“Nothing can damn a man but his own righteousness; nothing can save him but the righteousness of Christ.” Charles Spurgeon
Jesus versus Buddha
Jesus and Buddha are founders of two of the largest religions in the world. Both of them desire of making the world better, letting people love together and giving happiness to all the people in the world. However, Christianity unlike Buddhism is unique in that it strips us of our self-righteousness by exposing our sinful nature, and causes us to see that our only hope is for God to reach down to us in mercy.
Jesus was born approximately 2040 years ago. The birth of Jesus was revealed to his mother, Mary, by the angel Gabriel, who prophesized, "The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end" (Luke 1:32-33)(The Holy Bible NIV, 2003). Similarly, Queen Maya, the mother of the Buddha, had a vision in which she was carried by the gods to a sacred place and Buddha entered her womb. Both births were in unusual places, which the mother of the child had to travel to. Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem, many miles from his hometown of Nazareth. Mary laid him in a manger. Buddha was born in a grove of sala trees at which his mother stopped while traveling from her home to her native city. Jesus' birth was accompanied by divine signs, such as choirs of angels and a new star. Three wisemen visited Jesus sometime in his infancy, worshipping him and presenting him with luxurious gifts. Siddhartha's birth was announced by the earth and heavens singing his praises. Siddhartha was also visited by a total of one hundred eight Brahmins, who were considered the wisest men of India. Instead of worshipping him, they tried to divine his destiny in the world (Groothuis, 2004). Buddhism is the belief system of those who follow Buddha, the Enlightened One. It was founded as a form of atheism. It is the...
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Groothuis, Douglas K. (2003). Jesus and Buddha. Christian Reach Journal. Volume 25, (pg 4). Retrieved from http://www.equip.org/articles/Jesus-and-Buddha
Pickar, Katherine M. (2011). Encountering Jesus and Buddha: Their Lives and Teachings. Scholarly Journals Volume 31, (pg 260-263). Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com
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