Matthew 9:2, 13 -Answering Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati

How can LORD Jesus Christ bear the sin of others?

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, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy: Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. For I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (9:2, 13.)  C. Now this thing is as impossible as others that have been mentioned before. As regards the forgiveness of sins it is only a bait thrown to the simpletons to ensnare them. Just as alcohol, Indian hemp, or opium taken by one person cannot intoxicate another, likewise, a sin committed by one cannot affect another.

On the other hand, it is he alone who suffers sins. Verily this is Divine Justice! God would indeed be unjust if good or bad deeds done by one man should affect another, or if the judge should take on himself the consequences of the crimes of the criminal. Remember righteousness alone is the cause of felicity (happiness), not Christ or any other saint or prophet. The righteous do not at all stand in need of Christ, etc., nor do the sinners as their sins can never be forgiven.

Answer: The argument that only the man who sinned suffers is contrary to the dictum of knowledge and contrary to the laws of nature. For example, if a person is punished with a penalty of huge amount of money, then his entire family suffers.

So the right question is who is Jesus Christ to forgive sins and how can He take the punishment of others?

All souls belong to God and if God becomes man, He can take away the sin of the whole world.

Ezekiel 18:3-4 " As I live," says the Lord GOD, "you shall no longer use this proverb in Israel. Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.”

 LORD Jesus Christ, who is the incarnation of second person in the Yahweh God, therefore can rightly forgive the sins of other and bear the punishment for others.

Further, righteousness apart from God is self-righteousness and cannot give any happiness but only haughtiness. The real happiness comes by submitting ourselves to God.

Maharishi knew only the righteousness of his own which produced haughtiness and may have given him delight in his haughtiness. But the Word of God clearly says:

Romans 10: 2-4 “For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”

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