I am about to present a project in World Religions here at the school. In this presentation, my group will be trying to discover barriers and bridges in their faith for the purpose that the Gospel might make ultimate impact. Many many things are barriers. Yet, for all my study I come to one that must be overcome in order to accept Jesus and His forgiveness. This is the idea of Moksha. Moksha is the liberation of the soul for a Hindu. This is what every Hindu strives for in their lifetime. It would take days to unpack Moksha but I will hope to shed light on just a portion of it. Karma is huge in Hinduism. It is through the structure of Karma that Moksha can be attained. Karma deals with good and bad and the quality of our actions. It is not until a Hindu’s good actions outweigh their bad ones that they can be liberated from this world. To make matters worse, they believe karma is transferred through each reincarnation of the spirit. Meaning – what happens in the former life will carry over setting up an unbelievable cycle of an individual working for their salvation.
This thought process or belief system is terrifying for me as a Christian and someone who does not believe in a works-based religion. Romans six especially discusses being justified through Christ. Justification means when we accept Jesus Christ, Him crucified and risen on the third day, and accept Him as our Lord and Savior that this is a contract, a legal document so to speak, that is not earned and can never be rescinded. When a sinner is convicted by the Holy Spirit and accepts Jesus as his Lord and Savior, then all works that come next are only done out of a relationship with Jesus. Yet by no means is there an attempt to earn anything. As a Bible-believing Christian I believe Scripture teaches that each individual will be judged one day based off of his lifetime alone. The sins of some former life are non-existent because I do not believe in a former life.
Now that I have given a kind of credo, I want to take a look at how to overcome some of these barriers for a Hindu. The first thing to understand is that this is no easy process. And a process it is. The problem is found in them knowing they are already a sinner. What we came up with tho is using the Ten Commandments as a starting ground for a discussion on our sin nature. Since knowing Jesus is a relationship, when working with Hindu’s a Christian needs to build relationship so that when the hard questions come up they will not react in a completely defensive manner. One such question that must be brought up is simply this, “Now that we have looked over the Ten Commandments, can you look back in your past and describe the good things you have done?” The object of the question is not to demoralize someone or make them feel like a terrible person. But it is a reality check that we will never outweigh the good to the bad! Therefore, we need Jesus because He (being God) was the only person in history to ever fulfill the Ten Commandments completely and without err. When we accept Jesus, we are accepted into His righteousness and not our own. If this were not so we would be hopelessly lost. Only by the blood of Jesus can man be delivered from this world and into a relationship with God.