Indian Hindu worshippers are reflected in the polluted Ganges River in Allahabad, India.

Indian Hindu worshippers are reflected in the polluted Ganges River in Allahabad, India.

Polluted banks of the River Ganges

Polluted banks of the River Ganges

Ganges River

Posted: November 3, 2014

There’s something rotten in the Ganges River. In fact, there’s so much rotten stuff you might want to plug your nose and cover your eyes. The water is brown and green with sewage. Animal carcasses float by. So do human bodies. Yuck! Fish haven’t lived here for more than 10 years. Would you believe that people from all over the world come to this river to make themselves pure?

The Ganges flows through India and Bangladesh. Four hundred million people live on its banks. They dump chemical waste and sewage into the water. They wash their laundry there. They bathe in the filthy muck. Living near the Ganges and having too much sewage is a big problem. But if you toss it into the river, it quickly becomes your neighbor’s problem—and he just wanted to take a bath!

Many of the river-dwellers are Hindus. Hindus believe the river is a god called “Mother Ganga." They believe that a person’s soul will become pure if he or she touches the river’s water. Other Hindus come from all over the world to do the same. That makes matters even worse.

When we try to make ourselves clean by our own hard work, we just end up dirtier than we started. A dirty river can’t make a dirty soul clean. Only Jesus can do that.