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Posted by Whittier on September 16, 2002 17:22:55 UTC

Hi Richard,
You wrote:
"Jesus's Message Was Spoken Previously.. .by multiple sources. In fact, Siddhartha Guatama's message was much more involved and peace
loving. Lao Tzu was also of the same ilk. Also much earlier than Jesus. Jesus stole their material!"

1) He didn't steal their material. You must be joking. Everything points against it.
2) Although I like Lao Tzu's work, in some ways what it advocates is opposite what Jesus advocates as methods to a good life. The Eastern sages promotes "getting along by going along" while Jesus promotes individual conscience and creative bravery.
3) Buddha was born wealthy in a region which was NOT on the world's main trading routes and voluntarily choose the comfortable life of a "meaning of life" teacher, walking around apparently without being persecuted. Jesus was born in a world hotspot where the politics was a pressure cooker. Some of what he said has continued to be useful in forging peace or progress from bad situations. Lao Tzu was a recluse and anarchist.

Mike





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