Jesus Christ-Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist

To many Christians today, the thought of their savior being a Muslim is far-fetched, To them, Jesus is and always has been Christian. To the end they are wrong. Jesus, Son of Joseph and Mary, was a Jew; and an illegal alien. To Christians, he was sent to earth to save mankind and died on the cross for our sins.

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:

  • Be an observant Jewish man descended from the house of King David
  • Be an ordinary human being (as opposed to the Son of God)
  • Bring peace to the world
  • Gather all Jews back into Israel
  • Rebuild the ancient Temple in Jerusalem
  • Unite humanity in the worship of the Jewish God and Torah observance

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.

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4 Responses to Jesus Christ-Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist

  1. Pete Smith

    June 28, 2012 at 8:33 am

    2,000 years of Xtianity and still we have wars, hatred, intolerance, hunger, poverty, disease and ignorance.

    Maybe it’s time we tried something else.

    • Junior Cole

      October 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      Regardless of however many years man is given, he will always be a sinner. There is much that we Christians have to answer to, and to be honest, sorry isn’t enough. However, the Bible we believe in doesn’t say that these things don’t and won’t happen to believers. In fact, the Bible states we’re all sinners, full of a rebellious and hateful nature, bent on destruction and selfishness. That’s why we’re in need of a Savior in the first place: to die in our place for the wrath that we’ve piled up in the eyes of an eternally holy and good God; and also to have a lord to trust in and follow. A true follower should trust in Christ, follow His commandments, and be a Holy Spirit-led man. However, many people who claim Christianity do not trust. They do no follow. They are only led by themselves. I am often guilty of this. My nature longs to rebel and go my own way. I’m only at my best when I trust and follow, and that’s not all the time.

      When looking at Christianity, please do not look at us fallen men and assume that’s all it is. The Lord is the one to be trusted and looked at, and we’re but mortal beings made of dirt that can’t handle even being nice to each other. Please look past our sins, and look to the only one that’s even worth looking at: Jesus. There, you’ll find the source of my trust and my only hope.

  2. Rev6_palehorse

    July 10, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Because of a lot of unfortunate events in childhood and young adulthood, I used to believe that the Christian God was of no consequence in my life. But I started searching for the relevant higher power just wondering if Someone was holding the universe together. Then the true God, the Lord Jesus Christ, intervened in my life. and made Himself known to me. That was over 30 years ago and I am aware of His mighty existence on a daily basis as He answers me. He was always there, as He is for any of us, yet it takes humble acceptance and a fervent desire to know Him. During my searching, Buddha or Allah have never proved themselves to me, answered prayers or spoken to me one iota. Nor any other so-called gods. My Almighty God is always speaking to the hearts of men, to get them to come to Him for ultimate and final redemption. The current mayhem in the atmosphere, weather, earth and prolific diseases are signs of His anger upon a non-receptive and self-esteeming people who prefer to believe in human personalities. Keep watching. More proof of His existence is on the horizon. / []

  3. Eric

    July 18, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I’ll tell you what’s wrong with that – Buddha (Siddhārtha Gautama) is thought to have lived at around 500 BCE.
    Judaism, according to its own tradition, began at around 2000 BCE with the covenant between “god” and the biblical patriarchs (Abraham, Issac and Jacob). Later (estimated at around 1300 BCE) Moses is said to have freed the Hebrew slaves from Egypt and received the Torah – the holy book of rules that Jews allegedly go by to this day. Fast forward to ~500 BCE, Jews were exiled to Babylon only to return almost a century later and build the second Temple – the one that Jesus is said to have preached in.
    There is no substantial archaeological evidence to back up any of the above mentioned figures or events. The only evidence is for the existence of the second temple and a Jewish lifestyle in the land of Israel for centuries before the “time of Jesus”. The rest is tradition.
    It is conceivable that Siddhartha was influenced by Jewish principles taught by exiled Jewish priests in Babylon or Persia. Or the other way around.
    It is also conceivable that Jesus (the person or accumulation of stories about the alleged person) was influenced by Buddhism, by then an established religion.
    Jesus, as you said, was Jewish. Christianity took a couple of centuries to form. Islam, in any case, came last, at around 600 AD.