Comparing Buddha And Jesus' Lives And Ideas.

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Throughout history there have been many wise and noble men who have lead the human race in many different directions. These men include Ancient Athenian Socrates, American Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., Indian philosopher and founder of Buddhism, The Buddha, and the central figure of Christianity, Jesus. All of these men had many similar traits and ideas. All of these men spoke of very noble ideas such as humility, justice, and peace. However, two of these men's words have reached more people than the other three combined and have more influence on today's world than any other two people in history. Jesus and The Buddha have surprisingly similar teachings and lives. Its amazing how men who lived over 500 years apart from each other in different parts of the world could have had such similar experiences and thoughts.The Gospels according to Mark, Luke, John, and Matthew seem to be the only reliable sources on the life of Jesus. These Gospels are part of the New Testament, which were written at the end of the first century. In addition to the Gospels, the letters of Paul and the Acts of the Apostles also contain important information about the life of Jesus. The lack of additional sources caused many scholars in the nineteenth century to doubt the existence of Jesus, but today scholars generally agree that Jesus did exist and lived. According to Luke's Gospel, Jesus was conceived by a divine miracle and was born in Bethlehem and is said to be a descendant of king David. At age 12 it is said that Jesus was found in the temple by worried parents (Mary and Joseph) who were told that he amazed all by his understanding and answers to questions asked to him. However, between the age 12 and 30 there is no mention of Jesus. At age 30 Jesus begins his work as a healer and teacher, or public ministry. The spirit of God then led Jesus into the wilderness where he fasted and was tempted by Satan for 40 days. After these forty days of suffering he returned to Galilee filled with the spirit and began to spread the word of God. Throughout the rest of Luke's Gospel Jesus spends his time with others, teaching them of the word of God and healing them of their sicknesses and weaknesses. He tells his followers how they are to live their lives in order to earn a place in God's kingdom. He continues this until his untimely death. He was betrayed by one of his chosen followers, or disciples. He was tried and crucified. He then is resurrected on the third day. Finally after speaking to his disciples and commanding them to spread the word of God he ascends into heaven. Several different people tell the story of Jesus' life. All of these people depict his life slightly differently and are very similar. Unfortunately, accounts of Jesus are very rare outside of the Gospels.Siddhartha Gautama, who later became known as The Buddha, was born around 563 B.C. to Shuddhodana, the king of the land between India and Nepal. When he was born it is said that a holy man said...

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