Confucius is one of the most prominent philosophers of ancient China. He lived in 551â€“479BC, yet countless people still live by his teachings today. Many of his beliefs are compiled into a series of writing called the Analects. Jesus is perhaps the most well known of all religious leaders today. Born in 0 A.D, his teachings are assembled into the New Testament of the Bible. Both religious/philosophical leaders had very strong views on society and how it should be, and both strived to explain their viewpoints to all, in attempt to benefit it.
In a section of the New Testament referred to as â€˜Sermon on the Mountâ€™, many examples of Jesusâ€™ teachings can be investigated. By looking at this piece of text, several recurring themes in Jesusâ€™ teachings can be selected, some being: love, equality, forgiveness, modesty, humility or abstention, and non-materialism. For example, as Jesus sat his disciples down to preach to them, he said: â€œHumble men are very fortunate! For the Kingdom of Heaven is given to themâ€ and â€œDonâ€™t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired, for then you will lose the rewardâ€. Looking at these quotes, one can conclude that Jesus supported a humble lifestyle, valuing humility and modesty as traits that an ideal man would possess. Also when he said â€œThere is a saying, â€˜Love your friends and hate your enemiesâ€™ But I say: Love you enemies!â€ and â€œDo for others what you want them to do for youâ€, it is apparent that he considered love, equality and peace as qualities that would merit a society. Jesus did, however, have a very strong view on the possession of material goods: â€œDonâ€™t store up treasures here on earth where they can erode away or may be stolen. Store them in heaven where they will never lose their value, and are safe from thievesâ€. This quote ties in with the humble and modest lifestyle that Jesus preaches about.