This book is dedicated to those nice folks who have been downcast by Christian churches and church people. Until age 34, I rejected Jesus because of unkind, self-righteous Christians who misrepresented him. Do not allow this to happen! I love this story about Gandhi.

Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most respected leaders of modern history. Although a Hindu, Gandhi admired Jesus and often quoted from the Sermon on the Mount. Once when the missionary E. Stanley Jones met with Gandhi he asked, “Mr. Gandhi, though you quote the words of Christ often, why is it that you appear to so adamantly reject becoming his follower?”

Gandhi replied, “Oh, I don’t reject your Christ. I love your Christ. It’s just that so many of you Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

Apparently, Gandhi’s rejection of Christianity grew out of an incident that happened when he was a young man practicing law in South Africa. He had become attracted to theChristian faith, had studied the Bible and the teachings of Jesus, and was seriously exploring becoming a Christian. He decided to attend a church service, but as he went up the steps of the large church, a white South African elder barred his way at the door. “Where do you think you’re going, kaffir (a disparaging term for a black person)?” the man asked Gandhi in a challenging manner.

Gandhi replied, “I’d like to attend worship here.”

The church elder barked at him, “There’s no room for kaffirs in this church. Leave here or I’ll have my assistants throw you down the steps.”

From that moment, Gandhi said he decided to adopt what good he found in Christianity, but would never again consider becoming a Christian if it meant being part of a church.

Jesus would not have turned Gandhi away because Jesus accepts all who sincerely seek him.

God came to earth in the form of this man, named Jesus, to endure humiliation and the excruciating pain of crucifixion, initiated by “religious” people, so he could pay for the sins of all mankind — for all time. He loves those who others reject, and he doesn’t reject those who do not deserve his friendship.

Jesus will love you when others don’t. He died a painful death so you may live.

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.” John 3:16-18, Jesus’ words

Jesus offers you a free gift. Accept it.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:8-9


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