Was Jesus a Buddhist or under the influence of Buddhism?





by David Goble:

What Jesus said seems like a lot of what the Lord Buddha said.

Answer by Applehunter
No, but sherlock holmes was.


  1. This is one of those alternative myths that, though it would be a nice fantasy, has no reliable evidence to support it. We can always say, it’s possible – but to hold water with reputable historians, it needs to meet the standard of “is it probable?” In this case unfortunately, it’s not.
    Furthermore, the Nicolas Notovich scroll was never found. If it was, it would then have to undergo the scrutiny of experts who could probably date it and verify its authenticity.

  2. It is said that on his deathbed, the Buddha told his disciples: ?Seek salvation alone in the truth; look not for assistance to anyone besides yourself.? Thus, according to the Buddha, enlightenment comes, not from God, but from personal effort in developing right thinking and good deeds.
    These words spoken by the Buddha are in complete contrast to the the words spoken by Jesus at John 5:19: Therefore, in answer, Jesus went on to say to them: ?Most truly I say to YOU, The Son cannot do a single thing of his own initiative, but only what he beholds the Father doing. For whatever things that One does, these things the Son also does in like manner.
    It is clear that jesus did not speak or act unless it was in complete harmony with his father, god in heaven, therefore it would not be logical to conclude that he would copy the teachings of the Lord Buddha, after all why would god allow his son to support of take on board the teachings of someone who felt they could achieve enlightenment without him (god).
    When you look at the bible the purpose of it was to highlight that humans need a god, they need direction and advice form the only one truly capable of giving it so they can live peacefully.
    Ecclesiastes 8:9 :All this I have seen, and there was an applying of my heart to every work that has been done under the sun, [during] the time that man has dominated man to his injury. This scripture highlights how god feels about man finding his own way and he feels it is not possible, man has dominated man to his injury!!
    Again highlighting that jesus teaching could not have been influenced by the likes of Buddha because god does not feel man should step away from his advice and guidelines at any point in their lives.

  3. Unlikely. It often happens that several people come up with the same idea independently. There’s no reason to assume that Jesus learned Buddhism.

  4. Well I have to go to a Buddhist temple now – LOL
    How about you do this first:
    C S Lewis expands on the idea and shows why the non Christian really has no logical alternative but to accept that Jesus is God:
    ?I?m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don?t accept his claim to be God.? That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic-on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg-or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God; or else a madman or something worse.
    You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. ?

  5. There are some that see very close similarities between Jesus and Buddha. I believe that many of Buddhas teachings somehow crept into the scriptures.

  6. no that is Theosophist propaganda.
    see admonishments regarding “vain repetition” for one, that puts a damper on chanting for sure.

  7. Hmm a lot of people are answering this like they know 100%, well I will tell you I dont know nor does anyone else since part of his life is not documented. Roughly from the age of 12 to 30 we can not be 100% of what he was doing.

  8. A lot of what Jesus said was in the Old testament and Buddha copied off of that. Jesus was the Son of God and as such knew what was in man and knew the heart of man only God could do this.
    Joh 2:23-25 KJV Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. (24) But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, (25) And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

  9. Um… no (less than .0000001% chance, but Christianity (both old and new testament) has remnants of a lot of religions that came before it. The similarities between all of the stories of different religions are way too similar for anyone of them to be true. Buddhism came about way before Christianity in India and moved to China. Jesus never traveled that far that I know of, but merchants/missionaries from all different religions were located throughout the sea routes and land routes (the silk road) of the Roman Empire. I suggest doing your own research if you are so curious

  10. Because they were both enlightened masters ,i listen to all the enlightened masters including jesus.Unlike christians who judge when jesus has told them not too.You can always spot a fake christian because they wills say things that go against the teachings of jesus.Jesus said “judge and thy will be judged” watch how many christians judge my answer.
    infact the earliest spiritual teachings come from india

  11. Jesus could have been to Buddhist country. Who knows? There’s a large gap in his life where there is no mention of him. And he wandered in the desert for 40 days & 40 nights.

  12. Idn about that. But, he was definately under the influence of Alchohol. Back then they were always drinking wine. This explains a lot of “miracles” that he performed.

  13. Sound Godly principles are often quoted and reaffirmed in other faiths. But the truth is that Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, unlike any other being.

  14. Jesus was Jewish and so were all of his followers.
    There is definitely a similar understanding of the universe associated with the leaders of different religions, but Buddhism is considered more of a ‘system of ideas’ than a religion — its followers try not to call it a religion because of the walls/barriers that term enforces.

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