Mohammed spent long periods of time in meditation. At age forty, he began to denounce the other popular religions of the day and taught that all religions lead to God. He proclaimed to his culture that Allah was “one.” He became the leader of the political/religious movement called Islam. He never claimed to be God, but he did claim that his teachings came directly from Allah. In order to be a Muslim, Mohammed’s followers must live out the five key beliefs of Islam which include regular fasting, giving to the poor, going on a spiritual pilgrimage to Mecca, praying five times daily, and testifying that Mohammed is the prophet of the only God, Allah.
Buddha’s actual name was Gautama. We was the son of a ruler in the modern country of Nepal. At age twenty-nine, he went on a pilgrimage to find the solution to the problem of suffering. Believing he had found the answer through meditation, he taught others that the way to “enlightenment,” or freedom from suffering, was through focused rejection of human desires. Buddhists are taught to reach Nirvana (the state of consciousness) through meditation and good living. Buddha never claimed to be God; in fact, he rejected the importance and relevance of the existence of God.
“ All the world’s religions worship the same God, using different names. Islam calls God Allah; Buddhism calls him Buddha; Christianity calls him Jesus. They’re all the same God, and they can all lead you to heaven if you worship them sincerely. It’s the spiritual dimension to life that’s important – not what church you join or religion you believe. Mohammed, Buddha, and Jesus Christ all teach the same path to a higher plane or personal development.”
Do you think that Jesus, Mohammed, and Buddha teach the same things? Give examples of similarities and differences.
What would someone who supports this argument say to the fact that Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammed taught principles that contradict each other?