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1,439 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 18 years ago by shaun54

Is Jesus to Judaism and Christianity as Buddha is to Hinduism and Buddhism?


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18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 4/28/04 - 1:14:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
Jesus also has very little to do with Judaism.
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 4/28/04 - 1:20:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well, Jesus was born a Jew, and was raised as a Jew. He taught using the torah as a basic text.

Many people believe he intended to reform or expand Judaism rather than to create a whole new religion. In fact, there was some controversy as to whether a non-Jew had to become a Jew before he/she could become a Christian. They finally decided a person didn't have to become a Jew first, but it does show the close ties in the early church between Judaism and Chrisianity.

18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 4/28/04 - 1:25:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
Buddha doesn't have much to do with Hinduism, and while Jesus has the ties to Judaism described in the post above me, he doesn't have the same ties to Judaism he has to Christianity.

This question is fundamentally flawed.

18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 7/17/04 - 12:55:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
*agrees wholeheartedly with wanderer*

Don't forget that Hinduism is in essence, polytheistic with Shiva as the representative Zeus. 333,333 gods to be exact. So no.

18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 7/17/04 - 5:24:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
No.
I can't really add anything. Wanderer explained it wonderfully.
18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 8/8/04 - 9:45:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
Buddha had nothin to do with Hinduism
18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 8/8/04 - 9:47:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
Sure why not.
18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 8/8/04 - 10:09:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
As a Zen Buddhist, I can say a lot of you have it wrong.

Buddha is NOT an incarnation of God. Buddhism is an atheist religion and we don't have a God.

Buddha is an example of what one can be if they lead their life right. Which means, anyone can become a Buddha when they stop reincarnating and reach Nirvana.

The Buddha depicted in statues is usually Siddhartha Gautama, the man who started Buddhism and is the first known Buddha.

Someone claimed, that Buddha has nothing to do with Hinduism. They were wrong too. In Hinduism, Buddha is the ninth of the Ten Avatars (Vishnu's embodiments). His duty was to lead the absurd to their distruction and to teach sympathy towards animals. But in Hinduism, Buddha is a different person than he is in Buddhism and they have nothing do do with eachother.

To answer the question, no, Buddha is not to Buddhism or Hinduism as Jesus is to Christianity, because Buddha is not one person, a supreme being, or an object of worship.

17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 10/5/04 - 10:36:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
muslim and christianity are very similar. Infact Muhammed met up with Jesus and moses (in spirit) during his journeys.
17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 12/4/04 - 3:10:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
but jews dont believe in jesus...
17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/10/04 - 10:03:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
Perhaps you are asking if Buddah meant to change Hinduism just as Joshua meant to change Judaism.

It is pretty clear that Joshua-bar-Josef never meant to leave Judaism, but only to change the traditional idea of divinity to a softer, more loving one. It was Saul of Tarsus, and his money, that won the day and thus a totally new religion was founded.

It is also clear that Siddhartha did not mean to create a new religion. He asked that each person find out for themselves what the reality was. But Siddhartha did not mean to alter Hinduism.

So there are very basic differences.

17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/10/04 - 10:11:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
Except for the inclusion of Hinduism, it's as close to an analogy between the two as you're going to get.
17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/10/04 - 10:24:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
I agree completely with wanderer.
17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 12/14/04 - 1:24:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
uh. jews do not believe in jesus was the son of god and hindus do not beleive buddha was the enlightened one.
17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 12/14/04 - 2:22:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
soul_sleep, I don't believe all forms of Buddhism deny the existence of a god, but rather do not address it.

I believe that Tenzin Gzatzo (sp?) the Fourteenth Dalai Lama has professed a belief in a higher power, not necessarily a "god" in the Western sense, but something.

"Don't forget that Hinduism is in essence, polytheistic with Shiva as the representative Zeus. 333,333 gods to be exact. So no."

Brahma is the closest to Zeus, Sono, as he is the creator. As I understand it, the notion of which of the three (between Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva) is the utmost has changed with the evolution of Hindu society.

However, as I understand it, Hinduisms "gods" are more like Saints in the Catholic church and are incarnations of the same higher being. It's a somewhat alien concept to Western religious tradition, but as I said it is not unlike saints in the Catholic church and the trinity in the whole of Christianity.

17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 12/14/04 - 2:58:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
Thank you Soul_Asleep, I can't add anything else.

To note, I was brought up in the ways of Theravada Buddhism which is prominent in Southeast Asia. All buddhists are united however by the teachings of Buddha and no sect looks down on another for tolerance and patience are among our core values.

17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 12/18/04 - 4:46:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
Milkenacow, where do you get that information from????? Jesus is the son of the most high God where buddha is meerly a figment of your imagination. They have proof in anchient writings that there was a man called Jesus but here is no proof that buddha existed.
17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 12/18/04 - 5:46:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
Jarhead
I have the utmost respect for your religion (and all peaceful religions) so don't get me wrong, but even though there are, in fact, ancient writings proving the existence of a man called Jesus, none of those writings prove him to be the son of God. That's why it's called faith, not fact. I find it a bit irritating and disrespectful that you blatantly claim Buddha to be a figment of imagination. I could say that about your God, but I have no need to be that offensive, as apparently you do.
17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 12/18/04 - 6:10:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
Somedaysoon, you're absolutely right (spelling of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama: Tenzin Gyatso). My post was just a brief explanation, I left many things out trying not to exceed the character limit.

Most branches of Buddhism don't frankly deny the existence of a God, they just don't recognize any. Mahayaha Buddhists even consider Buddha a deity.

17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 12/19/04 - 1:59:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
Sure. I'd put it this way: Jesus was born a Jew, but he started Christianity. Buddha (formerly Siddhartha Guatma) was a Hindu, but started Buddhism.
17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 12/19/04 - 2:02:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
i dont think so.. budda is to buddism and Allah goes to Hinduism.. i believe.. correct me if i wrong tho.. i do sumtimes get my religions mixd up.
17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 12/19/04 - 2:03:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
Oh. Thanks soul_asleep. I have no idea why I spelled his name like that. It's phonetic!!!!!!

TX, Jesus didn't exactly start Christianity. He started a movement within Judaism. I believe it was Paul if I remember correctly who created Christianity.

I'm not sure about the Buddha.

17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 12/19/04 - 2:04:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, you're right. I meant more along the lines of "Without Jesus, there would be no Christianity." And without Buddha, there would obviously be no Buddhism.
17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 12/19/04 - 2:06:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
yes but you also have to think with out the followers there would be no christianity and not buddhism
17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 12/19/04 - 7:05:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
TX4me - the more accurate way of putting that might be, that without Siddhartha Gautama there would be no Buddhism, because Buddha is not one person, there's a Buddha inside all of us (Buddhahood). Becoming a Buddha is what every Buddhist works towards.

This is why this question is a bit strange. Siddhartha Gautama could well be compared to Jesus, because he taught Buddhism the way Jesus taught Christianity.

Somedaysoon - in case I sounded like I was nitpicking about the spelling, I didn't mean to, I just wrote it for you since you weren't sure about it. :)


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