Comparison grid between Hinduism and Christian doctrine


Hinduism Christianity
God Impersonal Personal (1 John 4:8)
Humanity Continuous in the sense of being extended from the Being of God Discontinuous in the sense of being separate from the Being of God (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-3); continuous in the sense of being made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26)
Humanity’s Problem Ignorance Moral rebellion (Romans 3:10-11)
The Solution Liberation from illusion and ignorance Forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with the personal holy God
The Means for the Solution Striving to detach oneself from the separated ego and seeking to be aware of one’s unity with the divine through self effort. Trusting in the completed and substitutionary work of Jesus Christ (Romans 4:5; Ephesians 2:8-9).
The Outcome of the Solution Merge into the Oneness; the individual disappears Eternal fellowship with God; the person is fulfilled in a loving relationship with God (John 17:3).
Jesus One among many gods and/or avatars. God the Son (John 1:1; 8:24).
Number of gods Many One (Isaiah 43:10; 44:8).


  • Dean Halverson, The Compact Guide to World Religions (Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1996), p. 92.