As Christians, we are called to follow the life of Jesus Christ and do as he did. In doing
so, we should give up all luxuries that are not necessary, treat our enemies and friends
alike, and devote our lives to helping those less fortunate than us. While many of us may
make an attempt to do this, rarely if ever do we see someone who did this in the way that
Gandhi did. The surprising thing about it, though, is that Gandhi never considered
himself a follower of Jesus. While he credited Jesus as a contributor to his beliefs and
practices, he never became a practicing Christian. Instead, he took the actions that would
be considered ideal for a Christian, and applied them to his Hindu religion.
Gandhi lived his life according to how Jesus would have in more devoted way
than any Christian has since his time. According to the Mahatma Gandhi article, there
are several examples of how Gandhi did this.
First of all, Gandhi was a strong believer in
the idea of showing love for your enemy. This love for his enemies was clear when
Gandhi would willingly accept beatings from his enemies with clubs. He would never
retaliate in any way, would encourage his fellow Indians to take the same beatings, and
then encourage them to pray for those who had beaten them. Gandhi's response to the
dropping of the atomic bomb also showed how much he loved his enemies. He told
Indians that if an atomic bomb were ever dropped on India, that they should look up at
the bomb without fear and pray for the pilot who had deployed the bomb. Gandhi's love
for his enemies was also seen when he turned the other cheek to the hooligans that had
harassed him when...