Second Coming Of Semantics VS Second Coming Of Jesus Christ aka Parousia aka Advent
Robert Priddy (a caustic critic and defamer of Sathya Sai Baba who once hailed the Guru as God Incarnate and thereby the Father who sent Jesus, Allah who sent Muhammad and the Creator of the Universe) wrote an amusing response to Moreno’s article about him entitled Is Robert Priddy A Fundamentalist Christian?
Robert Priddy responded (in part):
Robert Priddy: Firstly, Joe Moreno (as vishvarupa108) made wide accusations of clinging to a Christian fundamentalist belief against the group he calls “anti-Sais” which is shown in the following posting which turned up in an archived e-mail attachment I received. There he claimed we all cling to a “second coming” mentality because we have nothing else to cling to. Wholly preposterous, of course, and indicative of Christian fundamentalism – for belief in the Second Coming is hardly no longer a belief promoted by mainstream Christianity (as opposed to fundamentalists). Moreno’s co-worker Lisa de Witt (who he never criticises or corrects despite her outrageous statements) has definitively included and named me as Christian and fundamentalist (which she may try to deny). Therefore Moreno is obviously aligned with her by his recent stated support for her claims.
First and foremost, Moreno has never supported the alleged claim that Lisa De Witt said that Robert Priddy is a Christian. Lisa de Witt denies making such a claim and although Robert Priddy expected Lisa de Witt to deny the claim, he provided no references to support his comments about her. Therefore, this particular argument by Robert Priddy is totally deflated. Secondly, let us look at Moreno’s actual comments (with references) in proper context regarding his usage of the term “second coming”:
Joe Moreno: Yes, Dave, you can still cling to your “second coming” mentality regarding the “truth” that will come out regarding the murders. (Reference)
Joe Moreno: Anti-SSB Activists are clinging to their “second coming” mentality and are relying on unsubstantiated propaganda until the evidence they hope exists, surfaces. (Reference)
Joe Moreno: Robert Priddy clings to his second coming mentality, hoping that his conspiracy theory will one day be vindicated. Eleven years and counting and Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has never been implicated (in any way, shape or form) with the police shootings that occurred on June 6th 1993. (Reference)
As one can clearly see, the context Moreno used for the term “second coming mentality” was non-religious in nature and was not indicative (directly, indirectly or otherwise) that Robert Priddy and Ex-Devotees were Christians awaiting the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
As rational and intelligent readers are aware, the term “Second Coming” (besides referring to Christ’s return) is also a semantical term commonly used by prestigious media (including Forbes, Discover magazine, international newspapers, books, movies, TV stations, etc.) that does not refer to the Christian concept of parousia (also known as the “Second Advent”). Rather, the term “second coming” can be used to denote the occurrence, hope or expectation of an actualization, reappearance or re-invention of a person, thing or event.
Common Non-Christian Usage For The Term “Second Coming” In International Media (A Small Selection):
- The Second Coming of Biofuels
- Brian O’Leary The Second Coming Of Science
- The iPhone’s Second Coming
- Tim Geithner, CNBC, and the Second Coming of Known Unknowns
- Clough’s Second Coming
- Why Keegan’s Second Coming at Newcastle may be doomed to failure
- Al-Qaeda: The Second Coming
- Second Empire to expand in ‘second coming’
- The Second Coming Of Richard Li
- The Second Coming Of Christos Cotsakos
- No Quick Second Coming for Dead Zimdollar
- The Second Coming of Newt Gingrich
- Tony Blair’s second coming
- HOMEOPATHY: THE SECOND COMING
- Medvedev as the Second Coming of Gorbachev
- The Second Coming Of Identity Politics
- Imperfect Charisma: The Second Coming of Benazir Bhutto
Therefore, Moreno’s usage of the term “second coming mentality” proves he did not imply or insinuate (in the least) that Robert Priddy and Ex-Devotees were Christians awaiting the Second Advent of Jesus Christ.
Robert Priddy Denies Christian Anti-Baba Movements:
Robert Priddy (under the pseudonym “Participant Observer”) said:
Robert Priddy (Pseudonym “Participant Observer”): No, bazza1, I am not a Christian or a follower of any other organised religion. This is typical of Sai people… to think that vested church interests are behind the allegations etc. because Sai Org. chief Indulal Shah made this specious claim in directives against his better knowledge. I know of no Church involvments, and I know the exposé scene better than most. (Reference)
That’s right, Robert Priddy claimed that he knew of no Church involvements against Sathya Sai Baba despite the fact that his co-conspirator and co-writer Barry Pittard openly boasted about polarizing Christians against Sathya Sai Baba. Reinier van der Sandt (the webmaster to the largest Anti-Baba websites on the internet and a known associate of Robert Priddy) posted Christian banners on his Ex-Baba domain (Ref) and wrote a couple of letters to Cardinal Simonis attempting to polarize Christians against Sathya Sai Baba. Read The Full Article About Christian Anti-Hindu and Anti-Baba Movements Here.
So when Robert Priddy attempted to argue that Moreno “hypoctitically tries through vehement denial to appear to distance himself from the business of smearing ‘Anti-Sais’ as Christians and/or fundamentalists among whom he definitively includes me”, he is out of touch with reality.
The extreme way in which Robert Priddy pigeonholes Moreno’s words gives one the distinct impression that Robert Priddy is unmovable by truth or reason and his moral cowardice is masked in bold rhetoric.