Hinduism And Christianity
One would think that Christianity and Hinduism would have nothing in common, but
in some ways they are. But mostly there are differences between the two. In this
comparison that I am making one can find these similarities and differences.

First I will start off by helping one understand Hinduism. To define Hinduism is
very nearly impossible. Actually it is not so much a religion as a
religion-social system. Although Hinduism contains a whole farrago of
theologies, philosophies, and sacrificial systems, nevertheless its one dominant
note is that of caste. Elaborate tissues of ancient religion-social laws were
created and were indestructible. Hinduís tried to build a wall of law around
the faith so that none could stray from it. The main part of the wall was
naturally the caste distinctions, and these therefore received the most careful
attention of the lawmakers. The superiority of the Brahmans and the inferiority
of the laborer were declared to be ordered in heaven according to divine plans
for the prosperity of the world. The cast system was with a man like his breath,
was with him instantly from birth to death. Indeed, unlike his breath, it was
suppose to follow him into the grave. These laws that regulate the caste are
saved for there is no other unifying element in all Hinduism. Also Christians
often form castes or endogamous bodies analogous to castes. This is done to form
a more or less separate community. There are two major sections in Hinduism and
at least fifty-seven sub sections, each are seeking to attain salvation with the
aid of its own gods and ceremonies. Christianity, which is even more intensively
divided, is at least united by its recognition of Jesus. Hinduism has no such
common doctrine. It is true that about 300 A.D. an attempt was made to created
such a doctrine by combining the there main Hindu gods into a universally
acceptable trinity, but the attempt failed. By popular account it is known that

Hinduism has thirty million gods, and Christianity belief is just one main god
and only one god. Like Hinduism, Christianity has one God, but the similarity is
that Hinduism has one main god Brahma. This chief god in the trinity never
became popular safe with the priests and philosophers. He was not nearly
concrete enough a deity for the plain people to believe in and now there are
only a couple of temples in all of India that are devoted to his worship.

Christians and Hinduís are also alike because of temples and churches. Both of
these places are used to worship their gods and are also very sacred. Hinduism,
despite the fact that it has never been united on any creed or rite, has rarely
if ever led to bloodshed. Unlike the Christians, who again and again have
resorted even to wholesome slaughter in order to extirpate all heresy. The

Hinduís have rarely persecuted divergence of faith. They have been wise enough
to see that each man has a right to worship as he sees himself fit, and that no
man is justified in seeking to force his doctrine on his neighbor. No matter how
many evils that have been debited against Hinduism, it at least has this one
virtue that must be listed to its credit, it is tolerant. The Christian religion
is known as the first, only, and true religion, meaning that Christianity was
inherent in the beliefs of man since the creation of the world. The vie that

Christianity represents a unity of divine service, knowledge of God, and
morality long impeded the conceptual definition of the essence of Christianity.

The unity of life and teaching that was determined for the essence of

Christianity in the early church was not maintained for long. Because the
development of a doctrine along the lines of true and false religion involved
relationships with numerous heretical groups and external critics, the earlier
and less rigid concept of unity was displaced. In Christianity there is what is
known as a true Christian. Being a true Christian brings a new understanding of
the essence of Christianity. As the spiritual Christianity for the reborn, true

Christian consisted not in the acknowledgement of formal orthodox in the church,
but rather in the spiritual rebirth of a person according to the image of

Christ. This mystical theology developed in accordance with a personal
experience of Christ as the proper essence of Christianity. But in comparison to

Hinduism, because of the vast number of reincarnations of any given individual,

Hinduism recognizes that most peopleís lack of spiritual development means
they must lead normal lives.