I chose two religious figures, Buddha and Jesus who had religious experiences and became well known as the founders of their religion. The reason I chose these two people is because Jesus is a well known figure of Christianity and I wanted to compare it to a religion that is more known in the Eastern culture, which is Buddhism. Jesus Christ was born to Joseph and Mary born in a manger and was first discovered by some wise men traveling through the dessert. His childhood consisted of growing in the town of Nazareth where he was baptized at the age of 30. Shortly after being baptized, Jesus was led into the dessert by God where he fasted for forty days. While fasting, the devil tried to tempt Jesus 3 times, but he did not give in to temptation. When Jesus returned from the dessert he started preaching and teaching the ways of God to the people of Nazareth. “He started to perform miracles that included healings, exorcisms, walking on water, turning water into wine, and raising several people, from the dead.” (Wikipedia) He had 12 apostles which soon become his disciples and followers. They were told by Jesus to spread the word of God and to warn people of the ending of this world until everything remained perfect. Jesus and his followers traveled to Jerusalem during a Passover festival and they were greeted with great joy. While there he made one of the kings unhappy, was betrayed by one of his disciples, and was arrested for blasphemy. After his arrest, his disciples went into hiding and Jesus was crucified. Siddhartha was a religious figure for Buddhism. When Siddhartha was young, his father hired a fortune teller to see what Siddhartha had in store for him in the future. Assuring his father that Siddhartha would either become a great ruler, or save humanity, his father, worried Siddhartha wouldn’t take his place as king, made sure he offered nothing but worldly possessions. His father sheltered him making sure Siddhartha never saw illness or death. Unfortunately...
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