THE SPREAD OF HINDUISM
gate ; because broad and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are the ones going in through it ; whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are the ones finding it ." (Matthew 10 :28 ; 7 :13,14, NW) All this multitude of religions has worked, not for peace, harmony, unity, mutual happiness, but for division and disorder and war ; and "God is a God, not of disorder, but of peace" . -1 Corinthians 14 :33, NW. 12 Hindu belief and practice are therefore seen to be saturated with animism, that is to say, the belief that all natural objects and the universe itself possess a soul ; that all objects have a natural life or vitality and are endowed with a soul . To the Hindu mind it is hard to get the idea of a personal God with an individual existence . But the Hindu will have to admit that, say, the house in which he lives was built by some human creature with an individual body of a definite form . The house did not put itself together because it was pervaded by some everywhere-existing soul . It took the intelligence and ability of some individual person to put it up . If that is the case with such a small simple thing as a house, then how much more so would it be the case with the immense visible universe which shows such superhuman power and intelligence? Clinging to his idea that the great spirit pervades everything, the Hindu will insist that the deity is made up of all things of the universe . The house in which you live is therefore deserving of as much honor as you, or even more honor than you, because it is a Why does belief in animism make it hard for Hindus to get the idea of a personal God? Why are they wrong in worshiping what they make? 12.