By: William Fabyan
There a few facets of Hinduism mentioned, by Aparna Chawla and Ramdas, Lamb that I would like to argue against based on the truth about Christianity:
“The unique understanding in Hinduism is that God is not far away, living in a remote heaven, but is inside each and every soul, in the heart and consciousness, waiting to be discovered. And the goal of Hinduism is knowing God in this intimate and experiential way. Hinduism is both monotheistic and henotheistic. Hinduism is not polytheistic. Henotheism (literally “one God”) better defines the Hindu view. It means the worship of one God without denying the existence of other Gods. Hindus believe in the one all-pervasive God who energizes the entire universe. It is believed that God is both in the world and beyond it. That is the highest Hindu view. Hinduism gives the freedom to approach God in one’s own way, encouraging a multiplicity of paths, not asking for conformity to just one. It allows people to believe in and pray to their own conceptualizations of the Divine in whatever form they choose, while at the same time elevating all of them to their ultimate reality, which is the singular omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient Divinity, who demands no allegiance, punishes no one for lack of belief, yet provides wisdom, comfort, compassion and freedom to those who seek it. All they need to do is look within” – Aparna Chawla & Ramdas Lamb
“And the goal of Hinduism is knowing God in this intimate and experiential way. Hinduism is both monotheistic and henotheistic. Hinduism is not polytheistic. Henotheism (literally “one God”) better defines the Hindu view. It means the worship of one God without denying the existence of other Gods.”– Hindu’s believe that when they look within that they will be able to find an intimacy with God because God lives within. But we mentioned in part 1 of this series that God only lives within, when one accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior by believing in His death and resurrection. So you can’t find God by looking within. And even, when God lives in a believer, one finds intimacy with God through a lifestyle of prayer, Bible reading, worship and praise, fasting.
In addition, Hindus, say they worship one god, but believe in the existence of other gods. The truth, is according to the Bible, Jesus is the only God. All other dieties that non-Christians relate to are not considered gods but evil spirits confusing and deceiving the minds an hearts of these people. According to Romans 1:25, they worship the created things instead of the creator. God is Spirit.
Note: This is my belief and I understand, of course, that some will beg to differ.