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Christianity vs Hinduism

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Christianity
Jesus Christ
Hinduism
Place of worship: Church, Chapel, Cathedral, basilica. Temple (Mandir)
Founder: Jesus Christ Not credited to a particular founder.
Place of origin: Jerusalem Indian Subcontinent
Practices: Prayers, Sacraments, worshipping in Church, reading the Holy Bible. Meditation, Yoga, contemplation, yagna (communal worship), offerings in the temple.
Clergy: Priests, monks, nuns, ministers, & bishops, and deacons. Pastors and some churches Board of Elders No official clergy. Gurus, Yogis, Rishis, Brahmins, Pundits, priests, priestesses, monks, and nuns.
Scriptures: Holy Bible, a collection of canonical books in two parts (the Old Testament and the New Testament), varies in the old(depending on if its a Protestant, Catholic, or Orthodox)Bible, and 27 in the new testament. Vedas, Upanishad, Puranas, Gita.
Life after death: Man is appointed to die once, and after that come judgment. Those that are redeemed, live on in Heaven, those that rejected God suffer for eternity in Hell. A constant cycle of reincarnation until enlightenment is reached.
Use of statues and pictures: Used in Catholic & Orthodox Christianity; Depections are not represented in most Protestant denominations. Encouraged
Literal Meaning: Christian: Meaning "Follower of Christ" The followers of Vedas are called as Arya, noble person. Arya is not a dynasty, ethnicity or race. Anyone who follows the teachings of Vedas is considered Arya.
Concept of Deity: Believe in the Trinity. Three persons in one Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit Dependent on school of thought. Monism/polytheism/Monotheism.
Goal of religion: To gain Eternal Salvation in Heaven. To break the cycle of birth, death and reincarnation, and attain salvation.
Population: 2.4 Billion includes Catholics, Protestants, and all other Christians. 1 Billion.
Branches: Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox. Myriad
Geographical predominance: Christianity has spread worldwide across all six settled continents, predominantly Europe, North, Central, and South America, Australia, and New Zealand India, Nepal
Principle: God created man. Man sinned and fell under its curse. God redeems sinful man through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Those that He redeems, He regenerates and they become "born-again". To follow dharma, i.e. eternal laws
Angels: Angels are God's messengers. The concept of angels does not apply in Hinduism. Some mythological stories include rishis, who sometimes serve as the messengers of God.
Time of origin: Approx. 33 AD. circa 3000 BC
Belief: Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Diverse beliefs depending on sects.
Belief of God: God is the Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Holy, Just, Loving Creator of the Universe. Several beliefs depending on school of thought: polytheism, monotheism, pantheism, etc.
View of the Buddha: A sinner in need of God's redemption just like everyone else. Some Hindu sects claim Buddha was an avatar of Vishnu. Others believe he was a holy man.
Means of salvation: Through Christ's Death, and Resurrection. Reaching enlightenment by the Path of Knowledge, the Path of devotion, or the Path of Good Deeds.
Rites: The Sacraments: Minimum 2; Maximum 7. Some Hindus believe in a "thread ceremony" for men.
Definition: Follower of the Christ The word Hindu has geographical significance and was used originally for those people who lived beyond the river Sindhu or the region watered by the river Indus. Hindus themselves, call their religion "Sanatana Dharma, " meaning "Eternal Law."
View of Oriental religions: Pagan. Buddhism and Jainism were considered false religions by traditional schools of Hinduism. Their popularity threatened traditional Hinduism so some Hindus tried to enfold these new sects by claiming that Buddha and Mahavira were incarnation of Vishnu.
Human Nature: Man has inherited "original sin" from Adam. Mankind then is inherently evil and is in need of forgiveness of their sin. Depends on sects.
Promised Holy one.: Christ both the First & Second Comings. The 10th Avatar of Vishnu
Marriage: Monogamistic: "And two shall become one". One man and one woman are united under God in the holy sacrament of Matrimony. In Heaven, marriage does not exist. Man may marry one woman. However, kiings in mythology often married more than one woman.
Day of worship: Worship should be a continual process in the lives of Christians. Sunday is not the only day Christians can attend Church. Orthodox schools prescribe three prayer times a day: at dawn, noon and dusk.
View of Animistic religions: Pagan. Various animistic religions were absorbed into Hinduism as rishis proselytized and the influence of Vedas and Upanishads grew.
Views on the afterlife: Eternal life in Heaven or Hell. A constant cycle of reincarnation until enlightenment is reached after which moksha is attained.
Prophets: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophets_of_Christianity No prophets in religion, but Rishis would be considered equivalent to prophets in Vedic times. Avataras of Vedic God are different from human reincarnations, but would be considered equivalent to Christian idea of God in flesh.
Place and Time of origin: Jerusalem 33 AD Indian Subcontinent, beginning with the Vedic civilization circa 3000 BC
Offshoot religions: Rastafarianism, Unitarian Universalism, and Deism. Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism.
View of God: One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Monists believe only Brahman exists, Pantheists believe all things/entities are God, Monotheistic sects consider God as immanent and transcendent and different from others. But no Hindu sects believe in creation-ex-nihilo.
Original Language(s): Aramaic, Greek, & Hebrew Sanskrit
Confessing sins: Catholic & Orthodox Christians confess their sins to the priest, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Most Protestants do not believe in the Sacrament of Confession. Repentance for unintentional sins are prescribed, but intentional sins have to be repaid through karmic consequences.
God's role in salvation: Salvation is a completely free gift from the Lord and comes by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ only. This faith is demonstrated thorugh accepting his message of selfless compassion and producing good works in keeping with repentance. Beliefs vary by sect. Upanishads (scripture) say God chooses who gets salvation. Salvation is attained via good deeds and righteousness (following the "dharma" and avoiding sin)
Religious Law: Christians no longer live under the curse of the law but under grace. We are still expected to live by the law. dharma shastras
Goal of Philosophy: Salvation Salvation, freedom from the cycle of birth and reincarnation.
Religion which atheists may still be adherents of: No. Faith plays an important role in the life of the Christian. Charvakas and Sankyas are atheistic groups in Hinduism.

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