What is Hinduism?

Fast Facts on Hinduism

Origins of Hinduism

An Eastern religion, Hinduism evolved over time in India as a conglomeration of belief systems.

Hindu Beliefs

Hindus believe in a transcendent Supreme Being who sustains the universe, which they believe goes through unending cycles of creation and destruction. It is only possible to know the Supreme Being through the intervention of a spiritual master and through multiple spiritual disciplines, including meditation and pilgrimage. They also believe in the notion of karma, the idea that “what goes around comes around.”

Hindu Holy Books

The Vedas and the Agamas

Who Jesus Is to Hindus

indus view all paths to God as valid, so Jesus is on equal footing with the bases of all other belief systems.

Followers of Hinduism

Estimated at 950 million

Teachings on Salvation

Reincarnation recurs until all karmas are resolved. Respect, selflessness, obedience and pacifism all contribute to resolving karmas.

The Hindu Path to Accept Jesus Christ as Savior

All Is God

All is God. When Christ-followers look at the created world, they see God reflected in everything. But God, who is our Creator, is not a created being. He is sovereign, all-knowing and all-powerful. And He alone is God.

“For in Him we live and move and have our being.” As some of your own poets have said, “We are His offspring.” Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone – an image made by man’s design and skill. (Acts 17:28-29)

Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. (Acts 17:23b-25)

This is what the Lord says – Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: “I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.” (Isaiah 44:6)

The One Reality

You have a soul. You know that. You were created for eternity. And in reality, you get only one chance to get it right.

. . . just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment. (Hebrews 9:27)

Everyone will have one of two eternal destinations: heaven or hell. And you can’t work your way to heaven.

For it is by grace we are saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Problem is, every one of us has failed. We’ve lied, we’ve cheated, we’ve stolen, we’ve hurt people. Every single one of us.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

And God – who is holy and just – cannot allow sin to go unpunished, and He cannot allow sin to enter heaven. But He has made a way.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

The One Way

God loved us so much that He came down to earth clothed in flesh so that He and He alone could justify us, knowing our efforts would always fall short. But He gives us only one path to eternity with Him. That path is through Jesus.

I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6).

Jesus wants you to know Him and Him alone, to trust Him and Him alone and to be devoted to Him and Him alone. Then – and only then – can you experience eternal life with God. Are you ready to experience all that God has for you? Are you ready to devote your life to Him?

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Cheri Henderson is a Christ-follower and freelance writer with a passion for helping other believers embrace the full and abundant, victorious, joy-filled life God intends them to have. The product of a broken and dysfunctional home life, Cheri lost her mother and sister to suicide six months to the day of each other nearly 30 years ago. Using the Bible and the Holy Spirit as her guides, she emerged from her experiences as a wife and mother committed to breaking the chains of sin and addiction in her family tree.A passionate evangelist, discipler and teacher, Cheri has done short-term missions in the United States as well as internationally. Through her blog, http://www.halffullandoverflowing.com, she shares her passion for living sold-out, surrendered lives in Christ. One of Cheri’s favorite verses is Hebrews 7:25, which reads, “Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” In her free time, Cheri remains in perpetual motion as a musician, crafter, grandmother, exercise enthusiast and serious home cook.

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