Tuesday, October 04, 2005

THE NON-DISTINCTIVES OF HINDUISM

For those of you who are familiar with Hinduism, the above title I hope you found hilarious.

One of the main tenets of Hinduism is that there is no such thing (funny, "such" thing) as a distinction, or distinctions, or particulars. In other words, there is no difference between Josh Brisby and the keyboard I type this sentence on. In fact, any distinction is really an illusion.

Matter, therefore, is Maya (illusion). The way we get away from this is through meditation, yoga practices, etc. We need to reach perfect "enlightenment," which is to say, the full realization that everything is really all one. When this happens, we will break out of the constant state of reincarnation and become one with the impersonal All: Brahman.

Where do I start? First of all, Hindus do not believe that there is any difference between good and evil, since all is one. So why, then, are we held accountable and become lesser or greater in our next reincarnated life?

If distinctions are illusion anyways, then I am already in the state of Nirvana (or nothingness). Why do I need to seek to be in the state I'm already in?

Hindus cannot even live out their worldview. They look both ways before crossing the street. They charge particular prices for clothing bought at their stores. They still do math like there are distinctions in numbers. Now, of course, a Hindu may say that that is because they haven't reached enlightenment yet. Well, I have a quick way to reach that enlightenment. Why don't they go jump off a cliff? Of course, I'm not really suggesting that they do that! However, I don't know of any who would comply. And why not? Because they recognize the fact that there are distinctions--yet they suppress the truth in unrighteousness.

The fact of the matter is, as Cornelius Van Til states very well, that ultimate reality is equally ultimately one and many. The ontological Trinity is both One and Many. God is One in Essence, and Three in Person. His essence, furthermore, is not impersonal. Take the human body as well. Our body is many parts, yet they all function as one body. In fact, all of creation is dependent on each other. Yet it is one creation. Plants depend on humans. Humans depend on plants.

God's creation displays His perfections! Praise to the God of the one and the many!

--Josh Brisby

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