Now, compare these dates for these Buddhist texts again:
Tripitaka: 1rst century AD
“Questions of King Milinda”, 1rst century AD
“Buddhacarita”, 2nd century AD
“The Way to Purity”, 5th century AD
“The Summary of the Meaning of Higher Teaching”, 11th Century AD.
Jesus died in 30-33 AD.
The Gospels were also originally in oral form, but where turned into written accounts only a few decades after Christ. They were written in the 1rst century (earliest Mark (60-70 AD), the latest John (70-90’s AD)
And remember: The
Buddha’s first biography? 2nd century AD.
Who is borrowing from who?
Now, to be fair, there is an early inscription about Buddha that has bearing on our subject, but as we are about to see, it
Indeed, much of the so-called similarities between Jesus and Buddha are downright daft, when you look more closely.
Well, later accounts seem to argue for a sexless birth, but one has to remember that
However…the earliest account of this story only
Either way you look at it…no virgin birth.
Maya and Mary sound similar? Mary is based on Maya?
Mary was a Roman era peasant girl. She had descent from King David, but she was no royal. Maya was an Indian Queen.
Wise men? Buddha’s father was a king. It paid to have wise men working for you, as most rulers did. Big deal. Its not like they had to travel far to see the newborn buddha (Buddha and these
Though some Buddhists worship him as a god, he is not considered a god in mainstream Buddhism. Indeed, he is a Bodhisattva, an “Enlightenment Being”,
No and no.
He actually died of food poisoning (courtesy of a meal by a smith named Cunda). Though he attained “Nirvana”, he didn’t physically resurrect.
Miracle worker? So were a lot of religious figures (Moses,
Tempted by a demon? He was tempted by a demon named Mara, but the temptation has little resemblance to that of Christ.
A king wanted to kill him when he was a baby?
Nope, try again.
No, he was said to be a very quick learner. When he was 12, it was predicted that he would become an ascetic if he saw death, sickness, old age, or a recluse.
Miraculously fed a multitude with a basket of cakes?
Do we really have to go on?
“Encyclopedia of Gods” by Michael Jordan (Not to be confused with Michael Jordon, the American god of Basketball), page 48
“The Case for the Real Jesus” by Lee Strobel, pages 181-82, 292
“Historical Atlas: A Comprehensive History of the World” (Chief Consultant Dr Geoffery Wawro), pages 106-07