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Basics Of the Hindu Worldview Compared to Christianity

August 14, 2009

ORIGIN: C. 2500-1500 BC; NO SINGLE PERSON; 820 MILLION ADHERENTS (OVER DOUBLE US POPULATION!),

SCRIPTURES: Vedas, Upanishads, The Epics, Puranas, and The Bhagavad Gita explain the essence of Hinduism. VARIOUS GROUPS HOLD TO SOME MORE THAN THE OTHERS; NO SINGLE CREED, NO FINAL TRUTH (CF. CHRISTIANITY – ONE BIBLE, ONE WAY),

          BIBLE: ONE WORD OF GOD; POSSIBLE TO DO SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY; UNIFIED BODY OF THOUGHT; THESIS/ANTITHESIS CF. TO HINDUISM IS SYNTHESIS; PROPHECY; NO HISTORICITY IN HINDU SCRIPTURES (WHY? BE/C IT’S ALL IS ILLUSION SO HISTORY DOESN’T MATTER – PROB. THEY DON’T LIVE THIS WAY, NO ONE DOES…HISTORY MATTERS AND WE RECALL IT AND WE LIVE LIFE DIFFERENTLY BE/C WE’VE EXPEREINCED IT!) WHY SHOULD ANYONE BELIEVE HINDUISM BE/C EITHER KRISHNA OR VISHNU WERE REAL OR THEY WERE NOT!

THE UNIVERSE:  Hindus accept various forms of pantheism and reject the Christian doctrine of creation. According to Hinduism, Brahman alone exists; everything is ultimately an illusion (maya ). God emanated itself to cause the illusion of creation. There is no beginning or conclusion to creation, only endless repetitions or cycles of creation and destruction. History has little value since it is based on an illusion.  Creation is emanation from Brahman, everything else is illusion (maya),…ANIMISM,

          -bible: God is not to be confused with His creation: if everything is illusion, then that statement is an illusion and itself not true and hence should not be followed; again no Hindu lives this out – they look both ways before they cross the streets. Cf. Gen. 1:1 – distinction between God and material/ Rom. 1 warns about blurring lines of God and creation.; ALSO TO ARGUE THAT OUR SENSES ARE DECEIVED IS TO ARGUE OBJECTIVELY THAT WE KNOW OUR SENSES ARE DECEIVED IMPLYING WE CAN TRULY SEE! THAT IS, IT’S NOT AN ILLUSION! YOU HAVE TO USE THE SENSES TO DENY THE SENSES AND SAY THEY ARE DECIEVED, WHICH IS SELF DEFEATING. SAME W/ UNIVERSE – TO SAY IT’S ILLUSION YOU IMPLY YOU KNOW WHAT REALITY IS!

GOD: PLURALITY OF GODS, Brahman – impersonal, unknowable, (how can personality come out of non-personality?) the one impersonal, ultimate, but unknowable, spiritual reality/FORCE. MANY PERSONAL MANIFESTATIONS OR INCARNATIONS OF THIS FORCE (VISHNU, KRISHNA, 330 MILLION GODS) Sectarian Hinduism personalizes Brahman as Brahma (creator, with four heads symbolizing creative energy), Vishnu (preserver, the god of stability and control), and Shiva (destroyer, god of endings). Most Hindus worship two of Vishnu’s 10 mythical incarnations: Krishna and Rama . On special occasions, Hindus may worship other gods, as well as family and individual deities. Hindus claim that there are 330 million gods. In Hinduism, belief in astrology, evil spirits, and curses also prevails.

BIBLE: If God (ultimate reality) is impersonal, then the impersonal must be greater than the personal. Our life experiences reveal that the personal is of more value than the impersonal. Even Hindus treat their children as having more value than a rock in a field. IF BRAHMAN IS UNCHANGEABLE, THEN HOW CAN YOU HAVE SALVATION THROUGH REINCARNATION SINCE IT IS ALL A PART OF THE SAME GOD?? WOULDN’T IT REQUIRE SOMETHING ‘DIFFERENT’ TO EFFECT ‘DIFFERENCE’ IN CHANGING?; God is personal and hence people are personal – like begets like; plus no one consistently lives out this principle, even Hindus treat people with more dignity than inanimate objects.

MAN:  The eternal soul (atman) of man is a manifestation or “spark” of Brahman mysteriously trapped in the physical body. Samsara, repeated lives or reincarnations are required before the soul can be liberated (moksha) from the body. An individual’s present life is determined by the law of karma (actions, words, and thoughts in previous lifetimes). The physical body is ultimately an illusion (maya ) with little inherent or permanent worth. Bodies generally are cremated, and the eternal soul goes to an intermediate state of punishment or reward before rebirth in another body. Rebirths are experienced until karma has been removed to allow the soul’s re-absorption into Brahman.

          BIBLE: MAN IS CREATED, DIE ONCE AND THEN COMES JUDGMENT (HEB.  9:27), MAN IS NOT PART OF GOD, WHAT WAS CAUSE FOR FIRST BIRTH? BIBLE TEACHES RESURRECTION NOT REINCARNATION, MAINTAIN CONSCIOUS AND PERSONALITY AFTER DEATH, BODY IS MADE GOOD; HINDU- IF SELF IS ILLUSION MUST ALSO KNOW REALITY TO COMPARE SELF TO BUT THIS PROBLEM BE/C THEN IT MEANS YOU HAVE REAL KNOWLEDGE THAT ISN’T ILLUSIONARY!!

SIN: NO CONCEPT OF SIN AGAINST A HOLY GOD (OR VIOLATION OF 10 COMMANDMENTS) DESIRE IS WHAT’S WRONG W/ THE WORLD, IGNORANCE OF UNITY W/ BRAHMAN IS WHY SOCIETY IS TROUBLED

          -BIBLE: WRONG DESIRE IS WHAT’S WRONG NOT DESIRE PER SE BUT DESIRE PUT ON OUR WILLS AND NOT GOD’S WILL, NOT DESIRING GOD OR DESIRING TO REPLACE THE ONE TRUE GOD WITH ANY AND EVERYTHING ELSE, ALSO WHERE DOES PERSONAL, MORAL JUDGE COME FROM IN AN IMPERSONAL GOD TO KNOW YOU’VE REINCARNTED/KARMA ENOUGH TO BE ABSORBED BACK INTO THE DIVINE?

SALVATION:   ONE IS NOT SAVED FROM SIN, BUT ULTIMATELY FROM SELF INTO BRAHMAN….ULTIMATELY ESCAPING REINCARNATION AND THE KARMA DEBT AND BE REABSORBED BACK INTO BRAHMAN….EITHER  1) TRANS MEDIT – BEC/ U FORGOT U’RE UNITY W/ THE DIVINE – GOAL IS TO BECOME PASSIONLESS AND LOSE YOURSELF INTO DIVINE  2) KARMA – PAY OFF PAST LIVES THROUGH VIRTEOUS ACTS AND RELIGIOUS DEVOTION; HAS TO BE DONE THRU SEVERAL REINCARNATIONS   3) ENLIGHTENMENT – LIKE JESUS GOT TO (IF THEY EVEN TALK ABOUT HIM) – PHILOSPHERS, MYSICTAL INSIGHT, ETC….POPULARIZED YOGA IS PART OF HINDU SALVATION

          BIBLE: FIRST OF ALL – HOW CAN DIVINE FORGET ITSELF, PLUS IT’S IMPERSONAL WHAT IS THERE TO FORGET OF ‘ITSELF’?  NOTE: ‘YOU SHALL BE AS GODS’ ; HOW CAN PERSONAL ARISE OUT OF IMPERSONAL  2) NO PROOF OF PAST LIVES; WORKS SALVATION; ‘DIE ONCE AND THEN JUDGMENT’; HOW CAN IMPERSONAL GOD PERSONALLY ACOUNT IF YOU’VE DONE ENOUGH, IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT IS THAT KEEPS RECORDS OF YOUR RIGHT/WRONG ETC AND KNOWS WHEN YOU’VE LIVED ENOUGH LIVES, DONE ENOUGH KARMA, ETC.; NOTE ALSO DEVIL’S LIE: ‘YOU SHALL NOT DIE = REINCARNATION’; IF BORN TO PAY OFF KARMA, WHY WERE YOU BORN FIRST TIME??!!   3) ENLIGHTENMENT – ‘SHALL BE AS GODS, KNOWING GOOD AND EVIL’…BIBLE SAYS WE ARE BLIND TO SIN; NOT AN INTELLECTUAL PROBLEM BUT A HEART PROBLEM;

 Final Hints:

• Stress the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as God’s revelation of Himself.

• Stress the necessity of following Jesus to the exclusion of all other deities.

• Keep the gospel presentation Christ-centered.

WHEN YOU ASK HIM TO CONVERT, ASKING HIM TO TURN HIS BACK ON HIS CULTURE…

IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER ABOUT THEIR WORLDVIEW : 1) ALL OF LIFE IS UNITY…IS UNITED TO OTHER FORMS OF LIFE…IN COMMON WITH THE DIVINE…ONLY IN DIFFERENCE IN DEGREE, NOT IN KIND…2) EVERY BIRTH IS A REBIRTH – REINCARNATION – 3) KARMA – BE/C OF KARMA BELIEFS THERE IS A CASTE SYSTEM  4) THE HUMAN CONDITION IS MISERY AND OPPORTUNITY – THEY SEE LIFE AS AN OPPORTUNITY

• Share the assurance of salvation that God’s grace gives you and about your hope in the resurrection. Make sure you communicate that your assurance is derived from God’s grace and not from your good works or your ability to be spiritual (1 John 5:13).

• Give a copy of the New Testament. If a Hindu desires to study the Bible, begin with the Gospel of John. Point out passages that explain salvation.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 18, 2009 5:55 PM

    My name is Kevin Smead and I am a Southern Baptist pastor. I wanted to thank you pastor Kilgore for your efforts at the annual Southern Baptist convention to get heretical books removed from Lifeways bookstores. What business does a ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention have selling heresy. I am afraid that we are trying to blend in with the world. Some people say that we need to read all of it, or at least make it available for others, and they can be the judge. But I can promise you if someone wrote a book that maligned the character of their wives these southern baptist “ministers” would not be putting those books on the shelves. Shouldn’t we hold God’s character and reputation in higher esteem than we do even our own wives. I think that is the true Christian attitude.

  2. A.R.K permalink
    May 11, 2012 10:19 AM

    Have you not got better things to do than try and pervert other people without any respect for other cultures?

  3. hckilgore permalink*
    May 20, 2012 12:45 AM

    ark, i’m not sure what you are referrring to. would you mind clarifying what is being ‘perverted’, how it’s being ‘perverted’, and how you know objectively i’ve ‘perverted’ it…hck

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