Using the Bible to support Hinduism
I had a bit of fun with this one. On Stellar1′s blog, “Christianity and the Role of Women – A Woman’s Place,” a blogger, harryagaylord, posted some comments in defense of the Bible’s view of women. As I do quite often, I clicked his name and browsed his blog Sun & Shield and came across this blog: A quick comparison between Hinduism and Christianity.
After reading it, I decided to have a bit of fun with it. Here’s his blog with my comments:
Hinduism originated in India and cannot be traced back to a single individual who started it. It is a religion that began before Christ came to earth and is a conglomeration of various beliefs from Aryans who migrated to India mixed with the beliefs of indigenous people of India. Its teachings may differ from sect to sect of the religion, but here are some of its basic teachings compared to the truth that we learn from God’s word:
You have to love the statement “the truth that we learn from God’s Word.” :) Well, Harry, you are correct in the Hinduism is a religion that began before Christ. What you should have also mentioned is that it began before Judaism. It is generally believed that the earliest elements of Hinduism dates back to 3300 B.C.E or before. Moses, on the other hand, probably lived somewhere around 1500 B.C.E.
Harry then goes into comparing Hinduism to the Bible:
- Hinduism teaches that life is an endless cycle of rebirths (reincarnation) where all living things die in one bodily form but return in a different bodily form.
- The word of God says in Hebrews 9:27 “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”
Actually, Harry, the Bible also teaches reincarnation. In Matthew 11 & 17, Jesus referred to John the Baptist as the reincarnation of Elijah.
- According to Hindu teachings, men are in need of salvation from reincarnation to become gods and this salvation can only be obtained by ceremonial works such as yoga or having a guru assigned to you.
- God’s word says man is in need of salvation from his sins and this salvation can only come by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Furthermore, those who are saved will one day receive a resurrection body that will make them equal to the angels (Luke 20:36). Man will never be a god.
Harry, it’s interesting to note that James, the brother of Jesus, wrote an entire book to show that the statement “salvation can only come by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ” is false.
- Gurus are a little lower than a god, according to Hinduism.
- The Bible says man is a little lower than the angels (Psalm 8:4,5; Hebrews 2:6-9).
Actually the Bible in Psalms 8:5 says “Elohim” or God NOT angels as you quoted.
- Hinduism is polytheistic.
- The Bible says there is only one God (Ephesians 4:5-6).
Christianity is also polytheistic: God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all God. Jesus was on earth while claiming God was in heaven. He prayed to God and he talked about God as a separate being to himself. The “mystery” of the Trinity does not really hide this fact. It’s simply a smokescreen so that Christians can believe Jesus is God yet believe the scriptures about there only being one God. It’s quite ingenious actually.
- Hinduism promotes a caste system where some people are considered superior to others and are treated better.
- God’s word says having respect of persons (showing favoritism) based on one’s socioeconomic status or any other worldly status is evil (James 2:1-9).
The Bible 100% supports this caste system. Read the Old Testament and see how the Jews were so much better than everyone around them. In fact, they were forbidden to inter-marry and in many cases even associate with others. Jesus himself called a Canaanite woman a dog.
- Hinduism says there is no absolute truth; truth is subjectively based on what each individual believes.
- Jesus said God’s word is the truth (John 17:17) and anything opposed to God or his word is evil (Deuteronomy 13:1-5; 18:20-22).
The reality is most Christians also do not believe in absolute truth. In fact, the beliefs of Christianity have evolved over time. Do women speak in church? Absolutely! Is it ok to marry a divorced woman? Absolutely! However, these are practices strictly forbidden in the Bible.
- Hinduism has Brahmans who are religious leaders that use astrology to direct their followers’ lives.
- Yahweh is against diviners and observers of times (Deuteronomy 18:10-14).
The Bible also supports astrology. The central story of the New Testament, the birth of Christ, has the wise men following a star to the birth of Christ. Obviously there’s some truth to astrology since they were dead on right about the birth of Christ, which they learned of from the stars.
So Harry, I do not believed you proved that Hinduism is evil since many of the reasons you listed are also supported in the Bible. Care to give it a second shot?
Actually the real purpose of this blog is to demonstrate that one can prove almost anything using the Bible. This is why there are so many different denominations. I know some of my interpretation of scripture above is a stretch but it’s no different than is done in most churches.
- The de-Convert