Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Compared to Hinduism

Picked up a book at the library and I wish I had known about it when I taught Acts at Southwest Baptist University. It is called Thirty Years that Changed the World: The Book of Acts for Today. I was thinking of working some material I had into something similar. Now I found this book and I don’t know if what I want to do is necessary. We’ll see…

The author, Michael Green, writes about the pasts of people he has known who have come to faith in Christ from different religious backgrounds. He tells the story of a former Hindu who was grateful of his Hindu past but wanted to make it very plain that in Jesus he found three things of which he never dreamed in Hinduism:

He found God as Father, a Father who cared about him personally. He found forgiveness of sins for which he had gratitude to Jesus. This was in contrast to the process of karma where there is no forgiveness: you have to pay your debts. And he found the Spirit of Jesus coming to indwell his life and start transforming him from the inside, supplying power and a joy to which he had been a total stranger. There was nothing in Hindu meditation, in which he had engaged, to begin to compare with that (page 39).

3 comments:

The MAN Fan Club said...

We're currently in Acts(Lifeway material). Sunday I taught about Barnabas and how he mentored the new First Christians at Antioch. I think we fail to train new believers. I plan ond doing something about it.

billy v said...

If you need any help or access to notes, let me know. I taught through the whole book at SBU

matt gallion said...

i was in that class!