How to Convert from Hinduism to Christianity
Converting from Hinduism to Christianity can be a complex, but also potentially rewarding, choice. To start the conversion process, spend time reading the Bible and other Christian religious texts. Make contact with a local church and go about the process of getting baptized. Attend church functions and develop a relationship with local religious leaders or fellow Christians. Remember that you can also maintain some of your Hindu beliefs throughout this process, if so desired.
Weighing Your Options
Talk with a pastor.Reach out to one or more Christian pastors or leaders in your community. You can find one by entering “Christian church” and your city into a search engine. Then, sit down individually with each of them and discuss your thoughts regarding conversion. Ask them for advice. See if you can sit in on a sermon or congregation meeting. Be prepared to meet with religious leaders multiple times before coming to a final decision.
- Don’t be shy about approaching these religious officials. Many of them will be more than happy to guide you through the conversion process. For example, Methodists consider meeting with a pastor to be a critical first step towards conversion.
Talk with a Christian missionary.If you live in an area with missionaries, you might attend one of their gatherings or ask a missionary to visit you at home. You can discuss their particular Christian beliefs, such as their understanding of salvation and sin. Or, you could ask about how their denomination treats new converts. Missionaries come from a variety of Christian denominations, so you may need to talk with multiple people before moving forward with a conversion.
- For example, you might ask, "How did you become a Christian?" Or, "How did you know that this particular denomination of Christianity was the right one for you?"
- You can expect a missionary to be excited about the opportunity to speak with you. They are usually individuals who sometimes have moved far away from their home and are trying to spread the word about their faith and potentially convert others.
- Be aware that once you reach out to a missionary they may expect continued contact with you, even if you decide to convert to another Christian group.
Get together with Christian friends.Ask them about their beliefs and what draws them to Christ. Discuss their memories of the conversion process, if they went through it. You can also go online and find communities of Christians who can discuss conversion with you. Find a group that piques your interest by entering “Christian conversion support” into a search engine.
- Online groups are also a great place to ask any questions that came up as you read through the Bible or other Christian texts. For example, you might be curious as to whether or not you will need to attend church every Sunday or not.
Familiarize yourself with the Bible.Purchase a physical or digital edition of the Bible and begin to read through it. Highlight any passages that you are particularly interested in. Write down any questions that you have and make sure to bring these up with your Christian religious leader. You may also find it interesting to read through Christian hymns.
- Be aware that there are many different printed versions of the Bible. For example, you can buy a copy that has all of the passages directly pertaining to women highlighted in red. Talk with your Christian spiritual adviser to determine which text will work the best for you.
- Sometimes it also helps to buy an annotated edition with explanations in the margins. A Bible editor might use these annotations as a way to provide historical context, for example. Annotated Bibles often come with additional space in the margins for your notes as well.
Choose a Christian denomination.After you’ve talked with a number of Christian ministers and friends, sit down at your computer to do some additional research. Visit a variety of websites affiliated with the denominations that catch your interest. For example, if you enter “Baptist” into a search engine, you will pull up a number of websites. Pay particular attention to any statements of faith that you see.
- You can expect some variations between various congregations. Try to focus on the similarities that you see across each denomination.
Be patient.The conversion process can sometimes takes years to complete. It is very much based on the individual and how they choose to proceed. It will likely involve a great deal of thought and conversation with other people regarding your choices. Don’t rush the process and instead look at it as an opportunity to make sure that you are making the right choice for you.
- Some converts have said that reading about the religious struggles experienced by those people found in the Bible helped them to cope with their own conversion process.
- Many Christians believe that the conversion process never truly ends. It is an effort that you must make day after day.
Making the Conversion
Understand the exact requirements.Talk with the minister of your potential congregation about what you will need to do in both the long and short term. You can talk about whether or not a baptism is necessary. Or, if you will need other Christians as sponsors. You can also request that they lay out the timeline of necessary events.
- For example, in the Catholic faith, you must express your desire to be baptized and take on the label of “Catechumen.” You will then begin the process of learning about Catholicism, a period which can last for months.
Continue to attend church sermons and functions.As you are exploring conversion and after you’ve converted, make sure to stay involved in your local church. Attend sermons and activities. Talk with your minister or pastor on a regular basis. You can also keep track of national and international developments in Christianity via the internet.
Take a new members class, if offered.Almost all Christian denominations embrace the idea of a “learning period” for those persons pursuing conversion and many churches even offer classes aimed at new members. In a class of this type, you would continue to familiarize yourself with the Bible, while also learning more about your church’s membership requirements.
Repent your sins.Your Christian denomination may require that you write down your sins in a book, speak with a minister, or simply contemplate your sins on an everyday basis. This will help to pave your way to salvation through the process of repentance.
Develop and affirm your personal relationship with Jesus Christ.Again, this will be something that you’ll need to do privately. However, you may also be asked to verbally affirm your beliefs and commitment, sometimes in front of the entire congregation. For example, the minister might ask you, “Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the savior?” You would then answer in the affirmative.
- You may also perform this affirmation as a group alongside other new members.
Get baptized.You will need to be partially submerged or touched with holy water as part of a baptism. This reflects you being purified and you will usually become a full-fledged Christian and church member at this point. In the case of Catholicism, you may also be asked to receive the Eucharist. You may receive a Christian name as well.
- A baptism can be a private event between you and your priest or may take place in front of an audience, such as the entire congregation.
Participate in all conversion celebrations.After your baptism and statement of faith is complete, your congregation may throw a celebration. Depending on their traditions, this event may involve singing, dancing, or just talking. Make sure to fully participate in these events to continue to demonstrate your commitment to the community.
Continue to follow all church membership rules.As a new member, make sure to attend as many church-sponsored events as possible. Be aware of the sermon schedule and organize your plans around it, too. Some churches will have moral guidelines as well, such as prohibitions against drinking alcohol. If you have any questions about what constitutes a violation of church rules, ask your minister.
Adopting a Christian Lifestyle
Recognize any Hindu-Christian similarities.As you read through Christian texts, you might notice a number of commonalities to Hindu readings. You might see that both religions emphasize love and surrender, for example. The idea that God is ever-present is another similarity. As you come upon these similarities, make note of them because they can help you weather the transition process.
- For example, Hindus often emphasize the idea of long-standing devotion to God, including the surrender of one’s body and mind. Christians often teach the same beliefs.
Decide whether or not to stay vegetarian.Some Hindus choose not to consume meat and, if that was your choice, you can continue to do so as a Christian. There are many Christians who choose to lead a vegetarian lifestyle for personal, health, or religious reasons.
Choose which, if any, religious symbols to wear.You can decide to wear a cross around your neck. Or, you can continue to don the bindi, if you are a woman. If you are a man, you may want to untie the Hindu white thread around your torso, or leave it intact. These are also changes that you can make over time.
Try to stay in touch with your Hindu friends and family.As you go through the conversion process, you may want to ‘feel out’ your Hindu friends to see how they feel about your choices. If they are supportive, you may be able to open up to them about your struggles. If they are resistant, then you may need to get some distance from them and try to rebuild your relationships later.
Notify any local officials, as necessary.Depending on the religious restrictions where you live, you may need to contact a local government official to let them know about your conversion. If this is the case, you will generally have to attest that you made this decision out of free will and without being pressured.
- For example, in India many personal religious changes must be logged by a local oath commissioner.
Be aware of the possibility for backlash.Understand any perils to your personal safety as a result of your decision to convert and take the proper safeguards. In some areas, Christian converts are targeted for violence. Try to determine if your conversion may have a larger impact on your ability to live safely in your current home.
- Depending on your local situation, if you are persecuted because of your faith, you may want to reach out to law enforcement authorities. You can also talk to church authorities about other options for personal protection.
QuestionIs there any other religion that believes that Jesus Christ is God because he conquered death and ascended into heaven?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, there is no other religion that believes that Jesus Christ is the risen king. (This is why it's called "Christianity.") The other Abrahamic religions hold Christ in high esteem, but they do not believe he is/was God/the messiah.Thanks!
QuestionIs there really any need for conversion if I believe that Jesus and Krishna's teachings are essentially the same?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, not necessarily, unless you just felt that conversion was necessary in order to fulfill the commitments of one religion or the other.Thanks!
QuestionIs there any documentation process by the Church at the time of conversion? Is parental permission required?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, you do not need any documentation or permission to convert to being a Christian. Just go and see your nearest Christian priest or minister and they will help you. If there isn't a minister, just become friends with someone who is Christian and they can help you.Thanks!
QuestionWhy should someone convert to Christianity from Hinduism?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSomeone might want to convert if they prefer the history of Christianity and its beginnings to those of other religions. Someone might feel a deeper connection to Christianity, God, and Jesus than some of the other deities in other religions, or they might enjoy reading the Bible as opposed to other religious texts. There are many reasons why someone might convert, but ultimately it's a personal choice.Thanks!
QuestionWhy leave the great, most ancient surviving religion of the world? The Hindu Vedic knowledge gave the world yoga, Ayurveda, Sanskrit, Bharat Natyam and so much more.Vanessa600Community AnswerWell, just because it's the most ancient surviving religion in the world doesn't mean that it suits everyone. As a matter of fact there were many other religions before Christianity and Judaism. Worshipers of the true God such as Abraham didn't even belong to a religious group. Also, the bible teaches that God is one and that he alone deserves to be worshiped, which is quite different from what is taught in Hinduism. Everyone is free to make their own religious choice.Thanks!
QuestionIs it important to be a Christian to go to heaven?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTo go to heaven and be saved, you must confess your sins and believe that Jesus is Lord. You must be a Christian; there is no other way.Thanks!
QuestionIs there any money involved in the conversion process?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo - most churches expect you to tithe if you can afford it, but they shouldn't charge you for conversion. If they do, it's a very big warning sign - find a different church.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if I want to go from Christianity to Hinduism?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerContact a church in your area for classes that can help you through the conversion process.Thanks!
- Depending on where you live when you convert, you may be urged to attend missionary or Christian school for a certain period of time to learn more about Christianity.
- Some people choose to live a hybrid lifestyle, following a mixed Hindu-Christian ideology without baptism. If this works for you, then that is a good choice. However, be aware that this may place you in the middle of two groups who may or may not accept your choices as legitimate.
- Beware of false preachers. Choose a valid preacher.
- In some areas, conversion is changing from an individual decision to a group one with entire villages converting at once. Be aware if this is the type of situation that may impact your decision.
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