Question: "What is Sikhism?"

Question: What is Sikhism

Answer: Sikhism is the third major branch of Hinduism and was founded by a man named Nanak, who was born in India in 1469. The teachings of Sikhism are a blend of Hinduism and Islam. Rather than borrowing from the Hindu and Islamic scriptures, Sikhs wrote their own scripture, based upon their interpretation of certain ideas taught in Hinduism and Islam. The sacred scriptures of Sikhism are known as the Granth Sahib, or “Lord’s Book.” A unique feature of this work is the number of languages utilized in its composition, making it nearly impossible for even learned Sikhs to study these scriptures, much less the common person.

Sikhism teaches that salvation consists of knowing God, or in obtaining God, or in being absorbed into God. However, they also teach that God is unknowable, and most certainly is unknowable in a personal sense. God is One, but his manifestations are many. God is not a Person, but rather an abstract principle of truth or reality.


Like all false religion, Sikhism is incompatible with biblical Christianity. First, Sikhism attempts to unite two different religions, trying to create one “truth” from two falsehoods. Christianity teaches that it is the only true religion, the unchanging “faith once delivered to the saints” for which we are to “earnestly contend” (Jude 1:3).


Second, Sikhism’s concept of God as abstract and impersonal is directly contradictory to the loving, caring Abba Father God revealed in the Bible (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6). Our God is intimately involved with His children, knowing when we sit down and rise up and understanding our very thoughts (Psalm 139:2). He loves us with an everlasting love and draws us to Himself in patience and faithfulness (Jeremiah 31:3). He also makes it clear that He cannot be reconciled with any other so-called god of another religion: “Before Me there was no god formed, and there will be none after Me” (Isaiah 43:10) and “I am the Lord and there is no other; besides Me there is no god” (Isaiah 45:5).


Third, salvation is available only through Jesus Christ, who pointed out that those who do not believe in Him will not receive everlasting life. “I am the way, and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). “And there is salvation in no other One; for there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).


Finally, the Bible is the very Word of God. It is literally God-breathed, written for all who seek to know and understand, “and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Far from being some obscure writings knowable to only a select few educated people, the Bible is given to all of us by our Heavenly Father that we might know and love Him and that we might “come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4), and that we might come to Him for eternal life.


Like all false religions, Sikhism is a lie from the father of lies, Satan, who “walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Many have been caught up in this and dozens of other counterfeit faiths. But there is only one God and He is Jehovah of the Bible. There is only one Savior and He is the Lord Jesus Christ who died on the cross to obtain salvation for all those who would believe in Him. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).