Was Jesus a Buddhist monk???

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I just read this article about how Jesus could have been a Buddhist monk! That he was in fact in India for the duration of his “lost” years and that he was studying Buddhism there. If this is true, does it make Christianity a Buddhist sect and as such has Christianity not veered to far of course in order to live up to its initial beliefs.

There will of course be many people who call such a statement for blasphemy and that it is not true. However the people who will be able to say this with total conviction, will be the same people who believe that God created the earth in 6 days, or that the entire world was actually flooded by god, or that God annihilated  two of the largest metropolises of that time! We have come a long way since the beginning of time and we are aware of the difference between science and faith, which isn’t to say that these two entities cannot walk hand in hand.

Being a restless soul my self, I have been studying the teachings of Buddhism and I find it very easy to believe that this theory actually has some hold in reality! Because the teachings that Jesus all of a sudden came back with to Judea, are in many ways similar to the teachings of Buddhism. He was talking about love for each other, he sacrificed his own life in order not to fight and asked that no one fight for him, and many similar stories. So did he really believe himself to be the son of god or did he merely believe in Karma and in the fact of re-incarnation? A reincarnation which actually happened a few days later as he left the grave, if the story is to be believed! And if we are to believe the story it is more fitting with the afterlife of a Buddhist than with the teachings of Christianity, who say that none of us will rise before judgment day and that is when God will declare if we are able to enter Paradise or not! But is this Paradise really just another name for Nirvana???

I will list some fun theories as to why Jesus could have been a Buddhist and something for you to think about, found on http://www.thezensite.com/non_Zen/Was_Jesus_Buddhist.html:

 

  • Buddhism is more than 500 years older than Christianity and would therefore have had plenty of time to establish itself as a dominant religion in the Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
  • Historical evidence indicates that Jesus knew about Buddhism, simply because both he and it were in Judea during the same time.
  • Overland routes extending to Persia and western India were especially active after Alexander’s invasion of western India 360 years earlier; most of the routes, whether connecting to wealthy cities in Egypt or in Greece and Rome, came through Jerusalem, where goods for Greece and Rome were shipped via the Mediterranean Sea. Sea routes from Bombay and the mouth of the Indus River went through the Persian and Red Gulfs, the distance between the mouths of the Indus and Tigris and Euphrates rivers being only about three hundred miles; much of the trade came up the Gulf of Aquaba and overland up to Jerusalem
  • In Jesus’ time Buddhism was already five hundred years old and had spread from India, east to southeast Asia, north to central Asia, and west to the Middle East.
  • Derrida provides a contemporary account of the radical break between Jesus and Jewish tradition, echoing the ancient themes stressed by the Gnostics in the apocrypha. First, Jesus bypassed traditional temple and doctrine by referring to the spirit as existing within the soul or conscience of the individual. Second, Jesus stressed virtue over justice and warned explicitly against the Old Testament admonishment of an eye for an eye and tooth for tooth (Matthew 5:38-39) and against striking back at one’s enemies (Matthew 5:43-44). Third, Jesus stated that the giving of alms and performing other good deeds was to be done privately if not secretly to obtain the favor of God (Matthew 6:1-4).
  • The Bible provides no account of Jesus’ lost years between ages thirteen and twenty-nine.
  • A Chinese text preserved in Tibetan called the “Glass Mirror” mentions Yesu, who was “a teacher and founder of the religion who was born miraculously, proclaimed himself the Savior of the World,” and who followed Buddhist principles.
  • Jesus certainly studied and preached during his lost years. There is no reason for Jesus to have stopped preaching, especially when as a twelve-year-old he told his mother of his commitment. This almost certainly means that he traveled and evangelized elsewhere, as nonbiblical evidence indicates. Being one of the greatest moral prophets to ever bless humankind, he would not have spent his formative years contented to be a carpenter in his boyhood community, which would have nullified everything about his prophecy as the Messiah, his anointed birth, and his prodigious childhood. For Jesus, this had to be a period of intensive study and contemplation that was guided by some unusual teachers, and probably of evangelizing as well.

 

There is even the story that Jesus did not die on the cross but was actually taken down and his wounds were tended to. It was not uncommon at the time that people actually got pardoned after a day if you were still alive and taken down. Compare this with a Pontius Pilate that did not really want to hurt Jesus, it is quite feasible that after a day he ordered Jesus to be taken down from the cross. Which would also again explain the lack of Jesus’ body when the family cam to see him entombed! Did he merely move back to a convent in India where he lived out the rest of his life as Buddhist monk  in the Kashmir province? Did he really just die a peaceful death of old age?

There are many questions that need to be answered and with each answer is sure to come more questions. However if we hypothesize that Jesus was in fact Buddhist and that Christianity was envisioned as a Buddhist sect, would Jesus be happy with what he found today? Would it live up to his expectations and hopes? A religion which is known for it pacifism compared to a religion that has waged wars, fostered fanaticism, killed non-believers and latter years argued against a woman’s right to decide over her own body! There are good things and bad things in all religions, and I who am I to judge? I am simply stating the questions as they pop into my mind!

Jesus is after all the founding father, the initial CEO, his picture is in all the offices around the world… it is his name that is spoken of reverently every day. But if Jesus saw how the church has developed into the church we know today, would he be proud of his achievement?

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