Buddhism and Christianity are two incredible religions. The concept of god, the concept of self and the concept of sufferings is different for both the religions. The beliefs are different but the basic realism of sufferings exists in both the religions. Christianity is practiced by 2.4% of the Indian population and Buddhism exists in South East Asia and SriLanka.
Buddhism and Christianity are both the religions that has a wide history and thousands of followers all over the world. They are similar in a way as they both are based on the teachings of a man. Buddhism emerged as a world region in ancient Kingdom of Magadha and this religion emphasized on teachings of Siddhartha Gautama (Anbeek, 2005). Jesus Christ is the main founder of Christianity. Christian followers are about 24 million in whole of the country and the Buddhism is prevalent in Sri Lanka and South east Asia. In the later paragraphs the concept of god, the concept of one self, the concept of sufferings and the health care that is taken up by the Christians and the Buddhists is explain in detail.
Concept of God
The Christians had the idea that the God is Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscience and that man was his image. They have a concept that says man has been created by an external god and Christian’s life is linked up with god. Jesus Christ was known as son of God and God too. The teachings of God were in the form of Bible.
Buddhist does not hold the idea of external God. They belief everything arises in a spontaneous way like a flower grows from a seed. Buddha considered himself to be awake and this awakening he called Nirvana which is the extinguishing of the self or individual.
The Soul or The Concept of Self
The old testament shows the Bible teachings and the New testament is a collection of writings from the disciples of the Christ. According to it Messiah the second Jesus would save the Christian soul by providing everlasting life (Van & Robert, 2000). Thus the relationship between the individual soul that is the self will go to heaven and hell is the faith of Christianity.
According to Buddhism the concept of self is based on the three signs of existence. The first sign is Dukkha that is the universality of suffering. It states the death of a near one and is felt by every human being so is called the universality of suffering. The second sign is Anicca means the impermanence of the self. It states everything changes constantly and nothing is permanent . Like in life there are so many challenges that keeps on coming one by one. The third sign is Anatman which is no soul. It states that there no evidences to support the existence of soul and self is the change in physical and the mental forces. The self is made up of feeling, sensation, perception, intellectual activity like consciousness and violation.
The Christians believes suffering a part of life. They have faith that everything happens for good in the lives of the people who love God. According to their believes suffering will be over when they will be in heaven with God. God is providing the sufferings to make us Christ. The purpose of sufferings is to make the mind and the heart like Christ. The basic of suffering is to have the joy of helping, empathy and maturity.
The concept of Buddhist is an structure of believes. They believe that the end of suffering is gained by the four truths. They are Dukka: the truth of sorrow of birth, death, unpleasant contacts, Tanha: that arises from the cravings and give rise to rebirth, Third is overcoming the second truth and the fourth is following the eight fold principles (Paul De Neui & David Lim 2006). They are of Right to view, resolve, speech, livelihood, conduct, effort, concentration and mindfulness.
Christian developed a system of helping the poor orphans, widows and the ill treated. It started in the Rome church by caring for widows. They also cared for the victims of plague. Later these services were converted into hospitals and camps providing medical facilities on chargeable basis.
Buddhism stresses on personal responsibility and motivation are the principles. And every individual can make their decisions (Daisetz, Teitaro &Suzuki 2002). They focused on vegetarian diet for good health. One day fast on new moon and full moon days. They take all medications and the one which are intoxicated ones also as it will reduce sufferings. They also have faith in donating the organs. All these were the beliefs regarding health care.
Summing up it can be said both of the religions hold different views in terms of concept of divine. Both of them have separate beliefs system, rituals and have some similarities also. They both arose from a single man and are practiced till today in various parts of the world.
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