Snyder, George L Snyder, Lenore Snyder, God, ethics, morals, religion

The Elephant Speaks
One Man’s Elephant book II


Mohandas Gandhi:

            He was given little talent and scant resources.

            He had to discover his purpose in life while and by being abused by society.

            He had to go many places and face many failures.

            Even though he had a first class ticket, he was thrown off a train because of the color of his skin.

            And still he serves.

And, God speaks to me:

          “Gandhi carried my message of peace and humility to my people.

          And, still you do not listen.

            Gandhi once said, “It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”

            This is a message to me telling me that I might be wrong and you might be right. Should you listen to the same message?

            God gives his messages to many different people, when God brings his messages to you, do you not think it is important? We should always listen for messages from God even if we do not agree with the messenger.

So what if Gandhi was just a troublemaker?

So what if Gandhi used his pacifism as a weapon?

            Read the life of Gandhi. See what drove him to the life he lived. See what he did. See what he said. His ideals and way of life were more Christian than most people who call themselves Christian.

            Christians have the best example of the way to live in Christ. If Christians lived in a Christlike manner, the world would be a much safer place.

            Is one of the reasons he rejected Christianity for himself, that he could not see any Christians acting like they really believed in Christ?

            Gandhi said, “After long study and experience, I have come to the conclusion that:

1.         All religions are true.

2.         All religions have some error in them.

3.         All religions are almost as dear to me as my own Hinduism, in as much as all human beings should be as dear to one as one’s own close relatives. My own veneration for other faiths is the same as that for my own faith; therefore no thought of conversion is possible.”

Did Gandhi talk to Jesus about this? It sounds like it to me.

Perhaps he just listened to God in the way he knew how.

Why do we not listen to God?

            Before he died, Gandhi gave to his grandson Arun what he called the “seven blunders of the world.”


          wealth without work

          pleasure without conscience

          knowledge without character

          commerce without morality

          science without humanity

          worship without sacrifice

          politics without principle

Later Arun added one of his own


          rights without responsibilities.

If these make sense to you, then read the next chapter.

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