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Courageous. But I think it could be better to say "You are not my God." If she wants to heal the divide with her family, she could accept them for their beliefs, or they may not be as ready to accept her for hers.. maybe she has, though, I don't know.

A nice story : )

I find it interesting that while the reporter covered incidents of Christians facing violence in India, she did not mention anything about how missionary activities by evangelical Christians have (at times) negatively impacted Indian society and culture. Nonetheless, interesting post. Thank you for posting!

I am an Indian who lives in the midwest nowadays.  Hudson's comment, however, does not take into account the way Indians are. Kanika's conversion would never be accepted. Her views would never be accepted. I know of these things from experience-  I converted to Christianity as a undergrad at the Univ of Michigan, my Indian parents and the extended family totally disowned me. I have had no contact whatsoever with my family since 1993. And, supposedly, I was a valued member of the family!!!!!

That's quite a different perspective then the one my family has! I guess Indian culture can be so fixed as to have those kind of things never be reconciled.

our prayers are with you. you have much greater family now.

Your family still loves you and will regret disowning you because after all most people live in fear of what others may think . I'm sure they want to reach you but don't know how. That's my opion anyway.

"Kanika is turning to prayer for an answer." This is so profoundly sad. Prayer and meditation may help to bring calm and focus to the mind, but to throw your hands up and rely on some "higher power" for rescue is tragic. As a now-atheist raised in a family of Evangelicals, I can relate to being shunned by your family because of your new beliefs.

Some may say its profoundly sad that "you" don't pray to a higher power! You contradicted yourself , you say you can relate to her story by being shunned for her beliefs yet you start your coment out by saying its sad that she prays to a higher power, then you go on my pushing your own beliefs by saying that medatation is a better way and gaining clarity of mind is far better , in other word. So tell me how is that any diffrent than what your family did to you and what's going on with this lady on this blog? I'm neither believer or a non believer in the divine so I'm not trying to insult you I'm just trying to show you another side. And forgive me for saying so but I don't think in your heart you are a atheist I think your family may have wronged you to a point were you wouldn't wanna believe what they do because maybe how they are or for what they have done to you so believing in the absence of god is your way of getting back at them . And I'm saying this because of type of feeling I got from reading your statement. Take care.

This young woman's story strikes a strong cord with our mythology in the US. It's the story of the child leaving tradition behind and striking out for something new and seemingly better. The Little Mermaid is one of the best examples I can think of. People who are better read surely can think of more. Lack of understanding of religions, of our own and others, is also at the heart of this story.

Dear kanika,
Messiah himself said in book of Mathew 10:35-39 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 v
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Dear Kanika Shalom of Abba Yahuah and Love of Messiah be with your heart.

Great article Emily! I'm happy to have the opportunity to pray for Kanika. May The Lord Jesus continue to protect her all the days of her life and grant her the desires of her heart. That she may lead by example and continue to allow Jesus to work through her by reading the Word daily and prayer. In Jesus name, Amen.

Jesus said: Except a man hate his mother, father, brother and sister he cannot be my disciple. This means that our Creator's call to acknowledge Him as the one and only way of salvation takes presidence over loyalty to famiy.This is right, because Jesus, God's Son, so loved us that he was willing to leave his position and priviledge with his Father in heaven and dwell here on earth in flesh in order to show us the true and only God and provide eternal life. He did this and suffered the pain and humiliation of death on the cross because of his unfathomably great love for us. Kanika, by holding strong to her faith in Christ and not compromising will show this higher form of love to her family have the best chance of spending eternal life with them, because they will have the opportunity to know the truth also and come to know the true God and his love for them.

If Jesus is the protector of all,then before jesus comes to earth who was the protector of all?

It's a story from darkness to light.God will answere when we trust him.Jesus has plans beyond human knowledge to rescue us to do his will.even I come from a Hindu background but God helped me to accept him as my saviour and my best friend. Don't loose hope God will help you.

dude but jesus died 1980 years before...is he gonna come back from dead ? its really disturbing to see so many gullible,religious bigots even after so many scientific advancement.

The Christians are out here in the hordes. These religion practitioners scare me to death...more than any ugly looking idol.

How can he come back. Even current day christians are continuously nailing him in a cross and worshipping him..Let them set him free so that he can come and resue ...but he has already told several principles but sadly were destroyed and rejected ironically by the church.. He was a great and supreme prophet who learnt values from the east and wanted to correct the barbarians in the west ....... Christianity was nowhere till emperor Constantine made the religion powerful...... Many gospels which were directly from Jesus and his disciples were destroyed by the church itself..... everything is controlled by the church.... missionaries are given huge sum .....

I hate your fellow christians to lure gullible young hindus into conversion.. can christianity survive without its mean and on the sly activiites..

You forget the hatred and divide that Christians bring along with them and use any means to convert people, whether it is by assimilating Native beliefs or forcing Christianity on them. Something for you to realize and wonder why no one talks about this:

The National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), a rebel group operating in Tripura, North-East India, has been described as engaging in terrorist violence motivated by their Christian beliefs. The NLFT is currently proscribed as a terrorist organization in India. It is classified by the National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism as one of the ten most active terrorist groups in the world, and has been accused of forcefully converting people to Christianity.

The insurgency in Nagaland was originally led by the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), and it is continued today by a faction named "NSCN–Isaac Muivah", which explicitly calls for a "Nagalim for Christ". The state government reports that the Baptist Church of Tripura supplies arms and gives financial support to the NLFT.

In April 2000, the secretary of the Noapara Baptist Church in Tripura, Nagmanlal Halam, was arrested with a large quantity of explosives. He confessed to illegally buying and supplying explosives to the NLFT for two years. The NLFT has threatened to kill Hindus celebrating the annual five-day religious festival of Durga Puja and other religious celebrations. At least 20 Hindus in Tripura have been killed by the NLFT in two years for resisting forced conversion to Christianity. A leader of the Jamatia tribe, Rampada Jamatia, said that armed NLFT militants were forcibly converting tribal villagers to Christianity, which he said was a serious threat to Hinduism. It is believed that up to 5,000 tribal villagers were converted to Christianity by the NLFT in two years.

These forcible conversions to Christianity, sometimes including the use of "rape as a means of intimidation," have also been noted by academics outside of India.

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Oh really? What happens to the soul when you die?? It's all crap talking. Religion is over rated, and Hinduism is not a religion, it's a way of life. Missionaries in India are involved in all kind of sex scandals(This is true for rest of the world also). They will lure poor with money and after conversion they won't help them.

Emily this is a shameless writing by equating hinduism to worshipping snakes. The god in vedic religion is defined as per neti neti

Is moon a god? Answer : Neti neti English no its not
Is sun a god? Answer : Neti neti English no its not
Is snake a god? Answer : Neti neti English no its not
Is mountain a god? Answer : Neti neti English no its not
Is river a god? Answer : Neti neti English no its not
Is krishna a god? Answer : Neti neti English no its not
Is any human a god? Answer : Neti neti English no its not
Is jesus a god? neti neti

God is beyond human senses.

Christians also dont understand why Hindus will never adopt islam and christianity. Hindus are original pagan or worshipper of god Indr or Paarjanya the god of Indo europeans the people who occupy northern hemisphere from ireland to india and from same gene pool. The traditional enemy of Indo european people were Asurs or arabs as in Syria/assyria. Islam and christianity are Asur religions. The trademark quality of Asur population is using lies in life.

It is sad part of history that most of europeans were converted to christianity using sword. Thats why more and more whites are realising the violent past and returning to life of reason and atheism.

This girl is ignorant and her friend used her ignorance to convert her. But soon she will read more about religion and will dump brainwashing and return to life of reason.

So you are saying Hinduism is a racist religion which says people from Syria /Assyria according to you assur are evil.Then i suggest you should find a new path my friend.Peace.

Asur does not necessarily mean evil. It means they are not gods(Sur). And Hinduism is not what your church tells you it is.

Church never tells us about other religions

Religion is a way of discipline and worship of a power that surpasses human. If educated youth were to become staunch, then there is something really worrisome. Kanika is doing exactly what her parents are doing by not participating in Hindu customs or denying any affinity to them.

HI Kanika. Myself Hareesh. Hope you will read this also. I am writing comment here because I find no other way to contact you. See its up to you to follow any religion. Because every where its the same god molded in different forms. No one can say their god is the powerful one others are less powerful because there exists only one. You remember story of blind guys describing an elephant. Its the same we describe about god. But the truth is its beyond description. I got to know tht you best friend jo jos conversation made you to think about the christianity about after life and all. What does it differ if u die as a christian or a muslim or a hindhu? After death as far as I know there is no religion at all every soul is taken care of according to the karma they hav gone through. According to me, its good to know about every relegion.We can see different perspective for a better understanding. You are a Hindhu and ur family members are orthodox too. But hav you ever try to understand what is the real concept of hindhuism. If not, try it. and as one of our great guru has said If you have lost faith in the religion even for a second then do not wait for even a second to get converted. Hope you will have a good future. God Bless You.

this girl is really so stupid

People who like hinduism, don't have to convert and there not missionaries going around to get you to convert. Ofcourse, there are bad people in every religion.

Converting gullible people from other religion ? is this what christianity is ? pathetic

Gullible.... you call them that only when they want to accept Christ. Christ, the person, gives us eternal life and a relationship with God. Understanding life on earth in the fallen state (crimes, confusion and lack of hope) and then finding peace and hope in Christ is an amazing experience.

This is exactly the problem here!!!!! As a good friend kanika's friend should've helped her find happiness by living life, acquiring knowledge a new language,musical instrument, dance anything and asking her to read the Vedas instead of shoving her beliefs down an ignorant person's throat. I have christian friends protestants and Catholics both; we live and let live!! If there's ever any spiritual dilemma we,encourage each other to read up/find answers by reading our respective scriptures. We don't take advantage and act like conniving conversion-ists pushing our beliefs forcefully down each others throats. Grow up man.

61 christian countries.
2 world wars.

Because Jesus is the Savior?
Helps you find peace?
:-)

Does Kanika know that jesus visted India (puri) learnt sanskrit & studied the vedas . Jesus never told anything about the concept of god, he was misquoted by st.peter.

I think if Kanika wants to find God thru believing Christ let her be so, there is no harm in believing Christ since in Hinduism we believe 'All Paths Lead to God', even if she converts she will never cease to be a hindu because the essence of culture and hindu philosophy is embedded in her thru generations. It is sad that her friend asked her to convert, the one tells to extinguish family traditions can never be a friend.
Anyways she will one day realize that Hinduism is more than a religion, it is path which can lead you to God and that is possible in this very life. She need to not die to see God.

God is Not Proprietary to any Religion. Christians uses Idols in their worship. Ask any Christian to spit on the Bible or statue of the Cross or Joseph or Mary etc.

Emily- I changed my faith from hinduism to an adventist christian in Gaziabad(U.P) last year in october. I along with my wife and 5 year old son was disowned by my parents, not only they did that they also published the reason of disowning in 2 national newspapers of india. I had to move out of the house and the area of gaziabad to escape pulic comments and public humiliation. I was tracked down by bajrang dal in kanpur and beaten by their extremist goons, they threatened to burn us alive if I do not convert back in hinduism again. Police in Kanpur(Fazal Ganz police station) refused to act upon our written complaint due to bajrang dal's name in the report. My wife's office was also tracked down by them, we spent lot of time hiding at different places just because I changed my faith. My pregnant wife had to go through the mental trauma and we were afraid of our life there. New Delhi is not what it is projected as very liberal and safe place in India. It is the most dangerous and unsafe place in india. Southern india is also not a safe place for christian due to their goverments anti- conversion rules which is often abused by these extremist group with the assistance of goverment elements. I had to move my pregnant wife, son to Illinois in U.S to escape another attack. We had to sacrifice everything including our established careers. But I'm not going back to hinduism again and accepted jesus as my saviour. It is my personal choice and it should have been respected in India which unfortunately was not. I love my country but extremist group like bajrang dal due to their alliance in politics do whatever they do on the streets in the name of religion and no one control them.

Had you studied Hinduism properly before embracing Adventist sect of Christianity?

praise though lord Mr.Sanjay , for protecting you and your family..even though the banjrangdal people threatened to kill, you have not denied jesus...Please do forgive those peopl who tried to harm you and your family for they probably did not know what they were doing..your faith in god is amazing..let it live on..

Dear, I think you belong to Uttarakhand,

GOD ALMIGHTY will honor your your faith and as you are standing firmly with the LIVING JESUS, now the count the troubles, but wait how you are going to be blessed and honoured in the days ahead in multiplied blessings! If you became an atheists, or joined any political party of your choice, nobody will bother you. But, when you began to follow the PRINCE OF PEACE and GOD OF LOVE, you are persecuted. You are in my prayers, likewise many are praying with you.

This is a brave women, that is strong minded and strong willed and I say this because you have to believe quit a Bit in yourself to go tottaly against 82% of your country and all of your familys religous beliefs and believing in ones self is the key to sucees because so many people are conflicted. But I say make your stand in life so you may have a seat with the lord in heaven.

the quest.asked was if kanika know what happens to the soul after death. if she had studied hindu scriptures she would of been able to understand and give the most logical answer as compared to any other religion. but alot of hindus are converting like in this case out of mere ignorance.

What Kanika is seeking in God is the personal relationship which many Hindu bhaktimarg devotees did and have gone on doing for centuries and what Hare Krishna panth does. she, however must be a girl going to a convent and so enamoured by superior status given to Christianity there.There is scope for prayers and simple prayers in Hinduism as well. It is strange that her family has not understood the need of many young minds. One does not need Christianity for that asthe need is more psychological than religious.

I don't think this article contain any truth in it. First of all Hinduism explain after death better than Christianity. Hell and Heaven are just Myths. Hindus believe in reincarnation which is the most acceptable where as heaven and hell make no sense because if a person born in a religion whether Islam or Hinduism it's not their fault that they continue that religion , By telling those who do not believe in Jesus will go to hell is a kind of diminishing Christianity it self. Most importantly even five year old Hindus know that Adam and Eve never existed we are formed by evolution and hence Christianity is a lie. This kind of articles create more hatred against Christianity and hence it will go against the Author wish to convert more , so i urge the author not to publish this kind of rubbishes any more

Does this ignorant person know why we Hindus worship?

Hindus dont worship idols, it is an act of symbolism. Christians also respect Crucifix was it made from the real one from which Jesus was hanged? No, it is act of symbolism, if you say why Hindus worship idold? then we can also say why do you respect and worship two combined sticks?

The murtis (idols) used in Hinduism are not 'symbols' and if you actually studied Hinduism from Hindu gurus you would know this. They are considered to be alive, to be the real embodiment of the deity - to call them symbols or suggest God is not actually present in them is actually considered unfaithful and offensive. They "feed" them, wash them like they are bathing a child, put clothes on them and "put them to bed" in little beds every single day. They even believe if you forget to feed them regularly (breakfast, lunch and dinner) the deity will become angry. Here is a "guide" to what they do (it is from them, you can't say it is not true):http://www.deityworship.com/worship/home-worship/

Beautiful story.Well written and can be related to very nicely.

We Hindus don't worship trees, rivers, animals or idols. The definition of worship in Hinduism is the recitation of the holy texts, now me may recite those texts infront of idols, or trees, or rivers or any other place we find spiritual. Can anyone show me any verse from any Hindu text which says "idols / animals / trees are considered God"? Let me post a few verses from the Bhagavad Geeta to make it simple what we mean by God. The Supreme Personality of Godhead - Lord Krishna said in the Bhagavad Geeta :

Bhagavad Gita 7:4 - "Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and false ego(space) —all together these eight constitute My separated material energies."

Bhagavad Gita 7:6 - "All created beings have their source in these two natures. Of all that is material and all that is spiritual in this world, know for certain that I am both the origin and the dissolution."

Bhagavad Gita 7:7 - "O conqueror of wealth, there is no truth superior to Me. Everything rests upon Me, as pearls are strung on a thread."

Bhagavad Gita 7:8 - "O son of Koonté, I am the taste of water, the light of the sun and the moon, the syllable OM in the Vedic mantras; I am the sound in ether and ability in man."

Bhagavad Gita 7:9 - "I am the original fragrance of the earth, and I am the heat in fire. I am the life of all that lives, and I am the penances of all ascetics."

Bhagavad Gita 7:10 - "O son of Pårthä, know that I am the original seed of all existences, the intelligence of the intelligent, and the prowess of all powerful men."

Bhagavad Gita 7:11 - "I am the strength of the strong, devoid of passion and desire. I am sex life which is not contrary to religious principles, O lord of the Bhäratas [Arjuna]."
Bhagavad Gita 7:12 - "Know that all states of being—be they of goodness, passion or ignorance—are manifested by My energy. I am, in one sense, everything, but I am independent. I am not under the modes of material nature, for they, on the contrary, are within Me."

7:15 – “Those miscreants who are grossly foolish, who are lowest among mankind, whose knowledge is stolen by illusion, and who partake of the atheistic nature of demons do not surrender unto Me.”

9:4 – “By Me, in My unmanifested form, this entire universe is pervaded. All beings are in Me, but I am not in them.”

9:8 – “The whole cosmic order is under Me. Under My will it is automatically manifested again and again, and under My will it is annihilated at the end.”

9:17 – “I am the father of this universe, the mother, the support and the grandsire. I am the object of knowledge, the purifier and the syllable OM. I am also the Rig, the Säma and the Yajur Vedas.”

9:18 – “I am the goal, the sustainer, the master, the witness, the abode, the refuge, and the most dear friend. I am the creation and the annihilation, the basis of everything, the resting place and the eternal seed.”

9:19 – “O Arjuna, I give heat, and I withhold and send forth the rain. I am immortality, and I am also death personified. Both spirit and matter are in Me.”

Dear,
Can u prove that beef is strictly prohibited in Hindu religion?
But already i found that the ancient hindus were eat beef. and its alredy proved in many books, u can search in google......

Well I suppose christianity is the biggest bane to ever come to the world. these were the same group of people that threatened to burn scientists who said the earth was round. The same who would go on to kill millions on the name of religion. And yet here they are with their statements saying Christians face prosecution ( totally untrue ) this is also the religion which says that once you are with a woman .you are deemed impure because woman was sent to slow down man . So think for yourself my dear man and woman. Where do you want to Be . In a religion which deems your mothers and sisters as sinners put where they are worshiped like the queens that they are " Sri Rama Krishna para maHamsa

Wow! Such a great way of thief calling another person thief. I was a Christian once. Please educate me on the troubling topics:
* Why did Abraham sleep with his daughters.
* Why won't God heal amputees?
* If God is omnipotent (all-powerful), why did he take six days to create everything? Why not speak everything into existence all at once?
* Can god make a rock so big that he can’t lift it?
* Why does God demand the death of so many innocent people in the Bible? - Exodus 35:2 – God demands that we kill everyone who works on the Sabbath day.
- Deuteronomy 21:18-21 – God demands that we kill disobedient teenagers.

- Leviticus 20:13 – God demands the death of homosexuals.

- Deuteronomy 22:13-21 – God demands that we kill girls who are not virgins when they marry.
* If human evils must be allowed so that we can have free will, why did God also create natural evils, like floods and disease?
* Some Christians pray to Jesus in the hope that he will intercede with God. Does this make sense if Jesus and God are the same person?
* God did not create the world in 6 days 6,000 years ago like the Bible says.
How did Noah fit the millions and millions of species on this planet into his ark?
Why is God such a huge proponent of slavery in the Bible?
Why would Jesus want you to eat his body and drink his blood?
What about people who have never heard even the name of Jesus?
If God sometimes interferes in human events, why didn’t he either prevent the Holocaust or arrange for it to end sooner?
If God told you to kill a child, would you do it? If God told someone else to kill a child, would you interfere?
If you believe homosexuality is wrong, would you encourage Christian girls to marry gay men and end their lives of sin?
Why did Christians kill people, enslave and murder blacks and others, invade Muslim countries.etc.?

If you are able, post a refutation to them here on your website.

It is quite natural that her parents would be feeling the pain due to her change of heart to follow JESUS CHRIST, the living GOD.
Thousands of young people are coming to follow CHRIST in India and around the world. Massive conversion is taking place in Iran among the young people, and they are following CHRIST as their Lord and saviour. The parents will have to think at first, their daughter being a follower of CHRIST, is she is a better-peace loving-caring and calm person? As it is written in the Bible
" that at the name of JESUS every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that JESUS CHRIST is LORD." Phil 2:10,11. I pray and strongly believe that her parents will follow the same LORD JESUS. I ,met the same JESUS 58 years back when I was 10 years old, and HE is real and living today.

how unhealthy of a religion to pull away its child from parents, relatives and friends and the very own culture that belongs to you.

I just need one answer - when sikhs, hindus and another few hundred versions of it, buddhists and jains - all could get assimilated yet maintain their path - why is it that christianity and Islam pride themselves in creating an identity that they are different from the rest - when its after all another faith.

We should learn everything from the best - that doesnt mean we should give up ourselves.

Most loveliest religion is Hinduism.. all geniuses of highest order from various parts of world expressed saying that India is the only source for highest wisdom and philosophical values.. Hinduism has everything.. people leaving Hinduism are blindfolded and it is due to their Karma and no one can help it.. There is deviation from what is said by Bible, Purans, Bhagawat Gita, Koran and what is followed practically by humans.. Conversion to christianity is a big business involves lot of money and that is evident from those once penniless now most well known rich pastors.. Leave religion.. Indian has become so low esteemed is ready to do anything for money at any cost.. do the people use their minds before rejecting one and taking up the other? No.. they don't have any capacity to understand the real philosophy of Hinduism.. Like Kanika.. she is so no mature says that she does not like hindu practices and hence changed to Christianity.. sounds absurd.. All sages came and gone by leaving with us some philosophy, wisdom and taught us how to realize god.. People from various parts of the world irrespective of the path they are in or chose finally ends up in putting efforts to realize god... some see jesus, some see shirdi baba, saints, indian gods, some see god as Alla.. not a problem.. There is no need to conversion to any other religion when god realization is not a problem from whichever platform you chose.. If money is not involved then who will do conversion and none will get converted.. Poeple should understand that these converting predators are doing so for a luxurious life.. Many beggars today are wealthy pastors today.. Indian must change his attitude

Yeah I agree with you. Christin missionaries are like spreading violence, they want to convert people by money. We have to fight this evil.

I m join church

You join english classes first.

hehehe, good one

Hahaha best comment so far :D

Hi Kanika!
"Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life." (Mark 10:29-30)
God bless you, sister!!
=)

Krishna said said " abandon all religions and just surrender unto me; i will deliver you of all sins and don't fear" chapter 12 verse 66. This was said that supreme lord himself, not by son of God...

Hello everybody. May I suggest that evveryone reads articles written by or for Professor Hyam Maccoby, Profrssor O'Leon, Professor Jeffrey Lang, Dr. Garry Miller, Dr. Laurence Brown and Dr. Maurice Buccile about the religion that they believe in.

Why are people worried about life after death??? Isn't it better to live in the present and do good work and help people?? Religious conversions disturb the social fabric of India. Also idol worshiping is symbolic in nature. One person converted from Hinduism, one more enemy to Hinduism.

Basically equating Hinduism to worshipping snakes... References have been made to Hindus committing violence against Christians in India, and not vice versa? Pure bullshit and ignorant writing.

Silly Girl !!!! Whole story is pro conversion .....i have seen conversion with money.......lured with many things....

Kanika's dilemma is not rare, there are many Hindus like her who are ignorant about their religion and whenever they are confronted by people like Jo Jo who themselves have no knowledge about the religion they are maligning The kanikas get influenced by what they say and become so called believers. It is funny to say the least when two persons talk about a religion which they both know nothing about and conclude that it is no good, thereafter they compare it with christanity which one of them have limited knowledge about and decide to turn believer. It took Kanika no time to read the Bible wherein Jesus himself gets very little to say because more than 50% is about what St. Paul says who was not even an Apostle. Mathew Mark Luke and John contradict each other The genealogy of Jesus is confusing because he is supposed to be born of a Virgin but even that does not match between Mathew and Luke. I am sure Kanika has not even heard about "The Council of Nicea" and how the Bible was conceived and forced on people by Emperor Constantine. I advise her to do some research on the Bible and read The Bhagwad Gita which has all the answers to the questions put forth by Jo Jo then and only then decide on whatever path she wants to follow.

I could hear wailing "Jesus is coming, Jesus is coming" from the neighbor's house. And not just the family, there were other people; unknown voices, who were equally as panicked, or petrified, at whatever was coming in there. A few seconds of silence, and then I heard the trigger-words "your Gods are demons. Jesus is the real God", and that was it for me. I banged at their door hard and swift. Aunt came out in a minute and asked what was the matter. I strongly demanded to speak to the voice which had just not sit out racial abuses to our religion and Gods...He wasn't going anywhere without a beating.

You can still remain hindu and accept jesus.jesus is never about religion.for the son of god died for eveybody ,s sins.nobody can acheive the perfection as jesus even the best christians so claims.jesus teaches about being gentle ,helping the needy,even says to love your enemies. Its giving eveything even if you have nothing left.

Matthew 19:16-26 ERV

A man came to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to have eternal life?” Jesus answered, “Why do you ask me about what is good? Only God is good. But if you want to have eternal life, obey the law’s commands.” The man asked, “Which ones?” Jesus answered, “‘You must not murder anyone, you must not commit adultery, you must not steal, you must not tell lies about others, you must respect your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor the same as you love yourself.’ ” The young man said, “I have obeyed all these commands. What else do I need?” Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, then go and sell all that you own. Give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come and follow me!” But when the young man heard Jesus tell him to give away his money, he was sad. He didn’t want to do this, because he was very rich. So he left. Then Jesus said to his followers, “The truth is, it will be very hard for a rich person to enter God’s kingdom. Yes, I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter God’s kingdom.” The followers were amazed to hear this. They asked, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “This is something that people cannot do. But God can do anything.”

its a funny world, we are living,people spent more time on researching by reading articles,reviews,consumer reports for buying a good mobile or tv or car.so they can buy value for their money.when it comes to the concept of god,they say well everbody has his own beliefs.
as far as i know there is only two religlions in this world one says to attain god do something, mediate,worship,recite holy mantras,be good person,help,others basically it means save yourself by your own efforts.
but other one says a saviour is given, his name is jesus christ.he is the way,truth and the life.man cannot save himself by his own efforts.

It's a pity that instead of actually reading the Vedas and the Gita and getting to know Hinduism in its true scientific form she took the escape route and simply switched religions as if she were trying on clothes in a mall. The Vedas do not support idol worship, at all ; they ask us to worship elements of nature because they help sustain life BUT there is no emphasis on mindless rituals anywhere. All the rigid, meaningless rituals were practiced by humans which became custom with passage of time." What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right" I am a strong believer of Hinduism but only of the original form I and so many people i know never follow rituals they disagree with but we don't automatically dismiss Hinduism as regressive and redundant. Try to get to know the truth first instead os acting in haste. In Vedic times women had property rights, right to speak in public (which even the western countries granted only in 1900's to women), right to education, choose a profession, even undergo thread ceremonies (which is restricted to males now and even that ceremony is redundant with the disappearance of the gurukul system) , gandharva marriages were accepted and popular. Hinduism in its original, true form is progressive, scientific and says a lot about the soul. Its sad no one makes the effort to get to know it these days. Take it from a girl who has studied the Vedas in detail, get to know your religion before taking any drastic steps.

It is more Couregious story for Belivers ;
We are happy to see millions Christians in Our Neighbourshood Country India, increasing day to day Christians in India: ur is good news for all Belivers Globally;
Kumar singh bist
Kathmandu Nepal

Jesus is a son of god that is- true my god my lord

What a wonderful story! Kanika has been translated from darkness into light. May the Lord give her grace, strength, and courage as she lives the new life in Christ! The spiritual battle has already started. I pray that she obeys her parents in all things lawful. However, she cannot serve two masters. Therefore, she cannot go to the temple with her parents to worship Manasa devi, the goddess of snakes. Kanika is now a new creature in Christ, and her devotion belongs only to Christ. Her parents her not happy and there will be no peace within the family because this is the purpose of the gospel. Listen to what Christ said, "Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you Nay; but rather division. For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided...the mother against the daughter and the daughther against the mother..." (Luke 12:51-53). She can no longer walk together with her parents. Listen to this pertinent question, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed'? (Amos 3:3). Kanika going to the temple with her parents is like trying to mix iron with clay! Kanika stay strong and God bless!

In Sanathana Dharma: (Hinduism?)

After the soul sheds its gross body , it still has a subtle body if there is karma left (be it Good or Bad). As long as there is karma , the subtle body around the soul exists and because he has a level of surrender not yet full (still puts sense pleasure as priority) or no hint of surrender to God or is very attached to sensual pleasures the soul continues to have a material subtle body, and for this it has to take another birth in various bodies according to karma and consciousness that it had at the point of death (snakes, humans etc. ) . But the moment a soul surrenders himself Fully to God , Karma is nullified and on ending his existance on earth, the soul is liberated.

The type of liberation depends on the sadhana of the soul.
God according to vedas has three forms: impersonal absolute light - Brahmam, Paramatma - Supersoul who exists along with the smaller baby souls, Purusa uttama -- Bhagavan : if the soul worshipped the impersonal absolute, he would merge with brahmam (what buddhists may call brahma nirvana), if he worshipped paramatma or purusa uttama: the soul would be transferred to vaikunda (The Realm of God) to engage with and serve God in his native form as Purusa Uttama.

The former is a follower of Advaita vedanta in which all forms of gods found in Hinduism are but the one and the same Brahmam. T

The latter, is a follower of the Vishishadvaita, Dvaita or Acintya Beda Beda

If any soul believes he can go to God by a particular method, be it so.

But if a person forcefully converts another who is already on a rightful path to a path not suitable for him/her, that is probably the worst thing to do. I know Christians who follow sanatana dharma and worship God with the help of the Bible and sacred Vedas and related scriptures. Sanatana dharma is not about conversions. Sanatana dharma is ultimately about truth , if a person is really sincere , really surrendered and really loves God, the practices found in sanatana dharma would help him realise God in that very birth. But for this the soul must be total in surrender.

Be it Christianity , Islam , Pure sanatana dharma , the main thing is surrender to God , treating other souls with compassion, to be controlled in senses. Religions are just names.

Hari Hari.

You can talk about the beauty of your religion youcacannot discredit another religion

I haven't come across such a bogus story like this in support of conversion to Christianity. Such a pathetic attempt to convert. I'm hoping that youngsters read through and understand what different religions mean and make an informed choice once they understand what each religious theologies have to say. It is definitely sad that hindu value systems and way of life are not understood properly by people leading to such stupid articles supporting conversion being published.

Proselytization is the Christian equivalent of Islamic Jihad. Period.

It always surprises me at the systematic way in which the Abrahamic religions and their proponents try and discredit the "heathen ones" simultaneously leaving no stone unturned in publicizing and encouraging the "saved ones".

Secondly, the Christian population mentioned in the article is under reported by a huge margin as this does not take into account the population of converted non Christians.

Since the destruction by the British of the Indian education system and forcing of English on the country as well as making English necessary for economic advancement and social mobility, most families have lost their understanding of Hinduism and also do not find the time to do research and teach their children. Also there are fewer and less resourced cadre of organised proselytizers going around trying to convert people into Hinduism. Her description of Hinduism speaks of lack of information , wisdom insights come many many miles after. Hindu folks have to figure out how to bridge this information gap among people and then people should be free to choose their way based on complete information rather than on complete ignorance.

If you give me a few hours with this person I can easily convert her back to Hinduism. It's my challenge. This is a typical IBCD, Indian born confused desi, who doesn't really Hinduism. And best part a lot of these IBCD's are reconverting back.
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tell me how. i have a hindu friend who wants to be a christian. she too studied in a convent. i want to bring her back. not only that i stay in a nun-run hostel which also has a day care centre. they start teaching about jesus to hindu kids as young as 3-4years of age. that is called brainwashing. how i tell my friend about the actual hindu dharma. i do make her see the beauty of her own religion?

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Once upon a time, a fool went to his female fool friend and told her, "Your family is crazy. They keep doing crazy sh*t all the time. If you want to find purpose of your life, come to my family. They are the best." The female fool liked what her friend said and went to live with the Fool's family.

Though the poor fool doesnt know yet that the Fool's family is as crazy and stupid like her family.
Only time will tell her.

This article has biased overtones and all religions are dividers.

For the sake of objectivity, why couldn't onbeing.org obtain the perspective of Hindu leaders from America who could explain the significance of the beliefs, rituals, traditional respect and tolerance of Hinduism to Kanika? For example, a Hindu can respect Jesus far more than a Christian can "tolerate" any other religious tradition. Also, there are several irrational elements in Christianity as well(Virgin giving birth, walking on water). That goes with the territory for any religion.

Also, could her embarrassment stem from a need to fit into mainstream culture (friends)?

Try to get your answer from Vedic Texts instead your parents. You would have found all your answers. It's same way for every religion. There will always be plenty unanswered questions. And this is how Christian Missionary operate...

Funniest story I have ever read ! When someone asks about life after death, no other religion explains it as thoroughly and scientifically as Hinduism. What our Ms.Kanika has not done is, find what her true religion speaks about it before accepting what christianity says. Christians can brag only about the bible. But Hinduism has so many books, so many details, so many explanations which give precise reasoning for all our questions and more. Hinduism is the only religion which doesnt take anybody into its fold either forcefully or by brainwashing. In fact, the first thing that is taught in Hinduism is the freedom of choosing your way to reach God. I would encourage all the christians and Islam followers out there to first read about Hinduism and be blessed by the vast ocean of knowledge that it shares rather than being content with just a small lake. Hope Ms.Kanika does that and enlighten her fellow friends too.

Wow Christians have such a Superiority Complex. Kind of Ironic.. considering the fact that its a Desert Religion from Middle East that went on to conquer European Caucasians. Today the White Foot Soldiers are carrying the message of the invaders who destroyed their countries. Phew!! The World is a Blind Place.

The life after death is already mentioned in Hindu scriptures. Most of the people are not aware of it. It is the ignorance of the people that evangelists are taking advantage of. Every other scripture in the world came from Hindu scriptures. Remember that even Einstein praised Bhagavt Gita.

Its all dash dash dash.
any other religious believer can think whatever to other religions.Like she said "you arenot god or not my god" what if I say Christian god is of/for no one.
his place is devil.will you bear it..or wrath will come upon me..
I dare that.
so ..so what...so before making any jokes on other religions please be ready to tolerate on your too.
religion bears inner sentiments...so don't agitate it.
People used to worship Sun,trees and water before the religoins that were founded by persons like Jesus Moses and Muhammad ..
Sanatan Dharm was the only reason or Hindu religion is the only religion without any founder ..
Mind you, Dharm and Religion is two different belief syste,.You can consult dictionary..
And you will not find "Hindu " word anywhere in any books.It was given by some group of people in ancient times (by Mughals,muslims)
There are still people in urban areas even in American land or Australian land that worship fire ,water and sun...
so may it doesn't make any sense ..then it also doesn't make any sense going to church and bowing down to a cross,Jesus.
Hindus are always taught to live in peace and let live others..
We do not try to convert others but you all do.
Our religion is a free religion.Anyone are welcome and anyone can go.
Only our religion let its followers to say "Hindu muslim sikh isaai, sab milke hai bhai bhai" meaning - Hindu Moslem,Sikh and chrsitians ,all together are brothers
We even bow down to Jesus or Allah , we accept their existence as the Messengers but not GOD.
our religion do not stop us to wish you in Christmas and Muhammad day...but you other religious people do not dare, because you are taught in that way !!!
So live in peace ...do not point how i worship and to whom ..and I will do the same...

Conversion to christianity is a big business involves lot of money and that is evident from those once penniless now most well known rich pastors.

Oh god , I feel sad for her . She has left behind a pluralist and beautiful religion that respects everything in nature to one based on hatred for everything not mentioned in Bible. I was born in a Catholic household and had to under go traumatic experiences in Catholic schools under mentally unstable nuns . So i began to question the bible and everything . I realized that millions of people have been killed worldwide by Christians for spreading their religion . Living without religion and just having empathy and compassion for fellow living beings is the best thing.

Kanika escape before it is too late ,before u experience reality of Christianity .

Xtianity is deficient in concrete progress of spiritual experiences, generally comes across as a brand scavenging for consumers & marketing itself in the way traditional commercial enterprises do, which makes it tough to accept. If you are really good at what you claim you will get takers...dont be desperate.

That day at Costa Coffee though, Jo Jo started a long discussion, scribbling Christian themes and images on the napkins scattered around him. Kanika collected the napkins and poured over them that night in bed.

Christan Salesmen are so much like Avon Salesman!!

The kind of Christianity being propagated in India is often similar to the radical, medieval Christianity that was based on performing “miracles” and on hate speech. Most modern Christians in USA have rejected that Christianity, but the obsession for numerical growth in Christian population has become the evangelical obsession. The sole focus is on numbers, not quality or genuine religiosity. Greek thought was appropriated by

St. Augustine and others in order to start Christian theology (prior to which Christian historians admit that the Bible lacked philosophical content), and yet the very same Greek society was condemned as “pagan” and finished off. This as a form of arson: the arsonist robs the bank and then burns it down to hide the evidence. The Christian West has perfected this type of activity over the centuries: appropriate and simultaneously destroy the source.

Mahatma Gandhi lashed out against Christian missionaries numerous times because they linked their social work to conversion. Christians who are genuinely motivated must provide unconditional help from one human to another.

Before saying Christians are facing violence in India, please do your research. What is your take on the following links:
http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/-manipur-kids-suffered-sexual-physical-abuse-in-jaipur-home-/1123869/

India is one of the most tolerant places for any religion in the world. We had our doors opened for the Jews when the whole world was discriminating against them. For your knowledge, from within Hinduism several religions evolved like Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism etc. and still it was all accepted whole heartedly by the people of India. Explain to me how in your story Mr. JoJo convincing Kanika to go to Church and know about Christianity is different from her parents asking her to go to the temple. Please leave it to the freedom of people to choose their religion rather than writing articles with the maligned intentions of changing a society's belief system.

I agree . However the problem is Hindu today does not bother to teach its children about the VALUE of DHARMA as they have other prior tasks , to which these missionaries take advantage of .
I wish this Girl and other converted should listen to SWAMI VIVEKANANDA speech in WORLD religious parliament .
It good to be born in Church but terrible to LIVE and die there.
These missionaries tend to defame innocent Hindu saints to make innocent Hindus feel Guilty but never show the dark side of actual Rapist PRIESTS in Church..
Christianity came from word Krishna , we love krishna , they copied the principle and love Jesus.. Such ancestries of missionaries never respected Jesus when he was alive and now just to be dominant on his name , making audience Fool.
Money is the POWER for sure..

In my place there are a lot of christian people who pray for Hindu Gods and vice versa. whats the big deal here. moreover all the missionaries in my area are converting people bribing and by force. Which is enough reason to stay away from that religion.

At hone the parents must tech their children the value of Hinduism. Then Ksnikas will not leave Hinduism.

Hinduism is the best way of life to live on this earth. Hope she gets a good hindu partner in future and soon get away from this cross minded JOJO. I think JOJO himself doesn't know the truth about his life.
Don't know about JESUS but NATURE GOD will surely make him aware about his wrong doings.

Fooling around with these stories of conversion's.

Hinduism is biocentric way of life not religion. And hence we pray animals, rivers, mountains etc bcoz hindus firmly believe earth is not only for humans. Those who dont know Hinduism ofyenly fall in trap of conversions bcoz hinduism is not a book oriented religion like christanity or islam. We hindus consider book oriented religion as sect which has prophet or jesus who spread good teaching.while hinduism covers all aspect of life it is most scientific religion if you try to understand otherwise like many westerners indentify as just curry caste cow!! This perspective we called as frog in small ponda. According to famous research in united states they said that 24% of american Christian practices yoga, read vedas and turn to vegetarian. Hinduism is not about just going temples praying snakes its more then that you ever imagine. Due to last 1200 years of foriegn invasion indian hindus lost what vedic culture was. Every basic invention of world which is base for modern invention found in hindu scriptures. We know earth is round and circles around sun before jesus was born. Jesus has taken teachings from Himalayan budha monk. And for your information buddhism is modified verson of Hinduism. We consider budhh as 9 th incarnation ofvishnu.

A typical Christian script for conversion... demean Hindu culture, abuse Hindu Deities by seeing through coloured and biased lenses, and so on and then finally offer Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the World and you. I have no problem with the last bit, but these so called "Christians" themselves don't follow their own religion, especially the Ten commandments... I see in England many churches are abandoned by the youth. The Hindu girl's story can also be used to describe situation of any Christian English girl. The article can be best described as Blind leading the Blind.

The post seems to be highly biased. Minorities are very well in India than in any Christian nation.

And why do indians need to be given or brought into christianity. They have their own beleif system and relegion which is much older and encompasses much more than anything that christianity can ever dream of. Hinduism has given the world yoga, herbal and holistic healing, meditation, the concept of Dharma, Karma, rebirth, moksha, nirvana etc. It is a much deeper and broader relegion. Are we telling them that Christianity is better than their relegion and our God is better than their god.

Isnt it kind of weird that someone has taken a contract to eat away any sin a christian commits? Let alone religion does that even sound fair. I kill an animal for my food, does not the animal has the right to live ?.. Just because some book says something could you all Christians go and kill??? Let us not talk religion, let us talk firs live and let live !!! No double standards please..

"Do you know what is happening to your soul when you die? Kanika had no idea, and that worried her". That's because Kanika has not read the Vedanta, Upanishads or Bhagavad Gita, which brilliantly answers this question.

Dr. B.R.Ambedkar's patriotism and his message of patriotism to be the down -trodden in India is very clear- Conversion to non-Indic religions is undesirable and will be detrimental to the integrity of this nation and this country. The truth of this is borneout by facts - those areas where the majority Indian population has converted to the non- Indic religion, Islam had seceded from India( Pakistan and Bangladesh). In the north-east of India, most people were converted by missionaries to Christianity and therefore, they are also engaged in secessionist movements and insurgencies.

Christian Missionaries approached him to convert himself and his dalits to Christianity. They promised huge financial and other inducements . The Muslims also pleaded with him for conversion to Islam. In fact,
the Nizam of Hyderabad offered him Rs. 75 mln if he and his flock converted to Islam.Dr. B.R.Ambedkar spurned the offers of Christins and Muslims . He said: if one converts to Christianity he ceases to be an Indian. The brotherhood in Islam is confined to the Believers; that is, only to Muslims. It cannot promote universal brother-hood. I will not convert to either of these religions . I will convert to one of the religions that are born here, in this country India. Of all the various Indic religions, Sanatan Dharma, Arya Samaj, Vaishnavism. Savaism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Veerasevism, etc. Buddhism appeals to me most . It is all humanity embracing . It has no castes. I will therefore convert to Buddhism and advise all my Dalit brothers to convert to Buddhism and avoid conversion non-Indic religion.Dr. B.R.Ambedkar’s patriotism and his message of patriotism to be the down -trodden in India is very clear- Conversion to non-Indic religions is
undesirable and will be detrimental to the integrity of this nation and this country. The truth of this is borneout by facts – those areas where the majority Indian population has converted to the non- Indic religion, Islam had seceded from India( Pakistan and Bangladesh). In the north-east of India, most people were converted by missionaries to Christianity and therefore, they are also engaged in secessionist movements and insurgencies.

Evil of Christianity can be seen in South America and Africa where the faith has become rich at the cost of the people.

Conversion doesn't change anything. A person who has his/her roots south east of the Indus is a Hindu. You cannot be a "practicing Hindu". The new religion is only a cloak you wear and believe it is your skin. Conversion doesn't change your skin. Those who work hard at converting others is merely conning you into believing your skin has changed. That's irksome.

And the converts live in the delusion that they have new skin. It is unfortunate that this lady hasn't tried to look at he own skin and what goes deeper. Whatever is considered as constituent of "Hinduism", even in its shallow form, has very deep meaning and significance. I hope people make an effort to understand it before dismissing it as "Black and Ugly".

This is a greatly written script. Nice fantasy...!!!

Man created religion, religion created GOD. You believe it or not , this is true.

As Hindus or any old religion believe, there is rebirth. Athma is energy, it cannot be destroyed, it can be only transferred. Total energy (for Athma) in this universe will be always constant. Converting from one religion to another religion is not going to save you anything other than mess up with your family and your own culture. You will realize that when you are in their age, whatever your religion is. None of the books like Bible or Ramayan are faxed from heaven. It is created by an organized religion or a saint. So think before you publish anything like this.

Best of luck, you will remember this message , when at some point in your life you regret what you did. Another example here.
Kamala Surayya

what an awfully sad story,what a sham of a religion Christianity is to tear families apart like this.Islam and Christianity are one and the same rotten death cults masquerading as religions.Hope Kanika has the common sense to see that.

At first, sanatan dharm is not a political concept that religion is. not the 'one book one god'. either u do as I say otherwise I kill u. dharm means rule or law. simple logic, if god would have created religion why he would creat religion different for all person. that means human created this religious dogma. rajiv malhotra has put it perfectly: "all abrahmic religions are history centric" sanatan which prevailed the world before and it has to be revived again for 'satymev jayate'.

This could be an article about any young person slightly uncomfortable with her family's religious beliefs while growing up in a cosmopolitan city. If that had been all that this article was about it might be okay. But the author makes her hidden agenda (maybe hidden from herself too) when she starts quoting statistics and makes blanket statements about a religion facing a little persecution in a nation where it is an imported religion. And then giggling alongside while recording the confusion of this young person as she reflects on a tenet of her religion. Very funny Ms. Frost, but maybe you should take a deeper look within yourself and what this article says about you. This article is in very poor taste!

Kanika should read books like "How I became a Hindu" by David Frawley, who himself was from a family of American priests. A man of curiosity and questions, he could not find satisfactory answer to any of his questions from Christianity. Later he ventured out to study different philosophies including Budhism, Sufism, Communism etc and found the answers in Vedas and Vedantha of Hinduism. Not only he became a Hindu, he started teaching Sanskrit and Vedas in US. Another read is "Hindu View of Christianity and Islam" by Ram Swarup. This book exposes some of the psychological tricks played by Evangelists. It shows the true status of both these Abrahamic faiths when they are validated against Hindu yogic wisdom. Kanika was not lucky to have access to learned Guru to guide her and teach her what those rituals mean and how they work at the meta-physical level

David Frawley, eventhough he might have been from a home of Christian evangelicals. He did not have a born again experience so he was never a Christian on the first place. So I don't understand why Hindus are trying to portray him as a poster boy for so called Christian converts to Hinduism!

Hinduism or properly known as Dharma in a nutshell believes in one God, who has taken Avatars - which is why you see Hindus worshiping those Avatars, who had taken human form for many different reasons which include: defeat evil or liberate people. The goal in life is to be a good devotee of god, do good Karmas and ultimately get Moksha (freedom from life & death birth cycle) - going to heaven as you call it. Dharma/Hindu scriptures offer insight on many different aspects which does not only include our lives but also different subjects (Math’s, Medicine, Engineering) things like how to preserve our planet, medicine (Ayurveda). If you get past the Avatars, and read the scriptures, you will be amazed, the offering is much much deeper than any other religion.

Christianity, for all due respect, has many ideas borrowed from Buddhism, along with many things from paganism (Christmas, Easter etc), Bells in church are introduced to them by Askoka (Hindu/dharma king from India), they continue on this path - borrowing Yoga from Hinduism - calling it Christian Yoga, tomorrow they will continue to borrow & digest thoughts, things, festivals from other religions and make it there own. We as individuals have to understand all religions, in depth to really appreciate them. As the saying goes, don’t judge the book by cover. May God open your eyes, some day you visit Hindu Mandir/Temple, do your own research, find a the right person or Guru to guide you to right direction.

If you read Upanishad. It is sufficiently tells you what happens to your Soul. In fact it also tells you what your Soul is and what is the purpose of the Soul. If you do not know, Jesus was in India to learn about all these from Hindus. So stop propaganda business and think about your own Soul.

Stop Conversion.. Stop brain washing, live and let live. Live the country alone. She is cheating with her family. She has rights to practice any religion but not through brain washing.

Miss kanaka, Hindus worship 'many' Gods in different forms, plants, animals etc. etc because, Hindus believe that God is One and can be worshipped in different forms as u like and also need not worship in an idol form. Worshipping a God who is formless is the ultimate stage for a Yogi and as we gave not reached that stage, we concentrate our mind in any form and prey. As regards to worshipping animals and trees etc. since they are all parts of nature created by God, it is our duty to preserve them, so by worshipping them we show our love and respect to the nature. Never ever get confusion and think of leaving the oldest and the most vibrant religion . Go and discuss with any learned hindu scholar and u will understand Hinduism in real perspective. God bless u , my child.

Whenever a Hindu converts to Christianity, usually there is a huge uproar accusing the Christian missionaries and pastors of converting them! But what they don't realize is that many Hindus have converted to Christianity because they understood that what they have read in their vedas is fulfilled only in Jesus!

The following link is the testimony of two among millions of Hindu priests and Vedic scholars who found the truth for themselves! Thayappan also gives the meaning of various shlokas which Hindus so religiously perform without knowing the meaning!

ephesians-511.net/docs/TESTIMONY_OF_A_FORMER_HINDU-2

The following is the link of a very compelling book which every shantana dharma practitioner should read atleast once! This book is written by Rabindranath Maharaj, son of Chandrabhan Ragbir Sharma Mahabir Maharaj who attained Samadhi doing rigorous yogic practices!
http://hewhohasearslethimhear.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/death-of-a-guru/

There seems to be so much hatred spewed here because one girl used her convictions and decided to follow Jesus. I do not know why these zealots do not recognise her free will to make this choice in Free India. are we really a free country in India, yes politically but not religiously, there seems to be so much violence against Christians in India, this year alone over 700 acts of Violence against churches/Christians.
I saw a funny comment here that chriatians are perpetuating violence because of their hindus are converting. I have not heard such a fallacious statement/argument.

if at all there was to be a debate, then it should be a religious one and everyone is free to present their religions and propagate it, this is what the Indian constitution provides. Instead we have Hindus friends here running down this girl and some getting violent in their replies. this is not religious but political discussion.

we have no issues in India when any person who votes for one political party changes his mind and then votes for another political party, in most cases with Tv, fridge etc provided as allurement, this is reported freely in the media, yet no one seems to have any issues with this, yet when someone tries to change his religion which is his personal choice, we have the right wing intellectuals gunning for them and in villages, burning their houses, refusing them rights to draw water from the well etc.

Christians are running over 42,000 social institutions in india which are orphanages, homes for the aged, aids homes, cancer hospitals, primary health centers in remote locations where even the govt. of India has not reached , colleges etc, the largest beneficiaries of the Christian institutions have been Hindus by large who have enjoyed these facilities.. did we convert them all??, certainly not. however some of them did see the Christian service and love of Jesus at these places and accepted Jesus.
pl do not confuse acts by Christian countries which were political and equate with the message of Christ. this is what the right wing does..
the Christian population percentage in India has reduced from 3% in 1947 to 2.3 in 2010. I would appeal to all to exercise right judgment and stop hatred.

Kanika have you read Skeptics Annotated Bible? If our idols are not God then how your Cross can be god?

There is no cure for deliberate ignorance.

I am from the same church but different congregation. Know the guy who shared cos he is a popular figure. But dont know the lady. Heard about her saw her once. Think she got married now.

Nevertheless, Christianity is not just about saving soul and about heaven. It is about knowning God. For there is where the satisfaciton lies, the answers to life is present. If God is not known in person, then it is a dutiful religous quorum. Thank you for covering..

i would like to share my own experience here. I was a pure convent girl... spent 11 years studying inn a school where nuns rule the place. Never ever once a nun in my school ever approached me to convert to christianity. I used to visit church, attend the mass once a while. The most beautiful part ia where we were allowed to conduct saraswathi pooja in one of the classroom during navarathri!!

So guys please don't look christians as intruders. I am a strong hindu believe in jesus and prays to Him also!

I feel sorry for all of the people who bicker over which religion is right and which religion is wrong. I'm sorry to burst your bubble but there is no right and there is no wrong. There might be one god and there might be many gods. We will never know. Call me ignorant or an atheist, of which I am neither, I am simply a person who want to show all of you that no one is right. We all just want something to believe in. what ever you chose to believe in is up to you. Some religions might provide a better answer for some people. Doesn't mean that the person who converts is wrong and you are right or even the other way around. I think we should just start accepting the decisions our friends and family make.

Idols are not gods but the focus and representations for worship. If i commit crimes then confess do i bcme clean. If an atheist who never lies and does goodness will he go to hell. God is everywhere christian and both say but if they are everywhere what is wrong to worship snakes trees etc. Everything is made frm god not by god. Also gods or god makes no difference to a hindu. Vedas tell how to live a good honest life unlike someone who will damn be if i donot grovel at his feet. Deeds make a man not faith either hindu christian or muslim. There was no jesus just a cooked up story from other religions by romans to control masses. Choosing faith is your right but but did hinduism ask u to kill someone or lie. Not believing in our ways is their way. They only know your soul is going to hell for animism. Rome jeruselum are places meaning non living and who goes to worship there.