Friday, December 22, 2006
Jesus, also known as Jesus of Nazareth, is the central figure of Christianity. The name "Jesus" meaning is salvation. Jesus was a Jewish teacher from Galilee, who was regarded as a healer, was baptized by John the Baptist, and was crucified in Jerusalem on orders of the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate under the accusation of sedition against the Roman Empire. According to Matthew and Luke, Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea to Mary, a virgin, by a miracle of the Holy Spirit. Hindu beliefs in Jesus vary. Some believe that Jesus was a normal man. Many Hindus see Jesus as a wise guru or yogi who was not God. Swami Vivekananda has praised Jesus and cited him as a source of strength and the epitome of perfection. Mahatma Gandhi considered Jesus one of his main teachers and inspirations for Nonviolent Resistance.