Published on September 23rd, 2014
Chhattisgarh is a state in India. The main religion in India is Hinduism. Different villages in Chhattisgarh have different laws, but more and more villages are passing laws against Christians. The following are laws in some Chhattisgarh villages:
- Non-Hindu prayers are not allowed.
- Hindus must get permission from the government before they can become Christians.
- Christians may not get water from village water sources.
- Christians cannot hold meetings together.
- Teachings of non-Hindu religions are illegal.
The chart below explains how Hindu beliefs are different from Christian beliefs.
Comparing Hinduism and Christianity
|Hindu Teachings||Christian Truths|
||Hindus believe in one main god, called Brahman. Some Hindus pick one god to be their own special god. But Hindu teachings tell of many gods. Hindus are said to have millions of gods.||There is one God. “The Lord our God, the Lord is one!” (Deuteronomy 6:4).|
|Relationship||Hindus do not believe that their gods are like fathers to those who worship them.||Our Father, God, loves us as His children. “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:18).|
|Holy book||Hindus respect many Hindu writings. The Vedas are a collection of sacred writings. The Bhagavad-Gita is a respected book of stories.||The Bible is the Word of God. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16).|
|Life after death||Hindus believe in reincarnation—the belief that after people die, they can come back to life again as other people or animals. Karma is the belief that the way someone behaved in a former life determines what they will be in the next life.||After a person’s life on earth ends, there is a judgment. “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Believers enjoy unbroken fellowship with God for eternity. (See Psalm 16:11.)|
|Salvation||Salvation for Hindus means freedom from being reborn again and again. They believe they become part of their main god when their cycle of birth and death ends. Some of the ways Hindus try to get closer to this “salvation” include rituals, good works, meditation, yoga, and the worship of gods.||The only way to eternal life is by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).|