Forgiveness of sins is very important to everyone, but especially to Hindus. For the typical Hindu, there is no forgiveness for wrongdoing, only the accumulation of more bad karma. This bad karma results in worse suffering in this life, and more suffering in future reincarnated lives.
Remember that Hinduism is a salvation-by-works religion. Therefore, the truths of forgiveness of sins in Christ and God’s abundant love and grace will be excellent witnessing tools. Matthew 11:28-30 reveals that Jesus has taken on the burden of salvation for us. Also, Jesus’ teachings in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5: I through 7:29) provide a good example of what it means to truly be a Christian.
Hindus often see Christians as spiritually inferior. That is because Christians will eat meat (which most Hindus will not); and Christians may consider material things to be blessings from God, whereas Hindus believe having less makes a person more spiritual. Hindus, therefore, regard poverty and suffering as virtues. For the Christian, however, neither wealth (Ps 62:10; Matt 6:19-24; Luke 12:15; 1 Tim 6:6- 10) nor poverty (Prov 30:7-9; Phil 4:11 -13) in and of themselves gain favor with God or achieve greater spirituality. The one thing of supreme importance to the Christian – whether rich or poor – is his true relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Therefore, keep a humble attitude when witnessing to a Hindu; but do not be timid. A Christian has a message that will be welcome news to a Hindu!
- Present the Personhood of God
For the Hindu, God (Brahman) is an impersonal “force”. Hindus believe that since their god (Brahman) is an impersonal force, then it follows that there could be many “paths” to finding Him.
However, the Bible reveals God to be loving, caring and personally interested i n each human being. We must continually show a person of Hindu background exactly how the Bible reveals God: as a loving Father, as a sacrificing and compassionate Savior.
We must also emphasize that Christianity is not about more empty religious practices or another “path to God”. Rather, Christianity is about a personal relationship between the God Who is personal and each individual who turns to Him in faith for salvation.
Jesus continually showed His personal nature in His warm and approachable way of ministering to:
- the poor (Luke 4:18; 7:22);
- the diseased (Matt 11:4-6; Luke 4:40);
- the demon-possessed (Mark 5:1-20; Luke 4:41);
- the lame (Matt 4:24 ; 9: 1-8);
- the social outcast (Luke 19:1-10);
- the sinner (Luke 15:1-7; John 8: 1-11).
When asked by His disciples to show them what God is like, Jesus answered: “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:7-11).
The God of the Bible is intensely interested in the life of each person. He cares about each daily need (Matt 6:25-34; 7:7- 11) as well as each eternal destiny (Luke 19:10; Rom 5:6-8; 2 Cor 5:19,20).
Hinduism teaches that mankind’s failures and sins are due to ignorance. But it is clear that many people know what is right to do – yet they do not do it. Sin and failure are a result of rebellion and disobedience. Our sin is against a holy and morally perfect God; no amount of works (dharma), knowledge (inana) or devotion (bhakti) can bring us to God or save us (Matt 7:21-23; Gal 2: 16; Eph 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).