For some Christians the misery of man is due to original sin, not to avidya (nescience), as Adwaitins say.
There is only one way to redemption and it is to be a sheep in the fold of Jesus. He has said: ‘All those who came before Me were thieves and robbers’.
Stop preaching your heathenism and come to Jesus, born 2.000 years ago.
Adhyatma Yogis hold holy Jesus in very great reverence. He was spirit personified, but you can do a great injustice to Him by attributing to Him such narrowness.
St. Paul has wisely advised to understand the spirit and not the letter of the holy writ.
The historical origin of Christianity will look ridiculous if understood literally—you cannot sacrifice right reason. Your Christianity in the orthodox sense means that there was a historical Adam who disobeyed God and fell, and humanity has fallen on account of his disobedience.
The redemption rests on the advent of Christ and man’s acceptance of Him as the only saviour. Now, biologically it is proved without a shadow of doubt that there was no Adam who, according to your view, lived some 6,000 years B.C.
If there was no Adam, there was no original sin. Then what is the meaning of the advent of Christ?
Do you mean to imply that all the holy characters like Yao and Shun in China, Rama, Krishna and Buddha in India, Zoroaster in Persia, and Socrates in Greece, who all lived before Christ, were made fuel to feed hell-fire? Again, we ask you to be reasonable and understand the eternality of Truth which was individualised in Jesus.
As to the mischievous text you have quoted, surely you do not mean to say that holy Abraham and all the great Jewish prophets were thieves and robbers? No, my friend, read your Bible again and see that Christ founded no fold for sheep.
“There are many mansions in My Father’s house”, He said, and also, “There are sheep of Mine in other folds”.
Did He not say that He came to fulfil, not to destroy?
We do believe in the first initiation of baptism, but not in the narrow sense in which you allege it to be.