Similarities Between Christianity and Buddhism

There is significant evidence that supports an idea of similarity between Christianity and Buddhism. Many ethical behaviors of a dedicated religious person in either of these two religions will seem to be the same. Each religion teaches the principles of honesty, abstinence from many evil-inviting behaviors such as having greed or jealousy, and non-violence. When practitioners of these systems follow the path of morality paved for them, each religion deems that person to be closer to some divine state.

The complexities of Christianity and Buddhism can reveal a deeper truth concerning the connection that these two religions share. While having very different cultural roots and foundations, the pair also have fundamentally similar views on morality. Specifically, the ideas that murder is wrong, that sexual misconduct is wrong, that stealing is wrong, that speaking falsely is wrong, that the avoidance of evil is right, and that divinity cannot be reached without a follower’s commitment to the religion, all speak to these similarities. There could also be said to exist some broad similarity between the characters of Jesus Christ and the Buddha, specifically in their humility and emphasis on righteous living.

Check out this video discussion which dives into the similarities between Buddhism and Christianity.

Unitarianism (from Latin unitas “unity, oneness”, from unus “one”) is a Christian theological movement named for its belief that the God in Christianity is one person, as opposed to the Trinity (tri- from Latin tres “three”) which in many other branches of Christianity defines God as three persons in one being: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.[1] Unitarian Christians, therefore, believe that Jesus was inspired by God in his moral teachings, and he is a savior,[2][3] but he was not a deity or God incarnate. Unitarianism does not constitute one single Christian denomination, but rather refers to a collection of both extant and extinct Christian groups, whether historically related to each other or not, which share a common theological concept of the oneness nature of God.



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