So What's the Difference - Buddhism
While not intended to be inclusive, the following chart provides a basic summary for comparison and discussion.
Authority The Bible, the Word of God Founded by Guatama,who
The only infallible source of truth of whom it was predicted if he
would see 4 things (sickness
old age, death & a monk who
renounced that world) that he
would discover the way of
salvation for all mankind.
Become known as Buddha or
Only source of Bible, Word of God Came out of consideration
truth 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16 of teachings of Hinduism, but
Romans 1:16 denied that man has a soul,
John 1:1-5,14 rejected the caste system, &
Matthew 4:4 taught Enlightenment is open
to all including women.
Core Beliefs 1 Corinthians 15:1-3 Jesus Nirvana - highest level of God-
was crucified, died, buried consciousness, the blowing out
& rose from the dead. of the flame of desire & the
Ephesians 4:4-6 - one Body negation of suffering.
(church composed of all Eight-fold path - Middle Way -
believers), one Spirit, one right: viewpoint, aspiration,
hope of your calling (heaven), speech,behavior, occupation,
one Lord, one faith, one baptism, effort, mindfulness & meditation.
one God & Father of us all.
Salvation by Faith in Jesus Alone Belief that Life is real.
John 3:16, 14:6 Reincarnation until achieve
Ephesians 2:8-9 Nirvana eventually.
Romans chapter 3, 10:9,17 In the meantime, self-effort.
Life of faith Loving God & Others (Luke 9:27) Denying desires to end suffering.
characterized by Living for Jesus (the walk) & Karma - gain merits or demerits
imitators of His life according to how one lives life,
Ephesians chapters 4 thru 6
Telling others of Jesus 2 Cor. 5 .
Afterlife belief Millennial kingdom - Jesus will Achieving Nirvana - god-like
return & reign for 1,000 year as qualities.
promised. Revelation 20:4
Heaven, paradise, the New
Jerusalem - eternal
Philippians 3:20-21, Revelation
chapter 21 & 22.
Hell - place of eternal suffering
for those who rejected God &
Jesus. Revelation 20:10-15