Essay Apol 104 Critical Thinking

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Jesus Lopez Apol 104 Week 6 June 25th, 2012 Critical Thinking Assignment A prince named Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) founded “Buddhism” in the sixth century before the birth of Christ. Buddhism is better understood as philosophy rather than a religion and follows the concept of the Four Noble Truths and the Eight Fold Noble path. Part I - Analysis of Buddhism 1. Origin – In the Buddhist Worldview, life and the world have no beginning or end. “There is no reason to suppose that the world had a beginning at all. The idea that things must have a beginning is really due to the poverty of our thoughts” (Russel, 1924) Creation occurs repeatedly throughout time. 2. Identity – The Buddhist believe that they are an…show more content…
Buddhists believe the world and life have no beginning or end. They do not believe in God or a creator. 2. Identity – Christians believe all humans were made in God’s image and are His special creation. 3. Meaning/Purpose - In the biblical/Christian Worldview our purpose in life is to build a relationship with God through his son Jesus Christ. We are also to spread the message of Jesus to others so that they may be saved as well. As Buddhists do not believe in God, they believe our purpose in life is to eliminate our suffering and stop the cycle of reincarnation. 4. Morality – This is the area where Christians and Buddhists mostly agree. The Christian “golden rule” is similar to that of the Buddhists. You are not to do anything to others that you wouldn’t want done to yourself. Christians hold a lot of the same morals as Buddhists such as the eightfold path and five precepts. The Christian and Buddhist Worldviews are shaped by their moral codes. 5. Destiny – Christians believe everyone will either spend eternity in heaven or hell depending on if you accept Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Buddhist do not believe our destiny is controlled by a God. They believe that the things we do not bring either good or bad karma, which determines who we will be when we go through the cycle of reincarnation. Reference Weider, L., & Gutierrez, B. (2011).Consider. Anson, B. (n.d.). What

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