OWL Model Draft #1
Subject: Student Name, A comparison between Hinduism and Christianity
Date: Fri, 10 May 2002 07:22:31 -0700
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Write about themes (Heroic ideals), comparisons (one character to another,
or one culture or time to another: philosophies of East and West; how are
heros on these stories alike or different from notions of heroism today?).
Or write about issues of form (pattern of the epic hero’s journey(,
gender, culture, social or psychological issue (notions of justice),
mythology, or any other critical angle that rings your bell.
Compare and contrast
Differences between Christianity and Hinduism according the Bhagavad-Gita
Sergio Barrera, A comparison between Hinduism and Christianity
***Indians are depicted, by Western writing, as people with no social
consciousness, universal scripture or ethical code in their religion of
Hinduism. This may be attributed to the teachings of Hinduism and the
differences between their religion and Christianity. There are, however,
similarities between the two religions despite the differences in beliefs.
***One difference between what is taught in the Bhagavad-Gita and modern
Christianity is what happens after death on Earth. The Gita teaches
reincarnation. Souls never die, but are reborn into a different body on
Earth. Modern Christianity believes that a soul goes to either heaven or
hell after living on Earth.
***Another difference between the two schools of thought is the difference
between right and wrong. Hinduism, according to the Gita, requires people
to live by their Dharma, which is their sacred duty. A person disciplined
in mind and soul should do what their Dharma requires giving no heed to
whether it is socially or morally right. Dharma is a required action that
does not regard moral or social law even though the consequences of the
actions are subject to these laws. Christianity, on the other hand,
usually does not ask the members of that religion to voluntarily break any
social or moral law for the sake of religion or religious beliefs.
Christianity follows moral and social laws more closely than Hinduism.
***One similarity between Hinduism and Christianity is yoga and praying.
Yoga is a key concept in the Gita in which a person who is able to do yoga
can transcend over the material world and be in a peaceful state. Praying
could be compared to yoga in which a person has a personal conversation
with god. This is a way for a person to remove himself or herself from
the busyness of life in order to release inner emotion that may be causing
.***Another similarity would be the discipline involved between the two
religions. Hinduism, according to the Gita, requires disciplined
practice. Discipline involves seclusion, without possessions, in
conjunction with controlled diet, thought, and physical activity.
Christianity is similar in that it involves discipline in order to follow
the rules that are taught in the Bible. The Bible teaches about gluttony
pride and greed as well as other lessons, which are very similar to those
teachings in Hinduism.
***Hinduism and Christianity have common ideas that make them good ideals
for people to follow. They do however differ, and these differences are
how people choose which religion they are going to follow.