John Allen Chau, with an intention to take word of God to North Sentinelese island, home to Sentinelese who, often violently, reject any contact with the outside world, and are among the last uncontacted people to remain virtually untouched by modern civilization. He was killed by an arrow possibly on Nov 17. John broke the rules by bribing the fishermen to take him to the island which is off-limits to outside people by Indian law.
His death raises a few questions in me. After all, John was not seeking any adventure. He was spreading God’s word but God has deserted him. Does this mean God was not on the side of John? Did God switch sides for this time? Or did God lose to godless Sentinelese? Or the God’s words that John carried were truely not God’s words.
This creation of God is so diverse and it is foolish to think people with diverse cultures, beliefs, appearances, customs are not his creation. Every human being on this planet share the same earth, water, air. They are born and dead as all creatures.
The experience of life by an individual is inside him/her and very personal. The Sun, Moon, Earth, water and Sky are same for everyone but we experience them through your senses. Similarly, God may be one for all, but the experience of God, interaction with God are very personal. We may call him with same name as others or with a different name, we have a shape for him/her or is formless, our method of invoking God is same as others or different but God is very personal. Striving to reach God is individual. No one can take you there, except you. You can take help of an experienced person but you have to make the journey.
The first step to God is respecting other’s choice of path to God. Our path may be the shortest, but may not suit others. They may want to take a longer, less risky path. If we are in harmony with everyone and everything around us, that is first step to Heaven!
May John’s soul rest in Peace!