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Difference Between Buddhism and Christianity

buddha_christBuddhism is based on the teachings of prince-turned-saint Siddhartha Gautama also known as Lord Buddha while Christianity is based on the teachings of Jesus. Followers of Buddhism recognize Lord Buddha as an ‘awakened master/teacher’ who has given the eight-fold path of instructions to achieve salvation and release from the cycle of rebirth. Followers of Christianity believe that the Son of God, the Savior, Jesus came to earth to liberate man by paying for his sins. Christians believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah and a model of the most virtuous life.

The major Christian belief is based on the four premises.

  • the Holy Spirit, God the Father & Jesus Christ as the son of God,
  • the death, subsequent descent into hell and resurrection, ascension of Christ,
  • the communion of saints and the holiness of the Church
  • Christ’s second coming , the Day of Judgement and the salvation of those who believe in him and are faithful to him.

Buddhism includes physical exercises, premises for ethical conduct and altruism, devotional practices, invocations and ceremonies, renunciation, mindfulness and wisdom practices and meditation.

Buddhism is divided into two major sects known as Mahayana and Hinayana. Buddhism is more prevalent in Asia though followers are found around the world. Christianity began as a Jewish sect and is more prevalent in the West including most European countries and America. However, like Buddhists, Christians are found around the world. Christians have two sects known as Roman Catholics and the Protestants.

Christians are expected to adhere to the Ten Commandments that are moral imperatives which, according to tradition, were given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai as two stone tablets. They are to form the foundation of Christianity. The Ten Commandments include directives against committing adultery, coveting a neighbor’s property, stealing etc. They also lay down the guidelines for correct behavior including respecting one’s parents etc.


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  1. You state “Christians are expected to adhere to the Ten Commandments that are moral imperatives which, according to tradition, were given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai as two stone tablets. They are to form the foundation of Christianity. The Ten Commandments include directives against committing adultery, coveting a neighbor’s property, stealing etc. They also lay down the guidelines for correct behavior including respecting one’s parents etc.”
    That is not true! Biblical Christianity does adhere to the Ten Commandments….
    There were ten commands given through Moses (Ex. 20:3-17; Dt. 5:7-21).
    Seven were NOT TO DO something, Do Not: make or have idols; misuse God’s name; murder; commit adultery; steal; bear false witness; covet [desire] what others have).
    Two were TO DO something: Worship God only; Honor your father and mother.
    These nine (moral or spiritual commands) were repeated in the NT (Mt 19:18; Ro 13:9).
    One of the ten (purely ceremonial), was not repeated in the NT: Remember the Sabbath by keeping it holy. The Sabbath day was given to Israel as a commemoration of God’s rest after the work of creation (Ex. 31:12-17).
    Matt 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “`Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: `Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
    Nine of the ten commandments were directed at obedience to the *Greatest Commandment; keeping the Sabbath is not! Not only did Jesus continually break Jewish laws concerning “Sabbath keeping” but His own disciples (those who believed in and followed Him) made Sunday, instead of Saturday, their corporate day of worship and fellowship.
    Never are Christians commanded to worship on Saturday, nor any other day. Why? Because we are under Grace. Ritualistic religion is not honoring to God, nor does it provide righteousness (Col 2:8-17).
    The Sabbath “rest” was merely an OT “shadow” of what was to come (Ro 14:5-6).
    Every one of the precepts and principles contained in the Ten Commandments is restated in another context in the NT; that is, except the command to rest on and keep the Sabbath Holy. That command was for Israel alone, not for the Church, Body of Believers, Christians.
    We are not commanded to keep a certain day Holy, but to keep all days Holy.
    So then, why do Christians worship on Sunday? It is definitely not because of some legalistic obligation, like those who are under the law, for Jesus canceled the written code “the law,” by nailing it to the cross (Col. 2:14);
    Gal. 2:16 A man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.
    Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
    Acts 20:7 On the first day of the week [Sunday] we came together …
    1Cor. 16:2 On the first day of every week [Sunday], each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
    Sunday is the day the New Testament Believers [the Church] set apart to celebrate the resurrection of Christ [the first day of the week, Sunday].
    It was on consecutive Sundays, after His resurrection, that Jesus appeared to His own followers. In fact, every time the Lord met with His disciples after the resurrection, and the day was specified, it was always on the first day of the week, Sunday.
    John 20:19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
    We could choose any day to worship; but we follow the example given us in Scripture by those who were there when Jesus rose from the grave, repeatedly appeared to His followers, then sent the Holy Spirit to indwell them.
    Christians are not commanded to follow the “Ten Commandments,” in fact, Jesus summed up all of the Law and the Prophets [all the teachings from God], in Matt 22:36-40, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “`Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: `Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

    • Amen to the comment above. The Law should not be viewed as the primary foundation of Christianity.

      • To complete my comment above, I will say that the two commands from the Law of Moses and which Jesus commanded-(1) Love the Lord you God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and (2) Love your neighbor as yourself (which can be summed up with one command-love) could be viewed as the foundation of Christianity, but the Ten Commandments specifically should not (the Sabbath command is not specifically followed on Saturday or even necessarily at all). The grace of God (which covers over our sins from failing to obey the Law of Moses) must be taken into consideration with Christianity. Jesus allowed all of this with his perfect life sacrificed for us.

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