Buddhism vs Christianity

Buddhism
Christianity

Buddhism is centered upon the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha, whereas Christianity is centered on the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ. Buddhism is a nontheistic religion, i.e., it does not believe in a supreme creator being a.k.a. God. Christianity is a monotheistic religion and believes that Christ Is the Son Of God.

Buddhism is an offshoot of Hinduism and is a Dharmic religion. Christianity is an offshoot of Judaism and is an Abrahamic religion.

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Place of worship Monasteries, nunneries, pagodas and temples. Church, chapel, cathedral, basilica, home bible study, personal dwellings.
Founder Gautama Buddha (born as Prince Siddhartha) Jesus,Peter and Paul
Concept of Deity Instead of deities, Devas or celestial beings are accepted as those suffering in the samsara. Believe in the Trinity. Three persons in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Place of origin Nepal, India Jerusalem
Practices Practices of the Threefold Training: Morality, Concentration, and Wisdom. Prayers, sacraments (some branches), worship in church, reading of the Bible, acts of charity, communion.
Literal Meaning Buddhists mean those who follow the teachings of the Buddha Christ means "the anointed" or "Messiah". A Christian is a believer in Christ. A believer is also called and known as a saint in Protestant branches.
Life after death Until one has not attained Nirvana, he or she will be reborn into any of the 31 planes of existence over and over again, due to his/her karma. Man is appointed to die once, and then face judgment. Those who believe live on in heaven, while those that rejected God suffer eternity in hell. After the culmination of the events of the Book of Revelation all believers shall be bodily resurrected.
Scriptures Tripitaka - a vast volume of 3 main sections: the Discourses, the Discipline and the Absolute Doctrine - which appeared only after the death of the Buddha, thanks to the monks who collected all the teachings of the Buddha. The Holy Bible, a collection of canonical books in two parts: the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Clergy Monks and Nuns, who unitedly and exactly follow the teachings of the Buddha under the name 'Sangha'. Priests, Monks, Bishops, Pastors, president. depending on denomination
Time of origin 2,500 years ago, circa 563 B.C.E. (Before Common Era) Approx. 33 AD.
Definition Teachings of the Buddha Follower of the Christ.
Use of statues and pictures Common Used in Catholicism Orthodox Christianity; statuary is not used in most Protestant denominations. Statues are not worshiped but looked to as a point of focus in prayer and meditation.
Birth of Jesus Not relevant to Buddhism. Virgin Birth, through God.
Rites Generally common. Seven sacraments: Baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, penance, anointing of the sick, holy orders, matrimony (Catholic Anglican and Orthodox). other denominations just Baptism and communion.
About Following the teachings of the Buddha Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
Angels No angels accepted. Angels are servants of God used as messengers and warriors and guardians of humanity.
Belief of God Buddhism does not believe in a Creator God. One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
Goal of religion To attain enlightenment and be released from the cycle of rebirth and death, thus attaining Nirvana. To love God and obey his commandments while creating a relationship with Jesus Christ and spreading the Gospel so that others may also be saved.
Means of salvation Buddhism has nothing to do with "salvation". The only goal in Buddhism is to attain Nirvana. To do this, we should let go of our desires, cravings and attachments, and try to dispel our ignorance Through Christ's death and resurrection. Salvation is by grace, through faith. Not by works, lest anyone should boast.
Human Nature Ordinary human beings possess greed, anger, delusion, igorance, cravings, etc. and they were compared by the Buddha as 'the fools' and 'the blind'. (Ordinary human beings mean those who haven't walked or are not walking the Eightfold Path.) Man has inherited "original sin" from Adam. Mankind then is inherently evil and is in need of forgiveness of sin. By knowing right and wrong Christians choose their actions. Humans are a fallen, broken race in need of salvation and repair by God.
Holy days/Official Holidays Kasone Full Moon Day, Waso Full Moon Day, etc. Christmas (birth of Jesus), Good Friday (death of Jesus), Sunday (day of rest), Easter (resurrection of Jesus).
Status of women No gender bias in Buddhism. In the Discourse related to householders, named 'Tein-gala-wada', certain duties and obligations were mentioned and applied to specific gender i.e. duties of a husband to a wife and vice versa, by the Buddha. Can become nuns in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches and may be priests in Protestant churches. The Bible states that men and women have different roles but are not inferior. Women are equal to men in modern times.
Marriage Seen as a social convention and mainly a personal and individual concern, not a religious duty. Advice in the Discourses are on how to maintain a happy and harmonious marriage. Faithfulness and monogamy was encouraged. Marriage is between one man and one woman. Jesus affirms this in Mathew 19:3-9 ‘...Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’.
God's role in salvation No God or gods. Salvation is not related to Buddhism at all. The Buddha also told us to depend on our own to attain nirvana (by practising the Threefold Training or the Eightfold Path). Humans cannot save themselves or ascend on their own to a higher level. Only God is good and therefore only God is able to save a person. Jesus came down from Heaven to save mankind.
Identity of Jesus Not relevant to Buddhism Son of the Living God and Saviour of the world. Second person of the Trinity.
Religious Law The Buddha's teachings, the Dharma. The 10 Commandments and the New Commandment to "Love one another".
Population 300-450 Million, but Theravada Buddhists: 100-150 million 2.1 Billion includes Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox and other Christians.
Confessing sins Not a part of (Theravada) Buddhism. The Buddha told us that we should strive hard ourselves to dismiss the bad deeds we have already done (except for certain bad deeds, e.g., matricide, etc.) and also showed us the way to do so. Protestants confess straight to God, Catholic confess mortal sins to a Priest, and venial sins straight to God (Orthodox have similar practice) Anglicans confess to Priests but considered optional. God always forgives sins in Jesus.
Views on the afterlife Cycle of rebirth and death in 31 realms, as determined by karma. Good karma can lead one to be reborn into any of the 26 realms of happiness. Evil karma will lead one to be reborn into any of the four nether realms of suffering. Heaven or Hell. May do temporal time in Purgatory.
Status of Adam Not relevant to Buddhism and this was merely a created concept which seemed to be imaginary to Buddhists. Adam was the first man created by God. He fell into temptation and brought sin and death to the human race.
Principle This life is suffering, and the only way to escape from this suffering is to dispel one's cravings and ignorance by practising the Eightfold Path. God created man. Man sinned and fell under its curse. God redeems sinful man through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Those that He redeems, He regenerates them and they become "born-again".
Geographical distribution and predominance Theradava Buddhist countries, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Sri Lanka are the places of predominance of Buddhism. The Noble Truths are presently best heard in Myanmar only. Europe, North & South America, Australia & New Zealand.
View of Animistic religions Wholly rejects such kinds of concepts. The Buddha's teachings have nothing to do with these. Paganism is Heathenism. Witchcraft is communication and interaction with demons, fallen evil angelic beings. These have no real interest ultimately, in helping their worshipers. Demonic possession is common.
Death of Jesus Not relevant to Buddhism Death by crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. Will return.
Religion which atheists may still be adherents of Buddhists deny the existence of a God or gods. So Buddhism is not a religion, but the teachings of the Buddha. A person must believe in God and Jesus to be Christian.
Authority of Pope Absolutely irrelevant to Buddhism Leader and overseer of the Catholic Church. his authority is completely rejected by Protestants, and is viewed by Orthodox as first among equals. Orthodox and Protestants reject Papal infallibility and Papal supremacy.
Clothes No prohibitions made but one should distinguish between what is right and what is wrong according to the Buddha's guidance. Conservative Christians dress Modestly (women usually put up their hair, dresses below knees, cover up the top, some even cover their head) men wear dress clothes do not show chests legs and arms. although Liberal Christians reject Prohibitions.
Offshoot religions Some branches of Buddhism like Mahayana, in which the teachings of the Buddha have been amended over and over again. Rastafarianism,Universalism, and Deism, and Masonry.
Second coming of Jesus Irrelevant to Buddhism. Pure Buddhism perfectly rejects such kinds of irrelevant concepts or ideas. Affirmed, No one knows the date of return not even Jesus, only the Father.
Original Language(s) Original language is Magada, language used during the lifetime of the Buddha, which is the universal language (understood all over the universe) Hebrew, Aramaic, Koine Greek
Legislation All the rules determined by the words of the Buddha. Varies through denomination.
Concept of God A God or gods have always been rejected wholly by Theravada Buddhists. Their only refuges are the three jewels: The Buddha, The Dhamma, and The Sangha. Eternal, uncreated, triune, Single and unique, Creator of life and the universe, righteous, just, merciful. All-knowing, everywhere present.
Ressurection of Jesus Not relevant to Buddhism. affirmed
Use of statues Used often. Permitted in Catholic & Orthodox Churches,
View of other Abrahamic religions Being a Dharmic religion, Buddhism has no relative view of Abrahamic religions. Judaism is regarded as a True religion but incomplete (without Gospel, and Messiah) Islam is regarded as a false religion, Christianity does not accept the Qur'an as true.
Day of worship Instead of worshipping, Buddhists pay obeisance to the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. Worship should be daily. Many Christians attend church on Sundays. only sundays is considered mandatory.
Resurrection of Jesus N/A Affirmed
Promised Holy one. Meitreya Second Coming of Christ
View of the Buddha Founder of Buddhism or the Four Noble Truths N/A.
Authority of Dalai Lama Merely belonging to Tibetan Buddhism and has no relevance to Theravada Buddhism. N/A.
Belief of God Buddhists do not believe in a Creator God, but, do have non-creator deities. One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Goal of Philosophy Buddhism is not a philosophy. It is the practical teachings of the Buddha and its goal is 'nirvana'. Objective reality. Worship of God who created life, the universe, and is eternal. Christianity has its own philosophy, found in the 66 books of the Bible.
Position of Mary Not relevant to Buddhism She is the Mother of God, and is highly honored in Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican (Episcopalian), and Lutheran Christianity. Most Protestants do not honor the Virgin Mary.
Three Jewels The Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha, which are the only precious refuges in the whole universe. Faith, Hope and Charity
Status of Muhammad Not relevant to Buddhism. False Prophet with wrong Ideas about God and Jesus, and the Bible.
Place and Time of origin Approx. 2,500 years ago, Approx. 33 AD.
Abrahamic Lineage N/A. The Lord Jesus was a Descendant of Abraham, via his son Isaac & grandson Jacob.
View of other Dharmic religions Believes absolutely that any other ideas and concepts rather than the Buddha's teachings will never be true or perfect in this world. N/A.
Virtue on which religion is based upon Compassion Love.
Praying to Saints,Mary, and Angel They have no relevance to Buddhism at all. Affirmed, in Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, & Anglican(Episcopalian)Christianity; most Protestants do not.
Use of statues, images Statues are commonly used as symbolic reminders while paying obeisance to the Buddha. some denominations regard It as forbidden and Idolatry. Anglicans and Lutherans allow pictures but forbid venerating them. Catholics encourage pictures and statues and venerate them. Orthodox encourage pictures and venerate them.
Marriage and Divorce If one followed the Buddha's teachings, one would not need a divorce. However, if personal differences are so vast within a couple, divorce is permitted. Explained by Jesus in Mathew 19:3-9 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. Therefore what God has put together let man not seperate.'
Names of God Brahma, Avalokitesvara God, Gud, Gott, Deo, Dios. Jehovah, YHWH, Eli Elohim, Allah, (depending on language Christians are of every language and culture around the world)
Direction of Prayer Irrelevant to Buddhism. Catholics and Orthodox usually face Jerusalem in their prayers but it is not considered necessary, but recommended. God is present everywhere recent reforms have prompted many Christians to not face anywhere in their prayers.
Views on other religion Buddhism does not condemn any of other religions . Christianity is the True Faith.
Can atheists partake in this religion's practices? Yes. No.
Saints No saints. Only upright or virtuous persons, Arhats, etc. those who follow exactly the Buddha's teachings. Catholics and Orthodox venerate very Holy people as Saints. Most Protestants do not do this.
View of other Oriental religions Buddhists usually follow Oriental religions, as well as their own. N/A.
Teachings about Behavior Never do what is evil; do what is good; keep your mind pure. (teachings of the Buddhas about behavior) And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself;” Go and sin no more- John 8
Followers Buddhists Christian (follwers of Christ)
Status of Vedas Gautama Buddha believed and preached that the Vedas were originally sacred texts that were corrupted by some Brahmins by introducing practices such as animal sacrifice. N/A.
Jesus N/A. The Son Of God.
sects Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana, and so on. Catholic, Protestant, & Orthodox.
imams identified as Buddhists never think of people from other religions. N/A.
Position of Abraham N/A. Father in Faith.
View on Abrahamic religions Buddhists see no contradiction in following more than one religion. A lot of Buddhists also try to follow Christianity. Believe that Jews are right, except for their rejection of Christ; believe that Muhammad & Bah-u-llah are false prophets.
Three Jewels/Trinity The Buddha, the Dharma, the Sangha. The Blessed Trinity: In the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit
War between two churches/ major sects Many mainline Buddhist sects deny Soka Gakkai as true Buddhism. Catholics & Protestants used to be at war in Norther Ireland; In USA, many fundamentalist Protestants vehemently deny Catholics are Christian.

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February 8, 2013, 12:13pm

one word COEXIST.

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July 14, 2012, 6:08pm

no one has the right to impose ones truth to any one religion. it is about learning to live, love and accept other living beings with unconditional care. some people think that if you don't believe then u are doomed. well i say that all life has the right to bliss, its the things u do along the way that define u.

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March 7, 2014, 11:32am

buddism is a religion that was made by a man christianty is a religion created by a god

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December 6, 2013, 1:35pm

Your facts of christianity are very incorrect. The goal of following Christ is to have a relationship with God and live here on the earth forever without ever dieing. That was God's original purpose for the earth. Death is an enemy which God will end forever when Christ rules over the earth. For most of what you think Christianity is, please look into the teachings
ancient Babylon. After the flood of Noahs Day. Jesus was not born December 25. He did not die on Good Friday. The list is almost endless.
Plus, faith without works is dead! You must be Catholic and I like Catholics, but you need to read your bible and check history on why your faith teaches things that are not in your own bible. Check 2 Timothy 4:1-4.
Shows that your teachings come from a very wrong source. The bible has all the answers. That's why in the past people were put to death for having a bible. It's a fact that these things did ocurr. He wrote the Bible to teach us about Himself and His son. At least you have those two separate, father and son. One Creator, one created but, the created one is Prince on Peace soon to rule over the earth in complete peace for 1,000 years.

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November 18, 2013, 4:20am

My only comment is that people need to be educated on both religions. I can see the hostility in "Christian writers" and the calmness in the Buddhist. :) just sayin..

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July 7, 2013, 7:43am

maybe the the best thing to do is relaxing and smiling on each other. Cheers angry guys. bs

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June 3, 2013, 4:36am

This is completely one sided.
The Chirstians get to do this, do Buddhists know who Jesus is?
No, they think he is a guy from Judea.
Christians also have like 3 more questions about Buddhists not knowing about them.
I don't see a question of what Christians know of Buddhists.
Heck, I know who jesus is even though I am Buddhist.
Take that!

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May 12, 2013, 12:32pm

'View of other Dharmic religions' of Buddhism should be: 'Believes wholly that any other concepts rather than the Buddha's teachings cannot be entirely true or perfect in this world'.

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April 6, 2013, 12:24pm

I worship God my creator by studying (meditating on) his ENTIRE creation—which IS the only miracle I need or recognize. I see life as the natural product of nature, and intelligence as the natural product of life. I believe God is perfect and so wouldn't throw arbitrary rules out to trip us up; all the rules I see are for our own good. I believe my primary purpose here is to help others and to benefit the human race; not just to help myself into heaven. God smiles at me from the sunrise in the morning and puts me to bed at night. I cannot know who created the Bible, but I know who created the trees. I know Jesus not as a distant savior, but as an ever-present friend, as is Buddha, and my friends and relatives who have gone before me. I can’t see Heaven as a distant place, because it wouldn't be much of a heaven if I were separated from the people and places I love. I am a Christian who worships as a Buddhist, mainly because Christianity provides little guidance for the type of worship that “makes sense in my own mind”; as Buddha puts it. There is no conflict in my heart or my mind between Christianity and Buddhism. For those who would call me a heretic I offer a parable by Arthur Conan Doyle:

The cheese-mites asked how the cheese got there,
And hotly debated the matter;
The Orthodox said that it came from the air,
And the Heretics said from the platter.
They argued it long and they argued it strong,
And I hear they are arguing now;
But of all the choice spirits who lived in the cheese,
Not one of them thought of a cow.

I do not attempt to speculate about the nature of God, his methods, or his motives as my Christian clergy does; to do so would be not only absurd but heretical. Thank you.

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March 19, 2013, 10:31am

The virtue upon which Buddhism is based is the threefold training, viz ethics, concentration, and wisdom (insight).
Dalai Lama does not belong to Theravada Buddhism. There is also no prophet in Theravada Buddhism. There are only monks and nuns (collectively known as Sangha), who follow Buddha's teachings unitedly.
In my opinion, Buddhism has nothing to do with those called 'saints'.
They may be related in some way to Christianity. Also, boddhisatvas (future Buddhas) cannot be referred to as saints. Buddhism deals with those who practise the threefold training laid down by Buddha. They can be referred to as upright, virtuous or wise persons (sages).
The teachings about behavior of Buddha are: to avoid all bad (evil) deeds, to do all good deeds, and to cleanse one's mind.

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February 11, 2013, 12:13am

I am a Christian, as many other people here are, and I do respect other religions as well. I've learned how religions have started, like Buddhism, and I see the logic in all of it, why people would follow it. I really think people should learn how to respect other people's beliefs before talking bad about them. In the end, we're all people, and I'm pretty sure most people like to live in peace without having others talk bad about what they believe in.

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July 13, 2012, 9:42pm

It seems to me that those who wrote about Adam and Eve and the,err,devastating effect of "eating and apple from the tree of Knowledge Of Good and Evil should have spent less time in the hot sun and more time in a good university. Those who wrote these kinds of ideas did not even know what an atom was. Why would anyone worship a Creator of the Universe who then assigns a mortality table to all living energy. Kills all living energy off. Including my lovable dog. My dog nor any of his ancestors ate any such apple from the "Tree." You know, he does not even like apples. For those who love science, you know the "Creator" also destroys the sun and all the planets eventually burn up. Anybody ever hear of a Red Star? That is what first happens to our sun when the destruction happens.

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July 13, 2012, 9:32pm

Why is Jesus so often referred to as a lamb? Now, while I'm not an expert on lambs, but I have found that animal lacking a few deck cards.

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July 2, 2012, 2:17am

I am not sure that one can fully explain Buddhist concepts in a small list. Because they are so foreign to Westerners. Buddhism has an array of practices. One cannot say all Buddhists practice the same way. Tibetan Buddhism is quite different from Theravada Buddhism. TO say they worship non-creator deities shows a lack of understanding of Buddhism. Research further please, as you don't show an objective or accurate view of Buddhism.

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July 1, 2012, 12:43am

Buddhism polytheistic??? Rites: samsara? Does this windbag know what he or she is talking about? Buddhism is non-theistic; samsara is suffering in cyclic existence...etc. Not all Christianity is sacramental. This is a failing grade 8 social studies project.

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June 18, 2012, 1:50am

I don't like the fact that with Christianity there is a hell aspect. If the great being of love and all that has to punish you for all eternity then he isn't that good of a god, he is just a evil god that LOVEs to see his creations in pain. A long with not showing himself in any way to give people a reason to believe him. Idk. From the history I read about the bible all I see is how it was used as a weapon for armies.

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May 16, 2012, 4:11pm

I do not know if there is a God or not, I am still on the search as to whether the Bible is fiction or not. I do know this, from all I have read the books of faith mirror one another, I know that Buddhism is older than Christianity and that it is possible that Jesus, (if he did exist) could have learned from Egyptians, Indians, and other mystics. Jesus, speaks of caring for others, so does the Buddha. Jesus speaks of loving others not like us, and our enemies- and so does Buddha.

For me, I have practiced both the teachings of Jesus and the Buddha, and I am in peace. Doesn't God want us to be in peace? I have a theory that the lack of peace is from an Earthly realm to keep us from living in harmony with one another. Blessings, and awaken to the truth.

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May 16, 2012, 2:29pm

there is no god, you all make me sick.. "THAT IS THE TRUTH" yeah right

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April 23, 2012, 1:11pm

Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour of all Nations and if you do not confess that He is your Lord and Saviour, you will not see the Kingdom of God, no matter what kind of a good person you are, you are going to hell, accept the truth or reject it but THAT IS THE TRUTH

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April 10, 2012, 2:02pm

I feel that Buddism is a "religion" that is still searching for a reason to believe in what's ever they proclaims that they believe in. But if you cant pinpoint what it is that you simply believe in then you simply dont understand it. Im a Catholic Christian. We believe one God. He is 3 persons in 1 God. The Father. The Son. & The Holy Spirit. We belive Jesus Christ is The Messiah. As do not the Jews. We believe that Christ has died, ressurected, and is to come back on Earth too claim His people which is known as the 2nd coming of Christ.

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February 5, 2012, 9:17am

This is my opinion, God is a belief in our mind n there is no physical form to it, it's our faith in that belief that gives life to god. All the holy books r just means to maintain discipline, enforce moral values n ethics on humans which is a good thing. But its major drawback is it restricts our mind from exploring beyond what's written on the book. Remember our mind is free n we can imagine things beyond anyone's control.

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January 27, 2012, 4:38am

All life is precious. Here is the thing. I walked away from my loving Christian church because I was not feeling the love. I have endured division and unhappiness from the people who proclaim to love one another and care. Well I find that Christians are conditional. The name it and claim it prosperity is not what spirituality is about.

I have not regretted walking away. I have read many books, and spiritual readings. You know I think that most religions promote (allegedly) Peace, charity, and Forgiveness. WE all want the same thing- to be acceptable to one another and to GOD. I have an Aunt that picked a church to further her husbands career, is the reason to go to church? I do not think so. I thought the reason to go to church was to be closer to GOD and to practice the teachings of Jesus Christ. Jesus never condemned others, nor did he say YOU will go straight to HELL if you do not believe like me. He gave them truth and it was the individuals choice.

So, Buddhism or Christianity? Or Christianity or Muslim? Do we not want the same things? Only Buddhist have a record of no war against other religion, why? Tolerance, Compassion, Respect for ALL life. Religion is knowledge and wisdom, being spiritual is being one with the GOD. Be still and know that I am GOD. If we are never still and listen to GOD then how can we say that we know GOD? Still the mind, meditate, and pray. Practice right behavior, speech, livelihood, contemplation, concentration, intent, and believe in TRUTH. Do all possible to end suffering. Think on what is most important in this world. Desires bring suffering. Less is more. Be happy with what you have and share compassion with those in need. I think Jesus would agree.

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December 29, 2011, 9:18am

Buddhism and Christianity aren't as different as this list makes out. English speakers (at least in the US) are familiar with the language of Christianity. We understand statements like "Christianity serves a real and living personal God," whereas an equivalent Buddhist statement "the all is one of us and all of us and not us" can be a little cryptic. Differences may come about in practice: some Christians consider God separate from man, where in Buddhism they are not separate. Christians who believe in the Trinity don't (or shouldn't) believe in such a separation.

The list mentions that Buddhism atheistic, but this is not accurate. Buddha himself never denied the existence of God, and in fact gave us tools to better understand God. One of the central tenants of Buddhism, the Three Jewels, is (despite what this list claims) very much the same as the Trinity. The Father (who is The Law, the Word, and Everything) is Dharma (also the Law, the Teachings, and all reality); the Son is the enlightened Truth Bringer, as Buddhists believe of Buddha; and the Holy Sprit which dwells in, moves, and binds the Christian people is, in the Buddhist community, Sangha, performing the same functions.

There are a lot of Buddhist hospitals in Asia, serving quite the same functions as Christian, Jewish, and Islamic hospitals in the West. Compassion is extremely important in Buddhism, and all the services you mention are prevalent in the world, and many even in the USj. The Tzu Chi Foundation operates Buddhist clinics (albeit in California, which not everyone believe is part of the US). Wikipedia lists 10 different Buddhist Universities in the US alone. One thing that I've heard many Christians of all types say is that many or most people do not truly understand Christianity and say many false or unsupportable things about Jesus, God, and the Bible. This same thing is very true of Buddhism! Many people say that Buddhism denies the existence of God. This is not true. Others say that Buddhism does not admit the concept of God, which is only true for certain conceptions of God, and not really true in a practical sense. What can be said with certainty is that Buddhism dwells first on the nature of suffering in man and how that suffering might be relieved. I don't think this is different from Christianity, even though, on the outside, the tools don't seem to be the same.

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December 23, 2011, 12:25am

"With Buddhism, we love because we love, care because we care, help because we want to help and contribute because we want to." This is a quote from the writer on 1-28-2011. It is a meaningless, existential statement. It provides no possible explanation for why we love or why we care or more importantly, why we should do either one. The problem becomes more apparent when we change the words. We hate because we hate. we don't care because we don't care, we don't help because we don't want to. What moral authority compels anyone to choose one action over the other? Buddhism cannot explain the existence of evil nor does it have a way to say one action is right and one action is wrong. In the final analysis good and evil are the same. They become one with the universe. Christianity by contrast, assumes a personal infinite God who created all and is the source of love. The ultimate act of love was to give His creation choice. Love only can have meaning if freely given. Man rebelled and chose to go his own way. The result is evil in the world today. God did not create evil just as you do not create darkness and cold. Darkness is the absence of light and cold is the absence of heat. Evil is the absence of love.
These two competing philosophies play themselves out in the real world. You can empirically verify the results. Where in the Buddhist world do you find the hospitals, the universities, the food kitchens, the special clinics, the social interventions of every shape and color you can think of? They are practically non existent. Christianity serves a real and living personal God you can know. He can forgive and restore you to the proper relationship you were meant to have with your Creator. You cannot work for it .. it is freely given when you acknowledge Him. When you have the living power of God within your spirit you can do great things for your fellow man. When you love your Creator you want to work to please Him. You don't live by rules and regulations, you live life to the fullest as God intended and have the peace that passes all understanding.

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December 3, 2011, 4:50am

Dear young man struggling with a relationship,
My best advice to you is run toward God and see who is running alongside you toward Him.

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June 22, 2011, 12:11am

catholics are christians too...

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February 28, 2011, 9:11pm

The best bits are the same. Buddhism offers an ethical system and a way of treating others that would have been cool with Jesus who taught forgiveness. Both are dharmic IMHO.

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January 28, 2011, 2:33pm

I have experienced both and buddhism is lightyears ahead.Christianinty is filled with fears,threats,unreasonable expectations,people doing things to get to heaven and dodge hell.Everything goes back to WHY we do things. With buddhism,we love because we love,care because we care,help because we want to help and contribute because we want to. We are gently encouraged and not bombarded with fears that play upon our own egos,selfcenteredness and fear of death,or the bait of heaven. I am not saying christianity is all bad as it has wonderful attributes,i see it as 70% good and 30% questionable and am aware that for some people it works wonders and changes them dramatically for the better,so i'm happy for them and wish them well,but want them to keep an open mind. Otherwise people "lock on" to something,and often fail to grow and see the wonders of other religions.If i had to compare them and rate everything out of ten,id give psycology 1.5, cristianity 5.5 and buddhism 10, Not even close.

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December 1, 2010, 2:52pm

Hi - Zen helped me break free from any guilt about leaving organized religion. I just posted a book I wrote back in 1986 when I was better read and more capable of intense thinking! You may find a gem or two from it, and it's free at http://sites.google.com/site/thezenwayback/.

Kent

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November 16, 2009, 2:56pm

Human works, while they may be intentionally good, are limited by human nature. History demonstrates that human nature falls short of perfection. Selfishness is at the root of human nature, which conflicts with either philosophy. Through grace we are free to choose between having God in our lives or having our own way. Refusing grace or Christ's sacrifice and offer of salvation we will get us just what we chose, a life without God. A life without God is limited to what we can achieve assuming that what we achieve won't be destroyed by others willing to gain at our expense.
An endless life cycle of trial and error, being unable to remember past life experiences, seems like an eternity of frustration with a chance of better things to come. Acceptance of Christ's sacrifice and God's grace comes with the assurance, not just a chance, of an endless life free from frustration, trial or error.
God sees the hearts of all people and only He determines our eternity. God's love or our works? <

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September 24, 2012, 4:48am

To the person below: YES, Buddhism is polytheistic. It has numerous deities!! What it does not have is a Supreme Creator Being.

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February 23, 2011, 2:45pm

Christianity is God coming to us to teach us. Buddhism is still seeking and confussing define line.

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March 24, 2011, 3:53pm

hi i am a christian young man...n i am trying to seek help on whether i should continue dating a catholic woman..i love her to death n the only thing that is slowing us down is our religion, some how i feel i should continue just bcause we connect like that...but then again it gets to me will i become a catholic too...or should i stay christian...i mean i do love her n this is the point where i make a decision...she wants me to follow her way...but then again what about my way...should i have a saying in this...or just go along with...i am just confuse on whether we should go forth in our relationship...cause in the end i want to live my life as a holy man n a follower of jesus christ....

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November 22, 2010, 11:46am

Love God and your neighbor as yourself is a process requiring a person to know himself, to know why he re-enacts, recreates his life in patterns wasting energy, separating himself from his true nature and from God. Gospel of Thomas says if you know what is inside you it can help you; if you don't know what is inside you it can kill you. Christ came to the earth, sacrificed from deity to mankind, in order to lead us, instruct us to the truth. When mankind murdered Christ, God through Christ sent the Holy Spirit to counsel us, and to send us to teachers, counselors, physicians of the soul to teach us the non violent kingdom of God is Gtotally separate from the vilolent kindom of man. Whenever the spoken or written word deviates from that principle, whenever it separates us from the non violent God it's not from the Holy Spirit; when it connects to God, moves to make us whole it is of the Holy Spirit.

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October 9, 2011, 8:54pm

Just convert to catholocism. It will be a lot easier on you.

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