Monday, January 16, 2017

"he saw Simon and Andrew his brother" - Followers of Christ Jesus from Qumran


Sunset and Mt. Fuji, Japan


Followers of Christ Jesus from Qumran

Jesus had lived, learnt, and taught in Qumran probably between 13 to 30 years old before he appeared on the River Jordan as I mentioned before (on January 14, 2017; http://eereporter.blogspot.jp/2017/01/many-shall-rejoice-at-his-birth.html).

So, when He was mediating in one of caves in Qumran, an angel must have visited Him like in the case of Muhammad, the founder of Islam, six centuries later.

And then, Jesus left Qumran to see John the Baptist.  Jesus must have had intention to help and assist John, although Jesus could have continued His peaceful life in Qumran.

While some people were living according to principles of their own religion and practicing their own religious codes in Qumran, John the Baptist was preaching among people to save them from evil of Herod and risk his life.  And, the fact that Jesus was baptized by John means that Jesus decided to work with John for people suffering evil of Herod and priests of the temple in Jerusalem.  Accordingly, God was rejoiced by Jesus.  So,  a voice from heaven then said, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased." (Mark 1:1-8).

John the Baptist must have some relationship with Essenes who must have shared a majority of Qumran residents.  That is why Jesus heard of him and went out to see him.

The point at issue is that Jesus as a man decided to leave caves of Qumran and go out to the public in order to save people, which rejoiced God.  Till this decision, Jesus must have been a mere man devoted in study and practice of a school of Judaism in Qumran (which must be the Essenes).  But at the moment on the River Jordan, Jesus became the Son of God, since God sent the spirit to Jesus.

However, Jesus' connection with Qumran was not completely cut down.  There were some members of the Essenes that secretly followed Christ Jesus preaching and organizing His own sect.  And sometimes, they met Christ Jesus secretly.  One of such occasions must have been the scene of the Transfiguration on a mountain before Christ Jesus started his final and fatal journey to Jerusalem.  Those described as Elijah and Moses in the Gospels must have been those followers of Christ Jesus from Qumran.  To the eyes of disciples of Christ Jesus, those who came from Qumran must have looked so holy as if they had been such saints.

On the mountain, the followers appeared wearing white clothes as they did in Qumran and Christ Jesus also wore white clothes.  They must have discussed what would happen when Christ Jesus entered Jerusalem and how Judas would betray Him.  And, most importantly, they arranged with one another about how Christ Jesus should resurrect three days after the coming crucifixion.

The point at issue is that there were secret followers from Qumran always around Christ Jesus since He started preaching after John the Baptist.  And, they must have secretly recorded what Christ Jesus said and did, since Christ Jesus called and invited only poor and illiterate men for his Disciples.  The Gospels must be originally based on the records made by followers of Christ Jesus from Qumran, since they could well read and write.  




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Mar 1:16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
Mar 1:17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
Mar 1:18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

"This was he of whom I spake" - Mystery about Joseph

Tokyo in Summer



Mystery about Joseph

There is one big mystery about Christ Jesus.  Who and what was His worldly father?
While none of the Gospels mentions Joseph as present at any event during Jesus's adult ministry, the synoptic Gospels share a scene in which the people of Nazareth, Jesus's hometown, doubt Jesus's status as a prophet because they know his family. In Mark 6:3, they call Jesus "Mary's son" instead of naming his father. In Matthew, the townspeople call Jesus "the carpenter's son," again without naming his father. (Matthew 13:53-55) In Luke 3:23 "And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was [the son] of Heli."(Luke 4:16-30) In Luke the tone is positive, whereas in Mark and Matthew it is disparaging.[14] This incident does not appear at all in John, but in a parallel story the disbelieving neighbors refer to "Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know" (John 6:41-51).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Joseph
The point at issue is that there must have been many persons who knew who and what Jesus' worldly father was when Christ Jesus was carrying out His mission.  And thus, the Gospel writers must have been able to obtain information about His worldly father Joseph, since followers and disciples of Christ Jesus must have heard about Joseph from Jesus' mother, brothers, and the like.

But the Gospel writers avoided mentioning Joseph clearly or in details.  But they did not write that Joseph had been dead when Christ Jesus launched His mission.  Joseph must have left his family for some reason.  And, probably he was not in Nazareth, Judah or Palestine during Jesus' mission.  Even Jesus' enemies, priests of the Temple in Jerusalem and the Roman authority in Jerusalem, did not try to find Joseph or make an issue of Joseph.  They must have also known that Joseph had gone out of Palestine and had nothing to do with Jesus.

Anyway, it is a wonder that so many people have read the Gospels and the Bible in these 2000 years, but nobody could make clear who and what Joseph was.  Or has truth been revealed already?
The Catholic Encyclopedia citing the texts contained in the apocryphal writings writes that:
When forty years of age, Joseph married a woman called Melcha or Escha by some, Salome by others; they lived forty-nine years together and had six children, two daughters and four sons, the youngest of whom was James (the Less, "the Lord's brother"). A year after his wife's death, as the priests announced through Judea that they wished to find in the tribe of Judah a respectable man to espouse Mary, then twelve to fourteen years of age. Joseph, who was at the time ninety years old, went up to Jerusalem among the candidates; a miracle manifested the choice God had made of Joseph, and two years later the Annunciation took place.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Joseph





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Joh 1:15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

"many shall rejoice at his birth" - Young Jesus in Qumran


Around Fukushima City, Japan



Young Jesus in Qumran

The Gospels do not contain episodes of Christ Jesus at his ages approximately between 12 and 30.

For example:
Age 12 Jesus visits the Temple in Jerusalem
Age 12 - 30 Jesus works as a carpenter in Nazareth

Timeline of Jesus aged 30
Jesus is baptised in the River Jordan in Judea by John the Baptist
Jesus in the Wilderness - Judea
Jesus hails Andrew, Simon, Philip, And Nathaniel - Bethabara
Miracle of turning the water into wine and drives the moneymakers from the temple - Cana. Jerusalem
Nighttime visit Of Nicodemus—Christ enlightens him - Jerusalem.
Jesus and the Woman of Samaria - Samaria: Sychar
Miracle at Cana in Galilee
Pool of Bethesda - Jerusalem
Jesus Reads in the Nazareth Synagogue - Nazareth. Capernaum
http://www.datesandevents.org/people-timelines/36-timeline-of-jesus.htm

However, it is unlikely that Jesus just lived in Nazareth as a carpenter.  He must have learnt Judaism somewhere.  He must have learnt how to read and write somewhere.

Especially, the Gospels depicted a scene where Jesus at 12 discussing religious matters with priests in the temple of Jerusalem and His parents, when finding Him talking with religious leaders, getting surprised.  And then, the Gospels do not provide any episodes about young Jesus till He appeared on the River Jordan at an age about 30. 

So, if Jesus had been living with His parents in Nazareth till He became 30 years old, there must have been many witnesses of His deeds in this period of time.  At least His brothers must have witnessed His deeds and later told His disciples and writers of the Gospels about many and various episodes of young Jesus in Nazareth.   But the Gospels keep silence on young Jesus in this period of time.  So, it is thought naturally that there were no witnesses of young Jesus in this period.  It means that Jesus was not near His family and not in Nazareth.  But where was He?

Although Jesus could discuss religious matters with priests in the temple of Jerusalem at 12 years old, He looked like having full and detailed knowledge about the holy books of Judaism or the Old Testament when He started His mission at 30.  He must have extensively learnt Judaism somewhere like a college or a theological school.  And there was one place suitable for this purpose: Qumran caves.

Today Qumran is well known for discovery of the Dead Seas Scrolls after WWII. 
The Dead Sea Scrolls, in the narrow sense of Qumran Caves Scrolls,[notes 1] are a collection of some 981 different texts discovered between 1946 and 1956 in eleven caves (Qumran Caves) in the immediate vicinity of the Hellenistic-period Jewish settlement at Khirbet Qumran in the eastern Judaean Desert, the modern West Bank. The caves are located about two kilometres (1.2 miles) inland from the northwest shore of the Dead Sea, from which they derive their name.[3] The consensus is that the Qumran Caves Scrolls date from the last three centuries BCE and the first century CE. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Sea_Scrolls
As proven by the discovery of the Dead Seas Scrolls, there were many holy books of Judaism in Qumran.  And, some scrolls are believed to have been written there.  So, Qumran was the best place for young Jesus to exhaustively learn traditions of Judaism in addition to how to read and write.

It is also a miracle that the so many Dead Sea Scrolls have been kept and preserved there for 2000 years, since it is believed that Roman troops also occupied Qumran and dispelled Israelits living and practicing a school of Judaism there during the First Jewish–Roman War (66–73 CE).  It is as if power of Christ Jesus who had once lived and studied there allowed those scrolls to be preserved for 2000 years.  It is indeed a miracle that Qumran was discovered by the world 2000 years after the era of Christ Jesus.  It is as if God had given those scrolls to the mankind as His present to celebrate the 20th century.

In summary, we have to assume that young Jesus between 13  to 30 years old was living, studying, and working in Qumran.

That is why His brothers and His friends living in Nazareth in this period could not offer any episodes and material about young Jesus to Gospel writers, since they did not know about living status and conditions of young Jesus in Qumran.  That is why there are no episodes of young Jesus from 13 to 30 years old mentioned in the Gospels.

Christ Jesus was in Qumran before his appearance on the River Jordan; this is a very natural and reasonable conclusion.  It means that Christ Jesus was close to the Essenes.
A little later, Josephus gave a detailed account of the Essenes in The Jewish War (c. 75 CE), with a shorter description in Antiquities of the Jews (c. 94 CE) and The Life of Flavius Josephus (c. 97 CE). Claiming first hand knowledge, he lists the Essenoi as one of the three sects of Jewish philosophy[7] alongside the Pharisees and the Sadducees. He relates the same information concerning piety, celibacy, the absence of personal property and of money, the belief in communality, and commitment to a strict observance of Sabbath. He further adds that the Essenes ritually immersed in water every morning, ate together after prayer, devoted themselves to charity and benevolence, forbade the expression of anger, studied the books of the elders, preserved secrets, and were very mindful of the names of the angels kept in their sacred writings.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essenes
So, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls must mean that God wants the mankind to review creeds and principles of the Essenes.  It is because holy miracles never occur without reasons, purposes or intents of God.


Psalms Scroll.jpg
The Dead Sea Scrolls:
Material Papyrus, parchment and bronze
Writing Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek and Nabataean-Aramaic
Created Est. 408 BCE to 318 CE
Discovered 1946/7–1956
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Sea_Scrolls


Map of herodian palestine
http://www.slideserve.com/overton/map-of-herodian-palestine


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Luk 1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
Luk 1:14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

Friday, January 13, 2017

"in the wilderness forty days" - Foolish Emperors and Foolish President


Matsushima Bay Hit by the 2011 Great Tsunami, Japan


Foolish Emperors and Foolish President

The Roma Empire collapsed after an era of foolish emperors.

Now that the US looks like entering an era of foolish presidents with coming inauguration of Donald Trump, we had better check how incidents proceeded in the Roman Empire with those foolish emperors.

The two emperors who came just after Hadrian were different from any that had gone before. They were scholars and wise men, and liked the quiet of their libraries much better than the noise of armies and battles, or the traveling of which Hadrian had been so fond. But they both governed with the single purpose of making the people under their rule as happy as possible; so when it became necessary to make war to defend the empire, they did not hesitate to give up their own desires and march at the head of their armies. This became more and more necessary during the reign of Marcus Aurelius, the second of these two emperors; and finally he met his death on the bank of the river Danube, fighting against the Germans who dwelt along that stream. 
With the death of this great and good emperor, the "golden age" of the empire came to an end. From now on the barbarians pressed more closely on the empire, and it became more difficult to defend it against their attacks. The Romans and the Italians had lost the old bravery and skill in fighting, which had enabled them to conquer the whole world; while the barbarians had learned much about war from their long struggles with Rome. Besides this, the government now fell once more into unworthy hands. Ignorant soldiers gave the rule to men who were not fit for it; and once the position of emperor was even put up at auction and sold to the highest bidder. 
So a hundred years of war and bloodshed followed. This did not cease, until at last a strong ruler named Diocletian got the power, and divided the empire into an eastern and western half, each with its own ruler, so that the people might be better defended from the barbarians, and better governed in their own countries. Many other changes were made by Diocletian; then when his work was finished, he resigned his power and spent the rest of his days in quiet, far from the struggles of war and politics. 
Soon after Diocletian had resigned his power, a new emperor arose who once more united the rule over both the eastern and western halves of the empire. His name was Constantine, and he is called "the Great." He did two things which were very important. In the first place, he was the first emperor to become a Christian himself, and to allow the Christians to practice their religion openly. In the second place, he moved the capital of the Roman empire to the shores of the Black Sea, and there built a, new city which was called from his name, "Constantinople," or "the city of Constantine." Sometime after the death of Constantine the empire was again divided into an eastern and a western part; and this time the division was a lasting one. After that there was an empire of the East, with its capital at Constantinople; and an empire of the West, with its capital at Rome. 
Meanwhile, the barbarians, especially the Germans, had been growing more and more troublesome. Great hordes of them at last broke through the line of forts along the Rhine and the Danube, and wandered up and down the lands of the empire, plundering and destroying for many years. Battle after battle was fought with them, and sometimes the Germans were the victors, and sometimes the Romans were; but the armies of the emperors were never again strong enough to drive the Germans out of the Roman lands.
http://www.heritage-history.com/?c=read&author=harding&book=seven&story=after
If all the emperors of the Roman Empire had been wise and decent, the Empire should have lasted centuries more.
The key to understanding the fall of the Roman Empire must be its foolish emperors more than other factors.
So, the US of today might face the same crisis.

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Mar 1:13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

"praying without at the time of incense" - Unless this Commercialism is Controlled.

Around Tokyo


Unless this Commercialism is Controlled

No schools in the world teach children and students that the aim of life is to earn money, become rich, and satisfy their desire as much as possible.

No schools in the world teach children and students that the aim of life is to earn money, become rich, and satisfy their desire by any means to the extent that they are not legally punished.

But, rather, educations is to teach children and students who would, in the case of receiving no education, pursue their desire by any means as much as possible even if they have to take legal risks that they should observe laws and rules, contribute to maintenance and development of civilization and culture, and avoid violence and other crimes that would harm the sound framework of the society where so many people are living their precious lives.

This is a basic concept of education: men can be as bad as possible without education and they will surely harm and destroy society and civilization eventually.

However, today's economy is based on a different concept.   If consumers stopped buying products and services companies provide and manufacture, business should be stopped and employees should be dismissed.  So, for a majority of members of the society to earn money, companies must have consumers buy their goods and services.  The more consumers buy, the more companies and employees get money.  And, the easiest way to increase consumption is to arouse and cause desire in consumers.  It means that companies try to make consumers pursue their desire and want products and services they provide.   However, desire makes human being corrupt, rotten, and evil.   Put simply, commercialism makes the society corrupt, rotten, and evil.

This commercialism is in the extension of capitalism that emerged after the Industrial Revolution that started around 1800 in the UK and Europe.  And, with advancement of science and technology and social systems, the history now enters the era of commercialism.

Today,  a majority of Western nations, developing countries, and Muslims put the highest priority in money.  To get money, ordinary people have to work in companies.  And for companies to make profits and pay salaries and dividends, they have to sell more goods and services to consumers.  To make consumers buy more goods and services, businesses are arousing their lusts and desires.  However, lusts and desires make people indecent, lousy, mean, rotten, corrupt, and evil.

Of course, before this era of commercialism, the era of capitalism and the era of the Industrial Revolution, there had been many social factors and cultural elements that demoralized people.  However, the scale and intensity of this commercialism leveraging advanced technologies have never been experienced by peoples in the world.  At every corner in the world, people are exposed brain-washing, indecent commercial videos, sounds, pictures, and works through TVs, smartphones, the Internet, etc.  This is a situation that has never been experienced by the mankind.

Put simply, the mankind might be destroyed by their own inflated desires, unless this commercialism is controlled.

The danger of today's economic system and commercialism  must be taught in schools in addition to in churches, mosques, synagogues, and other temples.




https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporate_tax_in_the_United_States

This curve also indicates expansion of commercialism and the degree of resultant corruption of the society.


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Luk 1:9 According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
Luk 1:10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
Luk 1:11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

Monday, January 09, 2017

"and Achaz begat Ezekias" - Holy Spin and Revolution of the Earth


Around Fukushima City, Japan


Holy Spin and Revolution of the Earth


The earth is rotating around its axis running from the north pole to the south pole, specifically at a rate of 500 meters (about half a mile) per second on the surface on the equator.

The earth is rotating around the sun at a rate of 30 km (about 20 miles) per second.  However, human beings had not realized it for three million years since they had been established as a species till a few centuries ago.

Even today, you cannot feel the speeds of the earth's self rotation and revolution around the sun, though these movements are real.

There are other things men cannot realize and sense, though they are essential for existence of human beings.  For example, most of us cannot realize existence of God.

Maybe the power of God is working around us like earth's spin on its axis and revolution around the sun that we cannot conceive as real.

So, we sometimes wonder why God would not help us and other poor people suffering from worldly tragedies, but we might not have ability to realize how God is saving and helping us and other poor people.

Anyway, God is protecting us and the earth by ensuring stable movements of the earth and the solar system.  Only for this reason, we had better praise and thank God.




Man travels nearly 67,000 miles per hour in yearly orbit around the Sun. But, man’s lifetime or lifespan is determined by alternating periods of Day and Night caused by Earth’s rotational spin.
https://bhavanajagat.com/2016/05/03/love-defined-as-fundamental-force/


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Mat 1:9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;
Mat 1:10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;
Mat 1:11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:

Saturday, January 07, 2017

"the latchet of whose shoes" - Goethe's Episode Facing a Charge of Spying


A Shinkansen-Express Line Station around Tokyo


Goethe's Episode Facing a Charge of Spying

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) traveled to Italy in 1786.

In a boarder town between Italy and Austria, Goethe found an interesting scenery around an old castle.  He started to sketch it.  Local people started to gather around him, since it was very rare for them to see anyone to make a sketch of or paint the castle.      

Then a policeman and a local officer came to check why the foreigner, namely Goethe, was making a sketch of an old castle on the border.  They suspected that Goethe might be a kind of spy.  So, Goethe improvised a speech on how it was meaningful to record a nice scenery since he was a traveler from a German city to Rome.  Many local people watching the incident agreed with Goethe.  But the policeman and the local officer were not convinced, claiming that they had to take him to a central town in the region to further investigate this case.

But one of local people came forward, saying that he had once lived for several years in the German city Goethe mentioned.  And Goethe and this local man talked about their memory of the city.  So, this local man told the policeman and the officer that it was true that Goethe was just traveling from the German city to Rome and he could not be a spy.

So, finally, the policeman and the local officer gave up the idea to arrest Goethe.  They left the place around the old castle.  And, Goethe could continue his travel to Rome without problems.

This episode looks like a typical case that shows how God rescues someone He wants to rescue.  Of course, if Goethe had been arrested on suspicion of spying, sooner or later he must have been released.  But, it must have some negative influence on Goethe's impression on Italy.

Anyway, it is said that the modern German language started to be formed and shaped by Martin Luther (1483-1546) and was finally completed by Goethe.

Maybe due to completeness of the German language, the German culture has survived the two world wars.  Especially, Germans could rebuild the nation after it had been destroyed by evil of Nazis.



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Mar 1:7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

"THERE was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea" - Discussions about Trump's Ascending

The Tokyo Station 


Discussions about Trump's Ascending

There are still many arguments even in Japan about why Donald Trump was elected as US president.

Some critic wrote that it was not poor whites but rich or educated whites and white women that truly contributed to Trump's victory.  Another critic specialized in diplomacy wrote that it was anti-Washington and anti-elite whites, mostly white workers, that helped Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.

But there seems to be less arguments made from the racial point of view in Japan.  The racial issue is one of the themes in which Japanese intellectuals do not have much interest and insight.  However, I think the 2016 US Presidential Election should be reviewed from this point of view.

Obama has occupied the White House for eight years as the first African American president.  He has been the highest-ranked representative of the American people though still about 70% of the Americans are white or the like.  It must have invite some strong reaction from white Americans who don't regard themselves as the same kind of human beings as African Americans.

From the beginning, there were very special and rare conditions when Barack Obama was elected as president.  His predecessor W. Bush made many and various mistakes.  He made up false evidence that Saddam Hussein had been linked with Al Qaeda.  He could not successfully chase and take on Osama bin Laden while his father, the former President W.H. Bush, had a business tile with the bin Laden family.  Bush's linkage with the Enron top management was also revealed.   And, further, President Bush could not prevent the subprime loan scandal and the subsequent 2008 Financial Crisis triggered by the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers.  What is worse, the US economy eventually plummeted down as symbolized by the bankruptcy of GM, resulting in about 10% unemployment rate.  So, most of American white workers who faced a threat of unemployment came to opt for a clever  African-American president to a precarious white president from an elite family.  Disappointment and disillusion with white elites among white workers pushed Obama to US presidency.

However, as time went by, the memory of Bush's presidency has become a history.  It is as if Obama's  mission were completed with the execution of Osama and recovery of the US economy.  The very rare emergency period was now gone.  White workers don't need a clever African American president any more.  Now they have come to think that the one who represents them as US president must be one of them, white people.

This trend has been also driven by antagonism toward intellectual elites one of whom is Obama.  Obama had to be one of intellectual elites to become US president despite his racial identity.  Antagonism to Obama is intensified by that fact that he is also one of intellectual elites that include Bill and Hilary Clinton.

So, Trump who is white and looks like anti-intellectual elites has become their choice.

And, it is also why the American mainstream media failed to correctly predict the outcome of the Presidential Election.  Elite whites working in elite media companies could not grasp the moods, feelings, and antagonism white workers had deep in their minds and hearts.      

Indeed, an African American who is an intellectual elite can be US president, but it is only during a very exceptional period.   But the period of the dark aftermath of the 9/11 Terror and the War on Terror and the gravest US economic crisis since the Great Depression in 1930s has gone.  Now, white American workers don't need a black president and an intellectually elite or progressive president.

That is why American white workers and racially proud whites, including rich whites, educated whites, and white women, have overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump over Barack Obama and the Clintons.

However, in a sense, history repeats itself.  The US might face another 9/11 Terror and another financial crisis under Trump's presidency.   And, anther disenchantment with white presidents might pave the way for another very unique American, in terns of race and probably religion, ascending to US presidency.

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Luk 1:5 THERE was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

"And Aram begat Aminadab" - Satan, Western Industrial Leaders, and Islamic Terrorist Leaders

Around Fukushima City, Japan


Satan, Western Industrial Leaders, and Islamic Terrorist Leaders

In any society, there are rules and order to maintain integrity of the society.  However, such social structure is built to meet a need for securing common interest but not to promote love among people.

Social justice is mainly related to securement of order.  If every member of a society starts to attack one another to steal money and other assets, the whole society would be destroyed, which would not benefit anybody.  So, contribution to maintenance of social order is highly praised and regarded.  But after the order is secured or as long as the order is ensured, people will try to make profits and satisfy their desire as much as possible even by sacrificing other members of the society.  Every evil will be executed to the extent that the social order is not broken.  It is because the order was built for profits and interest but not for love.

So, followers of God have to know that love has higher priority than loyalty to the social order.  But as they are obliged sometimes to transcend the worldly order, they are hated and doubted by ordinary people who blindly follow social customs.

So, when executing the word of God, His followers are vulnerable, since they give an excuse to their opponents for their blaming the followers as they sometimes have to transcend social rules and break social frameworks to achieve a holy goal.

However, Satan is still more crafty, abusing this doctrine to mislead innocent people to making terrible crimes, such as terror, in the name of Heaven.  Leaders of the so-called Islamic terrorists are truly disciples of Satan.

But where did this Satan come from?  Did he come from the Koran or the Western materialism and commercialism?   Is it  possible for native and genuine Muslims born and living in their homeland to think about such acts of terror on other Muslims?

It might be Western materialism and commercialism that have brainwashed leaders of the so-called Islamic terrorists.  If so, the key to solving the bloody tragedies now going on in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, etc. should be found in Western countries.

For example, no Western countries look like losing big profits due to civil wars and armed conflicts now going on in Islamic regions.  Or rather, their defense-related and  military industries seem to earn big profits due to civil wars and armed conflicts now going on in Islamic regions.

So, Satan looks like using some leaders of some industries in Western countries to make Muslims fight one another.  It is one of the worst conspiracies.



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Mat 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Mat 1:2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;
Mat 1:3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;
Mat 1:4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

"most excellent Theophilus" - A Lack of Respect and An Insult to God



Moon, Venus, Mt. Fuji and Sunset at the Dusk of January 3, 2017


A Lack of Respect and An Insult to God

The history looks like a kind of repeating itself.

But it is alarming that the mankind have lost respect to their history and ancient legacies.  Due to a lack of respect to their own history, the mankind might get caught in a great crisis.

The first urban civilization started in Mesopotamia.  But the US launched the War on Iraq in 2003 in the wake of the 2001 Terror on New York and Washington DC, sending troops to the region including Mesopotamia to topple the Saddam Hussein's regime.  The US also sent troops to Afghanistan where once Alexander the Great marched in his most eastward campaign of conquer.  And, subsequently Syria was put in turmoils of a civil war when the US started to withdraw its troops from Iraq.  Syria and its capital Damascus were once occupied by the Roman Empire.  Syria has a long history even from the era of conflicts between Greeks and Persians.

These historically important regions have been key regions of today's international tragedies in these years.  And they have become sources of millions of immigrants and refugees.

As the US and its allied nations have not fully respected the past history, bloody tragedies have ensued there with the rise of an evil group called IS or ISIL.  If this trend should continue, Western Europe might face another tragedy, since the region was once occupied by the Roman Empire.

However, the more decisive tragedy can happen in Israel if it should face a critical turmoil or war in this context.  It means all the historic regions of the ancient period for the European Civilization in the west of the Indus River suffer tragedies, since the mankind do not respect the history.

So, before such a tragedy happens in Israel or Palestine, we have to show more respect to the history.  Otherwise, the more drastic bloody situation might happen in and around Israel, which should involve the US and Russia in a very dangerous manner.

Anyway, about 2000 years ago, the current border area between Syria and Turkey was one of the most active areas for ancient Greek and Roman troops against Persia and other Asian opponents.  And still today, there are many bloody military operations in the area.  Then what is the progress of the mankind along the history?  Where is the progress of the mankind along the history?

God might look at these situations as an insult to Him, since He had given great religions to the mankind and especially Europeans in those regions.  God might judge that the mankind should perish due to wars in those areas since they cannot save themselves by leveraging the religions they received there from the God.

In this context, the situations in Syria and Iraq might lead to a real crisis of the mankind and especially Europeans as well as Americans and Judaists.



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Luk 1:3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
Luk 1:4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

Monday, January 02, 2017

"in the beginning with God" - Life in the Universe: Love of God Embodied



This Japanese shinto shrine is situated at the center of the areas on the Pacific Ocean where the great tsunami of March 2011 caused huge damage and casualties. 


Life in the Universe: Love of God Embodied

According  to the Bible, everything passes but the word of God never changes.

In the human world, everything that is started will surely end eventually.  However, underlying principles never change.

God is said to exist forever from infinite past to infinite future.  God was never created by anybody and God never dies or disappears.

Surely the concept of time is different in the world of God and in the world of this material universe and the human world.  But, as God is almighty, He can start something and put an end to it.

Apart from the physical aspects of this universe and the human world, life is possible only with love.  Without love but only evil and hatred, every living thing in this world will die down.  And we can sometimes feel great love in the world or a great scale of love.  And such great love sometimes looks transcending various restrictions as if it had infinite power.

For example, according to the Bible, God loved men so much that he sent His Son to the human world.

Maybe the love Christ Jesus has to us helps us transcend the restrictions imposed on human beings, which means that everything passes.  In the human world, everything that is started will surely end eventually, which is so cruel, since nothing is left after our death.  But love of Christ Jesus must allow us to come close to the world of God where there is no death.

On the surface of the moon, its temperature gets 100 degrees Celsius in the daytime but minus 150 degrees C at night.   It is the world without love.  But on the earth, physical conditions allow development of love needed for emergence and development of life.  And these physical conditions must be love of God embodied.  And, it must have been promised from the beginning of the universe.  So, the universe started to emerge from the beginning with love of God to life and human beings.

Anyway,  on the surface of the moon, its temperature gets 100 degrees Celsius in the daytime but minus 150 degrees C at night.   It is the world without love.   However, without love in the human world, it must be tantamount to the surface of the moon.  To get higher life, we need love of God.



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Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

"Jesus Christ, the Son of God"




A shinto shrine around Tokyo in preparation for new year visits by million or more citizens celebrating the Year of Birds 







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Mar 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
Mar 1:2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
Mar 1:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

"rather seek ye the kingdom of God" - 100,000-Year-Old Mt. Fuji




Mt. Fuji snow-capped, 100 Km far, over dry paddy field from around Tokyo, at the end of 2016 


100,000-Year-Old Mt. Fuji

It is believed that Mt. Fuji was fully formed about 100,000 years ago.

As other volcanoes in Japan (with 86 active volcanoes) were mostly formed several hundreds of thousands of years to one million years ago, Mt. Fuji is a relatively young volcano in Japan, though it is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 meters.

Mt. Fuji is situated 100 km (60 miles) west of Tokyo.  It happens to be roughly near the central point of the Japanese Archipelago.  There are no other capitals of major countries in the world that have the highest mountains of their nations so close to them.

The last major eruption of Mt. Fuji occurred in 1707.  At the time, a great amount of volcano ash fell in Tokyo (then called Edo) like snow falling.  This eruption was triggered by an M8.7 earthquake that had occurred 49 days before the eruption.

If Mt. Fuji should erupt again in the same scale as that of the 1707 eruption, not only the city of Tokyo (with population of 12 million) but also the economy of Japan is expected to be hit hard since the possible disaster would sever the main transportation artery between Tokyo and other western cities such as Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and as far as Fukuoka.
 
Mt. Fuji is usually called Fuji-san (san: mountain) by the Japanese people with a sense of pride and familiarity.

Incidentally, the ridge line or the shape of the slope from its summit to its foot somewhat resembles the curve of a Japanese sword.
(Refer to http://eereporter.blogspot.jp/2016/12/and-seek-not-ye-what-ye-shall-eat.html of the December 29 post for a clearer shape of the slope).



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Luk 12:31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Luk 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Friday, December 30, 2016

"thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart" - The Sun's Sons

Tokyo


The Sun's Sons


There are interesting pieces of fables created by Aesop (620 and 564 BCE).
The Greek historian Herodotus mentioned in passing that "Aesop the fable writer" was a slave who lived in Ancient Greece during the 5th century BCE.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aesop%27s_Fables
One of the most well known stories of his is the race between a turtle and a rabbit.  The rabbit who thought he could easily beat the turtle started to rest and fall asleep in the middle of the race.   While the rabbit was sleeping, the turtle continued his walk to the goal without resting.

Christ Jesus never referred to Aesop and his fables.  For example, He did not assert that Judaists would be like the rabbit while My followers would be like the turtle.  Or He did not predict that Romans would be like the rabbit while My followers would be like the turtle.

Aesop fables depict many cases of conflict between a deceiving guy and a deceived one.  Those fables intend to give warning to people so that they would not trust others and not become victims.  There is no concern about value of being honest, kind, and compassion to victims.  Aesop simply said that there were many and various types of bad guys and their tricks so that you had to be careful not to be taken in.  And interestingly, his fables could be read as real even today.

According to Christianity, those who believe in God do not play others false, since God forbids it.  However, if you don't believe in God, you would become one of deceiving guys depicted by Aesop.  Then, you do not show any progress of humanity in these 2000 years since the emergence of Christ Jesus.  Most of people today who deceive others still live in the world of Aesop.

THE FROGS AND THE SUN  When Aesop saw crowds of people thronging to the wedding party of his neighbour, a thief, he immediately told them the following story: 'Once upon a time, the Sun wanted to get married but the frogs raised a cry of protest up to the heavens. Jupiter, disturbed by their shouting, asked the reason for their complaint, and one of the swamp's inhabitants explained, "Already one Sun is enough to burn up all the ponds, condemning us to a miserable death in our parched abode. What is going to happen to us when he will have sons of his own?"'
http://mythfolklore.net/aesopica/perry/314.htm


So, when God heard this story of Aesop, He must have decided to send His Son to the earth to save people regardless of artistic inspiration of Aesop and worry of the frogs.  And that is why the first miracle Christ Jesus performed was at a certain wedding banquet to prevent a thief from stealing wine.



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Mar 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Mar 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

"And seek not ye what ye shall eat" - Hate Money but Love God



Mt. Fuji, 100 Km far, from around Tokyo

Hate Money but Love God

Why does money have such value as would be admitted by everybody?

No matter what you are, if you have $10 and go to a hamburger shop, you can get enough foods in exchange of $10 in any countries, even with a change back.

Money is so convenient, since only money counts when you get foods and any other goods and services.  Basically, nothing else matters if you have money.  You can be a criminal or a very stupid or harmful man or you can be a black in a white-dominant town.  You can buy anything by money which is priced.  You can get hamburgers or any foods if you have enough money; you personality doesn't count.  Money is so convenient, democratic, and efficient.

The power of money is so overwhelming that no countries in the world have to specify in their constitutions that people must admit power of money.  Indeed, every country collects tax in the form of money.  And any enterprises in this world pay money to their employees in exchange of their labor.  Goods and services are provided by enterprises in exchange of  money.

Conversely, finally the mankind has built a world where without money they cannot even get foods and other goods and services.  Put extremely, everything in this world is priced, meaning everything can be sold and bought by money.

If there is no money in this world, people might eventually fight physically one another to get goods and services.  Or even people might start to kill one another to get goods and services from others.  But in the economic system based on money, people only have to work peacefully hard to earn money with which they can purchase goods and services.

So, what is bad about money?  Money is not distributed equally in the society.  Some people have big money while others have only little.  So, rich men provide money for poor men in exchange of their services or labor.  Rich men control poor men through money.

Poor men need money to buy foods.  But money is only given to them not by God but by rich men in exchange of their services.  If a rich man dislikes a specific poor man, the rich man will not hire the poor man and give him money.  Then the poor man will starve to death.  So, every poor man would try to be liked by rich men who can hire them and give them money.

Rich men with money can control and rule poor men.

Capitalists in the capitalist society and leaders in the communist society have both big money to control and rule poor men.  They can almost order poor men to do anything, for example, kill their enemies.  Or rich men can order poor men even to hate God if they want money from them.

Money had a function to make economic transactions smooth.  But money has a more significant function to allow rich men to control poor men.  And through the latter function, Satan controls and rules men to order them to do any evil and ungodly deeds.

If Satan is a rich man and an angel is a poor man, Satan can even make the angel do any evil and ungodly deeds, in this context.  And this is what Satan wants.  This is why Satan helped the mankind invent and introduce money.

Money is in the hand of evil men who admire Satan since Satan helped the mankind invent and introduce money.

That is why Christ Jesus said to hate money but love God.





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Luk 12:29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

" Consider the lilies how they grow" - Violently Promoting Development of Civilization

Tokyo


Violently Promoting Development of Civilization

Christ Jesus said that there are no good men but only God is good.

But why cannot men be good?  It is because they love something other than being good more than being good.  Put simply men love being bad and evil more than being good.

But why do men love being bad and evil?

First of all, men love themselves more than others.   They don't mind being  bad and evil to others to suppress, harm, or control them.  They can justify their act of being bad and evil to others.  It is to make themselves happy.  Conversely, if men were good, they would not sacrifice others to make themselves happy.

Therefore, as men love themselves more than others, Christ Jesus said that there are no good men.

People overlook others being happy as long as they are happier than others.  But at the core of their minds, men love themselves more than others.

So, even at a primitive level of civilization, those who have power would suppress development of civilization in the society they govern.  While in the current situation, they control others and keep their power without threats, if civilization is further advanced, their hegemony might become unstable. Those who acquire new technology and economic power might try to challenge them and overturn their rule.  So, those who had power in any society in the past did not necessarily encourage innovation and advancement.  They encouraged and promoted innovation only when they were confident that their dominance could be secured if their civilization further advanced.

This tendency had been stronger in Asia where the system had been traditionally repressive or binding as their societies were mostly based on collective agriculture.  Also in the Islamic regions, leaders were afraid such advancement might cause great instability in the Islamic society.

However, in Western Europe, after the hegemony of the Vatican got weakened around 1500, competition among nations got intensified without the unified authority or the great political and religious intermediate.  Monarchs and kings had to encourage development of their society to survive, paving the way for great advancement of material civilization in Western Europe in the modern era.  And the world of today where development of science and technology are greatly encouraged is in this extension of the movement of Western Europe after 1500.

Therefore, today's civilization is not supported and driven by good people.  But its development is encouraged by the elites and leaders on societies and nations who are afraid of being lost, conquered, and enslaved, and this sense is shared by all the members in the societies and nations.

In other words, people in the world are essentially violently promoting development of civilization while in older days monarchs and rulers of nations, generally speaking, violently controlled or suppressed development of civilization to secure their interest.

So, if you see great, various, and advanced products of today's civilization,  you cannot have confidence that your future or the future of mankind is promising and rosy.  It is because men are still bad and evil while material civilization has reached this impressive high level.

Our civilization is not progressing in a manner to make people good.  We have to stop and reflect.





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Luk 12:27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Monday, December 26, 2016

"have ye not read in the book of Moses" - Ancestors of Japanese and Native Americans


Tokyo


Ancestors of Japanese and Native Americans


The history of Japan started 16,500 years ago when the so-called Jomon era began.  This Neolithic age of  Japan (featured by development of various earthenware vessel use, which is unique in the world) ended about 2,500 years ago when the so-called Yayoi era began with introduction of rice farming.

The basis of the Japanese people or the Japanese race was formed in this Jomon era.  And from analyses of genes and DNA, it is believed that most of the Jomon people came from eastern Siberia across the strait between the Asian Continent and Hokkaido, the most northern major island of the Japanese archipelago.  However, there is also a theory that some people came to Japan in the Jomon era from the south over the western Pacific from areas around Indonesia.

Although Japan is near Korea and China, there are no proof that a great number of people once migrated from Korea or China to Japan to share a majority of residents in Japan especially in the Jomon era.  However, along with introduction of rice farming in the subsequent Yayoi era, which continued till the third century, and along with introduction of Buddhism or due to wars and political turmoils in the Korean Peninsula in the subsequent period when the imperial authority was established in Japan, some Koreans moved to Japan to be absorbed by native Japanese.    

On the other hand, it is believed that it was about 15,000 years ago that some Asian tribes migrated from eastern Siberia to North America.  Based on some DNA analysis, it is believed that there was an original group of ancient eastern Siberia tribes from which ancestors of the Japanese or the Jomon people migrated to the Japanese archipelago and also ancestors of Native Americans migrated to North America almost at the same era of 16,500 years to 15,000 years ago,

In this context, the Japanese are closer to Native Americans than Chinese.

However, I think that it will be proved someday that Judaists or Israelis are closer to ancient Sumerians than contemporary Arabs in terms of the origin of their ancestors.

And, the largest enigma for the mankind is from where Sumerians came to Mesopotamia 5,500 years ago, since Abraham was born around the Sumerian city Ur about 4,000 years ago, although the Great Pyramids of Giza were built 4,500 years ago.

Anyway, we have to respect our ancestors like Judaists respect Abraham and Moses.




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Mar 12:26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
Mar 12:27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.

"Jesus knew their thoughts" - Sacred Men with the Brown Skin



Tokyo Bay


Sacred Men with the Brown Skin

Adam means soil in Hebrew.

This concept came from the Sumerian Civilization that developed along the Euphrates River.  However, as God input a spirit in the soil, it became a human being.

However, the fact that the human body looked like being made of soil means that early civilization was established by people with the brown skin.  Even Christ Jesus must have looked like one of those people with the brown skin.

In the Bible, there are no descriptions of difference in the color of skin among those depicted in the holy book.  Even the Gospels do not especially describe difference in the skin color between Israelites and Romans.

Maybe in the Roman Empire, the difference in the skin color must not have significance.  It must be after the civilization moved to the north of the Alps that the color of the skin of difference races came to be paid strong attention to.

Anyway, if Adam is white, no ancient people named the first man Adam.  The first man had the brown skin.  So, white men who have prejudice of people with the brown skin might be cursed by God.

Great religions were all established by great or sacred men with the brown skin.




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Mat 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

"in his name shall the Gentiles trust" - Wisdom for Economics



Around Tokyo


Wisdom for Economics

The following calculation adds all the integers up to the infinity.

S = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 +...

Therefore the result is infinity.  However, if it is multiplied by two, it results in a strange conclusion.

2S = 2 + 4 + 6 + 8 + 10 + 12 +...

This calculates the sum of  all the even integers that are a part of S.  Therefore S > 2S: S is larger than 2S.  It is strange.  If any integer N is multiplied by 2, the result 2N will be larger than N.  But, as for the above infinite summation, 2S is smaller than S.

When your wealth or desire that can be infinite is multiplied, something spiritual related to it would be smaller.  The more your wealth or desire is multiplied, the less its spiritual effect will be.

Our economy is based on an implicit rule that profit, interest, or wealth can be pursued up to infinity.  It is absurd.  As it reflects man's boundless desire for wealth, it is dangerous and foolish.

There must be an optimum and allowable level of wealth man is allowed to possess and pursue in any given social environment.  Economics should be built on this wisdom.



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Mat 12:21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

"Now there were seven brethren" - Calculation of Every Second of One's Life


Tokyo Bay


Calculation of Every Second of One's Life


Mathematically, the following calculation of an infinite sequence has no definite solution.

X = 1 - 1 + 1  - 1 + 1 - 1 + 1 - 1 + 1 - 1 + 1 - 1 + 1...

However, if the right side is modified as follows,  the solution is zero.

X = (1 - 1) + (1 - 1) + (1 - 1) + (1 - 1) + (1 - 1) + (1 - 1)...
   =  (0) + (0) + (0) + (0) + (0) + (0) +...
   = 0

However, if the right side is modified as follows,  the solution is one.

X = 1 + (-1 + 1) + (-1 + 1) + (-1 + 1) + (-1 + 1) + (-1 + 1)...
   = 1 + (0) + (0) + (0) + (0) + (0) + (0) +...
  =  1

But, if the following formula is applied, as a = 1 and r = -1, the solution is 1/2.

X = a + ar + ar^2 + ar^3 + ar^4 + ar^5 + ar^6 + ar^7...
    =  a/(1 - r)

X = 1/[1 - (-1)] = 1/(1 + 1) = 1/2

That is,
1/2 = 1 - 1 + 1  - 1 + 1 - 1 + 1 - 1 + 1 - 1 + 1 - 1 + 1...

Or,

0.5 = 1 - 1 + 1  - 1 + 1 - 1 + 1 - 1 + 1 - 1 + 1 - 1 + 1...

So,  this infinite sequence is not simple.

Man's  life is close to an infinite sequence of events that began far before a man was born.  Although a man cannot live forever, every second in which he lives may be presented as one (1) in the sequence.  Or it might be even regarded as having started when the earth was created in our solar system in the Milky Way Galaxy.

Anyway, the solution of your life may be 1, 0, or 1/2 depending on how it is calculated.

The lesson?  We cannot correctly judge any one's life, if we tried observe or calculate every second of his or her life.  Only God can judge it.



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Mar 12:20 Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed.
Mar 12:21 And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise.
Mar 12:22 And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also.
Mar 12:23 In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.
Mar 12:24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
Mar 12:25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

Monday, December 19, 2016

"He shall not strive, nor cry" - A Christmas Story?


Tokyo


A Christmas Story?


There was a British writer a century ago who had tried to help and save a prostitute when he was a student in a local city of England.

But as he had no money for himself, he stole money from another student of the university where he learnt.  However, he was found in his act of the crime and arrested by the police.  Accordingly he was expelled from the university.

But his friends had compassion on him, so that they collected some money, gave it to him,  and sent him to the U.S.  But this young man could not find a job easily in America and wandered as a vagabond from New York to Chicago.

Desperately, he visited a newspaper office in Chicago to ask them to buy his novel.  A responsible man told him that if he he brought a novel next day, the newspaper would buy it.  So, the desperate British young man wrote a short novel overnight in a cheap hotel.  The newspaper company bought it and put it on its paper.  Following it, as other newspaper companies started to offer chances for writing to him, he could get some money.  But,  he finally decided to return to  England after spending a year in the US.  

The young man started to live as a writer in London, but his works didn't sell well.  However, he called the prostitute to London and married her.  But his wife, an ex-prostitute, could not enjoy a poor life with him in London.  She drank much, got ill, and died in time.  But, years later, his works started to get many readers and eventually he succeeded as a novelist.

So, we should wonder what novel God wanted this man to write based on his experience from a local city in England to New York and further to Chicago, and then back to England to settle in London which was triggered by his love or compassion to a prostitute in a local city in England.

A Christmas story?


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Mat 12:19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

"I will put my spirit upon him" - You Must Not Trust the Pope


Yokosuka Naval Base, Tokyo Bay


You Must Not Trust the Pope

There are many people who are engaged in Christianity, namely, priests, clergymen, bishops, scholars of religion, etc. but who cannot understand any spiritual matters.

These people don't think that there are Heaven and the hell.  They think what is described in the Bible is just fantasy or a simple story.  They think the teaching of Christ Jesus is just mere ethical codes or lessons.  They cannot believe miracles and spiritual matters.  They don't even think that men have souls.  They think if a man dies, nothing is left and nothing happens to his soul; they are virtually atheists.  

But, they are engaged in professions related to Christianity because of worldly reasons.  For example, their parents have been priests so that they can easily take the same path.  Or they think that they can have middle class lives if they become priests.  Sometimes, they have found that they have no other ability but become priests.

Such priests or clergymen may function to support the social framework of Christianity.   But they are not holy at all.  From the beginning, they cannot understand what is holy and what is evil.  Ultimately, they will join Satan rather than God.  What they want is that they are respected as priests, though they don't even know they are not true followers of God, by others who also don't understand Christianity.  They want to just enjoy social status as priests, though they are harming society in an inexplicit manner.

But they are not acutely so harmful that other leaders of cults.  Leaders of cults think that they can abuse religion to earn money.  They intentionally cheat people into believing that they are holy.  For them, religion is an easy mean to make money.  They think that there are many stupid people who believe God.  All they have to do is to show some religious knowledge, and then those innocent people would believe and respect them.  They deserve being cheated and deceived, they think.  By taking advantage of good nature or weakness of others, they sell their phony religion to these victims.  They are harming society through their mean-spirited religious activities in an explicit manner.

So, how can we make difference between true followers of God or holy men from phony religious professionals?

If those who are engaged in religious matters are rich, you must not trust them.  If those who are engaged in religious matters have any titles or high status in their religious bodies, you must not trust them.  If those who are engaged in religious matters show a lack of understanding of social justice, spiritual matters, or compassion to the poor or victims, you must not trust them.

If they are homeless, you may trust them.

In this context, you must not trust the Pope and those who are surrounding him.

  

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Mat 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

"I have no room where to bestow my fruits" - Money Makes People Hate One Another

Tokyo


Money Makes People Hate One Another


Wherever you may go, you find rich people and poor people.

There are no countries where all the people are equally rich or poor.  In any human societies, there are rich people and poor people.  Or in any eras in the past there were rich people and poor people.

And, in any societies, to become rich and keep wealth, you have to neglect poor people, commit any crimes, and control society with intention to keep yourself rich.

In other words, most of crimes in a society are rooted in this gap between the rich and the poor or in evil acts and deeds the rich commit to protect their wealth.  And the less the rich have love to the poor, the more they will harm and damage the poor.

The point at issue is that it is not what God expected the mankind to do.  God did not expect that the rich occupy wealth by sacrificing the poor and accumulate wealth by exploiting the poor.  However, the mankind clearly started this mode of living at a certain period of time.

It looks like having been triggered when the mankind started agriculture in a large scale like in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, etc.  And, then it seems to have been intensified by introduction of money.  And, people came to think that it was natural to think hat the aim of their lives was to become rich.   Some people even came to think that being rich was good and being poor was evil.

The first man who has ever clearly pointed at evil of the rich and condemned the rich for their evil ways of living is Christ Jesus.  He even told that rich men would be thrown to the hell after their death.

So, we have to think that God sent Christ Jesus to the human world to proclaim that God hates the rich and does not admit them into Heaven.

The significance of Christ Jesus and Christianity is in this regard: God hates rich men.  Indeed most of tragedies in this world are rooted in the situation that no rich men help poor men or rich men are abusing poor men, or money makes people hate one another.  




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Luk 12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
Luk 12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
Luk 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
Luk 12:20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?