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The question continues to arise "Did Christ exist? Is the life story of the founder of Christianity the product of human sorrow, imagination, and hope- a myth comparable to the legends of Krishna, Osiris (and) Dionysus?" (Durant 553). Despite the icon of millions of Christians throughout the world, there are still many who doubt the truth and veracity of his existence. And yet, Durant (1944) quotes an early non-Christian reference in Josephus' Antiquities of the Jews (app. A.D. 93) which states "At that time lived Jesus, a hole man, if man he may be called. For he performed wonderful worksa" (Durant 554). The historical quest has been denounced by some as "a frontal assault on Christian faith and an attempt to undermine the Bible's authority" (Sheler 1) There seems to be less doubt of the "reality" of Buddha. Buddha is no "a proper name. but as descriptive adjective meaning 'The enlightened one'". (Clark 672). However, in both these spiritual images, there are certain truths, similarities, even myths about their lives. For example, "Jesus was an ordinary Jewish resident of his time, but new archaeological findings show that Jesus was probably not the humble village peasant often portrayed" (PBS 3). Both personages believed strongly in what we today call "non-violence, even as Christians and Buddhists, over the years, have killed and been killed for their beliefs. As for the Buddhist, "Anyone who tries to settle a matter by violence is not just. The wise consider calmly what is right and wrong, proceeding in a way that is nonviolent and fair. For the Buddhist one is not noble because of injuring living beings; rather one is noble, because one does not injure living beings" (Beck 2). Both the Buddha and Jesus found their important work among their people was to promote human understanding and compassion. Christians believe Jesus "died for our sins" and that the faithful will go to heaven to be with


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