There is substantial reading material out there to confuse anyone interested to know what are the similarities and differences between Lord Krishna and Lord Jesus Christ.
There are those who believe that both men were just myths; others insist that the Jesus story was copied from that of Krishna. It is unfortunate to think that two of the world’s largest religions seem to mistrust one another, when the essence of their teaching is driven by the expression of love towards God and one another (His creation)! The irony of it all is that Hindus believe that God was manifested on earth though Lord Krishna, and Christians believe that God was manifested on earth through His son Jesus Christ!
The name Krishna referred to his dark-greyish skin complexion, whereas, the Jesus’ title of Christ referred to his anointment. The word anoint comes from Greek and means: to smear or rub with oil.
The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ was anointed by God with the Holy Spirit to spread the Good News and free those who have been held captive by sin. Therefore, there is no relation between the names of Krishna and Christ.
A few quick notes about their moral teachings:
Krishna commented that: “For even if the greatest sinner worships me with all his soul, he must be considered righteous, because of his righteous will. And he shall soon become pure and reach everlasting peace. For this is my word of promise, that he who loves me shall not perish.”
Jesus is recorded to have had the power to forgive sins, as well as, to heal physical, mental and demonic infirmaries.
Jesus said: “Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralysed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Then the man got up and went home.
On another occasion, Jesus said: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
And Jesus also said: “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”
Although Jesus came to save sinners, nevertheless, He expects us to: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” So, once the greatest sinner accepts Jesus and follows His commands, there is no more need for him to remain in sin!
Krishna teaches that we must detach ourselves from the physical world and from loss or gain, victory or defeat.
Jesus, said to the crowd: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” And, when He taught us how to pray, He told us to ask God to: “Give us this day our daily bread”, so Jesus acknowledges the fact that we desire to eat, but we must not indulge in over-abundance!
What about human relationships? Is the Hindu God personal or impersonal? How can it be easy to build a personal relationship with God, when at the back of your mind you must detach yourself from everything! What about the desire to reach God?
On the other hand, when Thomas, (one of the disciples of Jesus), said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”…
Clearly, Jesus sets us on a personal relationship with God, (whom He tells us to call “Father”), through Him!
Finally, while it is believed that Krishna returned back to God after he died from an accidental shooting in his foot by a poisoned arrow, the death of Jesus by nailing on the cross is believed by Christians to have been ordained by God Himself as a sign of God’s love to all mankind as their redeemer (paying off their sinful debts) in the manifestation of His Son, Jesus.