Jesus and Buddha could have been BFF’s

 Too start, I was raised Christian since I was born. Recently I have been doing a lot of questioning and soul searching when it comes to religion. I started out on my journey not because I didn’t believe in the Bible or in Christianity, but because I wanted to be 100% sure why I was following it. I wanted to make sure that I fully understood what the religion says, what it tries to accomplish, and really what the entire purpose of it is.

With that being said, I quickly ran into a few snags right off of the bat. What does the Bible say about how everything began? Obviously starting in Genesis, God said let there be light and there was light, he created Adam and Eve, and all of the animals in the world, and birds in the sky. I do realize that the Old Testament is full of very elaborate and what seem to be far fetched stories, but I tend to look at them for the morals of the stories, rather than looking at them as legitimate historical happenings. I don’t really understand how according to the Bible the Earth can be 6,000 years old, when there is obvious clear scientific evidence, that it is indeed BILLIONS of years old. This is really where I began to raise an eyebrow so to speak and I began to dig deeper in my quest for answers and understanding.

In regards to the big hype on Gay marriage, the Bible actually takes a very definite stance against many things that are common occurrences in today’s society, but no one makes a big deal of them or cares to bring them up regularly. For instance Leviticus 19:27 says, “‘Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.” Luke 16:18 talks about how we should not divorce, yet it remains legal. Leviticus 11:7-8 talks about how we should not consume pork, yet we have both had our fair share of bacon and BBQ I am sure. My point is, if all sins are equal in the eyes of the Lord (James 2:10) then why are we not as adamant to take a stand against these other things as well? I hope that makes sense. I know what the Bible says about same sex marriage, but according to the Bible, lying with another man is equally as bad as telling a lie of any sort.

So I began to get frustrated with the amount of hypocrisy that comes with the Christian faith. Unfortunately, many people are quick to judge others, when they themselves have infinite short comings as well, which are all equal. So I did some research on a few different faiths and practices and I stumbled across the teachings of Buddhism.

To start, Buddhism does not denounce any other religion in any way. It actually supports all religions. It is a belief system based wholly and entirely upon love and compassion for ALL beings. Pretty cool right? Should we not love and treat everyone with kindness on a day to day basis? Buddhism also teaches that all of the secrets to life and happiness are within us all. Jesus himself said in Luke 17:21, “The Kingdom of God is within.” All of this research led me to the teachings and sayings of the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama is a huge figure of the Buddhist faith. One of my favorite quotes from him is, “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” I feel like that is the easiest way to look at our purpose in life. We are not put here for ourselves, we are put here to help each other. Only when we put others before ourselves 100% will we find true happiness. To me it all boils down to 1 thing no matter how you think of it or put it. We are all lit from within as if from a sacred source.

Remember, religion itself is a man made thing. Religion does not happen naturally. There have been rules made and stories told all by men who have spoken to God, who, we have been told by Jesus himself, lies within all of us. My entire focus in life these days is to do as much good as I possibly can. I want to help as many people as I possibly can. By making other people happy, will we find true happiness and peace for ourselves.

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5 thoughts on “Jesus and Buddha could have been BFF’s

  1. Hi,

    If Buddhism is true, then Christianity is not. If Christianity is true, then Buddhism is not. The Bible could not be more clear that Jesus is the only way to salvation (100+ passages) so the path of Buddha may have some good worldly advice but it can’t save your soul.

    I hope you study the Bible some more. There are solid answers to your questions of hypocrisy (real or imagined). The real question is, did Jesus rise from the dead? The historical evidence supports the fact that he did.

    • I’m sorry that you feel that way. As I have studied
      Both religions I know for a fact that the two can in deed coincide, they compliment each other actually. I recommend reading Buddhist BootCamp – it may clear up any misconceptions you have about Buddhism as a contradictory religion to Christianity.

  2. I am truly glad that you try to make other people happy.

    What does Buddhism teach as the cause of sin, its consequences and its cure? What does the Bible say?

    What important spiritual truths does Buddhism have that God left out of the Bible?

    • We are all on a journey. Picture it as though you are a car driving down a pitch black road. All that you can see is the two feet in front of you that your cars headlights shine on. When it is time for you to see the rest of the road and your surroundings, your headlights will get brighter and you will be awakened. I can not help you to see, I can only encourage you to continue on your journey, because no matter what I say, your headlights will still only reach the same distance. You are exactly where you should be on your path. As am I.

      Here’s a short excerpt from Buddhist Boot Camp, it’s titled The Opposite of What You Know Is Also True

      “You don’t have to agree with, only learn to personally live with, other people’s freedom of choice. This includes (but is not limited to) political views, religious beliefs, dietary restrictions, matters of the heart, career paths and mental afflictions.

      Our opinions and beliefs tend to change depending on time, place and circumstance, and since we all experience life differently, there are multiple theories on what’s best, what’s moral, what’s right and what’s wrong.

      It is important to remember that other people’s perspective on reality is as valid as your own. This is why the first principle of Buddhist Boot Camp is that the opposite if what you know is also true.

      No matter how certain we are of our version of the truth, we must humbly accept the possibility that someone who believes the exact opposite could also be right (according to their time, place and circumstance). This is the key to forgiveness, patience and understanding.

      That said, tolerance does not mean accepting what is harmful. Oftentimes the lesson we are to learn is when to say “no” the right time to walk away and when to remove ourselves from the very cause of anguish. After all, we are the ones who create the environment we live in.

      While staying with different host families around the world over the last years, I noticed that people’s definition of everyday words like “comfortable” and “clean” we’re often very different then my own. The opposite of what I considered true proved to be just as true for others, which was very humbling.

      If two people can have very different definitions of what “walking distance” means, imagine bigger words like “right” “wrong” “God” and “love”.

      “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” – Richard Bach

  3. We are discussing matters of eternity here, yet you ignored my straightforward questions. I am familiar that people have different opinions and am highly tolerant of those. Jesus never forced anyone to convert, and neither do I.

    But your comments are largely self-refuting. Case in point: You say we can say opposite things and still be right. I say the opposite. So in a logical universe, how can we both be right?

    The fact that we see things different ways and have different opinions is irrelevant to the truth claims in the Bible. It says over 100 times that Jesus is the only way to salvation. So that is either true, or it isn’t. It says in 1 Corinthians 15 that if Jesus didn’t physically rise from the dead that Christianity is wrong. So He either rose from the dead or He didn’t.

    My point is simply that it is inaccurate to say that Christianity and Buddhism can both be right.

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