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The Comparison of Buddhism and Christianity
World Religion 212
November 3, 2013

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Buddhism is a polytheistic religion, however, it does not believe in Supreme Creator Being.
Christianity is a monotheistic and believes that Christ is the son of God. Christianity is an offshoot Judaism whereas Buddhism is an offshoot of Hinduism. Christianity is a Abrahamic religion and Buddhism is a Dharmic religion.
There is no god in Buddhism anything like Jesus Christ. Buddha is seen more as a really great person that once lived that reached a higher level of consciousness. Buddha wanted to teach how people goo free themselves and reach Nirvana. Jesus had a set of rules to live in order to get to Heaven. If is really not known or expelled were what Nirvana is, besides a freedom from the pain and suffering from life and the recantation we all must go through. Heaven on the hand is supposed to be a paradise where you in the after life you meet all your loved ones in a paradise, made by god himself.
Buddhism was started about 5 B.C.E in India , Christianity started around 33 C.E. in Palestine.
Granted they started many years apart but they do have the same basic ethics and commitment to community and family . They have the same basic concept of threat people how you want to be treated and what comes around goes around.
Both Buddhism and Christianity have ritual worship , devotion and symbolism. Both are currently still widely practiced today. Christianity having roughly 2,100,000,000 followers of all varying types of the religion. Buddhism has far fewer followers coming at around only 350,000,000 followers of various types of…...

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