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Christian Evidences CHRISTIANITY AND BUDDHISM Buddhism was spawned in a Hindu environment and therefore has some similarities to Hinduism Just as is the case for Hinduism there are countless forms and expressions of Buddhism Many of the same criticisms that are used against Hinduism have been used against Buddhism Buddha is a word which means awakened one Buddhism began with a man who was given this title after he was asked whether he was a god or an angel or a saint and he replied that he was none of these things but that he was awake Buddha or Siddhartha Gautama of the Sakyas was born in 560 BC in northern India about 100 miles from Benares He was born a prince an heir to his fathers throne but when he was born the fortune tellers told the father that he was an unusual child destined either to unite all of India into one kingdom or if he forsook the world to become a world redeemer Because of this the child was brought up completely sheltered from all forms of misery in the world and he was given all of the pleasures that the world could offer He was to be shielded from any contact with sickness decrepitude or death However one day despite the best efforts of the servants of the king he saw an old man who was decrepit broken-toothed gray-haired and bent of body leaning on a staff and trembling From this he learned the fact of old age Shortly afterward he saw a diseased body lying by the road and later a corpse On a fourth occasion he saw a monk and he thus learned the possibility of withdrawal from the world He said Life is subject to age and death Where is the realm of life in which there is neither age nor death He became acutely aware of the evanescence of the things of the world At the
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