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:

  • 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. [For example, the Srimad Bhagavadgita in Chapter VIII, 15-16, 19 says, “Reaching the highest perfection, and having attained Me [the Imperishable, Supreme Brahman], the great-souled ones are no more subject to re-birth—which is the home of pain, and ephemeral.  All the worlds, O Arjuna, including the realm of Brahmâ, are subject to return, but after attaining Me [the Imperishable, Supreme Brahman], O son of Kunti, there is no re-birth. …The very same multitude of beings (that existed in the preceding day of Brahmâ), being born again and again, merge, in spite of themselves, O son of Prithâ, (into the unmanifested), at the approach of night, and re-manifest at the approach of day.” ]
  • The word of God says in Hebrews 9:27 “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” We only have one life to live on this Earth, so it’s imperative that we do right by Yahweh before we die by having faith in his Son, Jesus Christ.
  • 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. [This is shown in the Srimad Bhagavadgita, Chapter VIII, 27-28 which states, “No Yogi, O son of Prithâ, is deluded after knowing these paths. Therefore, O Arjuna, be thou steadfast in Yoga, at all timesWhatever meritorious effect is declared (in the Scriptures) to accrue from (the study of) the Vedas, (the performance of) Yajnas, (the practice of) austerities and gifts,—above all this rises the Yogi, having known this, and attains to the primeval, supreme Abode.”  In other words, the supreme Abode of the Imperishable, Supreme Brahman is attained by merits like austerities and gifts. ]
  • 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, for “[t]his is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,” [1 Timothy 1:15].  “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved,” [Acts 4:12].  The Bible clearly states by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of  works, lest any man should boast,” [Ephesians 2:8-9].  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.
  • Gurus are a little lower than a god, according to Hinduism. [This teaching is found in Srimad Devi Bhagavatam, the Seventh Book, Chapter 36, 25-27, “So the S’ruti says :– Never do harm to the Guru who imparts the knowledge of Brahma. In all the Siddhântas (decided conclusions) of the S’âstras, it is stated that the Guru who imparts the knowledge of Brahman is the best and the most honourable. If S’iva, becomes angry, the Guru can save; but when the Guru becomes angry, S’ankara cannot save. So the Guru should be served with the utmost care.  So the Guru must be served with all the cares that are possible by body, mind, and word one should always please Him. Otherwise he becomes ungrateful and he is not saved.” This teaches the guru can save people from Shiva’s anger but if you anger a guru, you cannot be saved.  Mahanirvana Tantra, Chapter 6, 97-98 says, “…and then the line of Gurus should be worshipped.  Then, with scent and flowers, worship the four Kula-gurus – namely, Guru, Parama-guru, Parapara-guru, Parameshti-guru.”
  • The Bible says man is a little lower than the angels (Psalm 8:4,5; Hebrews 2:6-9).  God gave us warning in Acts 12:21-23 about men who want to exalt themselves to god-status when he took Herod Antipas’ life after the people proclaimed Antipas was a god.
  • Hinduism is polytheistic.  One of their goddesses is Kali, who murders people at will for enjoyment.  Her lover/husband, the god Shiva the Destroyer (Destroyer is also Satan’s name in the Bible), is also merciless and seeks to destroy people’s lives for the fun of it.  Sometimes the two gods are graphically depicted having sex and Shiva’s followers worship his male member, known as the lingam.
  • The Bible says there is only one God (Ephesians 4:5-6) and he does not delight in destroying lives (Ezekiel 33:11).
  • Hinduism promotes a caste system where some people are considered superior to others and are treated better. [The four castes, or varnas, are denoted in the Manusmriti, the laws of Manu.]
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Hinduism has Brahmans who are religious leaders that use astrology, or planetary deities known as the navagrahas (nine planets), to direct their followers’ lives.
  • Jehovah is against diviners and observers of times (Deuteronomy 18:10-14).
  • Some Hindus think that the God of Christianity is Santa Claus because he rewards good and punishes the bad.
  • Jehovah, who executes judgment and justice on Earth, rewards those who turn from their sins in repentance and punishes evil, but he is merciful and longsuffering and is willing to forgive any sin except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.  Santa Claus is not Christian or biblical, but is a creation of the Roman Catholic heresy.
  • The gods of the Hindus do not forgive sins and are not interested in saving their worshippers.  If someone does anything wrong, the individual has to face the karma that results from their actions whether they are sorry or not.
  • The God of the Bible is always willing to show his mercy and forgiveness to those who are truly sorry for their wrongs and many times reverses the punishment the person would have received if they had not repented. (Isaiah 38:1-6; Jonah 3)
  • In the Hindu text of the Mahabharata, Book 1: Ada Parva: Adivansavatarana Parva section LXIV, the Earth is described as being supported on the back of an elephant who is held up by a tortoise.  In the Hindu text Vishnu Purana: Book 1: Chapter IV, the Earth is said to have been raised up from a huge ocean by a large boar with tusks and that the boar set the Earth to float on the summit of the ocean. [added June 20, 2008]
  • In the Bible, in Job 26:7, it states that God hanged the Earth on nothing (i. e. he suspended it in space).  While the Hindu scriptures obviously contradict each other and pass off fairy tales as the truth, the Bible states truth that was verified by science centuries after God revealed the truth to Job. [added June 20, 2008]

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