Catholicism VS Buddhism

ROOTS (Keep your roots deep in him [Jesus] ) Colossians 2:7

FRUITS (A tree is known by the kind of fruit it bears) Matthew 12:33

A comparative study of the 5 major world religions based on the Holy Bible and Living Religion (1993) Mudge, Taylor, Morrissey et al, Longman, Melbourne.

CATHOLICISM BUDDHISM

Resurrection.

R

F

Reincarnation.

Eternal life with God in Heaven.

O

A

Nothingness (nirvana).

Jesus is God. Personal fallible opinion has to bow to God's Law given through the Commandments and teaching of His Church. Mk 14:62

O

I

Buddha developed a lifestyle devoid of commandments. Ethical and moral decision making is open to personal opinion. P. 119

The intricate design and order of the universe presupposes, beyond reasonable doubt, God the Creator.

T

T

Buddhism recognises no Creator.

P. 118

"It is appointed for man to die once, and then the judgement." Heb 9:27

S

H

Karma and samsara: continuing rebirth.

P. 117

Abortion always wrong.

F

M

Abortion permitted in certain circumstances.

P. 120

Contraception always wrong.

Gen 38:9

R

O

Contraception acceptable.

P. 120

Adultery is always wrong.

U

R

'Open marriage' acceptable. P. 120

Fornication is always wrong.

I

A

Pre-marital sex acceptable.

P. 120

Homosexual acts are always wrong.

T

L

Homosexual activity is acceptable.

P. 121

Divorce prohibited. Mat 19:3

S

S

Divorce allowed. P. 121

'The Buddhist doctrine of salvation constitutes the central point, or rather the only point, of this system. Nevertheless, both the Buddhist tradition and the methods deriving from it have an almost exclusively negative soteriology. (soteriology = doctrine of salvation)'

(Pope John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, p. 85)

THESE BELIEF SYSTEMS ARE CONTRADICTORY.

BOTH CANNOT BE TRUE.



* Please note that this text should be read in the context of the whole work and in recognition of the appropriate paragraphs of the Catechism of the Catholic Church highlighted in the index.