This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Hindu deliverance vs. Christian salvation

To further understand the problems that occur by confusing the metaphysical and religious points of view, we can mention the tendency to liken the Christian idea of ‘salvation’ to the Hindu notion of ‘deliverance’ or moksha. Deliverance pertains to effective metaphysical realization, and involves the attainment of transcendent states. There is no hint of ‘guilt’ or ‘righteousness’ in this doctrine, and in Hinduism in general the spiritual laws are not fixated on morality, whereas it is easy to get the impression that in Christianity, morality is all that matters. For the Hindu (as for the Buddhist) ‘liberation’ is not from wickedness but from ignorance. Christian salvation, on the other hand, can be seen as a reconciliation with the divine from an almost exclusively moral standpoint, and refers to, if not a settling of moral accounts, at least to their nullification. Here the standpoints of metaphysical emphasis and moralistic theology are placed in stark contrast.

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