…is Jesus Christ.
The following is an excerpt form K.P. Yohannan’s book “A Revolution in World Missions”
He tells us that Mans greatest need is Jesus Christ. By describing a deeply held religious belief people are starving to death. If they knew our savior what a difference that would make in the lives of a whole culture and a nation. There would be a “whole lot of rat killing going on”.
“…..it is important to reemphasize that Asia’s basic problem is a spiritual one. When the Western media focus almost entirely on its problems of hunger, for example, showing pictures of starving children on TV, it is difficult for Americans not to get the false impression that hunger is the biggest problem.
But what causes the hunger? Asian Christians know these horrible conditions are only symptoms of the real problem— spiritual bondage. The key factor—and the most neglected—in understanding India’s hunger problem is how its belief system affects food production. Most people know of the “sacred cows” that roam free, eating tons of grain while nearby people starve. But a lesser-known and more sinister culprit is another animal protected by religious belief—the rat.
According to those who believe in reincarnation, the rat must be protected as a likely recipient for a reincarnated soul on its way up the ladder of spiritual evolution to Nirvana. Although many Asians reject this and seek to poison rats, large-scale efforts of extermination have been thwarted by religious outcry.
Rats eat or spoil 20 percent of India’s food grain every year. A recent survey in the wheat-growing district of Hapur in North India revealed an average of 10 rats per house.
Of one harvest of cereals in India, including maize, wheat, rice, millet and so on—a total of 134 million metric tons—the 20 percent loss from rats amounted to 26.8 million metric tons. The picture becomes more comprehensible by imagining a train of boxcars carrying that amount of grain. With each car hold- ing about 82 metric tons, the train would contain 327,000 cars and stretch for 3,097 miles. The annual food grain loss in India
would fill a train longer than the distance between New York and Los Angeles.
The devastating effects of the rat in India should make it an object of scorn. Instead, because of the spiritual blindness of the people, the rat is protected and in some places, like a temple 30 miles south of Bikaner in North India, even worshipped.
According to an article in the India Express, “Hundreds of rats, called ‘kabas’ by the devotees, scurry around merrily in the large compound of the temple and sometimes even around the image of the goddess Karni Devi situated in a cave. The rats are fed on prasad offered by the devotee or by the temple management. Legend has it that the fortunes of the community are linked to that of the rats.
“One has to walk cautiously through the temple compound; for if a rat is crushed to death, it is not only considered a bad omen but may also invite severe punishment. One is considered lucky if a rat climbs over one’s shoulder. Better still to see a white rat.”
Clearly, the agony we see in the faces of those starving children and beggars is actually caused by centuries of religious slavery. In my own beloved homeland of India, thousands of lives and billions of dollars go into social programs, education and medical and relief efforts every year. Many of the crisis problems that are considered disasters in the United States would only be normal, everyday living conditions in most of Asia. When we have disasters in the Orient, the death tolls read like Vietnam War body counts. Asian governments struggle with these tremendous social problems and limited resources.
Yet despite all these massive social programs, the problems of hunger, population and poverty continue to grow. The real culprit is not a person, lack of natural resources or a system of government. It is spiritual darkness. It thwarts every effort to make progress. It dooms our people to misery—both in this world and in the world to come. The single most important social reform that can be brought to Asia is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. More than 400 million of my people have never heard the name of Jesus Christ. They need the hope and truth that only the Lord Jesus can provide….”
As we can see mans greatest need is Jesus Christ.
Even though in the United States we do not experience this type of cultural issue, we do have many persuasions that are distracting our children and adults away from the gospel. Hlccc is focused more than ever on bringing Jesus Christ to thousands of students and adults every year. If a person can get away from the culture for a few days they will hear the message of Jesus Christ and experience the life changing power of the gospel.
Last summer we recorded 2160 decisions for Jesus Christ! 799 were first time decisions!