Thursday, 26 January 2012

Gospel Of Matthew : Deceit Of Unimaginable Proportion

                                      The Gospel of Matthew: A Creative Invention


 ” The Church says that the Earth is flat, but I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow of the earth on the moon and I have more faith in the Shadow than in the Church.”
                                                                                                    -Ferdinand Magellan 
“God is not averse to deceit in a holy cause.” 
                                                                                                     -Aeschylus Quotes

A)     Text &Synoptic  Scenario Of Matthew’s Gospel

                                    a) Matthew did not write that the virgin birth was prophesized nor fulfilled
                                    b)Other Christians and Previous Christians Did Not Believe in the Virgin Birth
                                    c)Matthew Included a Roman Myth in the Jesus story


The Text
The Gospel of Matthew became the first book of the New Testament. Here are some important facts about it:
  • Time of Authorship: The Gospel of Matthew was written after the fall of the Jewish temple in 70CE, in Syria, probably at around the same time as the Gospel of Luke was written (as they were unaware of each other's writings), and almost definitely written before 100CE.
  • A Copy of Mark: Matthew's gospel contains 92% of the text that appears in Mark! This is almost a copy; but Matthew corrected many of Mark's blunders about Jewish ways of life and proceeded, a few versions later, to add the chapters about the virgin birth. Matthew also uses a source that historians call "Q" - a completely unidentified source who was supposedly an original disciple of Christ (or a friend of Paul), none of whose work has survived, but which was quoted/copied/used by Matthew and Luke.
  • Who Wrote the Gospel of Matthew? The document is anonymous. It was not until about 150CE that the author "Matthew" was assigned to the writings. In traditional pseudepigraphic fashion the author was based on a historic character, in this case on Mattai. Mattai was a disciple of Yeishu ben Pandeira, who lived in Hashmonean times, and whose story has many similarities to that of Jesus . Infact it is only after3-4 generation later that someone decided to assign it a name( FUNNY isn’t it?).
  • Not an Eye-Witness of Jesus: We know that the Gospel of Matthew was not written by an eye-witness of Jesus' life, simply because it is a copy of Mark. No eye witness of such an important person(Jesus) would have needed or wanted, to simply copy someone-else's memories and already written manuscripts about him(Jesus).
Quite interestingly the first two chapters of Matthew, the virgin birth and the genealogy, were not even contained in the first versions of Matthew's gospel, and were added at a later date.

Gospel According To Matthew Perry
                                                                    
                                                               Synoptic Gospels

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are referred to specifically as theSynoptic Gospels because they include many of the same stories, often in the same sequence, and sometimes exactly the same wording. This degree of parallelism in content, narrative arrangement, language, and sentence structures can only be accounted for by literary interdependence.
                 According to the majority viewpoint, Mark was the first gospel written. Matthew and Luke then used Mark as a source, as well as a hypothetical sayings gospel known as Q (which  could never be found).. 
2. Problems in Matthew
Matthew believed Jesus was a great man, divine, and also the Messiah. He set out in his writings to prove that Jesus was all of these things. He went through the Old Testament searching for any passage that he could apply as a prophecy of Jesus' divine nature. In many cases he found a text, and because he did not know Jesus, felt free to invent details in order to make the Old Testament text he was reading appear as a prophecy.
Here are some of the famous cases that can be used as proof of his untrustworthy tactics and furtive imagination:
  1. There Was No Virgin Birth
  2. The Guiding Star
  3. King Herod's Infant Genocide
  4. The Prophecy of the Two Donkeys
  5. The Crucifixion
2.1. There Was No Virgin Birth
The Prophecy of the Virgin Birth appears in Matthew 1:22-23. Matthew wrote this seventy years after Jesus Christ was born (35-40 years after he died). Up until that point no other text mentions Jesus' virgin birth. He quotes Isaiah 7:14 which was written 700 years before Jesus was born - thus claiming it was a sign, a prediction of the messiah's virgin birth.
But there is a serious problem. I already have stated in my earlier article Titled “Virgin Birth and Immanuael Theory Fallacy” that the word used is “ Almah” that means only Young Women and word for Virgin is “ Bethula” that was used around 4 times in that same Book of Isaiah so it’s clear that it was not about Jesus. The story in Isaiah 7:14 is unrelated to the birth of Jesus.  It describes a siege of Jerusalem by the Assyrians about 715 BCE. The child that was born to the young woman at the time was a sign from God that the siege would be lifted and that Jerusalem would continue as before.” For more details kindly read my above mentioned article.
     Another problem with this Gospel is that Messiah's ancestry , in that he will be of the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10Micah 5:2, of the family line of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1, 10), and of the house of David , But the problems for these prophecies run even deeper.
             If the genealogy in Matthew is taken seriously, then Jesus has as an ancestor Jeconiah (Matthew 1:12), of whom the prophet Jeremiah said, "Write this man down as childless, a man who will not prosper in his days, for no man of his descendants will prosper sitting on the throne of David or ruling again in Judah." (Jeremiah 22:30) The genealogy in Luke suffers from the same problem, since it includes Shealtiel and Zerubbabel, both of whom were descendents of Jeconiah.
2.1.2. Other Christians and Previous Christians Did Not Believe in the Virgin Birth
  • 50CE : The writer(s) of the gospel of Q were unaware of the virgin birth.
  • 64CE : Paul died without writing of the virgin birth.
  • 70CE : The writer of the Gospel of Mark does not mention it.
  • 90CE : The belief appears in the writings of Matthew and Luke.
  • The author(s) of John seemed committed to making it clear that Jesus' birth was not of a virgin.
Bullet points from Virgin Birth Summary :
“The apostle Paul makes no reference to the virginal conception by the mother of Jesus when speaking of Jesus' origins and divinity. His epistles were written during the 50's A.D. and predate all of the four gospels. Although Paul never met Jesus (who died about 30 A.D.), he personally did know James, the brother of Jesus. Yet despite this eye-witness link to Jesus, Paul apparently knows nothing of the virgin birth, for he states only that Jesus was "born of a woman" (Galatians 4:4) and was "descended from David, according to the flesh" (Romans 1:3), thereby implying a normal birth.”
2.1.3. Matthew Included a Roman Myth in the Jesus story
Matthew would have been aware of all the Roman myths, being a Syrian. In Roman (pagan) myths there are many virgin births of great heroes and mythical characters, eg Herakles, Romulus and many others. For Matthew it would be unthinkable that the Messiah would not be born of a virgin along with these other great heroes. Matthew was writing for a gentile, Roman audience, in Greek, and he would have also known that his readers also would assume that Jesus, if at all divine, was born of a virgin.
In a fashion typical of Matthew worked, and of the way Roman mythology as a whole worked, Matthew included a virgin birth in Jesus' historical life in order to add credence to his story. He then looked through the Old Testament, and either in haste or dishonesty, appropriated some relevant-sounding text from Isaiah.
It is only a later Greek mistranslation that makes Matthew say "called Immanuel, born of a virgin", rather than "of a young woman". This saves Matthew from an accusation of deception, but no matter which of these two theories we accept, we see that there was never a virgin birth.
2.2. The Guiding Star
One of Matthew's plotlines is the three visitors from the East who visit the newborn Jesus. They say that a star came up in the East, however no other people in the story appear to notice this. It must have been a relatively unnoticeable event, a fairly faint star, only noticed by people who study the stars. The three visitors are called "Star Readers" in Matthew 2:1. However no other astrologers across the world at that time document this phenomenon. It appears Matthew made it up.
2.3. King Herod: The Killing of Every Male Baby
Another prophecy related to the birth of Jesus is the claim that the Messiah would be born at a time when King Herod was killing children. Only the gospel of Matthew (2:16-18) makes this claim, quoting a prophecy of Jeremiah (31:15) which states that "A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; and she refused to be comforted, because they were no more." There are two problems with this alleged messianic prophecy:
1} It is not even a prophecy about children being killed at the First place. "Rachel weeping for her children" refers to the Mother of Joseph and Benjamin (and wife of Jacob) weeping about her children taken captive to Egypt. In context, the verse is about the Babylonian captivity, which its author witnessed. Subsequent verses  even speak of the children being returned, and thus it refers to captivity rather than murder. The slaughter by Herod is also in doubt because the writer of Matthew is the only person who has noted such an event. Flavius Josephus ,the great historian, who carefully chronicled Herod's abuses, makes no mention of it either.
Many other myths, including more ancient Roman ones, had an event where all the male children were killed, and the famous Romulus and Remus and also the story of Krishna is (once again) a good, famous example. The story of Moses also contains a period of time when all Jewish male children are being killed by the King of the time, when Moses escapes in a basket pushed down a river by his mother. The princess who picked him out of the water called him Moses, which means "picked out".
In short, Christian Apologists in their Mad Quest for Conversion and Gospel Preaching forgot to do their little home work. By taking one verse form one chapter and applying it on some one out of thin air by having complete disrespect for context and  disgust for the whole Chapter, is indeed  SHAMEFUL .
Gospel According To Matthew Broderick
2.4. Prophecy of the 2 Donkeys                           
Mark wrote that Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem on a donkey. Luke and John both stuck to this. Matthew was in the habit of "correcting" Mark's errors and on this point of Jesus' riding into Jerusalem, Matthew felt he should have been riding on TWO donkeys at the same time.
On all three times Matthew mentions this part (Matthew 21:1-7) he says the same thing, so it was not a transcription error. Why does Matthew alter the text in such a bizarre way? It seems he misread Zechariah 9:9: "mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey". We have already seen from Matthew's misinterpretation of the difference between the Hebrew word "Almah" and "Betulah" that he has a poor understanding of Hebrew. This passage also was misunderstood by Matthew.
“In Hebrew an emphasis is expressed by the doubling of a word or a phrase, like "and David's enemies were dead, and yes, very dead," so the original phrase does not mean two animals at all (as is also clearly shown by Jewish comments on the passage).”
Once again Matthew changed the meaning of the text to reflect what he thought it should say in order to make a prophecy come true, a conscious act of fraud in order to make the text fits his own personal opinion of the facts.
2.5. The End of the World is Imminent
 Jesus in the Christian Bible proclaimed many times that the world was about to end: judgement was about to come and he specifically said that this would happen in the same generation that he first appeared in. Obviously, there has been a delay. St Paul taught the same message, preaching the urgent admission of sins, because of the imminent end. The rest of the New Testament, especially the Book of Revelations, provides many more cryptic clues about when this will occur. This is what has spurred the endless stream of historical proclamations by studious Christians that the end is near. Matthew 24:27-44 is a lengthy commentary on when the Son of Man comes to end the world, but various hints and comments are scattered throughout the rest of New Testament. Some of the relevant comments in Matthew are:
  • The imminent end of the world will be obvious to all (Matthew 24:27). Jesus quotes Isaiah 13:1034:4, saying that the sun will go out and the stars will fall from the sky (Matthew 24:29, copied from Mark 13:20-26). The Son of Man will arrive in the clouds with great power and trumpets (24:30-31 copied fromMark 13:27). There will be signs just before the end although no-one knows in advance at what hour the end-times will come (Matthew 24:32-39, copied from Mark 13:28-33). The end of the world starts with the rapture, when approximately one in two men and one in two women will be raptured and taken into heaven, suddenly, by God (Matthew 24:40-41).
  • It is imminent: Jesus warns clearly that "this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. This world will pass away..." (Matthew 16:2824:34-35Mark 9:113:30 and Luke 9:26-27). In Matthew 10:23 Jesus warns his disciples to preach very rapidly in town after town, fleeing at the first sign of persecution, because they will not have enough time to go through all the towns of Israel before the end of the world occurs. In 1 Corinthians 7:27-31 St Paul says that time is so short, people should no longer bother getting married, mourn or bother with possessions: "Those who have wives should live as if they had none; ... those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away". Matthew 8:22dismisses niceties of funeral arrangements "let the dead bury their own dead" because followers must join Jesus immediately, before it is too late!
2.6. The Crucifixion
Matthew contributed some very unlikely events to the Biblical account of the crucifixion and resurrection. For example, the Guards on the Tomb, the empty Tomb, the Angel, the Earthquake and the 3 hours darkness at Jesus' death are all very likely to be wrong. Matthew exaggerates elements when copying Mark to the point of making it up.
“Doesn't the fact that the tomb was guarded make escape unlikely, even if Jesus survived? Although one gospel accuses the Jews of making up the theft story, it is only that same gospel, after all, which mentions a guard on the tomb, and the authors have the same motive to make that up as the Jews would have had to make up the theft story: by inventing guards on the tomb the authors create a rhetorical means of putting the theft story into question, especially for the majority of converts who did not live in Palestine. And  problem compounds and becomes even more  suspicious that the other gospel accounts omit any mention of a guard, even when Mary visits the tomb (compareMatthew 28:1-15 with Mark 16:1-8Luke 24:1-12, and John 20:1-9), and also do not mention the theft story--this claim is not even reported in Acts, where a lot of hostile Jewish attacks on the church are recorded, yet somehow this one fails to be mentioned. Neither Peter nor Paul mention either fact, either, even though their letters predate the gospels by decades. Worse, Matthew's account involves reporting privileged conversations between Priests and Pilate, and then secret ones between priests and guards that no Christian could have known about (27.62-65, 28.11-15). This is always a very suspicious sign of fiction. Such a story could very easily be a Christian invention. They had the motive to make it up, to answer the objections of later skeptics (just like the Thomas story in John), and the story looks like an invention, because it narrates events that could not be known by the author.
Other Problems:-
1.    Matthew 2:14 says that Joseph, Mary, and Jesus left for Egypt after Jesus was born, but on the other hand Luke 2:39 said they went straight to Nazareth.
2.    In Matthew 3:17 a voice from heaven tells all of those people who witnessed Jesus being baptized "This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased".Everyone that witnessed the baptism heard from God that Jesus was his beloved son. 
   Later on in Matthew the man who did the baptism is having doubts about Jesus             (in Matthew 11:2-3).  How strange is that?

Conclusion:-  1. Matthew is A Copy of Mark as it has 92% of Mark content in same way .
2. Gospel of Matthew was assigned an author as Matthew only in 150 CE i.e 3-4 generations later courtesy ,Christian Fraud, no one really knows who wrote Gospel of Matthew.
3.There was no Virgin Birth mentioned in Isaiah’s Book.
4. Guiding Star Story is mentioned by no contemporary historian in record nor by any  Astrologers living at that time.
5. King Herod’s killing of Infants is also a Fallacy as no Jewish Historian has ever mentioned that. Also Matthew falsely try to make it sound like a Prophecy when  in reality Jeremiah only spoke about Babylonian Captivity and also mentions Jewish people’s subsequent return.
6. Matthew projects Jesus as a Scooby- Dooby- Doo kind of a Jerk & and a joker by making Jesus sit on two Animals simultaneously due to Matthews Poor Hebrew knowledge.
7. Jesus failed to fulfill his word about returning in the life time of his Disciples ,in short he is a false Messiah.
8. The resurrection is a myth as Guard present in the Tomb of Jesus makes sure that no one goes in and out.  And after Jesus resurrection no such testimony of such a guard is available to verify the claim either.
        A lie shall remain a lie whether spoken for 100 years or for 2000 years. You can call a Pen  a Knife for millions of years and that also so hard and fanatically that it may begin to sound as a knife  to dumb and Brainless people. But truth is all out for sincere seekers, lovers of Humanity who wanna sit in the lap of Mother Nature being caressed by Caring of Earth.
As I just said in the beginning of this article that Matthew and Luke  copied from Mark so Mark in short  is  the most authentic and reliable source . We shall soon see the Fallacy of Gospel according to Mark also a little later.

In The Name Of Humanity,
 Robert Mascharan
Shalom!!!                                       

Sunday, 22 January 2012

An Invasion through Conversion Part 2

An Invasion through Conversion Part 1

Christian Missionary Attack on India Culture (part 3 of 3)

Christian Missionary Attack on India Culture (part 2 of 3)

Christian Missionary Attack on India Culture (part 1 of 3)

Missionery Scandalous Property Empire: A Brief History In India



    When the Missionaries arrived, the Africans had the Land and the Missionaries had the Bible. They taught us how to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened them, they had the land and we had the Bible.
                                                                                                          – Jomo Kenyatta                                               
In India, during the British occupation, natives rebelled against overt evangelisation attempts. British then resorted to covert efforts to weaken the native identities and undermine native heritage. Native education institutions were consciously targeted and thoroughly devastated. British not only leased native lands to christian missionary institutions but also supported them using Hindu tax payer & colonial economy generated revenue. And the church ended up controlling India's largest real estate land-bank. Post 1947, these distortions were never addressed and worse expanded under sickular CON party despotist misrule. Natives were encouraged to feel grateful and internalise the charade of pretentious service done by christian organisations, much of it done using native money, native land, native assets

Indian experience in this regard has been worse. Church and company have successfully pulled the wool over the natives, preventing scrutiny on its land assets, activities. One fails to understand why the Church in India still retains such sway over prime real estate and properties both movable and immoveable. This effort is to place on record deliberate subversion that has been the hall mark of the Church’s evolution in India – aided and abetted first by the imperialist Europeans (christian west) and subsequently by the sickulars, in particular the Congress Party.
The Church needed not merely influence but more tangible inputs such as land and money to achieve this aim. From all evidence these were granted freely and readily; overtly, prior to 1857 independence war and more carefully post 1857.
In the meanwhile, in order to derive maximum benefit,  Church, like the empires it dealt with to enable mutually beneficial loot, attempted to organize its disparate denominations in India to be able to better “serve” heathen natives apart from of course ensuring greater leverage over British colonial over-lords stationed here. Out of this impulse was born the  Church of India, Burma and Ceylon (CIBC)
In 1927 Parliament passed the Indian Church Act & Indian Church Measure which created an autonomous  Church of India, Burma and Ceylon (CIBC) out of the  Church of England in India. Under the new law, trusteeship of properties held by the viceroy passed to the CIBC. By this time British knew that their time of departure could be nearing.
                                                    
These initial efforts were merely phase one of consolidation which was followed up later in 1947 with the formation of  Church of South India Trust Association (CSITA) that ensured the consolidation of not only Church denominations but also of their individually looted properties. Thus from being “privately” owned, these were converted into properties under Trust of the Church of South India. Let us recall here that the looted property initially held by the temporal authority of the British Viceroy passed on to the unified and sacral authority of the CSI. So what was secular property first under the authority of Government, ended by as Christian controlled property?
With the formation of the Church of South India in 1947 the Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, and the Congregational Churches in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Pondicherry, and interestingly the northeast of Sri Lanka were merged. Each of the denominations also agreed to turn over their properties to the newly formed CSITA.
Upon independence in 1948, the government of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru decreed that title to property held in trust for the Church of South India and the Anglican Churches in the North would pass to the state. Local Church trusts and associations would administer the properties.
Thus the loot was now the looters (Churchs’) legally owned property of which the new caretaker (New administrator – essentially Hindu) was the former victim whose property was looted!
The stated objectives of use of such property are variously described as educational, medical and service oriented. These well publicized goals also ensure a steady flow of overseas funds particularly from the West, into the Church’s coffers which in turn fuels the Church’s mission to further shock and awe the native Hindu Samaja and keep it enmeshed in Stockholm Syndrome. And the generic Church does not seem to have hesitated using these assets to push proselytising on gullible natives. 
Many people hyperventilate against islamists and islamic gangs. And it is a matter of historical record that islamic invasions have been a hugely negative force in India's history, which also resulted in India being partitioned. In the past, there was lot of conversion of native Indians to islam, particularly by the highly deceitful sufist islam which purported similarity to native roots while pushing gullible converted Indians and their families to dogmatic mental slavery.
Christian deceit has tended to get free pass primarily on account of sickulars controlling mass media, government and "xn west" influence both in business and academic worlds.

Lessons from Conversion :A True Story Of Evil In Korea

        Lessons from Conversion by Burning Temples and Cutting the Head of Buddha Statues in Korea
Minh Thạnh
February 22, 2011
Crusade Watch
Source Link
Over the last decade, a large number of Buddhist temples in Korea had been destroyed or damaged by fanatically devout Christians. More recently, the Buddha statues, regarded as the devil, were attacked and beheaded in the name of Jesus.

One of the important tasks for researchers in social science is prediction, anticipation, with the usual methodology of presenting scenarios and situations and forecasting their probabilities of occurrence, as well as predicting by intensity and level.


Here we are also following the usual method of analyzing expected situations. However, we stick to the case of Korean Buddhism, Buddhism in a country that is heavily affected by conversion, and from which possible situations that can occur to Buddhism in Vietnam are presented.


From many complex changes in history, for which Korean Buddhism is also partly responsible, Buddhism, at the present time, is a minority religion in Korea, ranking second to Christianity.


Buddhists account for 22.8% of the Korean population (according to the Wikipedia’s article "Religion in Korea"), while Christians account for 29.2% (both Protestants and Roman Catholics combined, with Protestants dominating).


Thus, although the religion has become a minority with a second rank, but when compared to each branch of Christianity, which can be considered as separated religions, Buddhism is still the leading religion with the most followers in South Korea.


The above ratio is still high if compared to the percentage of adherents across the population, which is only 18% according to official statistics. However, if compared to the ratios in East Asian bloc countries, the percentage of Christians in South Korea is the 3rd highest (after the Philippines and East Timor).


But compared to other countries influenced by the Chinese civilization, then Korea would stand as the most converted country and also with the fastest speed.

One-third of the Korean population has become Christian sheep, while nearly half are recognized as atheists. A good percentage of these are shifting towards Christianity, mainly Protestants.


Korea and Vietnam are similar, with both countries influenced by Chinese civilization and a 2000-year history of a Mahayana Buddhist tradition. Buddhism is deeply entrenched in people's spiritual life, but it also is a key focal point of Christianity. Christian adherents are growing fast, and, especially, leading in the conversion of Buddhists are several Protestant denominations that are extreme and sometimes fanatical.

                                                             
The phenomenon of Buddhist conversion by Protestant churches in Vietnam took place long ago. Before 1975, it seemed to occur at the same level as Korea’s. After 1975, the conversion seemed more discreet, though silently but still strong.


Thus, the Protestants have trained a number of pastors and teachers, and missionary activities have taken off in the 1990s and 2000s.


Conversion activities carried out by Protestants in the last 10 years have moved from discreet and quiet to frantic on the exterior side. The situation is becoming more similar to that occurred in Korea, and some activities in Vietnam have been advised, organized and even directly managed by Korean Protestants from behind the scene.


The event “fire burning at My Dinh” in late 2010 marked a significant step in the process of conversion activities in Vietnam. It has switched from silent to public and frantic, and from public and frantic to challenging and extreme, with "fiery" events, provocations and challenges.

                                                     
With such reality, what predictions can we make about the conversion of Buddhists in Vietnam, compared with the process that took place in Korea, and in the context of a number of Koreans who are responsible for conversion activities, are actually present and direct these activities in Vietnam?


Conversion through church preaching is normal, but it is objectionable to organize activities that cause conflicts and provocations in an extremist and fanatical manner. Following are the situations that happened in Korea:


- The scenario based on government powers and support. This situation certainly cannot happen in Vietnam on a large scale, in official policy, but it also does not exclude acts in the back door with some officials that are corrupted and ignorant.

However, we should also learn about this situation, such as using the common excuse of public work to remove the signposts to the pagodas, their names and visitor guidelines in the official documents published by the government, using the police to harass and search the pagodas, and, particularly, the South Korean police had humiliated the leaders of the Buddhist sect Jogye who were treated as common criminals.


- The situation of using provocative, hostile and violent acts against Buddhism indirectly to satisfy the manic episodes of religious excitement.


Wikipedia, in its article "Religion in Korea", has briefly described this in the section on "Religious Conflict". Christian activities against Korean Buddhism represent a unique case (compared to other religions).

"Some South Korean evangelical Christians have expressed hostility to Buddhism. There have been dozens incidents of arson and vandalism against Buddhist shrines and facilities over the last two decades, including the destruction of several large temples.

In some of these incidents, the perpetrators were identified as Christians, or left messages denouncing "idol worship."


The exhortation of acts against Buddhism has become public, similar to the Declaration of Belonging to God during the fire night at My Dinh.

In a crowded preaching in Busan, Korean Christians had prayed, according to the article "Persecution of Buddhists" of Wikipedia, "Lord, let the Buddhist temples in this country crumble down!", and they did not wait for the hand of God but they had carried out: "Over the course of the last decade a fairly large number of Buddhist temples in South Korea have been destroyed or damaged by fire by misguided Christian fundamentalists. More recently Buddhist statues have been identified as idols, and attacked and decapitated in the name of Jesus ".


It also need to be told clearly that the sneaky burning of temples and Buddha statues by Christians in South Korea happened for a long time ago before President Lee Myung-bak took office. He is the president who publicly supports the actions to eradicate Buddhism.


According to the descriptions in online documents, these acts of religious fanatics "in the name of Jesus" are usually conducted at night, and it is very difficult to find the culprits for heavy damages caused to the Korean Buddhism.


This is a situation that will likely occur in Vietnam, when the conversion process has reached the level of "fire" as in the My Dinh event in December 2010.


Speaking insults against ancestors during that fire-excited night, they no longer have to fear anyone, even Buddhism which is a very peaceful religion, but a thorn in their eyes.


There are many reasons for Vietnamese Buddhists to stay alert against the sneaky burning of temples as in South Korea.

Besides the reason that there are several Korean missionaries who are present in Vietnam and direct the activities of conversion, fanaticism can reach an extremely high level and Christians could attack Buddhism in a sneaky way to release their pent-up resentment of the superficial development (it is emphasized, just superficial development) of Vietnamese Buddhism in recent years.


And, in the same way, when they hate someone, but if that person is too strong and they cannot not do anything about it, then to revenge and release the pent-up resentment, they will attack the beloved relatives of the hated person.

When a religion considers Buddhism as enemy and announces excited episodes, whose history is related to the burning of temples and destruction of statues "in the name of Jesus", then warnings such as those in this article are very necessary for Vietnamese Buddhists to take protective measures.

                                                                 
When they talk about "excited episode" we may be concerned similarly to "Religious ecstasy" (roughly translated as "religious ecstasy pills, "religious stimulation"). Please see the above terms in Wikipedia.


A reader had a very reasonable opinion that gathering a large number of people, starting fires, taking ecstasy pills, dancing, screaming ...are too dangerous for themselves and others.

As such, this article has passed the alarm level of conversion, and has reached the more alarming level about the dangers of violent means of conversion, when the conversion process has reached the threshold "fire."


Vietnamese Link http://www.giaodiemonline.info/noidung_detail.php?newsid=5424


Written in Vietnamese by Minh Thạnh

Translated by Nguyęn T├ính

2011 Lunar New Year
                                                          

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Christianity: Is It Sugar Coated?

           "For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner—, Romans 3:7 (KJV)



           "Whoever wants to be a Christian should tear the eyes out of his reason." Martin Luther

Does the Biblical Jesus merit the honor bestowed upon him? Unfortunately, preachers, ministers, and clergymen have given us biased, one-sided stories, emphasizing and inflating what they see as positive while subverting or ignoring the negative. Biblical scholarship of the last hundred years has not reached the common man. Instead, we see political ministers and televangelists making absurd biblical claims without anyone calling them accountable. Although over 90 percent of households in America own a Bible, it usually goes unread, or at best sanitized or bowdlerized to what people want it to say.
        Unbeknownst to many Christians, many times the Gospels of the New Testament portray Jesus as vengeful, demeaning, intolerant, and hypocritical. In one section Jesus calls for love of enemies, yet in another to slay them. He tells others to not use hurtful names, yet he called others fools, dogs, and vipers. He calls for honoring parents in one verse, yet demands hate toward family members in another. Some of Jesus' words against his adversaries depict what some would call anti-Semitism. Indeed, the verses of the New Testament have fueled the flames of anti-Jewishness for centuries.
Peace on earth?
Many Christians and non-believers alike extol the virtues of living peacefully, yet the Biblical Jesus makes it abundantly clear that he did not hold to this concept:

"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace
 but a sword".-Matthew 10:34
Did Jesus only teach love? 

Luke 14:26  "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple."
Matthew 10:35-36  "I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household."
Matthew 10:34  "Think not that I am come to send peace: I came not to send peace but a sword.

Luke 19:27  But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me."

Luke 22:36  He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

                                                            
                              Was Jesus completely sinless?
             
Matthew 12:1-4 “At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat.  But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?

Harvesting on the Sabbath was against God's law, but Jesus breaks that law by harvesting corn to eat. Here Jesus tries to justify his sin by pointing out that David also broke Sabbath laws.  Since David sinned, then it was OK for Jesus to sin, so therefore, he really didn't sin?

Many Christians believe that Jesus represents God, or God sent to earth in human form, or as a component of the Trinity. If people believe this, how many of them realize that the Old Testament gives many examples of God ordering or personally murdering innocent men, women, and children, along with the destruction of cities, buildings, and other religions? The following gives just a few examples:

...the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt...
-Exodus 12:29

Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree:
And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place”.( Deut12:2)
Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass”. I Samuel 15:3

Therefore, if you believe that Jesus equals God in the flesh, then Christ must hold responsibility for the death, destruction, and intolerance practiced throughout the Old Testament.
However, some Christians do not believe in the Trinity or that Jesus equals God but rather that he lived as a flesh and blood man created and sent from God. Unfortunately, this does not dismiss Jesus from his admission towards killing. According to the New Testament, Jesus upholds all the laws of the Old Testament:


Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled-Matthew: 5:17-18

To fulfill all the laws of the prophets means that Jesus must have approved of all the "lawful" atrocities, including Deuteronomy 12:2-3 or the killing of all unbelievers (Deuteronomy 13-5-9), and all the other intolerant laws of the prophets.
Killing appears quite acceptable to Jesus, not only for himself, but as ordered by him (as the nobleman) in this parable:
But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me”{ Luke 19:27}

Numbers 31:17-18 " Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves." {Pedophilia}


Exodus 32:27-28  "And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour. And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men."


Exodus 11:10 And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh: and the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land.


Notice here that God "hardens" Pharaoh's heart, thus rendering the Pharaoh incapable of complying with God's demands. This gives God an excuse to punish Pharaoh by murdering innocent babies and children.
Joshua 11:20  For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favour, but that he might destroy them, as the LORD commanded Moses. 

Deuteronomy 20:10-14:”As you approach a town to attack it, first offer its people terms for peace.  If they accept your terms and open the gates to you, then all the people inside will serve you in forced labor.  But if they refuse to make peace and prepare to fight, you must attack the town.  When the LORD your God hands it over to you, kill every man in the town.  But you may keep for yourselves all the women, children, livestock, and other plunder.  You may enjoy the spoils of your enemies that the LORD your God has given you.”
 Judges 5:30:”They must be dividing the spoils they took: there must be a damsel or two for each man, Spoils of dyed cloth as Sisera's spoil, an ornate shawl or two for me in the spoil.
                       What kind of God approves of murder, rape, and slavery?
                                                 
“AND Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel”.{I Chronicles 21:1}

AND  the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say,
  Go, number Israel and Judah.-{II Samuel 24:1}
we have Satan and the Lord as the same entity! Also from the Old Testament we have the revelation of the
 creator of evil:

“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.”
I know that many  Christians say that they don’t follow old testament but if that is true so then why don’t they tear apart and put old testament in garbage? Why do they keep it attached to New testament? Because that monsterious deity called Jehova is their God the Father.