Reflections on Gandhi Essay

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Mariam Hakobyan English 101 Mr. Ireland 10/30/12 Reflections on Gandhi Gandhi was born and raised in a Hindu Bania community in coastal Gujarat, and trained in law in London. Gandhi was one of the few individuals who thought that they should live in a better world, and actually stood up and made his voice heard. He fought for the civil rights of Muslim and Hindu Indians in South Africa. He was a great hero for his country, and a great person; however I don’t agree with his interpretation of the Bible. Gandhi believed that a person cannot serve God and humanity. According to his views the person should choose between God and Man. Gandhi says, “If one is to love God, or to love humanity as a whole, one cannot give one’s preference to any individual person.” In other words if you choose to love God, you can’t love another person. I don’t agree with Gandhi because the Bible, in John 15:12, teaches us to love one another, as God loved us. If you have God’s love in your heart, you can’t hate anyone. True, you have to love God the most, but also you have to love others as you love yourself. In Mark 12:30-31 it says, “And you shall love the Lord your God with your all heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength,’…and ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ there is no other commandment greater than these.” The point is, we should love, and be kind to one another. In other words, if we love God, we should love humanity too. Gandhi didn’t believe in close friendships because he thought that the close friends can influence on you, and lead you to do something wrong in your life. Gandhi states, “Close friendships are dangerous, because ‘friends react on one another’ and through loyalty to a friend one can be led into wrong-doing.” In other words, you shouldn’t have a close friend because your friend might tell you to do

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