Mahavir Jayanti

Jainism is a religion of pacifism and non-violence towards all living beings. In practice it emphasizes personal effort to move the soul toward liberation. Jains believe every living being has a soul, and through Right knowledge, Right View and Right Conduct they can attain divine consciousness. Souls who have achieved liberation are called Jinas. 24 of those are revered as Tirthankara, the holy men of Jainism. Jains do not believe in a creator god, or a god in control of the world. They do, however, worship icons of the tirthankara and other heavenly souls. The last tirthankar was Mahivira. His birthday, Mahavir Jayanti, is celebrated today and is the most important religious holiday of the Jains.
Pray today for the Jains of Gujarat. Pray that they will learn about God, who both creates and sustains the world. Pray that they will learn about Jesus. Pray that they will realize they have no ability to save their own souls but must rely totally on Jesus for that.
Ephesians 2: 8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

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