Comparitive Religion : Hinduism and Christianity

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Bottom of Form Comparing Christian and Hindu understandings of Salvation Heather Brooke Comparing Christian and Hindu understandings of Salvation. In our evangelism, is it possible to bridge the gulf? Heather Brooke -------------------------------------------------- Heather Brooke. Currently enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Mission Studies, Tabor College. Heather Brooke is a wife, mother and teacher who is currently studying at Tabor College, Melbourne working on her Graduate Diploma in Mission Studies. Recent trips to Belarus, Philippines and Fiji have engendered a passion for mission especially with orphans and orphan graduates. To this end, she is studying Russian and longs for the day she can speak with these young people…show more content…
The Hindu assumption is that this release is ultimately possible for all. Karma The Hindu’s view of sin is different to the Christian view in that “sin” is something done against oneself, not against God therefore the penalties for that “sin” are also against oneself. This is why the Hindu has to endure repeated cycle of rebirths until they reach that desired state and escape to Nirvana or oblivion. This is why they must work to be better in their current life to improve their position for the future life and more closely gain their oneness with Brahman. The doctrine of karma, in Hinduism, insists that sinful actions must reap their appropriate consequences (Dickson, 2005: 225). Hindus believe that you reap what you sow and that your past behaviour “determines your fate in the present, and deeds in the present determine the future” (Winter and Hawthorne, 1999: 635). In this way karma is a block to a Hindu understanding about Christian salvation. This is because grace – notably the forgiveness of sins by God’s pure mercy as demonstrated by Jesus - is an unknown concept. The “law of karma maintains that human life is locked into a web of causal relations determining both present conditions of life and future events” (Johnson, 1985: 79), therefore there is no need for repentance from guilt, sin and shame - one can simply, maybe, do better in the next reincarnation.

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