A man who grew up as a Hindu in India and later became a Christian has told how he was made to understand the true meaning of the word ‘Hindu’.
He said that he now feels “humiliated” by the fact that Christians still refer to him as ‘Hindi’.
He has written a book about his experiences.
Read moreThe man who came from a Muslim family and was baptized by a Christian in India in 1962, said that his conversion was based on a belief that he was part of a bigger community.
“As a Christian, I felt that Hindus and Christians were one and the same,” he said.
“The first thing that I asked God was, ‘Do you know who I am?’
And God said, ‘Yes, you are a Christian.
“I thought that that was what Christianity meant to me,” he recalled. “
“But then I started to understand that Christianity was the only religion that I was part, and that I wasn’t a Christian anymore. “
I thought that that was what Christianity meant to me,” he recalled.
I think of my parents’ as being my mother’The man said he has since become a Christian and has a long-standing relationship with his Hindu family. “
It is the same with Islam, too.”‘
I think of my parents’ as being my mother’The man said he has since become a Christian and has a long-standing relationship with his Hindu family.
He said he felt proud to have a Christian name.
“My parents are both Hindu and they told me to tell them that I’m Christian,” he told the ABC.
“But I was always told, ‘You are a Muslim and you should say that.'”
He said his family had been baptized into Christianity and that his parents had told him that they were a Christian family.
The man told the BBC that he had a close relationship with the family that baptized him.
“My mother is a Christian too, and her family baptized me into the Hindu fold and she gave me the name ‘Hiran’ as my Christian name,” he explained.
“It made me feel that I belong to a community of people, and to a family that has done so many good things for me.
His family, however, said they did not know him by his Christian name, but they were happy to let him know that he is Hindu.
Christian faith and politicsIn Australia, there are currently more than 150,000 registered Hindu religious organisations. “
In the past, I thought that my parents had taught me to think that I belonged to a Christian community, but it has always been something else,” he added.
Christian faith and politicsIn Australia, there are currently more than 150,000 registered Hindu religious organisations.
A survey by the Anglican Communion revealed that the proportion of Australian Hindus identifying as Christian is at its highest level in more than two decades.
There are more than 200 Christian organisations in Australia.
Hindu groups are also known to hold political sway, with several of them working to promote Christian causes in the Australian Parliament.
In 2015, a Christian group called the Evangelical Alliance of Australia, which was originally founded to oppose the church, was awarded a $25,000 Commonwealth grant by the Australian government to help build a school in a Muslim community.
Some of the groups’ priorities include protecting Christian heritage sites in Australia, defending the Australian flag and promoting Christian values.
Another group called The Salvation Army is widely considered to be a Christian charity, with a number of its political activities.