Like many here, I started life out as a Christian, primarily because that was the religion of my family. Fortunately for me, they were what I'd call a "moderate to non-practicing" Christian household.
I realized at an early age that there were a lot of problems and issues with Christianity, though for me, personally, Jesus Christ always represented what I later learned to be the 4 Brahma Viharas.
I consider myself a Theravada Buddhist who primarily practices in the methods of the Thai Forest tradition and, specifically, the teachings of Ajaan's Geoff, Brahm, and Sumedho. I look at Jesus Christ as a realized Buddhist Master.
My own belief is that since both Christ and Buddha spoke of this path, current or religion as existing before they did, I think it fair to consider that Christianity, at least in SOME of its forms, describes the same path that Buddhism, again, at least in SOME of its forms, does.
Christianity, of course, has gone through its own changes, re-writes, etc., etc., just like Buddhism. But still, at both their cores, we're dealing with two men, Jesus and Buddha. In my own reading of the Christian Scriptures, I don't find Jesus Christ claiming to be anything in relation to God the Father that any of us aren't, or can't be. The idea that Jesus Christ IS God, I think, is a later addition to the doctrine. In Buddhism, we always here how Buddha isn't God, never claimed to be, etc., etc. and this is, of course, true, especially from Sid Gotama's POV! Again, the Mahayana doctrine has added a bit more "spiritual" and "godly" attributes to Buddha, Buddhism, and the idea that there is some eternal spirit out there (again, not unlike Christianity, especially some of the more esoteric versions.)
So what do you all think? I realize my subject post is did Christianity borrow from Buddhism? I think it did. I think SOME of it may be honest, contemplative humans discovering "the path".
Here is what I think. I think that the problem with the idea of "God" is that we are describing an intelligent and good process. Some call this nature. Some call it the dhamma (which is more the rules of its functioning, rather like the Tao.) Some call it the Tao. Some call it Buddha Nature. Some call it God (God the Father.) I do not believe that there is a PERSONAL, INDIVIDUAL divinity, God, Allah, etc. I DO believe that there are Brahmas who are deluded into believing they are such (think about it...this would explain a LOT of the weird stuff in the Bible!)
Anyway, I'm having a "down day" from work today and just thought I'd get the opinion of my dhamma friends as to what they think.