Hinduism Objections and Answers

The following is a list of some discussion points for our Hindu friends.  This list is by no means exhaustive and just covers some of the issues that our friends raise.  This discussion is not intended to be offensive or argumentative, but to deal with some of the important questions and objections that our Hindu friends raise to the gospel (good news).

  1. Christianity is a western belief. Hinduism is an Eastern belief. Since I am Eastern, Christianity is not for me.
    1. You do not have to give up your culture to become a Christian.
    2. Christianity spread rapidly in the West during the first few centuries A.D. However, Christianity was actually born in the Middle East in Jerusalem in modern day Israel. Therefore, Christianity is not a Western belief. In fact, most of the beliefs of Christianity come from a Jewish culture.
    3. You do not have to give up your culture to become a Christian. Christianity, though it has Jewish influences, is an international religion. Jesus came for people of all nations (John 3:16; 1 Tim. 2:5). The Bible also advocates unity among people, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). Christians are supposed to take the good news of Jesus to all nations (Mt. 28:18-20; Luke 24:47; Acts 1:8).
    4. Very early in the history of Christianity there were Jews, Romans, Greeks, Africans, and many other people who were converted to Christianity. The Bible does not expect these people to give up their heritage or culture. In fact, even in the first few centuries after Jesus, there were Indian people who converted to Christianity.    
  2. British Christians persecuted the Indian people for years. Why should we want anything to do with Christianity?
    1. The British subjugation of India was motivated over political and financial gain for the British Empire. It is true that many of the British people who ruled over India claimed to be Christians, but they were not true Christians since their practices are against the teachings of Jesus. Jesus taught, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you” (Mt. 7:12). Would a British person want to be brutally mistreated by Indians? Of course, not.
    2. Jesus taught that we should love all people and treat others like we would wish to be treated (Mt. 7:12). If a person brutally harms another people or country for person gain, that person is blatantly sinning. Therefore, what the British colonists did was wrong.
  3. Jesus is not unique. He is one among many avatars.
    1. Jesus actually claimed not to be one among many avatars. He claimed there was only one God (Mark 12:29; John 10:30). And He claimed to be God in the flesh (John 8:58; 10:30; Mark 2). He also said that no one could come to God the Father, but through Him (John 14:6). He said that there was only one true religion (John 10).  
    2. There is a large amount of historical evidence which indicates that Jesus rose bodily from the dead (Please see article: Is the Easter Story of Jesus' Resurrection True?). There are numerous predictive prophecies regarding the nature of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection which were made hundreds of years in advance (cf. Isaiah 53; Micah 5:2; Daniel 9:24-27). Jesus Himself predicted His resurrection (Mt. 12:40; 27:63) and accomplished it (Mt. 28; 1 Cor. 15:3-8).  
  4. It is irrational to say that Christianity is the only true religion. There are many paths to God.
    1. To say that Jesus’ statements regarding exclusivity are irrational implies that there is a logical contradiction in one of those statements. However, there is nothing illogical about saying that there is only one true religion.  
    2. Truth by nature is narrow and exclusive. To say 2+2=4 is narrow and exclusive, but it an objective fact. Likewise, with Christianity, there is good evidence to suggest that Christianity is the only true religion due to specific prophecies made regarding Jesus thousands of years before His life (Micah 5:2; Isaiah 53; Daniel 9:24-27), the teachings of Jesus that there was only one way to God (John 14:6), and the strong historical evidence for Jesus’ miraculous resurrection.  
  5. My whole family is Hindu. If I become a Christian, I will be an outcast. I cannot deny my family.
    1. This is definitely a difficult issue and one which cannot be treated lightly. It is true that following Jesus may cost you prestige, comfort, and even your life. However, it is better to know the true God and have certainty of eternal salvation than to be lost forever in the false religious traditions of Hinduism.
    2. Jesus said, “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Mt. 10:28; cf. Luke 12:5).”
    3. Are you burdened by this issue? Jesus says, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest (Mt. 11:28).” It will not be easy, but God Himself will help you.  
  6. There are many gods and goddesses. Why should I believe in just one God?
    1. There are a number of philosophical, scientific, and historical reasons for believing in one God.
    2. Scientifically, there is strong evidence to suggest that the universe had a beginning. Space, time, and matter had a beginning at some point in the past. As such, the Big Bang destroys any notion of an eternal universe or a universe that expands, collapses, and then re-expands. Therefore, Hinduism’s notion of an eternal, cyclical universe is unscientific.
    3. Scientific evidence against the eternality of the material universe also comes from the law of entropy. This law states that the universe is running out of usable energy. Since we have not run out of all of our usable energy now, the universe must not be eternal. If the universe was eternal, we would have run out of all of our usable energy by now. Therefore, the material universe cannot be eternal.
    4. Logically, an argument given for the existence of God known as the Cosmological Argument demonstrates that there can only be one uncaused Cause for the universe. The argument goes as the following: Everything that begins to exist has a cause; the universe began to exist; therefore, the universe has a cause. It is impossible for there to be an infinite regress of uncaused causes. In other words, it is impossible for there to be a god, another god, another god, and still another god which caused the god before him, etc. With such a model, it would have been impossible for the first god to even exist or get started. An infinite regress of causes is impossible. Therefore, there must be one first uncaused God.
    5. Historically, Jesus taught that there was only one God. Prophecies, the resurrection, the general reliability of the NT documents, and other evidence demonstrate that He was right.
    6. Though there is one God, there are angels and demons which could be called “gods” in this sense (1 Corinthians 8:4). However, these demons are not really gods. They are just fake or false gods. There is only one true God in all of existence (John 17:3; cf. Isaiah 43:10; 44:8).
  7. Hinduism is scientific.
    1. Please see comments above (#6C) regarding scientific and rational evidence against the eternality of the universe.
    2. Since science has demonstrated that the universe is not eternal, the notion of an eternal universe as taught by Hinduism cannot be true. Therefore, Hinduism is not scientifically accurate.
  8. I have great peace as a Hindu. I do not need Christianity.
    1. The issue of religion is not one of feelings, but of truth. The question that must be asked is, “Is Hinduism a true religion?”
    2. Many people have peace believing things which are just absolutely false. Some children have great peace believing that Santa Claus exists and he brings them candy every Christmas. However, Santa Claus does not exist. So it really does not matter what a person feels, but whether their feelings correspond to reality (truth).1
  9. I love being Hindu. I enjoy the rituals and practices. I do not want to be a Christian.
    1. Do you have any certainty that you will reach samsara or moksha? Are you going to be in the endless cycle of reincarnations/transmigrations forever? Are these rituals actually going to help you with this process?
    2. Jesus Christ came to give us hope. He said, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). He also said, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24). Jesus Christ offers you salvation from God’s judgment by faith. It is not by your works, but by faith that you can possess everlasting life (Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 4:5; 5:1). This salvation you can possess immediately and with certainty due to the completed work of Jesus who was the unique God in flesh.  
  10. I am vegetarian and I respect life. Christianity is non-vegetarian and believes in the sacrificing and eating of animals which is cruel.
    1. Christianity is not anti-vegetarian. There are Christians who are vegetarians due to health preferences and even Biblical reasons. The Bible allows a person to be a vegetarian (see Romans 14). However, it also allows the practice of eating meat (cf. 1 Cor. 8:13; 10:25-28; Rom. 14:2-3, 21).
    2. The Bible does not teach that Christians should mistreat animals and use them for selfish purposes. In fact, most of the treatment of animals today by various Western companies is atrocious and wrong. The Bible teaches that man has dominion over animals; and, as such, has the right to use animals to meet his needs, but not to exploit animals.  
    3. Furthermore, the Bible teaches that humans are to respect animals. Humans did not create animals nor did animals emerge through some random chemical process. Instead, animals were created by God (Gen. 1:20-25). Since animals are the creation of God, humans have no right to abuse their God-given dominion over the animals. For example, it is wrong for humans to slaughter animals just for the fun of it.
  11. Hinduism is a peaceful religion, but Christianity has a bloody history.
    1. It is true that “christianity” has had a bloody history. Many have claimed to be followers of Jesus, but have murdered others for their selfish gain. The crusades were a practice advocated by the Roman Catholic Church mainly for political reasons. Jesus did not advocate killing, but loving and forgiveness. The practices of these so-called “christians” were against Jesus’ teachings and are a disgrace to the rest of the teachings of the New Testament.
    2. There are many examples of brutal acts by Hindus against their own people such as the practice of widow burning. Or, even against other peoples such as the modern day persecution of Christians by militant Hindus. While these actions by persons claiming to be Hindus, does not make Hinduism false. Neither do the actions of these "Christians" make Christianity false. There are always fake adherents to religions who claim to be following the religion's teachings correctly. 
  12. Hinduism teaches personal moral responsibility for one’s actions, but Christianity does not.
    1. Hinduism’s insistence that a person pay for their moral actions based on the law of karma due to actions in their past lives, is irrational. One would be suffering for actions which they had no remembrance of committing.
    2. It is basically impossible for a person to get out of samsara since they are continually sinning. Christianity has a notion of grace, but Hinduism does not. With Hinduism one must continually strive to be morally perfect. However, such perfection has never been reached by any Hindu. Jesus Christ, on the other hand, has been morally perfect. Due to the sinful nature of humans, He offers salvation as a free gift (John 5:24; 6:47).
    3. Christianity teaches that each person is morally responsible for their actions (Matt. 12:36; Rom. 14:12). However, ultimate salvation or liberation only comes as a free gift through the work of Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9).  
  • 1. My point with the Santa Claus analogy is not to say that Hinduism is like believing in Santa Claus, but to find a common cultural metaphor that all humans know is not true.

 

 

 

 
 
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