When the missionary E. Stanley Jones met with Gandhi he asked him, “Mr. Gandhi, though you quote the words of Christ often, why is that you appear to so adamantly reject becoming his follower?”
Gandhi replied, “Oh, I don’t reject Christ. I love Christ. It’s just that so many of you Christians are so unlike Christ.”
“If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today,” he added.
Gandhi’s closeness with Christianity began when he was a young man practicing law in South Africa. Apart from being interested in the Christian faith, he intently studied the Bible and the teachings of Jesus, and was also seriously exploring becoming a Christian.
After deciding to attend a nearby church service, a church elder refused Gandhi entry. “Where do you think you’re going?” he demanded in a belligerent tone. The church elder snarled at him, “There’s no room for kaffirs (a disparaging term for a black person) in this church. Get out of here or I’ll have my assistants throw you down the steps.”
This infamous incident forced Gandhi to never again consider being a Christian, but rather adopt what he found in Christianity and its founder Jesus Christ.