My understanding is that Gautama described the eternal and Almighty, without naming this. Which Christians understand as, "The Father", as Jesus described. You know, when you read the many NDE accounts, people will come back and tell you they understood everything, which they have a problem putting into words. They experienced all the love of God. And, they are, "different". They are home, where they belong. They will say, "There is no time". My understanding from what I've read is that while Gautama was an Aesthetic, what with the physical abuse he rendered upon himself, he experienced the NDE, and Nirvana. This was some 3- 400 years before Jesus appeared. Gautama returned from that Experience and taught what he discovered, which I am sharing here also. Life... is certainly more than this temporary, organic, situation. As well, because we have been told of our future, in prophecy in the Bible, we can understand that we are in a program. Somebody brought something up about "Emanation" on the Forum. But, when I think of Emanation, I understand it to be about the eternal soul, with the various incarnations emanating around it. As Jesus inferred regarding John the Baptist, with Elijah. However, these are all concurrent, apart from Time. Here in the organic world, we see these events as linear.