Are Jesus and Buddha Equals?
number of books
have been written trying to place Jesus and Buddha on an equal plane
(like Marcus Borg's book, Jesus and
Buddha: the Parallel Sayings, or
Buddha as Brothers,
by Thich Nhat Hanh). Though Jesus and Buddha both taught some basic, moral
concepts that ARE compatible (like the importance of self-denial,
withdrawing from worldly influence, or living according to the Golden
Rule) their interpretation of spiritual
realities are at totally opposite ends of the supernatural
theological “pole.” Please consider the following
comparisons of both their person and doctrine:
was born of a normal sexual union of a man and woman and was a normal
human being; Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a
virgin, and was literally God manifested in the flesh.
was basically atheistic in his approach; Jesus acknowledged the
existence and reality of God constantly.
taught that two of the biggest hindrances to enlightenment are belief
in a personal soul and belief that a person's soul can experience
eternal existence in a heavenly state. Jesus definitely taught that all
men have eternal souls and that repentant
persons, through a true salvation experience, can receive the
gift of eternal life---and personally live forever in a heavenly state.
taught the doctrine of reincarnation; Jesus taught just one life in
taught the doctrine of karma (kama)--that in order to
“achieve” nirvana one must overcome all negative
karma—which is a self-achieved
“salvation.” There is no provision
in Buddhism for forgiveness and grace coming from God. Jesus
taught the availability of forgiveness, if we repent of our sins, and
cleansing of the soul by the blood of Jesus. This is not a
self-achieved salvation, but salvation by grace (the unmerited love of
never died as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind on a cross; Jesus
did, personally claiming that His death was for the "remission of
apparently died of food poisoning and is still in the grave (or what
remains of him); Jesus died a much worse death and rose again
victoriously and lives forever as King of kings in the third heaven.
never promised that He would return; Jesus promised that He will one
day return, resurrecting those who are "dead in Christ,”
granting His followers glorified bodies and restoring this world to the
perfection of paradise, the full manifestation of the Kingdom of God.
taught that nothing is permanent; Jesus taught that there will yet be a
New Creation that will be permanent and that we, through a covenant
relationship with Him, can be assured of being included in that New
was a mere human being who sought for enlightenment; Jesus never sought
enlightenment but rather declared, “I am the
truth.” He purposefully came to enlighten others and bring
them to an understanding of God.
time, I believe that all of you are convinced of the uniqueness of
Jesus, but possibly not convinced of His exclusivity. In all honesty,
I was never convinced that Jesus really is the only way to a true
experience of God until I tested His claims through prayer. As a
teacher of yoga at four universities, I was strongly committed to a
Far Eastern worldview. But then, at the urging of a friend, I
dedicated an entire day to the Lord Jesus Christ. I only read the
Bible and when I prayed I used none of the yogic methods I had
learned. I asked Jesus, if He really was “the door to eternal
to show me that day. It happened and I was transformed forever. Once
I was “born again” I knew that the claims of Jesus
were right and
that His path is the only true path leading to God.
willing to perform a “spiritual experiment” of this
please do the following three things:
expanded version of my personal story (click
Lord Jesus Christ with a simple prayer similar to the following. He
has promised to manifest Himself to those who call upon His Name.
“Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Wash me in Your
me of my sins. Give me eternal life. Fill me with Your presence and
Your love and let me be “born again.” I acknowledge
that You died
for the sins of the world and that You arose from the dead. I accept
You now as Lord of my life.”
me and let me know of your decision to follow the Lord Jesus as your
Lord and Savior. He loves you and so do I.
look forward to
hearing from you.
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