April 8, 2010 is Buddha Day.
Buddhism has a lot in common with agnosticism and humanism. In fact, to Buddha himself (Siddhartha), a personal savior, messiah, Lord, or God was absolutely unnecessary. In Christianity, a Savior is absolutely crucial (John 3:16, John 14:6, etc.), and people can have a loving and joy-filled relationship with Jesus. There are Buddhists today (called Mahayana Buddhists) who have made Buddha to be a God, but that is something that Buddha himself denied. Buddha did not claim to be God, but Jesus Christ made these claims about Himself. Jesus claimed to be one with God and the actual Son of God.
The writings of Buddhism consist of many legends and mythological stretches (Buddhist authors and scholars admit to this). The Bible (both Old and New Testaments) have been preserved by the God who inspired the original writings. Furthermore, every prophecy or prediction mentioned in the Bible has come completely true! It's historical fact.
Buddhism is self-focused and teaches self-effort and striving. Christianity is all about God’s work and His grace, as well as the powerful life-changing effect of the Holy Spirit on a person. Jeremiah 17:5 says, “cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord.” Buddhism offers no forgiveness of sins, only suffering in future reincarnated lives for moral failure. Christianity offers forgiveness of sins and total justification before God through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.
Now about miracles. Buddha never claimed to do miracles or to be God. Jesus performed many miracles and these miracles are still occurring today by Jesus’ disciples in the name of Jesus! Buddha did not invite people to come to Him personally, but Jesus invites us to come to Him. Buddha was not raised from the dead. The remains of Buddha are buried today in Kusinara, at the base of the Himalaya Mountains. Jesus, on the other hand, overcame death and today sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven.
Finally, Buddhism offers nirvana (which is a state of nothingness) while Christianity offers eternal life in heaven with family and friends, angels, Jesus and God! It is so important to remember that God loves the Buddhist people (he loves every soul) and Christians are called to love all Buddhist people and to share the love and compassion of Christ with them.
Related article: Buddhism and Christianity: Why can't both be right?
More resources on Buddhism: Purchase any of the following books on Buddhism by clicking here
So What's the Difference? A Look at 20 Worldviews, Faiths and Religions by Fritz Ridenour
Find it Quick: Handbook on Cults and New Religions by Ron Rhodes