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A good question, well posited. I’d like to answer from a Theravada Buddhist’s perspective if I may .. it may give some insight albeit a poor one and provide comparison to the other fine answers already given. Firstly then to the question of prophecy. The Buddha was originally a Prince, Prince Siddhartha. He led a very sheltered life and at one time ventured forth from his sheltered life in the palace ostensibly to see and observe what was to him, new things. What he observed was pain and suffering and from that experience left the palace and his family to… Read more »

katinka hesselink
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katinka hesselink

No – because there wasn’t a tradition with prophecy as a central point in India back then.

I don’t think Jesus is subject to this standard so much as that Christians used the Hebrew prophecies to say ‘hey, he was the Messiah’. And apparently scholars now feel Christians elaborated the stories about Jesus to fit the prophesies. But his teachings are just as relevant without all that.

mark s
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mark s

the coming of christ was prophecised before, thats why he is under such scrutiny.
buddha was not, that is why the difference

Dj Jennyfey!!
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Dj Jennyfey!!

Good question!

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The fact that Buddha was wise said enough.

magpieix
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magpieix

Christ is not “subject” to that standard–that is the standard that Christians CLAIM for him.

moonshaman19
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moonshaman19

Why would a great man like Buddha need to become a prophet? He simply lived his life according to his belief and taught others that came to him for enlightenment. Jesus is a phony. There is no proof he even existed and none of his “prophecies” have actually come to pass

DesiDani(waiting for midnight)
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DesiDani(waiting for midnight)

I don’t think Buddha promised people anything. Buddhism is all about self, it is you and you alone. To include someone into your self, including your family, is selfish. Kind of ironic though, because most asian cultures are collective societies. They do things as a group. Yet most Buddhists are asians.

Then again most americans live in a individualistic society, and yet christianity is all about groups, togetherness. I think each society is adhering to something that they lack or long for.

Angel of Caffeine JPA
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Angel of Caffeine JPA

You are aware that Buddhism and Judaism are very different, right?

There were prophecies in Jewish scriptures that the Messiah HAD to fulfill in order to be the Messiah, and not a false preacher. Jesus didn’t fulfill them. If you want to believe in him, that’s entirely up to you, but it doesn’t mean that the prophecies don’t matter to the Jews, or to the validity of him being our Messiah.

Peace.

irk.some
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irk.some

Buddhism was intended as a path to follow, not a religion. It developed doctrine and dogma as a means to perpetuate power.

Buddha and Jesus (if he existed) were just two guys who figured out a nice way to live one’s life and told people about it. It was their later followers who turned their principles into an organized religion.

ichibanarky
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ichibanarky

No…he didn’t prophecy anything