Buddha vs. Christ


Buddha (Siddhārtha Gautama) insisted he was human and that there is no almighty, benevolent God. He preached that desire was the root cause of suffering and that people should seek to eliminate desire. He was born in present-day Nepal roughly 500 years before Jesus Christ (Jesus of Nazareth).

Christ was born in Bethlehem in present-day Palestine. He was a Galilean Jewish Rabbi who was regarded as a teacher and healer in Judaea. Christians believe that he was the Messiah promised in the Old Testament and that he was the son of God. In fact, the Christian concept of God is a holy trinity: God (the Father), Christ (the Son) and the holy Spirit.

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Appears in the pali canon, chinese canon, tibetan canon, etc. The Gospels and the Koran (Qur'an)
Ethnicity Shakya Palestinian Jew
Raised in kapilavatthu (border of northern india and nepal). Nazareth in ancient Israel
Born c. 563 BCE, Lumbini, today in Nepal Approx. 07-04 B.C.
Foster mother Mahapajapati Gotami N/A
Born in Nepal Bethlehem in Judea
Successor maitreya Peter and the Apostles
Foster father n/a St. Joseph
Birth mother Queen Maha Maya The Virgin Mary
Role in Godhead N/A Second Person of the Christian Trinity
Died c. 483 BCE (aged 80) or 411 and 400 BCE, Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, today in India 33 AD, Jerusalem
Cause of death Old age. Crucifixion
Predecessor kassapa John the Baptist
Islam N/A In Islam as opposed Christianity, Jesus was just a prophet but also revered as the messiah who will return to save the world from the tyranny of the anti-christ.
Father King Śuddhodana God the Father according to Christianity
Christianity N/A Christianity teaches that Jesus is the Son of God, and Saviour the world. Jesus was the founder of Christianity.
Hinduism Vaishanvas believe that Gautama was an avatar of Vishnu. N/A
Judaism N/A Not accepted as a prophet, the Jewish people are still waiting for a Messiah to come.
Buddhism Buddhism teaches Gautama was the Enlightened One. N/A
Marriage Yasodhara Christ Is Married to His Church
Chief rival Mara The devil (a satan)
Resurrection Not claimed Affirmed in Christianity
Virgin Birth According to Wikipedia, some versions of the life of Buddha say that he was conceived without any sexual activity. Affirmed in Christianity and Islam. Though in Christianity, Jesus is the son of God but conceived by the Holy Spirit. Islam teaches it was simply a Virgin Birth.
Name of God Brahma (though he denied that he was a creator god) Aloi, Jehovah, Father, Lord
Parents King Suddhodana and Queen Maya. Father: God, Mother: Mary
Language Sanskrit Aramaic
Seal of Gurus/ Prophets The Enlightened one. The Messiah
Monotheism The Buddha wasn't monotheistic. God Is Father, Son(Jesus) and Holy Spirit
Religious Symbol The wheel. The Cross, because of His Passion and Death
Honored in Buddhism, Hinduism Christianity, Islam, Hinduism
Religion Hinduism Judaism
Religion Founded Buddhism Christianity

Contents: Buddha vs Christ

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Comparative analysis

This video compares the the beliefs of Christianity and Buddhism and draws parallels between the two religions.

Similarities in teachings

Christian scholar Marcus Borg found several similarities between the teachings of Buddha and Jesus.

Philosophical differences

In this video a Buddhist contrasts Christian and Buddhist philosophies by narrating two stories about death.

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Comments: Buddha vs Christ

Anonymous comments (6)

October 18, 2013, 10:44am

Jesus and Buddha are two distinct individuals who taught different things.

Buddha was just a man, and his problem with life was suffering. He taught that to eliminate suffering from your life, you have to let go of desire, and to live a life of moderation and self control, so that you do not harm other living things, including other people and animals. Eventually, you can reach a state of happiness and bliss called Nirvana where you will no longer be reborn into a life of suffering.

Jesus, on the other hand, claimed to be God or God's Son, and his problem with life is evil. His solution is to repent (i.e turn away from doing bad things), and to love God and keep the ten commandments. If you accept him as personal Saviour for the forgiveness of your sins, you will inherit eternal life in God's Kingdom.

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July 22, 2013, 4:59am

I'm a 15 year old who was never bad or did wrong. When I was twelve years, I got into a bad addiction. It was nasty and I couldn't tell anyone. I was scared to sleep at night and I didn't do good in school. My parents were going through a lot and some of my family died. I tried fighting my addiction by my self but it was of and on. Every day I struggled. I made bad grades and I didn't care. But when I turned to Jesus I found happiness. I found love and good things started happening. I made A's and B's. I felt better and things started better for my family as well. I started watching less tv and listening to gospel music or music with no words. I'm living proof that Jesus is real. He touched my heart and freed me of my lustful addiction. He loves us all and he wants to do the same for you. Pleases turn to Jesus. I hire tie it works . You find love, righteousness, and a peaceful state of mind. He helped me. And for sure he's not just air I pray to. He's like a dad to me. He's always making a way for me and he can do it for you to. God loves us all. Please just repent now. Accept true happiness

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July 22, 2013, 4:46am

Jesus loves you and wants you to escape sin. He doesn't care what you did In the past or who you are. He has his arms wide open for you right now. All you have to do is repent. God(Jesus) wants a real relationship with you. Don't repent soon do it now. We are all equal until we die. Make your choice now. The world or Jesus. Love or lust. Heaven or Hell. Don't do it to clear your mind. Do it for the love that awaits you for repenting to God. He really loves you. He wants you in Heaven.

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July 22, 2013, 4:33am

What Religion teaches is that you must reach to A Deity.
Religion teaches Judgment, and hatred towards an "non-enlighten" one.
What true Christianity teaches are more than life lessons.
True Christianity is more than just believing in Jesus.
It teaches Love, peace, and an escape from our wrong doings. God in human flesh died for us. I'm not here to judge any one or be a soap box preacher. I'm just telling the truth. What I believe is that when you develop a personal relationship with God then there will be no desires. God is loving, kind, and very righteous. He died for drug dealers, prostituits, gang members, and so on. He loves everyone. It doesn't matter who you are, how rich or poor, good or bad, he loves you. I'm pretty sure some of you heard this plenty of times and don't care. Please have an open mind about this. God loves you and he wants you to love him with All your heart. You still have time to repent. Don't waist it at all. God loves us all and he has a plan for your life. God bless and take care. From anonymous.

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March 20, 2013, 8:19am

Buddha possessed miraculous powers or special powers but these powers have no relevance to humans. On the other hand, Buddha neither showed his powers to the creatures nor used them for his own good. And the powers he possessed were only relevant to him, not to us. Buddha showed us the middle path and he himself practised that path. So, he never told us that we must be vegetarians or not. He never told us to count beads or not. He had never ordered us or forced us to do things but instead he taught us to do so.

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March 20, 2013, 6:21am

The cause of death, according to Buddhism, is that all things in the world are impermanent. One dies when his/her fate (which determines the length of life to live) runs out. - Buddha has no relevance to 'Hinduism'.

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