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The Many Similarities Between Jesus and Buddha

Science, philosophy, politics, and religion are frequent topics for writer and public speaker Catherine Giordano.

The Second Coming of Buddha?

Was Jesus the second coming of Buddha?

Was Jesus the second coming of Buddha?

Was Jesus the Second Coming of Buddha?

Christians often say Jesus Christ was unique—the story of his life and his teachings were something totally new. This is not true. The story of Jesus, as told in The Holy Bible, appears to be strongly influenced by many different traditions--Jewish, pagan, and Eastern traditions--most notably Buddhism. There are many similarities between Buddha and Jesus Christ.

Before I go any further, I need to state that Jesus probably did not exist so when I speak of Jesus I am speaking of the stories about the fictional character of Jesus that are told in The Holy Bible.

See: Did Jesus Exist or Is it All a Myth?

I also need to state that while Gautama Buddha was probably an actual person (born about 600 years before the time of Jesus in the region of India now known as Nepal), there are many myths that have become attached to his story. However, Buddha, himself, did not proclaim himself a deity or make any claims of miracles.

See: Understanding the Life and Teachings of Buddha

Although Buddha and Jesus are separated by 600 years and by about 3000 miles their stories and teachings have many similarities. So I ask: Were Jesus and Buddha brothers by another mother? Could Jesus be the reincarnation of Buddha? Could Jesus be the second coming of Buddha?

[Note: I don’t believe in miracles so I use the terms “second coming” and “reincarnation” as metaphors and not actual events.]

There are two possible explanations for the similarities.

  • One is the great-minds-think-alike theory which states that the same story arises independently at different times and in different cultures.
  • The other explanation is the there-is nothing-new-under-the-sun theory which states that early stories influence and/or become incorporated into newer stories. (This is known as syncretism.)

I subscribe to the latter theory.

Trans-Asia Trade Map--1st Century

This map shows the trade routes during the first century. The Mare Internum (top left) is the Mediterranean Sea, The map shows how ideas in India cold have made their way to Rome where the Bible was written.

This map shows the trade routes during the first century. The Mare Internum (top left) is the Mediterranean Sea, The map shows how ideas in India cold have made their way to Rome where the Bible was written.

Were the writers of The Holy Bible aware of Buddhism?

Although the distance between the homelands of Jesus and Buddha was great, there was plenty of contact between the two areas and 600 years for ideas to spread. Both trade and the wars of the ever-expanding Roman Empire facilitated contact.

There is also the possibility that ideas “met halfway.” It did not require one person to traverse the 3000 miles. The ideas could have been passed along like the Olympic baton.

There is a lot of evidence of trade between the two regions. There are various overland routes stretching from China, Asia, Arabia, and Europe, some going back as far as 1500 BCE. These routes were known as The Silk Road (or Silk Route), the Incense Route, and the Spice Route. The transport of goods along these routes relied mainly upon pack animals (camels) and river boats. Goods were also transported by boats across the Indian Ocean.

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There are cuneiform tablets dating to 2400 BCE describing shipments of cotton cloth, spices, oil, grains, (and even peacocks) which arrest to this trade. Even the Holy Bible attests to this trade with the story of The Three Wise Men from the East traveling by camel with gifts of frankincense and myrrh.

You can be sure more than goods were being exchanged. Ideas also traveled these routes. The Buddhist ideas were undoubtedly among the ideas being spread, especially since Buddhist monks had a tradition of missionary zeal.

Buddhism does not reject other creeds and religions. Thus, Buddhist ideas could be easily blended with whatever local religious beliefs the monks encountered. Buddhist settled into many areas of the Roman Empire, including Judea. The historian/philosopher Philo, who lived during the time of Jesus, recorded the presence of Buddhists in Egypt.

It is quite likely that the authors of The Holy Bible were aware of both Buddha and Buddhist ideas.

How are the life stories of Buddha and Jesus similar?

There are many similarities between the mythical elements of Jesus and Buddha. Here are just a few of the most striking similarities.

  • Conceived in a miraculous manner
  • Similar names of mother (Maya for Buddha, Mary for Jesus)
  • Was a bit of a child prodigy
  • Underwent a long period of fasting while traveling alone
  • Tempted by, but overcame, the devil
  • Began an itinerant ministry around the age of 30
  • Had disciples who traveled with him.
  • Performed miracles, such as curing blindness and walking on water
  • Renounced worldly riches and required his disciples to do so also
  • Rebelled against the religious elite (Brahmans for Buddha and Pharisees for Jesus)
  • Dispatched disciples, shortly before his death, to spread his message

Of course, there are many differences as well.

The Bible and The Dharma Wheel

The teachings of Jesus are in the Bible. The dharma wheel symbolizes the eightfold path of Buddha.

The teachings of Jesus are in the Bible. The dharma wheel symbolizes the eightfold path of Buddha.

How are the teachings of Buddha and Jesus similar?

The overall themes of the teachings of Buddha and Jesus are similar. Buddha organized his teachings into the Eightfold Path, while the teachings of Jesus are given sporadically in different books of The Holy Bible.

To learn more about the Eightfold Path, see: The Buddhist Eightfold Path for Modern Times

They both advocate what has come to be called “The Golden Rule”—treat others as you would wish to be treated. They both urge followers to live a life of peace and love, returning love for hate and anger. They both promote what Buddha called “right action”—do not kill, steal, slander, etc. they both stress the importance of helping others.

Here are a few examples

The Golden Rule

BuddhaJesus

"Consider others as yourself." (Dhammapada 10:1)

"Do to others as you would have them do to you." (Luke 6:31)

Love others

BuddhaJesus

Let your thoughts of boundless love pervade the whole world." (Sutta Nipata 149-150)

“This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

Love your enemies

BuddhaJesus

Overcome anger by love, overcome evil by good. Overcome the miser by giving, overcome the liar by truth. (Dhammapada 1.5 &17.3)

Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. (Luke 6.27-30)

Turn the other cheek

BuddhaJesus

"If anyone should give you a blow with his hand, with a stick, or with a knife, you should abandon any desires and utter no evil words." (Majjhima Nikaya 21:6)

"If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also." (Luke 6:29

Help others

BuddhaJesus

"If you do not tend to one another, then who is there to tend you? Whoever would tend me, he should tend the sick." (Vinaya, Mahavagga 8:26.3)

"Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me." (Matthew 25:45)

Do not judge others

BuddhaJesus

"The fault of others is easily perceived, but that of oneself is difficult to perceive; a man winnows his neighbour's faults like chaff, but his own fault he hides." (Dhammapada 252.)

"Judge not, that you be not judged… And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?" (Matthew 7:1–5)

Disdain wealth

Buddha Jesus

"Let us live most happily, possessing nothing." (Dhammapada 15:4)

“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God." (Luke 6:20)

Do not kill

BuddhaJesus

"Abandoning the taking of life, the ascetic Gautama dwells refraining from taking life, without stick or sword." Digha Nikaya 1:1.8)

"Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take the sword will perish by the sword." (Matthew 26:52)

Spread the word

BuddhaJesus

"Teach the dharma which is lovely at the beginning, lovely in the middle, lovely at the end. Explain with the spirit and the letter in the fashion of Brahma. In this way you will be completely fulfilled and wholly pure." (Vinaya Mahavagga 1:11.1)

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19-20)

More Parallel Sayings

Are there any other theories about the similarities in the teachings of Buddha and Jesus?

Some say that the teachings of Jesus are similar to those of Buddha because Jesus traveled to India before beginning his ministry. This is very unlikely. First, it presumes that Jesus actually existed which I doubt. Also it would have been quite a long journey, round trip, for a poor carpenter. But even if Jesus had traveled to India where he learned about Buddhism, he still would have been only repeating the wisdom of Buddha, not saying anything new.

Another theory is that both Buddha and Jesus drew upon a more ancient source and their sayings are based upon the sayings of the Jewish king and sage, Solomon, who lived from 970 to 931 BCE, a few hundred years before Buddha. The Jewish sect, The Essences, would have been the source for both of them. There were Jewish settlements in India during the time of Buddha and Jesus could also have been in contact with the Essences in Judea during his time. However, again, this requires Jesus to have actually existed.

I’m going to stick with syncretism: Everything builds on what came before. Buddha himself recognized this eternal truth, saying that there were many Buddhas (the title means Enlightened One) before him and there will be many after him.

What do you think...

© 2016 Catherine Giordano

Comments

Kyaw Minn Htunn on August 12, 2020:

Jesus had been influenced by Buddhism , but might believe in both Judaism and Buddhism.

I have to say Jesus believe Judasim more than Buddhism, but had made a new religion that’s mixed by Judaism and Buddhism.

Albert on April 12, 2020:

Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came in human form to change the world - by touching the minds and hearts of all people to do what is good, follow what is right and believe in the truths of God and life.

Buddha is an enlightened human being who changed the world - by changing the minds and hearts of people to do good and avoid evil, follow the right paths and proclaim the truths of life.

So the main differentiator is their belief and concept of God. Their teachings promote love, compassion, trust, faith, hope, peace, and all other worthy virtues, values and moralities.

Combining the truths of Buddha with ones beliefs in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and His teachings will surely make any individual better.

Comparison is only for equals. Since everyone is unique as designed by God, then there is no point of comparing them.

Anything good, right and truthful about their teachings that can make us better people are what we should be looking for in them.

Mia on March 17, 2020:

It's so interesting reading all these comments as an agnostic myself.

I have a lot of respect for everyone so this was mind opening.

Akash Randeniya on February 09, 2020:

Lord budha is the one and only best leader of all none of persons or anyone can stop lord budha. Jesus is not a bad one but he also a religious leader. Lord budha is not a god or a alien he is a human and he became to nirwana. That is the hope of all the budhisms try to become.

Stanley Tai on December 07, 2019:

This comment is for the last few posters who sounded irrational, ignorant(to most religions) and rather dishonest in their arguements.

Don't use Buddha thinking that will make Jesus look believable, it doesn't. Agreeing with the Buddha's teachings(his teachings can never be refuted by anyone, not even scientists, because it's the Dharma, the truth of nature) don't make any God, son of God or Jesus believeable.

1)Why need Jesus for love when the Buddha's Noble 8 Fold Path is already complete, flawless covered everything?

2)Although Jesus also taught love, don't rule out the possibility of a scam that plays both sides of the same coin(refer to my 16 evidence below)

3)Nobody said or thought Christian God wanted us to suffer unnecessary. Non-believers don't even believe this God ever existed. Not knowing how our world existed don't means that it must be created by any Creator. Such thinking is irrational. Even if there was a Creator, it is irrational to believe it is your God or to think that this Creator can help you in any way.

4)Thinking that a fake God religion(see 16 evidence) or any blind faith beliefs can make you happy is foolish. I saw Christians passed away with deep pain and regrets. Will anyone be still happy to believe in something found to be fake? I don't think so.

5)If any Jesus believer wrote Buddha's teachings have no factual or verifiable claims, so is Jesus or Bible claims. At least Buddha's teachings have no evidence or signs of anything unbelievable(see 16 evidence on Christianity) and their claims are not illogical or refutable. Buddha's teachings can be experienced, their followers can experience heaven in the present. Can Christians experience heaven? I don't think so, definitely not after reading my 16 evidence and not even after death.

6) Buddha taught honesty, of course he never claim himself to be divine. He don't lie. Only a fool will believe in any divine power or divine one. The Buddha taught the Dharma, the truth of nature. Example the Dharma of fire is to burn and no divine will be able to change it. Can you pray to your god so that fire don't burn you? You can't.

7) Buddha don't end in his death. Buddhism started and spread after his death.

8) Anyone who said this post/blog is dishonest or lack evidence is really ignorant or dishonest.

9) Whether Jesus and Buddha have any parallels or similarities is not import. What is most important is people should have right views or right understandings and not to be fooled or victimised by a bad religion or a useless fake god religion.

Here are my 16 evidence :

16 irrefutable evidence that proved there may be no God in Christianity, don't miss no. 6 and the last paragraph that explain them all:

1) The Bible condemned non-followers, clearly mentioned in Mark's words. Why should a Creator God's religion condemned non-believers or even created non-believers ? It proved such a religion was likely created to con, convert or control people by playing both sides of the same coin, both good and evil, no God.

2) I attended their churches(in Asia), the way they preach and claimed is just brainwashing but lacked substance. When I question them about similar mythologies found in other older religions or about evolution to them, they become evasive and said I am not serious.

3) It don't makes sense to claim that only their believers will go to heaven and others don't since they claimed their God created all people. That claim is an insult to other religions and cultures and caused people to divide. A good religion should be secular and treat all people equally, just like the theory of karma or all other Asian religions.

4) The way they collect titlings further proved the scam(for money). The trick is if you know people behind could be watching you, you will be shy not to pay and tend to pay more. This is why they rather spend more time during mass and don't just use a stationed money box like Buddhism, Hinduism or Chinese temples. Later, Catholics and Islam made it even bigger by suggesting donation of a certain percentage of their income.

5) Maby of the Bible's mythologies are similar with other older pagans, Greek, Egyptian or Hinduism religions. E.g. Adam & Eve story similar to Atman and Jeewa, a pair of birds in Hinduism, big flood and survivor Noah/3 sons same as Manu/3 sons. Even the names of Abraham and wife/sister Sarah sounded similar to Brahma and Saraswathi beside having similar story.

6) Jesus similarities with Buddha. Maya to Mary, miracle pregnancy to virgin pregnancy, birth during a journey home to from home, prophesied soon after birth, had a disciple who betrayed them, 500 arahants to 500 witnesses etc. Beside Buddha, Jesus also copied from Horus and Mithra. This is why the churches(in Asia) must always condemn other religions and discourage their followers from knowing more about other religions.

7) Why should a true all mighty and only god allowed their people to branch off and kill their parent religion Judaism ? This alone is enough proof that their God must be non-existant. Giving "free will" as an excuse is not acceptable as earlier they claimed God killed all people with a big flood because they sinned.

8) A true creator god would not “produce or allowed" other religions to exist earlier. They should be the first and only religion. All the pagans, Greek, Chinese, Hinduism religions existed before Abrahamic religions. It proved Judaism is not the first but they copied other religions' gods, mythologies and ideas to create their 1 only god concept.

9) Behavior of their leaders: The case of Mother Teresa and Pope Francis. Catholics used Teresa and made so much money from the Indians but after her death, those money are not returned to the Indians who are poorer than the Vatican. The latest encounter between Dalai Lama and Pope Francis further proved Christianity is more interested with their income instead of world peace. When the Dalai Lama was in Italy and wanted to meet him, Francis turned down because he is afraid of losing income from China. Later, the Pope can travel all the way to Thailand and Japan to hold Catholics events.

10) The way the church used tricks like programs and events to attract the kids and lonely middle-aged people in Asia. Why must they use such tricks ?(this may not be in Western countries).

11) The way missionaries approach strangers in Asia. They will always approach those who are alone and not those in a group. Obviously those who are alone are always better target in any scam or bad business.

12) The ongoing child sex abuses committed by the pastors/priests that I read so often. They must have know their God don't exist, so they have no fear since they either don't know or don't believe in karma.

13) The Bible is full of lust(Sodomon's part), evil and violence. Their God killed countless people when Satan only killed a few. What's the idea behind it if not trying both sides of the same coin?

14) The Bible condemned dogs because they know dogs are man's best friend. Making men lonely is the best way to keep them dependant on religion. Otherwise I can think of any possible reason why the Bible should condemn dogs.

15) If they believe God created everybody, then they should accept homosexuals are God's creation too. Why then condemn homosexuality ? Obviously same reason as no. 14 above.

16) Incidents eg: The Air Asia plane crash of 2014 when 41 church members, 2 missionaries and their few month old baby all died on their way for a Christianity event. It well proved no God but maybe it proved karma as all these people are either of Chinese or Korean origin and they betrayed their ancestors and culture.

Could all these 16 above be coincidental ? Certainly not.

Only 1 reason can answer all 16 above, that is this God was man-made to con, control or conquer others and gullible people are being victimised.

Now, for the sake of world peace, please help to make people less ignorant to religions if you are agreeable to these 16 points.

Stanley on November 22, 2019:

Christianity is definitely an evil religion using "love and forgiveness" to camouflage. They play both sides of the coin, just like all scams. History proved best, just look at their wars and conflicts with others, especially with Abrahamic religions. They also proved their God is fake or useless. Here are some evidence :

16 irrefutable evidence that proved there may be no God in Christianity, don't miss the last paragraph that explain them all:

1) The Bible condemned non-followers, clearly mentioned in Mark's words. Why should a Creator God's religion condemned non-believers or even created non-believers ? It proved such a religion was likely created to con, convert or control people by playing both sides of the same coin, good and evil, no God.

2) I attended their churches(in Asia), the way they talk and claimed is just brainwashing but lacked substance. When I question them about similar mythologies from other older religions and evolution to them, they become evasive and said I am not serious.

3) It don't makes sense to claim that only their believers will go to heaven and others don't since they claimed their God created all people. That claim is an insult to other religions and cultures and caused people to divide. A good religion should be secular and treat all people equally, just like the theory of karma or all other Asian religions.

4) The way they collect titlings further proved the scam(for money). The trick is if you know people behind could be watching you, you will be shy not to pay and tend to pay more. This is why they rather spend more time during mass and don't just use a stationed money box like Buddhism, Hinduism or Chinese temples. Later, Catholics and Islam made it bigger by suggesting donation of percentage of income.

5) Some of the Bible's mythologies are similar with other older Greek, Egyptian or Hinduism religions. E.g. Adam & Eve story similar to Atman and Jeewa, a pair of birds in Hinduism, big flood, survivor Noah/3 sons same as Manu/3 sons. Even the names of Abraham and wife/sister Sarah sounded similar to Brahma and Saraswathi beside having similar story.

6) Jesus similarities with Buddha. Maya to Mary, miracle pregnancy to virgin pregnancy, birth during a journey home to from home, prophesied soon after birth, had a disciple who betrayed them etc. Beside Buddha, Jesus also copied from Horus and Mithra. This is why the churches(in Asia) must always condemn other religions and discourage their followers from knowing more about other religions.

7) Why should a true all mighty and only god allowed their people to branch off and kill their parent religion Judaism ? This alone is enough proof that their God must be non-existant. Giving "free will" as an excuse is not acceptable as earlier they claimed God killed all people with a big flood because they sinned.

8) A true creator god would not “produce or allowed" other religions to exist earlier. They should be the first and only religion. All the pagans, Greek, Chinese, Hinduism religions existed before Abrahamic religions. It proved Judaism is not the first but copied other religions' gods, mythologies and ideas to create their only 1 god concept.

9) Behavior of their leaders: The case of Mother Teresa and Pope Francis. Catholics used Teresa and made so much money from the Indians but after her death, those money are not returned to the Indians who are poorer than the Vatican. The latest encounter between Dalai Lama and Pope Francis further proved Christianity is more interested with their income instead of world peace. When the Dalai Lama was in Italy and wanted to meet him, Francis turned down because he is afraid of losing income from China.

10) The way the church used tricks like programs and events to attract the kids and lonely middle-aged people in Asia. Why must they use such tricks ?(this may not be in Western countries).

11) The way missionaries approach strangers in Asia. They will always approach those who are alone and not those in a group. Obviously those who are alone are always better target in any scam or bad business.

12) The ongoing child sex abuses committed by the pastors/priests that I read so often. They must have know their God don't exist, so they have no fear and they either don't know or don't believe in karma.

13) The Bible is full of lust(Sodomon's part), evil and violence. Their God killed countless people when Satan only killed a few. What's the idea for it ?

14) The Bible condemned dogs because they know dogs are man's best friend. Making men lonely is the best way to keep them dependant on religion.

15) If they believe God created everybody, then they should accept homosexuals are God's creation too. Why then condemn homosexuality ? Obviously same reason as no. 14 above.

16) Incidents eg: The Air Asia plane crash of 2014 when 41 church members, 2 missionaries and their few month old baby all died on their way for a Christianity event. It well proved no God but maybe it proved karma as all these people are either of Chinese or Korean origin and they betrayed their ancestors and culture.

Could all these 16 above be coincidental ? Certainly not.

Only 1 reason can answer all 16 above, that is this God was man-made to con, control or conquer others and gullible people are being victimised.

Ralph on November 05, 2019:

In my opinion, God- the God that Jesus talks about- is the essence of unselfish, unconditional love, that keeps society alive and going. Anything that goes against harmony in humanity is evil forces. Therefore, I believe that both the Buddha and Jesus were talking about the same thing- The force of love.

So, I think that they were both philosophers that got to the bottom of it all- they realized that there was only one way to save the world, and it was through teaching selflessness.

But why then does the bible condone certain practices (sins) that seem ridiculous? In fact, why does it seem like the Christian God wants us to suffer unnecessarily for his own amusement?

Well, the answer I have to this is that he does not do it for his own amusement but for the goodness of humanity as a whole. However, in order for anyone to be able to see this, you have to let go of all the psychological conditioning that you are or might be tied to, and see it all with selfless eyes.

It might seem like humanity created God- because, in a way we did, we created "society"- however, we cannot- at least, I cannot- deny that there are forces out there beyond us. So, I think that each culture put a different name to God, but it does not mean that it is not the same thing. Each society came up with its own rules tailored specially to each group of people- hence why the old testament doesn't seem to make sense sometimes, and why we should not take everything literal!.

I particularly follow Jesus' teachings because they are universal. And I thank him because, had he not died for what he believed, I would have lived a miserable life full of hate. It took me 21 years to understand who he actually was, and what he lived for.

Now I can say that I am actually happy, and I am able to live life to the fullest.

But this is just my opinion, and it has worked for me, so I am sticking to it.

Do what makes YOU happy. And when I say YOU, I mean the YOU that is not a slave to anything.

Gaddreal on October 05, 2019:

My opinion of it all. Sorry. One last time

They say 18 years of Christ's life are missing. Jesus is the son of God. He came here to see the best teachings mankind had to offer. For 18 years he searched. Yes, the 3 wise men were from India. A star guided them because they had the best teachings in the world. Buddhism also doesn't preach about a God. So Christian's can be a Buddhist and not break the commandment that states, thou shalt not put any other gods before me. Buddhism never killed in the name of God. They use violence only in defense. Hince the warrior monks. Buddhism is not a religion. It is a way of life. Jesus Christ learned this knowledge and spread it around. Also, the person up top said he was a poor carpenter and it would be difficult for him to travel. Craftsman of all skill traveled around the world for work just like they do today. Rome was destroyed almost by these teachings. So they came up with Catholicism and christianity to keep the angery mass happy. They even changed their gods names on the statues to the saints and disciples of Christ. Rome never fell. Like nickleback said, it cut it's hair and changed it's name. Because it wanted to stay a rockstar. The saying goes, when in Rome. Which means, when you're about to party let loose and have sinful fun. The romans would indulge in same sex behavior. Along with pedophilia. Catholic priests still do this to this day to little boys. There's even commercials saying you can be compensated for sexual abuse by a catholic priest. Even the boy scouts too. If im lying im dying. Buddha, May our father bless him, had it right all along. Chirst, our lord and saviour, passed it on. Im not saying believe everything it talks about. And don't believe everything the bible preaches. Only the teachings of how to be a better person are relevant in both the bible through Jesus and buddhism. In the name of the father, the son and the holy spirit. Bless Moses the law of God, Jesus Christ the love of God, and Muhammed the wraith of God. Muhammed was considered the last prophet of God and came after Christ. What it means to me is, if man continues to break the law love will fail and wrath will consume us all. The Torah, the bible, and the Koran. Blessed be thy name, oh Creator of man, and your son, brother and saviour of man, thy kingdom come. Thy will be done. Also, no other name in the middle east is so unique as Israel. The english tongue will say Is real. No other name can do this. Watch. The creator Israel. Jesus was born there too. He is an israelite. Therefore, Jesus Christ Israelite. And no three other religions worship the same God. Judaism has Moses. Christianity has Jesus. Muslims have Muhammed. These fools fight over who's leader is the right leader. But Christ is in the middle, meaning Love sits in the middle. If all 3 of us could stop arguing and fighting and use the teachings of Budha and Christ and fight only in defense, we could rock this planet to it's core with LOVE. Don't believe in God? Even scientists are saying there is no way that all this came into existence by chance. Scientists don't call him God. Gods in all religions have limited powers. They call him The Creator. A lot of the world's smartest scientists are Christians. But you can be a Buddhist and not a Christian and still follow Christ and worship the creator if you feel uncomfortable around Christians, Jews, or Catholics or religion in general. Most of them don't walk the walk anyways. Just practice what Jesus and Buddha said and honor and love the Creator. Also, since Jesus is the main man of it all, you do not need to read the other parts of the bible. They are irrelevant in my opinion. Jesus's words are in red. Buddhism with Christ in front of it all is the best way to be. Even Christianity slaughtered millions in the name of God. So did the Jews and the Catholics even though one of the commandments said thou shalt not kill. The romans even brought back their army. They called the army the knights templar. Still not convinced? Look at what buddha preached 600 years before Jesus came. Now look at what Christ preached. Very similar. Also, I can understand turning the other cheek if someone insults you. Words are words. But if you are endangered be like Goku. Take the battle as a friendly competition with love in your heart. Beat the bully down and offer mercy at the end and brush them off hug them and tell them you love them. And mean it. You will show them that Good is not weak. And they are not dead, so good didn't turn into evil. Letting them live with that newly planted seed in their mind will hopefully encourage them to be Good and they will spread the word. It's like what Mr Deeds did to that football player who wouldn't stop cursing in front of the ladies. DON'T BE A PUSH OVER! It says not to kill. But it didn't say anything about whoopin ass either. Evil people this day and age are way too over powered for good to be letting them get away with violence. And don't be stupid either. Don't seek out trouble. Don't go where you know you aren't suppose to go. Arm yourselves. Life isn't fair and neither is fighting. To hell with honor. Mankind made that up to fool you into playing the strong man's game. The wise man will always beat the strong man because the wise man carries around a gun and doesn't care what others want or think of fighting. Intelligence makes you stronger than all the rest. Without intelligence the strong are weak. Be smart and you will be strong. Do good and you will do no wrong. Be safe and you will not provoke danger. Thank you Buddha, for showing Christ mankind is worth redeeming. Amen!

Enlightened on June 17, 2019:

I believe that buddha is a term also used to refer to prophets. Prophets have prophesied of the coming of Jesus Christ hundreds of years before his birth (ex. Jeremiah of the OT and/ Lehi if you believed in the Book of Mormon which was a record of the Jews who traveled from the East to the Americas). The similarities of these Eastern and Western teachings are uncanny because they spoke of the same Deity- Jesus the Christ, son of the Living God Elohim. I believe that God is no respecter of persons so it is not far fetched to believe that prophets existed in all parts of the world hundreds of years before the Savior’s birth, hence the kings who offered gifts to the child Jesus from the East.

Tariq on June 16, 2019:

(1) This is literally the most prejudice article I ever came across. The idea that there was no historical Jesus at all and that "Jesus Christ" developed out of some purely mythic ideas about a non-historical, non-existent figure has had a eventful history over the last 200 years, but has usually been a insignificant idea at best. This idea heyday was in the late 19th and early 20th century, when it seemed to fit with some early anthropological ideas about religions evolving along collateral patterns and being based on shared genres, as characterized by Sir James Frazer's influential comparative religion study "The Golden Bough(1890). Eventually, this idea fell out of favor as the 20th century progressed and was barely held by any scholars at all by the 1960s.