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Why We Haven’t Seen Another Buddha, A Christ, Or A Miracle Since? 

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Yes. Its been 2,500 years since we have seen a Buddha and, a little later, a Jesus Christ. Such considerable and towering personalities lived in times before recording took place. We know they lived. We are far less sure about what really they precisely said as we only have word-of mouth coming down over a 500 years since their departure from this world. Around such a time after that, faithful followers had, at last, been able to put it all together in writing. What is on record, however, is the thread of word-of-mouth and this, we know, can be hopelessly inauthentic.

Christmas Humphreys, in his classic Penguin on Buddhism said,”We do not know what the Buddha taught, any more than we know what Jesus taught.”

The important thing for me, however, is not the issues of authenticity. I am prepared to accept tentatively as authentic what theologists and scholastics later wrote about the teachings of these great religious leaders. On the other hand, what arouses my curiosity on a constant basis is why great personas such as them or even close to them have never appeared thereafter. We have not had any religions after Christianity, Jewish, Islam,Hinduism, and Buddhism. We certainly have had and do have sects of these religions since but sects are subsets. The era of religion has dissipated; not disappeared. It is also a matter of curiosity why only these religions erupted and why at that time and not before or afterwards.Why didn’t anyone emerge to guide man before? Why not after? In other words, the timing raises a host of questions. I am aware that there have been other faiths around the same time but the latter are too minor for consideration. We have the Jehovas Witnesses knocking at our doors today but they are not a distinct religion.

I also ask myself why we hear less and less of the kinds of miracles attributed to Jesus and to his early apostles since the latter passed away. And what of miraculous claims by Buddhists about an ability (Iddi Balaya) to travel through space unaided by a device? For thousands of years we haven’t heard of a miracle taken seriously. Turning water into wine? Multiplying bread, raising the dead back into a state of living-before our eyes? How wonderful if I can have the lives of some of my own relatives who were so dear to me resurrected? Tragic -struck parents would give anything to have a dead child restored to live again-wouldn’t they, surely? The world would be much free of unfair suffering. And then, if someone could multiply bread for Somalians dying of hunger these days-leave alone doing that miracle for our benefit? We watch in TV and become traumatic when scenes of starving kids are on display,-dying without food to eat. We shudder thinking of cancer patients struggling with their lives.

Why oh why cannot someone with divine power perform miracles by intervening in all such instances? We divide into groups and argue whether God as a creator and supernatural supervisor does exist. Arguments and rhetoric flow on both sides of the intellectual divide.In the Middle Ages we had the Christian scholar, Thomas Aquinas who came out with “proofs for God’s existence.” Since then, there have been refinements to such arguments. With the march of science, many intellectuals took to rebutting Aquinas. The theory of evolution by Charles Darwin seems to undermine the whole traditional belief that this world of ours had been an act of vast creation. That was science’s serious deathblow to the belief of Abrahamic religions-Christianity, Jewish, and Islam. Findings of genetic science since Darwin only confirm and elaborate what Darwin had found. Yet, the scientific position is being denied vehemently by creationists. It is a war with science that we observe today in many fields of cognitive understanding.

My position is that this war need not go on and that we need not fight to death over such disputes if only the presumed God can intervene and show his miracle or muscle for the whole world to see. That would be the most convincing sure -shot. Wouldn’t that be? But it is not happening.

Perhaps, it is safer to get back to what science says: Miracles cannot happen in nature as they constitute a violation of the very laws of nature. Miracle claims are not common today because the the burgeoning numbers of scientifically thinking, modern, people are on the watch to ask questions and to pry and question any given claim. There are a number of stories of miracles but they lack wide enough testimony and they typically are personal experiences. David Hume famously said if one were to accept a claim of a miraculous event such a claim must have testimony that looks more probable than the optional scientific view that it can be explained in terms of the natural laws of the universe. Such tall stories are the product of mankind’s sense of wonder. The sensations of surprise and wonder lead us to irrational beliefs. To make matters worse for the believers, social media has grown and is growing in an exponential speed undreamt of before. A simple claim of a divine apparition can be caught on a tiny mobile phone and disseminated in lightening speed to the entire world. Be careful, supernaturalists, you are being watched. People all over the world are getting far too sophisticated to arrive at supernatural beliefs of any sort. The days of early religion were pre-scientific days and they were inhabited largely by barbarous and ignorant populations.

The religious explanation having become less and less attractive, the chance of a religious leader claiming divine association is getting bleak.A convincing affirmation of a God, miracle and religion being unavailable, it is unlikely for the world to have another Jesus Christ who claimed to be the Son of God. On the other hand, there are the non- divine aspects in the personality of Christ, which to me is most admirable. Jesus spoke to the poor and spoke against social injustice. He was capable of unbelievable feats of sacrifice. Jesus Christ had been a most compassionate and inspired human being as far as I am concerned. It is possible for us to have more of that kind of extraordinary human being; but not of a divine Jesus. Hopefully, we will as our world needs them.

What of the Buddha? According to popular Buddhism many more Buddhas are to come. But we haven’t seen a sign of that and we are unlikely to see that. There is an undeniable supernatural assumption about the theory of Buddhas to come that is devoid of any testimony or evidence. Perhaps, once again, it is more an outcome of the human sense of wonder that was referred to above.A Buddha with this kind of dimension will also not come again because belief in the supernatural is waning fast.

On the other hand, the world has already witnessed great men and women of wisdom and insight like the Buddha. We are likely to see more of them in the future. However, that is not the Buddha of folklore who could perform miraculous feats and alight and walk immediately after birth.Once again to cite Christmas Humphreys, “Buddhism is a spiritual philosophy whose attitude to life is as cool and objective as that of the modern scientist.” The philosophy that is Buddhism will live on to produce new dialogue and fresh scholars in the future; but the religion that we know as Buddhism will continue only in name sake. So will Christianity. Islam will take a much longer time before nominalisation.

In the war with science, religion will eventually lose. It is only a matter of time.

*The writer can be contacted at sjturaus@optusnet.com.au

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      For me the best explanation that anyone has ever come up with how the idea of “God” first entered human-consciousness is in Ariel and Will Durant’s “The Story of Civilization.”

      When rudimentary societies were coming into form and people were getting together to go hunter-gathering there was an enterprising “chap” – I believe he is my earliest known ancestor; it runs in the family! – who found it a tedious chore to get up early every morning to join the hunter-gatherers. He knew there were inexplicable things like lightning and thunder ……. that his fellow hunter-gatherers were afraid of. So, he came up with the idea of an angry God “up there” waiting to unleash unspeakable retribution. He offered to act as a conduit between the mortals and God in return to stay behind and “pacify” the angry God and have the first pick of the hunter-gatherings.

      A hundred religions and Gods were born!

      Some chaps still want to make Mahinda or Gota into a God. Mr Jayasinghe all these schemes to avoid real-work is as old as human-history!

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        Nimal,
        It seems that astrology had similar beginnings in ancient Egypt, when some people figured out that the flooding of the Nile could be predicted by the position of the stars. So in more recent times, astrologers decided that the stars can predict anything!

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          old codger

          It appears there is a vacancy for a Prophet, a Messenger, a Buddha, an Avatar, …..

          Can anyone apply for the job?

          By the way Dayan, jimsofty, सोमस जी (somass ji), …. are unemployed.

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        The Jews, the Christians and the Muslims, all believe in the same ‘one’ God known in the English language as ‘The Almighty God’. In the Arabic language, the Jews, the Christians and the Muslims call the same ‘one’ God as ‘Allah’. In the Hebrew language, the Jews, the Christians and the Muslims call the same ‘one’ God as ‘Yahweh/Eloah’. In the Hindu Vedas, the same ‘one’ God is known as ‘The Supreme Spirit’.

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          James;
          “The Jews, the Christians and the Muslims, all believe in the same ‘One’ God”

          Then Why doesn’t ‘The Almighty God’ come down to Our Planet, and put a stop to the Wars/Murders being Conducted in His Name?

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        Shyamon Jayasinghe RE: nimal fernando’s comment

        RE:Why We Haven’t Seen Another Buddha, A Christ, Or A Miracle Since?

        The Age of Reason is overtaking the Age of Miracles and Belief

        Re Buddhism — ATHEIST POWER!

        No God, no Soul, no Caste. The Gods added later on to Buddhism.

        Is the goal peace or hegemony of the Monks, Priests and Mullahs?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsgcP65dDOg

        BUDDHISM AND ATHEISM

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt-wobPAdM0

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe

      RE: Why We Haven’t Seen Another Buddha, A Christ, Or A Miracle Since?

      Part 1- 290 Words “: Religion is Risk Management and Fear

      “The era of religion has dissipated; not disappeared. It is also a matter of curiosity why only these religions erupted and why at that time and not before or afterwards.Why didn’t anyone emerge to guide man before? Why not after? In other words, the timing raises a host of questions. I am aware that there have been other faiths around the same time but the latter are too minor for consideration. We have the Jehovah’s Witnesses knocking at our doors today but they are not a distinct religion.”

      Religion is Risk Management, during this life and after life, based on beliefs. Some say soul, other say no soul, some say only the soul is resurrected, and other say it is the body and the soul, and some say heaven is where the soul rests in the presence of God, Allah, Jehovah.

      Pascal’s Wager

      “Pascal’s Wager” is the name given to an argument due to Blaise Pascal for believing, or for at least taking steps to believe, in God. The name is somewhat misleading, for in a single paragraph of his Pensées, Pascal apparently presents at least three such arguments, each of which might be called a ‘wager’ — it is only the final of these that is traditionally referred to as “Pascal’s Wager”. We find in it the extraordinary confluence of several important strands of thought: the justification of theism; probability theory and decision theory, used here for almost the first time in history; pragmatism; voluntarism (the thesis that belief is a matter of the will); and the use of the concept of infinity.

      https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/pascal-wager/

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe

      RE: Why We Haven’t Seen Another Buddha, A Christ, Or A Miracle Since?

      Part 2 – 285 Words”: Religion is Belief in the Absence of Supporting Data

      When Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler claimed, based on astronomical data of the heavenly bodies, it was the sun that was stationary, and it was the earth that was moving, orbiting the sun and rotating on its own axis, they had data in support.

      Religions give support in terms of their scriptures, and that “support” is accepted based on belief, by the believers.

      Therefore, Religion is Risk Management, during this life and after life, based on beliefs. Some say soul, others say no soul, some say only the soul is resurrected, and others say it is the body and the soul, and some say heaven is where the soul rests in the presence of God, Allah, Jehovah etc. People are born free of religion, and indoctrinated to accept certain traditions and beliefs.

      Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and Natural selection have thrown the biggest monkey wrench to religious beliefs. There is no god, in the Theory, all the science of genetics, with data, evidence and support from paleontology. The miracle of generics is that over 3 billion years we have all those fauna and flora, many were extinct, but given rise to new forms and species. Was it by intelligent design and intelligent pre-programming?

      Religions give support in terms of their scriptures, and the support is accepted based on belief.

      For science, it is data, observations and a good hypothesis or theory to explain the collection of data and facts.

      In Finding Darwin’s God, a scientist, and biologist, Kenneth R Miller, searches for Common ground between God and Evolution.

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        Amarsiri, you are down to earth. “People are born free of religion, and indoctrinated to accept certain traditions and beliefs”. Spot on.

        If you wrote what you wrote in Saudi Arabia or Pakistan you would have been quartered by now. Recently rationalists have been assassinated in India – this trend unfortunately is gaining respectability.

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    I think Miracles are wishful Thinking.

    I have heard that People saw the Buddha walking for Alms in their Neighbourhood.

    Or it maybe mistaking another Great Teacher e.g. Arahat Mahinda, (when He arrived in Sri Lanka), for the Buddha!

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      hamlet

      “I have heard that People saw the Buddha walking for Alms in their Neighbourhood.”

      that was ronnie de mel.whenever he went abroad he took the bowl with him.He resembles Lord Bhuddha a bit with his oval looking face.

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe
    “Why We Haven’t Seen Another Buddha, A Christ, Or A Miracle Since? “

    Shyamon – why have you not included “Allah”.

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      Exactly my thoughts, given that Mohammad supposedly road up to heaven on a winged horse why are there very few muslim inventions and most of his flock uneducated and impoverished?

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        Wimal, Mehraj of Muhammed is not going to heaven but going from Mecca mosque to Al-aqsa in Jerusalem. If not for Muslims inventions you all will be barbarians. It was Muslims who translated old Greeks books and they themselves invented so many things without which European would not have advance so much. Learn history first.

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        Wimal,
        I give you just one Muslim invention : Algebra
        The word is Arabic. That’s why you can count, see?
        Give a Buddhist invention please?

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        WIMAL, for your information
        Will Durant wrote in The Story of Civilization IV: The Age of Faith:
        “Chemistry as a science was almost created by the Moslems; for in this field, where the Greeks (so far as we know) were confined to industrial experience and vague hypothesis, the Saracens introduced precise observation, controlled experiment, and careful records. They invented and named the alembic (al-anbiq), chemically analyzed innumerable substances, composed lapidaries, distinguished alkalis and acids, investigated their affinities, studied and manufactured hundreds of drugs. Alchemy, which the Moslems inherited from Egypt, contributed to chemistry by a thousand incidental discoveries, and by its method, which was the most scientific of all medieval operations.”
        Robert Briffault wrote in The Making of Humanity:
        “Chemistry, the rudiments of which arose in the processes employed by Egyptian metallurgists and jewellers combining metals into various alloys and ‘tinting’ them to resemble gold, processes long preserved as a secret monopoly of the priestly colleges, and clad in the usual mystic formulas, developed in the hands of the Arabs into a widespread, organized passion for research which led them to the invention of distillation, sublimation, filtration, to the discovery of alcohol, of nitric and sulphuric acids (the only acid known to the ancients was vinegar), of the alkalis, of the salts of mercury, of antimony and bismuth, and laid the basis of all subsequent chemistry and physical research.”[
        The mathematical system became known in Europe in the twelfth century, when British Arabist Robert of Chester translated the writings of Persian scholar Al-Khwarizmi. Al-Khwarizmi, for whom algorithms are named, is known as the developer of modern algebra.

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        Wimal,

        Thanks for confirming “Stones and sticks are thrown only at fruit-bearing trees”

        If you’re a Buddhist or a Hindu, why didn’t you ask the same questions against Buddhism or Hinduism? Probably the trees are Chinese made plastic ones?

        I can excuse if you’re a Jew. But you seem to be just a part of a fart that contributes to global warming :)

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      Rajash, you did not get into your head what he had written. According to him these holy people with their power dead and gone. Their fairy tales miracles are carried on by priests to keep their religion alive. So he ask why can’t they appear now and perform those miracles or at least their priest who claim to have divine powers to cure the very sick people, multiply breads to the starving etc. Buddha or Jesus cannot come. So these priests including Hindu priest with their idol cannot perform any miracles.
      You are saying why Allah not included, how can he? Allah is not a dead god like Buddha and Jesus. For Muslim Allah mean a supreme power, not a man or woman, not beget or begotten, no death or birth for him. So this supreme power responsible for the creation and existence of universe we Muslim worship. Muhammed was a human being like you and me, he was dead and gone. No Muslims worship him. When people at that time requested Muhammed to show a miracle to believe him. He said just look above and your own self, isn’t that miracle. That is Muhammed never performed miracles and Muslim never talk of such fairy tale miracles and no Muslim claim they have holy men who have divine power. So the writer talking about Allah or Muhammed is irrelevant. If Muslims believed Allah appeared time to time and performed miracles or Muhammed performed miracles, he would have mentioned those names too.

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        Ralli Ameen – “no Muslim claim they have holy men who have divine power. “

        wonder who motivates Muslims to kill fellow men, women and children, who motivates Muslims to brutally behead fellow human beings and video record it up load in you tube, who motivates Muslims to drive cars, and lorries in to innocent public and kill them.

        Inshallah If any one can motivate these Muslims to give up their terrorism , that would indeed be a “Miracle” and he or she would indeed be a God.

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          Rajash you are talking nonsense and bringing politics here. Mind you all those terrorist and rebels are funded and armed by America so they are trying to gain politically whether Sunni or Shia. Did I say those killers have divine power? What about the killing carried out by Christians from the olden days to present days, their god gave the divine power. Religion has nothing to with political killings beside I said no Muslim have or believe in Holy men who have divine so these killers too do not have divine power and politics motivate to kill.

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          Rajash

          “wonder who motivates Muslims to kill fellow men, women and children, who motivates Muslims to brutally behead fellow human beings and video record it up load in you tube, who motivates Muslims to drive cars, and lorries in to innocent public and kill them.”

          Very good questions.

          1.Who? The Devil, Satan, Iblis?
          2. Who Follows the Devil, Satan, Iblis? The Wahhabies, Salafies, Tawhedis, ISIS. Al-Queds, Taliban, Deobandi, Boko-Haram etc.
          3. Why? They have been misled by the Devil , Satan, Iblis and the Western powers, like Britain who promoted Wahhabism as a counter to the Ottoman Empire. The Arabs, as stupid they are fell for it, and the repercussions are still felt today. The British recently teamed up with the Great Satan, and Tony Blair, the former British Prime Minister, admitted it.

          References:

          1. Confession of a War Criminal, Tony Blair. At least he regrets and appears to be genuinely upset. Now what about his allies who gained more than him in attacking a defenseless nation killing thousands and causing chaos?

          https://www.facebook.com/saleem.marsoof/videos/10158783173005434/

          2. Scholar from al-Azhar: Wahhabism is a Satanic Faith, the Horn of the Devil that Muhammad Predicted

          Published on Jun 2, 2013

          Yusri Rushdi al-Sayyid Jabr al-Husni, a Sunni Muslim religious scholar from the world’s oldest and most prestigious Islamic school, the Honorable al-Azhar, has stated that Wahhabis who are also known by other names such as Salafis, Najdis, and Horners, are in fact the Horn of the Devil, a term used by the prophet Muhammad in reference to a satanic faith that shall come out of Najd (Saudi Arabia).

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufxTUFapy1w&t=62s

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        Ralli Ameen you did not get into your head what he had written. you say and I quote-“So these priests including Hindu priest with their idol cannot perform any miracles. “

        Where has he stated about Hindu priest in his article.

        He quotes Hinduism only once. “We have not had any religions after Christianity, Jewish, Islam,Hinduism, and Buddhism”

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        How can Allah be the creator of the world when he told Mohamed that earth is flat, not once several times. How can Allah be powerful, when he cannot help Muslims being shot dead like dogs, when they shout Allahu Akbar. Mohamed is the first historically recorded Schizophrenic to suffer auditory hallucination. Allah is a non entity, a product of delusional thoughts of one mad man.

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          Al-faqurlah,

          Wow, you’re getting serious, though I thought you were a kid. Rather than blindly following what others say, even if you’re not matured, try your best to understand what is said:

          “He Who has made for you the earth like a carpet spread out; has enabled you to go about therein by roads (and channels)….” The Holy Qur’an, Chapter 20, Verse 53

          Not a single verse of the Quran says that the earth is flat, it is propaganda and people mis-understanding that carpet can only be spread on an absolute flat surface.

          Please bro, stick to your limits of what you could easily grasp as even scholars having difficulties

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      rajasH

      there would have been a fartwa against him.Death to the infidel.

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      The Day Muslims breed to become the majority in the World ,we will see a an other philosopher like Jesus or Buddha to keep Muslims from killing each other like animals like what they do in Mildeeast now, so we are not ready yet we have few more years see whole world as animal kingdom

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    Mr. Jayasinghe,
    “For thousands of years we haven’t heard of a miracle taken seriously. Turning water into wine? Multiplying bread, raising the dead back into a state of living-before our eyes? How wonderful if I can have the lives of some of my own relatives who were so dear to me resurrected?”
    As you say, these things probably never happened, any more than the Buddha’s trips to Sri Lanka or the rain-creating tooth relic. These tales are necessary to keep ignorant people in line.
    About miraculous wine, I can truthfully claim to have turned wine into vinegar, but that probably does not qualify as a miracle!

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      old codger

      “These tales are necessary to keep ignorant people in line.”

      So you don’t believe in MR’s Sri Lanka being the miracle of Asia. Another miracle that the war was single handedly won by GR. One more miracle that claims to have produced Sinhalese people, man beast breed with Sinha Le.

      jimsofty, eagle eye, …..etc believe they are lion blooded Sinhala/Buddhists. Isn’t it a miracle?

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    The below is a very brief summary.

    According to Buddhist literature,

    There were infinite number of Buddha’s before the current Buddha and there will be an infinite number after him. It may be in another planet, galaxy or universe. Geographic location is irrelevant.

    But each Buddha Sasana has a maximum life span. The maximum life span of the current Gautama Buddha Sasana is 5000 years (give or take a few decades). This Buddha Sasana is roughly 2600 years old as of now. So it has another 2400 years until its total demise, but it is on a steep downhill (hint, hint: BBS, JHU, 969, etc, etc).

    Then there will be a period without any Buddha Sasana in our current universe. How long this period will be is unknown. Maybe million years, maybe a billion years. Once this ‘null’ period expires the last Buddha of this universe ‘Maitreya’ will be born in a galaxy somewhere. His Buddha Sasana will be a lot longer than the current one. They won’t be Homo Sapiens but something far more evolved. Current Homo Sapiens only fall into early stages of “Phase-2” of a 3-phase Buddhist versions of evolution. The ending of the ‘Maitreya’ Buddha Sasana will mark the ending of this universe. Its called a “Cycle”. This cycle or universe is one of the longest having 5 ‘supreme’ Buddhas (Kakusanda, Konagama, Kassapa, Gotama, Maitreya).

    Once this cycle and all realms contained in it are destroyed a new cycle or universe will be born and it this process continues infinitely.

    Each universe will be different too. Some have 5 Buddhas some only 1. Some will have none and some will fizzle out the moment its born.

    So as far as Buddhism goes, you won’t be seeing another ‘Supreme’ Buddha for
    a very, very long time. There will many ‘Silent’ Buddhas once a Buddha Sasana ends but their ability teach others is either limited or non-existent.

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      Thanos:-
      “The maximum life span of the current Gautama Buddha Sasana is 5000 years (give or take a few decades)”

      Are we to believe what ‘Buddhist literature’ has written 100s of years after the Buddha’s Parinirvana?

      The Buddha Himself said in the Kalama Sutta:-

      “Come, Kalamas. Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another’s seeming ability; nor upon the consideration,…”

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        at Hamlet,

        NO! You are not supposed to take anything in Buddhism at face value. You have to go through your own analysis and reasoning before coming to a conclusion. Buddhism is an individual thing.

        What I wrote was the understanding I got from what I read and researched. So basically its my opinion on it. My apologies for not making that clearer.

        The point was, from what I know, it is going to take a very long time until the next Buddha is born. But that doesn’t matter. We as a species will continue to evolve.

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          Thanos

          “The maximum life span of the current Gautama Buddha Sasana is 5000 years”

          The above was not from the Buddhist scriptures but from the Mahavamsa which was written more than thousand years after the passing away of the Buddha.

          Gautama Buddha’s philosophy is much more rational than others, but it is unfortunate that after his passing away, most of the things he condemned and discarded have crept back into Buddhism and the Buddhist scriptures.

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      thanos

      “They won’t be Homo Sapiens but something far more evolved.”

      homosexuals?

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        Shankar; you have got something there.

        Maybe God got sick of Witnessing the War Mongering of Humans, and decided that He/She would ensure that no more Babies are Created.

        That is why She/He Created Homosexuals!!!

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          hamlet

          we had premature births too ranil,mangala and god knows how many hiding it.

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      Thanos,

      ‘The below is a very brief summary. ‘

      What the hell was that?!

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      I heard saying, once calculated, it is about another 30 million years for Maithriya Buddha to be born.

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        Maithriya Buddha is already born in Sri Lanka. His local name is Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara. He will one day lead all the Buddhists to DOOM.

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          Not one day , he is already leading

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    Gnanasara is the new face Buddha in Sri Lanka.

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      AJ

      i always knew the next bhuddha will be from srilanka cos the people here are the ones who really practise what Lord bhuddha preached.However i don’t think it is gnanasara because he eats wild boar.It will be a vegetarian.Gota maybe.When KP was taken to gota there was a bhuddha statue and he said he also has one in thailand and then a great friendship developed between the two albeit with some mild torture in between to find the LTTE overseas assets.

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        Now Gotha is so fat, he does look like laughing Buddha of the orient. So may be you are right

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    Jesus Christ still performs miracles. He has done so many in my life,in my family and in the lives of so many others.He has given us the greatest miracle which is the hope of eternal life with Him. What else do we need?

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    I have an idea. We could make requests to couples in Buddhagaya and Jeruslem to take some extra time and effort to produce new Prophets. As for miracles our M.PP and politicians and media men to fabricate miracles and fables for the gullible.

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    All miracles in history are 10% coincidences, 15% optical illusions,
    25% mental hallucinations and the remaining 50% damn lies.

    Soma

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      Your observation is a miraculous revelation of the 3rd category!

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      Soma,
      I think we unusually agree on this one.

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe:-

    Do you think that Sinhala/Buddhists would recognise a Bodhisaththva if there is One living in Sri Lanka now?

    He would Not be tying Pirith Nool, or chanting Gathas meant for Sinhala/Buddhists only.

    He would be telling us how to live our Lives without harming Other Races, Religions, or the Environment, and so the Planet.

    It would be a Miracle indeed if we Sinhala/Buddhists Acknowledged and Listened to This Bodhisaththva!

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      Hamlet,
      Let alone Bodhisattva, even the Dalai Lama is an Undesirable Foreigner in this Dhammadeepa.

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    Shyamon must be congratulated for his very daring thesis notwithstanding whether one agrees with him or not. Bensen

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    THANOS. You say we can have silent Buddhas. I think we also have violent Buddhas eg Gnanassara

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    The Miracle of Asia did not materialise either.
    if it did, Mahinda would have claimed Godly status.

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      RAJASH:

      Remember LTTE became world infamous. but, It is Sri lanka Which defeated the world’sa most ruthless terrorist organisation and made the LTTE just naughty cats.

      ISn’t that a miracle ?

      Tamils propaganda did not work.

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        Jimsofty “…It is Sri lanka Which defeated the world’s most ruthless terrorist organisation “

        you are still dreaming.

        Its not Sri Lanka that defeated LTTE. Its the IC including countries like China, USA, India, Pakistan and LTTE itself.

        Remember for 30 years Sri Lanka were not able to defeat LTTE

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          The LLTE was not operating as a fully formed military and political organisation for 30 years. It grew slowly over a long time starting with sarong johnnies in Bata slippers using home made gal katta pistols. It had periods of peace talks with many governments. It was not always at war. Like all diaspora liars you try to give the impression that succesive governments were fighting the LTTE day and night and could’t defeat it.

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            Atticus ok let me reword it
            successive Sri Lankan governments were not able to defeat baby faced sarong johnnies in Bata slippers using home made gal katta pistols…..They needed the help of IC including countries like China, USA, India, Pakistan and LTTE itself.

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        you dont know what is a miracle. Miracle means : An extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency.

        Which part of defeating LTTE is not explainable scientifically? If you bomb indiscriminately from the air, the bomb falls down due to gravity.

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    Let us be led by the Bible, The logos Gods Word. We are dead. The Holy Spirit gives us a new Spirit from above when we are born of the Spirit. It is by faith in Jesus atoning death and our turning away from sin and by faith in him we receive this new Spirit. We accept him as our Lord and savior and walk in the path of righteousness. There are angels in heaven that also obey God and accomplish his will. When we require healing it has to be a holistic Healing, The healing of Body, Mind and Spirit. In marriage there is a coming as one flesh. There is the intermingling of the spirits. As mans nature with woman is complementary. One should have partner and homosexuality should be prohibited. Where there is divination and the use of spirit mediums should be banned. The occult, new age and some naturopathy healing could be counterfeit or unwholesome Healing. It is not holistic. One improvement is offset by deteriorating in an other sphere. This will have a major impact on the community too. The blood of Jesus heals and saves. Blood carries energy absorbed in the blood. Food when munched and disingrated in stomach adds a subtle energy. In homeopathy to there is a addition . We need to separate the chaff from the wheat and this could be done with reason and the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. The spirit could be a subtle energy. The Spirit is a person but emanates and acts as this subtle energy.

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      RJW,
      Tell us – How did Cain have children after he murdered his brother Abel?
      There was no woman for him to procreate with, except his mother Eve.
      If Cain somehow had children, whom did they marry?

      All religions are Codes of Behaviour.
      Intelligent men and women do not need them, as everyone – except those mentally incapacitated – know right from wrong.

      Early Man worshipped the Sun, as he knew that the Sun is the ‘life giver’, on our planet Earth.
      This is true, even today.

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        You dont seem to know this story all. anyhow abel and cain both had thier own twins and were asked to near each others twins . Cains twin was prettier, hence didnt wana made abels twin which is why he murdered.

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      Ranil Jayantha Wijeyesekera:-

      If God Gave you a Brain and a Mind, Use It!!

      Read the Buddha’s Kalama Sutta, His Charter of Free Thought!

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    Aiyo,

    We have a BRAND NEW BUDDHA,
    calling himself he is an Arahat named Mr Pitidouwe Siri damma at Nedimaley.

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    Jesus Christ said: “Eat my flesh and drink my blood”. But what do we do. Eat cookies and drink wine in church performances. So how can there be a “Living Jesus Christ any more?

    Gauthama Buddha said: “Sa Chitta Pariyo Dapanang, Ethang Buddhana Sasanang” (Tame your mind, that is all about Buddhism). All the directions are given to train the mind to GRASP whatever possible to self; REJECT whatever that does not bring immense profits/gains to self and IGNORE or DESTROY whatever beneficial to others. So how can there be a Buddha?

    Native Vedda: You forgot Ranil’s “Miracle” – HUB OF ASIAN ECONOMY.

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      Douglas

      “You forgot Ranil’s “Miracle” – HUB OF ASIAN ECONOMY”

      Nopes I haven’t.

      Ranil Wickremesinghe in his 2001 election manifesto stated various measures and concepts to build within the country. I do not remember reading anything that would infringe parliament’s authority over Law , and order, Property rights, Labour rights, Separate courts, national security, or implying one country two systems, apart from the tax concessions on Free Trade Zonnes.

      The Hampantotta Harbour and International Airport, Colombo Megapolis, and an International Airline maintenance/refitting hub in the East, … were some ideas were mentioned in the 2001 Manifesto. Nothing in details.

      I had a copy of the 2001 manifesto somewhere and I can’t find it now. I blame my partner.

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      When Jesus said “Eat my flesh and drink my blood” in the context of the Last Supper, it was a Passover meal with the 4 cups of wine and unleavened matza bread representing him which they were to do as a memorial. “Do this in remembrance of me”, his death on our behalf as in that covenant meal, he would be faithful to his pledge to give us all he won in exchange for all our sins, weaknesses and sicknesses. He said ” I am the living bread which came down from heaven” knowing that there is an occult practice of cannibalism to get energy from eating.

      Jesus lives by his Spirit in us though his body is in heaven and his blood on the mercy seat through which God blesses us. As we partake of communion, his eternal life in blood is imparted around our body, his sinless, transfigured, crucified, resurrected, ascended and glorified body is reproduced in us to restore us back to our original image.

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe:

    Read the following please.

    There are three basic ways to talk to complete idiots.

    The first is to assail them with facts, truths, scientific data, the commonsensical obviousness of it all. You do this in the very reasonable expectation that it will nudge them away from the ledge of their more ridiculous and paranoid misconceptions because, well, they’re facts, after all, and who can dispute those?

    Why, idiots can, that’s who. It is exactly this sort of logical, levelheaded appeal to reason and mental acuity that’s doomed to fail, simply because in the idiotosphere, facts are lies and truth is always dubious, whereas hysteria and alarmism resulting in mysterious undercarriage rashes are the only things to be relied upon.

    Examples? Endless. You may, for instance, attempt to explain evolution to an extreme fundamentalist Christian. You may offer up carbon dating, the fossil record, glaciers, any one of 10,000 irrefutable proofs. You may even dare to talk about the Bible as the clever, completely manufactured, man-made piece of heavily politicized, massively edited, literary myth-making it so very much is, using all sorts of sound academic evidence and historical record.

    You are, of course, insane beyond belief to try this, but sometimes you just can’t help it. To the educated mind, it seems inconceivable that millions of people will choose rabid ignorance and childish fantasy over, say, a polar bear. Permafrost. Rocks. Nag Hammadi. But they will, and they do. Faced with this mountain of factual obviousness, the bewildered fundamentalist will merely leap back as if you just jabbed him with a flaming homosexual cattle prod, and then fall into a swoon about how neat it is that angels can fly.

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      “There are three basic ways to talk to complete idiots”

      How do you like us to talk to you?

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      Did you really write this yourself, Jimmy?

      Perhaps you should sue this guy, Frank Morford, who wrote exactly the same words in 2009 in sfgate.com. Go for it, Jimmy!

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        Haha jimmy plagiarism got caught out. What an idiot he is, and he got no shame

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        old codger

        This is not the first time he has plagiarized someone else’s work and this won’t be the last.

        He is a habitual plagiarist and the shameless Sinhala/Buddhist is proud about it.

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          N.V,
          Please be gentle with Jimmy. I hear Jimmy is an old lady in a mental asylum in UK. Her only recreation is writing to CT. She is actually Muslim but writes these things so that Buddhism gets a bad name.

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe, read and see, you have read some books and is trying to be an intellectual (suthamaya nana). According to buddhism there more to be a wise man. Reading or listening to others is the first item. In other words, you are very much dumb.

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      Why are you so rude to others despite being the dumbest person in the forum. 98% of the people here would agree that you are the dumbest moron/monk

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    When shyamon Jayasinghe, as a rationalist, says why there are no miracles, that is a dumb statement. Because, even in science, because you did not get result, you are not supposed to say it is not there. That is what I learned in the Inoganic analysis laboratory class.

    If you want to find the truth, there is an american Academic from a university who observed Sai baba producing new things via miracles.
    he had written a book, I think he is from Western virgenia university. So, say you don’t know. but don’t talk for everybody and in general. that is wrong.

    with respect to Jesus, it is the roman Kingodn which made Jesus a world figure. Just see the bible. It is all things said by other so0called saints in different time periods. They say, Jesus said that and Jesus said this.

    Bible is not Tripitaka or the pali canon full of all what buddha said. Some people say god helped them. Actually what heped them is their past karma. IF god is helping why gpd is selective and, besides, there is so much mayhem.

    YOu became partial by not mentioning Mohammad. Quran is what Mohommad said during a period of 23 years.

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    ” For thousands of years we haven’t heard of a miracle taken seriously.”

    1995 and 2006,ganesh drinking milk.

    2006,just before ganesh drinking milk,seawater becoming sweet.authorities warned people not to drink,thousands did,none had any illness.

    to see god you have to look for him.seek and you shall find.

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    weeping virgin mary in akita 1973

    https://www.thoughtco.com/virgin-marys-statue-in-akita-japan-124611

    shyamon,search and you shall find,the key to this heart of mine.

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    Why do you want another Buddha, Christ or Krishna when you yourself can be one similar to them if you act and behave humanely. we are living in a world full of devils and demons and among evils. So beware Mr.Jeyasinghe.

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    it shows that simply without any indepth knowlege or study you have wriiten the article, you have answers to all the questions you have raised in the religious scripts, why miracles were performed by messengers, for what purpose, and why god doesnt show his miracles, for man to see openly, you study the scripts of torah, bible, quran you will find all the answers, after that we expect an article from you.

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe:

    Why oh why cannot someone with divine power perform miracles by intervening in all such instances?

    There is devine power. but, it is not like the Islam or christianity says and not even like some of hindu gods are.

    Buddhism says, Thsoe gods also need help from humans. If you protect five precepts or more, even if you don’t give merits to those gods, they will reach to you to help.

    If you think, only logics work in this world, miracles and gods come to you because you are so arrogant and do not know how to get help from anyone, it does not work that way.

    Become a spiritual person, have faith in them, gods will rech to them. Then you will see who is there and who is not there.

    Stop being arrogant. Instead work and see. there are things that do not work becayse you are just trying to be arrogant or logical.

    Just understand that you are so arrogant and just a pothegura (you don’t know even the books, you just talk a lot without knowing much).

    If you want to see miracles and god’s help you need to be humble and spiritual.

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      jimsofty,

      Take a break..you are not making any sense

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      I didnt read what you wrote but I am sure its not worth reading it. just same old monk’s propaganda. Just disrobe and have some fun with young colleagues instead of getting frustrated.

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        AJ:

        It is christian priests who are gay, even the Vatican had some, I read. Western wolrd has about 10 -15% gay priests, I heard. Just google and see. Tamil priests are adulterous and they sleep with women whose husbands are away visiting overseas.

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          I have to commend you on one thing: you consistently maintained 2 wrongs makes it right.

          1) you are justifying increasing number of monks disrobing to come out as gays as acceptable because there are gay priests.

          2) it is ok for police to shoot Tamils because NY police also shot civilians.

          3) it is ok for Sri Lankan government commit war crimes becsuse US did it too.

          The fact is 2 wrongs doesn’t make it right. I think there are MORE than 15% gay priest in the west – so what’s your point? Priests are hypocrites and adulterous. That does not JUSTIIFY monks actions. According to the government 73% monks in Sri Lankan jail are for: rape , sex with minor , digging up treasure and theft.
          Are you an idiot to justify monks based on priests’ behaviour ??

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    It is interesting to note, as per texts availed, that late Ven. Ajahn Chah of Thailand was once told by a group of devotees that they had observed the priest to be more than in one place in the monastery at one and the same time and that they observed the priest curing the sick. The response of the Venerable priest was consider those incidents as similar to that of a trick using a pack of cards and the devotees were advised to concentrate on the teaching for one’s emancipation.

    In that context the author mixing up miracles with teachings is bringing up two different aspects associated with religious scripts. The social benefit of all religions is that it has set standards of personal conduct to achieve order within the society. Unfortunately people have fought wars in the name of religion and various acts of fanaticism and extremism too continues to be practised in the name of the same.

    It must be noted that even the teachers of religions those days started with a small circle of following which grew bigger with time. However, if ever there was a teacher or a person who reveals now, would his following now get bigger to be noticed? I don’t think so. Firstly, rational thinking dominates among the population although the public may not think rationally all the time. Secondly, the existing religions too dominate and one, by birth, is classified into a religion and an ethnicity. The case in point is in India itself there are so many “Gurus” but did their following become big enough to be noticed?

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    RJW how did the Mary conceive Jesus without sexual intercourse. Have we ever found any woman who has been able to do that? Think for yourself

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      Miracle is outside natural laws like gravity, but within spiritual laws like impartation. God overshadowed Mary to impart Jesus into womb to become flesh as Mary agreed. Not a natural sperm/egg fertilization, but pure sinless DNA of God and therefore miracle. Those who believe, activate certain parts of human structure that many are ignorant about. Most religions teach on the visible body and the unseen soul which lives on after death, taking another body. Others teach soullessness anatta. So whether Buddha, Jesus, Mohamed or Krishna doing or nor doing miracles, it is our own belief system that gives us miraculous experiences or denial of miracles.
      Christianity unlike other religions, describes a part of human called spirit resident in the body, an experientally sensitive function of which is to sense and discern the invisible heavenly spirit realm to be led of God’s spirit or else be ruled by an evil spirit. It is not in the mental, intellectual, rational, scientific realm of reproducibility. Includes prayer, worship, intuition, faith, reverence, hope, communion, revelatory knowledge and then connecting with conscience, imagination, mind, emotions and will in the soul. These functions of man exist though many don’t know how to lay hold of their pathways to benefit from right living and justice.
      We live in a sin sick world and need to transcend above it. Evil works like wrath, malice, anger, murder, sexual immorality, breaking pledge, lying, stealing and false worship CAN be replaced with God’s fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Now, led by peace, it is possible to know inside one’s spiritual knower that a loved one faraway is safe and that too is a miracle. Spiritual discernment and perception function in this realm.

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    Buddha was not a god; interestingly yes why are there no more people achieving nirvana?

    Well about “son of god” that is even a greater leap of faith and blind faith. We all know that for a human to be born an egg must be fertilized by a sperm. There simply cannot be miracles as propagandized by a certain faith. This is not to say Jesus did not exist. He was executed for political issues: that is he was seen as a threat to the powerful Roman empire and their Jewish puppet regime. In fact Jesus was a great revolutionary human being. He fought against greed and hate and at Pharisees he tossed out money lenders, dove sellers and cattle buyers: all symbols of greed and he did NOT throw out gays or blacks or tamils.

    We do not know who his father is; but it is entirely possible a sperm crept in through presex cum without ejaculation. Neither Buddha, Mohammed or Jesus performed miracles EXCEPT when said so by HUMANS. Krishna same story. You cannot have multilimbed humans or there would be evolutionary evidence. Science rule but not in the new USA either. Myth and superstition rule South Asia. At least in Buddhism there is no fear or threat of some god or godess wreaking havoc on you.

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    Religion is just fear of the unknown. You don’t know why you were born, or what happens when you die. Before the invention of machines, people were at the mercy of natural forces. They assumed the same forces which cause thunder, lightning, and rain also cause life and death. They began performing various rituals in order to “appease” these forces. These rituals turned into organized religions, eventually.

    Of course, anyone who calls himself a “Prophet” is a crackpot. In those days, the technology was not there to expose these charlatans. Most people were poor and still retained a strong belief in superstition.

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