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World Religions Week 2 - Hinduism

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What do Hindus believe? How do they see the world? What do Christians and Hindus have in common, and what are the major differences?

What do Hindus believe? How do they see the world? What do Christians and Hindus have in common, and what are the major differences?

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World Religions Week 2 - Hinduism

  1. 1. World Religions The Gospel and Friendship in a Pluralistic Suburb
  2. 2. What Do You Know? How long have you been 1. at Beavercreek Nazarene? Do you have any personal experience 2. with Hinduism? 3. What do you know about Hinduism? What questions do you have 4. about Hinduism?
  3. 3. Our “Mars Hill” Methodology • A basic introduction to the faith’s worldview 1. • Areas of agreement between that faith and 2. Orthodox Christian theology and practice • Areas of disagreement between that faith 3. and Orthodox Christian theology and practice GOAL: To equip you to build a truth-seeking relationship with someone of another faith.
  4. 4. Hinduism Beyond Karma and Cows
  5. 5. A Brief History of Hinduism Really a history of India • No founder • Many influences • Difficult to identify
  6. 6. A Brief History of Hinduism The Vedas – Pre-1500 BC The Upanishads - 500 BC - Aryan migration into The Bhagavad Gita – 200 the Indus Valley BC-AD 200 - Collection of about 100 - Proto-Greek pantheon works with 12 key texts - Modern Hinduism in 2 - Vedas are sacred rituals - Movement toward a ½ hours & chants sort of monotheism - Part of an epic poem - Rig Veda is most - Spiritual disciplines important. connect worshipers to - Features Krishna, an God avatar of Vishnu - Duty in life is the path to enlightenment.
  7. 7. The Hindu Worldview Maya Re- incarnation Samsara Brahman Karma Atman
  8. 8. The Hindu Worldview: Brahman and Maya Maya Re- incarnation Samsara Brahman Brahman • The Ocean of Divine Reality Karma Atman Maya • Reality is Impermanence
  9. 9. The Hindu Worldview: Samsara Maya Re- incarnation Samsara Brahman Karma Atman
  10. 10. The Hindu Worldview: Atman Maya Atman Re- incarnation Samsara Brahman Karma Atman •Our true “self” •Eternally changing
  11. 11. The Hindu Worldview: Karma & Reincarnation Maya Karma Re- Samsara incarnation • Moral consequence of action Brahman • Determines direction of rebirth Karma Atman Reincarnation • Our Atman is constantly reborn
  12. 12. The Hindu Worldview: Moksha Maya Re- Samsara incarnation Brahman Moksha • Escape from Samsara Karma Atman and reunification with Brahman
  13. 13. Dharma: The Path to Enlightenment Renunciation Retiree Householder Student
  14. 14. Yoga: The Paths to Enlightenment Devotion/ Study Karma Meditation Yoga Bhakti
  15. 15. Bhakti: The Gods of Hinduism Brahma Vishnu Shiva • Creator • Preserver/Sustainer • Destroyer/Recreator • Not very popular • Most popular • A natural part of Brahma Samsara • Visits earth as an Avatar Brahman Shiva Vishnu
  16. 16. Building Bridges to Hinduism Devotion to God God’s Immanence The Danger of the Material World Spiritual Practices are a path to God Grace: Only God can release us from suffering
  17. 17. Hindus and Christians Both Value A relationship with God Peacemaking as a spiritual practice Taking care of the natural world Spiritual practices
  18. 18. Where Hinduism and Christianity Disagree Trinity • God is three persons in one being • God is distinct from creation • God is always unified Brahman • All gods are one essence • Gods’ essence is identical to creation • The “Big 3” are Modalism
  19. 19. Where Hinduism and Christianity Disagree Creation • Good gifts from God • Point back to God • Creation is God’s final plan Maya • Creation is fundamentally impermanent • Gets in the way of God • Will ultimately be reabsorbed
  20. 20. Where Hinduism and Christianity Disagree Grace • XXX • XXX Karma • XXX • XXX
  21. 21. Where Hinduism and Christianity Disagree Just In repeats Hinduism Some- Christians Believe The World Is Going where Every- Time thing Is Cyclical
  22. 22. How to be a Perfect Stranger Not all Indians are Hindu! You may refuse food at a puja. Shoes off in the home. Meals will be vegetarian. Use your right hand. Always.
  23. 23. Got Questions? • jrforasteros@gmail.com • @jrforasteros • facebook.com/jrforasteros Submit Questions

Editor's Notes

  • Break into groups. Discuss!
  • We all see “through a mirror dimly”, as Paul says (1 Corinthians 13:12).People of other faiths will help us know God better, even as we help them know God better. Ultimately, if we’re all diligent to seek Truth, we will find Jesus.
  • We all see “through a mirror dimly”, as Paul says (1 Corinthians 13:12).People of other faiths will help us know God better, even as we help them know God better. Ultimately, if we’re all diligent to seek Truth, we will find Jesus.
  • We all see “through a mirror dimly”, as Paul says (1 Corinthians 13:12).People of other faiths will help us know God better, even as we help them know God better. Ultimately, if we’re all diligent to seek Truth, we will find Jesus.
  • We all see “through a mirror dimly”, as Paul says (1 Corinthians 13:12).People of other faiths will help us know God better, even as we help them know God better. Ultimately, if we’re all diligent to seek Truth, we will find Jesus.
  • We all see “through a mirror dimly”, as Paul says (1 Corinthians 13:12).People of other faiths will help us know God better, even as we help them know God better. Ultimately, if we’re all diligent to seek Truth, we will find Jesus.
  • We all see “through a mirror dimly”, as Paul says (1 Corinthians 13:12).People of other faiths will help us know God better, even as we help them know God better. Ultimately, if we’re all diligent to seek Truth, we will find Jesus.
  • We all see “through a mirror dimly”, as Paul says (1 Corinthians 13:12).People of other faiths will help us know God better, even as we help them know God better. Ultimately, if we’re all diligent to seek Truth, we will find Jesus.
  • We all see “through a mirror dimly”, as Paul says (1 Corinthians 13:12).People of other faiths will help us know God better, even as we help them know God better. Ultimately, if we’re all diligent to seek Truth, we will find Jesus.
  • What is your religious duty?DharmaYoga
  • What is your religious duty?DharmaYoga
  • Each of the gods has consorts and children.This is the result of tribal deities, the ancient Aryan pantheon and the sort-of-monotheism of the Upanishads all getting thrown into one big bucket. This is why you hear that Hindus have 300 million gods. It might technically be true, but no Hindus worship them all. Everyone chooses a god or goddess they connect with. That’ll be based on family, geography and lots of other factors.
  • Hindus love to talk about God!We both take the presence of God in our lives very seriously!We both recognize that the material world can trip up our spirituality
  • On #2… Gandhi loved Jesus!
  • Hindus love to talk about God!We both take the presence of God in our lives very seriously!We both recognize that the material world can trip up our spirituality
  • Hindus love to talk about God!We both take the presence of God in our lives very seriously!We both recognize that the material world can trip up our spirituality
  • Hindus love to talk about God!We both take the presence of God in our lives very seriously!We both recognize that the material world can trip up our spirituality
  • Reincarnation
  • On #2… Gandhi loved Jesus!
  • On #2… Gandhi loved Jesus!

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