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10 Christ-like Figures Who Pre-Date Jesus

10 Christ-like Figures Who Pre-Date Jesus
Religion I recently watched the documentary Zeitgeist (Part 1) as well as Bill Maher’s movie Religulous. Both made mention of claims often made that there are many stories that predate Jesus but have striking parallels. I decided to follow up on these claims and see what kind of information was out there to substantiate these assertions. I found several websites run by Christians who obviously disputed all claims of any parallels to the life of Jesus. As a non-christian, I am approaching this topic purely as an interested observer. Here are ten of the figures often sited: Both went to their temples at the age of twelve, where they are said to have astonished all with their wisdom. “When he [Buddha] went again to the garden he saw a monk who was calm, tranquil, self–possessed, serene, and dignified. Jesus responded: “…begone, Satan!” Homeric tales about Odysseus emphasize his suffering life, just as in Mark Jesus said that he, too, would suffer greatly. Born of a virgin, Isis. Related:  Christianity

The Christ of India Essene roots of Christianity At the time of Jesus of Nazareth there were two major currents or sects within Judaism: the Pharisees and the Sadducees. The Pharisees were extremely concerned with strict external observance of their interpretation of the Mosaic Law, ritual worship, and theology. There was also a third sect which both was and was not part of Judaism. Jesus of Nazareth was an Essene, as were most of his followers, including the twelve Apostles. Their claims about their very existence was certainly a controversial matter. The reality of this contact with India is shown in the Zohar (2:188a-b), a compilation of ancient Jewish mystical traditions and the major text of the Jewish Kabbalah. “Rabbi Yose and Rabbi Hiyya were walking on the road. Their contact and interchange with Indian religion–Brahminical practices in particular–were manifested in several ways among the Essenes: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. The History of Isha Messiah–Jesus the Christ

Teach the Controversy - Intelligently designed t-shirts urging you to show both sides of every story, even the really, really dumb sides. by Jeremy Kalgreen Infographic List The Lost Years of Jesus in Tibet « Tibet Talk The undocumented portion of Jesus’s early life, popularly known as “The Lost Years of Jesus, have aroused many questions about Jesus of Nazareth’s whereabouts and activities during this period. “The Lost Years of Jesus” are generally said to comprise of Jesus’s life after 12 years of age and prior to 30 years of age. These years have been suitably labeled the “Lost Years” since there has been no biblical or middle eastern/western records of Jesus’s activities during this period to date. However in 1887 Nicolas Notovitch (pictured in right), a Russian aristocrat and journalist, traveled to an ancient Tibetan monastery in Himis, north of Srinagar in Kashmir, and discovered and translated ancient Buddhist scripts which spoke of a Saint Issa (a transliteration of the word Jesus), a man who had traveled from Israel to the lands of India, Persia, Tibet (in the Ladakh area of Kashmir) and many others. “Issa [Jesus] is a great prophet, one of the first after the twenty-two Buddhas. Sources:

Data from 22,000+ Horoscopes Shows True Nature of Astrology There have been a lot of studies on the subject of horoscopes, astrology, and astrological predictions in general and as Wikipedia so succinctly tells us: “Studies have repeatedly failed to demonstrate statistically significant relationships between astrological predictions and operationally defined outcomes.” In short, when put to the scientific test horoscopes succeed as much as chance alone in predicting whatever parameter they are purported to predict. Of course, believers in Astrology usually repeat the same old tired explanations for the inability of science to confirm astrological predictions. These include a lack of scientific equipment or theory capable of measuring or understanding the mystery of astrology, and of course simple lack of belief. As former JREF President and Bad Astronomer Phil Plait has pointed out many a time and in great detail: “Astrology is wrong.” “Whatever the situation or secret moment, enjoy everything a lot. Trackback(0)

Junk Charts This post is part 2 of an appreciation of the chart project by Google Newslab, advised by Alberto Cairo, on the gender and racial diversity of the newsroom. Part 1 can be read here. In the previous discussion, I left out the following scatter bubble plot. This plot is available in two versions, one for gender and one for race. The story appears to be a happy one: in many newsrooms, the leadership roughly reflects the staff in terms of gender distribution (even though both parts of the whole compare disfavorably to the gender ratio in the neighborhoods, as we saw in the previous post.) Unfortunately, there are a few execution problems with this scatter plot. First, take a look at the vertical axis labels on the right side. I find this decision confounding. The horizontal axis? Here is the same chart with improved axis labels: Re-labeling serves up a new issue. The solution, as shown below, is to shift the vertical gridlines by 5% so that the 45-degree line bisects every grid cell it touches.

Early Christian Writings: New Testament, Apocrypha, Gnostics, Church Fathers Celsus According to the Christian father Origen, Celsus (/ˈsɛlsəs/; Greek: Κέλσος) was a 2nd-century Greek philosopher and opponent of Early Christianity. He is known for his literary work, The True Word (Account, Doctrine or Discourse) (Λόγος Ἀληθής), which survives exclusively in Origen's quotations from it in Contra Celsum. This work, c. 177[1] is the earliest known comprehensive attack on Christianity. Work[edit] According to Origen, Celsus was the author of an anti-Christian work titled The True Word (Alēthēs logos). Celsus seems to have been interested in Ancient Egyptian religion,[5] and he seemed to know of Jewish logos-theology, both of which suggest The True Word was composed in Alexandria.[6] Celsus wrote at a time when Christianity was being allegedly persecuted[7] and when there seems to have been more than one emperor.[8][9][10][11][12] As an anti-Christian Greek philosopher, Celsus mounted an attack on Christianity. O light and truth! Origen wrote his refutation in 248.

Data Visualization: Modern Approaches Data presentation can be beautiful, elegant and descriptive. There is a variety of conventional ways to visualize data – tables, histograms, pie charts and bar graphs are being used every day, in every project and on every possible occasion. However, to convey a message to your readers effectively, sometimes you need more than just a simple pie chart of your results. So what can we expect? Let’s take a look at the most interesting modern approaches to data visualization as well as related articles, resources and tools. 1. Trendmap 20071 Informationarchitects.jp3 presents the 200 most successful websites on the web, ordered by category, proximity, success, popularity and perspective in a mindmap. 2. Newsmap4 is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. Digg BigSpy arranges popular stories at the top when people digg them. Digg Stack: Digg stories arrange themselves as stack as users digg them. 3. 4. 5. 6.

crucifixion reason M.I.B. » Twee Excel tips voor je KPI dashboard Excel, welke analist gebruikt het niet. Vanwege de beperking in aantal records wil je nog wel eens genoodzaakt zijn om een andere tool te gebruiken, maar Excel 2007 heeft ook dat top op zekere hoogte opgelost (> 1 mio records!). Op internet zijn tal van handige gratis Excel tools te vinden. Hieronder twee gratis tools die ik recentelijk tegen ben gekomen. KPI Dashboard Steeds vaker zie je dat Excel gebruikt wordt als standaard rapportagetool. Je kunt naast verschillende KPI’s de ontwikkelingen van segmenten met elkaar vergelijken en events definieren. CXNow! Een mindere kant van Excel is de standaard grafieken, vooral als deze in een presentatie worden gebruikt. In deze video wordt stap voor stap uitgelegd hoe het werkt. Tags: Excel, KPI dashboard, what if analyse

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