Comparison grid between Hinduism and Christian doctrine

Term

HinduismChristianity
GodImpersonalPersonal (1 John 4:8)
HumanityContinuous in the sense of being extended from the Being of GodDiscontinuous 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 ProblemIgnoranceMoral rebellion (Romans 3:10-11)
The SolutionLiberation from illusion and ignoranceForgiveness of sin and reconciliation with the personal holy God
The Means for the SolutionStriving 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 SolutionMerge into the Oneness; the individual disappearsEternal fellowship with God; the person is fulfilled in a loving relationship with God (John 17:3).
JesusOne among many gods and/or avatars.God the Son (John 1:1; 8:24).
Number of godsManyOne (Isaiah 43:10; 44:8).

Sources

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