April 8, 2010 is Buddha Day.
With the different claims that Buddhism and Christianity make, it would be impossible for both to be true. It is 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.
If Christianity is true, Buddhism is false
If Christianity is true, Buddhism is false. Both cannot be true due to each of their claims. If Christianity is true, but a person chooses Buddhism instead, that person will not attain salvation (because they have rejected the only Savior, Jesus Christ). Buddha did not claim to be a Savior nor did he claim to be God. If Christianity is true, than all of what Jesus said is true as well. That includes all of His statements, including: "I am the way and the Truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me". If Christ was telling the truth, there is no such thing as future reincarnated lives at all. Rather, there will be only death then judgment and hell, for the Bible says, "...man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment" (Hebrews 9:27).
If Buddhism is true, that would automatically make Christianity false and Jesus a liar. Keep in mind that every prophecy of scripture in the Bible predicted to this point in time has come completely true; it is historical fact. The Bible is the only religious book with any fulfilled prophecies (there are hundreds).
Athiest-turned-Christian C.S. Lewis in his book Mere Christianity wrote the following: "I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him (Jesus Christ): 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept his claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic - on a level with a man who says he is a poached egg - or else he would be the Devil of hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that option open to us. He did not intend to."
For more resources on Buddhism
- 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