We haven’t find an answer for the chapter pages, the pursuit continues. My friends are complaining that I am not giving proper intro to them, so here are their facebook profiles.. Get to know better.
Thomas – http://www.facebook.com/easo.thomas
Prakash Vin – http://www.facebook.com/prakash.vin
and Joe – www.potofthots.com
I was half way through with the Lost Symbol yesterday and I started the discussion of faith and belief once again. I am the only non-believer of the whole lot. Some of my other colleagues could not believe that I am a non-believer.
Joe although a book reader never read Da Vinci Code.. Da Vinci Code showed me the path where I should look for answers to my questions. I had lot of questions about life of Jesus Christ and through that book I was routed to the other books which Dan Brown took as an inspiration.. ( Holy Blood Holy Grail etc.,)
Joe’s argument was “What’s the big deal if Jesus is married or not, my faith is not going to change. It doesn’t take the ‘God’ out of Jesus”
Thomas’ argument was “the faith and belief in us are taught by our parents, peers, priests and so we are conditioned to certain basic values which comes in to question when some one claims Jesus was married. If he was married, where is the blood line?”
Prakash’s question was simple ” if you say the bible was written by someone else and original bible is the gnostic gospels – it can be false too. So which is the truth?”
My argument was ” if your faith is shaken by a book, then your faith is not faith at all. So church was not prudent in advocating not to read the book. For a non-believer like me, it doesn’t matter at all. “
I think this argument will go on and on forever, thanks to Dan Brown for making the world’s biggest conspiracy in to an mainstream argument.
So then came the interesting part, I said there is a book called “Jesus lived in India” ( I am thinking of buying it) and Prakash was saying ” Yes, it says he lived in Kashmir and some other places“. Joe claimed that India is mentioned in Bible. I asked “you mean as India?”
He said “yes, in the Book of Esther in Old Testament”. I was surprised because India is more of a recent name. Even the Greek called us Indoi from Indus … Lost in Translation? So here it is
[ Queen Vashti Deposed ] This is what happened during the time of Xerxes, the Xerxes who ruled over 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush :
Esther 1:1-3 (in Context) Esther 1 (Whole Chapter)
At once the royal secretaries were summoned—on the twenty-third day of the third month, the month of Sivan. They wrote out all Mordecai’s orders to the Jews, and to the satraps, governors and nobles of the 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush. These orders were written in the script of each province and the language of each people and also to the Jews in their own script and language.
Esther 8:8-10 (in Context) Esther 8 (Whole Chapter)
Thanks to Biblegateway.com (courtesy Joe, it gives keyword search in Bible.Try it).. The verse even says about country of Lord Sivan
Yes its yet to get over, then came the biggest bomb of yesterday. Thomas claimed that “the Hindu god Lord Indra has been mentioned in Bible with respect to Samson”. We were like “WHAT?” – in big,bold, capital letters. He claimed that Samson was tied before the death in Indra’s Temple. He started his pursuit with my iPhone to prove it to us. He could not find it yesterday during lunch. I tried it in the evening but I didn’t find any reference. The Bible refers to a god called Dagon with respect to Samson.
So we are waiting for him to prove it to us.. That would be a revealation, what say???
So Thomas came up with the answer today in a mail. It’s another translation tactic by Bible Society of India – to Indianise the Bible – it seems they translated Zeus an Hermes in to Indra and Budhan. I know there are lots of similarities between Roman, Greek and Hindu Mythology – but this one was awesome 😉
Quoting from his mail –
Now if you read Acts of Apostles, Chapter 14, verse 13 you can see that Zeus and Hermes are mentioned there. The comedy part is that in Malayalam bible they are mentioned as “Indra” and “Budhan”
Realizing that Malayalam was not one of the languages that Bible was first printed, I understand that it was one cheap trick used by Bible society of India to confuse people.
— Post From My iPhone