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Maria asks…

Was Jesus Christ a Taoist?

Anyone else noticed the parallel between the teachings of Jesus and Taoism? Not to mention Tao means “The Way” just like how the bible says that Jesus is “The Way.” Jesus also traveled to the far east, and the possibilities are great that it had a great impact on his teachings.

There’s a lot of verses from the bible that the resemblance is uncanny.

Bible
Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.

Tao – Chapter 74
People who try to take the executioner’s place are like people that try to take the Master Carpenter‘s place.
If you use the Master’s tools, you just cut your own hands.

Bible – Mathew 5:5
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Tao – Chapter 76
The soft and yielding (people) will prevail.

Bible – Proverbs 10:19
The more you talk, the more you are likely to sin.
If you are wise, you will keep quiet.

Tao – Chapter 5
The mouth, on the other hand, becomes exhausted if you talk too much.
Better to keep your thoughts inside you.

Did Christianity (mostly Jesus) borrowed from the teachings of Taoism? Also Taoism is pantheistic, and here’s a verse that just adds to it from what Jesus said.

Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods’? – John 10:34

I and the Father are one. – John 10:30

Pantheism is the belief that God is identical with the universe. All is God and God is all. You and God are one. What’s funny, Christians use that last verse to prove the trinity, even though the word trinity is never mentioned in the bible — the concept of the trinity is pagan in origin. Judaism is a monotheistic religion, while the trinity is polytheistic and that’s why Jews don’t convert to Christianity.

I’m sure Christians with their religious training will shut down critical thinking and dismiss the evidence.
I forgot to mention Taoism teaches humility, being frugal or living a simplistic lifestyle, and compassion. Something that Jesus talked about the most.
Right, and it’s impossible for Jews to believe in other religions and teachings…

Dusty answers:

It’s quite possible that Christ (whoever he may have been) was influenced by Taoist or Buddhist thought, since Jerusalem was part of the trade routes for silk and spice. He wouldn’t have had to travel all the way to China or the East to encounter those ideas.

Sandy asks…

What Can I Do About Theft Of My Intellectual Property?

Five months ago I lost my job at a university. When I went to my office to clean it out, I found 95% of my paper docs and 100% of my e-docs taken. Later I found out that the president had it confiscated in case I appealed my termination. The great majority of what they took was or pertained to research, papers, plans, and programs I had developed over a 20+ year career in academe. Again, the great majority was intellectual work generated before I arrived at this particular institution. It is one thing to fire the carpenter, but when you fire him and take all of his tools too it is very difficult to continue in his profession. I am running into the same thing. Literally hundreds of documents have been taken. If it was stuff I had developed for this particular institution and was sensitive in nature, I would understand, but again, most of it I brought with me – to inform new research, make new presentations, develop new plans, etc. What is my recourse? I believe this insitution has no right to refuse to turn those docs over to me. I have requested them four times now through my attorney. The loss of these materials is severely hampering my ability to continue my academic career and research. I would rather someone burgled my house such is their value.

Thanks,
JTP

Dusty answers:

You have the absolute right to these documents – especially the ones you wrote BEFORE you came to the University. They can keep those you wrote while you were there. However, it appears you will have to sue the University to get them back.

Unfortuantely, the university probablly has deeper pockets than you do. If they are a public university you probably can appeal with the Board of Regents or the State Department of Education. If it was a private university, you will have to take them to court. You might want to set up a meeting directly to the president, and give him letters that you will send to magazines like ‘The Chronicle of Higher Education” or to the local newspapers if they don’t cooperate and give you back your paper

You will have to decide how long to pursue this. Once it gets to the courts, it could be very expensive.

George asks…

Grrrr…Im mmmmaaaaddd!!!!! ggrrr..?

My dad is a carpenter && we live in a kind of ‘thieving neighborhood’ Anyways the other night someone stole 1300 dollars of my dads tools on the back of his truck!! GRRR…It was the best tools too!! && we had our bikes stolen too! I am mad. Soooo….we are moving ..(we were already going to but now we are going to work faster so we can move sooner =]] )
Dont u hate thieves!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know Lori. I agree with you. And we live on about a half an acre (almost less) strip of land and my dad actually pulls a trailer (not boxed…we dont have money for a boxed one rght now) && that is where he puts all his tools on…&& he backes it up where no one can see it from the road since the house and truck blocks it ..but i think someone saw my dad back up the trailer && they stole it that night. By the way…There WAS some mexicans working in the house next to us && having a party when my dad came home..i think it was them..
Im sorry t-chained but i cant feel that way towards them…..most of the thieves are on drugs && steal stuff to sell to get more money for drugs. && the other theives want better stuff without having to pay for it so they take other people hard earned items. =[[

Dusty answers:

Yep, I agree Lucy. People do not respect others property and the hard work that it took for them to get property.

Thomas asks…

BETHLEHEM HOME REPAIR (DAVID PALMER) IS HE RIGHT TO DO THIS?

I worked for a local contractor (Mr. Palmer of Bethlehem Home Repair) not to long ago after responding to an ad in the newspaper looking for a carpenters assistant “no experience necessary, will train with benefits”. I advised Mr. Palmer that I had no previous experience as a carpenter, but I was eager to learn. This was a small business (just him and I). As time went on, it all went down hill. Mr Palmer had purchased a set of basic tools for me that he told me would be mine even after I left his company. In the end, he requested these tools back and threatened me that if they are not returned he would file with the police as theft and hold my last check. Mr. Palmer started humiliating me in front of customers and calling me stupid and slow. He exposed me to dangerous work environment without proper protection (hazardous electrical w/o training or protection and dangerous fumes with out masks). Most of all, Mr. Palmer without notice would demand that I work 3+ hours past my scheduled shift. When I worked this demanded overtime, he would not compensate (base or overtime) me for my time because I supposedly did not put “effort” in. I was working very rigorous labor in extreme heat and when I would request a lunch, me palmer would get very upset and confrontational. On the job site, Mr. palmer would throw temper tantrums that involved him throwing tools across the room or banging them on customers property and cursing loudly (this was embarrassing). While still on the clock, he would demand that I drive his young kids around to mcdonalds or subway. I didn’t think I was a babysitter, should I have done this? should he have kept the tools he purchased for me? should I have gotten paid even if I didn’t meet his expectations (very high) for that day? Should he have provided me the proper protective gear and training? should he have hired me if he wasn’t willing to train even though it said “no experience necessary”? Is there anything I can do about this (IE; report to labor board, bring to small claims for owed money?)

Thanks

Dusty answers:

OSHA for unsafe conditions. Labor department for Fair Labor and Standards Act that requires overtime pay. That is a federal law. You can also go to small claims court. You would need proof of your hours which you may not have. It is always the Company’s responsibility to train and provide or require proper safety equipment. Good luck!

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