Scriptures and Rituals of Christianity and Hinduism
Hinduism and Christianity can both be similar and very different religions depending on what viewpoint they are examined from. C.S. Lewis was converted from atheism and while doing so he sought out knowledge about different religions. He narrowed his choices to Hinduism or Christianity. “Religions are like soups, he said. Some, like consommé, are thin and clear (Unitarianism, Confucianism, modern Judaism); others, like minestrone, are thick and dark (paganism, “mystery religions”). Only Hinduism and Christianity are both “thin” (philosophical) and “thick” (sacramental and mysterious)” (Kreeft). The example of C.S. Lewis’ journey for religion points out some of the clear differences between Christianity and Hinduism while still highlighting the striking similarities. Both Christianity and Hinduism value scripture, are philosophical, sacramental and mysterious, and practice sacred rituals. Yet, both religions can also pose very different practices and beliefs as well. Christianity bases it’s teachings on the lessons derived from its holy scripture. In the belief of Christianity, both the Old and New Testament are used as sacred scripture. In the Christian faith, the word of God comes from a single source known as the Holy Bible. The Holy Bible teaches that “God has a strict code of morals and basic life for humans to follow”( N., Matthew). The Holy Bible recounts teachings from prophets and disciples and outlines the basic way to live righteously. Christianity also teaches that Christ is the only way to God. John 14:6: “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” Christianity also teaches a version of righteous living. Christians follow the basic outline of the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments are laws or rules that were given directly from God to Moses on stone tablets when he was instructed to climb Mount Sinai. Moses was then instructed to...
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