Fundamentals of the Christian Faith in the Light of the Gospels

by Maulana Sadr-ud-Din

The Ways of God’s Will and Pleasure: One and the Same Law for the Evolution of Body and Soul

Jesus has said that the same God Who has created body has also created soul, that is, the creator of both body and soul is one and the same Being. It is, therefore, necessary that there should be one and the same law governing the evolution of both the body and the soul. In this connection, Luke records (11:37–41):

“And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat. And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner. And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. Ye fools, did not he  made that which is without make that which is within also? But rather give alms of such things as you have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.”

The texts of the Gospel set forth lucidly that there is, in the laws governing the body and the soul, homogeneity and coherence. If the soul be sick, abomination creeps into human deeds, but if the soul be healthy and pure, goodness and excellence are reflected in man’s actions. Divine Word is the light of the soul. When the soul is illuminated with God’s Word, goodness and virtue are mirrored in human actions. This teaching of Jesus, there is no gainsaying the fact, is at once rational and useful. It appeals to human nature and penetrates into the human soul. To inculcate and preach the unintelligible doctrine of Atonement, as against this beautiful teaching, is to belie and repudiate the shin­ing truths taught by Jesus.