Genesis 21: 1-2 -Answering Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati

How did Sarah conceive? Merely by the grace of God?


Those sentences which are colored in orange are from Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati book Satyarth Prakash (The Light of Truth) and those which are colored in black are Jerry Thomas’s response.

"And the Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken. For Sarah conceived.' (21: 1, 2.)

C. Now let the reader judge what kind of thing this was. God visited Sarah and the result of this visit was that she conceived. Could there be anyone else besides God and Sarah who was the cause of her conception? It seems that Sarah conceived through the grace of God!!!


Answer: Obviously the grace of God was needed to heal Sarah or make her reproductive again. Earlier, in the passage that Maharishi quoted Genesis 18:13-14, Sarah herself admits that she can no longer conceive. So Sarah required healing.

Now, if Maharishi had the honesty to read at least the verse that immediately follows, he would not have jumped into conclusion that no one else was involved.

Let us read the verses that follow immediately.

Genesis 21: 2- 5 For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him–whom Sarah bore to him–Isaac. Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

It shows the level of bias to which this Vedic guru can lower himself.

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