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Running Head: WORLD RELIGIONS REPORT
World Religions Report
Christianity and Buddhism

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World Religions Report
It is necessary to appreciate and understand the essential backgrounds of both
Christianity and Buddhism in order to have the capacity to discern between them. To
begin with, Buddhism is one of the oldest known religions; it is a religion which began
prospering around the year 400 BC (Lama, 1995). The origin of Buddhism is not well-
known, as there are not any specific sacred Buddhist texts available from that long ago. It
is known, however, that Buddhism is comprised of a group of values and ideals. This
group of values and ideals has been the catapult for Buddhism.
Christianity, on the other hand, came about from Judaism. There is a
differentiation, however, in that Christianity steadfastly adheres to the resurrection of
Jesus Christ. Christianity mainly revolves around the principle of God bringing back dead
people, as in the case of Jesus. The Christian text, the New Testament, provides
descriptive stories of how Jesus carried out his life and his afterlife. Jesus’ resurrection is
the most momentous component of Christianity. Through the resurrection, it is believed
that all followers are promised salvation from God and an eternal life. A primary reason
why Christianity has become so prominent and influential is because its followers firmly
trust that through faith, they will be provided for both in this world and in the world to
come (Religion Facts Website – Christianity, 2009). Basically, when a person discovers
and models their life after Jesus Christ, they are provided with the assurance that they
will receive eternal salvation (Religion Facts Website – Christianity, 2009).
In order to enhance my knowledge of Buddhism, I deemed it appropriate to
conduct a personal interview with someone who has a strong familiarity with it. I spoke
to a friend of mine who has ties to Buddhism, and he recommended that I contact the

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