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This is an interesting article from Forananswer.org, there is no subtlety here it is quite open about the notion that Sikhism has many shortfalls and that Christianity is supreme.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SIKHISM AND CHRISTIANITY

Despite the surface similarities between the two religions Sikhism and Christianity are based on very different philosophies and practised for widely differing ends. When talking with a Sikh don't begin by listing what you consider the shortcomings of Sikhism. But do get to know how his beliefs and practices influence the way he thinks about spiritual matters.

The message here is not to confront a Sikh about his shortcomings (as we will see there are no shortcomings in Sikhism) directly but to be conniving, see what he says first and then try to influence him.
SCRIPTURE

As the Guru Granth Sahib is made up entirely of poetry it is rich in mysticism and can be interpreted differently by different people. It is more a hymnbook than a statement of faith. The Bible does have some mystical passages but there is also a great deal of straightforward -'moral and ethical teaching, and statements about God's character and his activity in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guru Granth Sahib Ji is composed in poetry but there is depth that no other scripture come close. The message is direct and to the point and shows the seeker the path to ultimate union with the Almighty. To compare it to a hymnbook shows a total lack of knowledge and understanding. It is an absolute statement of faith, it is stated at the very beginning:

One Universal Creator God. The Name Is Truth. Creative Being Personified. No Fear. No Hatred. Image Of The Undying, Beyond Birth, Self-Existent. By Guru's Grace ~ Chant And Meditate:
True In The Primal Beginning. True Throughout The Ages.
True Here And Now. O Nanak, Forever And Ever True. ||1||
By thinking, He cannot be reduced to thought, even by thinking hundreds of thousands of times.
By remaining silent, inner silence is not obtained, even by remaining lovingly absorbed deep within.
The hunger of the hungry is not appeased, even by piling up loads of worldly goods.
Hundreds of thousands of clever tricks, but not even one of them will go along with you in the end.
So how can you become truthful? And how can the veil of illusion be torn away?
O Nanak, it is written that you shall obey the Hukam of His Command, and walk in the Way of His Will. ||1||

Many scriptures are in the form of narratives of stories of a particular age as exemplified by the Ramayana and Mahabharata including the Gita. The Christian scriptures, the Old Testament and New Testament, are also in the form of narratives for most part. The Sikh scripture, Sri Guru Granth Sahib, is not based on stories but teachings, and has therefore the status of the living Guru, the only scripture to have that status amongst scriptures of all religions.  Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the only scripture that was written personally to whom the Word was revealed. Jesus did not write the bible, it was written many years later by those who could not agree on events. The gospels contradict each other on many events in their narrative.

While the fundamentalist Christians oppose the teaching of evolution even in the twenty-first century, Guru Nanak discussed and imparted credence to the subject of evolution of life about five hundred years ago, roughly 350 years before Charles Darwin, and come to think of it, finally, science is catching up with the Nanakian philosophy.

When it comes to the evolution of life, Guru Arjun Dev Ji (fifth Nanak) couldn’t have spoken more clearly than these words about 250 years before Charles Darwin:

Homo sapiens evolved through countless forms of life like other species – ants, worms, moths, fish, elephants, dears, snakes and domestic animals like horses and bullocks- starting from inanimate matter, the basic elements.

Moreover, Guru Ji goes on to say that basic elements were recycled as inanimate matter like rock and mountains before the creation of “building blocks” for evolution of a living cell.

ਕਈ ਜਨਮ ਭਏ ਕੀਟ ਪਤੰਗਾ ॥ ਕਈ ਜਨਮ ਗਜ ਮੀਨ ਕੁਰੰਗਾ ॥ ਕਈ ਜਨਮ ਪੰਖੀ ਸਰਪ ਹੋਇਓ ॥ ਕਈ ਜਨਮ ਹੈਵਰ ਬ੍ਰਿਖ ਜੋਇਓ ॥ ਮਿਲੁ ਜਗਦੀਸ ਮਿਲਨ ਕੀ ਬਰੀਆ ਚਿਰੰਕਾਲ ਇਹ ਦੇਹ ਸੰਜਰੀਆ ॥ ਰਹਾਓ ॥ ਕਈ ਜਨਮ ਸੈਲ ਗਿਰਿ ਕਰਿਆ ॥ ਕਈ ਜਨਮ ਗਰਭ ਹਿਰਿ ਖਰਿਆ ॥ ਕਈ ਜਨਮ ਸਾਖ ਕਰਿ ਉਪਾਇਆ ॥ ਲਖ ਚਉਰਾਸੀਹ ਜੋਨਿ ਭ੍ਰਮਾਇਆ ॥ Many births (different evolutionary stages of life) created worm and insect. Many births created elephant, fish and deer. Many births created bird and snake. Many births created ox and horse, which are yoked. O human being, now is your time to meet the Lord of the universe¾the Creator, since it took a very long time for the human body to evolve through many evolutionary stages of life. Pause. The matter constituting the human body was recycled many times as rocks and mountains. Many births resulted in abortion (defective mutations resulting in death of the species). Many births produced plant life. It took innumerable births to produced human body. M 5, p 176.

THE NATURE OF GOD

Guru Nanak emphasized the oneness of God and his role as the supreme creator. He presented him as supremely a God of love. But Nanak had no place for God's wrath. Men and women, he said, should not fear God's anger but be afraid of not receiving all the benefits of his love. In contrast to Sikhism the Bible declares that God is righteous and holy.

The Bible declares God is righteous and holy? Surely this is stating the obvious, if God is not righteous and holy then who is? In Sikhism God is our father and so loves his children, all of them, very much. He showers them with love and compassion, if however the child is continually disobeying then God metes out punishment.

 Beasts, birds, demons and ghosts
- in these many ways, the false wander in reincarnation.
Wherever they go, they cannot remain there.
They have no place of rest; they rise up again and again and run around.
Their minds and bodies are filled with immense, expansive desires.
The poor wretches are cheated by egotism.
They are filled with countless sins, and are severely punished.
The extent of this cannot be estimated.
Forgetting God, they fall into hell.

There are no mothers there, no siblings, no friends and no spouses.
Those humble beings, unto whom the Lord and Master becomes Merciful,
O Nanak, cross over. ||3||
Rambling and roaming, wandering around, I came to seek the Sanctuary of God.
He is the Master of the meek, the father and mother of the world.
The Merciful Lord God is the Destroyer of sorrow and suffering
. Ang 1004

Where Christians get the notion that there is no punishment is Sikhism I do not know. Point to take note here is that even when Guru Ji states quite clearly that those souls that sin will get severely punished even then Guru Ji reinforces the notion that they can still seek the sanctuary of the Almighty and will not be abandoned. Compare this compassion with the guilt ridden fire and brimstone eternal damnation vision to scare the daylights out of the Christian.

When his holy standards are violated he displays his wrath. Yet his wrath is not incompatible with his mercy and love. It is meant for the ultimate good of mankind. . In some ways the Sikh concept of God is contradictory. Whereas some statements seem to mean he is personal others state that human souls eventually merge back into God, who is' an impersonal essence.

 

 

Christians seem to have a very simplistic view of God. God is the creator of everything that we see and everything that we cannot, so it follows that He is immense in his complexity and His wisdom, how can we, mere fools, comprehend Him. Guru Ji states over and over again that He cannot be fully comprehended; that He has many facets, these facets may appear to the fool as contradictions. In Sukhmani sahib Guru Ji states that God is the closest to you yet He is the furthest from you. Is this a contradiction? He is the closest because His divine spark is within all of us, He knows our thoughts even before we have thought them, He is with us with every breath we take, yet we are so engrossed in maya and in everyday life that we push Him from our thoughts so He is the furthest from us. It is a matter of thinking through and explanation; there are no contradictions in Sikhism.

The Westerner cannot resolve these apparently contradictory statements but Sikhs seem to have no difficulty in doing so. God is said by them to be both the creator and the created, the fisherman and the fish, the water and the net.

 

It is a matter of understanding. God created everything, but he then did not withdraw Himself from His creation. He created it and He resides within it. He resides within every soul that inhabits every living being so yes He is both the created and the Creator, He is the fisherman because He resides within his heart and He is in the fish as the fish was also created by the Creator. This is the true complexity of God but even then we cannot comprehend Him. He is not an old man with a grey beard sat on a cloud.

Sri Jaap sahib:

O Lord, You are such a Being, Who has no physical appearance, such as form, color, shape, marks, symbols and garb. You do not belong to any caste, class, or lineage. You are Immutable (Unchanging). Self-luminous and shines everywhere in Your Splendor. You have Limitless Powers. You are the maker of billions of kings like Indira. You are the King of kings. You are the Master of all the three Spheres. Besides gods, humans and demons, even all the vegetative creation in woodlands say: You are Infinite, You are Infinite. Who can describe all Your Names? The wise men have mentioned Your Functional Names only. (1)

THE NATURE OF HUMAN BEINGS

Sikhs deny the reality of man's sinful nature. They teach that people are essentially good; the divine spark within them needs only to be fanned into a flame of goodness. On the other hand, the Bible teaches that men inherit a sinful nature from Adam; a person's guilt must .be atoned for. Guru Nanak taught that a man's sins are moral lapses caused by his environment. They may be cleansed through meditation and prayer.

 

 

 

This is where original guilt in a Christian stems from and all his life he will be on a guilt trip forever mindful that his soul in inherently unclean. Sikhs do not believe this at all, for the soul is immortal and contains within it the divine spark, so how can it be inherently sinful? We sin and as a result we suffer not due to some mythological deed committed by Adam - and by the way if Adam sinned then he will need to account for his own sin we do not inherit his sin - but because we have moved away from the way God intends us to live. As we move away from God we commit karma and then we suffer.

Only but only through Naam, a concept that is absent in Christianity, can we cleanse the soul of its bad deeds and become close to God. Guru Nanak Dev Ji gave us Naam, through Naam we cleanse the soul and burn away our bad deeds, unfortunately Jesus did not have Naam else he would have given it to his followers to recite. Hence Christians go to church and sing hymns composed by men, their soul yearns for Naam but does not know where to get it from, many souls are drawn to the east for this very reason. They do not know what they are looking for but there is an inner yearning for them to travel to the land of rishis and enlightened souls where they receive shabad from sadhus to fulfil this need.

The One who formed this universe created the creation of the three worlds.
The Gurmukh knows the Divine Light, while the foolish self-willed manmukh gropes around in the darkness.
One who sees that Light within each and every heart understands the Essence of the Guru's Teachings. ||4||
Those who understand are Gurmukh; recognize and applaud them.
They meet and merge with the True One. They become the Radiant Manifestation of the Excellence of the True One.
O Nanak, they are contented with the Naam, the Name of the Lord. They offer their bodies and souls to God. ||5||16||ang20

 Without Naam the soul has nothing and can never enter the kingdom of God.

UNIQUENESS OF CHRIST

This is the area of greatest disagreement between Sikhs and Christians. Sikhs reject the uniqueness of Christ as the only way to God. They say he is one with Moses, Mohammed, Buddha and the Gurus~ and that all paths to God are equally valid. The concept of faith in a person and the saving action of his death and resurrection are totally absent from Sikhism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sikhs have the greatest respect for Jesus, he was a man of God and showed people the way so he has our utmost respect. He is maybe on par with other respected prophets like Moses, Mohammed Sahib and the Buddha but he will never be on par with Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Another fallacy is that “all paths to God are equal and valid” this is absolutely not the case. Sikhism is unique that it respects other faiths and it acknowledges that all people are on a journey. When A Sikh sees a person of another faith he does not see a kaffir, he does not see an infidel, he does not see a potential soul for conversion, he does not see a person who he must try to convert and control, he sees a fellow human being on a journey towards God with the divine spark within him and feels happy.

From its very inception, Gurmat (the Guru’s Path) has been declared a unique and distinct path.

Bhai Gurdaas jee writes: “In the world, Guru Nanak Sahib Ji established the authority (of his doctrines) and started a Path (of religion), devoid of any impurity.” (Vaar 1, Pauree 45 – Bhai Gurdaas Ji)

Sikhism is unique by the fact that it does not condemn others to Hell or say if you are not Sikh you are eternally damned. Rather a Sikh prays at least twice daily for "Sarbat Da Bhallaa", meaning the good and prosperity of all Humanity regardless of religion, belief or faith. "May the Divine-Name preached by Nanak be exalted. May all prosper and be blessed within Your Will." (Daily Sikh Ardaas)

Unless someone receives Gurmat Naam from Guru Nanak Dev Ji, there is no liberation. They will be rewarded for their good karma, but not liberated. But they don't want liberation! Christians are content with heaven, and they will receive it. But then they will enter the cycle of births and deaths again, hopefully in a life, which will bring them closer to liberation.

Gurmat (Guru's path) respect of all religions goes as far as saying that they are not sent to eternal hell, they will get what they work for. Like Harmandir Sahib: God is open and available to all directions and all people of the world, but the path to God is ONE: Gurmat.

Many people are there of attractive sects of Sunnis, Sias and Rafazis.
Many hypocrites becoming atheists and deluded by illusions go on wandering here and there.
Followers of Jesus and Moses are also many who are confounded in their own pride.
Inhabitants of the European countries are also trapped in pride.
Some are black clad recluses and dervishes wearing bunches of cowries around their arms who move about here and there.
They all are not equal to even a hair of those Gurskihs who have sold themselves at the hands of the Guru.(11)Bhai Gurdass Ji p38

Bhai Gurdass Ji gets it right when he writes that the followers of Jesus are confounded in their own pride. Maybe the Christian has his heart in the right place and there is nothing wrong with promoting one’s own faith to the wider world but one needs to be careful as when pride creeps in then one loses everything and I fear this is what happens with Christians, so many times I have heard the phrase “the Christian God is more powerful than your God! ”

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