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Comparing Hinduism and Christianity in America

Hinduism
Christianity
Numbers More than one million Hindus live in North America. Hindu sources list almost 200 Hindu temples in America. Hundreds more are being planned or built. Hollywood stars and many others experiment with Hindu customs. More than 270 million Christians live in North America.
Senate prayers On July 12, 2007, the U.S. Senate opened with a Hindu prayer for the first time in history. The U.S. Senate has opened with prayer since 1789. Most of the prayers have been Christian.
Youth Many Hindu immigrants came to the U.S. years ago. At first, they worked to blend into America, sometimes ignoring their faith. Now they are spending more time passing their faith on to Hindu youth. Youth in America have many temptations and much confusion. “The next generation could be America’s most traumatized ever if there is not a decisive work of God’s Spirit” (Operation World). God is raising up Christians to help youth.
Beliefs and practices Hindus believe in one main god, but Hindu teachings tell of many gods. Salvation for Hindus means freedom from reincarnation (being reborn after death again and again). They believe they become part of their main god when the 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. Christians believe in one God (Deuteronomy 6:4) and that people die once (Hebrews 9:27). The way to eternal life with God is through faith in His Son Jesus. (See John 14:6.)

Arrested for Eating

Pakistan

Two Christians in Pakistan were arrested one September day after a waiter in a restaurant served them tea and some food! The police took the Christians to the police station. They told the Christians that they were violating the rules of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. During Ramadan, Muslims are not supposed to eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. The Christians told the police that they were not Muslims, but they were still arrested.

Pray for Christians in places where they are expected to follow Muslim rules even if they don’t believe Muslim teachings.