The direct yet contradictory relationship between the Holy Bible of Christianity and the Vedas of Hinduism, part forty-six.
“As we continue to consider various passages of the Vedas and Upanishads that present questionable words, phrases, and/or concepts,” related Dr. D. James, President and teacher of The Lay School in Clinton, Tennessee, as he continued his presentation before The Lay School faculty on the direct yet contradictory relationship between the Holy Bible of Christianity and the Vedas of Hinduism, “we could present a multitude of references. Only time will tell how the Holy Spirit of God will lead us as we pursue this study further. Suffice it to say that if we were to present each and every reference in the Vedas and Upanishads that present problems and difficulties of understanding and interpretation in and of themselves, we would have material to consider for our chapel sessions for years to come. If we were to expand those references to include those passages which present words, ideas, and doctrines that parallel those of the Judeo-Christian tradition and the Holy Bible, we would have material to consider for our chapel sessions for decades to come. Therefore, we will continue to present those references which we feel the Holy Spirit of God wishes for us to examine, relegating the remainder to the personal study of those whose interest in the Vedas and Upanishads has been awakened by our presentations in this series.
So with the parameters of our further study declared, let us consider:
i. 6. 12.
k That to which Dhisana impelled me have I produced;
I shall praise Indra before the decisive day; [REFERENCE: What does ‘the decisive day’ refer to? *****]
As the reference after the verse inserted by Sterling Ministries asks, ‘What does ‘the decisive day’ refer to?’ Any Christian scholar who reads this in the Veda should almost immediately think of ‘the great day’ spoken of in the Bible referring to the day of the Lord; that last, great day spoken of in several places, culminating in the apocalypse of the Apostle John recorded in Revelation:
Revelation 6:17 the great day of his (God’s) wrath
Revelation 16:14 the great day of God Almighty (color-coded as the last great day)
and prophesied by Zephaniah:
Zephaniah 1:14 the great day of the Lord
and spoken of by Jude:
Jude 6 the judgment of the great day
just to reference a few of the over thirty passages in which the phrase ‘day of the Lord’ appears, not to mention all the variant ways that this day is referred to in the Bible. But as to this ‘decisive day’ spoken of in the Yajur Veda, there is not the slightest inkling of an explanation in the Vedas or Upanishads!
Second, let us consider:
ii. 1. 6.
He who is long ill from an unknown cause should offer to Prajapati (a beast ) without horns; man is connected with Prajapati; [REFERENCE: A god becomes a god. THEREFORE, man becomes a god.] (p184 edit mode)
The words ‘connected with’ as found in the Vedas and Upanishads always result in a god being associated with either another god or another attribute of a god. This particular instance of those words connects man with Prajapati or Pragapati as it is sometimes spelled. Among the several other names given to this deity are father, fire, sun, mind, and all the deities. And as the reference note inserted by Sterling Ministries into the Yajur Veda Color-Coded states, by this connection man becomes equated with the god(s), indeed, man becomes god, which is one of the great teachings of the Vedas and Upanishads when you read and study far enough.
Last for today, let us consider:
ii. 6. 3.
he said, ‘just as an axle not anointed  goes wrong, so I have gone wrong.'[REFERENCE: Agni confesses he has gone wrong. *****] (p277 edit mode)
The ‘he’ in this passage is Agni, a god, also referred to as fire, and our passage under consideration has Agni making the statement that ‘I (he has) have gone wrong’. Now a possible answer for the question of what Agni means by this statement requires a great deal more study and understanding than we have been able to present and for you to acquire through this series, but let us postulate:
Agni, fire, is, through a series of substitutions (an interpretive practice whose precedent was established by the poets of the Vedas and Upanishads) one and the same with all the other gods, some of whom are identified as the sun. Within the sun, or beyond the figurative understanding of the golden man in the sun of the Vedas and Upanishads, there appears to be an otherwise unnamed entity whom all the gods as well as the golden man in the sun represent. If we label or equate this unnamed entity with ‘the satan’ or the adversary (for that is what the Hebrew word shaitan means, the word that is translated Satan in our Christian Bibles) of the Judeo-Christian Bible, we have a plausible explanation of the phrase ‘so I have gone wrong’, for the Satan, according to the traditional interpretation of the Judeo-Christian Bible, left his first estate as an angel of God in heaven, and went (did) wrong by making himself the adversary of both God and man. To develop this idea and provide the multitude of supporting references from the Vedas and Upanishads is beyond the scope of our time and purpose here in our chapel services, but ‘verily’ as the Bible states in over 140 places, the proof is there, right there in the Vedas and Upanishads. And before our critics rise to discount this conclusion and/or the process by which we arrived at it, let us remind all that the very precedents upon which this exposition is based are found right there in the Vedas and Upanishads and their use of this principle of substitution and the analogy of expression. Last, the fact that neither the Vedas nor the Upanishads offer any explanation for this phrase leave the door wide open for anyone to proffer their own explanation, interpretation, etc. Possibly, as we continue our examination of these kinds of references in the Vedas and Upanishads in the remainder of this series, we will provide other references to support this interpretation.
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