Monotheism is the worship of one God. Christians hold to this view very strongly about their God although most Christians could not give a concise definition of how the Father, Son, and Spirit are all one. Three words describe this relationship well: co-essence, co-equal, and co-eternal. now why would I put this in a post? Well I am researching Hinduism and I have just discovered that they are in fact a monotheistic people. They believe, ultimately, in one God: Brahman. What is crazy is that we have so often only seen them as pantheistic, as worshipping many Gods. To which they do this also.
Let me explain. I have heard it illustrated in a couple of different ways, but the best way to understand Hindu monotheism is to understand how an Eskimo describes snow. An Eskimo can distinguish somewhere around 40 different types of snow. Yet, for all the different types they still realize it is snow. Hinduism works much the same. Hindu people worship over 330 million gods because they worship them in a spirit of oneness. Each god is a different representation of the one force, Brahman. Each god relates to a particular need in the lives of it’s worshippers. The three supreme gods are Krisnu, Vishna, and Shiva. From these three come different avatars throughout history. They consider Jesus to be an avatar of Vishnu. These three gods are personal whereas Brahman is not.
What is the reason for this post? All of this may seem cool, but it is actually very discouraging. Sharing the Gospel is no easy task in this culture. They accept Jesus as another god and not the God. Somehow I will have to learn how to break through this barrier to allow the Gospel to make full impact. I think the focus must remIn on the deity of Jesus and His mission on earth. If Christians try to manage they aseity of God too quickly then the Hindu individual will become bogged down in terms and a pre-understanding of who God is (because of their founded beliefs). I pray God will give me a peace of mind as this is only one issue running through my mind at the moment. I will describe visa woes at a later date…
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