Hinduism 4


Truth is important in both Hinduism and Christianity.  Truth is foundational in both religions. As we look at what truth is we also need to define it in relationship to both religions.


In Hinduism truth is what people strive to learn. 
From a Hindu primer, "It is the truth of the good that causes the brilliance of the sun." "What - in one word - is heaven? Truth."

Right Veda, "Truth is One, but the wise express it in different ways."
The Republic of India's national motto is, "Truth alone triumphs."

Webster defines the word "true" as...
"agreeing with the facts, not false; real or genuine; having all the expected or necessary qualities of a specified type of person or thing."


Hinduism teaches that truth is more than being right, factual, or ethical. This shows that to the Hindu, truth is a multilayered concept. Truth includes the natural laws of the universe because it is the essence of the universe. Truth is eternal as reality is eternal and does not change with time. Truth is God.


To the Hindus Brahman is the one true entity; and this entity defies description. As described in Hindu literature Brahman is a universal spirit that reveals itself in the minds of sages and answer seers as the supreme consciousness. Brahman is all inclusive, encompassing everything in the universe.  Brahman is the pure and formless one. Hinduism also states that Brahman is the only thing real in the universe.  All else is unreal, false, illusionary, or at best is dependent relative in relationship to Brahman. The root word for Brahman is "brh" which means to grow. It indicates infinite growth and expansion of the Being.


Christianity has a different view of truth. Hinduism states truth is god, Christianity states that God is truth. Truth is a reflection of reality.


Christianity also states that God does not defy description.  We know the God of Heaven is true, wholly righteous, wholly pure, and full of mercy and forgiveness.


James 1:16-18 teaches, "Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first-fruits of His creatures."

 

We see several qualities of God here. We see God gives good gifts. He cares for his creation and wants what is best for us, His creation. We see that no matter how we look at God, He is always the same. He does not change. There is no variation. He is light and not darkness. We can always trust Him and His word.


Jesus declares in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."


Because of the resurrection this statement by the Lord is final. Here Jesus states that He (in the singular) is the way, truth, and life. He also states that He is the only (singular) way to the Father.


Two minute warning.

 

We should ask ourselves some questions. 


How has the truth of God changed our lives? 
How do false statements affect our lives?
What is our commitment to the truth?
What is our commitment to increase our knowledge of the truth?


I think these are worthwhile questions each of us can ask ourselves so we can increase our Christ-like qualities. 




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