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Comparing Current Issues in Hinduism and Biblical Christianity

Hinduism
Christianity
How many? It is estimated there are about 850 million Hindus in the world today. (Source: World Almanac and Book of Facts 2005) More than 2 billion people in the world call themselves Christian. (Source: World Almanac and Book of Facts 2005)
Tolerance A Hindu saying is, “The truth is one, but different sages (wise people) call it by different names.” Hindus have been called “tolerant,” because they believe other religions are true. However, Hindus do not accept that Jesus is the only way to God. Radical Hindus have attacked Christians who spread this belief. The Bible tells Christians to treat people who have different beliefs with kindness and respect (1 Peter 3:15). The Bible does not say all religions teach the truth. Jesus said He is the truth and the way to God (John 14:6).
Karma “Karma” refers to the Hindu belief that a person’s actions make them what they are in the future, including future lives. Hindus believe they may have to be reborn hundreds or thousands of times to pay for all the mistakes they made in former lives. Some other religions have similar beliefs. Christians believe people have only one life (Hebrews 9:27). They know, “A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7, NIV). But the Bible says, “You have been set free from sin,” and, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:22,23, NIV).
God Hindus may believe in one main god, and some Hindus pick one god to be their own special god. But Hindu teachings tell of many gods. Christians believe, “The Lord our God, the Lord is one” (Deuteronomy 6:4).