If the human self is really divine—if there is no difference between God and humans—then doesn’t it seem strange that so many human beings have forgotten this? How do we account for this cosmic amnesia?
— Paul Copan, quoted in A World of Difference by Kenneth Richard Samples, kindle location 2648
In the monistic all-is-one philosophies of the East, there are no real I -You relationships, no distinctions between the compassionate and the pitied, between good and evil. All differences are illusory (maya). And why think this impersonal “God” is responsible for creating and sustaining the world we experience? It can’t create anything that’s not-God or act on anything since there’s nothing to act on. Even if Eastern religions stress duties or societal roles rather than rights, their emphasis on not harming others but respecting them still takes human worth and dignity for granted—an assumption that an impersonal metaphysic can’t easily accommodate.
— Paul Copan, from Loving Wisdom, kindle location 364
Hinduism at its heart and in its goals teaches us that we are to seek union with the divine. Why union? Because the Hindu claims that we are part and parcel of this divine universe. The goal of the individual is, therefore, to discover that divinity and live it out.
— Ravi Zacharias, from Jesus Among Other Gods, p. 96