Marriage of the Lamp. Who are the father-in-law, mother-in-law and brother-in-law?
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.
"For the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready." (19:7.)
C. ~ Now, behold! Even in marriages are celebrated in the Christian heaven, since God Himself celebrated the marriage of Christ there. Will the Christians please tell us who are His father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, etc. How many children were born of that marriage, since the loss of the reproductive element causes loss of strength and energy which, in its turn, causes decay of mental faculties, and shortness of life. Hence Christ must have died by this time. Anything that is the result of combination of different substances must disintegrate into its component parts. The Christians having put their faith in Christ, have deluded themselves, and who knows how long they will continue to do so.
Answer: The appalling ignorance of the Vedic Maharishi regarding the Holy Bible and even the English language is yet again evident in this passage. Maharishi apparently thinks that this marriage is like the marriage of a man and a woman.
Let me begin by showing the shades of meaning for marriage as per Dictionary.
Following are the different meanings that the Merriam Webster dictionary gives:
1 a (1): the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2): the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage <same-sex marriage> b : the mutual relation of married persons : wedlock c : the institution whereby individuals are joined in a marriage.
2: an act of marrying or the rite by which the married status is effected; especially: the wedding ceremony and attendant festivities or formalities.
3: an intimate or close union <the marriage of painting and poetry — J. T. Shawcross>
When one says marriage of painting and poetry, only an ignorant man will ask “can you please tell us who are his father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law etc? How many children are born out of this marriage? Etc”
In Revelation, the word marriage is used for the intimate relationship that the believers are going to have with Christ. Further, it also means that the believers onwards shall be ever with Christ.
This was promised by Christ Himself to His disciples.
John 14:2-3 “In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
Further, in this very passage itself, if quoted completely (which Maharishi mostly do not do), shows the allegorical usage of the word marriage. Let us read about the dress of the bride.
Revelation 19: 7- 8 “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”
Righteous acts of the saints are described as fine linen.
Further, if Maharishi had a bit of honesty to read just two more chapters to understand what this marriage means, he would have understood that the believers are going to be with God for evermore.
Revelation 21: 1-5 “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful."
This intimate relationship is described as marriage in the Book of Revelation.