This movie requires Flash Player 8. Download Flash Player 8

© 2021ApologeticsPress
(800) 234-8558
syndication   |  About AP   |  Sign up for E-mail Newsletter    |    Privacy Policy    |    Contact Us
Issue Features
View this issue online as it looks in print
Discovery Magazine 2/1/2004


How good is your memory? Can you remember the names of all 50 states and their capitals? How about the thousands of video games you find in the stores? To us, a million sounds like a big number. But consider the Hindu religion, which is described as a religion of 330 million gods! In Hinduism, people can have as many gods as they want. Hinduism, which is the third largest religion in the world, involves worship that centers on sacrifices, idols, and mystical tales.

How does this religion compare with Christianity? Hinduism is an ancient religion; some people even claim it is the oldest. Actually, no one knows who started it or why they did so. Today, the Hindu religion boasts a following of a billion people, with the largest population living in the country of India. The Hindu followers believe in gods that control almost every part of their lives. They have a god of creation, a god of destruction, a sky god, a fire god, and…the list could continue at great length. Most of the time, Hindus worship these gods with sacrifices and by praying to idols. When you compare Hinduism to the Bible, it is obvious that Hindus do not understand who God is or how to worship Him.

The Bible says “that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one” (1 Corinthians 8:4). This verse makes it clear that we are to worship only one God, not millions of other gods. In addition, it says that an idol, which is made by a human, is nothing special. An idol, most of the time, is only a lump of clay, metal, or wood that sits silently on a table. The Bible also says that Jesus came to Earth and died an awful death for our sins (Hebrews 10:10-12). In the Old Testament, the Jews offered sacrifices much like the Hindus do today, but as Christians we have a better sacrifice. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was the one perfect sacrifice that the world needed. The animal sacrifices of the Old Testament are not needed today, because they do not compare to Christ’s loving sacrifice.

The Christian has a wonderful hope and an important message to share. Hinduism is not a religion that is in agreement with God’s will, but God does want Hindus to know the Truth. It is the Christian’s job to find the people who need help, and to show them the answers that the Bible contains (read Mark 16:15-16).

Copyright © 2004 Apologetics Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

*Please keep in mind that Discovery articles are written for 3rd-6th graders.

This document may be copied, on the condition that it will not be republished in print unless otherwise stated below, and will not be used for any commercial purpose, as long as the following stipulations are observed: (1) Apologetics Press must be designated as the original publisher; (2) the specific Apologetics Press Web site URL must be noted; (3) any references, footnotes, or endnotes that accompany the article must be included with any written reproduction of the article; (4) textual alterations of any kind are strictly forbidden; (5) Some illustrations (e.g., photographs, charts, graphics, etc.) are not the intellectual property of Apologetics Press and as such cannot be reproduced from our site without consent from the person or organization that maintains those intellectual rights; (6) serialization of written material (e.g., running an article in several parts) is permitted, as long as the whole of the material is made available, without editing, in a reasonable length of time; (7) articles, excepting brief quotations, may not be offered for sale or included in items offered for sale; and (8) articles may be reproduced in electronic form for posting on Web sites pending they are not edited or altered from their original written content and that credit is given to Apologetics Press, including the web location from which the articles were taken. Further, documents may not be copied without source statements (title, author, journal title), and the address of the publisher and owner of rights, as listed below.

For catalog, samples, or further information, contact:

Apologetics Press
230 Landmark Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36117
Phone (334) 272-8558

Web Store

Defending the Faith Study Bible

We are very excited to announce the NEW AP Defending the Faith Study Bible now available.

Featured Audio


Click the following link to visit our Multimedia section.

Featured Audio