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Buddhism vs Christianity

Buddhism vs 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 polytheistic religion, however, it does not believe in Supreme Creator Being. 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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Buddhism
Christianity
Jesus Christ
Founder: Gautama Buddha Jesus Christ
Place of worship: Pagodas, Watts, Temples. Church, Chapel, Cathedral, basilica.
Literal Meaning: Buddhist: Meaning Follower of the Buddha. Christian: Meaning "Follower of Christ"
Place of origin: Nepal, India. Jerusalem
Practices: Meditation, contemplation, offerings in the temple. Prayers, Sacraments, worshipping in Church, reading the Holy Bible.
Clergy: Priests, priestesses, monks, nuns. Priests, monks, nuns, ministers, & bishops, and deacons. Pastors and some churches Board of Elders
Scriptures: Sutras, Pali canon, Tipitaka. Holy Bible, a collection of canonical books in two parts (the Old Testament and the New Testament), varies in the old(depending on if its a Protestant, Catholic, or Orthodox)Bible, and 27 in the new testament.
Life after death: Numerous reincarnations; may be punished in certain hells; ultimate Nirvana. Man is appointed to die once, and after that come judgment. Those that are redeemed, live on in Heaven, those that rejected God suffer for eternity in Hell.
Status of women: Women can become nuns, priestesses, lay clergy. Women are equal They can become nuns in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches and can be priests to Protestant churches. For the most part, women are equal to men in modern-day society. However, the Bible says women are inferior to men in multiple places.
Use of statues and pictures: Common. Used in Catholic & Orthodox Christianity; Depections are not represented in most Protestant denominations.
Concept of Deity: Believes in numerous deities. Believe in the Trinity. Three persons in one Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Branches: Theravada, Mahayana, Vajyana. Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox.
Population: 400-500 Million. 2.4 Billion includes Catholics, Protestants, and all other Christians.
Geographical predominance: Tibet, Sri Lanka, North America. Christianity has spread worldwide across all six settled continents, predominantly Europe, North, Central, and South America, Australia, and New Zealand
Angels: Buddhists believe in spiritual beings called 'Devas.' Angels are God's messengers.
Second coming of Jesus: N/A Affirmed, No one knows the date of return not even Jesus, only the Father
Goal of religion: To gain enlightenment and nirvana. To gain Eternal Salvation in Heaven.
Geographical distribution and predominance: Asia. Worldwide. Africa, Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia.
About: Following the Buddha. Following Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Principle: Desire leads to suffering. 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 and they become "born-again".
Belief of God: Buddhism does not believe in a Creator God; It does, however, have numerous non-creator deities. God is the Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Holy, Just, Loving Creator of the Universe.
Time of origin: 2,500 BC. Approx. 33 AD.
Human Nature: Desire leads to suffering Man has inherited "original sin" from Adam. Mankind then is inherently evil and is in need of forgiveness of their sin.
Means of salvation: Letting go of desire. Through Christ's Death, and Resurrection.
Promised Holy one.: Meitreya. Christ both the First & Second Comings.
Rites: Samsara/Pali The Sacraments: Minimum 2; Maximum 7.
Concept of God: Buddhism does not believe in a Supreme Creator; it believes in numerous non-creator deities. One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Prophet: N/A. Moses, Abraham, John the Baptist, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekial, Nahum, Elijah, Elisha, Obadiah, Amos, Hosea, Zechariah, Zephaniah, Malachi, Daniel, Nathan, and many others
View of Animistic religions: Buddhism sees no contradiction in following more than one religion. Pagan.
Definition: Follower of the Buddha. Follower of the Christ
Views on other religion: Buddhism welcomes all religions as their is no one religion that can satisfy allhuman beings. God has provided one way for men to become right with Him, and that way is through Jesus Christ. All other religions are vain and futile attempts to win favor with God and are thus false.
Holy days: Wesak, Bodhi Day. Sunday is the Lord's Day, Good Friday, Easter, and Christmas.
View of Oriental religions: Buddhism is usually practiced alongside at least one or two Oriental religions. Pagan.
View of other Abrahamic religions: Buddhism is a dharmic religion; not an Abrahamic one. Sees no contradiction in following more than one religion. According to Christian doctrine, Judaism is a true religion, but with incomplete revelation (incomplete without the Messiah).
View of Abrahamic religions: Buddhism sees no contradiction in following more than one religion. Judaism is incomplete without the Messiah; Both Islam and Baha'i are wrong to believe in men that are greater than the Messiah
View of the Buddha: Central figure of the religion. A sinner in need of God's redemption just like everyone else.
Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha. Christ, Grace, and Virtue
God's role in salvation: N/A. Salvation is a completely free gift from the Lord and comes by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ only. This faith is demonstrated thorugh accepting his message of selfless compassion and producing good works in keeping with repentance.
Original Language(s): Sanskrit derivative Aramaic, Greek, & Hebrew
Views on the afterlife: Reincarnation; several types of Hells; ultimate Nirvana Eternal life in Heaven or Hell.
Place and Time of origin: Nepal. Jerusalem 33 AD
View of other Dharmic religions: Buddhism sees no contradiction in following more than one religion. All religions outside of belief in Christ's death and reconstruction for our sins are false.
View of God: Buddhism does not believe in a Supreme Creator; rather it believes in numerous non-creator deities. One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Authority of Dalai Lama: Spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhist sect. N/A.
Goal of Philosophy: Enlightenment. Salvation
Religion which atheists may still be adherents of: Yes, since Buddhism does not believe in a Supreme Creator; it is not necessary for a Buddhist to believe in any particular Buddhist deity. No. Faith plays an important role in the life of the Christian.
Teachings about Behavior: Don't do things to others which you would not like to be done unto you. Love mercy and walk humbly with your God.

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