Do you agree that how we see the world determines how we make our choices in life?
Ever wonder what some of the major differences of worldview and reality there are between the teachings of Jesus the Christ and Gautauma the Enlightened?
Here is a simple list that I pulled together from my own observation and study living in the land of Theravada Buddhism. There are some good things we can glean from the Buddha but when his teaching is insufficient, we must yield to the one true Lord and Savior, the one who is risen from the dead and lives eternally in a place of no suffering, sorrow, or pain-the Lord Jesus the Messiah.
CHRIST FOLLOWER BUDDHIST
Believes in God as Creator Believes in cause & effect, nature
God is Supreme Being Buddha, not God, but only teacher
God is unchanging Nothing is permanent
Concerned w/eternal salvation Concerned w/suffering elimination
Depends upon God for salvation Depends on self & self effort
The souls is immortal There is no soul
Self Dependence is spiritual pride Complete self dependence is striven for
Sin & rebellion is our root problem Ignorance is our root problem
Humans must surrender to our Creator There is no one to answer to, just karma
Rebirth for Christian is joyous Rebirth for Buddhist is indicative of failure
Grace given by God through faith Good deeds hopefully outweigh bad ones
Teaches sacrificial love “agape” Love causes suffering/ we should dettach
Suffering of Christ for us If Christ suffered, it was bad karma
Our soul goes to be with Christ Samsara, (re-incarna.) is result of Karma
One Hell for those who reject God Many levels of Hell for different sins
One Heaven for Those in Christ Heaven is not the goal, non-existence is.
Only one life in a fallen world Countless lives mostly in suffering
Next life depends on true faith in Jesus Next life depends on deeds, good or bad
Spirit worship is forbidden Spirit worship tolerated & integrated
Ancestors can be honored & respected Ancestor worship is tolerated
Good deeds should be practical help Good deeds are mainly for self-merit
Eternal life is forever with God & saints Goal is for complete non-existence
Complete assurance in work of Christ No assurance whatsoever – never know
Peace of Christ is everlasting Temp. Peace gained through meditation
Suffering ends at Revelation 21 Reborn countless times into suffering
Would you add anything else?
Have a question or comment on anything you read?