[It is] Christian dogma that every person was equal in the sight of God, and that richer and more competent people were not the favored ones -- "the meek" were.
For one, this quotation contradicts itself - in the first part, God favours none, and finds all to be potentially worthy; in the second, God sees those who are rich and more competent and decides, regardless of whether they are good men or not, that they should not be so favoured by Him. Now, I could understand this if it were a manifestation of "God's mercy", which He managed to develop at some point between the Old and New Testaments (or, rather, they just stopped talking about Enlil and started focusing on Enki). God sees a man who struggles in life, even though he is, at heart, a good man, and so He "favours" this man, not because he's "meek", but because he is good even without the natural/acquired strengths of the rich/competent. This could well fit into "Christianity", though I would say that "Fortes
fortuna adiuvat", and, more importantly, "idoneis natura subridet".
As far as my unfortunately limited understanding of Hinduism goes, those who are born into positions of relative "comfort" on this Earth are those souls who have reached a point where their prime concerns should start becoming "more spiritual". My understanding of this
is that those who are born into wealth/power should focus on things greater than themselves. Essentially, the rich/competent are not only "superior" to the "meeker" members of their race in the physical/material world, but they are also spiritually more advanced, which has enabled them to inhabit bodies which are destined for greatness. This makes sense to me - why should a progressed spirit spend time fighting to survive in the material world, when it would be far more beneficial to him and his kind if he were to take a position of comfort that he might employ his talents to the benefit of others? Of course, the pitfalls here are obvious, in that the "comfort" of this existence might lead a man astray, "power corrupts", and so on. Anyone who successfully navigates these pitfalls and lives a virtuous life despite the "temptations" presented to him is very likely to progress even further, "spiritually". This might shed some light on the Christian concept that God smiles upon the weak and unprivileged - it makes sense that God (a vaguely personified Brahman?) would want as many of his "children" to return to him, to leave the Hell that is physical existence, and spend the rest of that Day in His presence. As such, He would want to help those who are further behind, feeling confident that those who are naturally closer to Him will achieve what they need to achieve in their lives without as much of His help.