Essay on Buddhism and Christianity

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Systems of faith and religious practices have been a part of human society dating back 30,000 years ago during the Late Stone Age. Religion has been accepted as one of the cultural universals, which is a trait common to all human cultures worldwide throughout the history of humanity. While it is somewhat unclear exactly why the theory of religion has been formulated, it is clear that many societies have used a variety of religions as mediums to communicate and establish a general code of ethics to certain groups of people around the world. Two of these religions include Buddhism and Christianity. Both Buddhism and Christianity have implemented their doctrines into modern-day society and continue to influence different ethical views …show more content…
At this point, Siddhartha became determined to find an understanding of life, which he eventually found through enlightenment while meditating under a tree after months of self-inquiry and self-reflection. After experiencing such a spiritual revelation, he decided to spend the rest of his life spreading the idea of enlightenment throughout Indian. Buddha’s main purpose of teaching was to help fellow beings relieve themselves of suffering so that they may reach enlightenment, which is also known as nirvana. Today, Buddhism currently has a total of 360 million followers, which accumulates to 6% of the world’s total population as reported by the Buddha Dharma Education Association & BuddhaNet. This makes Buddhism the world’s fourth largest religion, having two major divisions: Theravada and Mahayana. In comparison, Jesus Christ, the Son of God taught Christianity in the mid-1st century. Christian teaching explains that God, who is the believed creator of the universe, including the creator of man, sent “the Word”—his direct teachings—in the form of “the Flesh” which was Jesus. Jesus went on to perform many miracles with the power of God and in His name. These miracles included a number of things including: healing the ill, turning water into wine and even restoring vision to the blind. Christian teaching goes on to further explain the crucifixion of Jesus, which took place in order to wash away

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