Reincarnation and Karma are quite popular in Western societies. How does this differ from being born again through the Spirit of Christ? Join us as we start our new series, The Religious Roundtable. Tune in as Paul Kiss unpacks was Acts 14:15-17, John 3, Acts 17:23, and 1 Peter 2:24 teach us as we look at Hinduism through the lens of Jesus. Together we learn that Jesus shows us that there is a personal God who cares about our lives now and wants to have a relationship with us, not absorb us into himself.
Jesus and Krishna
Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: September 15, 2019
1. Do all religions basically teach the same thing?
Text: Acts 14:15-17
2. Intro to Hinduism
● The religion has roots as far back as 1500BC.
● No one “founder” but a development of ideas and “schools” of philosophy.
● Scriptures: Vedas (1500-800BC); Upanishads (800-500BC); Bhagavad Gita (400-200BC); and many others.
● Maybe more accurate to talk about Hindu religions.
3. Spotting God in Hinduism
Text: Acts 17:23 “To an Unknown God,” This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about.”
1. The One God
2. God as Creator and Sustainer
3. The Way to God
4. Differences with Christianity
1. God’s nature
2. God’s revelation
3. Who we are
4. Life, Death, Eternity
5. Jesus and Hindus
Text: John 3:3 “Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.’ ”
Text: 1 Peter 2:24 “He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.”
1. Share about a time when you were in another culture, or with people from a different culture. What was it like? Challenges? Things you enjoyed? Didn’t enjoy?
2. “Ignorance breeds fear.” How does this relate to interacting with people from other cultures and religions who might be in your neighbourhood?
Discussing and Learning:
3. Read Acts 14:15-17 and Acts 17:23. How might Paul’s example, in these verses, help us view and interact with people from different cultures and religions?
4. Read 1 Peter 3:15. What instructions does Peter give us for dialogue with people from different beliefs? Cf. Acts 17:16-34 for more examples from Paul.
Making it Real:
5. Reincarnation and Karma are quite popular in Western societies. How could you use John 3:1-21 to have a meaningful conversation with someone about the difference between samsara (reincarnation) and being born again through the Spirit of Christ? What about 1 Peter 2:22-25 for a conversation about karma and how Jesus saves? (Divide into two groups and prepare some points on how, using these texts – 10-15min prep and then present).
6. What can you do to be more proactive in engaging with people from other cultures who are new to our region? How can you build relationship with them and love them?
1. Arrange to visit a Hindu temple and have a conversation with one of their leaders. Go to listen and learn. Share your experience about what it is like to follow Jesus. Be respectful and loving.
2. Get together with some friends, people in your Home Church, etc, and discuss how you can welcome the many new people moving into our communities from other cultures and faiths. Love them well.