Tuesday, December 2, 2014
I have mentioned Seleukos II and Bactria before, but I will mention it again. I got a "pitch" in the mail about a coin - actually a distorted coin. Why would someone need to distort a coin? (Afraid of the truth?) Buddhist fable, a widow finds two coppers (coins) in a dung heap and, in her destitution, contributes them to a band of monks. In the Xtian re-telling of the fable, Jesus (a Jewish stand-up comic) delivers the punch line. Luke 21:1-4 (NKJV0), Mark 12:42 "And there came a certain poor widow..." Check out "The Widow's Mites: Praise or Lament?" Even one's perspective is a matter of the original context - in mistranslation. My point is this: "Is a distortion of the truth (numismatic evidence) a lie?" If it is a lie, is it a large, medium, or small lie? And does this little white lie come with whipped cream and a cherry on top? obfuscate the simple fact that Buddhism was present in Israel before, during, and after the time of the "Christ?" So WHAT is the point? I am not advocating dualism - the truth v. the lie. I am advocating THINKING on your part. What do people fear, and why do they fear it? What if it is the mask of AUTHORITY that hides them and devoid of their persona, they have no clothes? Do you know that some people fear silence? If the absence of "life" is silence (instead of heaven, the Elysian Fields, 72 white grapes, &c) , then just what is the problem? As a result, many make much noise about such a very small topic.
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