Studying the gods that capture peoples’ hearts and minds is to learn about “the human experience”. The more we know about gods, the more we know about people.
If ever there was an attractive god, it would would be the Hindu god, Krishna. In the 1960’s and early 70’s, young people chanted, “Hare Krishna”. Hare Krishna is a pop term referring to the International Society of Krishna Consciousness.
An important development in today’s Christianity is the growth of the “emerging church” movement. This version of Christianity plays down sin, the cross and hell and replaces it the a Jesus figure who accepts us all, sinners included. This upbeat version of the cranky, jealous and vengful God/Jesus concept seems, to my amature eye, to be much like the god, Krishna.
A few years ago, a young science professor gave a presentation at our Freethinkers about the Hindu faith. He is convinced there was more evidence of the once human god, Krishna, than for the figure, Jesus.
In the Hindu faith, Krishna lived 5,000 years ago in Mathura, 91 miles south of New Delhi. He was always happy to serve his followers. One thing he did for them was wash their feet.
The holy book of Krishna is Bhagavad Gita (“the song of god”). In another ancient text the earthly Krishna is described as “…possessing the beauty of blooming youth…”
In our youth-focused society, people might find a young attractive god just what they are looking for. Perhaps one day the names Krishna and Jesus will be used interchangably.
It’s coming, the 2011 Freethinker’s Conference, Sept. 24 in Fargo. There will be a great debate between a Christian & atheist. Many speakers and new friends. Come join us. www.redriverfreethinkers.org