Matthew 25: 41-Answering Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati

How can God be hungry and thirsty? Why were not the devil and his angels judged immediately?

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.

"Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, depart form me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink." (25:41.)

C. How very unjust to send his own followers to heaven while others to everlasting fire! Where it is said that there will be no Akasha (space) wherein will the heaven and everlasting fire or hell exist? Had not God made the devil and his angels He would not have been obliged to make all these preparations for hell. We wonder what kind of God he is Who could not even inspire the Devil with fear since he was one of His angels and yet revolted against him, but why could not he get hold of Him in the beginning and put him in a prison or kill him. What should he think of the power of God when the devil was kept without food for 40 days. It was Christ, even the son of God, who could not do anything. It follows, therefore, that neither Christ was the son of God, nor could the Biblical God be the true God.

Answer: If the question is about the selection of the people for heaven and hell, then that is based on choice that people make in this world.

As for the creation of Devil and his angels, I have answered those in the question for Genesis 3: 1 – 7, 14 – 18.

Yet, another question is about why God did not threaten devil or imprison devil at the beginning itself. Had God imprisoned Devil at the beginning itself, Maharishi would have blamed God for not giving enough time to Satan to mend his ways. These kinds of arguments can be raised for any question.

If all the actions were immediately judged and punished, then there would be having been very little meaning for freedom to choose and the opportunity for repentance.

One of the fundamental natures of the God of the Bible is that His mercy extends a thousand times more than the harsh punishment meted out of Justice.

Finally, it appears that Maharishi assumes that when the LORD God said “For I was a hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink” literally means God in His divinity is hungry ad thirsty.

LORD GOD Jesus Christ in His humanity felt hunger and thirst. After His bodily resurrection, He is now glorified with the glory that He had before the World began. However, the meaning in this context is not about the humanity of LORD Jesus Christ. It is about the image of God being in every single human being.

As usual, to answer this Maharishi, let us read the entire portion.

Matthew 25:34-40 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'  And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.

So, the Holy Bible itself is very clear about the meaning and it seems that the Maharishi was half asleep when he wrote this.

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