The time has come for me. I may be alone but the time is with me. They may have all the forces, but the time is not with them. They are digging their own graves; they are out of date. Their ideologies, their philosophies, their theologies are all out of date.
My challenge is open.
I am ready to argue against everything that their society stands upon – that it is hypocrisy and nothing else.
They can kill me – that is possible. That is not difficult, very simple. But by killing me ultimately they will seal their defeat. They will kill me, and later on they will understand that they have committed suicide with my death. That’s why they are trying other ways to prevent me from reaching to people, because killing has been tried in the past; it has not succeeded.
Al-Hillaj Mansoor’s message became engraved in the sky. There have been many Sufis, but nobody is remembered like Mansoor.
Jesus Christ would not even have been known if they had been a little patient and ignored him. But they were too impatient, and they killed him – and he was only thirty-three. He had been teaching only three years. And he was not saying anything that was dangerous; he was simply repeating the old scriptures. Just a few things he was adding which could have been easily ignored – that he is the only begotten son of God…. So what! Let him be. I don’t think it hurts anybody. If he likes it, enjoys it, without hurting anybody, leave him alone. If he thought that he is the last messiah that you have been waiting for, you could have enjoyed it. You could have looked all around the messiah, watched: “Great! Looks like the last messiah.” You could have joked; more than that was not needed. Seriousness was not needed at all, because he was not saying anything dangerous to the society, to the vested interests. Just by ignoring a few things which were childish, he could have been used very easily in the service of the old society – and nobody would have ever heard his name. And there would have never been this calamity, Christianity.
But crucifying him changed the whole thing. Crucifying him made it clear that the whole Judaic tradition is afraid of the man. Killing him sealed in some way the poverty of the philosophy of the Jewish tradition. They could not argue with an ignorant, uneducated man, and they had great rabbis, intellectuals.
The crucifixion seems to be absolutely meaningless. Perhaps they thought to get rid of him quickly, but that getting rid of him quickly has created Christianity, which goes on growing. Now just the Catholics have passed the seven hundred million mark. I have always called Christianity “Crossianity,” because the cross is really the source, not Jesus. And it is not strange that the cross has become the symbol of Christianity….