depending on the other person's point of view. paap is a relative word, something which you consider as paap may be acceptable to some others. For every action you do, there will be a consequence which is may be good or bad for you! This is called “Karma”. Paap is described in the Bible anything going against God and His laws. No one knows better than Jewish people what paap means and penalties. The Hebrew phrase for “paap offering” literally means “fault offering.” The paap offering was made for paap committed in ignorance, or unintentional paap. The ritualistic method of the paap offering and the animal to be offered varied depending on the status of the paapi. We are all three times condemned due to inherited paap, imputed paap, and personal paap. NT describes the only just penalty for this paap is death (Romans 6:23), not just physical death but eternal death (Revelation 20:11-15). Thankfully, inherited paap, imputed paap, and personal paap have all been crucified on the cross of Yeshu, and now by faith in Yeshu as the Savior “we have redemption through His sacrifice, the forgiveness of paap, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7).
I believe god is everywhere? What is Biblical view?
From some point of view, everything, as diverse as it appears to us, is ultimately one. People, houses, trees in the park, insects—all things are in their essence Brahman. Brahman is the infinite, eternal, unborn, and undying, non-personal reality of which everything else is a manifestation. We understand God is everywhere, but God is not everything. For example, we might say God lives inside a person, but that indwelling does not make that person God. That would be idolatry! Some even believe God is created by us. Bible scriptures clearly state the distinction between creator and creation (Like Good and Bad cannot be same).The Bible issues strong warming to those who confuse God with His creation (Rom 1:22,23). God is wholly independent of the material universe—surpasses time and space. He is both far and near, stay separate from us because of our paap and His Holiness, and chooses to draw near to us through Christ who broke down the barrier of separation.
I grew up with Bhajans using Indian instruments. What is your view?
Bhajan is the term used in India to describe a devotional song sung to a deity. It is derived from the Sanskrit word bhaj which means, “to share, partake” and is also related to the term bhakti, which means “devotion.” The bhakti tradition focuses on personal, loving devotion to God. Bhajans were developed from the bhakti tradition and many came from famous bhakti poets such as Ramananda, Surdas, Kabir, Tukaram, and Mira Bai. For those who follow Yeshu, singing songs that glorify Yeshu is a part of sharing in the experience (anubhav) of the risen Lord. Yeshu followers in India have used bhajans throughout history, some of of the bhajan writers were Purushottam Choudhary (1803-1890), Narayan Vaman Tilak (1861-1919), Anil Yesusdas (US). For Choudhary and Tilak, bhajans were their natural form of expressing worship. Their bhajans reflect the bhakti tradition in which they were raised.
I am into Buddhist/Indian meditations and Happy Living classes. Is Biblical meditation same?
What is the difference between man's and Biblical Wisdom & Heavenly Treasures?
I live in the US have everything in my life, like to enjoy, well settled big family, friends, luxury latest model electric cars, Iphones/Ipads, cash/investments, jewelry, lands, farmhouse and properties both here and India. Why do I need Yeshu now?
Physical comforts money offers and our spiritual needs are very different. Spirit is also like a baby (unseen), it groans if it is not taken care. Most problems including sickness/mental issues arises relates to poor spirit condition. Strengthening/nourishing inner spirit is essential as body weakens when we get older. One visit to doctor/hospital can change everything in our earthly life where as heavenly treasure spirit focused is permanent and no one can steal. Earthly treasure is temporary, will not come with you at the end. Even our most beloved spouse comes only up to our death bed if lucky and kids who knows where they will be in our last moments. We all are born with expiry dates with limited shelf period. So, what are you after? Earthly or heavenly treasures? Yeshu offers a fully paid free gift of moksha (salvation) and heavenly treasure to all. Are you ready receive Yeshu now?
Who wrote Bible? How is it divine inspiration and sufficient?
Bible was written by approximately 40 men of diverse backgrounds over the course of 1500 years. Isaiah was a prophet, Ezra was a priest, Matthew was a tax-collector, John was a fisherman, Paul was a Tent maker, Moses was a Shepherd, Luke was a Physician (Bible Authors). The Bible, spanning 66 books in the Old and New Testaments combined. It is the best selling book of all time with over 50 billion copies sold and distributed. According to Wycliffe Global Alliance, at least one portion of Scripture has been translated for 3,350 of the 7,099 existing languages; the Bible in its entirety has been translated in 683 languages.The Holy Bible is not only inspired. Bible is sufficient for all things in Faith and Life, divine inspiration.
Did Jesus (Yeshu) write four Gospels?
Yeshu often spoke, traveled extensively and showed His work thru teachings, miracles, healing, etc.Yeshu's main intention was spreading the word about the Kingdom of God is to be the #1 and He felt he had just a short time to do his work, that it would all come to fruition very soon. Yeshu did not come to write history - He came to make history and change the future. Yeshu's mission was to provide a way of moksha (salvation) for mankind - He achieved that mission - other people had the mission of writing the gospels - they achieved what was needed with the Holy Spirits help.
Why aren't reading the four Gospel's enough knowing Yeshu fully?
The four Gospel accounts (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) are a good beginning, tell the life of Yeshu and the good news from multiple perspectives. While the Gospels are helpful and important because they detail the life and death of Jesus Christ, the epistles are just as valuable, for they help us understand what it means to live as a Christ follower without our savior right in front of us. Yeshu himself said much the same: “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:25-26). In addition, Triune God didn’t start working when Yeshu was conceived in flesh. There’s much more to the story than just His 3.5 year Yeshu's ministry. In fact, without the Old Testament we would have no understanding of who God is and who Yeshu is. Gospels also don’t specifically highlight the importance of trusting Faith in God and how it aligns us with His will. They don’t tell us how to live in the Spirit, live with gifts of the Spirit, live as a one body of Christ, not much about waging war against the flesh and Satan. Much more information how to live as Yeshu follower, about Satan and the demonic influences are revealed throughout the New Testament Pauline epistles. And without the final revelation we wouldn’t have as clear of an understanding of who the anti-Christ and false prophet will be and how to avoid them. We’re also given a wonderful picture and promise of the new earth and eternal life. Because Yeshu is the fulfillment of God’s purposes, and those purposes began to be displayed with Adam and Eve. While we often fall into the delusion that our lives are about our own happiness, the Bible says they’re about God’s Glory that is shown in His covenant relationships with man, from Adam to me. In Yeshu (2nd Adam), we see fulfilled what was foreshadowed in the Old Testament sacrificial system, in the Passover, in the covenants God made with Noah, Abraham, etc.
Apart from four Gospels, why does Bible include Paul's letters?
Paul has the most books (13 out of 27) in the New Testament because his life is a great testimony, a former "Christ hater", dedicated to violent crimes could be changed so much after knowing Yeshu on the way to Damascus. Those ‘books’ are letters Paul wrote to the various Yeshu groups he had started in various cities. And he wrote letters because telephones nor even telegraphs existed in those times. Paul was a missionary, as he traveled around starting and visiting new Yeshu groups, so Holy Spirit had him write letters to these Yeshu followers (and to us) for instruction and encouragement in their walk with Christ. Since he traveled so much, he knew more Yeshu groups, and had more people to write to. The Letter to the Ephesians reveals the mystery, which is the body of Christ, that was hidden from the foundation of the world to be revealed in the end times prior to second coming. The other Letters of Paul are written to clarify the government, conduct, and duties of the body of Christ. In general, the letters written by the Apostle Paul addressed the issues that were confronting the spread of the Good News into the Roman-Greek world and beyond. As Paul wrote to one of the Yeshu Groups he founded, “I commend you for receiving the things I've written to you not as just my words but as God's very Word”. Apostle Paul was a very structured thinker, often referred as someone “turning the world upside down”, seriously trained in the Old Testament scripture by one of the greatest rabbi's in history. Once he became a Christ follower he put the pieces together like no one else could. God revealed to him the plan for His family to grow in multitudes from all nations.
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Bible has many versions? How can I trust Bible as authentic and True?
They are not all different versions, just different translations. It is translated from the original writings, which are Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, the New Testament in mostly Greek, which was very widespread, much as English is today. Aramaic had by Christ’s time replaced Hebrew as the native language of Palestine. The goal of translators to reproduce the original meaning as closely as possible. These translations have been done in different places at different times. For example, the King James bible is just a translation done by scholars during the reign of King James in England in the 1600s. This a very good translation, but our English has changed so much since then that it’s hard to understand. That’s the one with all the thee's and thou's. It is better to get a more modern translation (NLT, NIV, NASB, ESV, NKJV, CSB, NET, Blue Letter, etc) which is written in plain English that’s easy to understand. For more info - Bible Translations, Bible Resources: Puritan Library. In the Bible, Yeshu makes various promises, many based on the historical reliability and some prophecies. You can claim these promises by Faith, as you go thru different life circumstances. God is still the same as He was in Bible times - people changed, but God did not. He is still trustworthy and so as His word. As one get to know Him better thru Bible (His love letter to humanity), leads to new wisdom, relationship and experiences will confirm more of it as True. And this will grow one's Faith to trust the God of the Bible even more. This is a process and sure is worthwhile! This is how you know that the Bible is True.
Why do you speak so loud about Bible? Why read Bible every day?
Unlike many other books of the world, Bible is a unique book of books written over 1500 years by many authors inspired by the Holy Spirit. Bible is sufficient, it has everything man needs to know about God in order to have a right relationship with God. Most natural laws of the world believed to have derived from more superior God's laws. Bible's time tested principles, intersects your inner most thoughts and reveals Truths on a daily basis when you read. Bible scriptures are alive and active. sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Bible may hurt you temporarily (like a scissor in the hands of a surgeon performing surgery) with a Truth but it will never comfort you with a dangerous lie.
What is Gospel? Why is it called good news?
Gospel in English derives from godspel, meaning "good news". Similarly, in the Greek in which Mark wrote, evangelion means "good tidings". It is good news because it offers a solution to humanity's sufferings, frustrations, and perpetual troubles.
In India, tribal people are brainwashed and bribed by missionaries for conversion, why?
Matthew 13:9 - He who has ears, let him hear. The last commandment given to all followers by Yeshu himself is -“Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel (good news) to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). Good deeds (helping the needy, charity, etc) play a major role in the Faith. Most missionaries leave all their wealth, family and friends behind and they stay with the tribal people for the rest of their lives. Many go thru depression with lot of unknowns including threat to a life in a hostile environment. They are hardly given money to take care of themselves. There are some people who know nothing of the sacrifice they make. You might be asking why? Even though so many are persecuted, for Love of Christ they continue to share good news, foremost and important commandment of all. No amount of money/religion can purchase Yeshu's unconditional Love and a source of overflowing living water with Naya Jeevan (new life)...All Yeshu followers love sharing their God provided Forgiveness, Joy and Peace with others, which no one else can give or take away.
Upanayanam (Thread Ceremony) and Jal Samskar/Shuddhi (BaptIsm), are they same?
They are totally different. Upanayanam (thread) ceremony is a South Indian ritual restricted to Priest (Brahmin) males that grants them a guru who will reveal to them the secrets of the Veda, learning and chanting Vedic Mantras including Gãyatri and Sandhyãvandana which will qualify him to be a true Brahmacharin. You become a Yeshu follower NOT by born into a certain privileged family or culture or tradition but only by experiencing the new life in Yeshu. Jal Samskar (Baptism) is an outward proclamation of an inward belief and change. Anybody can experience the new life with Yeshu and it is open to all (generations, nations, etc) regardless of your past. If you truly seek Yeshu, He may speak to you as a friend, guru, teacher, and Father. He may give His Holy Spirit and a free gift of new life to you.
What is Paar Prayag Paarv (Passover), Poorna Prayag Paarv (Good Friday), and Maha-Mritunjay Mahotstav (Easter Sunday)?
Paar Prayag Paarv (Passover): Pesach in Hebrew is a Jewish festival celebrating the exodus from Egypt and the Israelite's freedom from slavery to the Egyptians. It is significant because Yeshu was killed at Passover time, and the Last Supper was a Passover meal.
Poorna Prayag Paarv (Good Friday): According to the Bible, the Yeshu was flogged, ordered to carry the cross on which he would be crucified and then put to death. Good Friday is good because Christ "showed His great love for man, and purchased for him every blessing".
Maha-Mritunjay Mahotstav (Easter Sunday):There is a lot of confusion, for some, Easter Sunday is about the Easter Bunny, colorfully decorated Easter eggs, and Easter egg hunts. It actually commemorates Yeshu defeating death and called resurrection day and it has no connection to the celebration of Easter eggs and the Easter bunny. (Ref:Easter Sunday)
Why pray? What is the point of prayer when God knows the future and is already in control of everything? If we cannot change God’s mind, why should we pray?
Prayer was an integral part of Yeshu time on earth, and He prayed regularly: “Yeshu often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5:16). One is the giving of thanks to the Father. Praise was a regular part of Yeshu prayers. Another theme is His communion with the Father; His relationship with His heavenly Father naturally resulted in His desire to spend time communicating with Him. (Ref: Yeshu Prayers). God intends prayer to be the means of obtaining His solutions in a number of situations. We pray in preparation for major decisions (Luke 6:12-13); to overcome demonic barriers (Matthew 17:14-21); to gather workers for the spiritual harvest (Luke 10:2); to gain strength to overcome temptation (Matthew 26:41); and to obtain the means of strengthening others spiritually (Ephesians 6:18-19). Prayer is our primary means of seeing God work in others' lives. Because it is our means of “plugging into” almighty’s power, it is our means of defeating Satan and his army that we are powerless to overcome by ourselves. We come to God with our specific requests, and we have God’s promise that our prayers are not in vain. (Ref: Prayers)
How do I hear God's voice? What kind of prayers are answered?
God primarily speaks to us through the Bible. Other methods can include through others, through creation, through prophetic revelation, through dreams, through circumstances, thru our hearts, etc. God's voice always leads you, refreshes you, calms you, gives you a hope etc..where as other voice (Satan) leads to scare, fear, worry, false hope, steal your joy and peace. There are about 650 different prayers in the Bible. God has instituted and commanded prayer and it was a lifestyle of the early church. It is a way lifting up our soul to God and drawing near to God in friendship, fellowship and trust. Prayer brings down the power of God and is essential for victory over evil. According to Bible - God will answer the prayers of His children, The righteous and fervent, The obedient, Godly living, Devout seeking God, and those who repent from wickedness. God will not answer the prayers of disobedient, unforgiving, unrepentant, spouse abusers, prideful, and the self righteous. Keep on praying, do not get discouraged because He doesn’t answer right away, but continually knock on His door. God knows what is best. Never lose hope and always seek God’s will and not your own.
Bible is a complex book and I get lost. Where do I begin?
The bible is not a single book or idea. It contains history, instruction, allegory, letters, prophecy, laws given to specific people groups, poetry, letters of encouragement, and so on. One beautiful aspect of Bible, it always speaks at your level whether you reading for 1st, 10th or 100th time. You will get something out of it every time you open a Bible to read. It always speaks truths/principles, never comfort with you a lie. Any first reading of the Bible should begin with New Testament (NIV or NLT). Yeshu own spoken words are in RED letters in most Bible print translations, and often spoke in parables with in-depth spiritual meaning.
-The core of the NT is 4 biographies of Yeshu:They are titled "Gospels" - translates as 'good news'. Each is written to a different audience: Matthew is written to the Jews, and so emphasizes links to the OT/Tanakh and the prophecies recorded there. Mark is written to the Romans, a very no nonsense people, so is short and to the point. Luke was written to the Greeks, so is subtly written and plays with concepts. Finally, John (Disciple of Yeshu) is primarily written to establish divinity of Yeshu.
-First go to the gospel of John, which focuses on the things Yeshu claimed about Himself. You can start 15-20 mins a day for 21 days (Book of John). Pray God at the end of each chapter what you read is True? Any principles you learned? See how your life get transformed after three weeks. Btw, this is not a trick.
-The Gospel of Mark is quick and fast-paced. Mark tells about what Yeshu did, while John tells about what Yeshu said and who Yeshu was. Reading the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) will familiarize you with Christ’s life and ministry (teachings with promises, miracles, healing's, etc).
-After that, read through Epistles (Romans, Ephesians, Philippians, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon); Hebrews; James; 1,2 Peter; 1,2,3 John; Jude and Revelation). They teach us how to live our lives in a way that is honoring to God, Faith, Relationships, Leadership & Governance, etc.
-When you start reading the Old Testament, read the Book of Genesis. It tells us how God created the world and how mankind fell into sin, as well as the impact that fall had on the world. Yeshu is often referred as Son of David. Many add Book of Psalms, Book of Proverbs, Book of Isaiah, major and minor prophets to their daily readings as you mature.
-Don't be ashamed of reading Children's Bible Stories. They help you understand a lot of things. Also explore what is Bible exactly with good introduction. and Got questions site has tons of Bible Questions Answered! Focus of Yeshu message, Its His compassion, forgiveness and humanity. He also communicates Truths such as "Kingdom of God is within you". Stories about how He lived these values can be an inspiration for our lives...
Is Reading and knowing Bible sufficient? How does Dallas Indian Community Purpose Group (Satsang) assist in my walk?
Bible defines to know suggests a very close intimacy, just as a husband and wife are intimate in marriage (Genesis 4:1). It indicates experiential knowledge, not theoretical. Folks follow Yeshu is called body of Christ, similar to nose, eyes , ears, feet, hands with different function and work for same body. We are not alone and don't have to fight our battles (3 fold enemy) ourselves in this world. Yeshu's favorite commands are a) Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind b) Love Your Neighbor as yourself. So, the early followers of Yeshu clearly emphasized the importance of Satsang. Yeshu Satsang (Dallas Indian Community Purpose Group) plays an important role to support one another, strengthen experiences that allows us to learn, gain strength, and build lasting relationships with others.
How is Yeshu Satsang different? How does it help me and my family know more about Yeshu?
Yeshu Satsang Dallas / Dallas Indian (Desi) Community Purpose Group was solely established to explore the purpose and meaning of life from the Bible and spread the Love of Christ to all. We are very unique with no hierarchy and Yeshu as center of our Life's. We strive to treat every person in the way Yeshu would with unconditional Love and Grace. We encourage and involve everyone at our Satsang. We are passionate about spiritual growth, transformation, better families, balance priorities in life, the joy of serving, etc.
You are invited to join Dallas Indian Community Purpose Group next monthly meetings, if you already know or seek to explore more about Yeshu at your own pace. For more info: yeshu.satsang.dallas at gmail.com; 972-916-1022 (Text/Whatapp)
Yeshu loves us so much, that is Grace. God is both Spirit and Truth. I have no binding. I am free indeed because of Yeshu. The Truth is ONLY IN FREEDOM WE CAN LOVE ONE ANOTHER. I pray you find Christ in your heart. Tathastu ( ऐसा ही हो).