Is Buddhism Father Of Christianity ?
King Ashoka sent Buddhist missionaries(in 240 BC) to Alexandria(egypt), Antioch, Greece and magga(from Ashoka rock eddict # 13). Clement of alexandria had also mentioned about existance of buddhists in alexandria. Later the buddhism was picked up by many people in alexandria probably by Jews. Jesus' parents had also fled to egypt to escape from King Herod's persecution. I believe that baby Jesus & his family might have gone to nile delta area by boat & stayed there until the death of king Herod. In this nile delta (probably alexandria) Jesus grew up learning buddhist principles from the great library of alexandria or from buddhist ascetics / monks. If this is true then it means that christianity has its roots in buddhism. Jesus was killed, because the (buddhist) principles (of love & compassion), he tried to incorporate into Judaism were not acceptable to Jew clergy who believed on tooth for tooth & eye for eye as taught by moses.
Library of alexandria was burnt down.
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Remember Trinity of Matrix ; Well - Matrix & Real Buddhism is same (even the battery part ); Rather I say Matrix is a close simulation of what Buddha wanted to say.
According to Buddha, the devil (mara) is the creator & destroyer of all lives who makes our bodies at birth in order that we may suffer during life time as per our past deeds(karma).
This vicious cycle of death & birth continues for the sole enjoyment of the devil.
Hence every one is like Mr.Anderson(Neo of Matrix). When he gets freed from this Ferris wheel cycle of the devil by moving into a death less state of Nirvana/Eternal life , only then he is truly free & is in a state of God (just like god mode of video games). So the concept of God in buddhism is the final free state for all.
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- Boston BluefishLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
Read my comparison below, and then you decide!
Comparison Christianity and Buddhism - What are the differences?
Jesus came to this world as a man and fulfilled all the prophecies concerning the Messiah. Buddha could not reconcile the existence of suffering with an all-powerful, loving God and so rejected the teachings of Hinduism.
There are Four Noble Truths to Buddhism: Dukkha, Samudaya, Nirodha, and Marga.
Dukkha, the first of the Four Noble Truths, says that all human experience is transient and that suffering results from excessive desire and attachment. It is a Pali word which means, "incapable of satisfying." The Buddha taught that suffering is an inescapable reality. We know there are things in this world that will momentarily end suffering. How do we know suffering exists unless we have something to compare it to? Does a man who is completely blind know when he enters a dark room?
Samudaya, the second noble truth, explains that the cause of suffering is ignorant desire.
Nirodha, the third noble truth indicates that this desire can be destroyed. The way out of suffering is craving.
Marga, the fourth noble truth, teaches that the way out of suffering is the Eightfold Path. The Eightfold Path shows the way out of the cycle of birth and death, which is full of misery. Comparison between Christianity and Buddhism can be done using the principles of the Eightfold Path:
Right Understanding - "Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is" (Ephesians 5:17).
Right Intention - "He who has a wayward and crooked mind finds no good. . ." (Proverbs 17:20).
Right Speech "Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. . .If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless" (James 1:19, 27).
Right Action - "Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead" (James 2:17).
Right Livelihood - "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matthew 5:48).
Right Effort - "Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Right Mindfulness - "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:18).
Right Concentration - "Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth" (Colossians 3:2). A comparison between Christianity and Buddhism reveals that both acknowledge the reality of suffering. The Bible teaches that suffering began when mankind rejected God. When we refuse to accept the reality of God in our lives, it results in suffering both for us and for those who are affected by our choices. Separation from God results in temporary suffering on this earth and everlasting suffering in Hell. Unlike Buddhism, Christianity teaches that suffering ends only in the presence of God in Heaven. We cannot get to heaven without Christ.
Buddha has shown his way to live: his Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. God shows us His way; He has revealed His truth and has told us how we are to live. "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me'" (John 14:6).
- MumOf5Lv 61 decade ago
Well, that is possible, however, Joseph (Jesus foster-dad) was a carpenter, so its not that likely.
Even so, if Jesus learned Buddhism before he learned to be a Jew, there's no problem with that. All truth comes from God. Everyone has the Holy Spirit to guide them as to what is true and what is false. Jesus could have learned Buddhism and recognised the truth in it, as well as the falsehood in it.
For instance, Jesus never taught that we have multiple lives on earth (reincarnation) - he taught resurection. Also, Buddhism says nothing about chastity being important, yet Jesus spoke some pretty strict laws about that - not even to LOOK on a woman to lust after her (see Matthew 5).
Jesus may well have learned from Buddhists, but his primary teacher and role model was his Father - God. And since God is the one who gave truth to Buddhism (as well as Judaism and Christianity, and others), it would be most accurate to say that God is the Father of Christianity (and every other truth).
- JamieLv 41 decade ago
It would be very interesting to go through the oldest versions of the biblical texts and intyerpret them through the Buddhist perspective! Specifically the New Testiment of course!
I agree with the ties to Zoroastrianism. They gave us the Garden of Eden and as they developed, the singular male god of Judaism, Islam and Christianity.
The burning of the library of Alexandria was an unfathomable loss! It was not the only one either. Wonderful to see people are connecting these dots! It may save us one day.
Read the Sri Atma Gita! See the connection this makes to Buddhas words.
To many people choose to ignore the amount of travel and mutual influence that occured in these regions historically.
Excellent thoughts! Uncover the past to understand the present and future pasts.
- 1 decade ago
Buddha Dharma is a Universal Law or the truth of the universe,a practising buddhist should know that the Buddha teaches us to see things as it is,as long as the teachings is good,if it benefit mankind,we should accept it because our main aim is to rid suffering and reach the other shore,those without affinity will not be able to hear the name of Buddha,as Buddha said it is foolish for the man who was shot by a poisoned arrow to find out the owner of the arrow instead of treating the poison,which ever religion is the father or mother is not important,the most important is the essence of teaching that can rid us of suffering,anyway,all good followers of what ever religion is a buddhist because there are over six billion buddha-to-be in this world [the law of the universe]
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- 1 decade ago
No, Buddhism is not.
If you read the New Testament you will get a better understanding of Christianity. It has been put forth that Jesus' family might have come from the Essene branch of the Jews at that time but the Scriptures do not say. Jesus was born to a pious Jewish virgin from the line of David. He kept the law flawlessly. He fulfilled the Jewish Scriptures about Him.
The concept of the Trinity (shortened version of Tri-Unity) is actually first seen in the first book of Genesis, a book also accepted by the Jews. "Let us make man in our own image, in our likeness....so God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him" (Genesis 1:26-27)NIV and "In the beginning...and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters"(Genesis 1:1-2)NIV.
Another verse showing this is seen in the book of Proverbs, a book also accepted by the Jews. "Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name and the name of His Son? Tell me if you know.""(Proverbs 30:4)NIV
And we do have a lot of original manuscripts to verify that the Bible we are using today is the same, regardless of whether there was a fire or not.Source(s): http://www.clarifyingchristianity.com/m_prophecies... http://messianicbible.com/prophecies.asp
- 1 decade ago
Gautama Buddha is the father of Buddhism. He was a Nepalese prince who wanted to venture to the "real" world and he meditated and taught about Nirvana.
On the other hand, God is the Father of the faith of Christians and the Father of the Creation. He ventured into our world and died for us and teaches about eternal life, not Nirvana. Eternal life is forever. Nirvana is only here on earth.
- SherylLv 44 years ago
Jesus Christ is a composite of many previous savior/gods, and stories in the OT. Jesus is worshiped on Sunday because he is a sun god, like Mithra, Zeus/Jupiter, Horus, Attis, Dionysus, Adonis, Tammuz, Hercules, Perseus, Bacchus, Apollo, Helios, and Sol Invictus -- whose birthdays are also on the old winter solstice of December 25, when the sun is “reborn.” There were more than a dozen other deities and saviors who were resurrected after violent deaths -- Mithra, Osiris/Serapis, Inanna/Ishtar, Horus, Perseus, Bacchus, Attis, Hermes, Adonis, Hercules/Heracles, Tammuz, Asclepius, and Prometheus. Christianity just told the story the best, and managed to get control of the government under Constantine. For much more evidence, see the links. -
- holyfireLv 41 decade ago
I don't think Buddhism spread that far into Middle East at that time! Based on the bible of Christianity, Judaism is the Father Of Christianity . But it is true that the growing period of Jesus is mysterious. We do not know anything clearly for now.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Both have a polytheistic concept of a Trinity god.
“There is strong reason to believe that St. Paul fabricated the belief system of Christianity from Zoroastrian mythology. In order to hide Paul’s plaigerism… Christians burned the library of Alexandria in 390 A.D. Books in that library kept Mithra’s original story of what Pauline Doctrine is an almost exact copy. (George Sarton , Introduction to History of Sciences) ,
The Christian Trinity is a copy of the Pagan religion of Rome called Mithraism. Mithra was a half man half god who died for the sins of his followers. Guess what date the SUN god Mithra was born on ? - Thats right ...December 25th
The concept of God having a son is the basis of most Polytheistic religions and the exact opposite of the Abrahamic message of Monotheism. Your Lord is ONE – no partner, no Son , No God incarnate.
“The son-ship of Jesus Christ is the greatest fiction of human history.” (Lord Bishop of Canterbury Commission, the Spiritual Head of England, 1910.)
“The son-ship of Jesus Christ, the Trinity, the blood sacrifice of the lamb of God, atonement are not the teachings of Jesus. These are all inventions of Saint Paul who never really met Jesus.” (Hastings Rashdall, The Theory of Good and Evil)
- buddhamonkeyboyLv 41 decade ago
Jesus and The Buddha were both great spiritual teachers. Our western sense of competitiveness and wanting to "win" leads us to chicken-and-egg discussions like this -- which I suspect both teachers would think silly since it causes us to focus on the suchness of causes and conditions rather than on the truths of the teachings.
Living Buddha, Living Christ
Jesus and Buddha as Brothers
both by Thich Nhat Hanh