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In India, All Religions Join In 'The Big Day' (Christmas)
npr.org ^ | December 25, 2012 4:00 AM | July McCarthy

Posted on 12/25/2012 2:53:08 PM PST by entropy12

India, the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism, marks the birth of Jesus with a national holiday.

Indians call Christmas bara din, or the Big Day.

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TOPICS: Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: christians; india
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Syrian Christians were the first to arrive in India, in the first century. The ancient sect devoted to St. Thomas the Apostle is believed to have first landed on the Indian coast in what is today the state of Kerala. He says they came with the fabled spice trade, intermarried and introduced their cuisine.
1 posted on 12/25/2012 2:53:14 PM PST by entropy12
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To: entropy12

many Hindus see Buddha as an incarnation of there main god. Some in India believe that he was also incarnated as Christ. They have thousands of gods—who are re-incarnations of just a few god forces. So honoring Christ—to them—isn’t a problem. He is a force—a face of the divine. Much of his message of peace and love is in harmony with their classic belief systems.


2 posted on 12/25/2012 7:41:53 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: entropy12

I would think the British Empire had an influence on them, too.


3 posted on 12/25/2012 7:55:24 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

I know Hindu’s. I was born as one. From what I know, Hindu’s are one of the most tolerant of other religions. Christians in India, have seldom done any atrocities. So it follows that they are respected and loved by 99% of Hindu’s. Same with Buddhists, Zoroastrians, Jews, Jains, Sikhs, Bahai’s, etc.

Of course there are always a few fanatics in every religion. Such as the Sikh who assassinated prime minister Indira Gandhi, or the Hindu who assassinated Mohandas Gandhi. But there were no mob actions against other faiths by those religions, unlike the Muslims.


4 posted on 12/25/2012 8:28:21 PM PST by entropy12 (The republic is doomed when people figure out they can get free stuff by voting democrats)
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5 posted on 12/25/2012 8:37:08 PM PST by narses
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6 posted on 12/25/2012 8:37:46 PM PST by narses
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

When I was young, Americans enjoyed Christmas and appreciated the teachings of Christ even if they were not Christian.

The anti-Christers have risen with the Marxists. They have used their control over education and other power structures to cleanse the American culture...which supported the moral and economic independence and legal structure of the constitution.

I can not beleive Christians put up with that. Like a boiled frog... Social Marxists are disgusting people with many useful idiots helping them, not realizing the ultimate communist trap.


7 posted on 12/25/2012 8:48:49 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: entropy12
Funny how NPR let the misspelling of “oversees” get by — incorrectly used “overseas” LOL. Autocorrect gone wild.
8 posted on 12/25/2012 9:13:33 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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Americans don’t celebrate “Christmas” or the birth of Christ. Christmas is only a ruse to actually celebrate materialism, commercialism and gluttony. It’s all about consumption, material enjoyment and excess. Nothing to do with Marxists. Christ has long been lost.

In other parts of the world Christmas is observed with austerity. They may not have Santa Claus buying them expensive gift but they have much more happiness, satisfaction and gratitude for whatever little they have.


9 posted on 12/26/2012 1:21:58 AM PST by ravager (I)
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To: entropy12

Yeah, well, there’s been a good bit of Hindus burning Christian missionaries alive, raping nuns and schoolgirls, stripping priests naked and parading them through the streets, killing villagers who convert to Christianity etc. during the last several decades, especially since 1999.

Google for hindu violence against Christians and see what you find.


10 posted on 12/26/2012 3:18:00 AM PST by Houghton M.
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To: entropy12

In 2011:

“As you are aware,” Dayak writes, “the 23rd of August marks the third anniversary of the killing of VHP leader Lakshmananda Saraswati in Kandhamal, in Orissa, by Maoists,” which was followed by a “ pogrom against the Christian Dalit and Tribal community of that region. That led to over 56,000 Christians homeless, almost 300 churches destroyed, more than 5,600 houses burnt. A nun and two other women were raped and many molested. The memory of that violence has scorched the psyche of our community.”


11 posted on 12/26/2012 3:19:57 AM PST by Houghton M.
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To: entropy12

2008, New York Times, no less

NEW DELHI — At least 3,000 people, most of them Christians, are living in government-run relief camps after days of Christian-versus-Hindu violence in eastern India, government officials said.

The government said that many people were also living in the jungle without any shelter and security because of the tensions, which erupted in violence after a Hindu leader was killed Saturday. At least 10 people, most of them Christians, have been killed since.

Christian community leaders say that at least 1,000 Christian homes have been set on fire since Monday, rendering more than 5,000 people homeless.

Many of those living in the jungle were without food or water, said the Rev. Dibakar Parichha, a priest at the Roman Catholic church in Phulbani, a town in Orissa State. Father Parichha said that about 90 places of worship, including small churches and prayer halls, had been burned down. Local officials said the figure was about 20.

The violence has occurred in Kandhamal, a district in Orissa State that has a history of communal and ethnic clashes. The latest conflict started Saturday night, when unidentified armed men stormed a Hindu school in Kandhamal and killed the Hindu leader Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his followers.

The police suspected that Maoist rebels were responsible. But Hindus blamed Christians. In the retaliatory violence, 500 houses were burned. All nine towns in the district are under a curfew, and the police have license to shoot. At least two people have been killed in violent reprisals in other districts of Orissa, including a woman who died when an orphanage was burned down.


12 posted on 12/26/2012 3:23:10 AM PST by Houghton M.
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To: entropy12
A verse came instantly to mind:

2Co_6:14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
2Co 6:15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?
2Co 6:16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM. I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE."
2Co 6:17 Therefore "COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM AND BE SEPARATE, SAYS THE LORD. DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN, AND I WILL RECEIVE YOU."
2Co 6:18 "I WILL BE A FATHER TO YOU, AND YOU SHALL BE MY SONS AND DAUGHTERS, SAYS THE LORD ALMIGHTY."

If there were ever any situation to sum up Christmas and non-Christians....this would be it.

13 posted on 12/26/2012 3:37:09 AM PST by DouglasKC
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To: entropy12

People of the world will celebrate what ever the world celebrates.


14 posted on 12/26/2012 3:47:54 AM PST by ravenwolf
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To: ravager

Americans don’t celebrate “Christmas” or the birth of Christ.


I’m sorry but that is total b.s.


15 posted on 12/26/2012 6:47:08 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: entropy12

The Hindi nationalist are not so tolerant. Many Christians come from the lowest caste, and many Hindus regard this as an attack on their caste system,


16 posted on 12/26/2012 11:16:29 AM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: entropy12

The Hindi nationalist are not so tolerant. Many Christians come from the lowest caste, and many Hindus regard this as an attack on their caste system,


17 posted on 12/26/2012 11:16:48 AM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: Houghton M.

I grew up in Western India where I never saw any such violence between Christians and Hindus. Orissa state has had lot of strife between various religious and non-religious factions. The communist rebels are/were active in that state and good at exploiting anything to their advantage. It is not exactly the most educated, urban or prosperous part of India.

I doubt you will find any strife between Hindu’s and Christians in any of the major urban areas such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Chenai, Bangalore etc. On the contrary you will discover that Christians in those areas are doing better than non-Christians. Modern Indians are nothing like centuries ago when the missionaries arrived in the country.

For example we can not really say Americans favor slavery simply because before civil war it was a common practice in many parts of US.


18 posted on 12/26/2012 12:14:34 PM PST by entropy12 (The republic is doomed when people figure out they can get free stuff by voting democrats)
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To: SaraJohnson

I am sorry you think so.


19 posted on 12/26/2012 12:40:01 PM PST by ravager (I)
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To: Houghton M.

You make it sound one sided, all Hindus doing it to Christians. However there is that little line from the article you posted......

“The latest conflict started Saturday night, when unidentified armed men stormed a Hindu school in Kandhamal and killed the Hindu leader Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his followers.”


20 posted on 12/26/2012 12:45:25 PM PST by ravager (I)
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