Buddhism vs. Christianity

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Buddhism vs. Christianity What is faith? What is knowledge? What is the difference? To me faith is the unyielding belief in something that can not necessarily be proven to be complete fact, and knowledge is the understanding of a truth or fact. The difference in my opinion is that one is fact and one is a belief, although you could possibly come to a fact by believing in something. In this paper I will compare and contrast Buddhism and Christianity in respects of “knowledge” and “faith.” Buddhism is a religion without an “Absolute Creator” or what Christians would consider God. With that being said you could come to the argument that Buddhism deals with what is humanly attainable rather than something that is received once one has left this life, and with that you can come to the conclusion that Buddhism is ultimately about the quest for knowledge by trying to find the middle path and to reach nirvana. We are shown this by Siddhartha Gautama who found the middle path between self-indulgence and self-mortification, and was then “awakened” and attained bodhi. It is when one becomes completely aware of the world’s true nature and is a Buddhist’s ultimate goal in life. Bodhi can be achieved by following the Eightfold Path, which was set forth by Gautama Buddha. The Eightfold Path is a sort of guide in how to live and can almost be compared to the Christian’s Ten Commandments. Gautama Buddha however did not “command” that people follow this path but that it was more of a recommendation. Buddhists use the Eightfold Path as a sort of road map on the journey to Bodhi, whereas Christians were expected to follow the Ten Commandments just as if they were laws set forth by the government. Buddhists also have the Sila which is the five precepts of do not kill, do not steal, do not lie, do not engage in sexual misconduct, and do not consume inebriating

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