Running Head: The Comparison of Hinduism and Abrahamic Religions
The Comparison of
Hinduism and Abrahamic Religions
By Christa Dunwoody
The differences between Hinduism and Abrahamic Religions are many. The primary difference of beliefs is that Abrahamic Religion believes that there is one God. Hinduism beliefs vary being Pantheistic, monotheistic and polytheistic it is one of the most complex religions of the world. In the comparison of Hinduism and Abrahamic Religion differ on their concept of God. Along with their differences on the concept of God the Hindu’s and Abrahamic Religions also differ on their concept of man’s destiny. Finally Hindu’s and Abrahamic Religions also differ on their concept of Salvation.
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These gods are recognized as equal. Certain sects within Hinduism may emphasize one or the other. In Hinduism the worship of various deities and images is popular among the people. The concept of the Brahman is mainly theoretical among the religious leaders. Hinduism has no concept of Creation in the Biblical sense. To Hindus, God forms physical beings from things already existing or from Himself, but He did not create out of nothing. In the Abrahamic religions they believe God (Allah) has characteristics of people. God is spirit, not material or physical, and yet He possesses the characteristics of a personal individual. Spiritually man is made in the image or likeness of God (Gen. 1:26; 5:1; 9:6; James 3:9; 1 Cor. 11:7). Our inner being is not Divine, and not to be worshiped. To believe we are Divine is blasphemous. Three separate Beings possess Deity: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. But unlike Hindu deities, these three are completely united in will, goals, and purposes. All have complete authority over all aspects of creation in contrast to one over fire, one over wealth. They are completely united to form one God. Another difference between Hinduism and the Abrahamic religions is the concept of man’s destiny. Hindus believe that, when a person dies, his spirit is given another earthly body, that of an animal, a person of another caste (social level), or a god, depending on