Someone recently commented that my blog was anti-Christian. It was certainly not my intention to be anti-Christian, though my condemnation of the fundamentalist, evangelical Christian Right may have given that impression.
A while ago I wrote an article “Muslims, friends of Hindus“. I had not written a post about the friendship between Christians and Hindus, perhaps because I take for granted the fact that there are many Christians who want friendly, supportive relations with other religions. In fact in Britain probably a majority of Christians would be against aggressive conversion tactics.
Though I believe that Jesus’s message is misunderstood by fundamentalist Christians (as described in a previous post), there are many Christians who do see the message of love and tolerance. The Archbishop of Canterbury invited a Hindu to give a lecture in the 2008, and clearly values friendship with Hinduism. Even the Vatican has entered into interfaith dialogues. In addition to this there are many ordinary Christians who are tolerant and supportive of other faiths.
Christians who look to what we have in common will realise that there are many similarities between Hinduism and Christianity. We should appreciate and respect the differences, as Shaivas respect the beliefs of Vishnavas and vice versa. This way we can say that true Christians are friends of true Hindus.