The world is home to a variety of different religions, faiths and beliefs. Perhaps one of the most beautiful aspects of life is the diversity of such faiths and the ability to accept the beliefs of others, while still maintain a firm belief in one’s own faith. It is all a matter of finding common ground amidst the different beliefs, the common ground of course being peace and happiness. Hinduism and Christianity are two religions that rely heavily, even if silently, on the philosophies of Plato, and, when combined, the three find flawless common ground that preaches love and peace, even for those that are not religious at all.
Christianity and Plato
Christianity directly relates to Plato in numerous ways. The Bible denotes the relationship between God and Jesus, who, in Christian context, are father and son. Plato’s philosophies were often directly related to the concept of father and son. Plato often talked about the impact that a father can have on their child and vice versa, and this in many ways can also be seen in Christian context. In Christian context, Jesus was put on earth to face tests and to save humanity, to complete his father’s will. It can be said that Jesus wanted to make his father proud, to show him that he was a success. This is something that Plato frequently talked about that could directly link Platonism to Christianity.
Hinduism and Plato
The Hindu faith is much more about inner peace and making oneself happy via what they believe in and the way of life. Hinduism follows deities and figures that preach this harmony. This again is something that can directly relate to the philosophies of Plato. The emphasis on the comparison between Hinduism and Platonism is the fact that peace and love are the main subjects. The subject of karma is also mentioned, which basically defines that, if you do good, rewards can follow, whereas, if you do bad, punishments will follow.
There is often a link between religions, faiths and philosophers from ages gone by, yet the link between Christianity, Hinduism and Plato is one that has stood the test of time and can still be prominently seen by anyone with an open, analytic mind in the modern day and age. While not everyone has to follow a faith or believe in a religion, the main outcomes apply to all walks of life. The ideals of Christianity, Hinduism and Plato can all contribute to peace, love, harmony and acceptance as well as an open mind and an open heart. This is arguably the main link between the three philosophies.