Ninety percent of the Sikh population worldwide live in India. That is over 22 million people! What is Sikhism, you might ask?

The religion of Sikhism was founded in the 16th century in the state of Punjab, India. When a man by the name of Guru Nanak began teaching a doctrine that was unheard of, people listened. The religion was developed over time, as the Gurus who followed him documented and furthered his teachings.

The beliefs of the Sikhs are somewhat similar to those of the Hindus. Both believe in reincarnation, karma, and liberation from the never-ending cycle of life, death, and rebirth. However, they differ in the way liberation is achieved. While Hindus strongly take part in traditions and rituals, Sikhs view those actions as worthless. Sikhs believe that in order to achieve liberation, they must look to god within them. This is done by thinking and meditating on him at all times and constantly serving and taking care of others.

Sikhs adhere to three major practices. The first is called Nam Japna, which is the practice of thinking about God continually. The second is called Kirt Karna, which communicates living an honest life. The third is Vand Chhakna, which is giving money to those less fortunate. Sikhs also live by the five vices: anger, pride, envy, greed, and being materialistic. They strive to avoid these qualities, as they would distract them from god and lessen their chances of liberation.

Sikhs live lives of trying to encounter God by their goodness and works. Sadly, they have never heard 1 Timothy 2:5, which says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” Please pray for the Sikhs, and that more people would go share the Mediator with them that they may find salvation and be reunited with God.