So What's the Difference - Hinduism
While not intended to be inclusive, the following chart provides a basic summary for comparison and discussion.
Authority The Bible, the Word of God Ancient writings & many religions that
The only infallible source of truth blend and interact with one another.
View on Bible Only source of truth Biblical faith is acceptable, just as all
2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16 other religious beliefs and paths are
Romans 1:16 different paths leading to the one reality,
John 1:1-5,14 God. Pantheism - all is God
Matthew 4:4 However, reject Jesus as the only way.
Core Beliefs 1 Corinthians 15:1-3 Jesus Life is unreal and characterized by pain
was crucified, died, buried & suffering.
& rose from the dead. Can choose from as many as 330 million ,
Ephesians 4:4-6 - one Body gods,goddesses, or demigods to
(church composed of all passionately worship,though most
believers), one Spirit, one choose either Vishnu or Shiva.
hope of your calling (heaven), "How many births are passed, I cannot
one Lord, one faith, one baptism, cannot tell. How many yet to come,
one God & Father of us all. I cannot say: But this alone I know
that pain & grief embitter all the way."
Salvation by Faith in Jesus Alone Through innumerable Reincarnations until
John 3:16, 14:6 union with the Impersonal Absolute.
Ephesians 2:8-6 Three paths to moksha - works
Romans chapter 3, 10:9,17 knowledge or passionate devotion.
Life of faith Loving God & Others (Luke 9:27) Depends on your caste and what path
characterized by Living for Jesus (the walk) & you pursue.
imitators of His life Samsara - the thousand or millions of
Ephesians chapters 4 thru 6 lives all full of suffering to be endured
Colossians 3:1-4:6 to reach moksha - liberation from
Telling others of Jesus 2 Cor. 5 suffering. Involves karma & works.
Afterlife belief Millennial kingdom - Jesus will Union with Brahma - the ultimate
return & reign for 1,000 year as Impersonal One.
promised. Revelation 20:4
Heaven, paradise, the New
Jerusalem - eternal
Philippians 3:20-21, Revelation
chapter 21 & 22.
Hell - place of eternal suffering
for those who rejected God &
Jesus. Revelation 20:10-15