What Do Hindus Believe About Jesus?
Q.In my native India, we Hindus talk about Jesus, but we don’t refer to the day he was killed as Good Friday—despite the fact that it’s a ″good″ day in our eyes since his death is likely to have resulted in another rebirth.I’m not sure what I’d say to Christians who don’t believe in reincarnation, though.-R.K., a resident of Los Angeles For this reason, the Friday before Easter does not have the same significance for Christians and Hindus since they have distinct conceptions of Jesus and his life.
Hindus believe that as a teenager, Jesus traveled across Southeast Asia, acquiring yogic practices before coming home to serve as a teacher to the Jews of his homeland.The announcement ″The Father and I are one″ by Jesus, according to Hindus, reaffirmed the Hindu belief that everyone, with rigorous spiritual effort, might achieve his or her own universal ″god-consciousness.″ The Hindu narrative of Jesus’ life is allowed to exist within the framework of Christian beliefs.Between Jesus’ boyhood visit to the temple in Jerusalem and the beginning of his public ministry at the age of 30, the Gospels provide no information about him, leaving two decades of his life unaccounted for.
- Since of Jesus’ death, this Friday is seen as ″good″ by Christians because it is a day of eternal hope and salvation for them.
- He was elevated to the position at God’s right hand in heaven, and his death served as a symbol of the future resurrection of all mankind.
- Hindus, on the other hand, believe that upon death, Jesus became enlightened and fused with the Godhead, which is their concept of the source of all creation.
- Christians, on the other hand, do not accept this.
- Discussions on what Jesus means to each of you—and, in particular, how each of you understands his death—might be something you and your Christian friends appreciate.
- Deepak Chopra recently stated that ″Christ-consciousness, God-consciousness, Krishna-consciousness, Buddha-consciousness, and all the other names for the same phenomenon are all interchangeable.
Rather than the commandment to ‘love thy neighbor,’ this consciousness asserts that ‘you and I are the same creatures.’″ When it comes to Jesus, there is little common ground for Hindus and Christians to agree on, but keep in mind what Chopra stated when you are talking with Christians about him.His allusion to unity—the unity you may be feeling toward your non-Hindu friends during your interfaith discussion about what occurred after Jesus died on the cross—might help to diffuse any tensions that develop during your interfaith discussion about what happened after Jesus died on the cross.
“Do Hindus Believe in Our Jesus?”
I’d want to ask you a question concerning Hinduism.My interaction with someone who professes to be Hindu but also believes in Christianity was only a few of minutes ago.He claimed that redemption in Hinduism is achieved not just via karma (or karm, as he referred to it), but also through dharm, which he defined as the recognition of God as the Supreme Being.He also stated that karm was defined by the good you had done, but he did not discuss the repercussions of your actions.
He claimed that was more a case of misinterpretation than of theology.In his speech, he claimed that they both believe in the same Jesus, yet there is no way that this could be true.I wish we could have chatted for a longer period of time, but that was not feasible.
- Which raises the following question: are any of these statements supported by their scripture?
- Thank you for contacting me regarding Hinduism.
- Hinduism is a tremendously varied collection of religious and philosophical ideas that may be found all over the world.
- It’s not uncommon to come across two Hindus who are diametrically opposed to one another.
- To put it another way, some of the things you heard from your Hindu acquaintance were not entirely unexpected.
- Bhakti is a term used to describe one of the yogas (paths to realizing one’s full human potential) in Hindu philosophy.
A personal devotion to the Deity in any given form is the sort of yoga practiced by this type of practitioner.Many Hindus believe that Christianity is an excellent method of dedicating one’s life to the service of God.A rigorous system of ideas and practices is already in place, and these beliefs and practices may be utilized to guide one on the path to ultimate emancipation.
Many Hindus regard Christ as a God-man, while also thinking that there have been others, such as Rama, Krishna and the Buddha, according to Huston Smith.Allow me to offer a few of remarks on this.First and foremost, if you happen to encounter a Hindu who professes faith in Jesus, consider this a wonderful opportunity to identify common ground.Don’t let this get you down.Finding out exactly what he or she believes about God is the next stage in the process.
It’s conceivable that this individual is a genuine follower of Christ.Keep in mind that God is not only the God of ″western″ philosophy.Alternatively, it’s possible that he or she believes in a different Jesus, one who has been affected by a pantheistic worldview.
Is he under the impression that Jesus is only one of countless ishtas (divine manifestations)?And if that is the case, then why does Jesus claim to be the only route to God in John 14:6?Where do they turn for support if the Scriptures are put into question?What other sources do they rely on to think that Jesus was an ishta in the first place?
If his Jesus is not the Jesus of the Bible, then it may be a good idea to find out where he gets his ideas about Him from in the first place.Also, you might want to brush up on the reasons why there is reason to believe in the inspiration of the Bible and the person of Jesus as depicted in the Bible.For a wealth of information and assistance, please visit our website.(Thoughts on Theology and Philosophy) ) I would also recommend that you do some research on Hindu philosophy.I’d think the best course of action is to establish a friendship with this Hindu and communicate with him.For his ideas, there may or may not be a textual basis to be found.
- In contrast to the faiths of the West, Hinduism does not have an authorized scripture to which all of their beliefs may be referred.
- Among the texts they have are the Upanishads and the Bhagavad-Gita, which are both quite useful.
- These are the most well-known and easily available texts for learning Hinduism and Hinduism’s philosophy.
- However, neither of them will bring up the subject of Jesus in particular (being written before His time).
- I recommend Huston Smith’s book The World’s Religions or S.A.
Nigosian’s World Religions: A Historical Approach as excellent starting points for your research.As a result, I hope that you and this individual will have several dialogues and that God will use you to sharpen one another (you to be a better disciple, him to be a disciple of the one true God).Kris Samons Investigates Ministries 3,678 people have looked at this post.
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Jesus in Hinduism
From the Hindu point of view, Jesus is the Son of God.Photo courtesy of Eirik Newth It was when he was seven that my Indian acquaintance and his family relocated from India to England, where he was accepted into his first choice of secondary school.In order for him to talk to the class on his first day, he was requested to speak about a saint from his Hindu culture.
- On fire with enthusiasm, he proceeded to recount the story of a saint named Ishu, who was born in a cowshed and was visited by three holy men.
- Ishu went on to do many astounding miracles, including walking on water and giving a beautiful sermon on a mountain.
- He was, of course, narrating the narrative of Jesus Christ.
- The instructor claimed Ishu for herself and her companions, and she informed him that this was not his Lord and this was not his narrative.
- He was perplexed by this and sought clarification from the teacher.
- He was really disappointed by this, as Ishu’s narrative was one of his favorites to read.
You see, Hindus don’t actually consider Jesus to be a Christian in the traditional sense.(Of course, Jesus didn’t know what the phrase meant because it wasn’t in use during His day.) Spiritual practice, referred to as sadhana in Sanskrit, is more important in Hindu thinking than church or temple membership or religion, which are both considered secondary.Due to the fact that there is no Hindu Church, everyone has their own spiritual and philosophical viewpoints on matters.
It is impossible to understand someone’s spirituality only by glancing at their religious adornments, as this is the case.As a result, it is more frequent in India to hear someone inquire, ″What is your sadhana (practice)?″ rather than, ″What do you believe?″ When we inquire as to how we might discern spirituality in Hindus, we are given the following response: by their actions and practices.We may examine ourselves to see if we are modest, tolerant, and non-violent.Can we exert control over our senses and our thoughts?Are we conscious of the suffering of others, and are we prepared to forego our own comfort in order to assist them?
According to these standards, Jesus qualifies as a Sadhu, or a saintly man.He taught a global message of love for God and love for one’s neighbor that transcended any sectarianism or selfishness in his preaching.As a result, Jesus is regarded as a great Hindu Saint since he was one of those persons who appealed to people’s hearts from the beginning.
Shaunaka Rishi Das is an Indian actress and singer.As an Avatar in my particular religion, as well as among other Hindus, He is regarded as much more than a god.He is seen as a Shaktavesha Avatar, which means a powerful incarnation.This indicates that God has sent Him to us with a specific mission: to carry out God’s will on the planet Earth.
The greatest challenge
I began a personal and serious study of the New Testament when I was fourteen years old.To gain a better understanding of what Christ had to say about many issues, I paid close attention to the words of Jesus Himself.In retrospect, I can see that this formative study, as well as the contemplation that it elicited, had a significant impact on the course of my life.I’ve been reading sections like Luke 5, which says, ″forsake everything and follow me.″ Having developed my own idea of what it meant when I was 14, I recall this vividly.
My feeling of mission and vocation had been created via reading the Bible, where I realized that God’s love should be shared with the rest of the world.’To love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, all of our words, and all of our acts, and to love our neighbor as ourselves,’ I perceived as an instruction, a plea, and ultimately as a requirement by the Bible.Considering how to accomplish that, how to sacrifice everything and follow God out of love, has supplied me with my biggest struggle in life to this point.
- To give up my childhood habit of sitting in front of the television with a cup of coffee, two sugars, and a cookie was difficult (these were the comforts of my life at that time).
- I had to go down to the town center of Wexford, my hometown, and stand in the Bullring, preaching the majesty of God’s love to anybody and everyone who came up to me and wanted to listen.
- I knew it was what I was called to do based on my study of Christ’s words and the example of his life, but did I follow through on it?
- No, I wasn’t able to.
- I had to put off my surrender to God for a while.
- Even though the instructions and teachings of Christ were crystal obvious to me, I was having a difficult time attempting to put them into practice.
Funny how it appears to be simpler to fight for our ideas than it is to really live by them at times, don’t you think?This is how the screenplay was written, and the task was established—a challenge that Christ had set for everyone on this planet—and the story began.It was his way of saying, ″He who has ears, let him hear.″ Those awful ears seemed to be a part of my genetic makeup.
Christ, on the other hand, was unique.He was a striking departure from the norm.He preached for three years and was assassinated as a result of his efforts.He was completely selfless.He was deceived by a buddy.
We have all had experiences when someone we trusted deceived us, but image how we would feel if a buddy betrayed us to the point of death!Is the word forgiveness the first thing that comes to mind?In my situation, it is not the first choice, but it is a close second.
According to Hindu scripture, forgiveness is the most important trait possessed by a civilized man, and civilisation is assessed in terms of spiritual values rather than economic or scientific advances.To my mind, it’s quite obvious where Jesus stood on the matter in question.Consider the following scenario: in today’s civilized society, who would be allowed to attend a funeral and approach the primary mourner, pleading with him to turn everything up to God right away, as Jesus did?But I have to bury my father,″ the main mourner protested, and Christ responded by saying, ″Let the dead bury their dead.″ I’m curious as to what the tabloids had to say about this back in the day.
It’s true that Jesus didn’t get away with it either, but he did it because he had the courage of his beliefs.For His purpose, He risked his life and limb to speak the truth to a materialistic culture, the only truth that could be spoken of.If He were alive now, I wonder how he would fare given his uncompromising stance on hypocrites and whited sepulchres?For example, if he were to travel to Belfast, he may have difficulty getting his message over unless he first proclaimed whether he was a Catholic or a Protestant Christian.
The challenge of Jesus
Christ and the Krishnas
Procession of the Hare Krishnas In addition, how did I end up as a Hindu priest, being from Ireland?Why not a Catholic priest or, at the very least, a Christian of some kind?A wide variety of Christian sects are available to pick from these days, and this is a good thing.Maybe they’re becoming as varied as Hindus in their beliefs.
In any case, it was via the Vaishnava tradition of the great medieval saint Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu that I first became acquainted with Hindu spirituality.That’s a lot of words to say I met the Hare Krishnas, which is really all they are.At the age of 18, I happened to run into a shaven-headed, saffron-robed gentleman in Dublin and paid a visit to his temple, ashram, or monastery, to put it another way.
- I had been attending a variety of religious organizations, both Christian and non-Christian, but these gentlemen struck me as very serious.
- They awoke at four o’clock in the morning to pray, study, and chant together.
- At 8:30 a.m., when breakfast arrived, I had the impression that I had completed a full day’s work, only to discover that the entire day’s labor was only about to begin!
- The idea that every deed was to be presented to God with love, every word uttered in His favor, every song sung for His pleasure, every dance performed for His eyes, and all food prepared and offered first and foremost for His taste, was what captured my attention.
- In the process, I learned about an old philosophy that addressed more questions than I could have ever asked myself.
- Although they didn’t identify as Christians, what struck me about these followers of Krishna was what I perceived as their practice of Christianity, even if they didn’t identify as such.
A group of them joined together in small groups, praising God to the beat of drums and the smashing of cymbals, clad in flowing robes, abandoning the material world, and preaching in open markets.Interestingly, this is a description of the early Christians, yet the Krishnas were also known to do this.The singing of Hare Krishna was one of my favorites.
There is a good chance that you have witnessed the believers shouting in public.There are Sanskrit names for God such as Hare, Krishna, and Rama, which translate as ″spiritual delight,″ ″all is beautiful,″ and ″reservoir of joy,″ among other things.Beautiful names, and they combine to make a prayer for God’s service to all who hear them.In Hindu tradition, reciting God’s name, whichever name we choose to repeat, is said to bring us into direct contact with God Himself, because God’s name and His Person are indistinguishable, according to the tale.But don’t take my word for it; see for yourself.
The proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the consumption.What affected my heart so deeply, I believe, was the spontaneous delight caused by the music, chanting, and dancing, and has continued to do so until now.In practice, ″Hallowed by thy name″ was the mantra for me.
Some people may find the practice weird, but that is not the objective of it.Nuns may appear just as weird as nude Sadhus, depending on our cultural perspective, I guess.Is this a reflection of their spiritual characteristics or simply a reflection of their fashion sense?According to my observations, this spiritual activity was being carried out in the true spirit of Christianity.
The struggle to surrender
If we take a look at the Hindu book, the Bhagavad-gita, we will find Lord Krishna pleading with us to renounce all of our sectarianism and simply surrender to Him out of love.He promises to keep us safe from harm and from being afraid.I hear the same ″forsake everything and follow me″ message, the same appeal to submit, and the same comfort over and over and over and over again.During his nightly prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus demonstrates this conflict with surrender.
The Lord heard his heartfelt plea, and He agreed to let the cup pass from him, despite the fact that He was eager to follow His Father’s instruction.Despite the fact that I have never had the same willingness to do the right thing as Christ, I have always found myself in this type of predicament.Each and every one of us who struggles with spirituality questions if we are capable of putting in the necessary effort, or whether we are bound to failure and hypocrisy.
- Will we be able to rise to the occasion?
- Christ’s example is extremely significant for those of us who desire to live a spiritual life, as well as for those who just wish to do good in their lives.
- But how many of us are prepared to give up our wants in order to follow God’s will, even if it means making little sacrifices?
- Taking a close look at the events surrounding his horrific arrest, trial, and crucifixion, we witness a man who is at peace both within himself and with the rest of the world.
- Because he was misunderstood, he was sentenced to death for his enthusiasm and for posing a perceived threat to society at large.
- Having been chastised for my affiliation with Hare Krishna, for being unusual and incomprehensible, is something I have personally experienced to a lesser extent in my life.
I’ve been spit on and insulted, but I’ve never been crucified.Jesus had to give up something in His early thirties for me, in my early thirties, to be motivated to follow the Godly way.I have no clue what He had to give up for me, in my early thirties.
The truth is that I recognize myself in Jesus.His life, temptations, and suffering are all familiar to me, and I can empathize with them.Nevertheless, I can see a lot more in Him than I do in my shaky attempts at spirituality.I can envision someone who is able to transcend the materialism of this world.This beautiful goal is talked about by Hindus as much as anybody else, but it is a great celebration when someone, from any religion, begins to make spiritual sense for the very first time.
And so many of us don’t seem to make spiritual sense to one another.A religious reputation can be established for us, and we can be addressed with religious titles.To speak the proper thing and dress appropriately, as well as sing the relevant passwords for all religious occasions, and yet appear passably decent, is a simple matter of practice.
However, the example of Jesus and other saints calls into question any insincerity in our hearts, as well as any duplicity and hypocrisy on our part.These people demonstrate a higher degree of faith, which is known as love, and their love goes beyond our desire to be right about everything, to dominate others, and to demand that they conform to our vision of what is right.They have a modest demeanor.It’s all about a profound shift of perspective.
It is about getting to know God as a friend as well as a lover.It is about being content to love God with complete confidence that He would provide for us in all circumstances, just as a tiny kid will trust his or her father or mother in all circumstances.It is about embracing God’s absence from our life with the same zeal that we accept His embrace.It’s impossible for us to categorize Jesus, this God-beloved, as either a Christian or a Jew with any precision.He spoke exclusively of His Father, and he was disinterested in politics, religion, or money in the ways that He had experienced each of these things.His life, his love, and his faith were all dedicated to God’s service.
- Do you remember my Indian buddy who was madly in love with Ishu?
- What about him, do you think?
- Was he a believer in Jesus Christ?
- Is it possible for him to have a personal relationship with God?
- Do you think he would have to ″bathe in the blood of the Lamb″ first (which would be a dreadful option for vegans)?
However, these are critical questions to consider: ″Can a Hindu follow Jesus?″; ″Can a Hindu love God with all his heart and soul?″; ″Do you have to be a Christian to follow Christ?″; and even ″Who owns Christ?″ are all questions that have been raised.Acharya is a Sanskrit term that literally means ″a person who teaches by example.″ Christ is regarded as an acharya by Hindus.His example serves as a beacon for all of us living in this world who wish to devote our lives to the serious practice of spiritual life.Its message is indistinguishable from the one taught at a different time and in a different place by Lord Krishna and Lord Chaitanya.The inability to follow the teachings and example of such a great soul as Lord Jesus Christ would be a huge shame if we let our Hinduism, our Islam, our Judaism, or even our Christianity to stand in the way of being able to follow his teachings and example.
A Hindu’s View of Jesus Christ
|A HINDU’S VIEW OF JESUS CHRIST Author – Anil Chawla|
- A greater importance is placed on the message of love that Jesus preached rather than on the life and person of Jesus.
- Anil Chawla examines Jesus’ life and teachings from the perspective of a Hindu.
- He calls for Jesus to be freed from the control of the church and the clergy.
- He recognizes Jesus as the Son of God, but he does not see the Bible as authoritative.
- It’s likely that no other individual in the history of mankind has had as an impact on as many people as Jesus has.
And there is no one else in the world who is so frequently discussed while yet being so little known about them.It is only a small amount of Jesus’ life that is covered in the Gospels.The Gospels were written more than a century after Jesus’ death on the cross and after he had left this planet.None of the gospels were written by Jesus himself.He or any of his close disciples (apostles) did not even bother to look over the gospels before they were written.
- Only four gospels were accepted by the Church out of more than 60 that were in circulation at one point, with the remainder either destroyed or hidden.
- There is little doubt that the four canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John give a version of Jesus that was most convenient for Christians at the time, but there is no claim that any one or all of them provide a full account of Jesus’ life.
- Jesus did not establish a religious organization.
- The apostles were not organized in a hierarchical manner.
There appears to be a great deal of evidence to suggest that Jesus was hostile to the organized hierarchical clergy-bound religion that existed in Jerusalem at the time of his ministry.It appears reasonable to believe that the priests and governing classes of Jerusalem were hostile to Jesus because he had questioned the established religious structures and processes in place at the time of his ministry.Contrary to what the Church would have us think, circumstantial evidence reveals that Jesus was hostile to the Old Testament and never accepted the notion of God as propounded in it.The secular evidence for the emergence of Christianity throughout the early centuries is quite limited if one wishes to recreate the events of those years.
- A number of early Christians, including Jesus, do not appear to have played political games or attempted to gain favor with the rulers or authorities of their day.
- Nevertheless, the religion rapidly attracted a new group of adherents who were eager to gain favor with the governing classes and therefore broaden their area of power and influence.
- The first compromise, it seems likely, was the recognition of the Old Testament as a legitimate religious text.
This is very understandable.The fledgling faith did not wish to be subjected to persecution.Early Christians professed faith in Jesus, yet they were adamant about avoiding dying on the cross like He did.As a result, a formula for reaching a compromise was developed, in which they accepted the Old Testament while continuing to sing hymns about Jesus.
- When it comes to the strategies of Christian missionaries in modern India, we may find a similar pattern.
- A large number of Christian missionaries in India have conducted extensive research into ancient Indian writings.
- Some of them have written hymns in Sanskrit and other Indian languages, and others have penned songs in English.
- So yet, they have not gone so far as to recognize any of the Hindu scriptures as being among the Christian sacred books.
- The difference between today’s missionaries and those in the first and second centuries is that they have considerable financial and political support, whereas Christians in the first and second centuries endured widespread persecution.
- If modern-day Christian missionaries are capable of singing Sanskrit hymns and adopting pagan practices and symbols, it appears most likely that early Christians adopted the Jewish holy book as well as the Jewish concept of God, despite the fact that Jesus would never have sanctioned such a course of action.
- The Jewish understanding of religion and God is governed by a set of rules.
- The presence of a covenant between God and his chosen people is considered to be the foundation of Jewish religion.
- For Jews, the covenant serves as the foundation of their religion, morals, and all laws.
- The covenant is what God has ordered, and the heart of man has no authority to change that agreement in any way.
- Any breach of the covenant will result in appropriate repercussions.
- In place of a rule-bound government, Jesus brought a vision of love to the world.
God, according to Jesus’ perception, is a loving God who loves and is loved, and who forgives even transgressions.Acceptance of the Jewish understanding of God, even while professing allegiance to Jesus, was not universally accepted across the Christian world.Over the years, the Christian world’s conception of God has undergone several transformations.Many Christians now believe that God exists as a triune being (Father, Son and the Holy Spirit).However, the notion of God based on the trinity was introduced into Christianity more than 300 years after Christ.
- This notion of God is rejected by many Christian groups.
- We do not know whether or not Jesus acknowledged the existence of a triune God.
- The one thing we can say with certainty about him is that he supported living in accordance with love for one’s neighbor and love for God.
- All of Jesus’ miracles (healing the ill, raising the dead, and so on) were demonstrations of his compassion for all those who were suffering.
- It is possible to argue that love was at the heart of Jesus’ teachings, life, and philosophy.
- Moving from the simplicity of love and compassion that comes from the heart to the intricacy of the trinity was undoubtedly a move that carried Christianity beyond the teachings of Jesus.
- No doubt, the notion of the Christian trinity was established by the Church (on the guidance of the King of Constantinople) in order to fight the Hindu concept of Trinity, which was prevalent in many areas of the world at the time.
- A separate article will be required to discuss the comparison of the Hindu trinity with the Christian trinity in greater detail.
- Of course, it should be noted that not all Christians believe in the existence of a triune God.
- If the trinity reflects an evolution of the Christian God, it is much more fascinating to consider the evolution of the Church as an institutional entity.
Jesus never purchased any real estate.The Church amassed such a vast amount of property in His name that it was once estimated to own half of the whole geographical area of Europe.Theoretically speaking, every believer is considered to be a brick that contributes to the construction of the Church’s walls.Practically speaking, the Church, as an organization, serves to further the interests of the clergy, who are all powerful, and the laity is relegated to catering to the collective whims and fantasies of this powerful group of people.It seems unlikely that Jesus would have accepted the notion of an exclusive route from God going through his body to the Church and on down to the average human.The philosophy of Jesus is based on the concept of love.
Love does not require a channel of communication.When Jesus stated, ″Love God,″ he was making a direct appeal to the heart that required no mediator to be heard.A love that is mediated via the Church and even Jesus is diametrically opposed to the nature of God’s affection for human beings.Jesus most likely imagined himself in the role of a guru, someone who leads and holds the hand of the traveler during the voyage.
Each person must follow their own road of love, and no one can do it for them.Jesus just serves as a guide.Consider the contrast between this and the permits to heaven that were sold by the Church throughout the Middle Ages.
- Every person, including sinners (every human being is a sinner, so does it really matter) was able to enter paradise because of the efforts of the Church.
- One may spend a particular amount and go through the gates of paradise with a straight back and a smile on his or her face.
- As long as one acknowledges the authority of the Church and makes regular contributions of both time and money to the church, one does not have to suffer on the road of love.
Thus, the Church was able to establish itself as the exclusive franchisee for the sale of the benefits of Jesus’ suffering to anybody who did not choose to travel the path of love themselves.The argument, which is couched in religious terms, goes as follows: love implies pain, and Jesus suffered for the sake of mankind; anybody can profit from Jesus’ suffering by making a financial contribution to the Church.One wonders how Jesus would respond if His great message of love were to be twisted and twisted again.Regardless of the intricate theological arguments that the Church has been polishing over ages in order to enhance its insatiable thirst for power and money, the Church and organized clergy symbolize all that is in opposition to Jesus’ teachings.
It is his message of love that resonates with me when I read about and think about Jesus.It is difficult to separate Jesus from centuries of entrenched interests and political expediency on the part of Churches and Kings.However, it is not a tough task.To live a life based on selfless love, all that is required is that one thinks from the heart and acts accordingly.It is the message of love that Jesus conveyed, rather than the life and body of Jesus, that is most significant to me.I am not as concerned with Jesus’ personal life as I am with the rest of the world.
- Is it known whether Jesus had a wife or whether he did not?
- Is it true that he died on the cross?
- Was he resurrected from the dead or was he saved by some miracle medication?
- These questions don’t pique my attention beyond the standard level of inquiry that everyone has at some point in their lives.
- In no way does the answer to these questions alter or diminish my belief in Jesus as a supernatural person whose message of love and compassion has the potential to save the world.
- Those like Holger Kersten, Nicolai Notovich, Prof.
- Fida Hassnain, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, and many more who maintain that Jesus spent time in India during his youth and after escaping death in Jerusalem have my full faith and support.
- Although the connection between Jesus and India is significant, it is not as significant to me as the fact that I find Jesus speaking of the same love and compassion that Gautam Buddha spoke of in his teachings.
I find it ludicrous to think that all human beings are born sinners and that Jesus’ death on the cross atoned for their crimes, and that they are thus freed from their sins.Even in the life and teachings of Jesus, I cannot find any evidence to support this idea.This stands in direct opposition to the idea of universal love that Jesus preached, both philosophically and practically.God, according to contemporary Christianity, is the creator, yet He is not His creation.The Old Testament is a good source for this duality between the maker and the creature.
According to Jesus’ life and teachings, there is no basis for this dualistic thinking.According to some scholars, the message of love propagated by Jesus appears to be more consistent with a monistic theory of reality in which there is no distinction between the creator and the created beings.When there is no separation between God and the world, the two commandments of ″Love God″ and ″Love Thy Neighbor″ merge into a single commandment of ″Love Thy Neighbor.″ The love of Jesus for God was manifested in his love for the poor and suffering, and vice versa, as a result of his love for the poor and suffering.As I bend before Jesus, I commit myself to this love for God and for the rest of the world, refusing to accept any distinctions between the two.
- Is it more likely that Jesus was a Hindu or a Buddhist?
- Let’s stay away from these labels.
- Jesus was, without a doubt, a heavenly individual who belonged to the entire globe and the entire human race.
- Instead of becoming embroiled in pointless discussions that will get us nowhere, let us listen to his message of love and incorporate it into our lives.
- Let us always remember Jesus as a Son of God who came to us with the message of love in his heart.
- It is past time to free Jesus from the control of churches, theologians, and clergy.
- Let us help Him to preach His message of unselfish love throughout the world.
- The modern world need peace, which can only be achieved by love, not through conflict.
- The world today needs Jesus more than it has ever needed him before.
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Do Hindus believe in Jesus?
- Q: Do Hindus adhere to the teachings of Jesus?
- They believe in all gods, according to a friend of mine.
- In South Asia, Hinduism is a phrase that refers to the indigenous religious traditions of the region, which encompasses a huge subcontinent that is home to a diverse variety of religious beliefs and practices.
- Certain principles, on the other hand, are shared by all Hindus.
- For example, the idea that there are numerous gods and goddesses, all of whom are manifestations of a single abstract ultimate entity, is one such belief.
In contrast to the Christian Trinity, which is one God manifested in three individuals, there is more differentiation among these deities, each of whom has a separate mythology and personality.When it comes to deities, each individual person or local community will have a particular devotion to one or a few of the deities, which will be expressed in that person or community’s primary rituals and practices, while also acknowledging the importance of other deities to worshippers in other places.Consequently, it may be claimed that many Hindus believe in all gods, even gods from other cultures who do not have a traditional position in the Hindu pantheon, on some level.When it comes to this system, where does Jesus fit in?Jesus is seen as an incarnation of the Hindu deity Vishnu by certain Hindus.
- To maintain or restore order on Earth, according to Hindu mythology, Vishnu takes on many physical forms across the globe, including those of animals such as fish, dwarfs, and humans.
- Vishnu’s physical manifestations include fish, dwarfs, and human beings.
- According to Christian faith, there has only been one incarnation of God, Jesus Christ, who has come to make our salvation possible once and for all.
- He is the final and definitive revelation of God, who has come to make our redemption possible once and for all.
Hindus who believe in Jesus, on the other hand, see him as yet another manifestation of the divine’s ongoing activity in the world, one of many such manifestations.
Top 6 Hindu beliefs about God
- Everyone believes in the existence of God.
- Each of us has a different reason to believe in the presence of the almighty, but they are all valid.
- We pay our respects to him all throughout the world, and we beg for his direction and protection whenever we need it.
- In India, people place their trust in God and his different Avatars, or manifestations.
- Hindu religious views regarding God are based on faith and deep devotion, which is similar to other religions.
If we want to grasp the true devotional beliefs and followings associated with Hindu mythology and religion, we may have to delve a bit deeper into the subject.
What are the Hindu beliefs about God?
- Hinduism is both a monotheistic and a henotheistic religion, which is a paradox.
- Hinduism is not a polytheistic religion in the traditional sense.
- Henotheism (which literally translates as ″one God″) is a more accurate description of the Hindu worldview.
- While worshipping a single God, it is necessary to acknowledge the presence of different Gods as well as the one God.
- Hindus believe in a single all-powerful deity who is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the whole universe.
God is thought to exist both within and outside of the world, according to traditional beliefs.
Do Hindus believe in one God?
No. Hindus revere the god Vishnu in a variety of Avatars and guises. In God, they see him as both a formless Absolute Reality and a personal Lord and Creator who has taken on human form. Hinduism, the world’s oldest monotheistic religion, benefits from its independence since it has a distinct perspective on God.
How many gods do Hindus believe in?
- Many Hindus believe in and venerate the three gods that make up the Hindu ″Trinity″: Brahma, the universe’s creator, Vishnu, the universe’s preserver, and Shiva, the universe’s destroyer.
- Brahma, the universe’s creator, Vishnu, the universe’s preserver, and Shiva, the universe’s destroyer.
- These gods, along with the millions of other deities, are believed to be manifestations of a single ultimate God or a single, transcendent substance known as Brahman, which is the source of all creation (not the priestly social class).
Do Hindus believe in Jesus?
- Some Hindus believe that Jesus is an incarnation of the heavenly Vishnu, who is worshipped as a father figure.
- According to Hindu mythology, Vishnu incarnates in the world on a regular basis, manifesting himself in various forms such as a fish, a dwarf, and a human being in order to preserve or restore life and order on the world.
- Christian belief holds that there has only been one incarnation of God, Jesus Christ.
- He is the final and definitive revelation of God, who came to rescue us once for all.
- He is also known as the Son of God.
Hindus who believe in Jesus, on the other hand, consider him as one of many expressions of the divine’s continuous activity in the world, according to Hindu tradition.
Do Hindus believe in one or more God?
- Many other names are used to refer to the same Supreme Being, known as Brahman, by Hindus.
- Due to the fact that the people of India, who speak a diverse range of languages and cultures, have each understood the one God in their own manner, this is the case.
- The Supreme God possesses unfathomable power and powers that cannot be counted.
- God is referred to as Brahman when he is in a formless state.
- When God takes on physical form, the word Paramatma is used to refer to Him.
God’s three basic manifestations are Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the sustainer), and Shiva (the destroyer), all of whom are manifestations of the almighty God.Hindus believe in a plethora of deities, each of whom has a certain role, much like the executives of a large corporation.It’s critical not to confound them with the Supreme Being (God).It is believed that God is not far away, dwelling in a distant heaven, but is present in every soul, in the heart and awareness of each individual and is waiting to be revealed.And it is the objective of Hinduism to come to know God in this personal and experiential way.
What do Hindus believe about creation?
- Brahma is widely regarded as the creator of the cosmos and is worshipped as such.
- Following Brahma’s creation of the planet, it is Vishnu’s majesty that ensures the survival of the Earth and people.
- Shiva, as part of the cycle of birth, life, and death, will finally destroy the cosmos and everything that it contains.
- The Hindu conception of God is based on the concepts of creation, nurture, and destruction.
- They are adamant that God has the right to give you life and that God also has the right to take it away from you.
As a result, anytime we discuss Hindu religious views regarding God, we must keep in mind that everything revolves around a single god.However, as a result of diversity, it is preached in accordance with the faith and the people.At the end of the day, it all comes down to faith.Hindus believe that there are a total of 33 crore deities, which may seem impossible to accept.How many Gods are there?
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What do Hindus believe? What is Hinduism?
- Hinduism is the third most popular religion in the world.
- According to historical records, Hinduism originated during the Indus valley civilisation, which existed between 4000 and 2200 B.C.
- A significant portion of its history is unknown.
- A developed group of humans existed in Northwest India some 4,000 years ago, according to archaeological evidence.
- The most significant impacts on Hinduism came when nomadic, Indo-European tribes invaded Northern India (about 1500 B.C.) from Russia and Central Asia, resulting in the development of the religion.
They took the Vedic faith with them (an ancient religion that included chanting and sacrifices).Their beliefs were intertwined with those of the indigenous Indians in the area.Reincarnation, several gods (polytheism), and the spiritual oneness of mankind are among the religious themes that have been combined (monism or ″one ultimate reality″).Over time, through the recorded texts known as the Vedas, this religious mash-up of ideas flourished and developed.These concepts, which were originally passed down orally, were written down between 1400 and 400 B.C.
- The Hindu texts are extensive and comprise of the following: The Veda is a collection of philosophical writings.
- The Veda is the oldest of the Hindu texts, and its name literally translates as ″wise″ or ″knowledge.″ The Vedas contain songs, prayers, and ceremonial writings, all of which are considered sacred.
- It is the Rigveda, the Samveda, the Yajuraveda, and the Artharvaveda that make up the four Vedas.
- The Upanishads are a collection of philosophical writings that date back thousands of years.
These works, published about 800-600 B.C., indicated a shift in mystical views about mankind and the cosmos, which was notably visible in the concepts of Brahman and atman, which were introduced in this period (the self or soul).When it came to Buddhism, the Upanishads had a significant impact on Gautama Buddha, who was the creator of the religion.• The Ramayana: The Ramayana is one of India’s two major epic stories, the other being the Mahabharata.An Indian sage poet called Valmiki composed the Ramayana, which has 24,000 couplets that describe the life of Rama, a just ruler who was believed to be an incarnation of the God Vishnu.
- The Ramayana is one of the world’s most famous works of literature.
- The Mahabharata: The Mahabharata is the second epic in the Hindu tradition.
- It is the narrative of the Aryan clans, and it describes their actions.
It is made up of around 100,000 verses that were written during an 800-year period beginning from 400 B.C.The Bhagavad Gita, often known as the ″Song of the Blessed Lord,″ is a magnificent classic that is contained inside this text.It is the most sacred of all Hindu writings, and it is also the most well-known and widely read of all Indian works in the entire globe.The Bhagavad Gita is the oldest and most holiest of all Hindu texts.
- Despite the fact that it was inserted late into the Mahabharata, possibly in the first century A.D., it is still considered important.
- The narrative told in the Bhagavad Gita depicts man’s obligation, which, if done out, will result in nothing but pain for him and his family.
- As a result of this narrative, Hinduism has embraced bhakti, or devotion to a specific deity, as a path of salvation, and this has had a significant influence on the religion.
- In light of the fact that Hinduism does not share a coherent set of beliefs, the best that can be done here is to highlight the major notions that distinguish it from the Bible.
- God: According to Hinduism, God (Brahman) is an unknown being who exists as the one impersonal, ultimate, spiritual reality.
- Hindus believe that there are 330 million gods in existence.
- The Bible, on the other hand, teaches that there is only one God who exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, all of whom may be known personally.
- God is all-powerful and all-present, yet he is not a monotheistic deity as is commonly believed (God as everything).
- In terms of creation, Hindus embrace different versions of pantheism and reject the Christian view of creation, which holds that God is distinct from his creation (Genesis 1:1).
- Accord to Hinduism, only Brahman exists, and everything else (the world, the earth and man), as well as rocks, animals, fire, and so on, is ultimately a deluding illusion (maya).
- The illusion of creation was produced by Brahman.
- When it comes to creation, there is no beginning or finish; instead, there are unending repeats or cycles of creation and destruction.
As long as history is founded on deception, it is of no significance.Humanity: According to Hindu tradition, the everlasting soul (atman) of each individual is a manifestation of Brahman who has been strangely imprisoned in the physical body.Prior to attaining liberation (moksha) from the body, a person must go through a series of reincarnations, or repeated lifetimes, known as Samsara.The Christian God, on the other hand, believes that each individual is significant.All humans, including you, were created by God (Genesis 1:26-27) so that you might choose to know and love Him on your own terms (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-10).
- Hindus have no idea of disobedience against a holy God, and they have no concept of salvation.
- Hinduism does not have a well defined path for salvation.
- The ultimate purpose of existence is moksha (complete liberation from limitless being and full self-realization of the truth).
- Yoga and meditation are taught by gurus (religious instructors), and they are believed to be effective methods of achieving moksha.
- Hindus believe that they would one day be able to break free from the cycle of reincarnation.
- Christianity, on the other hand, teaches that one’s personality, soul, body, and mind are all significant to God and each one is unique.
- God’s aim is to establish a personal connection with each and every individual, rather than for humans to become a component of Him.
- Jesus: Jesus is not seen as the Messiah, God’s Son, or as having been bodily resurrected in this tradition.
- He was merely a guy who had come to terms with his heavenly essence.
- The Bible, on the other hand, portrays Jesus as God’s perfect Son, who is holy, divine (the second part of the Trinity), resurrected, and yet yet completely human.
Hinduism’s perspective on many of life’s most important concerns is diametrically opposed to that of the Bible.However, Hinduism is not simply another path to God; rather, it is an entirely different religious system, one that encourages the worship of many gods rather than a single supreme deity.Hindus are ultimately compelled by the Bible (John 14:6) to give up their beliefs and place their trust in Jesus as their Savior and Lord.Christians are also obligated to preach the gospel with Hindus whenever feasible (Matthew 28:18-20).Facts related to this: Why should a Hindu think about becoming a Christian?What do Buddhists hold as their beliefs?
What exactly is Buddhism?Is there anything in the Bible that talks about karma?With so many different faiths to choose from, how can I know which one is suitable for me?What is true religion, and how does one find it?
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I’m a Hindu, and This Is What I Believe
- My life as a Hindu was a living hell.
- I’d wake up in the morning and go to the temple, where I’d conduct rites with which I couldn’t relate at all.
- My eyes would be drawn to the idol, and I’d persuade myself that the deity it represented was genuine, but I knew it wasn’t.
- I gradually discovered that many of the myths and ideas that underpin Hinduism were based on speculation rather than fact.
- Many people continue to follow their religious beliefs because that is what their parents have taught them.
I, on the other hand, had my reservations.As a result of God’s providence, I learned about genuine emancipation given by the true God: Jesus Christ, while attending college.He has completely transformed my outlook on life and my opinions about things.But, despite all my reservations, this is what I used to think when I was a practicing Hindu.
- In the Hindu religion, it’s impossible to put a number on how many gods there are; the greatest estimate puts the number at 333 million.
- Hindus would pray to different gods for different purposes since each deity has a unique set of attributes and talents to provide.
- In Kenya, a Hindu man sits in the shop where he sells idols.
- He caters to the 600,000-strong Hindu community in Nairobi by selling pictures of Hindu gods.
- Photo courtesy of the International Monetary Fund’s Photo Library.
The ideas of omniscience and omnipresence are not accorded Hindu gods; as a result, Hindus are unable to determine if the gods, or the individual deity to whom they are appealing, perceive or accept their sacrifices or offerings.
- Hindus think there are several sacred scriptures since Hinduism incorporates so many different ideas.
- The Vedas are ancient religious scriptures that academics believe were revealed by gods to them and then passed down orally from generation to generation.
- It took centuries of oral tradition before the books were finally written down.
- An Indian woman reads Hindu text in a temple in Malaysia, where she is visiting from India.
- Photo courtesy of the International Monetary Fund’s Photo Library.
There are four Vedas, each of which has a different subject to it.Hindu priests employ hymns, rituals, and prayers that are exclusive to their religion.Meditations, spiritual teachings, and even creation theories are offered by others.They were written in the ancient Sanskrit language, which is still in use today.However, because the majority of Hindus do not know Sanskrit, they are unable to read the Vedas.
- The Bhagavad Gita is another sacred text that has gained greater prominence in Hindu culture as a result of its translation into languages that are now spoken by people.
- It is a 700-verse poem that is part of the larger book known as the Mahabharata, and it describes how fulfilling one’s life’s responsibilities leads to redemption.
- Krishna, one of the most well-known and beloved Hindu deities, appears as a prominent character in the novel and advises the hero to carry out his responsibilities by going to battle against his friends and family.
- Sacrifices are made to satisfy the fury of the gods, who are notorious for lashing out at those who transgress against their will most of the time.
- In the event that you commit a crime, they will penalize you.
- It seems inevitable that you will do something that will enrage a deity, yet the prospect of doing so is terrifying.
- At a Hindu temple in Nepal, a worshiper burns candles in order to receive blessings from the Hindu gods.
- Photo courtesy of the International Monetary Fund’s Photo Library.
Hindus pay their respects to their local temples by providing sacrifices, making offerings, praying, lighting incense, and meditating.A shrine in one’s house or along the roadside might serve as a place of worship as well.Self-purification and prayers to the sun are common parts of Hindu morning rituals, according to the tradition.In the morning, a large number of Hindus will also attend the shrine.However, they are unable to visit the gods at any time of the day or night because the temple is not open 24 hours a day.
- Hindus believe in a never-ending cycle of life, death, and rebirth, which they call karma.
- What affects how you are reincarnated in your future life is your karma, which is the effect of your acts, whether good or negative.
- No one can predict whether you will be reborn into a better life or whether your actions are deserving of eternal punishment in hell.
- There is a widespread belief in a place called ″hell,″ where you will be punished, albeit there are many distinct kinds of hells, according to legend.
- The Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, is being prepared for the lighting of a funeral pyre on fire by a man.
Photo courtesy of the International Monetary Fund’s Photo Library.Nakara is the name given to one of these locations, which is believed to be where Yama, the deity of death, resides.Some Hindus believe that persons who commit major sins are sent to Nakara for a temporary punishment before being reincarnated into a lesser rank than they had in their previous life, which they think is the case.
What to Keep in Mind When Sharing the Gospel with a Hindu
- According to Hinduism, life, death, and reincarnation are all part of an endless cycle.
- What affects how you are reincarnated in your future life is your karma, which is the effect of your acts, both good and negative.
- No one can predict whether you will be reborn into a better life or whether your actions are deserving of eternal damnation.
- There is a widespread belief in a place called ″hell,″ where you will be punished, albeit there are many distinct kinds of hells, according to popular belief.
- The Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, is being prepared for the lighting of a funeral pyre.
Image courtesy of the International Monetary Fund’s Photo Library.Nakara is the name given to one of these locations, which is believed to be where Yama, the deity of death, supposedly lives.Those who commit significant sins, according to certain Hindus, are exiled to Nakara for a period of time before being reincarnated into a lesser social standing than they had in their previous existence.
Talk about Practical Applications of the Gospel
- When it comes to presenting the gospel with Hindus, I’ve discovered that practical applications of Scripture, the gospel, and truth are required.
- It is normal that those who are interested in the gospel may have a lot of concerns, especially when Hindu traditions are so deeply ingrained in Indian society.
- They must understand how the gospel manifests itself realistically in the life of a Christian, as this represents a significant paradigm shift for them.
- ″You are living proof of how Christ can transform people’s lives,″ says the pastor.
- Christians must demonstrate how the gospel has a tangible impact on their lives, their decisions, and their manner.
You are living proof of the gospel’s ability to transform people’s lives.
Emphasize Love and Direct Relationship
- It is revolutionary for Hindus to talk about love and having a direct and personal relationship with God, because they do not have a connection to the gods in their religion.
- And the fact that a deity would care about us is pure treasure.
- Therefore, when inviting a Hindu to a church service, it is critical that the ambiance of the church is welcoming.
- Because Hinduism is characterized by a strong sense of anger, if the gospel is forced or angrily presented, it will frequently repel people.
- Preach the t