Like Krishna and other non-historical godmen, Jesus had no fixed birthdate: His nativity day was represented variously as January 5th, January 6th, March 25th, March 28th, April 19th, April 20th, May 20th, August 21st, November 17th and November 19th, until the December 25th date was established in the fourth century.
These dates are astrotheological, not representative of a "real man" who, for some strange reason, had several birthdays.
From: AL ****@calledtoholiness.com
To: Acharya S
Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 22:40:06 -0400
I have read your "bible contradictions" page and it is very obvious you do not know a thing about the bible, the law, and what came to pass and who Jesus and the apostles speak to, nor the difference between what happened between the Old and the New Testament. The bible does not contradict itself if you read more scriptures, and some same words are different in Greek and Hebrew, contradicting itself in English, but in its regular translations, it does not... The bible has no contradictions, it is all explainable.
From your email addy, I see we've got a little ego problem here. It will not benefit your mission to state that someone who reads the Bible regularly not only in English but also in the original Hebrew and Greek "very obviously does not know a thing about the bible!" Indeed, you will destroy your credibility with such poor tactics. Despite the insults and vitriol, the fact will remain that the Bible is a manmade text replete with horrors, neuroses, errors and contradictions. The assertion that "the bible has no contradictions," etc., will also destroy your credibility. I suggest your rethink your "call to holiness."
Date: Sun, 13 May 2001 01:54:11 EDT
Subject: Your Book
To: Acharya S
I would like to ask if you ever wonder why we are here and feel shallow inside? I would too if I lived a life running from my Maker. Please do not take that as an insult just a question from one who would understand, also I would like to say that the book The Case For Christ is a book well worth the reading if just to get the opposite viewpoint.
Appealing to the emotions or suggesting someone is pathetic because he or she does not mindlessly believe every used-religion salesman who comes along is not an intelligent argument, if that is what you are attempting.
How can you "run from your Maker" when your maker is simply a mechanism contained within your being? Every day you are being "made" by this mechanism. Moreover, if you don't believe in Allah or Krishna, which I assume you do not, are you "running from your Maker?" So, "your Maker" exists only within a particular cultural context? Also, how can I feel "shallow," when I contain the cosmos within?
As for Strobel, well, he's one of the most famous used-religion salesmen, and I've addressed his assertions elsewhere. In any case, The Case for Christ is written for those with a 6th-grade educational level and a below-average to average IQ. There are a couple of Strobel-debunking sites my Christ Con links page. How would you know "what the opposite opinion" is unless you've studied both sides, which you haven't? Be sure to check out the rest of those Christ Con links as well, so you will have a more educated perspective.
It is impossible to live on this planet and not get the "opposite viewpoint." The viewpoint presented at the link below is the one that few people know about, not the pabulum provided endlessly from thousands of pulpits, in countless books and on innumerable radio and TV stations worldwide. Of course, that fact should have been obvious.
Date: Sun, 13 May 2001 10:43:22 EDT
Subject: You are not alone
To: Acharya S
…I really enjoy your writing and opinions, especially since they are similar to mine. I just recently purchased your book The Christ Conspiracy. And I can't seem to put it down. It's a great book. Keep up the work. WE are the future; our kind will one day enjoy this planet - understand I said "enjoy" since most theists believe this planet is not really our home. I live in the bible belt and don't find many people who are freethinkers. Sites like yours makes my days great. I would love to hear more from you. I have been trying to put a book together myself for years and could use a little insight from you. Also I loved your Pics. I am an artist also and would love to do a special piece off and for you, but I need an actually photo to do it.
Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 08:36:25 -0700 (PDT)
To: Acharya S
…sent…to the Black Freethinkers Group in response to…recent crapola:
Each and every one of us has told some lies during the course of our lives. Every philosopher, every scholar, everyone. Each of us has contradicted ourselves from time-to-time. Does this mean that none of us have any credibility whatsoever and that everything we all say cannot be taken seriously?
For the more intelligent among us, stated fact is put to one test and one test only [by the less intelligent: what is the source of the information. Period. Whether the information comes from a bullshit artist or our most sanctified scholar, the validity of a stated fact can be found in the reference of fact.
Recently, I have seen…adverse remarks on Acharya's book, The Christ Conspiracy, based purely and solely on the fact that she once contended or stated that she believes in spirits and more than three dimensions. Suddenly, virtually ALL of the research and painstaking facts stated in her book was rendered bogus. Why are we all so damn lazy? I too have read the book, and as a historian was quite impressed that the book is filled with referenced facts – not to mention, [it has opened up more cans of worms than any book I have ever read. Furthermore, any doubts or skepticism I have about any statement of fact contained in the book, I am free to get off my ass, go down to the library and scrutinize each and every stated fact. What some have done was the lazy person’s way of checking facts: simply trash the entire work because you disagree with a couple of her unrelated metaphysical opinions.
As I stated above, if that was the litmus test of credibility, then none of us should be believed about anything. It would be wise of truly free-thinking people to reference the mantra of one popular TV show in which the lead star cuts off the bullshit and opinions by stating, "… Just the facts, please." (Columbo)
To: Acharya S
Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 14:38:06 -0400
I enjoyed reading your pages.
To: Acharya S
Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 02:34:04 -0700
I don't know where you are located at, but I am looking for atheist friends--I'm tired of hanging around Neanderthal Christians. I'm a 26-year-old truck driver and live in SW WA, north of Portland, OR. If you live near here or know any atheists that do, let me know, please.
I don't know anyone specifically in that area, but you could do a couple of things: one is to join my discussion group, and the other is to look up atheist organizations nearby. I know there's one in Portland – by aware, however, that these groups are often composed of older people. Who knows – they may have some kids your age.
Date: Sun, 20 May 2001 19:04:06 EDT
Subject: You are Great
To: Acharya S
Before I even say anything to you, let me start by saying that I was raised in a very religious family (prayer every day, church two to three times a week). However, I always found it hard to swallow all the nonsense contained in the bible. When I tried to get responses from the pastors, I was told to be aware of the devil's tactic-as you mentioned in your book about the early church's fathers' same reaction- The devil? At the age of twenty I left that church and started to look for answers on my own. When I discovered your book and started to read it, I finally found someone who was on the same level as I was. You are a great person, and it's too bad that those who are indoctrinated by the bible (including my parents and siblings) are not objective enough to look at your work and other writers like you as irrefutable proofs of religion's ill-being throughout the years. Keep up the good work. The truth will be known. I only hope that I live to see it.
P.S. I read your book twice. Enjoyed every minute of it… Do you travel and lecture around the country? Are you often on radio or TV shows?
Thanks for sharing, sweetie. I do an occasional conference, which takes me out of town/state. Without fundage, not much happens. I appear a number of times per year on radio, rarely on TV.
Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 13:36:59 -0000
Dear Fortean Times:
…I continue to read yr magazine despite the somewhat uneven treatment it accords the phenomena it examines. (Of course, if I agreed with everything that you wrote, I would probably get bored really quick and stop being a reader.) It seems that some phenomena are more favoured by you than others: Cattle Mutilations and Crop Circles are BAD, and Ball Lightning and "Time Slips" are GOOD, near as I can figure yr editorial philosophy. I did like the short article you ran mentioning a scientific explanation for ball lightning: this apparently means that science has now given us PERMISSION to believe that ball lightning exists. How reassuring!
I must say I was disappointed by the angry and petulant review of Acharya S's The Christ Conspiracy. It reminded me more of a child's whining than as a serious critique. Perhaps a non-Xtian should have written it: Xtians are notorious for being unable to discuss the origins of their mythology, insisting that it is "all true". How you can expect such people to appraise evidences and arguments is beyond me. Ranting and insults (such as in yr review) followed by violence is their usual answer, as has been shown by a history of Xtian violence past and present. Indeed, here in the United States Xtian terrorists routinely plant bombs and commit murders of those who do not believe in and thus do not obey the tenets of their religion. The shrillness of the reviewer revealed his own basic insecurities about his religion. I really expected better from you guys than to allow yr magazine to become the mouthpiece of a cult which has been responsible for more deaths and suffering than any other single human institution.
How about an article on the "voodoo science" that keeps up the "AIDS/HIV" hoax that is funneling billions o'dollars in dangerous drugs into an Africa that desperately needs help for its peoples' poverty, not poison to ethnically cleanse it! Here's a good place to start research.
This message was sent to the Fortean Times in response to a putrid and idiotic "review" of Christ Con. Many other messages were sent, including by me; yet, FT showed its true rude and shallow leanings by ignoring all of them. (I used to love FT, but of late it has become irrelevant.) If anyone else wishes to complain, please feel free. It's never too late. (BTW, the guy who wrote this drivel actually later apologized to a friend of mine. No retraction, of course.)
To: Acharya S
Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 22:43:06 -0400
Let me begin by saying that your book seriously changed my opinion of Jesus. I still believed he was at least a revolutionary or Buddha type. According to you, though, even Buddha may not be historical but instead a solar myth. Still I am puzzled why at your web site you recommend the Seth books and Cayce? Both these books depict Gee-zuss as a historical figure, so they can obviously be discounted as mystical garbage. Why you discount one set of myths, then recommend another is strange. Your book proved to me that all these "mystics" and channels were full of shiest and anyone that made reference to Jesus was plagiarizing an established lie. This pretty much destroys all new age beliefs that still give lip service to the biggest lie ever.
Tx. In the first place, if I censored every book that portrayed Jesus as a "historical" character, there would be few left. As concerns these particular books, I often recommend what is popular so that others will know what people are talking about, not because I adhere to any ideology or "set of myths." In my "biz," I have to keep up with all of this stuff, and I have to read widely. If we made a cult ("set of myths") out of every book or magazine we'd read, we'd go batty. In other words, I recommend reading widely and gleaning.
Secondly, I've been told that the Seth material actually reveals the truth about Christ being a fictional character. Not all "mystics" are full of shit, in any case. I have had numerous mystical experiences, and I've enjoyed them immensely. I am more of the entheogenic persuasion than that of the total cynic/skeptic.
To: Acharya S
Date: Wed, 23 May 2001 13:59:05 -0000
Dear Ms. Acharya S,
Unexpectedly I have visited your website. You are doing a very good job. Especially the comparisons of religions and the gods. I wondered about your linguistic skills.
You compared Krishna and Buddha with Jesus and mentioned the similarities. Where did you get all the information about Hinduism? I don't think you will get the real literature about Hinduism. No body knows exactly what Hinduism is. Everything was written in the ancient language 'Sanskrit', which is permitted to scholars only. As you may be aware that in pre independent India, Scholars have got money from the kings. I believe all these original scripts were also influenced by the Rulers of those days. Even now also Hindus across India and in the rest of the world (quite few) have different beliefs, theories and practices. I would suggest you that comparing Hinduism with others is difficult, since it is contradictory among Hindus itself.
Any way I am glad to see your website, I haven't got time to go through it thoroughly. One day I will come back to this site.
Finally I would like to ask you a questionabout your name. I believe it is not your original name, is it right? If so what is your original name and why did you change your name to 'Acharya'.