My goal is to make group discussion guides for each of the religions represented in the Contradict logo. They will be posted for free download on the Contradict Movement homepage. The first symbol is the symbol OM which represents Hinduism. For this blog post I have embedded the video I made for an overview of Hinduism and I have provided links for a Leader’s Guide and Participant’s Guide for a group discussion comparing and contrasting Hinduism and Christianity. Below those links I have posted questions from the guides. Please watch the video, read the questions and give share your answers in the comment section of this post.
1. 1. Do you know anyone who is Hindu? Have you ever spoken to them about their faith?
2. 2. What do you know about Hinduism?
3. 3. How does the Bible compare to the Vedas?
4. 4. Brahman is the divine essence that is at the heart of all things in the universe. This teaching ultimately says that there is only one divine reality and that we are all united in it, in fact we consist of it. Read Acts 17:28. What is the relationship that Paul gives between us and God in this verse? Is it similar to the Hindu belief concerning Brahman? How is it different?
5. 5. The Hindu teaching of Maya explains that what we perceive to be true is just illusionary. Can you think of any teachings within the Bible that echoes this teaching? How does Christianity’s view of reality reject the concept of Maya?
6. 6. The illusion of Maya in the world keeps us from seeing the oneness of all things according to Hindu teachings. To overcome the illusion of individualism and self-centeredness, Hindus practice various spiritual paths called yogas to help them recognize their union with Brahman (the divine essence of all things). In Christianity, what causes separation between us and God and how is that separation overcome?
7. 7. Central to Hinduism is the belief in Samsara (reincarnation). The position in society we have in this life was dictated by our previous life. How we live this life will dictate the direction of our rebirth in the next. Karma directs Samsara. Karma has become a term that is used often in Western culture, but it is disconnected from its Hindu origins. In the West, Karma has grown to simply mean getting what a person deserves in this life. Is there a concept similar to Karma within the Bible?
8. 8.Does the Bible directly reject the teaching of reincarnation and multiple lives for one individual? Why can we trust that this is our only life?
9. 9. During the course of this comparison of Hinduism and Christianity what has stood out to you the most? What did you find most helpful? What could you use from this discussion when talking with a Hindu to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
10. From what we have discussed so far, how have you seen Hinduism and Hindu related philosophies influence our culture?