Dear Lauren, I have been giving serious thought to converting to Hinduism. I was raised Christian and feel as if I am betraying Christianity by even considering converting. I do not belong to a church any more but do read my bible. I feel so lost, Hinduism is calling in a way that is soothing. I wanted to know if you are okay to share what was your prior religion and how did you handle the conversion?
Many think Hindus believe in many Gods, but in fact they believe in one God, in many forms. Just as I am a mother, wife, daughter, granddaughter, sister, friend etc., there are infinite aspects to this one God. These are the deities. This makes God relatable, approachable, allowing us to connect to the divine easier (which could be compared to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit). That is my understanding of it anyway.
Many of the differences between Hinduism and Christianity are cultural. Obviously there are some fundamental differences in theology (reincarnation, heaven and hell etc.) but both promote a personal relationship with God. So, in my humble opinion, if you find both the bible and aspects of Hinduism soothing, don’t feel guilty.
I grew up being a moderate Anglican and haven’t formally converted to Hinduism. I do pray daily, in the same way I have since I was a child (a conversation with God) and find focusing on deities extremely helpful.
This is my personal opinion, and others will have different views on this, and I respect their beliefs wholeheartedly. I hope my understanding helps you understand your own feelings about feeling attached to both Christianity and Hinduism.
Keep reading, observing, contemplating and asking questions. You’ll soon discover what spiritual practices resonate with your soul.
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