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Buddha Day on April 8, 2010: Differences between Buddhism and Christianity

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


Comments

  • nin' 4 years ago

    Deleting www.examiner.com bookmark...

  • Becky 4 years ago

    Just want to make it clear, I love the Buddhist people! God bless you...

  • becky 4 years ago

    If you are Buddhist, or any other religion, know that Jesus loves you so, so much! He invites all men to Him, regardless of who you are or your past, to have a relationship with Him, as well as the promise of eternal life. His love is so, so big! Jesus said:

    "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Matthew 11).

    You can read my other articles on salvation if it interests you! God loves you!

  • Andrew Silver Phoenix Buddhist Examiner 4 years ago

    As a practicing Buddhist for over 8 years, I feel obligated to attention to a number of inaccuracies in this article.

    First, Mahayana Buddhists do not believe that Buddha was a god. They draw no distinction between the Buddha and themselves.

    Second, Buddhist writings use parables and similies as a way to convey complex ideas; it is the use of metaphors. Third, it is correct that Buddhism focus on raising awareness to the workings of the mind. In this respect it is self focused. What needs to be understood is that Buddhist believe all people are interconnected, and working for the happiness of others is paramont.

    Forth, not all Buddhist believe in nothingness. Mahayana Buddhist believe,during life and death, the life of the individual is fused with the universe. Fifth, Buddhist view life as precious-just a god loves all souls. I do not feel you intentionally misrepresented my faith. I invite you to view my writings to learn more about it.

  • Becky to Andrew 4 years ago

    Hi Andrew,
    Thank you for your comment. Yes you are right - I would never intentionally misrepresent your faith. :) Thank you for all the clarification, and I pray you have blessed day.
    Respectfully,
    Becky

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