"I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ."

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    This quote has bothered me for a while. We have here Gandhi, who started a movement to free idea based on loving his fellow man saying he doesn't like a specific group of people, namely Christians.

    Yet, if this quote is true, he spend a lot of time associating with Christians. He spent alot of time loving this group that he supposedly didn't like. It seems odd to me.

    Another odd thing, no matter how much I search, there seems to be no source for the quote. Which, of course, leads me to believe that it's likely not an accurate quote.

    However, despite my indepth study of Gandhi, I am not an expert. So I contacted an expert earlier. And oddly enough they have never found a source for that quote either.

    Now is it moral to continue to attribute a quote to a man when no source can be provided and that man's teachings and actions seem to contradict the point of the quote.

    As for the substance of the quote, no Christian does live the Gospel. If he did, we wouldn't need the Atonement of Christ.
     
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    And what do you think the entirety of the bible is? It is something that was written many many years later.

    All quotes without substance. What was "believed" to have been said and or meant.


    just saying.
     
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    Whether Gandhi said it or not is irrelevant, and you clearly miss the cogent point of the quote.

    It has nothing to do with the ‘Atonement of Christ’ nor the intrinsic nature of sin with regard to the Christian, it goes to the fact that a significant number of Christians fail to make the effort to live the life of Christ, in their advocacy of war, unjust economic policies, and lack of tolerance of other faiths, and those free from faith in particular.
     
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    Gandhi's point is that very few Christians are "Christ-like".
     
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    Gandhi did not say it, which makes your point based on a lie, like everything else you do is.
     
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    What I have wondered about this quote is, when did Ghandi meet Christ?
     
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    I do not know if the quote is accurate.

    But the sentiment of it rings true to me.

    Very few Christians impress me as living lives even remotely Christ-like.

    Certainly I don't.
     
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    There is no direct source for the quote so, in fact, we do not know whether Gandhi actually said it or not. So how on earth could he have a 'point'.

    I like the old reliable 'Judge not, lest you be judged'.... you should try that. You judge people very quickly, and usually very harshly... and often, wrongly.
     
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    Reporter: “Mr. Gandhi, what do you think of Western civilization?”
    Gandhi: “I think it would be a good idea!”
     
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