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Reaching

Hindus

Introducing Jesus Christ to Hindus


Activity

1. What comes to your mind when you think about


Hinduism?
2. Why is it so important to reach Hindus?
3. What ideas do you have to reach Hindus?
What is Hinduism?

– The 3rd largest religion in the world.


– Originated in the Indian sub-continent around 500 BCE
and dates back to 1500 BCE in the Vedic philosophy.
– Sanathana Dharma (The eternal religion).
What do Hindus believe?

– A Hindu may believe in one god, many gods or no god at all. Majority are theistic and
believe in numerous gods.
– The law of Karma-the actions of the past lives.
– Reincarnation: the soul (Atman) passes from one life to the next. This is called
wandering (Samsara).
– The ultimate reality is the supreme God, also known as Brahman.
– Brahman is considered the non personal reality or a very personal reality/being.
– The ultimate goal is to achieve liberation (Moksha) from the cycle of reincarnation and
be united with Brahman, the ultimate reality.
– Although, no solid doctrines or theological consistencies, the Vedas are considered
authoritative for Hindu theology.
A Hindu
temple
Hindu temples are very colorful with
lots of images, idols, activity and
celebration.
One God
worldview
An example of the Indian worldview.
The idea of one
God
Another common example
Important books in the Hindu
culture

- The Bhagavad Geeta.


- The Ramayana
- The Mahabharatha
- The Vedas and Upanishads.
The Caste System

1. The Brahmins (priests and scholars)


2. The Kshatriyas (rulers and warriors)
3. The Vaishyas (merchants and tradespeople)
4. The Sudra (labourers and servants)
The Caste
System
The Hindu deity Brahma-the god of
creation and the classification of the
caste system.
Hindus priests
Hindu priests offering early morning
prayers along the Ganges river (most
holy river for Hindus) in Benares,
India.
What brings people together?

– Family and friendships (most important).


– Festivals, cultural traditions and celebrations.
– Sports-Cricket, Soccer (Football), Tennis, etc.
– Movies and lots of movies-Hollywood, Bollywood and the Indian film industry.
– Food.
– Similar language, states, ethnicities, etc.
A Hindu monk
A very colorful celebration
Holi
The festival of colors.
Diwali
An Indian family celebrating the
festival of lights
Movies
Indians generally are crazy about
movies and movie stars.
Food
Who doesn't’t love Indian food?
Anyone?
Misconceptions about Jesus and
Christianity
– Jesus is a god among the many or he is godman/prophet.
– All gods are the same.
– Christianity is a western religion and Jesus is foreign god.
– The British brought Christianity to India. It’s a white man’s religion.
– Christians convert the poor, naïve and gullible by offering them money.
– Jesus is an avatar (incarnation) of Krishna (Hindu deity).
– Christianity is irrelevant, outdated and illogical.
A Hindu’s
Jesus
The modern Hindu youth on the
college campus
– Similar thinking as a 21st century global youth.
– Very secular. Culturally identifies as a Hindu. No interest in religion.
– May or may not be devout.
– Those who come to USA, come for success and making it big in life.
– Biggest desires-boyfriend/girlfriend, academic/career success and the US experience.
– Parties, bars, hanging out, Indian student org and sports.
– Very open for international friendships and world cultures.
– Always on the hunt for free food or anything free!!!!
Building relationships

– Make friendships. Indians and Hindus are awesome!


– Invite them into your homes, families, dinners, etc.
– Learn and understand the Indian culture. Learning Hindi or Indian cuisine is great!
– Watch Bollywood movies together. MAKE CHAI!
– Need jobs-help finding a job (on campus or full time)-Most important!
– Helping your Indian/Hindu friend with the American life.
– Live with Hindus/Indians (highly recommended).
– The true test of friendship is when you are comfortable making fun of each other.
Introducing Jesus to a Hindu

– Inviting your friends to a home Bible study or an international small group (mention
free international food), Sunday church services.
– Share the gospel during Christmas, Good Friday, Easter and Thanksgiving.
– Gift the NT or the gospel of John.
– Share your own life story.
– Offer to pray-physical healing, stress, family, academics and job search, etc.
– Ask engaging questions. Challenge to think critically and with reason.
– Use parables and stories to communicate the gospel (highly recommended).
– Imitate Christ. Live a transparent life filled with love and Christlikeness.
What would Jesus say?

– I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me (John 14:6).
– Come to me, all who labor and heavy laden, and I’ll give you rest (Matthew 11:28).
– I am the Lord, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my my praise to carved idols (Isaiah
42:8)..
– Besides me there is no god (Isaiah 44:6).
– I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end (Revelation 22:13).
– All are sinners and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Eternal life in Jesus Christ (Romans
6:23).
– Christ died for ours sins according to the scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3).
– Salvation is found in none other than Jesus (Acts 4:12).
– And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27).
Roadblocks

– No conviction of sin.
– Disapproval of family and society. Conversion is a taboo.
– Pluralistic religious world view.
– No understanding of the need of God. Disinterested in spiritual matters.
– Lack of understanding of the gospel.
– Love of the world and self.
– Lifestyles of nominal Christians.
– Unwillingness to engage the truth.
– Misconceptions.
Praying for Hindus-MOST IMP!

– Opening of hearts and minds to seek Jesus.


– Strong conviction of sin, righteousness and judgement.
– For the Holy Spirit to water the seeds of the gospel sown.
– For God’s word to bear fruits repentance and salvation.
– Strongholds of fear, false religion and misconceptions to be demolished.
– Pleading the blood of Christ. Engaging in spiritual warfare.
– Supernatural move of God through signs, wonders and miracles.
– Courage, boldness and strength to obey the gospel.
Some crucial questions:

– Why do you believe in Hinduism?


– How important is God in your life? Why or why not?
– Questions about origin, meaning, morality and destiny.
– What is truth? Can two contradicting claims be true?
– Are you open to follow the truth even though it is hard?
Things to be careful about:

- Eating beef is considered a taboo/wrong for Hindus.


- Consider the vegetarians.
- Do not be pushy without understanding the worldview.
- Do not be surprised about irrational or illogical beliefs.
- Do not joke or touch about Hindu gods.
- Be mindful of conversational styles, food habits, table
manners, accents, etc.
Recommended books

– The Christ on the Indian road- E Stanley Jones (Highly recommended)


– New birth or rebirth- Ravi Zacharias
– Death of a Guru-Rabi R Maharaj (recommended)
– My encounter with the truth-Pandit Dharam Prakash Sharma
– Jesus among other gods- Ravi Zacharias