Buddhism vs. Christianity + works cited

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1 Buddhism vs. Chirstianity Buddhism and Christianity are two of the most popular religions in the world. While historically Buddhism arose from Asia and Christianity came from the Middle East and Europe, today both of these religions have influence across the globe. It is only natural that one might compare such far reaching and influential religions to one another. For some it might conjure images of East vs. West, however, the situation is far more complex when understood correctly. These religions have both remarkable similarities and differences and a great deal can be learned about the two of them when they are compared. Specifically we will be concentrating on the aspects of sin and salvation in Christianity and Buddhism. Before any comparisons take place, a historical background of each of the religions is necessary. We will start with Christianity. Christianity is one of the worlds most popular religions and has a wide range of churches that stem off from the main belief. When most people think of Christianity they think of Rome and the Catholic Church, whose operations are centered there. For the last several millennia Christian influence has been felt around the world. The regions of the heaviest influence include Europe and the Americas. Christianity is essentially the belief in “Christ” or the son of God, and the fact that for a short period of time nearly two thousand years ago he walked the earth and preached to the people of it, spreading his influence. Jesus Christ, as he is commonly known, is believed by Christians to be the son of God, who was immaculately conceived by a virgin woman named Mary. As the son of a carpenter named Joseph, Jesus grew up
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2 in the region around the city of Jerusalem in the Middle East. As he grew older, Jesus attracted a group of followers called “disciples”, who learned from his teachings. Jesus went across the region performing miracles and spreading the word of God, which he taught from the Old Testament and expounded on its works. According to the Bible, Jesus knew of his impending death, which was his ultimate purpose of coming to the earth. He was crucified and according to the word of the Bible, resurrected again to a new life. It was told by the resurrected Jesus that he had died for ours sins, and people could now get to heaven, as long as they were to follow the will of God as taught by Jesus and the Bible. Jesus’ disciples eventually wrote the books of the New Testament which tell the stories and teachings of Jesus, which are followed and practiced by the Christian church today (History of Christianity) (Yu 131-179). Buddhism started in a fairly similar way to Christianity. It is believed that sometime in the fifth century a boy was born into a Hindu royal family under some unnatural circumstances. He was given the name Siddhãrtha Gautama, which roughly translates to “the one who achieved the aim”. His parents raised him to become a powerful noble, but at the age of sixteen he had four visions. The visions had images of
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