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Re your IQ - egads, man! Don't dash my faith in the testing process! I guess I can't use that standard anymore, since it is apparently meaningless. Really, how can a purportedly intelligent person speak such childish nonsense? This hoax is embarrassingly effective. Darwin was wrong: It's survival of the twittest.

From: PH
To: Acharya S
Subject: The Greatest Story Ever Sold
Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2000 17:16:50 -0700

Dear Acharya S,

…My ex boss now wants your book and Gerald Massey's "Gnostic and Historic Christianity" - another gem, but could not have gotten through that without yours first. The time is right for this Sold story to be Told. When I look at the misery caused by these "spin Doctors," I am appalled. I have just spent about thirty years studying Scientology which is "the study of wisdom in the greatest sense of the word", a modern day Gnosis if you will.

I see the communication on "forbidden topics increasing every day. Soon we'll all know the truth. Best to You

Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2000 20:56:56 -0700
From: PW
To: Acharya S
Subject: You're crazy and I love you

You're a crazy atheist chick who's the most far-out yahoo out there with a web site, and I love you. Your thoughts are so revolutionary I wish they'd pollinate about the entire world. Do I agree with you on everything? No. But there's no one out there I agree with on everything.

The crazy ones change the world. Yell louder!

 **** the Mighty Warrior

Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 06:31:57 -0500
From: DW
To: Acharya S
Subject: You are definitely NOT stodgy

OK... hard to admit I just had my first internet crush. I also admit the pictures had a "little" to do with it, but the writing was the real deal. Since I am coming clean I also admit (blush) I was thinking, "This is a stodgy old fart," when I read the article "The Origins of Christianity...." on your web page. Boy was I WRONG!

In any case thank you for sharing your knowledge with the lay public. To say it was enlightening would be the understatement of my incarnation! (this time)

I am sure there are a ton of witticisms I could write given the time, but since I almost never write to folks in cyberspace I don’t know, I will close and say thank you once again.  There are a few people I have read I hope to one day meet.  So far Deepak Chopra, the Dalai Lama and now you.  (But don’t get cocky!) **smile**  Well, maybe a little cocky would be ok… you ARE good

With best wishes and blessing in abundance from the state of Texas, USA

PS I bet your IQ is over 150 isn't it?  (laugh)

Thanks, hon-bun! Re the IQ, you betcha, but, as we can see from the above message, that don't count for much!

Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 16:52:17 +1000
To: Acharya S
From: AL
Subject: Thomas redactions

Well, great site!!

It's interesting to work the implications of the gospel of Thomas through your views...

Mark is a redaction of Thomas, and Mathew and Luke are redactions of mark...

So is Thomas a collection of wisdom sayings or is it sourced the most part from one person? Yeishu?

Thanks. I don't think Mark is a redaction of Thomas. Certainly Thomas represents a Q-type text of sayings that were commonly used, including by the gospel writers. And Luke and Matthew do not appear to be redactions of Mark but all three used common texts, including the basic gospel, possibly the Gospel of the Lord published in Greek and Latin by the Gnostic-Christian Marcion. Thomas is certainly a collection of sayings, of which there were many in the ancient world. As concerns its author, one person may have written the sayings down in this particular text, but most if not all the sayings (impossible to know, since we only have fragments) were already common property within the various religions, sects, cults and mystery schools. One of these pre-Christian sayings texts is called "The Wisdom of Jesus" or the "Wisdom of Baruch," which was written by "Jesus" and translated by his grandson "Jesus." This long book existed in the second century BCE, and it is clear that the Christian sayings compilers used it. There was apparently a pre-Christian mystery school that wrote pseudepigraphically in the name of "Jesus" or Joshua. This Joshua cult would be based on a pre-Yahweh Israelite/Canaanite group that worshipped the Canaanite god "El Yehoshua" or some such.

From: TH
To: Acharya S
Subject: You have been linked by Wide Open Windows
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 14:55:53 +0200

This is to notify you that your site has been linked to the site of Wide Open Windows' list of Awakened Teachers:

Of course we would appreciate it if you would link us back...

Thank you!
with love

Thank you!

From: AM
To: Acharya S
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 22:42:21 PDT

i just want to tell you that God loves you.  God loves all people. i love you and will pray for you. i just want to say something about all the stuff you have on there about the Bible.  it seems that you are taking certain sections and not telling the whole story.  you said very little about the New Testament.  there is very little if any of these vile, evil stories in the New Testament.  almost if not all of the New Testament is about hope, love and faith.  it is also teaching how to love and to not deal violently with people who are different.  contrary to what you said about hitler and the nazis.  those were crazy people. they claimed to be Chrisians. They were hypocrites. you arent telling the good things Christians have done for the world.  you should tell both sides. now about the contradictions. if you were to read the verses before and after each verse you would see that these do not contradict at all.  a lot of the contradictions are from the Old Testament.  however when Jesus came He changed everything.  this is getting long so ill leave you with a book you should read. "Evidence That Demands a Verdict" by Josh McDowell.  he is a guy who set out to disprove the Bible but couldn't

Oy. "God loves you." Oh, that's a new sales pitch! And just how do you know that? Did God tell you that? Do you talk for God? And you love me! Thanks! Do you have a clue who I am, or do you just love everyone?

I can assure you that the militant Christians have believed every bit as much as you do that they got the "right Christianity." Your brand is obviously being filtered thru a sweet and nave mind. You have been told select sweet things from the Bible, and you have not read the rest.

I constantly address the New Testament. It certainly does contain vile ideas - the whole thing is a record of a human sacrifice! Josh McDowell's book is designed for people with a 6th grade education. It holds no water at all. And I don't have much respect for anyone who couldn't disprove the Bible, when it's so easy. Bibliolatry is a psychological problem.

From: BK
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2000 03:19:19 EDT
To: Acharya S


I don't pretend to know much, and I am insulted that a blind person would tell a set of healthy eyes how to see. You may have knowledge, the fear of the living God (Jehovah) is the true beginning of wisdom. you may be well versed in cultures, yet you are blind to the truth, about the cultures of Israel and Egypt. Do your homework, you have shown be nothing to disprove who Jesus is. Yet Jesus still loves you.... not some Krishna guy, who is that, did he die for me?  my friend, Jesus Christ loves you and shed his innocent blood that you might not have to pay your own price for your guilt. What you do with that information is up to you...

In his love


You "don't pretend to know much," but then you are "insulted…" In the first place, you do pretend to know enough to lecture me. Secondly, if you don't know much, you yourself are a "blind person," so I guess I should be insulted that such a blind person would tell me "how to see?"

Subject: Date:
Sat, 17 Jun 2000 00:45:26 -0400
To: Acharya S
From: JM

Dear sir,

I was referred to your sight by some non-Christians, who claim that you had proof that Christ wasn't real. Well, until you have accepted Christ as Lord and recieved the Holy Spirit, you cannot realize just how real God is. How can a book as thick as the Bible be written without ever contradicting itself and be written by different authors at that? Another thing too. Christianity is not a religion. It's a close, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. That's one of the first false things I saw on your site.

Ugh. There must have been a loony convention in town. The Bible doesn't contradict itself? You've got to be kidding! And "Christianity is not a religion?" Oh really? What slick-talking preacher are you parroting? You've accused me of "false things" when you've just hit me with two of them!

I'll have you know that I have a close, personal relationship with Donald Duck. Hey, I can have an imaginary friend too!

From: "Citadela" <Lucifereigns@**** 
To: Acharya S
Subject: Durr!!!
Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2000 23:29:22 +1000

I have never read so much rubbish in all my life!!!  Do you really expect anyone to believe all of your fucking BULLSHIT.  Shame on you.  You must think that all people are fools!!!

Yes, the crap is piling pretty high in here, isn't it? Actually, I give people much more credit for their intelligence than do those who are profitably purveying religious rubbish. My stuff's too sophisticated for those who usually fall for the religionist bag of tricks.

'Tis not I who should be ashamed, my dear. Your mindless adherence to this mumbo-jumbo, to the point where you will go out of your way to attack a living, breathing human being to defend it, is what is shameful.

Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2000 20:55:47 +0000
From: RE
To: Acharya S
Subject: Thanks

A fabulous website.

I'm having my 11-year-old daughter (raised a freethinker) read it.

Thanks again and be well.

Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2000 20:42:30 -0400
From: KF
To: Acharya S
Subject: Are there any charts?


I would like to know if there are any comparison charts available of the saviors and sons of god myths. In your character section you give examples of a few listing the similarities between them. It would be great to see them in some sort of side by side chart format for easy comparison. Does T.W. Doane's book have something like this?

By the time I was half way through your book you had brought together much of what I had been thinking on this subject. I had not researched into the subject that much. It's been more a case of just combining reasoning. intuition, and pieces of information gathered over the years and putting that up against the questions I had. By the time I was a third of the way through the book you had brought together most of what I had thought to be true. The main question I still had was why all of these traditions were so much alike. Were they that un-creative to come up with their own myths, or was there something more that they all had in common that was very old. Then I got to the chapter on the connection to astrology. Of course! That took care of that.

I am almost finished with the book now. It has been great reading. I applaud you work and research. I have also book marked your web site. I like your sense of humor. Your pictures were nice to if I may be so bold.

From: SC
Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000 07:24:34 EDT
Subject: Christ-idiots who want to kill me with unkindness.
To: Acharya S

Acharya S - that's too bad for them ... I guess the saying is true "the truth hurts" and the bible thumpers can't handle a different way of thinking... some are soooooooo narrow minded!  peace

From: JR
To: Acharya S
Subject: Possibility of Religious Belief Despite Evidence?
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 11:24:22 CDT

Dear Acharya S,

My name is ******, and I've been reading your website frequently the last several days. I am neither a Christian, nor do I consider myself an atheist. Personally, while I have reason to doubt a lot of doctrine of various religions, I have come to the personal discovery of a spirituality beyond my intellect and critical capacity. I am bitterly cynical about a lot of things, but feel as though a sense of a higher being or authority might be important to my future as a person. Despite your claims against religions (which, it could be argued, are only as justifiable as the degree to which a person chooses to have faith), do you have a personal faith that transcends the B.S. that inevitably follows established religion? If not, do you consider such faith a possibility?

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I very much respect the work that you do and am very curious about your stance on this most important of issues.

Sincerely yours,

I am not "aspiritual," much to the chagrin of my more skeptical and cynical friends. A person should be free to do what he or she wills with his or her mind, including "spiritual" or mystical adventures. I don't have any "person faith," but I enjoy delving into the realms now and again. (I am actually an initiated shaman…).

Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 00:56:34 -0700 (PDT)
From: KW
Subject: Greatest Conspiracy
To: Acharya S

Dear Ms. S,

…Religion should be called professional Religion (like professional wrestling) in that it only serves those who are members of the organization. For example nuns and monks have meals and lodging provided for them for life. The higher-ups (bishops, Dalai Lamas, popes) have the basics but quite a bit of luxury too. The main goal of any professional religion is to keep the collection plate full. Original sin and karma are both guilt trips made up to get you to put a little extra in the plate to get into heaven or to be reborn…. I love your website, and am pleased with the mental challenges of the email group.

…You books and web pages have helped to get me out of a dilemma I stumbled into about 3 years ago. I had had a minor stroke and lost some of my reasoning and access to some memory. I decided that if I was going to be stupid for a while I would try to become a true believer in Christianity. It actually worked for a few hours, now and then, but my base philosophy on life eventually returned and said "****, you know this is crap."

While I was cleaning out my mind of these religious memes, I found some memes that were different than the rest. They stopped me from thinking certain things but I had no knowledge of what they were or how they got there.

What I found out was these memes were implanted in me before I was five years old. Like most of my memories from back then they are vague and fragmented. Although these memes could still stop me from thinking certain things, and stop me from learning certain things, I didn't know they were there.

Your books and website have helped me to discover the origin of these memes, get rid of them, and at last become the free thinker I've always wanted to be…

From: PD
To: Acharya S
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 21:37:28 +0100


This site is fantastic, I've been trying to do something very similar myself but now I have found yours there is no point.

I have searched hundreds of sites on the net on this subject and yours is one of  just a handful that don't tolerate bullshit, most of them just spew about The Book of Urantia and Christianity and the "New Age" blah blah blah. Don't you think it is absurd that "ordinary" human beings cannot use something as simple as logic and "obviousness" (for lack of a better word!) to figure out that God doesn't exist.

It seems as though people like us have earned the right to call ourselves mature and those that like to brag about how mature they are, are nothing more than children.

I could go on and on saying how right you are but I will give you a superiority complex!! (hahaha)

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