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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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Heaven and Hell

A Reward for service or Eternal Punishment

In the Christian and Islamic traditions, the idea of heaven is like the carrot tied to a stick held in front of a horse – no matter how hard or fast the horse walks, it can never reach the carrot. Conversely, the idea of hell is the stick or incentive to make you carry on.

Sometimes we wish life could be more heavenly.. or just a little easier, but what is heaven and where do we find it? Heaven is often described as an idyllic paradise where not only are all our needs met, all our desires are fulfilled and existence is an unending pleasure. But, it’s only reached after we die as

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Origins of Religion

Tracing the origins of human thought

It seems probable, despite theological cavils, that Petronius was right in his signal saying, Fear first made the Gods. In the words of a recent hierologist, “we may be sure that primitive man took to himself the credit of his successful attempts to work the mechanism of nature for his own advantage, but when the machinery did not work he ascribed the fault to some over-ruling supernatural power….. It was the violation of [previously exploited] sequences, and the frustration of his expectations, by which the belief in supernatural power was, not created, but first called forth.” John M. Robertson

John is fairly close to the mark, and I

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Islamic Health

All is God’s Will

Philippine Nurses in Saudi

If you happen to be travelling in an Islamic country as a welcome visitor and you need healthcare, you will find facilities as good as any western country. The doctors and nurses will most likely have been trained somewhere like the USA, the UK or Switzerland where they have learned the best of allopathic medicine and surgical procedures.

While some of the doctors and nurses will be native to the land, most will be from overseas and there on temporary work permits, but the modern medical facilities are generally reserved for the privileged few.

One of the concerns in many Western countries is that as Islamic populations increase, in some cases

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The New World Order

Will not be the paradise many imagine

Every new generation imagines a utopian world of peace and happiness. This is one of the primary motivators to do anything in life because we’ll have an inbuilt desire to excel, to do better and above all, to experience a great on us in terms of peace, happiness and joy.

This is a primary desire to not only survive, but to survive well which also means ensuring the survival of future generations. Unfortunately when such desire is built on the shaky foundation of ignorance and compounded by greed and stinginess, well we can see where that’s got us.

You could say that in part the Industrial Revolution was generated by the desire for

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