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Saturday, February 29, 2020

The 'Injeelic' Problem

Three problems exist in the
beliefs of Abrahamic religions.

Jews do not accept Injeel
since they do not accept Jesus
as a Prophet or God Incarnated as Man.

The Christians, under Trinity, think of Jesus as God.
They do not think of Injeel as a book sent
by a God to Himself.

The believe in the New Testament (NT)
which were written many years
after the Crucifixion (Crucifiction?) of Christ.
The names of the Gospels are people who were known
but they are not the Authors.
They were written by their believers or followers.

About the case of St. Paul
(the current Christianity is Pauline Christianity)
we have the following quote in Wikipedia.
According to the New Testament book, Acts of the Apostles, Paul persecuted some of the early disciples of Jesus, possibly Hellenised diaspora Jews converted to Christianity, in the area of Jerusalem prior to his conversion. 
In the narrative of Acts, Paul was traveling on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus on a mission to "arrest them and bring them back to Jerusalem" when the resurrected Jesus appeared to him in a great light. He was struck blind, but after three days his sight was restored by Ananias of Damascus and Paul began to preach that Jesus of Nazareth is the Jewish Messiah and the Son of God. Almost half the book is Paul's acts and  and works.. 
[Acts 9:20-9:21] 

Muslims believe that Injeel was a book sent to
Jesus, as a Prophet, by Allah.

The Muslim view is based on the Qur'an,
which is considered by them to be the word of Allah.
O People of the Scripture. do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to Mary and a soul [created at a command] from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say, "Three"; desist - it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs.
(Qur'an - Surah 4 Ayat 171)

They state that the actual Injeel was removed by a Pope
to make their new belief as the ones Christians must follow.

(Some Muslims think that a copy
of the original Injeel is in the Vatican Library)

I read the Bible frequently in my interest in religious studies
and have found several problems in the Old Testament.
But that's not important since the book was written
in over a 1000 years, according to most studies,
and much of it is even written by people
who did not believe in one God
(and some who believed in several gods).

There are two major versions of the Bible
(I and not counting the Mormon Bible which deals
with Jesus's life in the USA!).
I refer to the Protestant and the Roman Catholic Version.

I have used King James Version here.

For those not in the know, some Protestants use Bibles which also include 14 additional books in a section known as the Apocrypha (though these are not considered canonical) bringing the total to 80 books. This is often contrasted with the 73 books of the Catholic Bible, which includes seven deuterocanonical books as a part of the Old Testament.

However, with Easter approaching soon
(Sunday, 12th April 2020)
I decided I'd turn to the NT and read it again.

Oh, no …

Having found several problems there,
I would want some Christians to help me with them.
(I hope some do read this post).

1. St. Paul and the Gospels disagree with whether there was a tomb where Jesus was laid.
2. St. Paul and the Gospels disagree with whether the tomb literally became empty.
3. All of the Gospels accept that women went to the tomb on the first day of the week. But they disagree on who were the women and what they saw there.
4. The Gospels disagree on whether the women really saw the risen Christ. Mark and Luke say NO; Matthew and John say YES.
5. The Gospels disagree on where the 12 Disciples were when Christ appeared to them the first time: Mark implies that it was Galilee; Matthew states that it was in Galilee; Luke says that it was never in Galilee but in Jerusalem; John says that it was in Jerusalem first and in Galilee much later.
6. There is a disagreement on whether it was 'on the third day' or 'after three days'.
7. Who saw the Christ among the people first? Paul says it was Peter; Mathew says it was the women at the tomb; Luke says it was Cleopas (an early Christian) on the road to Emmaus; John says it was Mary Magdalene alone.

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Moving … 2

This house is too big for us.
Four Bedrooms with Baths.
A Drawing and a Living Room.
Five baths.
Two lawns.
A large terrace.
A front space for performances.
(Sheema Kermani and Attiya Dawood did their first events here)
A back space for a small baethak.
Three Stores.
Far too many service people.

Many of our favourite things, sadly, 
will NOT fit in the new smaller house.

These are some things
that I will be selling
right now.

(like furniture and similar stuff)
I will write again about
in another post soon.

Currently sold at $69 in USA
Rs. 8,000

A Projector Wall Screen
Used for 2-3 hours each time for presentations.

Rs 7,000

Ideal for Office or Home.

Art Work

A beautiful 4' Square painting by 
It is mounted on 8" sides under which there is a bulb.
Looks absolutely great at night, too.

Rs 50,000

BITS Brain by
Artist Mariam Suhail

Rs 25,000

The BITS Brain
Conceived by me as an object where visitors would drop their visiting cards at exhibitions or at our offices, the drawer could be opened to remove the cards and respond to queries or even connect with the people.  
This wonderful sculpture was made by a delightful artist who now lives in Bangalore (India). Sabeen Mahmud and I ran the BITS office until Sab’s assassination in 2015. The sculpture had been at the office (plus at a couple of exhibits) and has now been displayed in my house since then. We would like to sell this lovely art piece to someone who likes ‘brains’ or wants to use it in their own office or home.

Rapesco's Adjustable Diary Punch

Fits most 6 hole Diaries and Folders
Mistakenly ordered twice by me and my daughter.
This one is brand new.

Rs 2,750

Collectors CD Sets

I had over 15000 books of all sorts:
Facts, Fiction, Sci-Fi, Religious, Graphics and more.

I also had tons of music:
78s, LPs, 45s, CDs, DVDs, Cassettes & Tapes
(many recorded by me at
Qavvaalis, Mushairas, and some Interviews).

All of the above, and working players where needed,
have been given to a friend who has promised
to put them in a library for the public and researchers
sometimes this year.
Great idea!!!

However there are a few Collection CDs
I thought people may want to buy.
Each has been played only once
for transferring on to Lossless AACs.

All of them have Booklets and Photo Collections.
Some have Posters or Stamps.

Priced at the amount I paid for them.

Joan Baez Collection: Rare - Live - Classical 

The best of her works on 3 CDs (and a booklet)
Rs 1,200

Eric Clapton & Led Zeppelin

Eric Clapton 4 CDs and a wonderful booklet
Led Zeppelin  with a lovely booklet and photo poster
Rs. 2000

Rs 2000

Write to me on my FB and collect what you want!

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