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Joel (11)
Q: What is budaism?
A: Dear Joel,
Thanks for writing. You asked “What is Budaism?” The spelling is incorrect, and I’m not sure if you are asking about Judaism (pronounced joo’-day-izm), or Buddhism (pronounced boo’-diz-m). I am assuming you are asking about Buddhism.

Buddhism is a world religion founded in India in the 6th century B.C. that follows the teachings of Siddhartha Guatama, called the Buddha (pronounced boo-duh). A person who believes in Buddhism is called a Buddhist, just as a person who believes in Christ is called a Christian. Buddhists believe that the cause of all suffering is desire, and when we learn to deny ourselves and live above our desires, we enter into a state called Nirvana or Total Enlightenment. Until we learn to live above our desires, the Buddhist believes that we are in bondage to a repeating cycle of births and deaths (we keep dying and being born as someone else) until we do finally learn to live above our desires.

Christianity also believes the cause of suffering to be from our sinful desires, and that we need to deny those sinful desires. The key difference between Buddhism and Christianity is that the Bible teaches that it is impossible for us to overcome our sinful desires without Jesus. While the Buddhist has to find their way to the path of enlightenment by themselves, Christianity teaches us that there is a loving, personal God who is constantly at work to save us from our sinful desires and take us to live with Him.

Buddhism assumes that we can save ourselves. This is why many people like it. They don’t like to see themselves as helpless and in need of a Savior. Buddhism makes them their own savior. Christianity tells us that we can only be saved through Jesus Christ. “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). I personally am glad that I serve a personal God who loves us and cares for us, and is doing everything to save us. Aren’t you?

Thanks for writing, and remember, there's never been a better time to share Jesus!

Your friend,
Pastor Howard

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*Note: All Scripture references are from the English Standard Version unless otherwise indicated.