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Have A Thoughtful ‘Good Friday’ 2019; It Is Not A Day For Rejoicing.

by Anura Guruge




Click to access my 2016 post.


Easter, though Americans do not appreciate it, is an unique ‘yin-and-yangholiday — the only one of its kind in Christianity.

You have ‘Good Friday’ and ‘Easter Sunday’. In the U.S. ‘Good Friday’ isn’t even a Federal holiday — though, in reality, one could argue that in terms of Christianity is a very important Holy Day.

Though a bona fide holiday, it would be wrong to consider it a day to be happy. So, the greeting: ‘Have a Happy Good Friday‘ is wrong, even offensive. Good Friday is a day for contemplation. Easter Sunday is the day to be Merry.

So, I will just wish you a ‘Thoughtful Good Friday 2019’ and point out that it is indeed a holiday in the Guruge household — since I do not believe that one can ever have too many holidays.


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Good Article On The Evolution Of The Bible In The December 2018, National Geographic.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘National Geographic’. The December 2018 issue.


rom ‘NatG’ (above). Click to ENLARGE and admire here.


National Geographic typically does do a Christianity related feature for its December issue and over the years, I recall, we have had some good ones. If I go and look and my ‘small’ pile of SAVED NatGs I might even be able to tell you what some of them were. Well, I will be keeping this one too.

To be honest, given that I studied the history of the Bible for a couple of years, I knew most of what I have read so far. But, what makes this special is the peerless NatG graphics, photographs, research and access. The graphics are SUPERB. There is one which is a pictorial summary of what is contained in each book of the Bible — Old and New Testament. Neat.

If you are interested in this topic you really should ‘read’ this. I haven’t tried to read it online. I faithfully subscribe to the printed version every year.

Well, I just wanted to make sure you knew about this.


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Rejoice, Give Thanks, Sundays Became The Sundays We Love, March 7 — 1,696 Years Ago!

by Anura Guruge



He, viz. Constantine The Great, was quite the guy.

Was a pagan all of his life, only agreeing to be baptised on his deathbed when he was 65 (in 337 AD).

‘Battle of the Milvian Bridge’, where he saw THE SIGN in the sky took place in 312.

The ‘Edict of Milan‘, which made Christianity an officially recognised and tolerated religion in the Roman Empire came in 313.

This edict making Sunday, into Sunday in terms of how we know it, came 8-years later.


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by Anura Guruge

Constantine The Great, The Godfather Of Christianity, Believed To Have Been Born Today ~1,745 Years Ago.

by Anura Guruge


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Statue in York (England) — where Constantine was crowned Emperor on his father’s death.

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Dates going back that far are a bit ‘fuzzy’. So we cannot be sure. February 27, circa 272, however, is what is considered the best guess as to when he was born.

He, in my opinion, was the 2nd most important man in making Christianity what it is today — the FIRST, indubitably, having been St. Paul (originally Saul). Jesus, at best, is #3, if NOT fourth behind St. Peter.


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Was Pope Francis’ Latest “Imminent Coming Of Jesus” A Veiled Reference To Trump And ‘End Times’?

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to access “Vatican Radio” original from Sunday, December 11, 2016.


You need to know and understand Christian theology to appreciate the implications of what Pope Francis may be saying.

Rejoice in the IMMINENT coming of Jesus is more than an exhortation to enjoy the celebration of the coming Christmas.

The Second Coming of Jesus is a cornerstone of Christianity.

Christians have been waiting, inordinately patiently, for this Second Coming for over 2,000 years! The Apostles and the early Jesus followers in the Holy Land truly believed that the Second Coming would occur during their lifetime. That was 2,000 years ago.

But, prior to the Second Coming there has to ‘End Times’. That is all part of the accepted sequence. Pope Francis is a big believer in ‘End Times’  and WARNED that it may soon be with us just a YEAR AGO after the terror attacks in Paris. Here is but one reference. Google “Pope Francis Paris end times” for many more.

From my reading the pope is again back on this theme. The question is whether his new concern has to do with the new World order under Trump?


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“Jesus Incognito” At The Rio 2016 Olympics — I Am SURE It Is A Fake, But It CRACKED ME UP.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. Received it in an e-mail from Sri Lanka.


Came in an e-mail, a few minutes ago, from Sri Lanka. It is from a crazy Sri Lankan Buddhist who on a daily basis broadcasts images he finds on the Web that he thinks discredits Christianity (he, yet another, insecure Sri Lankan Buddhist who feels that you have to undermine Christianity to make Buddhism more credible).

It just CRACKED ME UP. My kind of humor.

Did a quick Google but didn’t find a barrage of stuff saying “Fake Adidas Rio Jesus …”.

I am sharing with you because it is genuinely clever. SMILE.


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Good Friday Not A Federal Holiday In The U.S. But Stock Markets Closed As Are 12 State Governments.

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Click to ENLARGE and goggle here. From the U.S. Government ‘Office of Personnel Management’ (OPM). http://www.opm.gov.


12 U.S. States observe Good Friday by closing Government Offices (per Wikipedia), they being: Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, and Tennessee.


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From Wikipedia — Public_holidays_in_the_United_States. Click to ENLARGE and goggle here.


I have talked about this before, viz. Easter (or at least Good Friday) NOT being an official holiday in the U.S. (though as the above suggest about 80% of the country celebrates it and Easter Sunday (quite rightly) has the highest church attendance of the year (well ahead (quite rightly) of Christmas (which is in reality not a religious holiday per se)). Tomorrow, Good Friday, as always, will feel very strange to me. The stock markets are closed and that unsettles me because I like to trade — BUT the kids will be at school and there will be a mail delivery. Does not seem right.

As I have also harped about before, it, i.e., Good Friday, is ironically an observed ‘Public & Bank’ holiday (equivalent of Federal Holiday) in Sri Lanka though only 7.4% of the population is Christian! Sri Lanka (my Ceylon) is, however, holiday happy and ‘rich’. In 2016 they have 25 ‘Public & Bank’ holiday compared to the 10 in the U.S. Here is the list.

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Click to ENLARGE and admire here. From the Sri Lanka ‘Ministry of Public Administration & Management’, http://www.pubad.gov.lk/.

Note how they OBSERVE Monthly Full Moon days (Poya Days) that do NOT fall on a Sunday. So in March there are 3 holidays and 3 again in April. The holidays are WAY DOWN from when I was growing up in Ceylon in the 1950s/1960s. Easter Monday used to be a holiday. In those days, taking into account the Monthly Poya holidays, it was estimated (by a cousin of mine (who was an accountant)) that there was a holiday, on average, every 19 days!


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by Anura Guruge

What is More Important: Good Friday or Easter Sunday?

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read this SNIPPET here. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access original thread at ‘Debate.org’. 


It was doing the Jewish Purim one day apart from Good Friday post, yesterday, that got me thinking. With that post and the one I did last year about Passover being on the same weekend I used Good Friday as the key date (though I included Easter Sunday too).

Given my interest in religious history I can argue on either side of this. Yes, I know, understand and appreciate the basics. Crucifixion vs. Resurrection. The Passion, the suffering and redemption of sin vs. hope, eternal life (and the true basis of what makes Christianity, Christianity).

That Good Friday is not a Federal Holiday in the very Christian (60%++) U.S. always amazes me. Growing up in very Buddhist Ceylon we had BOTH Good Friday and Easter Monday off — thanks to the British/European influence.

I am glad that this question gets debated. Do YOU have an opinion or preference?


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German Evangelical Floating Bookstore ‘MV Logos Hope’ Visits Sri Lanka.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I had an e-mail this morning from one of my (many) cousins in Sri Lanka that he had visited the ‘Book Ship’ “Logos Hope”, at the (famed) Colombo harbor, and had bought himself an Atlas. He asked me whether I was familiar with the ship. I was not. I knew of the various floating universities, and even remembered visiting one in that very same harbor, 50 years ago.

He, as is his wont, send me an URL to a local newspaper with a story about the ship.

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Being the cynical soul that I am, I needed more ‘G2’ especially given the name. So, as is my wont, I Googled it.

Wikipedia, had all that I needed to know:

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All was clear and I fully understood the motivation and name.

I find it amusing that the ‘Daily News‘, that used to be quite a newspaper when I was young (albeit that being 50 years ago), totally missed the point.

My cousin too had not noticed. Not that it matters.

Missionaries, of all flavors, have been visiting Sri Lanka, with mixed success for nearly 3,000 years. All the major religions in Sri Lanka are obviously imports, viz. Buddhism (˜70% I think), Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. We don’t have many from the Judaic persuasion as this true story (retold by me (and you really must read it)) exemplifies — though there is a movement afoot (supported by a couple of my cousins) to prove that the (last) Buddha was born in Sri Lanka (as opposed to India). Yep, pigs will fly. My ‘immediate’ family, though I now realize I was adopted (actually a mix up at the hospital à la ‘The Other Son, was a mix of Buddhists, Baptists and Catholics, with my surrogate father (as opposed to my adoptive father), a Baptist.

OK, I will confess. Efforts to evangelize Sri Lankans, into any religion, bothers me. As the newspaper article indicates we tend to me ‘trusting’ folks, easily swayed. It is like giving candy to kids. But … My cousin was happy. He paid about $5 (in Rupees) for an good world Atlas from the U.S. He got a deal.