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Comparing Buddhism and Christianity

Founder A prince in India, Siddartha Gautama, started Buddhism. He was called “Buddha.” Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
God Buddhists do not believe in a Supreme Being, or Creator God. There is one God (Mark 12:29). He reveals himself to us in three ways: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Followers About 478 million people, or about 7 percent of the world’s population, are Buddhists. (Source: Operation World, 7th edition) More than 2 billion people are Christians. (Source: Operation World, 7th edition)
What is our problem? Buddhists believe that all suffering comes from desire. They think the way to get rid of desires is to work hard to do right things and to think right thoughts. “The Eightfold Path” and “The Four Noble Truths” are Buddhist lists of ways to think and do right. Christians know that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Good works alone cannot earn God’s favor (Ephesians 2:8–9). Jesus did not sin, so he was the perfect sacrifice for sin. Whoever believes in him is saved, not condemned (John 3:16–18, Romans 1:16).
The afterlife Many Buddhists believe that after they die, they can be reborn on earth as someone else. This belief is called “reincarnation.” The cycle of rebirth and death is over when one becomes “enlightened” by following Buddhist principles. Believers who have trusted Christ for their salvation will enjoy unbroken fellowship with God for eternity. (See Romans 6:23, 2 Corinthians 5:8, and 1 Thessalonians 5:10.)