Jesus in Japan wrote:
666 x 666 x 666 x 666 x 666 x 666 x 666 = 6667 = 58,119,196,856,185,328,256
58 + 119 + 196 + 856 + 185 + 328 + 256 = 1998
Tomb of Jesus in Japan wrote:
Indeed, when we disregard myths, religions, fanatical doctrines, biased interpretations, emotions etc, and concentrate on facts, we have to accept the fact that Christ died on the cross and came back to life after nearly 3 days. No one disputes that - there were many witnesses at the time. But to die and come back after 3 days is only possible if the consciousness continues to exist unharmed when the physical body is fully dead. Hence, by dying and consciously coming back to life Christ has demonstrated the immortality of consciousness. He tried to inspire people to review their materialistic attitude. His message hasn't lost any of its relevance today.
The problem then is that It is logically impossible to know the past .
This, it would seem, merely offers revisionist historians exactly what they want: a chance to claim their versions of history are at least as valid as the accepted mainstream version of history. While I would agree that it is logically impossible to know the past in the absolute philosophical sense of knowing, I do not think this means we should open up speculation and treat those speculations as equal to evidence.
Now, I admit to drawing out the two quotes that I considered the most absurd from those two articles. The first, because numerology is absolutely hysterical. The second, because it is certainly more theology than philosophy, especially since it refers to an orthodox Christian understanding of the Gospels as an "unbiased account," and particularly one that is devoid of "mythology."
Having read both articles, I find them less "amazing" than "contrived." Numerology aside, both rely on evidence acquired in post-Christian Japan (meaning that local Shinto beliefs already had time to mingle with Christian beliefs). The adding of the Japanese currency denominations and apocalyptic undertones to both articles reminds me of a series of "THE APOCALYPSE IS COMING: The TRUE
Meaning of Revelation"-style pamphlets from the '80s, which using similar evidences, attempted to draw up the scheme for the end of the world while refraining to give the actual date and time. Usually, the Soviet Union was one Beast and NATO was the other. It was trippy stuff and makes for good novels.
Now, as for Buddhism. There are two ways to define religion. One, from my old philosophy of religion professor, was the belief in an Ultimate Reality, be it God, the Tao, Brahma, or whatever. Perhaps some debate on this could be offered as to whether Buddhism believes in an Ultimate Reality. I would think it does. The second definition I offer is that a religion is essentially similar to metaphysics: it is a rational enquiry into the underlying and fundamental nature of reality, however, religion includes the authority of the past along with reason, and usually treats it as superior to reason. Buddhism does fall into this second category.