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Topic 9 – Bhakthi Vedanta Hinduism

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P901. As I mentioned above, Hinduism has 3 major forms, (a) polytheistic Hinduism, (b) pantheistic Hinduism, and (c) henotheistic devotional Hinduism (Bhakthi Vedanta).

 

P902. Henotheistic devotional Hinduism (Bhakthi Vedanta) is similar to Polytheistic Hinduism with the exception that we actually deal with only one Highest God.

 

P903. Such Hinduism has a hierarchy of gods. However, all of the lower gods are avatars (manifestations or incarnations) of the highest god who is different from all of the secondary gods. So, this form of Hinduism points to a form of Monotheism (one Highest God).

 

P904. Bhakthi Vedenta also subscribes to (a) Salvation through Faith in God, (b) Salvation through the Grace of God, (c) Salvation through the Love of God, (d) a personal relationship of love with God.

 

P905. Such Hinduism is open (in principle) to Jesus being God, and Jesus being God in human form, and to the need for sacrifice for sin, and the need for redemption.

 

P906. So, such Hinduism is fine (in principle) with the Core of the Christian Gospel (God, Jesus as God in human form, Jesus sacrifice on the cross, our commitment to Christ and redemption through him).

 

P907. In addition, Hinduism also teaches that ALL spiritual paths lead to God. Including Christianity.

 

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C901. So, if such Bhakthi Vedanta Hinduism is true, really a form of monotheism (highest God) is true, and there is no impediment to being a Christian.

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P908. There appears to be evidence that Hinduism developed Bhakthi Vedanta in a syncretistic manner based on the teachings of the early Christians (from the first to second centuries AD or so).

 

P909. This would explain why there are SO many similarities between Bhakthi Vedanta Hinduism and Christianity.

 

P910. This is also consistent with the Hindu view that ALL paths lead to God. Including Christianity.

 

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C902. So, if such Bhakthi Vedanta Hinduism is true, really a form of monotheism (highest God) is true, and there is no impediment to being a Christian.

 

C903. And, if such Bhakthi Vedanta Hinduism is true, and all paths lead to God, there is no impediment to being a Christian.

 

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Source: www.GodAndScience.INFO      (Peter B.)

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