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Jagadguru and The Missionary

A clarification of religion

This debate between the Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Shringeri Sharada piitam, Shrii Shrii Abhinava Vidyathiirtha mahaswamigal ( 1931 – 1989 ) and a Christian Missionary which took place sometime in the year 1973. The missionary had come to Shringeri (Karnataka India) to debate with the Acharya and establish the “supremacy” of Christianity over the Dharma. After exchanging a few words of formality:

Jagadguru: What is the purpose of your visit ?

Missionary: Swamiji, I intend to open a Christian church and an ashram near by.

Jagadguru: What’s the objective or motivation for doing so?

Missionary: I want to preach Christianity and help distressed people seek peace and salvation

Jagadguru: Well, what do you preach ?

Missionary: Regarding

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Christianity

Eastern ideas reshaped in the West

To truly believe as a Christian, surely one must fully examine the scriptures and their meaning lest some error result in going to hell?

The belief in one Creator God and the Divinity of Jesus.

Christianity evolved from Judaism some 300 years after the birth of Jesus Christ and the religion is based on the interpretations of scholars, politicians and religious figures as well as having its roots in Judaism. The Old Testament which is a series of stories, histories, myths and legends, some of which may have some truth but others are pure fantasy.

Background

For thousands of years there had been trade and communication from the Mediterranean, acress india, South East Asian

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The World That’s Coming

The modern spread of Islam

The future of all European women under Islam

For most people in this world, one of the most common dreams is for peace, happiness and prosperity. This applies to atheists, pagans and peoples of all religions and beliefs. Unfortunately a large percentage of our global population believes that peace, happiness and prosperity will only occur when everyone else conforms to their beliefs.

Beliefs regarding democracy and aspects of socialism have in fact created a reasonably stable order and conditions for people to live out their dreams and fantasies, but unfortunately many of these dreams and fantasies have come at other people’s expense.

For the Christians to be happy, everyone in the world must

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Jesus – The Missing Years

It seems unlikely he was a carpenter..

From the history so far, Jesus with his family may have been to Egypt and returned to Nazareth by the time he was aged 10 to 15. Nothing is known of him other than that Luke tells that Jesus was found teaching in the temple by his parents after being lost at age 12.

It seems unlikely that an intelligent boy would get lost in a small town, it’s more likely hewas developing strong ideas about life, existence and religion; namely Judaism and so he began testing his ideas on those who would listen and likely challenged the knowledge of the priests.

After this isolated comment by Luke, Christian scholars speculate that Jesus

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Jesus the Man

There is doubt that Jesus was a real person

The birth of Jesus marks the start of Christianity and the Christian calendar which is used globally today, but the actual date of his birth and the substance of his life is a great mystery, so what is known of Jesus the man?

There are many unanswered questions about his existence and In this podcast, Seth Andrews speaks to three historians who have dedicated much of their lives and writings to the subject of Christ and Christianity: Dr. Richard Carrier, David Fitzgerald and Dr. Robert M. Price.

Birth Date

The Gospel Matthew states that Jesus was born while Herod the Great was still alive and that Herod (maybe, but most scholars

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Life of Jesus

A tale without proof

The Mustard Seed: Commentaries on the Fifth Gospel of Saint Thomas

From the history so far, Jesus with his family may have been to Egypt and returned to Nazareth by the time he was aged 10 to 15. Nothing is know of him other than that Luke tells that Jesus was found teaching in the temple by his parents after being lost at age 12.

It seems unlikely that an intelligent boy would get lost in a small town, it’s more likely hewas developing strong ideas about life, existence and religion; namely Judaism and so he began testing his ideas on those who would listen and likely challenged the knowledge

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Religious History

Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou on Religious History

Examining the roots of Judaism and Christianity

Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou is a senior lecturer in the Hebrew Bible and the presenter of Bible’s Buried Secrets. Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou examines how archaeological discoveries are changing the way people interpret stories from the Bible. Stavrakopoulou visits key archaeological excavations where ground-breaking finds are being unearthed, and examines evidence for and against the Biblical account of King David.

Was the God of Abraham unique? Were the ancient Israelites polytheists? And is it all possible that God had another half? Marshalling compelling evidence from archaeology, Islam and the Bible text itself, she identifies and visits the exact site of Eden.

Did God

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Moses - Man or Myth?

The Father of Judaism or a fictional character?

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The histories continue to put Moses from about 1300 – 1800BC, however there is no archaeological evidence to support his existence. It is possible that a man with a similar name took a small group of followers into Sinai and those beliefs may have eventually made their way to Canaan. However modern archaeology and genetics clearly defines the modern Israeli and Palestinian population as being descendants of the original Canaanite’s.

The principal story is that Moses took exception to the the fact that the Jewish slaves were being mistreated by the Egyptian masters and convinced them that they could have a better life and led them out of

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On a Mission

An exciting month in West Africa

Out hiking 8 months later

Hi, my name is Sarah, my family are Baptists although what they believe never made much sense. When I was 14 and to curb my drive to simply be myself, they persuaded me to participate in a VSA program. It was mostly because I found my own family so irritating that I agreed to go, though I had no idea what I was getting in to.

So a couple of months later I spent a week in Paris brushing up on my French and then flew to Senagal where I was met by John and Mary Taylor. They were like my parents but even worse in that sickly

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Father Paul

Celibacy; a modern problem

Paul was intelligent and he did well at school. During his early teens he took an interest in sports, his athleticism was good and when it came time to choose, he chose basketball instead of football.

He was developing into a nice looking young man and like most boys his age, he developed a natural curiosity about girls and sex. Although not religious, his parents were typical Presbyterian, they worked hard and rationed their pleasure.

His elder sister was his best friend until she began dating. Although he didn’t like to admit it, he was jealous and the thought of her being touched by those boys she went out with revolted him. His younger sister was

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