Christianity vs Hinduism
There’s much talking about religions and faith in the world today. Everywhere you look, you will find people that are indifferent about God and faith, you will find people that are obsessed with anti-religion propaganda and you will find people that live their lives according to what they believe and what they proclaim. Wikipedia.org defines religion as ‘a system of human thought which usually includes a set of narratives, symbols, beliefs and practices that give meaning to the practitioner’s experiences of life through reference to a higher power, deity or deities, or ultimate truth’. This is mainly the basic definition of religion, which is also accepted by most religious leaders. This article covers the differences between Christianity and Hinduism.
Christianity is a belief in Jesus Christ, who was crucified two thousand years ago on Calvary, Jerusalem, which is now spread all over the world. Hinduism is a religion which is confessed by 70% of the Indian population, but it also has adepts in other countries too. Now, let’s remember that Christianity is the world’s larger religion, while Hinduism is number 3. The main difference between these 2 religions is that Christianity recognizes one omnipotent God in three persons, while Hinduism has in its roots thousands of gods and believing that all of them are a manifestation of one god and one omnipotent power.
Another major difference between Hinduism and all other religions (including Christianity) is that Hinduism is an ‘evolving religion‘. Its rituals progress. A religion which does not have a founder, like Jesus Christ who is the central and vital part of Christianity. So you can’t find a point in time when Hinduism first began, or when it’s spiritual practicesÂ first started.
A big and interesting difference in the attitudes of these religions and their followers is the fact that Hinduism tolerates Christianity while Christianity is totally opposed to Hinduism because any other form of worship that is not approved by the Bible is an anathema and a sin to the Christian world. The Hindu people live by a principle similar to ‘All roads lead to the top of the mountain’, while Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to get to Heaven, believing that ‘there is salvation outside a denomination, but there’s no salvation outside God’s sacrifice: Jesus Christ’. Christians believe that there will be a final Judgment Day when each one of us will answer before God for all our actions, Hindus believe that each person is judged and punished by his own karma.
A distinctive belief at Hindus is they believe that everything possesses a part of God, therefore God persists in both good and evil. Christians believe that God did not create evil, but instead, He created mankind free to choose, and that freedom includes the possibility of doing wrong.
1.While in Hinduism, it is believed that all the roads lead to salvation, in Christianity, they believe that Bible is the answer to all problems.
2.Christians believe in Jesus Christ while Hindus believe in a multitude of Gods.
3.Origins of Hinduism cannot be traced as it is an extremely old religion, while that of Christianity can be traced to approximately two thousand years.