Emails I Have Loved
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 1999 08:09:03 -1000 (HST)
To: Acharya S
thanks for the information...I heard you last night on the bible phonies show here on Maui....you're great....enjoyable mind to share. aloha
To: Acharya S
Subject: truthbeknown webpage
Date: Thu, 01 Jul 1999 16:34:36 PDT
Hello... I'm a random college student who happened upon your amazing website, and as soon as I figure out why I'm writing you, I'll mention it! :
It's rather strange; lately I have taken a deep interest in two things; 1) Babylonian/Mesopotamian/Sumerian history, culture, religion, mythology and how this and other side-topics relate to biblical history, and 2) the many strong, fierce issues, often very justifiable, that people have with faith in a deity, and particularly Jesus Christ....
Okay, I'll be totally honest; I'm a Christian, and I don't know if you'll continue reading my email, but my purpose is not to make any points at all. I generally detest arguing about much, and see little point to it anyway. It's just not my personality. I'm rather interested in the information you've been kind and diligent enough to provide us all in such a concise manner, actually. I plan on making many visits to your webpage and others, as soon as I can get myself psyched for reading things I know will challenge my beliefs outright and on top of it make me look stupid....
Anyway, I think the reason I impulsively decided to email you has to do with #2 above; I'm just really occupied lately with getting on the inside of the problems, to put it mildly, that people have with believing in Jesus Christ.... I haven't figured out whether I'm a strange Christian or not.... I say this because so many of the views and "common" reactions of Christians to many things, for example, pages like yours, are completely foreign to me. I can't get over these rather hostile reactions they have, such as calling you "evil" outright, and such as you describe on your site. I can't see myself doing that so automatically! I mean, what is the point??? It's just an insult! ... Another thing that seems to isolate me a little is I have almost nil Christian friends. Well, that is changing a little, but outside of my church, you know what my friends often are? Various forms of pagan, including Wiccan, hedonist, or just atheist, agnostic, whatever other nice labels there are. Don't understand the label thing, either. I call myself a Christian because that's what I'm supposed to be called or whatever. For some reason, the label gets to me a little. Anyway, I don't know what this says about me. I have many things in common with lots of people who don't "share" my faith? I don't know what it means. It tends to open this door into how people view people like myself. It has been this way, so far, for much of my young life.
Basically, I tend to get along with these people so well, and often I end up listening to their own rants about Christianity. I usually agree; can't find much reason not to, and you don't have to be Einstein to see what's wrong with religion/s. ... Still, I'm finding that the more I hear about Christianity and Christians, and believers, etc, the more restless I am to try to earn some respect and credibility.
The problem is, here I am trying to show people "Look, we're not all the same, you know. We're not all fanatics and hey, some of us may actually make sense!" Meanwhile, I'm defending Christians in my mind if nothing else, and I get disappointed by fellow believers who react in ridiculous ways to such different people, such as the people who have emailed you! ...
... I actually found your page by looking for sites that were "anti-Christian." I mean, I actually typed that in my browser. ... The reason for this email, is that whenever I read things such as what you have written - not necessarily the arguments about the possible mythology of Christ, but more the reactions to believers who have contacted you - I always have a strong desire to meet the person. I don't think I've ever actually gone through with trying to contact the person before, but I think I'd like to for a change. This whole issue has me so turned around.
I associate, on a regular basis, with many people who hold your views. (although quite often they are hardly as informed and educated as you apparently are, and by the way your bio is impressive. But just as often they are.) ... I was kind of wondering if you knew any Christians you actually had any respect for. Or, what kind of qualities would a believer have to have to be respected by you? Maybe I think your personal reaction to Christians might give me some insight into how people perceive me, as a believer. I don't know....
Oh yeah; I was going to say I'm well aware that you're far above my level, in... oh, I guess in maturity, in the social sense and certainly the academic....
It is excellent that you are searching. You will find, I suspect, that you do not wish to be categorized such as in "I am a Christian." There are many cultures "out there," all of which have some value. To cling to one above another represents cultural ignorance and bigotry, which, with your studies, you are remedying.
Erudite people have trouble believing in Jesus Christ because he is not a historical character. Others because his eternal presence as a ghost in the sky is incredible. Still others realize that religion in general is a form of insidious mind-control and soul-enslavement. And there are those who just don't care about much at all.
Those who have broken free from the conditioning - which is foisted upon innocent minds ("tabulae rasae") from birth - consider all such brainwashing to be "BORG," i.e., assimilation into a collective that destroys individuality. Hence, they are called "freethinkers," whose thoughts belong to them. No freethinker wants to be assimilated or enslaved. Thus, they are hostile - to a hostile enemy.
No, I don't have any respect for faith, because it is not based on reality and scientific thinking. It is, in fact, childish. Such being the case, I have not had a single intelligent argument refuting my research, which isn't "mine" but that of many people, some of whose opinions can be found at my Christ Conspiracy links.
It is good to hear that "many people" hold my views. Such means that they are becoming educated. You, too, can free yourself from the conditioning and just be a human being. You are only a Christian because you were born into it. If you had been born in India, you would be a Hindu; in Egypt, a Muslim. In those cases, you would then find the Christians to be lost and condemned. And this, my friend, is the problem with religion. It creates divisiveness and hatred. There's just no way around it, and the human species will not progress until these ideologies are dropped from the human psyche.
To: "Acharya S"
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 1999 01:05:12 -0700
Are you a transsexual? The giveaway is your uncharacteristic aggression, your braininess, and expositionism.
This is a rather sexist message, but I'll forgive that. Have you seen my photos? Do I LOOK like a transsexual? Obviously, there's no "giveaway," as I am not. I'll grant you that "aggression" is masculine, but braininess? Only in societies that are too stupid to encourage the education of their females. The first four students - i.e., the valedictorian, salutatorian, etc. - and much of the top 20 of my high school class, for example, were GIRLS. Of course, that's a middle-class experience, I guess.
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 1999 13:42:24 -0700
To: Acharya S
Subject: Truth Be Known
It is plain to see that you are a New Ager like David Icke. I would even go so far as to say that I should probably not even be writing this letter to you as it will probably just be deleted or saved in a category with some others. However just like Icke you have probably never humbled yourself before God and asked Him to show you anything. That inner self is taking over but it is guided by the wrong spirit. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction." Proverbs 1:7 "The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God." Psalms 53:1
You probably can not open your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ. Where you ever beaten as a child or abused? I ask that because I know Jesus Christ exists. He has answered my prayers many times. It is far too coincidental for it not to be Him. Outcomes that I personally could never possibly have arranged.
This is, I suppose, somewhat of a knee-jerk reaction (more of a shot in the dark) because you seem so adamant on NOT believing, but I don't hate you for what you believe. That is your choice and you choose to follow that path. I only suggest that you NOT close your mind to learning something new. No matter how much you hurt or hate. If you ask Jesus Christ and truly mean it He will reveal it to you. THIS I know first hand, NOT JUST because the Bible says so but because I have personally experienced His mercy and grace. It is a beautiful thing to behold. What a pity that you choose not to.
Nevertheless, just like others, I will be a witness at the Great White Throne judgment. You will be held accountable for what you know.
Isa 66:1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? 2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. 3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. 4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
Acharya, don't mock God. Accept His free gift of eternal life through His Son, Jesus Christ.
No ill will intended to you.
P.S. I am impressed with your education. I hope you do not exclude the most important lesson of your life.
Aye, yay, yay. This guy is too BORG to even deal with. "Don't mock God?" Oh, so you speak for God? Just love the humility of these people. In fact, the idiocy displayed by the people who mindlessly believe and buy into ideologies contrived to fool them is the REAL mockery of "God." Indeed, the fact that these lies are allowed to fester for thousands of years basically proves there is NO such god person in charge of anything. Good grief. What a dumb message. I am a scientist. I actually use my brain. Sorry, BORG, but you can't assimilate me. What is your gig in wanting to assimilate people and enslave their souls? Have you lost your own, such that you want to suck out those of others? Christian=BORG vampire.
Was I beaten? Apparently YOU were - beaten senseless by a bunch of crap designed to suck out your soul, which apparently worked.
You know Jesus exists? Oh, I know Mickey Mouse exists - he answers my prayers all the time. And 1 billion Hindus know that Krishna exists - have you been bowing down to Him lately? No, because you are culturally ignorant. I also don't believe that your prayers are being answered. Christians are fundamentally dishonest and deluded.
To: "Acharya S"
Date: Fri, 9 Jul 1999 15:14:51 +0100
Hello there Acharya!
Yesterday I was browsing on the internet, searching for Cannibalism topics and I've found your great article - "Is Cannibalism a Religious Experience?" I am just writing to let you know that I do share your opinion on the matter and have a similar point of view. I work in an underground magazine dedicated to Extreme Metal/Dark/Ambient music, art in general, philosophies based on Occult-Esoteric-Alienated themes and all types of strange cultures and alternative perspectives such as Mythology, Magik, Out Of Body Experiences, Vampirism and so forth. And what I would like to ask you is if I can use your article for my publication?
To: Acharya S
Subject: Junkfood and Criminality
I found this actually humorous.
I am fat. I am a "junkfood junkie". I would never even consider turning to crime, drugs, alcohol, or anything like that. All I need is God.
Oh brother. I think this message speaks for itself. Kinda shootin' yourself in the foot, ain't ya? All you need is God? So why are you so empty that you stuff yourself all day long? It is great that you do not commit crimes. However, there's obviously a problem here. You are fat. Junkfood makes you fat. This is because you are not getting the proper allotment of nutrients, such that you are compelled to eat more. Also, if "all you need is God," you would not be stuffing yourself with junkfood. Obviously, what you REALLY need is not "God" but good nutrition - and love from REAL human beings, not intangible concepts in the sky.
The majority of people who have committed crimes against me have had one thing in common: They were junkfood junkies; their body and brains were unbalanced. The major cause is the lack of minerals. One exception had a particular "religious" conditioning that allowed him to cheat others.
Date: Sun, 4 Jul 1999 08:18:51 EDT
Just a quick note to thank you for the information you posted on the net: "The Origins or Christianity and the Quest for the Historical Jesus Christ" It is very useful to those like myself, who have reached a point in our lives where we wish to know the truth that gave birth to what we have been taught all our lives. I downloaded it, with the footnotes, and look forward to using it as a base to explore further. I was actually searching for information on the influence of Constantine in the forming of the Christian church when I ran across your information, Which I think is far more interesting and answers more of my questions than what I was searching for anyway. Again, thank you for the time and effort you have put into this, it is greatly appreciated.
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 1999 16:13:33 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: The Matrix
To: Acharya S
Do you think the makers of the Matrix are trying to tell us about the way we humans are living our lives?
We are living in a illusion that is created by the world government, major corporations and the freemasons.
The illusion is that we are free, but the reality is that the majority of people are just sheep.
I hope I am not one of the sheep.
To: Acharya S
Subject: Your self
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 1999 09:00:56 -0400
No doubt about it, you are glorious! Being one of the impaired gender male, I am always delighted to find a woman, who has not allowed herself to be stifled. I have always thought that only weak men, feel threatened by strong women. You remind me of my wife. Don't let the world beat you down. We need a lot more like you.
Subject: Old male scholar
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 1999 14:10:06 -0700
To: Acharya S
I wouldn't have thought you were that but I would have thought you're terrible insecure, having to post all the things you've READ on your page. Just another new age fake.
My site acts as a mirror.
To: Acharya S
Subject: Your writings
Date: Sat, 3 Jul 1999 09:32:58 -0500
I have been reading you articles, and find them similar to my own thoughts, particularly on nationalism, pride and the brainwashing involved in any form of religion. I wrote a short article/book several years ago on the subject of pride, which I attach since it echoes so many of your thoughts.
To: Acharya S
Subject: racism/religion and why we hate
Date: Wed, 07 Jul 1999 00:58:00 PDT
I think you should address the issue of how racism and war is cause almost exclusively by religious propaganda. as it seems to me religion teaches you that you are "gods chosen" people and everyone else is condemned to hell or wherever the sinners go, and racist teach their children that they are superior to everyone else. Now this usually only applies to white Christians or just white people but the Muslims have this going also from where I see it. now my theory is if you have no religion you have nothing to separate people from just getting along with everyone else. now I haven't done any real research on the subject but everyone I've discussed this with (even some Christians) agreed with me on this. the only argument came from die-hard Christians who claimed that was not what the bible teaches but most hadn't even read the bible.
Virtually my entire site addresses these issues. Indeed, such a realization is what prompted me to create it and is the motivating force behind my life's passion.
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 18:56:51 EDT
Subject: Guess what?
To: Acharya S
I wrote a message to some Christians that were online and talking all their jibber-jabber. Told me that I was a devil worshipper and that they hoped I didn't live another day. I told her that no, I didn't believe in the devil, god or that stuff. I also told her that if there were a God, he wouldn't have liked the fact that she said that to me. She wrote back apologizing. Those churches sure do a good job at brainwashing, don't they?
Keep up the good website
Yeah, aren't they great? Instead of valuing REAL living, human beings and other critters, they heap all sorts abuse on them, while cheerleading the deranged god cartoon they carry around in their heads. Just proves that religion in general, and Christianity in particular, causes mental illness.
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 19:37:12 EDT
To: Acharya S
when did u first realized u felt this way? how old r u? will u be in Chicago anytime soon?
I'm as old as my eyes and older than my teeth. I would love to travel.
To: Acharya S
Date: Thu, 8 Jul 1999 02:24:43 +0200
I'm a 20-year-old male from Norway who happened to come over your web-page ... I haven't read enough of your page yet, but so far it seems like you're a very close to earth kinda person + very intelligent (at least where it counts as most:). Anyway, I just had to write since you understand it all so brilliantly clear (at least to me it seems so). I've spent most of my life so far trying to figure out what it's all about, and religion is so far as I can see the training wheels of every civilisation. And it makes me angry every time people say that they are saved and all that bull. Of course I'm not supposed to be angry, but like so many many other things, it's just an illusion to make life easier and more meaningful. I've thought about this soooo much. It's just so good to see that someone with a little more brains and initiative do what you have done. And that you actually where a woman actually surprised me a lot, since from what I've experienced females tend to be less close to earth in general than men. But that is just my personal view so far. Other than that I've been thinking of writing down my own theories about earth and its origins. But my problem is that I only rely on common sense. I have not read half of what you have and would never be able to I think....
Well, that's all for now. Fantastic page...haven't read half of it yet...but so far so great.
Subject: Where we're headed
Date: Thu, 8 Jul 1999 07:59:23 -0400
... So what is our payoff, other than the big O of learning about something that your neighbor doesn't know? The payoff comes as little bits of data that each of us spins into a thread. Millions of people do this. Those threads are then dyed various colors; tens of thousands are busy with that task. The colored threads are woven into a tapestry. A few thousand people are skilled enough to work in that department. A few hundred people will see how the tapestry is coming along and direct needed changes. At the end, when a tapestry is finished, a small handful will look at it, interpret it and announce what it is. At that final moment the whole world pulls their collective heads out of their ass and proclaim "I knew that" ...We study the unusual, knowing that a single thread, placed in the right spot, brings the tapestry to life. We know damn well that it probably will not be our thread that does it. But if all the spinners quit, there would be no tapestry. If we are good at what we do and very lucky, then we are blessed with a Master Weaver like Acharya, and through her skill and wit we will all reach the stars and grab them by "the short hairs."