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I am a Hindu by birth - I pray in the Temple and I do love reciting our prayers but, also, I feel I have love for Jesus Christ. I am confused what can I do? I love my faith and feel I am being disloyal to my faith by having love for Jesus.
Thank you so much for your honest spiritual enquiry. It is clear that religion and faith are important to you and that you want to do the right thing. There are indeed many different religions in the world and different gods that people worship and pray. Your question is essentially asking whether it is wrong to worship more than one god and are you able to be loyal to more than one and still be accepted by them.
Throughout history people all over the world have come to believe in a god, or gods, who are greater than humanity, and deserving of worship. Religions have come to understand these ideas of what god (or gods) must be like in different ways. However, the closer we look at the claims these religions make, the more and more apparent it becomes that they are claiming things that can’t both be true (or are ‘mutually exclusive’).
One of the key differences between following Jesus and other religion's understanding of God is the importance and practice of relationship between humanity and God through His Son, Jesus. Praying to Jesus could become more of a conversation than a ritual and could develop into a deep spiritual relationship.
Below we’ve outlined some of the Bible's teaching and understand of who Jesus is and why we should consider worshipping Him.
The key issues in your question are the identity of Jesus and the exclusivity of Jesus in worship. I will concentrate on these two issues and then finish by commenting on the difficulties that can arise between different religions.
John 1:1-3 is one of many verses which tell us that Jesus is God:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
The start of Hebrews also tells us that Jesus is the creator.
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. (Hebrews 1:1-4)
These verses summarise the identity and work of Jesus. They tell us of Jesus' deity, his work of atonement for sin and his current status of King of the world. There is no one like Jesus and his claims are greater than other religious leader. Jesus claims to be the only way to God (the God of the Bible) and the only way to Heaven therefore making it wrong to worship any other god at the same time.
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
Jesus’ resurrection also proves his power and the truth of his claims.
The exclusivity of Jesus shows us that he wasn’t a man who pointed the way to God but he said that he was God. Acts 4:12 tells us that there is no other name under Heaven by which men can be saved than Jesus.
We believe that the way to heaven is not by different religions but that it is only by Jesus.
Matthew 7 tells us that the way to God is not broad but narrow:
"Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few". (Matthew 7:13-14)
Therefore, the call to be an exclusive follower of Jesus Christ is a sacrificial one. It requires us to deny other gods and other allegiances and trust in him alone for our salvation. In Luke 9 Jesus tells his disciples that it will cost them to follow Jesus but that when they do they will receive eternal life.
The Christian gospel calls all people to repent and believe in Jesus; this call is open and free but all must decide for themselves. Changing from one religion to another can be very costly and so the decision should be taken seriously. People are sometimes even killed or imprisoned because of this.
In summary, the claims of Jesus Christ are beyond any other religion leader. He claims to be God not only point the way to him. His claims are exclusive making it only through him can people come to God and go to Heaven. I encourage you to trust in Jesus alone to save you.
Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:
- Colossians 1:15-22
- Luke 9:23-27
- Mark 10:29-30
I hope this answer helps you to find peace with God through Jesus Christ. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: Watch the video
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