The Syncretism of Hinduism

This is one of the interesting places we visited on Tuesday. The Theosophical Society was founded by Madame Blavatsky (an occultist) and Colonel Olcott. On this compound are a Hindu temple, Buddhist vihara, mosque, church, Zorastrian temple, Gurdwara, and a Masonic temple. In the Great Hall are sculptures, symbols and manuals of Zarathustra, Gautama, Jesus, Krishna, a verse from the Koran, symbols of Moses, Lao-Tse, Confucius, Nanak, Mahvir, Mithra, Orpheus, Osiris, Molech.The Syncretism of Hinduism | missionalchallenge.com

This place demonstrates the Syncretism of Hinduism.

In Acts 17, when Paul was in Athens on Mars Hill, he looked at all the statues to their gods and found one to an unknown god. He then proceeded to tell them the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and who this unknown god is.

“For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.” (Acts 17:23-25)

If Paul had walked into this place and seen all the different temples and churches and symbols of religious worship, he may have stopped by the motto on the wall which states: “There is no religion higher than truth” – and proceeded to tell them about Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life! (John 14:6).

Whether in India or America or wherever you are, every Christian has been sent by Jesus to join in His redemptive mission. To do this, you have to understand the culture that you are trying to reach. How will you engage others in the culture around you with the good news of Jesus today?

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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