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Buddha: What did Jesus Say about Buddha

Jesus Christ did not specifically mention or speak about Buddha in the Christian Scriptures. The Bible, composed of the Old and New Testaments, does not reference Buddha or Buddhism directly, as these texts were completed centuries before Buddhism became known in the regions where Christian texts were initially circulated. Buddha, or Siddhartha Gautama, lived approximately in the 6th to 4th centuries BCE in what is now modern-day Nepal and India, while the New Testament texts were written in the 1st century CE.

Despite this, the Bible does speak broadly about beliefs, worship, and the recognition of God as the central figure of faith for Christians. It emphasizes the importance of faith in Jesus Christ for salvation, the worship of the one true God, and living a life according to God’s commandments.

Three main takeaways that can be drawn from the Christian Scriptures, which might relate to a question on the comparison or contrast with Buddhist teachings, are:

  1. Exclusive Faith in God and Jesus Christ: The Bible emphasizes belief in one God and Jesus Christ as His Son. Jesus says in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This underscores the Christian belief in exclusivity of faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.
  2. The Command to Love: A central teaching of Jesus is the command to love God and love one’s neighbor as oneself. Mark 12:30-31 quotes Jesus saying, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” This principle of love is a foundational ethical teaching in Christianity.
  3. Eternal Perspective: Christianity offers a perspective that includes the existence of an eternal life after death, which is directly linked to one’s faith in Jesus Christ and adherence to his teachings. In John 3:16, it states, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

While there are ethical teachings in both Christianity and Buddhism that promote virtues such as compassion, kindness, and a moral way of living, the theological frameworks and ultimate goals of the two religions are distinct. Christianity’s core is centered on the relationship with God through Jesus Christ, while Buddhism focuses on the path to enlightenment and the cessation of suffering through personal insight, ethical conduct, and meditation practices.

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  • Greg Gaines

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