Thursday, July 21, 2011

4 Ways Hinduism Makes Perfect Sense

I've mentioned before I was raised Holiness Christian. There were always things that I didn't think fit and that I didn't understand. Now that I've converted to Hinduism I don't feel nearly as confused (which is odd considering how complex Hinduism really is) and I'm also amazed at how the things I was raised to believe fit so perfectly with Hindu beliefs. I'm only going to highlight some things as I don't want this blog to be so long no one ever reads it lol. Maybe there will be a part two if it gets to be too much. And as usual...this is all IMO and I'm not a scholar, I'm not saying anyone is wrong, nor am I a religious fanatic. Just a curious soul.

1. The universe undergoes endless cycles of creation (life), preservation, and dissolution (death).
This couldn't be more true. Everyday people are born, people suffer through whatever life has dealt them and people die. We are constantly discovering new organisms and creatures are being added to the extinction list. The world is ever changing, yet somehow still constant.

In Christianity I learned that the world goes through cycles. I can't remember the exact source but there are references to how things seem to occur in roughly 2000 year increments in Christianity. That's why everyone was so worried at the turn of the new millenium. It's interesting to me how a cyclic pattern was set, though they don't really support the belief that life is continually cycling.

2. Karma
Hopefully you all already understand what karma is. If not, then to be brief, it means that whatever you do comes back to haunt you. Hindus seem to state their case, ask for forgiveness in some way then move on and forget the action. They don't spend their lives tortured over things they've done wrong. They actively work to resolve the issue, settle the difference and pretend it never happened. I haven't noticed anyone here crying over something they did yesterday much less a long time ago.

Christianity says that once you're saved, you're forgiven and you are free from the stress, the pain, the torture that your bad actions have caused you. This is not true. I witnessed so many times people who were born again and had been saved for years tortured and crying over things they had done in their past. Things they had long since asked forgiveness for. These acts still haunted them and tortured their minds, their souls and their hearts. They were far from free. I could never understand how God would free us from our sins, but only after a lifetime of suffering over them.

---overall, both say we are going to be held accountable for our actions. You do the crime, you do the time!

3. Hindus believe that they need a guru to help them on their path through life.
Christians believe that going to church and hearing the word through a reputable preacher is essential to a strong faith.

While I know a guru and a preacher are different, both seem to serve the same purpose. Don't let the different words mislead you. They are both spiritual leaders who seek to help you become a more God-fearing person and lead you down the path to righteousness. Sadly, in too many cases, both are seeking financial gain as well.

4. Hindu's believe that God is inside of all of us.

Christians believe that followers of the religion are all a part of one body, the body of Christ.Yes, it's worded different, but the concept is the same. Christians don't always treat each other as if they are equally important pieces of the body of Christ though.

4 comments:

  1. Beautifully written.
    As most scholars say, Hinduism is not a religion as much as a its a culture, a way of life.  In fact you can practice christianity and still be a Hindu. There are roughly 100 million gods in Hinduism. They wont bother if you add christ also to that list. It was never about a god, it was always about how you live your life.

    Karma and Dharma the two wheels of life. Its a fascinating topic.
    Pls do write some more about this topic :) 
    Keep writing and be healthy.

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  2. Christianity does not say that once you are saved you are free from the stress, the pain, and the torture your bad actions. You still have consequences. Christianity states that you are forgiven and do not spend eternity in grief of what you could have done. The people who asked for forgiveness for their sins were forgiven when Christ died on the cross for them and they asked him to dwell i their hearts and guide them in life. If they were haunted by the wrong they've committed, THEY need to forgive themselves and realize that they are still loved and cared for by the creator of the universe. That isn't God "punishing" or "torturing" them. They need to let go of the past and their sin, learn from it, and move forward to better.
    Secondly, you do not NEED to go to church in Christianity to move forward with your faith. All you need is a relationship with Christ. Yes, going to church and learning from elders and having a fellowship helps a lot and gives you support, but you do not NEED this. You just need Christ and to see what he's done. Also reading the Bible, his letter to everyone, helps as well. It helps a lot, and if you don't understand something that's when you should ask others for help and for God to give you wisdom.
    There are a LOT of contradictions between Hinduism and Christianity as well.

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  3. 1 John 1:9 Isaiah 1:18 2 Corinthians 5:17 Ephesians 1:7 Hebrews 10:17 Colossians 1:13-14
    Ephesians 2:8-9 Romans 6:23 Romans 5:8

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  4. Clearly you and I experienced very different things in the Christian church. I spent 30 years of my life in the church. I saw a great many things and most of it did not align with the things the preacher was teaching. I've lived in 6 US states and grew up in the bible belt. Needless to say I've been to many, many churches of various denominations. The church of today is not the church Jesus led. It's a far cry from the Christianity that believed in the way, the truth and the light.

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