I figured a follow-up question to “What Does It Mean To Be A Christian – Buddhist” would be so, how does Christianity and Buddhism Compare and Differ from one another? Below, I compiled a few major items. First are the similarities followed by some differences.
Similarity Between Christianity And Buddhism
The Golden Rule
- Buddhism – Buddha based his ethics on the Golden Rule, which was for the welfare of all human beings and all with life in it.
- Christianity – Jesus also preached His ethics on the Golden Rule, which was for the welfare of all people whether Christian (a Christ follower) or a sinner and easily approachable.
Asceticism (Abstaining from Certain Things)
- Buddhism – Buddha extreme asceticism and gave an emphasis on self-liberation through knowledge.
- Christianity – Jesus also rejected extreme asceticism.
Forms Of Worship
- Buddhism : The worship in Buddhism includes monasticism, ringing of bells, bowing, use of incense and rosary, erection of towers or stupas, prayers and meditation. Though, one must remember that Theravada Buddhists do not worship any Gods or people, including Buddha.
- Christianity : Christians also follow almost the same forms of worship – Monasticism, Confession, ringing of bells, use of rosary, incense and the erection of towers. Note that this is found more in the Catholic churches and its branches/schools.
Love And Compassion
- Buddhism : The Buddhist doctrine gives an emphasis on love for all of humanity and every other beings as well, no matter whether the being is a friend or an enemy, human or animal.
- Christianity : The Christian doctrine is also based on the principle of ‘Love thy neighbor like unto yourself’, which means that love should be showered upon not only your friends, but also your enemies.
Difference Between Buddhism And Christianity
- Buddhism – The original Buddhist doctrine does not entail any Godly figures. However, the later Buddhist sects introduced some godly figures. In Theravada Buddhism, there is no god/gods.
- Christianity : There is only one triune God (Jesus and the Holy Spirit) who is loving and approachable.
- Buddhism – According to the Buddhist concept, one has to work for one’s own salvation, and therefore, cannot blame or depend on others for salvation.
- Christianity – Salvation is not based on one’s work, but instead, is for all those who believe and accept Jesus as their savior.
- Buddhism – According to the Buddhist doctrine, there is an eternal life, which depends on the karma of one’s present life.
- Christianity – There is an eternal life in Heaven, which has nothing to do with karma and comes as a free gift of salvation.
Love And Compassion
- Buddhism – The concept of Buddhism requires the use of love and compassion to gain good karma. However, it does not mention a God who showers love and takes care of His people.
- Christianity – The Bible requires the use of love and compassion. God loves all people and showers His love from Heaven to all.
The Concept of World
- Buddhism – Buddhism neither deals with the beginning nor a definite end of the world.
- Christianity – According to the Christian doctrine, God has created the world from nothing, and rules it according to His own definite plan and one day will send Jesus to Earth again to end the current world and renew it to holiness.
- Buddhism : The Buddhist texts includes only those insights which the Buddha learned by His own strength and will after comprehending the nature of truth.
- Christianity : The Bible is regarded as the words of God and includes those realities, which are unknown to humanity.
I would love for my blog followers to propose some questions for me to answer, which will allow me to write about what you want to hear about. Next week, I will begin talking about my personal Christian-Buddhist beliefs. So come back next Monday/Tuesday for more…
May God bless you and the Buddha guide you throughout your life…