Buddha and Christ

In London’s Victoria and Albert Museum stands an imposing statue of the Buddha from 1400-1600. His contented, almost expressionless face demonstrates his overcoming desire and his raised right hand is a gesture offering freedom from fear. Nearby is an even older piece of Buddhist sculpture, this time from 100-200, depicting his death. The princes about his bed express their grief and his disciples bow their heads in mourning.


For all his celebrated teachings and ethical living, death still claimed him. Although Buddhists’ belief that their enlightened selves may escape further suffering, the most they can hope for is a permanent death without any consciousness or rebirth. Contrast this with the Lord Jesus’ complete victory over death and resurrection power which truly offers freedom from fear:

Jesus said to her “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

John 11:25

One offers escape from life and permanent death; the other gives victory over death and life itself.