Because of what I post on my site, quite often, people accuse me of all sort of stuff.
Just yesterday, someone called my post “Matha, Pitha, Guru, Deivam (Mother, Father, Teacher, God)” rubbish. Why? Because I was being critical of the Indian/Hindu saying above. This person went on to tell me that it’s a beautiful religion and that every religion has it’s good and bad and so on.
This is the typical stuff I hear from people who have never bothered to look at each religion in detail and instead, make surface statements with no depth or clear meaning (it’s a beautiful religion?). If they did have a better understanding of each faith (not saying you have to be a religion expert!), they would see that while each religion shares some similarities in what it teaches, they differ greatly in core truths when it comes to God.
Hinduism has millions of gods (350 million, give or take). Each god is worshiped in a certain way with certain rituals. Images and idols of gods are everywhere. Though Hindus are very devout and the religion and culture are heavily intertwined, based on my personal observations, most Hindus try to live a good life and are not heavily influenced by the religion or its deep philosophical teachings. Generally, Hindus don’t have any issues with other religions and is very accepting of other faiths, for the most part. I have come across Hindus who are quick to tell me that they have an idol of Jesus that they pray to along with all the other gods that they worship. They have no issues with Jesus, until they come to know what the Bible says about other gods/religions and what Jesus Himself declares.
Islam worships one god, Allah. While Jesus is considered a great Prophet born of the virgin Mary, He is not regarded as the Son of God, which is central to the Christian faith. Muslims believe that Allah gave the Injeel (Bible), but assert that the Bible as we know it has been corrupted (though the evidence says otherwise), because of what it says about Jesus and how it contradicts Islam in many ways. Muslims live their lives based on the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed in the Quran, summed up by the five pillars of Islam. While one can draw many similarities between Islam and Christianity, the Quran contradicts the Bible on some key issues on what God says in the Bible (Injeel), especially about Jesus. These differences cannot be brushed aside because they are not minor nuances.
Christianity worships God, who is One, but comprises of 3 distinct persons – Father, Son, Holy Spirit. According to the Christian faith, people sinned against God and it resulted in our separation from Him. The punishment for sinning against God is death. Jesus, the Son of God, is called the the Savior of the World because He willingly died for our sins so that those who place their trust and faith in Him, can be reconciled to God through His death. In the Christian faith, people are saved by grace through faith in Jesus, NOT their efforts at good living and kindness and so on. Christianity is not a religion of works. Those who repent and turn to Christ are called by God to live by faith, that is, through the working of the Holy Spirit, our faith in Jesus has a direct and immediate impact on our thoughts, words, actions and attitudes. To those who put their faith and trust in Jesus, He promises, He guarantees, eternal life with God in Heaven.
I could have looked at many more aspects of each of these religions, but have refrained from doing so. If you have an honest look at the core teachings of each religion, especially the central figures of each one, you can clearly see they they are not the same. Not all of them can’t be right.
If you are someone who does not know Jesus, I pray that God will reveal Himself to you and help you understand who Jesus truly is, His significance, why He is the ONLY way, truth and life and accept Him as Savior and Lord.
If you still think or believe that these religions are the same and worship the same God and think that you can follow whichever religion you like and still end up in Heaven, you are sadly mistaken.
This mistake could cost you dearly for all eternity.