15 December, 2019

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The Star Of The Bethlehem

By Ranil Wijeyesekera

Ranil Wijeyesekera

Ranil Wijeyesekera

The star of Bethlehem is important to the Christian Faith. It involves the wise men who probably came from different cultural background. The incarnate Jesus experienced all trials and sufferings of man. The wise men blessing and gifts denotes their experience coalesced  with Jesus giving a worldwide blessing to the King of Kings. The Bethlehem Star shows that even the stars acknowledged the saviors’ of the world’s birth.

Predestination, incarnation had a role to play in God’s Plan before the Creation of the World. We should understand the son of man, Jesus is hundred percent divine and hundred percent human. Jesus Birth, life and death and resurrection were the cornerstone in God’s Plan of a New Creation.  Let us consider this in the background of Jesus’ birth and life. Permit me to meditate on the word of God. Let us test theories and prove them in life’s journey with the prompting of the Holy Spirit..

Jesus the word was present at Creation. The Universe was created by the Word spoken by God. God the Holy Spirit was also present at Creation. The Father, Son and Holy Ghost are divine and equally God. There are no other Gods. Satan is Lucifer a fallen Arch Angel and a created being. The Trinity are not created beings but were always in existence.

The Trinity consisting of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit act as the perfect team sharing in Creation, Saving Grace and Sustaining. Each of us is uniquely knit and molded in the Womb with a Divine purpose in mind. God knows what everyone will do even as he gave us free will. He will however make use of all of us to further reach nearer his Divine Plan. Likewise Gods plan include a multi ethnic and multi cultural society. Man is called to multiply and reach the furthermost places on Earth. Different locations call for different groups to adjust for the conditions on the ground. God promised Abraham to be a Father to many nations. The Jew and Arab have been a Blessing in many ways to all of us. Christians are as Abrahams spiritual children are blessed and have become a Blessing to many. The wise men are example where the east and west meet. All cultures kneeled down to Jesus.

The Organic Church, Christ’s Bride and Members of the Body of Christ act to complement each other and use their Spiritual gifts to combine in a effectiveness much more than the sum of each individual part. The Trinity likewise is the perfect complement of each other and is in perfect harmony. Christ is coming again to Judge the Resurrected people. People of all Tribes and Nations will populate the New Heaven and Earth ruling as Joint Heirs of God.

God’s intervention is always timely. He acts at the right place and at the right time. The Scriptures foretell of a Savior the purest possible sacrifice for all our sins. Incarnate and transformed, God became man through Mary and the Holy Spirit. His teaching confirmed His firm grounding of scripture, and knowledge of people and their trades which he used to tell us eternal truths through parables.

Jesus the Word became incarnate man. He gave up the qualities of Omnipotence, Omnipresence and Omniscience and became a baby in a carpenter’s household. To be able to shed all powers was the most difficult thing to do in Heaven and Earth. The star of Bethlehem was above the lowly Stable that Jesus was born. Christmas is disputed to occur in winter or spring. It is celebrated on 25th December. This was an earth shattering moment where the all powerful God became the Suffering servant.

We are elected. It is foreordained. All things are predestinated. Jesus Christ never disobeyed. All events were foreordained in Christ’s   life that the sinless Divine Sacrifice is the saving of the Many.

God created the stars and it was good. The Jews had a belief that the stars foretell events in the future. When the wise men spoke to King Herod that a Messiah was to be born and that it was shown in the stars he  believed.  Are stars made by God to control the future?  Is the future foreordained? The best answer was Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection and other important events. Are they fixed in the stars? Did the wise men see the Glorious future? Can man divine what the stars foretell?  The answer is no. Any attempts in the use of the occult are forbidden and causes Death. Complications make it impossible. Does man interfere with God’s plan? Yes and I firmly believe that man’s disobedience is such interference. It is our struggle to master the mysteries of creation and the distorting creation itself. An example is that the occult when helping a man to win a desire will always cause other complications in body, mind and soul which include eternal damnation. The effects of the occult on earth, environment and universe itself are detrimental and immense. God’s plan is absolutely fool proof. It optimizes different factors giving us and our world the best possible solution. Man’s body, mind and heart dwell in perfect harmony.

Who were the wise men. There is a theory that their origins are in Babylon. Daniel was truly a man of God. When he demonstrated the power  of God and he was made the leader of the wise men. This would have a lasting impact on the occult. The wise men were taught to accept the good in Culture and renounce what is not in harmony with Gods Word. This had a lasting impact on the Truth.

The Devil acts through the occult. Fallen man accesses Satan and his Demons through the Occult. We Christians have access to the gifts of the Spirit which are superior to the occult. We must pray that disembodied spirits are laid to rest. We are blessed to be a blessing to other. In a fallen world where divination, astrology and vastu vidya(equivalent to feng shui)  prevail we are to be the light to the Nations. Miracles, Healings and Prophecy and signs and wonders show unbelievers the truth. It is not for us to be critical regarding cultural practices and rites but by a demonstration of the Power of the Holy Spirit be a living example of the Truths. Culture and world view must be transformed where it is necessary.  We should pray for evangelism and Revival. Every effort should be made for us to mature in Christ and obtain the Fruits of the Spirit.

Jesus Christ’s life was always a sacrifice.  The sacrifices in the Old Testament were carried out in the Temple and surrounding. The Tabernacle was the place of sacrifice before the Temple. Killing of animals in temple premises on sanctified Holy ground, adopting methods of draining Blood and pouring it at the Alter caused the animals to die at peace. They were the atonement of sin in the Old Testament. The Blood is then offered to God in the Temples Holiest of Holies, to cancel our sins. In the New Testament Jesus came and died for sins. He was the perfect divine Lamb to be sacrificed for us. He died for us and his sacrificial blood was poured in the Alter in Heaven.  We believe the temple is under Gods guidance to King David was built like Heaven.

Jesus Christ’s life was an example of that. The wise men saw Jesus Christ’s life in the position of the stars and Planets. He was tempted, experienced many emotions and trials of man. He was tried unjustly, whipped, scorned and crucified. He never swayed from the task before him to die for the sins of the whole World. Jesus was a pure sacrifice for all our sins past, present and future. He had no anger or hate when undergoing physical, mental and spiritual pain, even the pain of separation from The Father because of sin. Mary was also from Bethlehem. Joseph was from Bethlehem of Judah. Jesus a descendent of King David as promised in the Old Testament. Pregnant Jewish women spent their confinement in reading Holy Scripture, prayer and spiritual song. Mary would have practiced these customs. This was especially so during some months of the confinement. She would have participated in different festivals of first fruit of wheat Barley, Figs and Grapes etc. She spent time in the synagogue with Elizabeth and Zechariahs. Here we read about the Magnificent and the baby leaping in the womb.

The Census organized tribes and sub tribes to home towns. Here people of the same relations were grouped together during the Birth of Jesus.  All the families whose fore fathers were from Bethlehem gathered there. Mary, Joseph and other travelers to Bethlehem, the donkey and the wilderness merged together, as they traveled in fear. They passed through David’s valley of the shadow of death in their journey from Galilee to Judah. It is well known that fear helps to unite and strengthen people facing it together. We believe there would have been singing of Psalms etc., during that journey. Bethlehem was crowded and overflowing. At Jesus’ Birth the town was packed with people. The building where Jesus was born was a stable that was eco friendly Material. The smell of cow dung and sheep dung, the company of animals, shepherds and the wise men at Christ’s Birth and Angels guarding Him confirms the best place and time for a Messiah. It also showed events following each other a foreordained. The journey through life for Jesus was predestined to become hundred percent man.

He was born at midnight. At midnight the world is asleep, the animals surrounded Jesus Christ at the time.  The Birth place of Jesus was close to Jerusalem and Judea. The Holy land had an  earth Fault below the surface of the earth. There is latent seismic activity beneath the surface. The Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee are among the deepest points on the earth. The land from the Hills of Bethlehem to the river Jordan and Dead Sea are probably the steepest change in elevation. The stars or planets coming into line can affect seismic activity underground. This also affects the weather. Such activity may have its impact on the genetic make up of man. This may have being part of Gods plan to make Jesus hundred percent  Divine and Human.

The time of Jesus’ Birth was also during the Greek Empire followed by the Roman Empire helping Globalization. Greek Philosophy and Eastern Philosophers mingled in the Middle East a central or transit point. The East wind was a strong wind changing vegetation carving mountains. The Mediterranean Seas meant warm winds.

Wise men with knowledge in astrology saw Jesus’ Birth, Death and Resurrection in the stars. They followed the star to Bethlehem and paid homage to Jesus with gifts and worshipped and blessed Him. All things in earth influenced the divine mind making Him truly a son of man and a Son of God.

God the Father planed the minute details in Jesus birth and life for him to become the Savior of the World. Jesus obeyed in every way Gods plan and fulfilled the scriptures in his life’s journey. The servant leader showed us by example how abundant life should be lived. Jesus in his life and death revealed God to us. His life of service is a role model for us all.

The Jewish faith was instructed by God to care for the widow, the orphan and the alien. They however believed in a false holiness restricted to an elite social group. The Jews  were extremely judgmental. Jesus Christ  reached out in healing  to the sick and the handicapped , touched the leper and the dead in healing which was prohibited and ate and fellowshipped with the drunkard, the tax collector who were considered the dregs of society of that time. He exorcised the demon possessed. He reached out to prostitutes with divine forgiveness and gave women a place in society where they were treated very badly.

Shouldn’t we follow his example in Sri Lanka? Let us reach out to people of different culture,religion,ethnicity,race,age, caste and gender. Justice and restitution is called for. We shouldn’t let our predijuces on minor differences color our thinking and be influenced by opportunities who seek to gain by creating dissension between groups. Let each of us participate in Pirith ceremonies and  Christian cell group meetings and not think that the others  are sinners. Jesus fellowshipped with the sinners as it was the sinners who needed help.

Adam sinned and was the cause of the death of many. Jesus died sinless and caused the eternal Life of Many. The Wise men followed the Star of Bethlehem and found the Babe who is the King of Kings, our Savior, Intercessor,  our Judge and Advocate. Jesus Christ is coming again at the end of time.

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    Yes Tamils died because the evil of Gota

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      Dear Ranil Wijesekera,

      The Process of non-thinking, called Faith. Please use your Natural Selection brain, and it can reveal a lot, not blind faith.

      Is Jesus a Zealot, a freedom fighter, who wanted freedom from the Romans.

      1. Interview with Reza Aslan, Author of ‘Zealot’

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL6E4eMX-4k

      2. Is the Universe Infinite? We don’t Know

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yD1qAEeyets

      3. Is the Universe Full of Life? (313)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiN_h_353G0

      4. The God Delusion

      The Process of non-thinking, called Faith.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FiHRVb_uE0

      Published on Jun 16, 2012
      http://www.facebook.com/ScientificUnity

      The Root of All Evil?, later retitled The God Delusion, is a television documentary written and presented by Richard Dawkins in which he argues that humanity would be better off without religion or belief in God.

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        Dear Ranil Wijesekera,

        Here are some ideas for your thoughts. We are all star dust, star matter from the Supernovas. Enjoy.

        Neil DeGrasse Tyson – Greatest Sermon Ever

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RjW5-4IiSc

        Uploaded on Apr 24, 2009
        2006 Neil deGrasse Tyson closes the three day lecture series with an excellent final “sermon” on cosmic perspective and the impact of science. Notice Dawkins in the audience.

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        Richard Dawkins, ‘God Delusion’ ..

        ‘The fool says in his heart “There is no God”.

        They are corrupt and their ways are vile’.

        (ps.53.Holy Bible)

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    Churches we’re destroyed because of evil of BBS

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    Jesus was just one prophet but not the most important one. Mohammed (PBUH) was the real prophet Jesus foretold.

    Christians like Muslims in SL are misled people due to Hindu influence of stars, astrology, alien worship and other nonsense. Come back to the fold. True Christianity and true Islam is Wahabism. Follow it for truth.

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      Muslims and Christians are bigots and fanatics. Naturally, they have caused more problems in the world, in history than others. They are so blinded by their organized religions that they are not able to see the essential spirituality in all religious teachings, apart from theirs. I not referring to the deeper, spiritual teachings that the prophets have taught and which has been tampered with by the fanatics.

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      You are right – Jesus was not the most important prophet. He was God incarnated.
      Jesus DID NOT foretell of any prophet. He said I AM the TRUTH I AM the LIFE and I AM the WAY.

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      Is it this ‘truth’ you follow that teaches you to slander and curse – specially our Tamil friends?

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      FATHIMA, OOOPS-A-DAISY !! LOOKS LIKE I GOTTA CATCH UP A TAD ON MY READING. DO TELL ME THE SOURCE FROM WHICH YOU GOT THAT THING ABOUT ” MOHAMMED WAS THE REAL PROPHET JESUS FORETOLD”.

      GOD HELP US ALL IF IT IS A CHRISTIAN SOURCE UNLIKE THE JUDAS GOSPEL.

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    bullshit!!

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    The star of Bethlehem is said by astronomers to have been a comet.

    The Gospel of Judas tells a different tale.
    Only Judas understood the mission of Jesus,and hence he was the favourite disciple of Jesus.
    When Jesus wished to quit his earthly body and join his father in heaven,he commanded Judas to betray him to the romans.
    Judas did as commanded,but out of remorse,hung himself.

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      LO JUSTICE,

      ANY IDEA WHY YESHUA SAID OF JUDAS ‘ BETTER THAT THAT MAN WERE NEVER CONCEIVED IN HIS MOTHER’S WOMB ?”” ONLY JUDAS UNDERSTOOD THE MISSION OF YESHUA ? COME,COWE, ONLY THE BIBLE AUTHORITATIVELY TELLS US ALL THAT IS NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MISSION OF YESHUA.

      “FAVOURITE DISCIPLE OF JESUS ?”

      IMPOSSIBLE ” THE POPE IS…AT LEAST HE SAYS SO. I AM THE NEXT AND I HAVE STILL NOT PUBLISHED MY GOSPEL. I AM MARK ANTHONY , REINCARNATED, SEE ?

      HOW GOOFY AND EASILY MISLED WE ARE !

      YOU ARE SAYING THAT YESHUA IN FACT IMPOSED A CURSE OF LOSS OF SALVATION ON JUDAS.THAT DEBUNKS THE ENTIRE BIBLE. YOU’RE QUITE A CHAP,EXTREMELY BRAVE, OR DEMON DRIVEN LIKE JUDAS TO EVEN CONCEIVE OF SUCH A MONSTROUS THINK.IT FAIRLY DEMONISES YESHUA
      AND MAKES A MOCKERY OF CALVARY. I WONDER IF YOU FULLY UNDERSTAND WHATT A BLASPHEMOUS UTTERANCE YOU HAVE MADE.

      DON’T GET ME WRONG. I’M IN NO WAY A RELIGIOUS PERSON. SOUNDS TO ME THAT YOU HAVE NOT UNDERSTOOD THE JUDAS GOSPEL.

      I’M NO GREAT SHAKES WHEN IT COMES TO KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THESE THINGS. BU T THIS MUCH I KNOW BEYOND A SHADOW OF DOUBT, AND IT’S A THING OF THE SPIRIT , NOT OF MENTAL OR INTELLECTUAL PERCEPTION OR PERSUASION, THAT YESHUA IS EVERYTHING THAT THE BIBLE SAYS HE IS.

      I DO BELIEVE THAT SPIRITUAL TRUTH CANNOT BE REALIZE BY THE SENSES, THE MIN, THE INTELLECT. BUT MAYBE THIS I NOT THE FORUM FOR SUCH DISCUSSION.

      AND OF COURSE THE BIBLE ITSELF SAYS THERE’S NO POINT IN “ENTERING INTO VAIN CONTENTIONS”…DISCUSSION THAT LEADS NOWHERE.

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    According to the Late Prof Stephan Hawking, there is no need of a good to create the Universe.

    Because big bang is happening in every moment.

    If the god were intelligent why did he create SATAN the LUCIFER ?

    Jesus Christ was nailed on the cross according to the law in those days. That is how the Traitors to the kingdom were punished. Later romans themselves made Jesus a celebrity.

    that is how a political religion was born in the middle east.

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      Nowhere in the Bible or Koran says the God had created Satan.

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        i am no muslim, Buddhist

        Read about Satan of Abrahamic Religions and Mara of Buddhism. Looks like they were bothers or cousins in some previous “Birth”

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satan

        Satan (Hebrew: הַשָּׂטָן ha-Satan, “the accuser,”[1]) is a character appearing in the texts of the Abrahamic religions,[2][3] who personifies evil and temptation, and is known as the deceiver that leads humanity astray. The term is often applied to an angel who fell out of favor with God, seducing humanity into the ways of sin, and who now rules over the fallen world.

        Satan is primarily understood as an “accuser” or “adversary” in the Hebrew Bible, and is not necessarily the personification of evil that he would become in later Abrahamic religions. In the New Testament, Satan is a name that refers to a decidedly malevolent entity (devil) who possesses demonic god-like qualities. In Theistic Satanism, Satan is considered a positive force and deity who is either worshipped or revered. In LaVeyan Satanism, Satan is regarded as holding virtuous characteristics.[4][5]

        Read about Mara

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mara_(demon)

        Mara (Sanskrit, also Māra; Tibetan Wylie: bdud; Burmese: မာရ်နတ်; Thai: มาร), in Buddhism, is the demon that tempted Gautama Buddha by trying to seduce him with the vision of beautiful women who, in various legends, are often said to be Mara’s daughters.[1] In Buddhist cosmology, Mara personifies unwholesome impulses, unskillfulness, the “death” of the spiritual life. He is a tempter, distracting humans from practicing the spiritual life by making mundane things alluring, or the negative seem positive.

        The early Buddhists, however, rather than seeing Mara as a demonic, virtually all-powerful Lord of Evil, regarded him as more of a nuisance. Many episodes concerning his interactions with the Buddha have a decidedly humorous air to them.

        In traditional Buddhism four senses of the word “mara” are given.

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        Amarasiri,
        Sura 22, verses 52 and 53 of the Koran says; “but God shall bring to naught that which Satan had suggested. Thus, shall God affirm his revelations, for God is all knowing, Wise. That he may make that which Satan hath injected, a trial to those in whose hearts is a disease, and whose hearts are hardened.” There I suppose Satan is like angel Gabriel and not a man like entity.

        Genesis 2 says Adam had partaken fruit from the tree the God had not allowed him. Rather than take responsibility for his actions, the first man points the finger of blame at the woman (Eva) saying; “That woman that you made for me gave me the fruit and I ate it.” When God turns to the woman, she said; “It wasn’t my fault, the serpent (Satan) tempted me.” And the God cursed the serpent (Satan), the woman, the man, and condemns all of man’s future offspring to be “fallen” and “sinners.” And don’t forget, Jesus came to this world to get us out of that sin. There Satan appears to be a physical entity.

        In Buddhism too Mara has come in many forms at very many instances even in the life of Buddha. Not even once physically but as psychic phenomenon.

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      ‘Dawkins Tells Atheists to Mock Religion with Contempt’- YouTube

      (RZIM)

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        Sandy,

        Richard Dawkins: Militant atheism

        Use your intelligence, to make your conclusion.

        Does the Sun go around the Earth? 25% of the Americans and Europeans think so.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxGMqKCcN6A

        Uploaded on Apr 15, 2008
        http://www.ted.com Biologist Richard Dawkins launches into a full-on appeal for atheists to make public their beliefs and to aggressively fight the incursion of religion into politics and education. Dawkins’ scornful tone drew strongly mixed reactions from the audience; some stood and applauded his courage. Others wondered whether his strident approach could do more harm than good. Dawkins went on to publish The God Delusion and become perhaps the world’s best-known atheist.

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          Mr. Amarasiri.

          When you know that you truly know something, you don’t need to go around asking for opinions and seeking ‘more truth’..There was a time I did. The Truth I believe in for certain is a Person, The Lord Jesus Christ. You can find out His Message in the Bible, if you so wish to.. you might compare it with Richard Dawkins message, for instance.

          Matthew.11.25 Jesus said “Thank You,Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to little children.. Yes Father, for this was Your good pleasure.

          ..Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest…learn from Me..I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls..”

          May I ask you.. has Richard Dawkin’s message brought you

          peace and inner rest?

          God Bless you!

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            have an open mind and access the following …they have “Ask the Scholar” sections where one can pose questions and clarify… very helpful for people in doubt….

            1. http://www.themodernreligion.com (check the topics on embryology, Astronomy and science)

            2.www.Islamicity.com (check how many are reverting on a daily basis in USA a ticker on the left side tell of new reverts.)

            3.www.islamonline.net/english ( current events and edicts)

            Happy reading…. also check on reverts stories…. interesting and intriguing too

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      JIM,

      A POLITICAL RELIGION WAS BORN IN ROME WHEN CONSTANTINE IMPOSED CONVERSION ON THE ROMANS.. IT WAS THE ONLY WAY TO RETAIN SOME CONTROL OVER THE SPREAD OF CHRISTIANITY WHICH WAS ASSUMING RAMPANT PROPORTIONS.AND DUE TO THE POWER ROME COMMANDED AT THAT TIME THE RELIGION WAS CALLED ROMAN CATHOLICISM… AT BEST WITH LOADS OF ABERRATIONS WHEN SEEN IN THE CONTEXT OF THE BIBLE.

      PURE CHRISTIANITY WAS BIRTHED ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST, WHICH IS WHY THOSE WHO FOLLOW THAT PERSUASION CALL THEMSELVES PENTECOSTALS.BUT AS IT IS WITH EVERYTHING IN THIS WORLD THERE IS A COUNTERFEIT FOR EVERY REALITY.

      ONE AGAIN, AS I SAID IT BEFORE OF THE CT’S SLOGAN ” TRUTH IS A PROCESS”. IT SEEMS HOWEVER THAT THIS PROCESS SOMETIMES ASSUMES CONFRONTATIONAL PROPORTIONS.

      THE JUDAS GOSPEL TO ME IS SHEER CRAP…I’LL SAY THAT ON THE ROOFTOPS.

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        Whether you like it or not the Christianity at hand is the one that Paul or Saul wrote first and thereafter refined by Constantine and his Pope.

        But what you wrote is not true. There was no one Christianity.
        Scholers say people were pious and practiced their religion freely. But there had been hundreds of Gospels at the time Constantine became a Christian convert.

        So, constantine accepted only four of it to simplyfy it. All others were discarded as apocryphal and heresy. In his book “A World Lit Only by Fire – The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance” renowned author William Manchester says that “in the fourth century, Emperor Constantine, the first Roman Emperor to become a Christian, had over 3000 Christians executed because their interpretation of the Bible did not agree with his.” And, those who dare continue to follow other than the accepted four had to pay the ultimate price. That along show Christianity wasn’t one religion then.

        It is obvious then this Abraham’s God has not brought peace to anyone anywhere in this world to date.

        Tell us what kind of Gospel your ‘PENTECOSTALS’ believe in?

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      Late Prof. Stephen Hawking says the self-advertising wise guy going as
      Jim Softy??? I thought the good Professor is still around unless this
      Jungle Jim has used a yakko Medamulana army of drug-traffickers to kill
      him. Keep to learning, Jimmy – the idiot. Teaching is too hefty a job for a guy with your pea brain.

      F-Word

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      Jesus was not crucified, he was raised to heaven and a body double named Judas was crucified..

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    wtf ?

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      wtf= where’s the food ? :P

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    Ranil Wijeyesekera,
    Great deals of astronomy that we now accept as truth are not the disclosures by the God, the Bibles or the Koran. A point on the equator of Earth moves around its axis at 1,000 miles an hour. The Earth moves 67,000 miles an hour in its orbit around the sun, and the sun is moving towards the star Vega at about 1400 miles an hour. And, we are 93 Million miles from our sun, and so on. The speed of Light is 186,000 miles per second. Those are facts astronomers learned through observation and otherwise. Today the knowledge is such, astronomers can even predict future and past star appearances.

    Now, talking about the star of Bethlehem and the wise men, that this writer mentions here Mathew 2:2, 7 and 10 of the New Testament says that Star of Bethlehem that lit for just one day led the wise men to the place of nativity (Jesus’ birth). However, modern astronomers are positive that there was no such star at the time. Even Halley’s Comet that we sight every 76 years returned more than ten years too early.

    Talking about the star that the New Tetament says as lit for one night at the birth of Jesus, prominent English Astronomer, Patrick Moore, says in his ‘A-Z Astrinomy’, Patrik Stephens, 1986 page 198 that “It is not likely that the star could have been a nova or supernova as nothing of the sort was mentioned by contemporary astronomers. In any case a star of that sort would remain visible for many nights.” If that is so, there could not have been one night star spectacle on that day. Moore further says; “Unfortunately it has now been shown that no bright conjunctions were visible from the holy land at this time, and the idea is definitely untenable.”

    Somehow, except for Mathew, no other gospel writer says anything about this ‘star’. Did not the other Gospel writers see the ‘star’?

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    Ranil Wijeyesekera,
    You also said that “God promised Abraham to be a Father to many nations.” Let me tell you the exact word of the God: Chapter 15 of Genesis 1, God promised Abraham that he will make his descendents (Hebrew) prosper and increase their number to more than the stars in the sky.

    Do you know how many galaxies are there in this known universe? Cosmologists say there are 100 to 200 billion galaxies in the Universe and in our galaxy, the Milky Way has 200 to 400 billion stars. Now imagine the number of stars in the sky that Old Testament talked about.

    Is there anyway Abraham’s decendents (not just his tribe but taking every man as Abraham’s decendent) could increase their numbers to be more than the stars in the sky ever? Tell us where has God gone wrong?

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      HI PATRIOT,

      THE BIBLE ACCOUNT IS THAT GOD TOLD MOSES TO COUNT THE NUMBER OF STARS, WHICH HE OF COURSE COULD NOT … AND SAID HE’D INCREASE HIS GENERATIONS TO MORE THAN THAT NUMBER. IN EFFECT THEN, THE NUMBER MOSES COULD COUNT…AND SOME MORE.

      I WOULD THINK WE’RE NOW VERY DEEP INTO THE ‘MUCH MORE’ WOULD YOU NOT AGREE ? WE’VE HAD SOME TEN TO ELEVEN BILLION OVER JUST THIS CENTURY ALONE, COUNTING DEATHS.

      MAYBE THAT’S WHY GOD CHOOSE MOSES AND NOT YOU…

      THERE’D HAVE BEEN A TSUNAMIC POPULATION EXPLOSION HAD GOD WAITED FOR YOU.

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      Mr Devalliere,
      I just took this writers suggestion of ‘God promised Abraham to be a Father to many nations’ only a little bit further. Though I have read the English translations of Bibles, I know very well that different versions of it has the word of the God differently. So, what I wrote is what was said under the Genesis 15 in one of those editions.

      I know that reading the Bible in detail is of no easy task. ‘Religion of the American Enlightenment’ by G Adolph Koch, p40 (1968, Thomas Crowell Co, New York, NY) says that the second president of the US, John Adams wrote late in his life that “Twenty times in the course of my late reading, have I been upon the point of breaking out.”

      Thomas Paine (1737-1809), an Englishman and a writer who had prepared manifestos in the form of pamphlets to win the American war of Independence wrote in his book, ‘Age of Reason’ that “the Bible is a book of lies, wickedness, and blasphemy; for what can be grater blasphemy than to ascribe the wickedness of man to the orders of almighty,” he asked.

      You’re telling me why ‘GOD CHOOSE MOSES AND NOT YOU (me).’ Considering what the above mentioned famous people said, I am indeed glad that your God hadn’t chosen me for his mission. I think the God was looking for an amoral man to be his first prophet. In that sense the God found a perfect man in Abraham for he was an incestuous man and a liar.

      If you are willing I am ready to take you up on this and highlight many a absurd writing in the Bibles and interpretations of it.

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        Patriot-
        What exactly are you trying to prove?
        Religious beliefs is a personal and individualistic matter.

        If i came to your village with bath packets and a few bottles of the amber nectar i could convert them to BBS

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        chandra
        Have you ever bothered to think why Prof Richard Dawkins bothered to confront Mehdi Hasan on faith. My effort here is somewhat similar but not exactly the same. By the way, you need not bottles but interlect to be succesful here in my village.

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    If you want to know more about the history of the Bible, watch the videos of Bart Ehrman on youTube!

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    oops-! comments meant for Fathima and Jim.

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