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    Was Jesus influenced by Eastern Religion? One of the great mysteries of the New Testament is what was Jesus doing during the majority of his life that we know nothing about. Leaving aside the story of his birth, the only information we have about the younger years of Jesus comes from the Gospel of Luke who describes an occasion when a precocious twelve-year-old Jesus speaks in the temple, impressing his elders. The Bible is then silent about the following twenty year period of Jesus’ life until he reappears on the scene around the age of thirty when he is baptized by John and begins his ministry. 



 What happened during these missing years of Jesus’ life? What experiences might have shaped Jesus into the man he became? Why do we find so many parallels between the teachings of Hinduism and Buddhism and the teachings of Jesus, who was considered a subversive in his Roman and Jewish community? Why do the contemplative practices of Jesus, which seem to confuse his disciples, seem so similar to Eastern meditative techniques? Could a clue to these missing years come from a controversial discovery over a century ago by a Russian journalist? In my new novel, THE BREATH OF GOD, I example the implications of this journalist’s historical discovery through a fictional story of suspense, mystery, and mysticism. 



If you are interested in learning more about the book Library Journal has called "Visionary Fiction" and RT Reviews has called "A thought provoking masterpiece," please visit my site: www.JeffreySmall.com

    Jeffreysmall
    March 16, 2011
    11:44 AM
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    please pray for me and my soulmate

    Gelehoux
    October 10, 2010
    9:54 AM
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    I am a christian but I believe that all religions are good. we serve a God with many names. there is one God but alot of religions. Now which one is the right only the creater knows. so lets all get along until he comes back

    ladybis2006
    July 29, 2010
    3:07 PM
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    Hello all, peace be with you! As a reply to whisperingwinds: I think no matter what one's faith is, "God" is not happy with modern humanity! Just take a look at the rampant materialism that is destroying the gift that is our natural world. Or the violence which threatens our very survival as a species. Human beings must reach back to the common values found in all of our spiritual traditions, or I fear things will get much much worse. But I'm still optimistic about the possibility for positive change.

    Babaoreilly
    March 20, 2010
    1:50 AM
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    I agree with your philosophy in exploring all faiths. Knowing how other's believe and practice their religion is something I have been interested in since I was young. I believe that by understanding other faiths we can learn acceptance and sometime find ideas that we can embrace ourselves.

    Sharon
    March 9, 2010
    11:49 AM
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    I just wanted to say Hi. I enjoy learning more about all religions and comparing them with one another. My main belief is that yes, there is a Higher Power. I also believe that being "made in God's image" we all have a bit of the Creator inside us and the ability to make positive and good choices in life. I'm still learning and picking up on things as I go.

    Awesomeangel
    January 16, 2010
    10:29 AM
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    Do you feel "God" is proud of mankind today? Be honest, why or why not?

    whisperingwinds
    January 1, 2010
    11:20 PM
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    It's good to be curious proves your nterested in raising the level of your faith and that brings you closer to god and assures you won't be left behind when the time comes some folks don't seem to believe everything the bible tells them if you really read it you will find so much more hidden then what you thought

    octobreeze
    December 12, 2009
    2:32 PM
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    just curious ,I'm native american traditional elder and also baptized as Southern baptist...

    Adrian_archambeau_sr.
    October 22, 2009
    3:15 AM
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    Hey! I'm hoping to reach a Jehovah's Witness to help me expand my knowledge base. However, I welcome any comment on any religion. Please keep in mind that I am Mormon and am just looking for information, not to convert. I respect all opinions and I would like respectful comments.

    Lavender
    October 10, 2009
    9:54 PM
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