Similarities Between Christianity And Buddhism

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Christianity and Buddhism, two of the world’s largest religions, each have primary figures perhaps as big as the religions themselves. Jesus Christ, the primary figure in Catholicism, and Gautama Buddha, the founder and key figure of Buddhism, share many similarities as symbols of their respective religions, but generally have stark differences in their roles for each institution. Followed by billions across the world, the teachings of Jesus and Buddha have a profound global impact, even thousands of years after their lives on earth. For Christians, Jesus Christ serves as a definitive, divine symbol of unquestioned moral authority; while Buddha represents an enlightened human being whose teachings offer a more ambiguous set of guidelines for Buddhists across the world, making for a less important (yet still formidable) role in his religion. The role of Jesus in Christianity is quite simple—He is the son of God, the infallible reincarnation of God himself, and the savior among Christians whose teachings remain immortalized in the Holy Bible, the major book of reference for Christians worldwide. Part of the Holy Trinity (with God the Father and the Holy Spirit), Christians believe that Jesus, or the Messiah, was sent by God to spread good works and establish a church that encompassed the intentions of the Holy Trinity (Craig). Unlike many other religions, followers of Christianity actually worship Jesus and recognize him as divine and the source of all knowledge and power. For this reason, Jesus Christ carries perhaps the most important role of any figure in any religion. The teachings of Jesus, as conveyed by the New Testament of the Holy Bible, follow a well-documented, strict path of history and therefore are recognizable by the... ... middle of paper ... ...des a strong symbol for Buddhists everywhere, but does not provide the same importance to his religion as Jesus does to Christianity. Practiced by billions of humans, Christianity and Buddhism each have an established set of beliefs and key figures. The two most important figures, Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha, are examples of the pinnacle of each religion, displaying supreme morality and a wealth of knowledge. Through the teachings of these figures, the followers of Christianity and Buddhism have a reference point for the hallmarks and practices of each religion. However, though Buddha is the most important figure in Buddhism, the lack of a divine power in the institution, the loose organization of his teachings, and the emphasis on the individual rather than a savior allow Jesus Christ to play a more compelling role in Christianity than Buddha plays in Buddhism.
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