The Eleven Ethics
Naturally, Buddhism and Christianity have their similarities and differences. Each religion has a specific set of morals, which are considered and affect the religion’s follower’s actions, thoughts, and character. Buddhism’s most basic code of ethics is called the Five Precepts. Similarly, the Christians entertain the Ten Commandments. Remarkably, the Five Precepts and the Ten Commandments have parallel content, therefore a similar message.
In its easiest understood state, the Five Precepts are:
- To refrain from killing
- To refrain from taking things not given
- To refrain from sexual misconduct
- To refrain from lying
- To refrain from taking intoxicants
The Ten Commandments is an extensive yet simple and straightforward list:
- You shall have no other gods before me
- You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heave above or on the earth below. You shall not bow down to them of worship them
- You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name
- Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy
- Honor your father and your mother
- You shall not murder
- You shall not commit adultery
- You shall not steal
- You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor
- You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not cover your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Noticeably, all but one of the Five Precepts is a Commandment. Murder, theft, adultery, and lying are forbidden by both faiths. These similarities point to the conclusion that the ideal, moral way to live is unanimous between these two religions. An honest, hard working individual is the objective.