no other Christian leaders in India, much in the rest of the world
echoed such statements, which are not part of church policy. Some of
his relevant statements in this regard are quoted below:
"Conversion has no meaning!
Proselytisation has no meaning if you do not convert yourself to God
and see what God has to tell you. Follow his will, his plan and that
is real religion. So therefore, I personally do not believe at all
The last point I would like to say is that,
Christianity has made terrible blunders in the past! Terrible, not
horrible! One of them was to mix faith with culture. If you go to
India, you take Indian culture, if you go to Africa, take African
culture, if you go to Japan, take Japan culture.
We have made a lot of mistakes, a lot of
blunders. That there is no salvation outside of Christ is not fully
true. It is one way of looking at it if we have faith. But what I
said was, salvation is from God, not from religion. If you
understand that fully, the full answer is there."
I have included the relevant portions of my
speech. For those wanting the full text and the Archbishops
statements, please contact Prajna Bharati.