Catholicism and Buddhism: Are They Really Similar?

As I read books, watch things, and learn, I have learned that a supposed branch of Christianity and a pagan religion in Asia are very similar. Catholicism and Buddhism are much more alike than the average person might know. I was shocked to learn how similar Buddhism and Catholicism where when I decided to start learning about Buddhism. Though I know this is not an entertainment post (and if I disappointed you I apologize I will post one tomorrow, promise), this is important. This post may also be considered by some to b offensive, if so I’m sorry, you can blame God for providing the Bible to contradict Catholicism.



Idols are rampant in both religions. The Buddhist bow before Buddha statues and statues of gods and goddesses may be in their temples. A Catholic home or church may have statues of Mary, crosses, or the saints. Though they are of different things, both religions may bow down to or worship these statues. The Bible condemns this in the Ten Commandments. I have heard that a Catholic may try to defend their statues and pictures by saying, “But the Jewish people were commanded by God to make statues and decorations for the tabernacle!” There are two problems with this. First God had specifically instructed them to make them. Any made by man, such as the golden calf, was greatly condemned. Secondly the Jewish people did not worship the images, bow down to them, or kiss them. They hardly even saw them since they were in the holiest place of the tabernacle where only the High Priest could go.

Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in earth beneath, or that is in the water below.

Temple and Church Decorations

Both Buddhist temples and Catholic churches are quite fancily decorated. Now there is nothing wrong or sinful about making the church of God look nice, as the temple was made quite beautifully, but there the elaborate churches and temples show emphases on the money going towards the now rather than the later. What would be more important, a church that was directed toward winning converts with money funded events or one that was more concerned with fine glass stained windows and tall fancy buildings? Also the Catholic Church gets this money by selling people indulgences and masses. If the Roman Church really wanted to free people from the unbiblical realm of purgatory, why charge money for it? Why not give these indulgences freely? Probably because they aren’t giving it out of the goodness of their hearts, but to fund their unnecessarily fancy church buildings.

Matthew 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.


Mother Goddess Figure

Both Catholicism and Buddhism have a motherly figure that is worshiped like a goddess. The Catholics pray to Mary, give her titles never given to her in the Bible, and build statues of her. The Buddhist have a mother goddess called Tara. She is also prayed to and has statues of herself that are worshiped. In the Bible God condemns Israel for worshiping the Queen of Heaven in Jeremiah 44. God is the only one to be worshiped and prayed to, not Mary or Tara.

Luke 11:27-28 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.



Monasteries are another thing shared by Buddhism and Catholicism. Both monasteries have people that are dress plainly, vow to never marry, and restrain themselves from things that are considered pleasurable. There are a few problems with monasteries and convents. The Bible commands Christians to not be of the world, but it also says that we can live in the world and enjoy it. If people are sealed off from the world, how are they supposed to share their faith and change the world? You really can’t. Also the Bible warns about false Christians that would forbid themselves marriage and pleasure to an extreme.

1 Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.


The Rosary

Both the Catholics and Buddhist have a rosary. This was the similarity that I found the most surprising. The Buddhist and Catholics both have a rosary, one is wooden and brown and the other white. The one prays to Mary and the other Buddha. Jesus Himself said we are not to pray repetitious prayers, as it is a heathen practice. I always found it ironic that it is right before Jesus sample prayer, which people recite all the time, even Protestants. God wants prayers to be original and personal, not mechanical and repetitive.

Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.


Works to Go to Heaven/Nirvana

Though the Buddhist and Catholics each have a different eternal destination in mind, they do err in a similar way. They both believe that works are necessary to go to their Paradise. Buddhists believe earning merit and good karma will give them either better place on earth through reincarnation or Nirvana. Catholics believe they must do the sacraments to avoid hell and work even harder to avoid purgatory, eventually going to Heaven. Both religions promote joining a monastery, saying prayers, and giving money for this. God clearly says in Romans 3:26-28 “Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.” To go to Heaven all one must do is repent and have faith, the thief on the cross probably did none of the sacraments, but Jesus counted his faith for righteousness.

Romans 9:32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.


Though Buddhism and Catholicism are very different, one can see that they are close enough to make Catholicism look pagan rather than Christian. Since Catholicism was started centuries after Buddhism, it is likely that the Catholics took this from the pagans rather than the pagans took it from the Catholics. Buddhism is not the only religion to have these things, other pagan religions may have monasteries and idols, some of these things were probably in the pagan Roman religion. I ask if you are Catholic or know someone who is please leave this very pagan branch of Christianity. They are right in that “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” and that “For the wages of sin is death” but the Catholics are wrong in how we are redeemed.

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sins:

Romans 3:24-26 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy.


This is how man is forgiven and saved. Not through the Eucharist, infant baptism, and confession. I beg you if you are a Catholic, please, consider what you have read and repent. God has been waiting and is eager to bring you into true and pure Christianity. I also hope that if you are a Christian Buddhist you will leave these ungodly, pagan practices and repent.



  1. You have some very interesting comparisons. Thank you for a good read. I would only pick out a few things that false like that Buddhists bow down to statues, we bow down to ourselves, the statue is a representation of our own enlightened qualities not a symbol of a god or anything like it.
    What I do not understand is the insatiable need for Christians to tell everyone else that they are wrong and only Christians are right. Why can you not leave us respectfully to ourselves in our own beliefs? This fact alone is one of the biggest reasons I left the church and began to meditate.

    Secondly there are other “peoples of the book” that are of far more of a concern in today’s world than Buddhists and Catholics. You would have to work really hard to find either one strapping a bomb to there chests and walking into a crowded place.

    I am curious as to you thoughts, and wish you an extraordinary day.



    • Quantumpreceptor, first I would like to thank you for your information and comment. Thank you also for being courteous.
      For your first question, I have to say there are two reasons Christians tell others so much and so urgently or insistently. The first is that God commands us. Jesus says we are to tell everyone in Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” God commands at least tell everyone the Gospel. Secondly, if a person truly believes in their heart that if a person does not accept Jesus they will got to hell, it only make sense they would tell others about how to believe in Jesus and beg them to be saved. If you knew a killer was going to shoot everyone in a certain town at a certain time, wouldn’t you warn everyone and try to convince them to leave? People may say, “Why are you telling us this? It’s not true and its insulting you doubt the security of the town so much!” but all the person is doing is trying to help others. These are the two reasons Christian are so eager to tell others. It should be done respectfully, but it would dishonor our God to not share and do our best to convert others in a peaceful manner.
      For your second question, all people of all religions should be told, not just the seemingly most dangerous. If all plates of food are poisoned but one, some just having a more painful death in eating than others, you would still wish to warn them no matter who they were. I appreciate how peaceful Catholic and Buddhist people today (though if you read Catholic history they have been very brutal to non-Catholics) if they end the same as a Muslim, I would want to warn them as well.
      I hop this explains some things. I am not trying to force anyone to believe a certain way or bother them, I am merely trying to tell the truth.
      Again I thank you for being respectful and polite. I also hop you have a good day.

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      • I recognize most of this it just seems there is a better way to do it. The phrase don’t stuff that down my throat, from the crusades expresses my sentiments. It’s better to be an exemplary example


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