Tips on Sharing The Gospel With Hindus

Tips on Sharing The Gospel With Hindus

(Additional Tips will be regularly added, so keep on checking for updates in this article.)

This is a list of short tips on how to understand and reach out to Hindus with the message of Salvation through Jesus.  Many of us are intimidated by the lack of knowledge of Hindu beliefs.  Others have a totally wrong prejudice regarding their sincere quest for God.   If you have any additional tips, please send us an email with your thoughts and personal experience so we can add them for all to benefit. 

  1. Their identity is directly linked to their religious culture. Therefore, forcing them to stop cultural activities as part of salvation, can be a complete turn-off. Better let them ask you what activities to avoid as the Holy Spirit works on them individually. However, some practices that are completely immoral and obvious even to them as sinful should not be ignored.
    (Act 15:19-20) “Therefore, I have decided that we should not trouble these gentiles who are turning to God. Instead, we should write to them to keep away from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from anything strangled, and from blood.”
  2. Hindus are very much aware of sin and know that God will judge them someday. The burden of their sins of this life and past lives is very real to them and penitence is something they accept as part of life. Their daily suffering is well received as they believe they deserve it.
    (John 8:24) “That is why I told you that you will die in your sins, for unless you believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.”
  3. Bear in mind that they are truly God-fearing, probably more than most of us Christians. They have sincere reverence, sacrifice, loyalty, an attitude of giving, high moral standards, and are hungry to receive from God. If we took our Christian walk only a 10% as seriously as they take their religion, we would conquer the world with the Gospel in no time.
    (Matthew 5:6) ”How blessed are those who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness because it is they who will be satisfied!”
  4. Hindus have no shame in mentioning God in their daily language. This is something that has always amazed me at how easily they mention God in all their conversations linked to the words mercy, grace, and provision. However, it is always good to explain to them the true meaning of grace especially in regards to salvation.
    (Ephesians 2:8-9) “For by such grace you have been saved through faith. This does not come from you; it is the gift of God and not the result of actions, to put a stop to all boasting.”
  5. There is true reverence to all the things that have to do with God. You will never see any Hindu put a holy book on the floor. They carry it with respect, normally covered with a precious cloth, and open and close it with respect as truly being sanctified because of the truth it contains. This is true for all the utensils even used for their religious ceremonies. Even if you sit and put your feet up facing the image of one of their gods or gurus, or facing them towards the general direction of the shrine in their home, it is considered offensive.
    (Daniel 5:3) “As ordered, they brought in the gold vessels that had been taken from the sanctuary of God’s Temple in Jerusalem, and the king, his officials, his wives, and mistresses drank from them.” – In this passage later on we see that due to this irreverence, God judges king Belshazzar.
  6. The place of worship at home is a priority. In most Hindu homes, there will always be a special corner with an altar or shrine for their gods. If they can afford to have a separate room for a shrine or prayer room, this will be the first room that will be designated when moving to a new house. Once the place for the altar or space for worship at home has been established, they move on to fulfill the other personal needs as a family in the remaining space available.
    (Psalms 132:3-5) “I will not enter my house, or lie down on my bed, or let myself go to sleep or even take a nap, until I locate a place for the LORD, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
  7. Jesus is considered the “White Man’s god”. This is a common misconception that even I grew up with as a Hindu living in Europe. Jesus was exclusively for the white-skinned continents. Allah was for the Arabs and Pakistanis, and Buddha was for those with Chinese features. The Africans were known to follow tribal gods and rituals. However, when we read the Bible, we realize that Jesus died for the sins of the whole World.  It was a shock for me to find out that I was not only supposed to follow Christ but, that I had the freedom to choose Him. 
    (1 John 2:2) “It is he who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the whole world’s.”