Similarities Between Buddhism And Christianity

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Throughout the Classical Period Christianity and Buddhism were two very popular religions. They were both adopted around the 4th or 5th century and were practiced throughout many regions of the World. Around 500 BCE a prince named Siddhartha Gautama sat under a tree and discovered enlightenment and Buddhism. The religion that focuses on becoming at peace with yourself and becoming fully awake. On the other hand, Christianity was based on a salvation by faith, empowered by the grace of God. Although they bear some minor similarities, the differences between Buddhism and Christianity are pronounced Christianity is based on the belief of a God that is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. This religions approach is that man was made by…show more content…
Both believe that life continues after death, in some form. Although Buddhists believe in reincarnation, and Christians believe in an eternal life in heaven after death, both believe that after you die you will still have a life. Also, both religions believe in a “Golden Rule”, the principle of treating others the way you want to be treated. "Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful." Udana-Varga 5:18. Is a quote from a Buddhist text. This quote is centralized around the idea of treating others the way you wish to be treated. The same goes for Matthew 7:12 in the Christian Bible, which states:“ So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you”. Also, throughout Buddha’s teachings and the Christian bible, themes of love are heavily emphasized Both religions also believe in the power of prayer. Some traditions within Buddhism believe in the power of prayer, whereas some do not. but Christianity strongly emphasizes the power of prayer to God. Finally, both religions have a holy book that provides basic principles of that religion. For Christianity, it is the Holy Bible, and for Buddhism it is the
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