Christianity vs. Buddhism

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Gabriel Tajimaroa
Donavan Ingram
Eng 1A
April 3 2010
Research Essay

Christianity vs. Buddhism

There are many religions and sacred texts that have shaped complete civilizations and cultures. They have varied in their theories of creation and how man should live and act towards each other and nature. The more I study religions and sacred text the more I see that for the most part they are alike. Most of them share a view of love and peace towards all things living. What varies between them are simply deities. It is these minor differences that cause their followers to completely abstract their sacred text to the point where they have completely deviated from their text and do the opposite of what their text commands. For example Christ lived a life of Love, forgiveness and the general acceptance of human beings (Bible, JOHN 8:2-11). Yet a “Christian” church was responsible for deaths of Muslim soldiers and Christian soldiers in the fun era known as the crusades (Black P.200-202). In this essay I will compare and contrast Christianity and Buddhism. Christianity will take the definition of “Actions of the Christ” as seen in the Bible and The adopted laws of the Christ in the Bible. I will also define the difference between “Christianity” as adopted thru actions taken by a “Christian” church. Buddhism will be considered by Buddhist doctrine on how to carry one’s own life. After some consideration I have learned that the Christianity and Buddhism are more alike than they are different. I have learned that “Christianity” is nothing like the two. The peace and love taught by Christianity’s and Buddhism’s founders are so alike, that the two can be united in the sense that the rules of living can be considered the same.

I will begin with Christ’s teachings and actions on how to live and act towards people. In my introduction I cited John 8:2-11. In this piece of John’s text, men bring to the Christ a woman that has been caught in the act of adultery. The men...
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