Christianity And Hinduism Compare And Contrast
Christianity and Hinduism have discrete ideas about death and what comes after. Both religions wish to attain the same overall goal of living their lives after death with their God(s), but follow many different paths and beliefs to achieve it. A great percentage of Christians have confidence in a heaven, in which the deceased can appreciate the environment of God, friends, and family for forever in the afterlife. Perspectives contrast concerning what is required to get to heaven, and origins of heaven also vary. Christians are required to live a life as closely to how Jesus lived his life. It is believed that one may sin throughout their life, but in order to re-pave their path of faith they must ask forgiveness for their sins, and their sins will be forgotten. A small majority of Christians believe in a hell, which is a place of suffering that originated from the bible for those who have unconfused sins or who are non-believers. Although some Christians reject the notion of hell all together. Christian Today magazine wrote, “At the end of the age, the bodies of the dead shall be raised. The righteous shall enter into full possession of eternal bliss in the presence of God, and the wicked shall be condemned to eternal death” . Those who are able to recognize their sins, and ask for forgiveness from god, will be raised from their lifeless bodies and ascend into Heaven. In contrast, Hinduism …show more content…
Hindu’s believe in the re-birth and re-incarnation of souls. The totality of ones actions decides what a person will be re-incarnated into once re-born. In contrast to Christianity, once you have sinned, you may not ask for forgiveness from the deities, unless the sin was extremely minute. Shiva the destroyer, and mother goddess Devi are example of Gods whom one many devote themselves to in hopes of salvation. For the devotee, “Release from rebirth is important, but not if it means merging with the impersonal Brahman in the manner of the Upanishadic way of knowledge” . Devotion in Hinduism should not be done just for the sake of salvation. Devotion should be done through a deity that the devotee personally connects to and wishes to merge with to achieve union with Brahman. Hindus are in a constant cycle of death and re-birth, known as Moksha, until they are released into eternal life with the creator Brahmin. Although both Hinduism and Christianity’s view on afterlife have similar aspects, the pathway to achieve it, and the level of devotion to God are very different.
Conclusively, both Christianity and Hinduism are seen to have similar overall aspirations, but distant ways to achieve these goals. After analyzing both Christianity and Hinduism’s ability to follow a moral code, their role of women, and their beliefs surrounding the afterlife, it is clear that the differences