Christianity : Differences And Similarities Between Buddhism And Christianity

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The Differences and Similarities of Buddhist and Christian

In the world Buddhism is practiced by about 488 million people worldwide. It was originated in Ancient India sometime between 6th and 4th centuries BCE. From then it spread to most of Asia. Christianity is the world’s largest religion with 2.4 billion followers worldwide. It originated out Roman province of Judea and spread to Europe, Syria, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and Egypt. Christianity has been around since the mid- 1st century.

One of the main similarities between Buddhism and Christianity is their belief in a spiritual master. Buddhists believe the story of the Buddha. Buddha was born as Siddhartha Gautama and became the Buddha though out his life after being awakened. “Siddhartha was born the son of a prince of the Shakya tribe... Legend says his mother, Maya, dreamt that a white elephant entered her side—this was the moment of conception of the future Buddha—and that Siddhartha was born miraculously from her side” (Molloy 124-25). After witnessing the Four Passing Sights, Siddhartha devoted his life to reaching spiritual enlightenment. Through his teachings and story, comes the basis of the Buddhist religion. Similarly, the Christian faith is based on the story of

Jesus. This story also begins with a dream in which Gabriel the angel came to the virgin Mary and told her she was going to have the son of God. Jesus lead a sinless life devoted to spreading the word of God and was ultimately crucified

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