- CRITTER TALK
To Muslims, they revere Jesus and assert his holiness in the sense he lived in the world and is free of sin. They believe his mother, Mary, was decent, pure and Holy. They also believe Mary miraculously conceived Jesus and she was a virgin. They also believe Jesus performed miracles.
While Christianity asserts that Jesus is both human and divine, Islam does not accept the belief in his divinity. Hence, while Christians worship Jesus, Muslims instead revere Jesus and believe in him as a Prophet, using the Qur’an (not the Bible) as a reliable record of knowledge about Jesus.
Although Christians believe that Jesus is the son of God, Muslims assert God does not give birth and therefore has no sons or daughters. God is not physical for Muslims, and hence for Muslims, God cannot be a father..”
On one hand, Christianity declares Jesus was crucified. On the other hand, Islam asserts that it only seemed like Jesus was Crucified, and that God miraculously “took him up to God, himself”.
While Christianity asserts Jesus died in order to redeem the original sin of mankind or human sins as a whole, Muslims do not believe in Jesus as a redeemer and savior since they do not believe in original sin and since they do believe in Gods grace, guidance (in the form of prophetic revelation-the word of God), and human effort are sufficient for redemption and salvation.
In the Qur’an, there are many stories about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ (called ‘Isa in Arabic). The Qur’an recalls his miraculous birth, his teachings, the miracles he performed by God’s permission, and his life as a respected prophet of God. The Qur’an also repeatedly reminds that Jesus was a human prophet sent by God, not part of God Himself.
Christians believe Jesus is the son of God. Jews do not believe that Jesus was divine, the Son of God, or the Messiah prophesied in Jewish scriptures. He is seen as a “false messiah,” meaning someone who claimed (or whose followers claimed for him) the mantle of the Messiah but who ultimately did not meet the requirements laid out in Jewish beliefs. According to Jewish scripture and belief, the true Messiah (pronounced “moshiach” in Hebrew) must meet the following requirements. He must:
Because Jesus did not meet these requirements, from the Jewish perspective he was not the Messiah.
Was Jesus also the Buddha? Let’s see:
Both Buddha and Jesus were baptized in the presence of the “spirit” of God. Both went to their temples at the age of twelve, where they are said to have astonished all with their wisdom. Both supposedly fasted in solitude for a long time: Buddha for forty–seven days and Jesus for forty.Both wandered to a fig tree at the conclusion of their fasts. Both were about the same age when they began their public ministry. Both were tempted by the “devil” at the beginning of their ministry: To Buddha, he said: “Go not forth to adopt a religious life but return to your kingdom, and in seven days you shall become emperor of the world, riding over the four continents.”To Jesus, he said: “All these [kingdoms of the world] I will give you, if you fall down and worship me” (Matthew 4:9). Buddha answered the “devil”: “Get you away from me.” Jesus responded: “…begone, Satan!” (Matthew 4:10). The multitudes required a sign from both in order that they might believe. Both strove to establish a kingdom of heaven on earth. Buddha “represented himself as a mere link in a long chain of enlightened teachers.” Jesus said: “Think not that I have come to abolish the law, and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Matthew 5:17). According to the Somadeva (a Buddhist holy book), a Buddhist ascetic’s eye once offended him, so he plucked it out and cast it away. Jesus said: “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out, and throw it away;.” (Matthew 5:29). “Buddha taught that the motive of all our actions should be pity or love of our neighbor.” Jesus taught: “…love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44). Buddha said: “Hide your good deeds, and confess before the world the sins you have committed.” Jesus said: “Beware of practicing your piety before men to be seen by them;.” (Matthew 6:1) and “Therefore confess your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed…” (James 5:16).
There are many more parallels between Jesus and Buddha, but the fact remains; of the four Major Religions of the world, one figure stands out and no one can prove he existed! One could argue the Buddhist Holy Books and legends “borrowed” from Christianity but many Buddhist Holy Books were written five centuries before the birth of Christ.
What is wrong with saying a group broke off from Buddhism and started their own Religion, Judaism, then Islam, then Christianity. Through all of this, translations got lost, wars were fought, lives lost. All for a dogma whose central theme is Peace on Earth.