Not too long ago, I received a text message from one of our students in our Student ministry at church. His text was asking for my thoughts regarding a friend at school, who was tinkering with the idea of leaving Christianity for Buddhism. One of the things I learned from that early morning text, was that doing apologetics was sometimes like that of a “first responder” or doing apologetics “on the go.” Also I was thankful that this student was alert to know that there was a difference but needed to know how to communicate that difference between Buddhism and the Judeo Christian view of God.
Think of it for a moment. If there was no difference between the “deities” of these two religious world views, why leave one for the other? After all, Oprah would be right, “all gods” are essentially the same. But there is a difference and that difference is huge.
What’s the difference between the understanding of the God worshiped by Christians and the understanding of the “divine” in Buddhism. While we’re at it, since Buddhism is a response to Hinduism, allow me to add in a quick understanding of the Hindu view as well.
What Difference Does it Make?
What is the difference between Christianity and Hinduism? What do these eastern religious views of their deities have in common if anything? Do the eastern religious views line up with the Christian view of God? In order to know the real from the counterfeit, it is important to get familiar with the real before detecting the fake. [Read more…]