There have always been controversies over religious beliefs. In this article, we would be talking about, whether Gautama Buddha came first or Jesus Christ. It is purely based on the research made and if anyone gets offended we just want to apologize in advance. This is just an attempt to bring the facts closer to you.
Some of the early Christians were aware of Buddhism, which was practiced in both the Greek and Roman Empires in the Pre-Christian period. The majority of modern Christian scholarship has roundly rejected any historical basis for the travel of Jesus to India or Tibet.
The history of Buddhism goes back to what is now Bodh Gaya, India almost six centuries before Christianity. This makes it one of the oldest religions still practiced. At the other hand, the origin of Christianity goes back to Roman Judea in the early first century. The four Canonical gospels date from around 70-90 AD, the Pauline epistles having been written before them around 50-60 AD. By the second century, post apostolic Christian theology had taken shape, in the works of authors such as Irenaeus. Although Christianity is seen as the fulfillment of Jewish prophecy regarding the Messiah which dates back much further.
Many studies have said that Buddha preceded Christ by approximately 500 years. It may have been possible for the teachings of Buddha to have reached the ears of the young Christ and inspired his revelation. The parallels in their lives, teachings and even metaphors are uncanny.
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Looking a little deeper into it, whether or not their understanding of how one should live a good life is similar. Whether or not they conveyed their messages using similar metaphors would not be as great as such a fundamental difference of opinion on how to live a life. After many controversies and with all the studies and researches, one could plausibly make a case that a Jewish rabbi 500 years after Buddha in a country very far away, somehow was aware of him.
Let me share a small story or I would say an incident, not until halfway through the festival did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach. The Jews there were amazed and asked, “How did this man get such learning without having been taught?” Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me.”
Check out this BBC Documentary answering to this mysterious question.
Last but not the least, if Jesus was in fact, a disciple of Buddha then his teachings would merely be an extension of Buddhism. This is not the case at all, though, as the teachings of Jesus are completely original and quite distinct from all other teachings about God.
So, with all due respect to the research made and the study conducted, no one can be precise about the truth whether Buddha or Jesus came first, but one thing will always be certain, that is, both preached love and peace.