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.
The Comparison of Hinduism and Abrahamic Religions Comparing the main doctrines of Hinduism to the teachings of the Abrahamic religions I learned there are vast differences. The term Hinduism refers to the religious and social institutions of India. Concerned mainly with the religious aspects, but the religious and social are both tied together and are referred to by the term Hindu. Considering past and present beliefs and practices of Hinduism there is much variation in Hinduism as in other religions. The highest written authorities in Hinduism are the Vedas of which there are four chief ones: Rig-Veda, Sama-Veda, Atharva-Veda, and Yajur-Veda. The Brahmanas are authoritative commentaries on the basic Vedas (Anderson, WR 2001). In comparing Hinduism and Abrahamic religions I find there are vast differences. Examining the similarities and dissimilarities between the religions I will compare the doctrine of God, of Man’s Destiny and the concept of Salvation. Hindu’s differ from Christian, Jews and Muslims in their belief of God. Hindu’s concept of God is their belief that God has no characteristics of people, for example knowing, loving, and thinking. They believe that God is a force that is called Brahman. They
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