Hinduism and Christianity

April 11, 2019 Religion

Hinduism and Christianity are both historically prevalent and widely followed religions of the world with many differences and similarities. One of these is that Hinduism was not founded by a prophet, unlike Christianity, who owes its origin to the prophet Jesus Christ. Another concept is that both include beliefs of people being treated to a life after death in a higher place with god, if good deeds and kind acts towards others take place, Heaven for Christians, and Moksha for Hindus respectively; the difference lies where, when Christians don’t act according to the word of god during their life time, they go to hell, whereas Hindus are reincarnated and have unlimited chances of attaining Moksha. Theologists suggest that the scare of eternal damnation was a good way to encourage Christians to “think twice” before making decisions, such that they could go to heaven. This leads to the fact that unlike Hinduism, Christianity is a monotheistic religion centered around and ruled by a set of ideologies and isn’t free from religious fanaticism. Hinduism is taught by gurus like how Christianity is taught by preachers/pastors/ministers/priests; Both religions teach lessons and skills by way of stories, though Hinduism and its stories are mostly ancient mythology, like the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Bhagavad Gita, while Christians believe that Jesus did live, die, and resurrected as well as taught the people he came across the word of god, which has been recorded as the bible today. Christians strongly believe in the bible, which is god’s word, and is the teachings of Jesus Christ, therefore Christianity can’t stand without Christ, unlike Hinduism being a polytheistic religion, that does not rely on a singular deity, as there are numerous Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Another similarity is that the Bible states “Watch and Pray, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand” which means purify your minds and be ready, as well as that the spirit never dies; this has a similar meaning of the Karma Yoga mentioned in Hindu scripts and texts. Both are organically derived religions, though the prophet Jesus Christ was born a Jew, as were his 12 disciples. Christianity also does not follow any dietary restrictions, while Hindus typically are vegetarians, though some make allowances for fish, chicken, pork, and lamb, though beef is never consumed as the cow is respected and revered as a sign of the Hindu culture and Religion, and is often believed to be an incarnation of god itself. Unlike Christianity, Hinduism is a more tolerant and accepting religion, especially in the sense that it does not promote itself and the damnation of others who are not Hindus.


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