Happy Vesākha


by Jun

Happy Vesākha, everyone!

Buddha’s birthday reminds me of this one story that I’d like to share with you all. A colleague who considers himself a devout christian, hears that I am an atheist and asks me about it. This guy is gay by the way, this is important. Note that I have no problems with gays at all, some of my best friends are gay.

God is a concept created by man and it evolved into a tool or weapon.

Anyway, he goes on to ask me why I don’t believe in God, and if I’m afraid of what the repercussions will be. I explain my view that God is a concept created by man to explain what he cannot understand, and how it has evolved into a tool or a weapon if you will, to control people through a cliched rewards and punishment system. I say I believe man has a natural instinct to believe in something bigger than himself, and I respect that, except I hate how religious organizations have abused and exploited this weakness. I especially expressed my disdain for the Catholic church, because to be fair, it is the religion I am most familiar with, having grown up Catholic myself. So he suggests I look for another religion, and asks me what I would like. I say Buddhism, and then the most WTF thing happens. This guy fucking laughs at me and says “hahaha so pano ba yan, sinasamba mo tao? hindi ang diyos?”. I was blown away by the sheer ignorance and arrogance of this statement. First of all, Buddhism is not about worship and second, the arrogance that stems from the fact that he thinks what he believes is what is true and correct, is just appalling.

So I ask him about how being gay and Catholic works, because we can’t ignore or tiptoe around the fact that the Bible and orthodox Christianity clearly does not approve of this.

Why would you associate yourself with a group that persecutes you for being who you are?

You can’t pick out what parts of your Bible or your religion you want to believe. You can’t just keep fooling yourself and say “ignore these old school fundies, God is totally cool with this”. You can’t keep fooling yourself that you can still go to your religion’s concept of heaven if you are not playing by its rules. You can’t just keep saying that it’s okay, eventually my being gay would be acceptable. Why would you associate yourself with a group that persecutes you for being who you are? Instead of me choosing a religion, why not detach yourself from a religion that clearly does not approve of your lifestyle, and rid yourself of all this unnecessary self doubt and guilt? You can keep your faith and beliefs without being in a religious organization…

He clams up, walks away and has not talked to me since. I wish there could have been a happier ending to this story, but who knows… maybe I got through.

I appreciate the Biblical concept of the “golden rule”, which is not originally a Christian thing by the way, and I agree that it’s a great credo to live your life by. I hate how organized religion has turned a good concept into a fear mongering, tax evading empire; and how it turns a lot of its people into bigoted, arrogant sheep who could not fathom the validity of religions other than their own.

Sorry for the wall of text that is apparently becoming my trademark :p

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  1. BUDDHA THE ISRAELITE

    By

    the late Isabel Hill Elder, N. Ireland

    IN almost startling confirmation of the Israelitish origin of Buddhism many references are to be found in ancient writings, symbols and rock inscriptions which compel us to the conclusion that the original Buddhism was none other than the Israel religion. When the prophet Ezekiel was carried captive to Babylon at the age of 25 both he and his father, Buzi, as Aaronites had the missionary urge to see their kinsfolk of Israel cleansed from their idolatry and return to the worship of the one true God, the God of Israel.

    In the book of Ezekiel we have the missionary prophets denunciation of the sins of the House of Judah with whose King (Jehoiachin) , and Court officials Ezekiel was carried captive to Babylon. (II Kings XXIV, 14 -16, Ezekiel 1, 2)

    The prophet covers a wide field for he sees in a vision the whole House of Israel, twelve tribed Israel, revived and restored to God’s favour. The home training of Ezekiel in the house of his father, Buzi, had one object and that was missions to Israel.

    Buzi, the Aaronite, with the prophetic eye, saw disaster rapidly approaching for the unfaithful House of Judah, and a like punishment to that which had overtaken the House of Israel,100 years earlier, when the King of Assyria had carried them captive in the reign of Hoshea and placed them in ” the cities of the Medes” (II Kings XVII). During a revolt in Assyria the Israelite captives made their escape and, for the most part, turned south-east to the shores of the Caspian Sea. These tidings having reached Buzi his missionary spirit was aroused to go forth to these escaped captives, his kinsfolk. Taking with him five disciples, probably trained in the schools of the prophets, Buzi came to these outcast Israelites with a message of hope and forgiveness; he would make a supreme effort to turn them from idolatry to the worship of the one true God. As he journeyed towards their camping places his name Buzi became Buddha; this change is easily understood when we realise that in the Semitic languages the “Z” and “D” sounds are related, e.g., in Hebrew Zahab and Dahab both mean “gold” and so Buddha would be a natural alternative for Buzi. It is then as Buddha that we first hear of Buzi, the father of Ezekiel, between Media and the Caspian Sea and his followers as Budii.

    It was from the region of Media that the “wise men” came to Bethlehem at the time of the birth of our Lord (Budh, in some oriental languages meaning “wise “) probably descendants of some of these Israelites who had been taught by ” Buzi the Wise.”

    These escaped Israelites are mentioned by Herodotus (Book I, Chapter 1) as belonging to the nation formed by Deioces and as revolting from Assyria and asserting their independence not many years after Israel’s deportation to Media in the reign of Hoshea. (II Kings, XVII 6). Here amongst these Israelites Buzi (Buddha) began his mission and in this region Buddhism was found in its most ancient form and which began to spread about 600 B.C., not as now professed and practised nor even altogether as it was established in India under King Asoka 300 years after its first propagation. As Dr. Moore (” Lost Ten Tribes “) observes

    “it has been corrupted by various pagan additions and has assumed shapes according to the various idolatries it has encountered till at length but little of the original remains in a pure form, e.g., the celibacy of priests is now universal, but according to its own records its founder married twice if not thrice and gave his disciples precepts as to the choice of.a wife.”

    The Israelitish character and origin of Buddhism is seen in many ways. It was a monotheistic reformation of the outcast tribes of Israel and its symbolism, that of
    the” Wheel” on the top’s of Sanchi correspond exactly with that described in I Kings VII 33 as in Solomon’s temple. There is so close resemblance between
    Ezekiel’s writings and the earliest Buddhist records and inscriptions as to prove that the prophet himself, the son of Buzzi, had for his father the original Buddha.

    The story of the rock inscriptions at Girnar, Delhi and other places is one uniform lament of a nation overwhelmed by fire and sword, scattered and afflicted, and that as a purification from its sins and that in order to future cleansing and peace.

    If early Buddhism is shown by Dr. Moore (“Lost Ten Tribes”) to be of Israelitish derivation, its Saxon origin and affinities are none the less clear. “Sakya” or “The
    Saxon” was the founder of Buddhism; the claim for an Israelitish origin for the original Buddha through the name “Sakya” or “The Saxon,” son of Isaac, is further
    strengthened by the fact that Buddha was also known as Jakku, son of Jacob (Commander Roberts “British History Traced” p. 83).The early Buddhists looked upon themselves as men with a Divine mission and corrupted as has their religion been by Asiatic nations-just as new Testament teaching has been by the Latins-their influence is still widely felt in India, Ceylon, Burmah , Siam, China and Japan. They broke down caste and destroyed brute worship demanding thought as the foundation of belief, and by teaching equality and goodwill as the foundation of moral excellence. Their disciples still profess to be open to new truths and they are expecting another Messiah.

    Buddhism was introduced into India as Christianity is now, by the Saxon race. The religion which King Asoka established. as the state religion was that of a people who had issued from the neighbourhood of the Caspian Sea and carried their religion with them until it was established in India. The Tibetans themselves assert that the fair, high nosed people who came from the West and taught them their religion were the Sacae (Moore “Lost Tribes”).The Purana Vahrana record that the White Island ( Britain) Sacam or Saxum was early possessed by Sacae who founded Buddhism in the East.

    The inscriptions on the Newton and Logie Stones of Scotland have undoubted Buddhist symbols upon them-the Lotus, the Wheel, the Lion and Unicorn, etc., corresponding with those of Eastern Buddhism.

    There is a curious family sympathy and similarity between Scandanavian Mythology. and Buddhism which had its rise in the same neighbourhood, whence, according to tradition and history our northern forefathers came (Roberts “British History Traced,” P. 62) .

    The Rock Temple inscription at Kanari reads :-

    “And Sakyas mouth unkindling them
    Brought the serim together
    From the race of Harari.”

    The influence of Sakya Buddha, the founder of Buddhism is thus recorded. The serim in Hebrew signifies “the scattered and dispersed like seed” Jeremiah XVL.13, or “one who has taken root in a country where he lives and is spreading abroad his branches ” as in Exodus 1.7.And ‘the race of Harari’ were the dwellers
    in the hill-country of Ephraim, (the name Ephraim being a general term for ten-tribed Israel ‘Ephraim’ the leader and holder of the birthright) as so frequently instanced in Scripture.

    Buzi, or Sakya Buddha, met with considerable success in turning many of his fellow Israelites to the worship of the one true God, and with his five disciples trained many of his people for mission work among scattered Israel wherever they might be found, his followers were known as Budii in Persia and the region of the Caspian Sea.

    The teaching of Buzi (Buddha) was strictly Scriptural as may be seen from a study of early Buddhist symbols; Buddha gave his followers their own Scriptures
    embodying these symbols which were formally authenticated B.C. 543 after his death. In the third century B.C. these Scriptures with other books on Buddhism were taken to Ceylon which has ever since been the headquarters of Buddhism. The professors of this religion called themselves Sakyas of the Argas, probably from the fact that it was from the Sacae (Saxons) they received their religion, and while they remained separate they appear to have driven all before them, and to have maintained the joy in life reflected in the Vedas, which much resemble the North-Western Eddas. But as they became mingled with the heathen people they lost hope. A revival, however, was soon to follow for the son of a North Indian Chief, Prince Siddartha Gautama, determined on revival, and choosing five disciples after the example of Sakya Buddha, he became to all intents and purposes a begging friar and with his disciples a teacher of Buddhism; his wife became the head of the first Buddhist nunnery of female recluses.

    According to Dr. D.B. Spooner, Siddartha Gautama’s mother, the Lady Maya, was of Iranian or Persian descent, the country where Buzi (Buddha) laid the foundation of his system, and from whom Siddartha Gautama would undoubtedly receive his knowledge of Buddhism.

    On attaining to Buddhahood under the Bhopal Tree at Bhisa (the desired end of much study and contemplation) Prince Gautama assumed the name of the founder, Sakya Buddha, and here he took up his abode with his five disciples. It is self evident that as Prince Gautama attained to Buddhahood he could not have been the original founder of Buddhism. Gautama died after forty-five years labour from eating too much rice and pork, a most ignoble ending for a reformer, but supplying further evidence that he was not actually Sakya., for no Saxon of those days would touch pork. It was one of the identifying marks of Israel as they trekked across Europe that all branches of the Sakya were known to abhor pork, this was the one Mosaic law to which they gave unswerving obedience.

    The original sources of our knowledge of Prince Gautama and his system are the Sanscrit Buddhistic literature of Nepal (first discovered by Mr.Brian Hodge) and the Pali Buddhistic, ie literature of Ceylon. In Hebrew “Pali” means “wonderful” and in Greek “ancient” both of which meanings it has to the Hindoo mind.

    As we have had in history two characters named St. Patrick 400 years apart; two named St. George 50 years apart, so we have had two Buddhas; in each case
    the original character was the true one.

    When Siddartha Gautama, the second Buddha and great reformer of a decadent Buddhism, died his body was burned and his charred bones were distributed over the whole country, to cover which, in after times, gave rise to the stupas, topes or relic mounds which have been discovered in so many places between Gabul and Madras. Asoka, one of their kings, established Buddhism as the state religion of India B.C. 250 and was the great engraver of rocks, pillars and topes, many of the words in which are Chaldaic-Hebrew.The best known topes or domes are at Sanchi, near Bhopal. One was discovered by General Cunningham at Bharut, 100 miles south-west of Allahabad. Each of the four Torans or gateways at Sanchi is formed by two upright pillars nearly six yards high and ten feet apart surmounted by pinnacles of the usual Buddhist emblems of the Wheel and Trident while the ground plan forms their gigantic mystic cross. The cast, of one is to he seen in the court of the South Kensington Museum.

    Buddhist legends form the basis of the old nursery tales and rhymes all over Europe as well as the lives of Roman Catholic saints, who have much other-wise in
    common with Buddhism (see” Bhilsa Tones” and “The Stupa of Bharut” by Major-General Cunningham, C.S.I.,G.I.E.,R.E., Director of the Archaeological Survey
    of India) .

    We shall now consider the emblems of Buddhism, all of which are of Hebrew origin and significance introduced by Buzi, the first, and original Buddha. The Union Jack or Union of Jacob with the cross known in a later age as the cross of St. George may be seen on the large tope or tumulus at Sanchi, with the Star Banner of
    the United States and Britannia’s Trident and Shield, while the Lion and Unicorn may be seen crouching in peace at Buddha’s feet, as he sits on his marble throne at the entrance to the vast rock temple at Ajanta.

    The Trident, the conventionalized flesh fork of the Levitical sacrifices, was retained as an emblem by the tribe of Levi and Buzi (Buddha), being of that tribe it is
    natural that this emblem should be found with the other Israel emblems, wherever Buddhism was set up.

    From Dr.George Moore’s “Ancient Pillar Stones of Scotland” we learn of the death of Aittie or Iatti, a Buddhist missionary with a Benjamite name (II.Samuel
    XXII 29, and I. Chronicles XI 31). The Ogham inscription round whose Newton tombstone in Aberdeenshire reads thus:

    ” When Baal ruled Jutland and the coast before thee Aittie was smitten,”

    and in the centre:

    “In the tomb with the dead is Aittie The light of the darkness of a perverted people.
    Who shall be pure priest of the people consecrated to God?
    Like the vessel of prayer my glory covers me.”

    The Sanscrit monogram “Zeus” added is said to mean “it is well.” This monument must have been erected more than two thousand years ago. The inscriptions on the Newton and Logie Stones have undoubted Hebrew symbols upon them, “The Lotus, the Wheel, the Lion and the Unicorn corresponding with that of Eastern Buddhism.”

    From the teaching of Buddha there emerged what became known as “The Enlightened Way”. This “Way” comprised: Right Thought; Right Speech; Right Behaviour; Right Doctrine; Right Purity;Right Humility; Right Purpose; Right Concentration. This righthfold way finds its origin in the Hebrew Ten Commandments.

    The Karen tradition of the Buddhist brotherhood with a western nation are to the same effect.

    Students of ancient history do not need to be told that two thousand years ago communication between East and West was comparatively easy, as regular caravans were established and no passports were required.

    The inscription on the Newton Stone – “When Baal ruled Jutland” raises an interesting point in connection with the tribe of Judah, or that portion of the tribe who
    when in captivity in Babylon declined the offer of repatriation made by Cyrus and trekked to the shores of the Caspian Sea to join their brethren of the ten tribes, the place known to Ezra as the whereabouts of escaped Israel from whom he requested the return of some Levites for service in the rebuilt temple at Jerusalem (Ezra VIII 17).These Judahites from Babylon became known as Jutes, and eventually as Jutes they trekked across Europe under their tribal flag, the Lion Rampant. On reaching Denmark they settled in the north of that country for some centuries, giving their name Jutland ( Judah’s Land) to it. Eventually these people crossed to Britain and essayed to settle in Kent but were pushed north to Scotland. In time they became the dominant people there and their tribal flag, the Lion Rampant, became the national flag of Scotland; their capital, now Edinburgh, was known as Judenberg ( Judah’s capital) .

    It was to these people the Buddhist missionaries came in B.C. times, most probably from the shores of the Caspian Sea, and it is most significant that on the Newton tombstone inAberdeenshire the name Jutland appears connecting that place with Scotland.

    Among the gravestones found in the Crimea, now in the museum at Leningrad there is one to “Bukki” (Buzi) “the son of Isehak the priest.” “May he rest in Eden at the time of the salvation of Israel. In the year 702 of our exile.” The dates on these tombstones are now doubted, they being hundreds of years apart.

    Have we not here the gravestone of Buzi Ezekiel’s father who followed after wayward and idolatrous Israel even from Media to the Caspian Sea, and whose monotheistic teaching is now corrupted in modern Buddhism but not without trace of the original Buddha’s system founded on Old Testament teaching?

    It is not claimed that Buddhism in its present corrupted form, or those who now profess it, are Israelite, any more than that Latin Christianity and the Latin people are truly Christian or of Israel. What modern Romanism is to New Testament Christianity modern Buddhism is to the Israelite teaching of the primitive founder of Buddhism. Both are apostacies adopted or adapted by alien races, through Asoka in one case and Pope Gregory on the other; both when traced to their source prove their indebtedness to the Bible and Israel as the once for all chosen channel of Divine revelation and benediction to mankind.

    In Japan the Rissho Association, based on right teaching, aspires to lead a revival of Buddhism. Dr. Charles Iglehart, a leader of the Protestant movement in Japan for fifty years, says:

    “Protestantism never really came to grips with the common people of Japan. Protestantism is an urban, middle-class, intellectuals religion.”…. “The truth is, Christian Churches do not proclaim the original faith of Jesus, any more than Buddhist temples reproduce the teaching of the historic Buddha.”

    The Buddhists have never ceased to expect the “Desire of all Nations” to come, and when our Lord returns to this earth, according to His sure promise, there are 500,000,000 Buddhists waiting to acclaim Him as their long expected Messiah. They in turn will be missionaries in many heathen lands, and when purified from error have their part in the great consummation of the ages when Our Lord ” shall see of the travail of His soul and be satisfied.” Then also will be fulfilled the prophecy delivered by Him during His ministry “They shall come from the east and from the west and from the north and from the south and shall sit down in the Kingdom of God.” Luke XIII.29.

    http://www.ensignmessage.com/buddha.html

    http://www.anglo-saxonisrael.com/docAncHist/buddhasaxon/buddhasaxon.pdf

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    Did the Bible Predict BUDDHISM?

    About 760 B.C., Amos 8:10-14 says, “I will turn your FEASTS into MOURNING, and all your SONGS into LAMENTATION; and I will bring up SACKCLOTH upon all loins, and BALDNESS upon every head; and I will make it like the MOURNING for an only SON, (Gautama Buddha) and the end of it like a BITTER day. Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land … of hearing the words of the Lord. And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the EAST( in India), they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord and shall not find it. In that day shall the fair VIRGINS and YOUNG MEN faint for THIRST. They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, By the life of thy God Dan! And By the life of the way of Beersheba! They shall fall and rise no more.”

    When Israelites became BUDDHISTS, all these predictions were literally fulfilled. Buddhist festivals are full of MOURNING. Their songs are LAMENTATIONS. All devotees to Buddha adopt SACKCLOTH as their clothing and they all make themselves BALD. BALD-headed devotees of Buddha are Sons of SACKCLOTH and the ordination of the priests is to this day a refinement of AUSTERITY since, according to the Karma Wakya, or Book of Ritual, they are required to wear a robe of FILTHY RAGS, and subject themselves to every form of DEGRADATION. Vows of CELIBACY by Buddha-worshippers in many parts of the East are well known. Indeed, in all countries professing Buddhism, priests are sworn to a life of CELIBACY and the number of NUNS is enormous. This is why the young men and women “faint for thirst.” Dan is one of the three names of Buddha given in the inscriptions both at Girnar and Delhi (cp. Amos 8:13-14).

    Isaiah 3:24 says, “it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be STINK; and instead of a girdle, a ROPE; and instead of well-set hair, BALDNESS; and instead of a robe. a girding of SACKCLOTH; and BRANDING instead of beauty.” Ezekiel 7:16-18 says, “They that escape … shall be … MOURNING, every one for his iniquity…. They shall also gird themselves with SACKCLOTH, and HORROR shall cover them; and SHAME shall be upon all faces, and BALDNESS upon all their heads.”

    The word for “mourning” in verse 16 is “homoth,” the plural form of the initial word of perpetual BUDDHIST prayers. Without this word all their MANTRAS and incantations would be deemed unavailing.

    “Mourning For an Only Son” — Buddha?

    The rock inscriptions of early BUDDHISM are one great cry of desolation, of ruin ever present and all hope gone. The founder of BUDDHISM was a prince of the SAKAN race, himself bearing the name of SAKYA, or more fully SAKYA Muni. Born in India about the year 618 B.C., at an early age he had risen to be prince of the surrounding peoples, preached for 40 years about charity and chastity, overturned many tyrannies, declared equality between high and low caste and founded hospitals and raised women to equality. Furthermore, he taught the coming of a seed of a woman of the SAKYAN race, who would crush the serpent’s head and bring peace to the world. He remodeled the languages by compiling new Sanskrit and Pali grammars incorporating HEBREW in Pali form. After his death idolatry and innovations crept into BUDDHISM making it a poor reflection of what the SAKYA had taught.

    • Wow your copy-paste comments are longer than the article. COINCIDENCES aside, your Bible is shit at predicting things.

      It’s only, pareidola, cog nex. It would have been helpful if Jesus “predicted” the cure for leprosy back then.

  2. yes my copy-paste comments is far lengthy than any article in this site has created. Just like the bible for thorough explanation. if you have been reading the bible then you could have at least learned who and how leprosy was started.

    spammy? my copy-paste comments is more detailed than any spam you could received in the mail, no purchase necessary, no deals, no virus, no trujan, no cookie, no unzip files, etc.

    • Yes I read the Bible. From Genesis to Revelation. Jesus couldn’t fix leprosy. lol.

      yeah, well the spam blocker said it’s spam. good thing I saw and marked it not spam, otherwise your comments wouldn’t be aired here.

      :)))))

  3. Well, that’s your freewill do what you must. if you don’t want me here to your wall just ask i wont hesitate to stop. Just don’t think that i owe you by not blocking my comments. I’d rather be blocked than not treating my comments serious enough because to tell you the truth there’s no difference between the two. my comments are intended to be read not to be censured before reading it.

    on other hand leprosy will find its cure when people come to there senses. If you have patience read this:

    DOES GOD DESTROY?

    Were the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile judgments from God? Or how about the tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004? Or Hurricane Katrina in 2005? It seems as if every time there is a major disaster, some religious pundit gives God the credit—or the blame.
    So is God quick to inflict disaster? Doesn’t He care when innocent people suffer? Is God a terrorist who strikes both good people and bad people without warning?
    This sort of opining-after-the-fact comes across as self-righteous, and it paints God as a tyrant. It leads many people to reject the God of the Bible as unfair, vengeful, and ready to destroy human life at any moment. It’s easy, simply reading through the Bible, to get the idea that God is constantly inflicting disaster on human beings. But it’s important to keep in mind that the Old Testament covers thousands of years, so judgments upon the wicked are rare. Nevertheless, there are stories in the Bible about God inflicting natural disasters on the earth, so it’s important that we examine some of these to see what lessons they may have for us as we contemplate the disasters that strike our planet today.
    The Flood of Noah. The first biblical record of a judgment from God is the story of the Flood. And the first question that arises in our minds is, Why would a loving God destroy an entire global population of human beings—whom He Himself had created? The Bible gives the answer. Describing the world before the Flood, it says, “Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. . . . ‘The earth is filled with violence’ ” (Genesis 6:11, 13). In our modern world, we lock up violent people as a protection to society. But what happens if the entire social order has become violent? That apparently was the case before the Flood. As God looked down on the earth, He saw that human beings had become so wicked that He was sorry He even created them! Violence was one of their most defining characteristics, and God’s solution was to destroy the world.
    But first He commanded His servant Noah to build a large boat, called an “ark,” in which anyone who wished could be saved. Then He gave Noah 120 years to tell the people what was coming. Unfortunately, in the end, only Noah and his family chose to enter the ark.
    From this story we learn two important lessons about the natural disasters that God causes. First, He warns people about the disaster ahead of time, and second, He provides a way of escape.
    Sodom and Gomorrah. We see these same lessons in the story about God’s destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, two very wicked cities at the time of Abraham. According to the story in the Bible, God sent two angels to Sodom to warn the people of His plan to destroy the city, but instead of accepting the warning, the citizens tried to attack the angels. Lot protected them, and they spent the night with him and his family. The next morning, they hurried Lot and his family out of the city just before it was destroyed. Again, we see that God gave a warning and provided a way of escape, but the people refused to accept it. Because of Lot’s relationship to Abraham, the angels took him and his family out of the city almost against their will.
    There’s another lesson in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. I will begin by giving you a simple test of your Bible knowledge. True or false: Abraham prayed for the destruction of Sodom. The answer, of course, is false. Abraham prayed that God would spareSodom. The Bible says that Abraham approached God and said, “ ‘Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?’ The Lord said, ‘If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake’ ” (Genesis 18:23–26).
    From this we learn that it only takes a few good people in a population to spare the entire population from destruction.
    The story of Job. The first two chapters in the biblical story of Job help us to understand something else about God’s relationship to disaster, though in this case the disaster was to a single individual and his family. The story begins with a conversation between God and Satan. God considers Job to be one of His most faithful servants, but Satan challenges Him on that. Of course, Job serves You! Satan says in effect. Look how You’ve blessed him! He has 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 1,000 oxen, and 500 donkeys! Job is a wealthy man! Then comes Satan’s challenge, Take all that away, and Job will curse You to Your face.
    So God says to Satan, Go ahead. Take it all away from him. Just don’t touch his body.
    Within 24 hours, Job’s wealth is wiped out. Yet through all this loss of wealth, Job maintains his loyalty to God.
    So Satan comes back to God and says, OK, Job was loyal to You even though he lost all his wealth, but let me touch his body, and he will curse You to Your face!
    So God says, Go ahead. Harm him physically. Just spare his life.
    Soon Job breaks out with boils all over his body. The pain is so excruciating that his wife says, “Why don’t you curse God and die?” Throughout most of the rest of the book, four of Job’s friends (if we can call them that) keep insisting that his suffering is God’s punishment for his sinfulness. But Job maintains his loyalty to God.
    For our purpose in this article, the point of the story is that Job’s suffering was caused by Satan, not by God. This is an extremely important point to note as we consider the causes of the natural disasters that strike our planet.
    The story of Jonah. Jonah gives us the story of a judgment from God that did not take place. This story reveals more about the heart of God than all the other stories about His judgments in the Bible. Jonah is an Israelite prophet, and God tells him to go to Nineveh and warn its inhabitants that their city will be destroyed in 40 days. Nineveh was the capital of the ancient Assyrian nation and a very wicked city. The Assyrians were a cruel people who were responsible for the capture, deportation, and enslavement of the northern tribes of Israel.
    Jonah is afraid to go to Nineveh and actually takes a boat across the Mediterranean in the opposite direction! You no doubt know the rest of the story: God causes a great storm to arise, the sailors throw Jonah in the sea, he gets swallowed by a big fish (the Bible does not call it a whale), and the fish spits him out onto dry land. Again, God commands Jonah to warn the people of Nineveh that their city is about to be destroyed, and this time Jonah cooperates. And the people respond. They repent, and the city is spared.
    Jonah was angry with God when the city was not destroyed, but God said, “ ‘Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?’ ” (Jonah 4:11). Apparently God not only had compassion on the people but on their cattle as well!
    Contrary to some people’s perception of the Old Testament God, Ezekiel quotes God as saying, “ ‘ “As surely as I live, . . . I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live” ’ ” (Ezekiel 33:11; emphasis added).

    by William McCall

    • No one blocked your comments, you silly. WordPress has a built in spam filter. The spam filter classified your comment as “spam.”
      I marked it “not spam” so your comments can be read. Don’t be absurd. :)

      God loves us so much he flooded the earth and killed everyone except for Noah. Pro-life, that is. Pro-love too. :)

  4. that aritcle is from SDA website they don’t have accurate understanding on how the flood happened because they assumed that the entire earth was covered with water. if that’s true that the literal world was covered with water then why we have trees around the world dated more than 10,000 years old. Any living things would have died because of the salt water decomposition.
    And if the enemies of God have died on that flood we wouldn’t have any problems today. the word was Erets in hebrew manuscript and it was translated to english earth 665x, land 1581x, country 44x, ground 119x, lands 57x, countries 15x, and a few others.
    there are many verse in the bible that if we take the word world literally as globe it would be so confusing.

    there’s about 50,000 or more bad word translations in KJV, NIV, Catholic bible, Masoretic text, NRSV, etc. that is why we have different christian denominations because they are confused on there bible. You see my other comment about Ivan Panin he used greek and hebrew original manuscripts that is how he found out about the number 7’s eight features and 11’s built in every letters and words, chances this could happen is one in billions. Which is not possible in human capacity to think not even true in our super computers today. This is only true in greek and hebrew language not in english or any kind.

    not a single christian church in Philippines that i know of that knows about this error maybe very few people. Every bible that was translated in English that we can buy in stores today or any Christian church has allot of errors which it is impossible to understand without concordance and lexicon. Any versions translated around AD is defective specially in medieval versions.

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