Nicene Creed and Nine Beliefs of Hindu Spirituality
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father
and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy
catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the
resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Nine Beliefs of Hinduism
Beliefs are the building blocks of the mind. Our beliefs determine our
thoughts and attitudes about life, which in turn direct our actions. By our actions we create our destiny. Beliefs about sacred
mattersGod, man and cosmosare essential to ones approach to enlightenment. But beliefs are not mere matters of agreement.
They are what we value and hold as true. Hindus believe many diverse things, but there are a few bedrock concepts on which
most Hindus concur. The following nine beliefs, though not exhaustive, offer a simple summary of Hindu spirituality.
I believe in the divinity of the Vedas, the worlds most ancient scripture, and venerate the Agamas as equally revealed. These
primordial hymns are Gods word and the bedrock of Sanatana Dharma, the eternal religion which has neither beginning nor end.
I believe in a one, all-pervasive Supreme Being who is both immanent and transcendent, both Creator and Unmanifest Reality.
I believe that the universe undergoes endless cycles of creation, preservation and dissolution.
4) I believe in karma,
the law of cause and effect by which each individual creates his own destiny by his thoughts, words and deeds.
believe that the soul reincarnates, evolving through many births until all karmas have been resolved, and moksha, spiritual
knowledge and liberation from the cycle of rebirth, is attained. Not a single soul will be eternally deprived of this destiny.
I believe that divine beings exist in unseen worlds and that temple worship, rituals, sacraments as well as personal devotionals
create a communion with these devas and Gods.
7) I believe that a spiritually awakened master, or satguru, is essential
to know the Transcendent Absolute, as are personal discipline, good conduct, purification, pilgrimage, self-inquiry and meditation.
I believe that all life is sacred, to be loved and revered, and therefore practice ahimsa, noninjury.
9) I believe
that no particular religion teaches the only way to salvation above all others, but that all genuine religious paths are facets
of Gods Pure Love and Light, deserving tolerance and understanding.
Hinduism, the worlds oldest religion, has no beginningit
precedes recorded history. It has no human founder. It is a mystical religion, leading the devotee to personally experience
the Truth within, finally reaching the pinnacle of consciousness where man and God are one. Hinduism has four main denominationsSaivism,
Shaktism, Vaishnavism and Smartism. The above nine beliefs form a common ground for all Hindu sects.
After reading the prededing material,
answer the following questions.
1. Identify five similarities between
the two belief systems.
2. Identify five differences
between the two belief systems.