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A Prayer With Holes

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

We have reflected often on the vital need for an ongoing self-examination of the ideas and beliefs that we hold from time to time.The thought was inspired by Socrates’ exhortation to humanity to keep our ideas constantly under scrutiny and not buy them without taking a good look. “An unexamined life is not worth living,” said Socrates.

An illustration for this admonition is apt and I found a good one among my recent emails. This email was sent to me by a Christian friend but it could as well have been shared by any God-believing religionist. I thought we may take this up as a general illustrative case. I produce the piece sent by email with the advice that I should circulate the wisdom to all. Here it is:

“THE PRAYER THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD



When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, “Woe to those who call evil good”, but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.



We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.


We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.


We have killed our unborn and called it choice.


We have shot anti-abortionists and called it justifiable.


We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem.


We have abused power and called it politics.


We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.


We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.


Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!”



The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest.
In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively.

The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa and Korea.

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program,

“The Rest of the Story,” and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired.

With the Lord’s help may this prayer sweep over our nation and whole-heartedly become our desire so that we again can be called: “one nation under God”

If possible, please pass this prayer on to your friends. “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for everything.”

There are a few immediate questions that cross my mind. Why did the legislators walk out at a very commonplace and cliched sermon? The pastor Joe Wright said nothing that was new. The list of hypocrisies and discrepancies have been on for centuries of human civilisation and so they aren’t anything new about them. We live and have been living with the contradictions. That is human nature. My guess is that the audience wanted to protest against the anti-abortionist standpoint of the pastor. Take another look at the list and you will find two sorties against abortionists. In America a prominent stoush is on between those in favour of abortion and those who oppose it. Anti-abortionist evangelists have even gone gung -ho and used rifles to exterminate the sinful abortionists. In this particular instance, the pastor Joe used rhetoric. My email friend didn’t realize this context and he was apparently carried away by the rhetoric about our hypocrisies.
The deeper issue I have with this emailed piece is about seeking God’s forgiveness for the listed sins committed by us, humans. Obviously the list contains human failures that have been exhibited throughout human history thereby suggesting quite legitimately that such failures are a consequence of our human nature. From a God-believer’s stance God had bequeathed a nature like that when he created man and woman. Humans have abused power. They have exploited the vulnerable. They have coveted their neighbour’s possessions including their attractive spouses. And so on. Then why ask for forgiveness?

The piece concludes by invocating God to build ”our nation” as “One nation under God.” Here again, I have something to quarrel about. Isn’t the task of building a nation as one unity something belonging to its citizens? It is you and I who divide our nation and it is only you and I that can make a change of heart to unify the nation. Why pass the buck to God? God has already the onerous task of overseeing 7 or 8 billion people.

I have left the troubling question as to why the pastor wants to construct a nation “under God.” Aren’t there millions who do nor believe in a God and millions in the future who now believe but who may drop that belief in the future?

The writer can be reached at sjturaus@optusnet.com.au

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe

    1. “The thought was inspired by Socrates’ exhortation to humanity to keep our ideas constantly under scrutiny and not buy them without taking a good look. “An unexamined life is not worth living,” said Socrates.”

    “This email was sent to me by a Christian friend but it could as well have been shared by any God-believing religionist.”

    Thanks for the write up.

    2. “Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, “Woe to those who call evil good”, but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

”

    See what Brainwashing can do. Here is a case of Good Brainwashing.You can make them believe anything, except in the Theory of Evolution, and the 46 chromosomes in their bodies. Does the truth matter?

    3. “The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa and Korea.”

    “With the Lord’s help may this prayer sweep over our nation and whole-heartedly become our desire so that we again can be called: “one nation under God”

    That is what Wahhabies and ISIS wants to do, according to their version of God. Now they can use this to show what Western Values and Western Christianity is all about.

    4. “The deeper issue I have with this emailed piece is about seeking God’s forgiveness for the listed sins committed by us, humans. “

    “From a God-believer’s stance God had bequeathed a nature like that when he created man and woman. Humans have abused power. They have exploited the vulnerable. They have coveted their neighbour’s possessions including their attractive spouses. And so on. Then why ask for forgiveness?”

    Want to know about the Sins carried out by the Catholic Church over the past 20 centuries? It is given below.

    Hitchens DEMOLISHES the Catholic Church for All their sins

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAxgnd8mYr0

    EVOLUTION-Birth of Earth|Origin of Life Starting on earth . Was it for committing sins?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ui9eMr0xcGo

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe

      RE: A Prayer With Holes

      A Painting With Holes. Change the Title from the Last Supper to the Feast!

      Brought Before the Inquisition, 1573

      It was the summer of 1573 and Venetian painter Paolo Veronese was in trouble. Earlier in the year, Veronese had been commissioned to paint a depiction of the Last Supper for a convent in the city of Venice. The result was an extravagant rendering measuring fifteen feet in height and thirty-six feet in width. In addition to Christ and his disciples at dinner, the scene included jesters, dogs, cats, and Germans while excluding the presence of Mary Magdalene. The liberties that the artist took in interpreting an occasion fundamental to Christian faith triggered the displeasure of the city’s Holy Tribunal of the Inquisition. Charged with the task of maintaining the orthodoxy of the Church, the Tribunal summoned Paolo to appear before it on July 18 in order to explain his actions and to answer the charge of heresy.

      As he stood before his accusers, Paolo was acutely aware that he had to be careful in his response to their questions. His career and possibly his life were in jeopardy. The opening questions centered on the artist’s placing of a dog at the Last Supper instead of the usual depiction of Mary Magdalene. Paolo’s defense throughout his ordeal was that he was an artist and therefore included images at the periphery of his scene based on their visual and artistic contribution to his work and not on religious orthodoxy. At the conclusion of his interrogation, the Tribunal ordered the artist to change the elements of his painting that it found offensive.

      Chastised, Veronese nonetheless balked at the order to repaint the elements of his work deemed offensive. The artist sensed that the fundamental criticism of the Inquisition was that his painting trivialized a critical event in the New Testament. His solution was to change the title of his painting from The Last Supper to The Feast in the House of Levi without making any of the specific changes he had been ordered to make. He was apparently successful for he was not bothered again.

      “Do you know the reasons why you have been called here?”

      The original transcript of Paolo’s interrogation provides insight into the working of the Inquisition. We join Paolo as his interrogation begins:

      “This day, the eighteenth July, 1573. Called to the Holy Office before the Sacred Tribunal, Paolo Galliari Veronese, residing in the parish of S. Samuel, and being asked his name and surname, replied as above.

      Being asked as to his profession:

      Answer: I paint and make figures.

      Question: Do you know the reasons why you have been called here?

      Answer: No.

      Q. Can you imagine what these reasons may be?

      A. I can well imagine

      Q. Say what you think about them.

      A. I fancy that it concerns what was said to me by the reverend fathers, or rather by the prior of the monastery of San Giovanni e Paolo, whose name I did not know, but who informed me, that he had been here, and that your Most illustrious Lordships had ordered him to cause to be placed in the picture a Magdalen instead of the dog; and I answered him that very readily I would do all that was needful for my reputation and for the advantage of the picture; but that I did not understand what this figure of the Magdalen could be doing here.

      Q. What picture is that which you have named?

      A. It is the picture representing the last supper that Jesus took with his disciples in the house of Simon.

      Q. In this supper of Our Lord, have you painted any attendants?

      A. Yes, my lord

      Q. Say how many attendants and what each is doing.

      A. First, the master of the house, Simon; besides, I have placed below him a server, who I have supposed to have come for his own amusement to see the arrangement of the table. There are besides several others, which as there are so many figures in the picture, I do not recollect.

      Q. What is the meaning of the men dressed in the German fashion each with a halberd in his hand?

      A. It is now necessary I should say a few words.

      Q. Say on.

      A. We painters use the same license that is permitted to poets and jesters. I have placed these two halberdiers, one of them eating, the other drinking, by the staircase, but both ready to perform any duty that may be required of them: it seemed to me quite fitting that the master of such a house, who was as rich and as great as I have been told, should have such attendants.

      Q. And the one who is dressed like a buffoon with a parrot on his wrist – why did you introduce him into the canvas?

      A. For ornament, as is usually done.

      Q. Who are the people at the table of Our Lord?

      A. The twelve Apostles.

      Q. What is St. Peter doing, who is the first?

      A. He is carving a lamb to send to the other end of the table.

      Q. What is the one doing who comes next?

      A. He is holding a plate to see what St. Peter will give him?

      Q. What is he doing who is next to this last?

      A. He is picking his teeth with a fork.

      Q. Who do you really think were present at this supper?

      A. I believe Christ and his Apostles were present; but in the foreground of the picture I have placed figures as ornaments, of my own invention.

      Q. Were you commissioned to paint Germans and buffoons and such like figures in this picture?

      A. No, my lord: but I was commissioned to ornament the picture as I thought best, which, being large, to my mind requires many figures. . .

      Q. Does it not appear to you that. . . you have [not] done right in painting the picture in this manner, and that it can [not] be proved right and decent?

      A. illustrious lord, I do not defend it; but I thought I was doing right.

      The judges pronounced that the aforesaid Paolo should be obliged to correct the picture within three months from the date of the reprimand according to the judgments and the decision of the said Sacred Court, and altogether at the expense of the said Paolo.

      References:
      Crawford, Francis Marion, Gleanings from Venetian History (1905), reprinted in Routh, C. R. N., They Saw it Happen in Europe (1965); MacFall, Haldane, A History of Painting (1911).

      http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/inquisition.htm

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe

      RE: A Prayer With Holes

      6 Things to NEVER say to Christians

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNrCXgHaIc8

      Hemant Mehta

      1) Don’t make up simplistic reasons for why they believe
      2) Don’t dismiss religion so casually
      3) Don’t assume there’s one correct form of Christianity
      4) Don’t say religious people are stupid.
      5) Don’t say religion is a virus or mental illness.
      6) Don’t say Tax the Churches.

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        Shyamon Jayasinghe

        RE: A Prayer With Holes

        “We have reflected often on the vital need for an ongoing self-examination of the ideas and beliefs that we hold from time to time.”
        “Socrates’ exhortation to humanity to keep our ideas constantly under scrutiny and not buy them without taking a good look. “An unexamined life is not worth living,” said Socrates.”

        But still there are questions, that need clarification because of confusion.

        This guy says that O Christians! Give Just One Evidence from the Bible to the TRINITY!

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CfLbYZ9M-Q

        It is very similar to what Thomas Paine was claiming in the Age of Reason.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxX0bh671h4

        Then this guy says, 82% of the BIBLE Written By Paul! – Red Letter Bible!

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe

      RE: A Prayer With Holes

      RE: Minister Joe Wright

      “Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, “Woe to those who call evil good”, but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

”

      “We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
”

      “Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!”



      Let’s see, what the contrary opinions say…by Thomas Paine, American, about 225 years ago in the age of reason, about the New Testament, which Minister Joe Wright believes in. ( Does the Sun go around the Earth?).

      “Matthew says, that the angel that was sitting on the stone on the outside of the sepulcher told the two Marys that Chris was risen, and that the women went away quickly. Mark says, that the women upon seeing the stone rolled away, and wondering at it, went into the sepulchre, and that it was the angel that was sitting within on the right side, that told them so. Luke says, it was the two angels standing up; and John says, it was Jesus Christ himself that told it to Mary Magdalene; and that she did not go into the sepulchre, but only stooped down and looked in.”

      “now if the writers of these four books had gone into a court of justice to prove an alibi (for it is of the nature of an alibi that is here attempted to be proved,namely, the absence of a dead body by supernatural means), and had they given their evidence in the same contradictory manner as it is here given, they would have been in danger of having their ears cropt for perjury, and would have justly deserved it. Yet this is evidence, and these are the boks, that have been imposed upon the world as being given by by divine inspiration and as the unchangeable word of God”

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      A Prayer With Holes

      Shyamon Jayasinghe

      Brainwashing Tactics and Jewish Expectations

      WHY JESUS ISN’T THE MESSIAH (tbn one for israelmaoz messianic jews for jesus jewish voice igod.co.il

      The Jews are Still Waiting for the MESSIAH

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49l-g_TtGhI

      They say thee is no Installment Plan for a SECOND COMING.

      • Julius Ciss, who was involved in the “JEWS FOR JESUS” or “MESSIANIC JEWISH” movement for five years, from 1975 to 1980, responds to the Evangelical Christian claim that “Jesus is the Jewish messiah”. Why has Judaism rejected this assertion for 2,000 years? This short video explains how Jesus did not fulfill ANY of the messianic criteria cited in the Jewish Bible and therefore cannot be the Jewish Messiah!

      JEWS FOR JUDAISM counters Christian missionaries that target Jews, the impact of cults, eastern religions, assimilation and other challenges to Jewish continuity. We strengthen Jewish pride and identity and win back Jews who have been influenced by missionaries & cults. We offer FREE educational programs, materials & counseling that connect Jews to the spiritual depth, beauty, wisdom & truth of Judaism.

      Each year, over 1,000 Christian missionary groups spend $Millions targeting Jews. Over 500,000 Jews have been converted worldwide. To win Jews, missionaries present themselves as Jewish to entice Jews to convert to Christianity. They may call their clergy “rabbis” and their churches “messianic synagogues,” refer to Jesus Christ as Yeshua HaMashicah, ישוע המשיח or ישו הנוצרי and the New Testament as the Brit HaChadasha, הברית החדשה and their religion as Messianic Judaism or יהדות משיחית.

      While presenting Christianity in the guise of Judaism members of this movement may call themselves Jews for Jesus, Hebrew Christians, Messianic Jews, Messianic Jewish Christians or יהודים משיחיים to attract Jews. They often celebrate Jewish holidays with a Christian interpretation. They hold Shabbat services, wear Jewish skullcaps & prayer shawls to create the impression that a Jew can be a Christian and still maintain their Jewish identity. Using Torah Scrolls, Shabbat candle lighting, Hamotzei & Kiddush they make unaffiliated Jews feel comfortable & welcome in their churches. These missionaries operate widely over the Internet, TV & radio programs, run public events, distribute missionary literature in the streets and visit people at their home or work.

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    “From a God-believer’s stance God had bequeathed a nature like that when he created man and woman…. Then why ask for forgiveness?”

    God bequeathed free will, a moral conscience of what is right and wrong, and a subconscious understanding of the presence of a higher power.

    Forgiveness could therefore be asked for those who choose to abuse that free will, suppress their moral consciousness for their own selfish purposes and further deny the human subconscious awareness of the existence of a higher power – even if details of that power were not forthcoming.

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      Rizwan

      “God bequeathed free will, a moral conscience of what is right and wrong, and a subconscious understanding of the presence of a higher power.”

      I guess that is why Wahhabies and their clones, use their free will, to follow Satan, Iblis, devil and keep so much mayhem and killing.

      Devil (Islam)

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil_(Islam)

      In Islam, the Devil is known as Iblīs (Arabic: إبليس‎, plural: ابالسة abālisah), Shayṭān (Arabic: شيطان‎, plural: شياطين shayāṭīn) or Shaitan. In Islam, Iblis is a jinni who refused to bow for Adam.

      The primary characteristic of the Devil is hubris.[1] His primary activity is to incite humans and jinn to commit evil through deception, which is referred to as “whispering into the hearts”.[2] The Quran mentions that Satans are the assistants of those who disbelieve in God: “We have made the evil ones friends to those without faith.

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    RIZWAN. Do we really have free will or do we not? This is a hugely debated question and there is no consensus. Are the decisions we take free of internal or external compulsion? If they are not, then we have no free will. Freud pointed out in his clinical studies that man is besieged by many internal or unconscious processes in the mind that determines his behaviour. There are those like Skinner who argue that environmental pressures work on our behaviour,that do not make us persons with free will.

    New “threats” to the possibility of free will have come from fields such as neuroscience and genetics. Many neuroscientists, armed with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and other brain scanning tools, argue that, now that we can peer into the brain, we can see that there is no “agent” there making choices. John Searle (1997) approaches consciousness from a biological perspective and argues that the brain is no more free than is the liver or the stomach. Geneticists are discovering that many psychological experiences are linked with gene-environment interactions, such that people with a specific gene are more likely to react in a certain way. For example, van Roekel et al. (2013) found that girls with a specific oxytocin receptor gene felt more lonely in the presence of judgmental friends than did girls without this gene.
    These results suggest that at least some of what we perceive as “free” responses are really determined by our biology, our environment, or both.

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    Brilliant note and sum up Shyamon Jayasinghe on free will

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    It is indeed possible that our choices are wholly compelled by our particular biological and environmental circumstances.

    And thus free will could all be an illusion. But then again what does it matter?

    We still perceive that we have choice and further we perceive to take to take responsibility for these choices. We perceive, within this illusion, that choice is not compulsion. I think this perception is what eventually matters.

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    RIZWAN perception is a subjective thing-in the mind of the perceiver. Even a mental patient perceives he is a king. Is he a king?

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      Even in the case of a mental patient believing himself to be a king it is still a free opinion made within the confines of his circumstances. Why is this a problem?

      From a Quranic perspective there can be no injustice done on any soul by God’s judgment. For this reason judgment must be based on the subjective views of the individual.

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    I thought Mr Jayasinghe’s prayers were answered when RW became PM !

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe

    RE:A Prayer With Holes : Do they Still Kill Adulters in America?

    Adultery Puritan America 1641. Puritan American “Wahhabis” before Saudi Wahhabies Time?

    [Edited out]

    @Amarasiri, Please stop copy and paste articles here; please write your opinion – CT

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe

      Adultery Puritan America 1641. Puritan American “Wahhabis” before Saudi Wahhabies Time? They killed them.

      No Difference. The Christians were the Wahhabis of an Earlier Era, with Stoning to death Adulteress based on the Bible.

      The Kentucky Guy may be he wants to stone to death .

      The Only difference is that the Current Wahhabis are 500 years behind the Christian West..

      History gives support for this hypothesis..

      What saved America was the Separation of Church and State… and must thank Thomas Jefferson..and others.

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        Shyamon Jayasinghe

        Top 10 Things The Bible Forbids Besides Homosexuality. It is there in the Holy Bible!

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6cb0GNc1WY&feature=youtu.be

        Bible verses used:
        Leviticus 11:7-8
        Leviticus 10-11
        Leviticus 19:27
        Leviticus 19:16
        Leviticus 19:28
        1 Corinthians 14:34-35
        Deuteronomy 25:11-12
        Deuteronomy 22:20-21
        Exodus 31:14-15
        Exodus 21:17
        Deuteronomy 23:1

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    1. To RIZWAN. The mental patient you refer is obviously ‘believing’ under delusional internal compulsive forces. Furthermore, anyone acting within the framework of ‘confines,’ isn’t free.
    I don’t go by so-called ‘holy books,’ belonging to any faith.I try to use my reason and the material evidence before me. One does not need any ‘holy books.
    2. To HARRY HATTON. My prayers will be answered when our people are free to express themselves, to criticise and when they enjoy decent standards of life. Towards this end I will continue to write. Yes, Ranil is a great replacement in the political landscape;but we have to be watchful against spoiling. We are on a journey that is never complete.

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    “If My people (referring to Christians) will turn from their wicked ways and seek My face, then will I hear from heaven and heal their nation”.

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      k.soysa

      Why is it that God is geographically focused only on the Middle East?

      It is because of the Mesopotamian Civilization 9,000 years ago, which spread out?

      Is that the reason for the great flood?

      Why not the Indus valley, the Nile Valley or somewhere in China?

      Did Adam and Eve have 46 Chromosomes or 48?

      The Answer is blowin’ in the wind…

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        God is not focused on ONLY the Middle East. Whatever gave you that idea? You can see Him everywhere on earth and the Universe. If you read Genesis 1:1 to 2:1., you will have some understanding.

        The Mesopotamian civilization came after the floods.

        The reason for the Great Flood is described in great detail in Genesis 6. Gen. 7, 8 and 9 is also relevant.

        The Floods covered the entire face of the earth.

        I do not think anyone knows how many chromosomes Adam and Eve had. But The Creator God knows as He put the required chromosomes in place.

        No, sir. The answer is NOT by any means “blowing in the wind”. ALL answers to ALL questions are very specifically stated in the Holy Bible. If one reads it diligently and with an OPEN heart, he/she will know the truth and the truth will set him/her free.

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          Ksoysa
          I have not seen the Bible mentioning China, Australia, or even South America. The furthest place from Palestine mentioned by name in the Bible is Abyssinia (Ethiopia).There are vague references to the East.
          As Amarasiri says, the Bible is very much centered in the Middle East.
          There is absolutey no scientific evidence of a global flood, though there are signs of local floods in Mesopotamia.

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          k.soysa

          1. “The Mesopotamian civilization came after the floods.”

          Floods came 6,000 years ago. Mesopotamian civilization came 10,000 years ago.

          2. “The Floods covered the entire face of the earth. “

          There is not enough water to cover up to Mount Everest. However, if the Earth was flat, it makes sense. Was the Earth Flat 6,000 years ago?

          3. “I do not think anyone knows how many chromosomes Adam and Eve had. But The Creator God knows as He put the required chromosomes in place.”

          If Adam and Eve were the First humans, then they must have 46 chromosomes, like all the present day humans. Did the great Apes, with 48 Chromosomes, the Primates, also come from Adam and Eve?

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          k.soysa

          “No, sir. The answer is NOT by any means “blowing in the wind”. ALL answers to ALL questions are very specifically stated in the Holy Bible. If one reads it diligently and with an OPEN heart, he/she will know the truth and the truth will set him/her free.”

          Let’s see, what the contrary opinions say…by Thomas Paine, American, about 225 years ago in the age of reason, about the New Testament, which Minister Joe Wright believes in. ( Does the Sun go around the Earth?).

          “Matthew says, that the angel that was sitting on the stone on the outside of the sepulcher told the two Marys that Chris was risen, and that the women went away quickly. Mark says, that the women upon seeing the stone rolled away, and wondering at it, went into the sepulchre, and that it was the angel that was sitting within on the right side, that told them so. Luke says, it was the two angels standing up; and John says, it was Jesus Christ himself that told it to Mary Magdalene; and that she did not go into the sepulchre, but only stooped down and looked in.”

          “now if the writers of these four books had gone into a court of justice to prove an alibi (for it is of the nature of an alibi that is here attempted to be proved,namely, the absence of a dead body by supernatural means), and had they given their evidence in the same contradictory manner as it is here given, they would have been in danger of having their ears cropt for perjury, and would have justly deserved it. Yet this is evidence, and these are the boks, that have been imposed upon the world as being given by by divine inspiration and as the unchangeable word of God”

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            As expected, comments by me in response to my old friend Shaymon has resulted in several exuberant readers reacting to these comments in varied ways! Some are cynical and most are from those who do not believe in Christ’s Salvation. There are comments on Chromosome numbers, the age of the Planet Earth etc. But one comment I wish to make in response to Mr. Amarasiri’s last para that there is conflict in the four Gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John in the description of the Resurrection of the Saviour Jesus. Yes, so it appears. But let me quote what the Apostle Paul says in I Cor. 1: 17. He says, “For Christ did not send me to Baptize but to preach the Gospel, not with the wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect”. The rest of that Chapter goes on to say that the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God”. God further says He will destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise, where is the prudent, where is the disputer of this age?’.

            What is most pertinent is what is said in Verse 21. “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God”…… IS THIS NOT THE CASE IN THE WORLD TODAY? Shaymon starts the dialogue quoting a prayer based on the Ten Commandments. Every one of these Commandments we break daily. Is that not so?? If with all the wisdom we claim to have, and if we adhered to the Laws, wont our social structure be so different? Will there be terror, cheating, murder, stealing, raging anger, abuse of women and children, to name a few? Throughout the world, there is sheer, callous greed and pride and anger. Is it not so? THIS IS WHY JESUS CHRIST CAME TO THE WORLD, TAUGHT, DIED ON THE CROSS AND WAS RAISED. The details which are legally debatable is not important. What is important is that He came to save us from sin. Will you believe that and accept Him?

            I and many believe. Why? Because Jesus lives, and lives in our hearts. May the Lord God bless us all in 2016.

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              k.soysa

              “Some are cynical and most are from those who do not believe in Christ’s Salvation. There are comments on Chromosome numbers, the age of the Planet Earth etc. But one comment I wish to make in response to Mr. Amarasiri’s last para that there is conflict in the four Gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John in the description of the Resurrection of the Saviour Jesus. Yes, so it appears. But let me quote what the Apostle Paul says in I Cor. 1: 17.”

              The Muslims have a different belief and opinion on Jesus. He was a Prophet. Both the Bible, Old and New, and the Quran have absurdities. It is not absurd for the believers, because, it is part of the brainwashing.

              Hitchens on the Tedious Absurdities of Islam

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uZb8wxIEJc

              Published on Oct 8, 2014

              When it comes to Islam, I criticize the ideology AND its followers. I can’t understand how anyone could take a good look at Islamic texts and tenets and come to the conclusion that they’re in any way tolerable let alone great! I don’t advocate or condone violence, but I am compelled to call a spade a spade. I don’t care if these people are brainwashed — they should know better. No ideology can be active without adherents. I hold PEOPLE accountable for embracing barbaric ideology. You can defend moderate Muslims all you want, but at the end of the day, they worship a tyrannical deity mechanism that operates on mind control and the threat of torture. They may not say it out loud, they may claim otherwise, but they will at least acknowledge that Islam means ‘submission’. Submission is always a bad idea. Submission leads to fascism.

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              k.soysa

              RE:A Prayer With Holes

              Multiple Holes!

              Will the truth be exposed, the fabrications be exposed, the way Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler exposed Joshua?

              The True Core Of The Jesus Myth and Other Myths be Exposed?

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXAGpCTiGlQ

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          k.soysa

          Here is some information about the Earth that is closer to the truth than the Myths in the Bible.

          Earth From Space Full HD Nova

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU0GhTmZhrs

          Published on Jul 15, 2014
          Earth From Space Full HD Nova

          The groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustains life on earth.

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    Mr. Jayasinghe,

    Sir, you have stated that free will may not really be free based on scientific research. I concede that this may or may not be true, but it would be irrelevant as the individual perceives that he/she has choice and thus engages in and accepts the consequences of those choices.

    From the perspective of the individual the choice exists – the individual is not compelled. Just like you were presumably not compelled to write this article nor I compelled to reply to it.

    I do not understand why this understanding cannot also be applied to a mental patient. What difference is there? I’m not sure I understand your point!

    My mentioning of the Quran was to caveat what I immediately stated afterward, i.e. God’s judgment must be based on the subjective perspective of the individual. The caveat is because not every God believer accepts the same.

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    Holy books are creating havoc in the world. Can’t we burn them and have a bonfire in every capital of the world?

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    RIZWAN. Thanks for your participation. A mental patient faced between jumping onto a moving train and avoiding that may decide to exercise the former choice. In this case he perceives he has made a choice freely.The fact here is that presumably in reality he has not exercised that choice freely because he did so under a delusional state of internal compulsion. He is not aware of the fact of his illness so he thinks he has made a free choice. But it is no free choice. Most of us make choices in life unknowing the various internal or external or dual restraining circumstances. We perceive we have made a free choice but in fact we haven’t.

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    When the Jihadist kills an opponent brutally he cries:”Allahu Akbar!” He thinks he has made a free choice but the reality is his action is preconditioned by a long period of brainwashing. He is really a robot who carries out a murder with no independent thought

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    It is amusing that Shyamon Jayasinghe’s gibberish had drawn so many supportive comments from like-minded plastic intellectuals. Acting on the give-back prompt of New Year etc, here’s my comment.

    [Edited out]

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    Thousands are supposed to have demanded the prayer. Shows how gullible people are. Shyamon J has beautifully blasted the prayer. This is an outstanding writer who can call a spade a spade

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    Resorting to a God and prayers to the latter means we are not taking responsibility for our actions

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