Someone recently asked me how some Hindu concepts relate to some things of the Christian faith. What I did instead was briefly refute them biblically. What follows in this article is the person’s questions. I then answer them.
How does the Hindu concept of the Kali Yuga relate to the Christian concept of the Tribulation? How does the Hindu concept of the Kalki avatar relate to the Christian concept of the Second Coming Of Christ?
Please understand that Hinduism is not of God because it is polytheism. The Bible refutes polytheism because it teaches that there is only one God who exists in three persons (Isaiah 48:16; Matthew 28:19; Genesis 1:1). Isaiah 44:6-8 states the following (NASB):
6 “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:
‘I am the first and I am the last,
And there is no God besides Me.
7 ‘Who is like Me? Let him proclaim and declare it;
Yes, let him recount it to Me in order,
From the time that I established the ancient nation.
And let them declare to them the things that are coming
And the events that are going to take place.
8 ‘Do not tremble and do not be afraid;
Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it?
And you are My witnesses.
Is there any Godbesides Me,
Or is there any other Rock?
I know of none.’”
A plethora of other passages clearly state that there is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 96:5; James 2:19). Therefore, Hinduism’s concepts cannot rightly relate to any biblical Christian concepts. Hinduism’s concepts are not of God. Instead, they can simply be refuted by what the Bible says.
In order to understand how the Bible refutes Kali Yuga, a brief understanding of Kali Yuga is warranted. I got this brief understanding from the following website:
Kali Yuga represents the last of the four yugas described in the Sanskrit Scriptures. These yugas represent stages the world supposedly goes through in a cycle of yugas. Various things characterize this “stage” of Kali Yuga. These include “spiritual bankruptcy, mindless hedonism, breakdown of all social structure, greed, materialism, unrestricted egotism, afflictions and maladies of mind and body.” Kali Yuga apparently began 5,121 years ago. It has 426,879 years remaining.
Kali Yuga is easily refutable; Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection is enough to refute it (1 Corinthians 15:1-34). After all, if spiritual bankruptcy characterizes Kali Yuga and if Kali Yuga began 5,121 years ago and if Kali Yuga has 426,879 years remaining, then how does Kali Yuga explain Jesus Christ? Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world (Matthew 1:21; John 1:29; Acts 4:12; Isaiah 43:11). How can there be a Savior in an era of spiritual bankruptcy? After all, Jesus Christ is a historical figure who is what He says He is. Nobody has been able to definitely provide His bones. He was one who died and rose again 3 days later. Kali Yuga has some explaining to do as it pertains to what characterizes it given Jesus’ being a real historical figure who saves His people from their sins.
In order to understand how the Bible refutes the Kalki avatar, one must have a brief understanding of what the Kalki avatar is. I went to the following website to find some brief information on the matter:
The Kalki avatar is the tenth prophesied avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu. Apparently, the Kalki avatar will take birth to end the Kali Yuga. As mentioned earlier, the Kali Yuga is a very long time period supposedly marked by spiritual bankruptcy.
I had mentioned earlier how Jesus Christ refutes the Kali Yuga. Jesus Christ also refutes the Kalki avatar because as mentioned earlier, there is no god besides the God of the Bible (Isaiah 44:6-8). Think about it. The Kalki avatar was prophesied by a supposed god (VIshnu). However, that supposed god does not exist because there is only one true God. Therefore, the Kalki avatar basically doesn’t exist. It’s a false prophecy from a false God. There is no way the Kalki avatar can rightly relate to any Christian concept. It is simply fiction.
In short, it is not very profitable to relate Hindu concepts to Christian concepts. After all, Hinduism is a religion that is not of God. The beneficial thing to do is to see how the Bible refutes Hinduism and/or any Hindu concept. Clearly, Jesus Christ Himself refutes Hinduism. He is God in human flesh. He is the only true God. Finally, He is the only way by which mankind may be saved (Acts 4:12; John 14:6; Isaiah 43:11).