What Jesus means to Me

What Jesus Means To Me


Written by :
M. K. Gandhi
Compiled by :
R. K. Prabhu

Table of Contents

  1. My early studies in Christianity
  2. The Sermon on The Mount
  3. Why I am Not A Convert To Christianity
  4. Only Begotten Son of God?
  5. What Jesus Means To Me
  6. The Message of Jesus
  7. The Jesus I Love
  8. Christ - A Prince Amongst Satyagrahis
  9. The Greatest Economist of His Time
  10. Proselytization
  11. For Missionaries in India
  12. For Christian Indians
  13. For Christian Friends
  14. Value of Scriptural Texts
  15. Western Christianity Today
  16. To The Ceylonese Youth
  17. Some Questions And Answers
  18. Appendix I : Sermon on The Mount
  19. Appendix II : Two Favorite Christian Hymns of Gandhiji

About This Book

Written by :M. K. Gandhi
Compiled by :R. K. Prabhu
First Edition : 10,000 copies, September 1959
I.S.B.N :81-7229-387-9
Printed and Published by : Jitendra T. Desai,
Navajivan Mudranalaya,
Ahmedabad - 380 014,
© Navajivan Trust, 1959


Chapter-1: My Early Studies In Christianity

It was more than I could believe that Jesus was the only incarnate son of God, and that only he who believed in Him would have everlasting life. If God could have sons, all of us were His sons. If Jesus was like God, or God Himself, then all men were like God and could be God Himself. My reason was not ready to believe literally that Jesus by his death and by his blood redeemed the sins of the world. Metaphorically there might be some truth in it. Again, according to Christianity only human beings had souls, and not other living beings, for whom death meant complete extinction; while I held a contrary belief. I could accept Jesus as a martyr, an embodiment of sacrifice, and a divine teacher, but not as the most perfect man ever born. His death on the Cross was a great example to the world, but that there was anything like a mysterious or miraculous virtue in it, my heart could not accept. The pious lives of Christians did not give me anything that the lives of men of other faiths had failed to give. I had seen in other lives just the same reformation that I had heard of among Christians. Philosophically there was nothing extraordinary in Christian principles. From the point of view of sacrifice, it seemed to me that the Hindus greatly surpassed the Christians. It was impossible for me to regard Christianity as a perfect religion or the greatest of all religions.

An Autobiography,
pp. 98-99, Edn. 1958