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    Are Buddhism and Christianity fundamentally different religions?

    Having studied different religions over the past number of years I'm noticing their similarities more so than I am their differences. That is I'm of the opinion that human nature comes first, various religions are a by-product of human nature and all fall into a similar class of human behavior.

    So the question is - in your opinion, are Buddhism and Christianity fundamentally different?

    - How are they alike?
    - How are they different?

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    Christianity is:
    ... a desire to live forever in an idyllic wonderland worshipping some ideal being.
    ... pleasing a deity by following his rules.
    ... main focus is adoration of and obedience to a god.
    ... etc.

    Buddhism is:
    ... an attempt to escape the cycle of death and rebirth, to cease to be.
    ... minimizing suffering by eliminating desire.
    ... main focus is the self.
    ... etc.

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    All religions seek to address the two great existential questions - our inception and our conclusion.
    Alpha/Omega.

    So yes, Buddhism shares that in common with Christianity.

    Buddhism is fundamentally different to Christianity - biblical theism - in that Christianity doesn't require anything like the necessary input of bad karma at one point in order to give effect to good karma at another point. I don't need someone to do evil to me in this life in order to have a better life in the next world. Buddhism doesn't work without bad karma.

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    Morality wise Buddhism and conservative Christianity are similar.

    In Buddhism no alcohol or intoxicating substances. No killing. No sex outside of marriage. Modest behavior. Compassion for all.

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    You can be an atheist and still be a Buddhist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Random Person View Post
    You can be an atheist and still be a Buddhist.
    I would expect a Buddhist to be an atheist. There is no mention of god or gods in the teachings of Buddha. Any Buddhist's ideas about a god would be extraneous to the religion and practice of Buddhism. Not saying that any given Buddhist can't believe in a god but such a belief is not part of the teachings.

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    Just as an aside. There are Catholic priests and Protestant ministers who are atheists even though they profess that there is a god during work hours.
    Last edited by skepticalbip; 12-03-2019 at 06:01 AM.

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    Are Buddhism and Christianity fundamentally different religions?

    Quote Originally Posted by rousseau View Post
    So the question is - in your opinion, are Buddhism and Christianity fundamentally different?

    - How are they alike?
    - How are they different?
    Oh heck yeah

    Buddha never claimed to be God
    Jesus did!
    Buddha was never resurrected
    According to sources there were 500 witnesses of the bodily resurrection of Jesus !

    It was not prophesied of Buddha’s coming, ministry nor his death.

    Jesus’s was, over 100 prophesy’s about his life and ministry

    Buddha (as Buddha himself) never claimed to be coming back another time to earth, Jesus did

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    The Buddhist philosophy never requires a god belief, although some Buddhist do believe in a god. I really don't see similarities in the two, from what little I know about Buddhism. I guess you could say that they both are attempts at finding meaning in life or something of that nature, but the two philosophies don't have much if anything in common, imo. So, yeah. They are very different, imo.

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    It was a good question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lion IRC View Post
    All religions seek to address the two great existential questions - our inception and our conclusion.
    Alpha/Omega.

    So yes, Buddhism shares that in common with Christianity.

    Buddhism is fundamentally different to Christianity - biblical theism - in that Christianity doesn't require anything like the necessary input of bad karma at one point in order to give effect to good karma at another point. I don't need someone to do evil to me in this life in order to have a better life in the next world. Buddhism doesn't work without bad karma.
    You misunderstand karma. Karma is about the effects that one's actions, attitude, or mindset has on their own existence. The Christian equivalent would be god deciding to reward or punish someone for their actions, attitude, or mindset.

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