What is Sikhism?

Fast Facts on Sikhism

Origins of Sikhism

The Sikh faith originated in 15th-century India, where Guru Nanak preached a monotheistic faith of neither Hindu or Muslim origin.

Sikhism Beliefs

The words of the faith’s first hymn, written by Guru Nanak, summarize the Sikh belief system: “There is only one God. Truth is his name. he is the Creator. He is without Fear. He is without hate. He is timeless and without form. He is beyond death, the Enlightened One. He can be known by the grace of the Guru [God].” Though unknowable, God teaches those who would follow. They believe God is reflected in nature. Followers are measured by their devotion to God – developed through singing hymns and meditation – and their service to their communities. Sikhs view all people as equal and denounce castes and bigotry.

Sikhism Holy Books

The Guru Granth Sahib, a collection of hymns describing God’s nature and detailing the importance of meditation

Who Jesus Is to Sikhs

Sikhs do not believe Jesus is God because their belief system dictates that God is neither born nor can die. They generally accept Jesus as a prophet.

Followers of Sikhism

Estimated between 23.8 million and 27 million

Sikhism Teachings on Salvation

Sikhs believe they are united with God, ending the cycle of suffering and death perpetuated through reincarnation, when they fully renounce any attachment to material things.

The Sikh Path to Accept Jesus Christ as Savior

Our Creator God

We have a great Creator God. He is one, He is eternal, He loves us, and He desires a relationship with us. That is why He came to earth as a man – God in flesh – as Jesus.

He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. (Colossians 1:15-16)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. . . . The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory or the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:1-4;14).

Our Just God

Problem is, our sins separate us from God. You yourself have felt the weight of your sins. They are not hidden from God. He is all-knowing. He knows you cannot save yourself – even if you try for all eternity – because your efforts will be tainted by your sin.

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)

Just as sin is real, death is real. Judgment is real. And we have only one life in which to get right with God before we face that judgment.

Our Savior God

God is just, but He is also loving. While you’ve been trying to find Him, He has been seeking you. He desires for you to be united with Him in Christ. Only by embracing Christ can you find eternal life – and peace and purpose in this life.

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. (1 John 5:11-12)

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

God is here, and He is calling to you. He is worthy of your worship. Are you ready to surrender your heart 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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