Over six million people in the world practice Jainism, and the majority of them live in India. This religion is ancient and has captivated people for centuries. It teaches that their fate can be changed through good works and they can reach a state of complete joy and happiness forever.
Unlike Hindus, Jains do not worship gods or deities. Rather, Jainism teaches self-help, meaning that they must entirely depend on themselves to reach their destinies. Jains believe in reincarnation. The goal of the Jain is to try to achieve liberation and be freed from the never-ending cycle of rebirth. To accomplish this, the Jain works to remove all karma from the soul. They believe that karma is a literal, tangible substance that is found throughout the entire universe. The actions, thoughts, and words of the Jain attract karma; how much karma one holds determines the outcome of the present life and lives to come. Jains spend their whole lives trying to resist karma by treating others well and maintaining a good mental state. If these qualities are fulfilled, the Jain is finally saved from the cycle of rebirth and the soul lives eternally in perfect happiness.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Salvation cannot be earned or merited. Salvation comes only from accepting the free gift God offers and putting faith in Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, most Jains have never heard this message and believe that their good works will lead them to a place of rest. Their lack of faith in Christ will actually lead them to a place of torment. Please pray for more missionaries to go to the Jains and share with them the gift of salvation by grace through faith.