The UFO Industry – – the show must go on!! – – and that includes proverbial UFO “conferences”

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(poster from the Roswell Festival and Roswell UFO Conferences – – primarily all about making money)

THE UFO INDUSTRY….THE SHOW MUST GO ON (written by my colleague, the late Tomas Scolarici):

Those who engage in the ufological circus.

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“Are these self proclaimed experts in Unidentified Flying Objects mad?
No, I don’t think so, at least when we talk about the Easy Money Ufologists.
Let me analyze the process of “insanity” in the career of self proclaimed experts in UFOs, Extraterrestrials, conspiracy theories and similar tricks of the UFO Industry.

Let’s consider an intelligent individual who “discovers” the UFO myth, and in the beginning believes in the UFO-ET hypothesis.
Now, some of these new ufologists not only believe in the Flying Saucers folklore but also think in the possibility of making some money with it (and this includes some self-claimed UFO “abductees”).
So, after reading some books written for his/her predecessors in the ufological pseudo-science and do some google, they try their hand with a book, a blog or lectures about UFOs and related Memes.

After some time, the new professional ufologists learn that some things sell more than others, and this market law has nothing to do with truth.
When this happens the self proclaimed researchers realize that they are faced with a serious dilemma:
To leave a subculture run by charlatans, crooks and maniacs, or engage in the despicable game.

Of course, if the neo-ufologists are sane, they have learned already that practically the whole UFO mythology is a great quackery.
Just fiction sold as truth.
Repeated unsubstantiated non-events, nonexistent sources, and total disrespect for those who want to believe.

They must choose to leave or remain in the “show”.
The future decision is based on personal ethics … or lack of ethics.

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If they remain in the ufological circus, perhaps they can make some easy money, but there are prices to pay.
Cognitive dissonance is one of the consequences of this self-denial.
Someone should write about the sad personal stories of many who chose to remain in the company of charlatans and hoaxers.

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The Internet has revolutionized how information as well as misinformation can be accessed instantaneously.

For many gullible folks among a segment of the society (and there are many such folks in the so-called UFO Community), the Internet has become a cesspool of totally unfounded “facts” created by hucksters and hoaxters so much so that even college-educated folks seem to fall into it.

Such hucksters and hoaxsters have become so skillful in their “art forms” that it is becoming harder and harder for many folks to distinguish what is true information and what is misinformation.

Also add to all this those who are propagating the UFO Industry, i.e., some authors, some UFO talk show hosts and many UFO Conference promoters.

Here is how it works.
Conference promoters sell booths to many vendors (the vast majority of the vendors are propagators of the so-called New Age movement and are vendors of New Age books and trinkets such as crystals, miniature pyramids, fortune telling paraphernalia, New Age DVDs, ad nausem).
Conference speakers, in turn, get their own booths in order to sell their books (by and large dubiously “substantiated” UFO books), DVDs, etc. etc. ad nausem).
It’s basically all about selling and selling.
This is why it is called the UFO INDUSTRY.

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E-mail = noriohayakawa@gmail.com

Ufology – – seven decades of fraud, frustration and failure

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“The field of Ufology has failed to produce one concrete example of alien visitation, from any dimension.
The basic appeal of Ufology for the masses is that it is a belief system, rather than a field of scientific investigation.” – – Ian Ridpath

The Internet has revolutionized how information as well as misinformation can be accessed instantaneously.

For many gullible folks among a segment of the society (and there are many such folks in the so-called UFO Community) the Internet has become a cesspool of totally unfounded “facts” created by hucksters and hoaxters so much so that even college-educated folks seem to fall into it.

Such hucksters and hoaxsters have become so skillful in their “art forms” that it is becoming harder and harder for many folks to distinguish what is true information and what is misinformation.

(Also add to all this those who are propagating the UFO Industry, i.e., some authors, some UFO talk show hosts and many UFO Conference promoters.)

It is simply incredible how gullible folks “will see a glowing dot at night and think that they are seeing a craft or a Mega Structure in space….a group of these dots and they are seeing a fleet.
A blurry image of Jupiter will make someone to claim that a huge green UFO was seen in that planet.
Some of these same people will see from afar at night the lights of the back of a car or a police car’s flashing lights or a parked ambulance’s pulsating lights and will claim that they saw a landed spaceship, etc. etc.

These same people will believe any conspiracy theory that you can imagine, or that some huge cover-up is hiding the “truth”.

Ufology does not need any help from anybody to be a colossal joke.
To the mainstream, it has been a huge joke for years now and will continue to be that joke unless ALL the myths and things that are not observable are discarded and systematic observation are placed in the center of it.” – – from Anonymous.

You can name all the cases you want:
Roswell (1947)….. Rendelesham (December, 1980)….. JAL Flight 1628 case over Alaska (November 17, 1986)….. the Socorro incident in New Mexico (April 24, 1964)….. Betty and Barney Hill (1961)….. Travis Walton (1975)….. The Phoenix Lights (1997)…..etc., etc., ad nauseum.

But no, we have not come up with any single physical, solid, hard, tangible, irrefutable evidence to conclusively prove that the UFO phenomenon is physical manifestation of physical extraterrestrial spacecraft (operated or manipulated and occupied by physical entities) from beyond this earth.

Many people erroneously describe me as a UFO debunker.
Well, they are absolutely wrong.
There should be no misunderstanding about my statements that I have always maintained regarding the UFO phenomenon:

1) The UFO phenomenon seems to be real (as Dr. Jacques Vallee stated many, many times).

2) But let’s not jump into hasty conclusions as to what they represent (as Dr. Vallee stated many, many times).

3) Like the overwhelming majority of the world’s astronomers and scientists, I do not discount the possibility that we are not alone in the universe.
Most likely we are not alone, even though we still have no definite, scientific evidence for it……so far.

4) Also, like the overwhelming majority of the world’s astronomers and scientists, I am skeptical when it comes to UFOs as conclusive evidence of physical extraterrestrial visitations.

5) Ufology will always continue to be a worthwhile study.

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New “plant” (former S-3 and S-4) at Northrop Grumman’s facility at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California, is for B-21’s “stealth coatings”

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by Colin Clark, Breaking DEFENCE – – February 6, 2017
http://breakingdefense.com/2017/02/coatings-plant-offers-hints-on-b-21-production/

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A little Pentagon contract announcement offers the latest indication of the course of the secretive B-21 program.
The announcement last Tuesday of a $36 million modification to an existing contract is the key.
It’s for a new 45,900 square foot “coatings facility” at Northrop Grumman’s facility (former S-3 and S-4) at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, CA.
I’ve confirmed with a source that this plant is part of the B-21 program and that the facility would be key to stealth coatings for the plane.
The Air Force plans to buy more than 100 of the long range strike aircraft and to pay Northrop $550 million a copy.
Development of a stand-alone plant for coatings, presumably for stealth, highlights the importance of security to the program.
It’s also confirmation that the B-21 will be largely built and integrated at Palmdale, as most observers expected.

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(Click to enlarge above — Major expansion…. Site 3 and Site 4 at Northrop Grumman’s facilities at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California – photo, courtesy of WheresJanet)

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Loren Thompson, a defense consultant who’s watched the program closely, said the completion date of Christmas Day 2019 “does seem a little late in the development cycle, but it would give them several years to integrate the bomber and to begin testing it.”
As a reminder, the Government Accountability Office’s report on the unsuccessful B-21 protest filed by the Boeing-Lockheed team noted “some level of Air Force expectation that disruption of schedule may occur.”

The bomber’s Initial Operating Capability (IOC) is supposed to come around 2025, which would allow five years from the opening of the coatings facility.
Thompson notes that “initial coatings could be done elsewhere” to ensure the program stays on schedule but we just don’t know enough about the program’s details to be sure how relevant the new building will be to manufacture of the first few aircraft.
IOC will be declared once the first B-21 is up and flying.
The first 21 aircraft will comprise five batches of Low Rate Initial Production aircraft.

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Area 51 in Nevada and Dulce, New Mexico – – Reality versus myths

A 90-MINUTE, IN-DEPTH PRESENTATION WILL BE HELD ON:
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at Meadowlark Senior Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico ) – – ADMISSION FREE

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(Click above for enlargement – – Groom Lake (Area 51), Papoose Lake and Yucca Lake (with Area 6 UAV airstrip)

Social media and fake news sites continue to have a growing impact on a gullible segment of the public with their promotion of distorted beliefs in UFOs and conspiracies.

“In addition to being a researcher, journalist, musician, composer and citizen advocate, Norio Hayakawa is the Director of the Civilian Intelligence News Service, an alternative news service for his Citizens’ Oversight Commmittee on Government Accountability.
Norio is a supporter of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), the largest public watchdog agency on government accountability in the U.S.

He has spent many years investigating Area 51 in Nevada to determine the facts of the importance of that facility.
In 1990, he accompanied a Japanese TV crew to document the goings-on near Area 51.
The Japanese TV crew and Norio also visited Dulce, New Mexico, immediately following their investigations in Nevada.
In March of 2009, Norio organized the first “Underground Base: Fact or Fiction?” conference in Dulce, New Mexico to determine if there is any validity to the allegation that there is a physical underground base there.
Although he takes a skeptical position when it comes to the existence of such a base in Dulce, New Mexico, he believes that both Area 51 and Dulce have become two of the most popular topics today, a fascination that is capturing the attention of a segment of the population.
He believes that this topic has become a social, cultural and psychological phenomenon within America’s subculture.
He will talk about how social media and fake news sites continue to have impact not only on some people’s distorted beliefs in UFOs and conspiracies but also on society in general, even extending to politics.”

His presentation is based on the fact that Area 51 in Nevada is a growing, vital R & D (research and development) and testing complex in our war against terrorism.
This operating base in Nevada is so important in that it involves our hard-earned tax dollars that continue to help maintain our ongoing fight against global terrorism by constant research into more efficient weapons systems (being developed at this location as well as at Creech AFB in Nevada, as well as the various aerospace facilities in the Antelope Valley area of Southern California, as well as Kirtland AFB in New Mexico, as well as at Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah, etc. etc.)

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(RQ-170 Sentinel)

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(Click and enlarge above – – MQ-9 Reaper at Creech AFB, Nevada)

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(Click and enlarge above – – B-21 soon to begin its test at Area 51)

Please click and read:

“AREA 51”, A SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PHENOMENON, FAR REMOVED FROM REALITY

As far as the alleged Dulce Base in New Mexico is concerned, he will point out the fact that Dulce, New Mexico is not about aliens.
It’s about a lingering human problem that has been kept from the public.
Hidden behind the veil of outlandish rumors about the so-called “alien” base, the reality of the matter is that Dulce is pre-eminently about the lingering health issues affecting the community, i.e., the ongoing effects of radiation that leaked out in the neighboring areas from the 1967 Project Gasbuggy that took place just about 22 miles southwest of Dulce.
This is the reason why the Dulce area has had a high rate of cancer and a high rate of infertility.
That is basically what Dulce, New Mexico is about, not about aliens.

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(Project Gasbuggy, December 10, 1967 – – 22 miles southwest of Dulce)

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(Project Gasbuggy, December 10, 1967 – – 22 miles southwest of Dulce)

Please click and read:

DULCE, NEW MEXICO IS NOT ABOUT ALIENS – – IT’S ABOUT HUMANS AND A LINGERING PROBLEM THAT HAS BEEN KEPT FROM THE PUBLIC

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There are two types of folks in this world — those who live in the real world and those who live in “dreamland“.
Which one are you?

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UFOs, Area 51 and the alleged Dulce Base – – perceptions, misinformation and deceptions

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(Click above for enlargement – – Groom Lake (Area 51), Papoose Lake and Yucca Lake (with Area 6 UAV airstrip)

AREA 51
Click each link for your digestion.

“Area 51” — a social, cultural and psychological phenomenon, far removed from reality

The illusive S-4, nowhere to be found at Papoose Lake, south of Area 51

My comments on Annie Jacobsen’s book AREA 51

An impressive career including 2 years with the Dept. of the Air Force Detachment 3, Las Vegas, Nevada – – former Vice Wing Commander at Area 51

The unlikely struggle of the family whose neighbor was Area 51

Family accuses Air Force of lowball price estimate on land it seized near Area 51 – – latest update, October 24, 2016

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DULCE, NEW MEXICO:

Dulce Base, New Mexico – – Fact? Fiction? or Disinformation?

Enigmatic personalities behind the initial Dulce underground base rumors

The “mysterious” Jason Bishop III (a.k.a., Tal Levesque, a.k.a., TAL), the illusive personality behind the “Dulce Base” myth

The Phil Schneider nonsense…..Phil Schneider, his mental illness and SSI

Dulce, New Mexico is not about aliens – – it’s about humans and a lingering problem that has been kept from the public

Richard C. Doty, self-claimed government UFO disinformation agent

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(Click above for enlargement – – Manzano Base and Sandia Base at Kirtland Air Force base)

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE’S MILITARY TEST FACILITIES:

Albuquerque, New Mexico’s weapons research facility of utmost importance – – in plain view

Manzano – Sandia Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico’s military test base since 1947

Coyote Canyon area still off-limits to Kirtland Air Force Base personnel in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Operation Paperclip and the crescent-shaped flying wing aircraft of 1947

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UFOs:

My views on UFOs, Aliens and Global Conspiracies

My ultimate position on UFOs

My perspective on the UFO phenomenon, based on the 5 propositions by Dr. Jacques Vallee

UFOs may not be “objects” nor could they be “flying” — Dr. Jacques Vallee

ET go home – – let’s retire the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis, an excellent article by Greg Bishop

Operation Paperclip and the crescent-shaped flying wing aircraft of 1947

My mother’s ‘flying saucer’ sighting in 1975 – – do I believe her?

UFOs and “End-time” beliefs of Apocalyptic Christians

The UFO phenomenon as demonic activity?

THE ALIEN INTRUSION, documentary movie to be released in December, 2017

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Jesus and Buddha – – differences far outweigh “similarities”

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It seems that it has become quite popular to claim that Buddhism is not a religion per se, but rather a philosophical path or a way of life.
Dalai Lama said “If Buddhism and Science disagree, go with Science.”
Buddha himself said “don’t believe anything I say unless it matches with your experience.”

Jesus and Buddha – – differences far outweight “similarities”

First, the Buddhist view, by Joshua Hudson:
https://appliedbuddhism.com/2010/08/18/can-you-be-a-buddhist-christian/

(QUOTE)

“WHERE JESUS AND BUDDHA AGREE:

There are many books on the topic of where Buddhism and Christianity agree in philosophy.
The same can be made of most (if not all) religions.
Some of the key factors of what is best of the Bible and Buddhism both converge on the areas of ethics, kindness, giving, and love.
Even the concept of sin, depending on how you interpret the Bible, is the same.
On the “Sermon on the Mount” Jesus states many concepts that would agree with many Buddhist traditions:
– Be humble
– Be compassionate (a possible translation of sympathy through mourning)
– Live simply (a possible translation of meek)
– Be ethical (a possible translation of righteous)
– Be merciful
– Be pure of heart
– Be a peacemaker
– Do not live in fear to do what is right
– Be an example to others (“the light of the world”)
– Do not murder (the Buddhist First Precept)
– Do not commit adultery (The Buddhist Third Precept)
– Sin is not only found in action but in intention (the Buddhist concept of volitional action creating karma)
– Keep your promises (The Buddhist Fourth Precept)
– Turn the other cheek (The Buddhist concept of compassion or karuna)
– Do charity because it is in your heart to do so (the concept of dana)
– Do not judge ( The Buddhist concept of the three poisons: hatred, greed and delusion)
– Always be seeking and questioning ( “seek and you will find ..”)
– Beware of false prophets and judge them by the fruit they bare (the sutta of the Kalamas)

In many ways, this seminal talk of Jesus encompasses almost all of the major concepts of Buddhism.

WHERE JESUS AND BUDDHA DISAGREE:

The definitive dividing line for Christianity and Buddhism is also set out in the “Sermon on the Mount.”
While Buddhism is a faith of self-realization, Christianity is a faith of God’s revelation.
In order to be Christian, you must believe that there is a God and that Jesus was his only begotten son who came to Earth.
But the Buddha purposefully did not speak of a creator God.
He also lived 500 years before Jesus and would not have known him (although there is speculation that Jesus would have known Buddha’s teachings).
Buddha not being a theist or atheist left alone the issue of God as irrelevant to his practice.
“I teach only the understanding of suffering,” said Buddha, “and the end of suffering.”
However, if Jesus is the way to salvation, can you believe in the practices of the Buddha and still be Christian?
Isn’t Jesus the only way to the end of suffering?
For those who follow a Christian-Buddhist path, Jesus himself could best present the answer.
“Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s,” said Jesus, “and unto God what is God’s.”
Buddhism is a faith in the practice of here and now.
Christianity is a practice for the afterlife.

BUT WHAT ABOUT NIRVANNA AND HEAVEN?

For those Buddhists who practice for an understanding of the afterlife, incorporating Christianity would be almost impossible.
The concept of rebirth precludes the idea of an eternal heaven.
The Christian faith requires the concept of heaven (although not historically a concept of hell).
There is a God, a Heaven, and Jesus.
So Buddhists who embrace the cosmology of certain sects of Buddhism or atheism, could never entertain the idea of Christian-Buddhists: just as Christians who believe God is continually participating in every thought of their life could never believe in a happiness that is caused by their own free will.
But what of God being in every aspect of the world?
Effecting every action?
Christians who consider adding Buddhism to their practice may find others who think that no movements are made in the universe without God’s intervention.

I would direct them to Kings 19:11-13:
The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” 

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind.
After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire.
And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

In this understanding of God, the Creator would be one that does not interfere with the world in which we live, but only touches the heart of man to let him know he is there.
It is up to man to make his volitional choices using his free will, and making his own happiness.
The story of Job tells of the story of a faithful man who is beset by all sorts of misfortune, but he “chooses” to keep his faith.
While Jesus performs miracles and teaches his gospel, he always leaves these parables as tools so that his followers can make their own choices towards happiness.
The Buddha does the same as Jesus, but without the need to exclude the idea of other faiths.
The Buddha said for us to always question and practice and see the truth by the fruits of our efforts.
If a Christian can grow and develop his faith by adding the tools of the Buddha, then I see it as a good
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Here is the Christian view, by Douglas R. Groothuis:
http://www.equip.org/article/jesus-and-buddha/

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“The essential religious truth claims of Jesus and Buddha differ radically from one another.
To think otherwise is to ignore history, logic, and the well-being of one’s soul, since Jesus and Buddha proposed radically different spiritual paths.
Jesus, in fact, warned that the path to life was narrow and that many fail to find it (Matt. 7:13).
Jesus’ followers must not shrink back from the seriousness of His statement, especially in our pluralistic society.

Before comparing the basic teachings of Jesus and Buddha regarding God, humans, and salvation, one should point out to those enamored of the Buddha that the earliest written documents about the life of Buddha (563–483 b.c.) come about five hundred years after his death.
In his edited collection, Buddhist Scriptures, Edward Conze notes that Buddhism has nothing that corresponds to the Christian New Testament, which is an authoritative canon of Scriptures written a short time after the life of Jesus.
Let no one, therefore, take Buddhist records as hard history and then discount the New Testament for being too ancient to be historically credible.

Two Virgin Birth Stories:

Some try to narrow the gap between Jesus and Buddha by saying that both are recorded as having come into the world through spiritual means via a virgin birth.
In their recent book, The Original Jesus, Elman Gruber and Holger Kersten go even further and argue that the story of Jesus’ virgin birth was borrowed from a Buddhist source that claimed the same kind of supernatural origin for Buddha.

This is unlikely.
First, this view overlooks significant differences between the two accounts.
In the Buddhist account, the prehuman Buddha came in the form of a white elephant who entered the side of his mother.
Religious scholar Geoffrey Parrinder notes that it “was not a virgin birth, since she was married, and in this story…it is celestial influence rather than a divine seed that enters her.”
The Gospel’s account of Jesus’ conception and birth differs radically (Luke 1:26–35).
Second, the Buddhist sources are dated long after the gospels of Luke and Matthew.
The Buddhist story comes from a fifth-century a.d. text and is absent from the most ancient Pali canon of Buddhism.
If any borrowing occurred, it is more likely that Buddhists selectively borrowed from the Gospels than vice versa.
The New Testament documents were all written in the middle to the late first century.
According to renowned biblical scholar J. Gresham Machen, the virgin birth material had “been in existence only a few decades from the time when Jesus lived.”
This is quite different from the late emergence of the Buddhist stories.
What about Jesus’ and Buddha’s essential worldviews, that is, their teachings on ultimate reality, the human condition, and spiritual liberation?

Two Views of Ultimate Reality.

Jesus affirmed the existence and unity of a personal and moral God, who is both sovereign over history and involved with it.
He taught His disciples to pray, “Our Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 6:9 nasb).
Jesus never challenged the monotheism of His Jewish brethren but affirmed it and intensified its spiritual and moral challenges (Matt. 5–7).
Buddha, however, did not deem theological matters worthy of consideration.
He regarded them as metaphysical speculations, unedifying and irrelevant to attaining spiritual liberation.
He challenged key features of the Brahmanism of his native India but did not embrace belief in a Creator God as fundamental to proper spirituality.
Buddha’s image is worshiped around the globe, but he never considered himself a revelation of God.
He rather considered himself an enlightened teacher (“Buddha” is a title that means “the enlightened one”).

Two Views of the Human Condition.

Human beings, according to Jesus, were created by God (Matt. 19:4) and ought to worship and obey God with their whole beings, as well as to love their neighbors as themselves (Matt. 22:37–39).
Jesus taught that humans possess immaterial souls that persist after death and that will one day be reunited with resurrected bodies (Matt. 12:26–27; John 5:28–29).
Jesus, however, also referred to humans as spiritually “lost” (Luke 19:10) and corrupt at their core (Matt. 9:13; Mark 7:21–23).
Buddha did not speculate about human origins but focused on the human condition as (1) suffused with suffering (2) brought about through unfulfilled desires (the first two of the Four Noble Truths, the essence of Buddhism).
He taught that people cannot satisfy their souls with anything because they do not have souls.
Just as a chariot has no essence, but is only a collection of individual parts, so the human person has no essence or substance; it is only a collection of parts or states called skandas.
There is no personal essence or soul, and there is no personal afterlife.

Buddha did not deny the Hindu doctrines of transmigration and reincarnation, but he denied that there is any individual soul that comes back in another form.

Two Views of Spiritual Liberation.

According to Jesus, salvation is found in Him alone: “The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10 niv).
Jesus viewed Himself as the only way to restore fellowship with the heavenly Father: “All things have been committed to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (Matt. 11:27 niv; cf. John 14:6).
He claimed, moreover, to be God incarnate (John 8:58).

In light of this, Jesus beckons us to follow Him (Matt. 11:28–30) and to believe in Him for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life (John 3:16; 6:29).
These claims, however, were not uttered in a vacuum.
Jesus demonstrated Himself to be the divine Messiah through the wisdom of His teaching, His fulfillment of Hebrew prophecy, the unparalleled power of His miracles, His authority over the demonic world, His sacrificial death on the cross, and His own death-shattering resurrection.
Buddha taught that spiritual deliverance was found by letting go of desire and the quest to satisfy the nonexistent soul, and by detaching oneself from impermanent things.
This teaching is the Third Noble Truth.

The Fourth Noble Truth is that salvation is achieved through effort, which Buddha called “the eightfold path.”
It requires wisdom (right understanding and thought), ethical conduct (right speech, action, and livelihood), and mental discipline (right effort, awareness, and meditation).

Those who succeed leave the realm of karma and rebirth and attain nirvana, which is the blowing out of the human personality in a state that supposedly cannot be described in words.
Buddha did not claim to bestow this state upon others, he simply pointed toward it.
He never claimed to be God moreover; nor did he raise the dead, heal the sick, or cast out demons.
At age 80, he died.

According to the New Testament, Jesus came into the world as a supernatural agent of redemption, who accepted suffering at the hands of sinful humans that He might vicariously atone for the sins of a rebellious world estranged from its own Source of goodness and life.
He embraced suffering on the cross in order to rescue those suffering from sin and its effects (Isa. 53). As one poet wrote, “No other God has wounds but thee.”
The risen Jesus presented His wounds to doubting Thomas as proof of the efficacy of His mission (John 20:26–29).
The oldest accounts of the life of Buddha do not depict him as a supernatural figure but as an illuminated sage.
Images of Buddha worldwide show a man sitting in tranquil contemplation with his eyes shut to a world he wants to transcend.
How different from this posture was the defining act of Jesus, who, though nailed to a cross, bruised and bloodied, gazed in love on the world He came to redeem.
Buddha taught the dharma (the way or teaching) to many others, but he never claimed to overcome death through his own death or to offer life through his own life.
He only pointed the way to nirvana whereas Jesus opened the door to heaven.
The essential teachings and ministries of Jesus and Buddha cannot be reconciled or synthesized.
No amount of religious tolerance or pluralism can erase the deep and sharp differences between these two identities, their worldviews, and their actions.
By accurately defining these differences we do justice to both religious leaders while communicating the truth in love to those who would place them on the same plane.”

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Click and see the following YouTube video presentation:
Know what you believe and why, by Douglas R. Groothuis:

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