# Religion

His father always told him a story about how when Ciro was small, someone raised the question of the existence of God, to which Ciro replied very directly and naturally, without any doubts:
That doesn't exist.
It's a genetic thing it seems.

## Abrahamic religion

It is just mind blowing that Christians, Muslims and Jews can have so many conflicts considering that their religions are basically the same. Uncanny valley comes to mind. See also remarks at: cirosantilli.com/china-dictatorship/zhong-gong
The transfiguration of Jesus is a notable example where Jesus/the Church tries to divert older religions into him. And then Muhammad does the same during isra and Mi'raj, and meets up with Jesus, John the Baptist and Abraham. The Kaaba was also clearly an earlier place of worship of local religions before Muhammad. But of course, Abraham was one of the builders of the Kaaba, so all good.

## Jewish Christian

It is those early splinter groups that make it so clear that religion is fake. We believed in Judaism. Now we believe in Jesus. Oh, but wait, actually Judaism is now semi fake, and we don't live by Jewish law anymore.

## Old Testament

Anything that is not Christianism-specific will be at Hebrew Bible.

## Transfiguration of Jesus

This is one of the most canonical examples of "Cult leader Jesus tries to divert faith from an old religion into his own".

## Gospel of Matthew (book 1)

The first chapter of the New Testament.

## New International Version (NIV, 1978)

Direct translation from oldest documents deemed reliable, originally in a mixture of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. Interesting project.
This is notably opposed to the approach taken by many versions which were based on the Septuagint, which was a much earlier full-Greek translation.

## King James Version (1611-)

How can you make a translation of the Bible and not put it in the public domain???? You tell me, you tell me.
With Falun Gong it's even more fun: the words of God Himself are will be copyrighted for a while after Li Hongzhi dies!!!

## Church of England (C of E)

Political division:
• toplevel arch-dioceses/provinces of Cantebury and York. One archbishop each, who is also bishop of Cantebury and York diocese
• within provinces: one cathedral and bishop per diocese

## Jesus

That self blame, imminent end of the world and hatred for tax collectors stuff is a bit over the top, you should chill man.

## John the Baptist

A pre-Jesus-like figure, likely possibly a mentor or competitor with Jesus.
He would have deserved a scene in Jesus Christ Superstar (1973).

## Commissioning of the Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles were actually officially appointed by Jesus amongst his followers. It was not simply that they were the first followers. It was official rank.

## Saint Peter (Simon called Peter)

Brother of andrew the Apostle, called by Jesus in fishers of men. Born Simon, but Jesus renamed him to Peter, thus the weird "Simon called Peter" way he is referred to as in some versions of the Bible.

## Andrew the Apostle

Brother of Saint Peter, called by Jesus in fishers of men. Crucified.

## Quote by Jesus

Matthew 10:16-23 Coming Persecutions, where Jesus before being persecuted warns his disciples that there is evil in the world and that they must be aware of it, all while being pure at heart:
Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

## As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another

Proverbs 27:17.
New International Version:
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

## Fishers of men

Gospel of Matthew 4 King James Version:
18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and andrew the Apostle his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

## Man shall not live by bread alone

Gospel of Matthew 4:4:
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God
Ciro Santilli's mother loves that one. Even though she was constantly worried that if Ciro had studied physics he would be poor and starve, a factor which led him to study engineering instead, one of the greatest mistakes of his life. don't be a pussy.

## Enter through the narrow gate

Gospel of Matthew 7:13:
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
Ciro Santilli really likes this one, because he feels that where many people go, it is useless to go again. It is much better to explore that which few can do, but which many will need.
Water Margin also comes to mind. And also A story of floating weeds.
Also known as being hipster.

## Islam character

Islam has some really nice things in it.
The way it was perverted to be used as a tool for terrorism by some is a great tragedy.
Ciro Santilli especially appreciates the idea of Ramadan.

## Kaaba

Ciro Santilli appreciates this concept of "remembering the suffering of others" a lot due to Ciro Santilli's self perceived compassionate personality and Ciro Santilli's cheapness.

## Gülen movement

Ciro Santilli once was at student a hackthon, where he proposed working on OurBigBook.com to others.
The only person who showed interest was a follower of the sect.
It seems that they put a lot of emphasis in education.
Also, their self-name is Hizmet, which translates as "service".
That day, Mr. Fethullah Gülen gained some Cirocoins.

## Septuagint (ancient Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible)

It is fun to see that some New Testament sources cite this Greek version rather than more ancient ones because they or their listeners would not understand the other original languages.

## Agnosticism

Of course, if you believe in modern science, agnosticism is just an euphemism for atheism.

## Free will

Ciro Santilli does not believe in free will of course because he is an agnostic and he believes that brains are controlled by the laws of physics, see also: physics and the illusion of life.

## God

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## Godlike

This vocabulary likely entered Ciro Santilli's vernacular through playing Counter-Strike when he was a teenager.

## Buddhism (佛法)

Ciro Santilli's favorite religion. He does not believe fully in it, nor has he studied it besides through brief Wikipedia and Googling.
Ciro likes Buddhism because it feels like the least "metaphysical explanations to things you can't see" of the religions he knows.
Rather, it feels more like "a plausible theory of the mind" and highly compatible with physics.
Ciro also believes that there is a positive correlation between being a software engineer and liking Buddhist-like things, see also: the correlation between software engineers and Buddhism.

## Alan Watts

While listening to endless hours of vaporwave while coding, Ciro Santilli spotted some amazing Buddhist-like voice samples, and eventually found that they were by Allan Watts.
Self-help? Maybe. Cult leader? Maybe. But at least it is one that Ciro buys into.
Is there a correlation between software engineers and Buddhism and liking the dude? Because this exists: wattsalan.github.io

## Amitābha (E1 mi2 to2 fo2, 阿弥陀佛)

More important than the monk itself in Chinese culture, it is used as a Budhist Amen. TODO find some usage in some Chinese television series.

## Meditation

Psalm 46:10 from the bible:
Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.