Comparison grid between Hinduism and Christian doctrine



Hinduism Christianity
God Impersonal


Personal (1 John 4:8)

Humanity Extended from the Being of God Separate and distinct from the Being of God (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-3); Made in God’s image in distinction from the rest of creation. (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 individual person is permanent and fulfilled in a loving relationship with God (John 17:3).
Jesus One among many gods and/or avatars. God the Son, unique and eternal (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.