Thousands gathered this year for the annual Holi Festival sponsored by the Lotus Temple of Spanish Fork, Utah. (It is pronounced “holy,” but it is anything but that in reality.) During this festival honoring the Hindu playboy god Krishna, participants throw colored powder on one another. Charu Das, the American founder of the temple, told CNN that it doesn’t matter that most of the people gathering for the festival know very little about Krishna. “Our reward is to see thousands of people chanting the names of god without consideration of religion or race or doctrine or dogma. During the time that people are here they have forgotten [their cares]. They go home having given it all up for the Lord, whether they have a conscious realization of that or not. We’ve gotten closer to God and we’ve gotten closer to our fellow human beings. Literally I’ve heard people say, ‘This is the best day of my life’” (“Celebrating the Festival of Colors, CNN Belief Blog, March 27, 2012). This is the type of blind emotional mysticism with no basis in reality that is drawing the world together in preparation for the Antichrist. Hinduism is accepting of any god and any faith, except for one, and that is the exclusive gospel of Jesus Christ. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
(Friday Church News Notes, March 30, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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