Authors Note: I am not writing this because I am not nor do I intend to, become a Buddhist. I am simply asking a question to get opinions on something I have been thinking about recently in which this question is but a small part of a larger picture.
Can a person be both a follower of Christ and a Buddhist?
Can a person that adheres to the practices of the Buddhist religion also follow the teachings of Jesus Christ?
While one claims to be the only path to heaven, is the other just a path to enlightenment or do they claim to be a path to salvation as well? Are enlightenment and salvation the same thing?
As far as I can tell, and I could be very wrong, the Buddha never claimed to be holy or claimed to be a god. I don’t think it was ever his intention to start a new religion.
Is it possible that Buddhism should not be an –ism at all? That is, should it merely be considered a personal philosophy of how to live your life?
Isn’t it possible that one can follow a person’s teachings and still hold true to their faith in God?
Jesus said in the Scriptures that a person can’t serve two masters. However, it also says that while one person was a follower of the teaching of Paul, another was a follower of the teachings of Peter, or John, or Apollos. Or to modernize it a bit, one person (or many as the case is) might be a follower of the teachings of Martin Luther while another follows the teachings of say, Billy Graham, or another a follower of the ideas of, for instance, Rob Bell.
So isn’t it possible to entertain the thought that a person can be a devout Christian and also still follow the teachings of the Buddha and vice versa?
I encourage any and all conversation on this topic.