Global Hindu Heritage Foundation
(NOTE: This is to inform that a Christian Loan
Officer/ Mortgage Broker denied to work with a Hindu Temple
to obtain loan because his Christian Religion would not allow him to work with
Hindus because we believe in Image worship. He has given several quotations
from the Bible as to why he could not work with Hindu Temple.
(Name of the Loan Officer and the exact name of Hindu Temples are omitted to
preserve their identity)
GHHF prepared a response and requested the Christian Loan Officer/ Mortgage Broker to answer the questions raised in the letter. Nearly four months after the response letter was sent by Hindu Temple, no further explanation from the Loan Officer was received.
Please read the Denial Letter by a Christian Loan Officer and also a Response from Hindu Temple prepared by GHHF.)
I. This is the letter received from a Christian Loan Officer/ Mortgage Broker
Please accept my sincere apology for the delay in getting this email sent to you. I realize I needed to get this to you before your Saturday morning meeting.
To understand this email, you must know that I serve one God; Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob. I am a servant of His Son, Yeshua. I trust and obey His Word as revealed in the ancient writings of the books of Genesis through Revelation; commonly known as the Holy Bible.
At our first meeting, in your home, I realized you have put your faith in the Hindu religion. I asked Yahweh; why am I here and what does He want me to do for you? He answered me…”serve him and let your service be a witness to Him and his family.”
The scripture He gave me in regards to my service to you and your family was:
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, Colossians 3:23
Serving you and your family has blessed me. Since I only work by referral to those Yahweh brings into my path, I am so very grateful for the referrals through you to XXXXX, your brother in law XXXXX, and the resulting referral to XXXXXX. I have worked hard to faithfully serve them and their families as well.
Regarding the $4M-$10M financing opportunity we discussed for the building of the temple and the six figure commission that would likely result; I am unable to serve you with this; it would be against my God, Yahweh, and His Kingdom and also be against you, my brother and neighbor.
The scriptures He gave me are:
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36
Then God spoke all these words, saying, 2 “ I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 3 “ You shall have no other gods before Me. 4 “ You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. Exodus 20:1-6
Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake In vain. Psalm 127:1
This is not a difficult decision for me except that I care deeply for you and your family. I’ve been praying since our meeting Monday afternoon “Lord, how can I be a witness for You and also love XXXX, my brother, neighbor and friend?”
He answered me through His Word which says:
Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
35 One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “ ‘ You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘ You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:35-40
XXXX, if there is anything I can do to help you and your family, please know I am here to help bear your burdens and love you. I would like very much to introduce you to the Son of my God. His name is Yeshua, which means salvation. I testify that Yeshua has brought life into this dead man’s soul. Yeshua has paid my debts in full which I could never ever pay on my own (and He’s done the same for you!). Yeshua has provided a way for me to have life eternally and live forever in His presence.
Though I had a thousand years to live, I could not do justice to the testimony of what Yeshua has done for me. Yahweh is the One, True and Living, God; He does not dwell in houses made by human hands nor does His Spirit inhabit idols made with wood, gold or silver. If you are willing, I would love to tell you about my God.
I hope you receive this message with the love in which it is sent.
Blessings and peace to you and your family!
In Yeshua, my Savior and King; for Yahweh, my God, and His Kingdom!
(Signed by Loan Officer), Your friend and neighbor
II: Response by Hindu Temples (Prepared by GHHF)
Dear ______________, Loan OFFICER:
Thank you for response to our request for $4M – $10M loan to build a Hindu Temple in Frisco. We are sorry to hear that you are not able to help us in this regard because of your full faith “in Yeshua, my Savior and King; for Yahweh, my God and His Kingdom.” In fact you also stated that “ I am unable to serve you with this; it would be against my God, Yahweh, and His Kingdom and also be against you, my brother and neighbor.” To make your point clear, you have quoted few passages from Bible that helped you to make a decision to forego six figure commission and obey your God’s commands: Mark 8:36; Exodus 20:1-6; Psalm 127:1; Galatians 6:2; and Matthew 22:35-40. Obviously you felt compelled to follow your scriptural injunctions and not to go against God, Yahweh.
You have also stated in your email that “Yahweh is the One, True and Living, God; He does not dwell in houses made by human hands nor does His Spirit inhabit idols made with wood, gold or silver. “
We do not have enough knowledge to understand the entire Bible. I am sure you can help us understand the Bible. You also mentioned that: “If you are willing, I would love to tell you about my God.” I would love to sit with you and know about your God. I have few other friends who may be interested in joining me.
I am Surprised
On behalf of our ____________Temple, I approached you thinking that “We ask, you give.” I was surprised to read your response. Because Bible dictates certain code of ethics that many believers follow. By looking at what is written these verses, we believed that it will be considered fairly and “will be given.”
Matthew 7:7-8 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Also we find another similar verse in Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
I am surprised at your response because you said that you do not want to go against your GOD. Don’t you think that your decision not to work with our Temples goes against the God’s command to give.How come it is not given when asked?
FEW QUERIES FOR MY UNDERSTANDING
In the meanwhile I wanted to ask you few questions so that I may understand your position with regard to some of the verses in Bible. Your response to these following queries would help me understand your faith.
Overwhelming majority of Christians believe in Ten Commandments. With regard to Sabbath, Exodus 35:2 commands:
For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death.
Who will put them to death? Is it police or Church? You know that millions and millions of people work on Sunday (Sabbath day). All the shops are open where millions are working. Many sports are played on Sunday. Even Christian Book stores are open defying the word of God. I am sure you thought about it since you would no go against your God. How do we deal with these people and put them to death. Exodus 20:9 even specifies as to who should not work: “you shall not do any work – you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock or the alien resident in your towns.”
2) Buy Slaves
Leviticus 25:44 states that “Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.”
Can we purchase slaves from our neighboring nations such as Canada and Mexico? Do we need to get permission from the government? Or shall we simply follow the Bible without going through the trouble of checking with the government authorities?
3) Daughters as Slaves
Exodus 21:7 states that "When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are.” It appears that a man can sell his daughters as slaves and she cannot be freed even after six years. Do you know if anybody is selling his daughters and what is the fair price at this time? If we do not sell our daughters, don’t you think we are denying the GOD? If we follow God’s command, I believe we can solve the problem of baby sitters. There appears to be a discrimination based on sex. How do we deal with the government that takes away the power of God?
Leviticus 20:13 “‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own head.”
Leviticus 20:10 "If a man commits adultery with another man's wife--with the wife of his neighbor--both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.”
Deuteronomy 22:22 “If a man is found sleeping with another man's wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die. You must purge the evil from Israel.”
Bible is clear that the adulterers must be put to death. According to research studies that an average of about 70 percent men, and 60 percent women admit to having cheated on a spouse/long-term partner at some point in their lives.
What do we do with these adulterers? Do we put them to death? How do we put them to death? How do we know they committed adultery? Who is going to monitor?
5) Rebellious Sons
Deuteronomy 21:18-21 says: “If someone has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father and mother, who does not heed them when they discipline him, then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his town at the gate of that place. They shall say to the elders of his town, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of the town shall stone him to death. So you shall purge the evil from your midst; and all Israel will hear, and be afraid.”
Is there any specification of the age of the sons that need the punishment? Do you know where all these stubborn and rebellious sons are stoned to death? Why do we need Juvenile Justice System to prosecute these rebellious sons? We can save lot of money if we follow the dictates of the Holy Bible! How many parents report their sons’ misbehavior to the elders of the town to stone them to death?
1 Timothy 2:11-12; “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.”
Corinthians 14:34-35; “Women should be silent during the church meetings. It is not proper for them to speak. They should be submissive, just as the law says. If they have any questions, they should ask their husbands at home, for it is improper for women to speak in church meetings.”
We all know that are millions of women teachers in US and all over the world. What do we do with them? Is it time to fire them because God forbade them? Do you advocate their removal because they are not permitted to teach according to the Lord.
There are also many women who are in authoritative positions over men. We know that many governors, Senators, Prime Ministers, Presidents and Cabinet members who are in authoritative positions. We had Golda Meier as Prime Minister of Israel, the Queen as head of England, Margaret Thatcher as British Prime Minister, Isabel Peron as President of Argentina, Indira Gandhi as Prime Minister, and so on. At least twenty countries had women in authoritative positions ruling the countries? How do we deal with them? They are all going against the word of God.
Mathew 18: 8-9; “If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.”
Mark 9:43 “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.”
It is somewhat troubling to understand. First of all, according the Bible, everybody is a sinner. If that is the case, anybody that is born should have been thrown away into eternal fire? Is there an exception where somebody is born as a non-sinner? Since everybody is a sinner who is going to be alive to implement the command of the Lord.
Even if we take the verses literally, if both hands commit sin, how can anybody cut off both hands? You need to have at least one hand to cut and throw away the other sinful hand. If both hands are cut off and thrown away, how does one gouge his eyes that may have caused him to sin?
I am sure, you must have deliberated on this and received the message from God, the Almighty. Can you share your experience?
8) Deformed or Disfigured
But the following verse says that no man with defect can come to the Altar to offer food.
According to Leviticus 21:18-20; “No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed; no man with a crippled foot or hand, or who is hunchbacked or dwarfed, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles.”
If a man cannot approach the Altar with eye defect, do you think we will have enough people to attend churches. According to research studies, nearly 90 percent would have eye defect in their lifetime. Then we will add the blind, lame, disfigured, deformed, crippled etc., to this list, do you think there will be anybody in the church?
WORD OF GOD
I also came to know that the WORD OF GOD couldn’t be changed. His word will stand forever. It is stated in the verse: "The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand for ever."( Isaiah 40:8). You also stated in your email that “I am a servant of His Son, Yeshua. I trust and obey His Word as revealed in the ancient writings of the books of Genesis through Revelation; commonly known as the Holy Bible.” If you follow the word of God and your own words, you may have to kill more than half the population, deny women’s rights, refuse the deformed and crippled, sell our daughters, allow our sons to be stoned to death, etc. Please let me know if I misinterpreted the WORD OF GOD.
He is all-powerful
Mathew 17:20 states that Jesus told the disciples if they have faith as small as the size of mustard seed, they can move the mountain from here to there. Further Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done.” (Matthew 21:21).
Based on this statement, God is all-powerful. If that is the case, Yeshua could have wiped out all other religions so that only Christianity would have reigned supreme. Also it is stated in the Bible that “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3). If he had taken the sins when he was on the cross, why do we have all the passages dealing with sins and how to put them to death.
As you mentioned, my family members and I will be happy to meet with you to hear about your God. Please let me know when we can meet so that we may be enlightened with your answers to our queries.
With appreciation, your friend.
(Signed by Hind Temple Representative)
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