Friday, November 17, 2017

"a den of thieves" - Fake Jesus by Da Vinci


Around Tokyo

Fake Jesus by Da Vinci

The following is the image of Christ Jesus, some say, mysteriously copied to the shroud now placed in Turin, Italy.

https://www.ancient-code.com/new-conclusive-evidence-shows-that-turin-shroud-does-show-the-face-of-jesus/


The following is the painting of Christ Jesus by Leonard Da Vinci recently sold in an auction in New York at $500 million or more.

http-hypebeast.comimage201710leonardo-da-vinci-salvator-mundi-christies-auction-1
http://mechanicaldummy.com/2017/10/leonardo-da-vincis-last-privately-owned-painting-going-auction/

It is indeed a grave blasphemy for Da Vince to have painted Christ Jesus with a crystal ball in His hand, since Christ Jesus must not have held such a ball.

But if it had been known to the world around 1500 that Da Vince did not believe in God and Christ Jesus, he should have lost a chance to become one of the greatest artists and inventors in the early 16th or the late 15th century.

The more he concealed it, the more his hatred of Christ Jesus was intensified and complicated.  Now we can see one piece of evidence in the above picture.

From the beginning, what pious and faithful Christian would try to paint a Jesus in the manner of making it looking real and alive.

(Look at the fingers half crossed in the picture.  Truly, a cheap trick, indeed!)

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Mar 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

"from Bethany, he was hungry" - 2600 and 3200 Year Theory Based on the Giza Pyramid


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2600 and 3200 Year Theory Based on the Giza Pyramid

It was 600 years before Abraham left Ur, a Mesopotamian city, that the Great Pyramid had been built in Giza, Egypt.

Then, it was 1,300 years after the Great Pyramid was built in Giza that Moses led other Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt.  And, it was 1,300 years after Moses that Christ Jesus emerged among Hebrews in Palestine.

In addition, it was 600 years later after the emergence of Christ Jesus that Islam was given to Muhammad in Arabia.  Further more it was 1,300 years after endowment of Islam that Judaists came to return to Palestine and establish the nation Israel after WWII.

In other words, the building of the Great Pyramid is the starting point of the civilization of the mankind.  And the period from the Pyramid building till the emergence of Christ Jesus was divided into the first 1,300 years till the adventure of Moses and the latter 1,300 years till the preaching by Christ Jesus.  And, 1,300 years after the foundation of Islam, the Jewish people returned to Palestine putting an end to 1,900-year-long Diaspora.  If this 1,300 years were another first 1,300-year period, something decisive should happen after the establishment of the modern Israel.  So, maybe the human history might end around the year 3200 or 3300.

Or, based on the 600 year period theory suggested by the period from the Great Pyramid to Abraham and the 2,000 year period from Abraham to Christ Jesus, something decisive should happen 2,000 years after Mohammed, who was given Islam 600 years after Christ Jesus.  Then, the human history might end around the year 2600.

However, what can you imagine about the future of the world specifically in 2600 or 3200?  Will another Christ appear?  Or will the civilization of the mankind get terminated if they should start to live in a colony on Mars?     

Anyway, the history of the mankind is marked off with the Great Pyramid of Giza, Abraham, Moses, Christ Jesus, Muhammad, and the modern nation Israel.  And it is likely that it will be further marked off with the coming 2600 incident and 3200 incident although we live now in 2017.


The Human History
2600 B.C.:         The Great Pyramid in Giza
2000 B.C.:         Abraham
1300 B.C.:         Moses
A.D. 1 Century: Christ Jesus
A.D. 600:           Islam
A.D. 1900:         Israel
...
A.D. 2600:         ???
A.D. 3200:         ???

Indeed, Christ Jesus never built a great pyramid.  But He built a great pyramid, which however cannot be visible, that has occupied the human minds with a high monument called Christianity.  In this context, Christ Jesus Himself is another great pyramid, though spiritual. 

Indeed, history is God, and God has interfered with the history of the mankind.  There must be traits of such interference.  And we could see them as above stated.

The Great Pyramid in Giza -- 1300 years --> Moses  -- 1300 years --> Jesus
Muhammad -- 1300 years --> Nation Israel -- 1300 years --> the year 3200 incident

The Great Pyramid -- 600 years --> Abraham --> 2000 years --> Jesus
Jesus -- 600 years --> Muhammad -- 2000 years --> the year 2600 incident


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Mar 11:12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:
Mar 11:13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
Mar 11:14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

"hey brought the colt to Jesus" - Flavius Josephus and Early Christianity


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Flavius Josephus and Early Christianity

Why could Christianity spread in the Roman Empire and subsequently in whole Europe?

Despite descriptions of the Gospels and the Act, Jewish author Flavius Josephus (37-100) didn't especially mention movements of early Christians, the Apostles, or Christ Jesus Himself, although Josephus wrote detailed books about Jewish people and their history, including the Jewish Roman War.

It means that early Christianity till 100 through a big fire in Rome, ascribed to Emperor Nero, and the Jewish Roman War, Christianity had been practiced only by a small number of Judaists and Roman citizens.  But in the following 200 years, the religion was accepted by a majority of Roman citizens.  It is a miracle caused by God, but we should study the causal association that worked behind the phenomenon.

Most of Judaists, even of today, have said that there is nothing unique in the teaching of Christ Jesus.  All of the words of Christ Jesus were quotation from or reference to the Old Testament or the Jewish Bible.  Individual miracles Christ Jesus performed had some unique aspects but they could not be evidence for divinity of Christ Jesus.  He also showed some shortcomings in His behaviors.  Most of Judaists, even of today, said so. 

However, for example, Einstein had the same science knowledge as other scientists had.  There was nothing unique in Einstein's scientific knowledge.  But he could discover great physical laws no other scientists could find.  So, you cannot belittle or underestimate the merit Christ Jesus had.  Christ Jesus had the same religious knowledge as other Jewish priests or scholars had.  But Christ Jesus worked among people in a revolutionary way, only helping, teaching, and loving poor people.

So, the movement of Early Christians in the first century was at the very lower level of the society among Jewish people and Roman citizens, so that rich Josephus could not even observe, feel, or realize the spread of early Christianity.  Or the social level where early Christianity was spreading in Palestine and Rome was so low that rich and elite Josephus could not even observe, feel, or realize the movement of early Christianity.

But at a certain point of time, the state of diffusion of Christianity crossed a threshold to emerge in the front line of the Roman society.  Non-Christian Roman citizens should have been surprised and got interested in the religion to lean it and eventually accept it.

Romans were simple and simply cruel, despising the poor and the weak.  But 80% of Romans were not 100% secured of their lives.  But they could not rely on help and pity of neighbors if they had faced a tragedy and a bad luck.  Then, they saw Christianity taeching unconditional love toward neighbors.  Christianity was overwhelmingly with great love for the poor and the weak, compared with other religions.  

Judaists had almost the same source of religious contents as Christianity, but they did not venture to go out to save poor and weak Romans.  Followers of early Christianity, on the other hand, tried to follow the way of Christ Jesus who gave great love to the poor and the weak.  Early Christians in Rome should have helped poor and weak Romans to a degree that greatly surpassed the level of other religions.  Christian masters must have been benevolent to their slaves, while other masters treated their slaves so cruelly.  It is natural all the slaves in Rome believed in Christianity.  Early Christianity requested its followers to show and practiced extraordinary love toward slaves, the poor, and the weak.  This must be the reason why early Christianity succeeded in spreading in Rome.

However, rich and elite Flavius Josephus did not need such love from Christians.  He must not have even felt that there were many such people in Rome.  He could not encounter Christianity because he lived in the high society in Rome of the first century after he had surrendered to Roman troops in the Jewish Roman war.   

The works of Josephus are major sources of our understanding of Jewish life and history during the first century.
The works of Josephus translated by Thomas Lodge (1602).
(c. 75) War of the Jews, or The Jewish War, or Jewish Wars, or History of the Jewish War (commonly abbreviated JW, BJ or War)
 
(date unknown) Josephus's Discourse to the Greeks concerning Hades (spurious; adaptation of "Against Plato, on the Cause of the Universe" by Hippolytus of Rome) 
(c. 94) Antiquities of the Jews, or Jewish Antiquities, or Antiquities of the Jews/Jewish Archeology (frequently abbreviated AJ, AotJ or Ant. or Antiq.) 
(c. 97) Flavius Josephus Against Apion, or Against Apion, or Contra Apionem, or Against the Greeks, on the antiquity of the Jewish people (usually abbreviated CA) 
(c. 99) The Life of Flavius Josephus, or Autobiography of Flavius Josephus (abbreviated Life or Vita)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus#Historiography_and_Josephus



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Mar 11:7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.
Mar 11:8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.
Mar 11:9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:

Friday, November 03, 2017

"the Lord hath need of him" - Dead Sea Scroll-Revealed Truth


The Tokyo Station


Dead Sea Scroll-Revealed Truth

What is a miracle like?

After WWII, Judaists returned to Palestine, and in 1948 the United Nations approved the establishment of the nation Israel.  Then, the Dead Sea scrolls came to appear.

Some of those scrolls were written in the era when Christ Jesus was alive or preaching.  It is a miracle God performed to, probably, commemorate the establishment of Israel.  So, we have to take the incident more seriously.  There must be some linkage between Christ Jesus and the Dead Sea scrolls or Qumran.  So, there are some scholars who have investigated the relationship between the scrolls and Christianity:
The worldviews of early Christians and the writers of the Dead Sea Scrolls were also starkly different. VanderKam explains, “A group that set a goal of spreading its religious message to all peoples to the ends of the earth had a very different understanding of God’s plan than ones who seem to have done no proselytizing and had no interest in bringing the nations into the fold.” 
Nevertheless, there are some similarities between the two groups and their writings, which make for interesting comparisons. For example, a list of miracles appears in both Luke 7:21–22 of the New Testament and the Dead Sea Scroll known as the Messianic Apocalypse (4Q521). In Luke 7, Jesus gives these miracles to the disciples of John the Baptist as proof that he is the messiah. In the Messianic Apocalypse, which was written approximately 150 years before Luke’s Gospel, the Lord is the one who will perform these miracles. The source for both of these lists is Isaiah chapters 35 and 61. While not all of the same miracles appear in Luke 7 and the Messianic Apocalypse, the miracles that do appear in both are listed in the same order (see chart).
dss-chart

The curious thing is that not all of these miracles, such as “raising the dead,” appear in the passages from Isaiah, which were the source material for the lists—the prophecies being fulfilled. Yet the miracle of “raising the dead” appears in both Luke 7 and the Messianic Apocalypse right before bringing “good news to the poor.” Rather than suggesting that the writer of Luke 7 copied from—or was even aware of—the Messianic Apocalypse, this similarity suggests that both groups shared certain “interpretive and theological traditions on which writers in both communities drew.”
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/dead-sea-scrolls/the-dead-sea-scrolls-and-the-new-testament/

Judaism today or after the Jewish-Roman war was different from Judaism practiced today.  And, what was practiced by Christ Jesus was a kind of Judaism before the Jewish-Roman war.  Or we should find what Judaism was before the war or around the first century from the Christian Bible.  What we read in the Gospels must be a state of Judaism before the Jewish-Roman war.  So, there is no wonder that Luke shares some descriptions with some Dead Seas scroll.

The Dead Dead Seas scrolls tell us that Christ Jesus was a Judaist; what He preached was a kind of Judaism; and His miracles were those of Judaism at the time.  It means that Christ Jesus was not Christ Jesus in today's Christianity but a prophet or the Messiah in Judaism before the Jewish-Roman war.  Accordingly, Christ Jesus must not have said that He was God or must no have allowed His followers to call Him God.

Christianity of today must be something different from what Christ Jesus preached and practiced before the Jewish-Roman war.


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Mar 11:2 And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.
Mar 11:3 And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.
Mar 11:4 And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

"not fall on the ground without your Father" - Discuss If Christ Jesus is God



Ueno Park, Tokyo

Discuss If Christ Jesus is God

Christ Jesus did not come to this world to tell that He was God.  It was about 300 years later that Christians in the Roman Empire decided that Christ Jesus was God before the Roman emperor.

Since then, namely in the fourth century, those who could not accept the creed were outcast by the Vatican.  Accordingly, the gap between Christianity and Judaism was so expanded that it became impossible for the two religions to accept each other.  Christianity prevailed in Europe with the Vatican holding this creed, so that minority Judaists had to face oppression and persecution at any time, since the underlying ideology of the Vatican condemned those who did not accept Christ Jesus as God.

No matter if some didn't observe the words and teachings of Christ Jesus, he could be regarded as a Christian only if he didn't protest against Vatican's ideology that Christ Jesus was God.  No matter if Judaists lived in accordance with the words or teachings or the spirit of Christ Jesus, they were never respected by the Vatican.

On the other hand, most of Judaists believed that the words and the teachings of Christ Jesus were written in their Bible or the Old Testament.  They thought that what was unique with Christ Jesus was his performing miracles, some of which however looked dubious or nonsense to Judaists.  They admitted that Christ Jesus was a great teacher, but they thought that He could not be God.

In the Gospels, the authors used the word Jews so often.  It is strange that people around Christ Jesus were mostly Jewish people.  They should have simply used the word people but not Jews.  However, Gospel authors used the word Jews, in a sense, as if opponents or enemies of Christ Jesus were Jewish people.

It is true that Christ Jesus could not turn a majority of Jewish people in Palestine and Jerusalem into His followers or Christians, although He spent three years in His preaching.  If He had been God, a majority of the Jewish people should have admitted that He was God.  So it is not easy to deny the judgement of Judaists that Christ Jesus could not be God.

Anyway, 300 years later, Christian leaders decided officially that Christ Jesus was God.  But as time went by, the Vatican and other Christian leaders did not discuss or stress the creed.  They came to accept non-Jewish people who admitted authority of the Vatican or other churches if they didn't protest against the creed.  Christianity became a kind of mere facade.

So it is recommended for Christians and other people, including Judaists, to discuss again the issue, whether Christ Jesus was God or not.  Or whether it is right for people to regard Christ Jesus as God, since people might have no ability to judge whether or not Christ Jesus was God.  It is because if people have been doing a wrong thing about God, it should be corrected as soon as possible.

Simply, who knows if Christ Jesus is God?


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Mat 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
Mat 10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Mat 10:31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

"fear not them which kill the body" - Nicaea Creed, a Big Mistake


Tokyo Sbway


Nicaea Creed, a Big Mistake

Christ Jesus never visited priests of the Temple of Jerusalem and leaders of Judaists to proclaim that He was God.  He didn't even visit Pilate or Roman officers to show them that He was God.

Christ Jesus never tried to go to Rome to prove, before the Roman Emperor, that He was God.  But he walked around villages and towns in Palestine and help poor, sick, and desperate people, saying that the Kingdom of God was near.  He only suggested to His discilpes that He was the Son of God.

It means that identifying Christ Jesus as God is not important as Christ Jesus did not intend to prevail the idea that He was God.  It also means that Christ Jesus did not expect those with political and religious power would follow, respect, and love God.  And, Christ Jesus did not force them to accept glory and power of God.  But He expected that poor people helped and taught by Him would believe the teaching of God.

So, it was wrong that the Vatican once purged those who would not accept Christ Jesus as God.  This policy led to antagonism against Jewish people who never accepted the idea that Christ Jesus was God.  If the Vatican had not adopted the doctrine that Christ Jesus was God, Jewish people must not have been oppressed and persecuted by Christian authorities over centuries.

Christ Jesus might be God, but to have people recognize Him as God is not His intention.  So, the Vatican should not have set up the policy that those who didn't admit that Christ was God should not be regarded as Christians.
The First Council of Nicaea was a council of Christian bishops convened in the Bithynian city of Nicaea (now İznik, Bursa province, Turkey) by the Roman Emperor Constantine I in AD 325. Constantine I organized the Council along the lines of the Roman Senate and presided over it, but did not cast any official vote. 
Some distinctive elements in the Nicene Creed, perhaps from the hand of Hosius of Cordova, were added, some specifically to counter the Arian point of view. 
1. Jesus Christ is described as "Light from Light, true God from true God," proclaiming his divinity.
2. Jesus Christ is said to be "begotten, not made," asserting that he was not a mere creature, brought into being out of nothing, but the true Son of God, brought into being "from the substance of the Father."
3. He is said to be "of one being with the Father," proclaiming that although Jesus Christ is "true God" and God the Father is also "true God," they are "of one being," in accord to what is found in John 10:30: "I and the Father are one." The Greek term homoousios, or consubstantial (i.e., "of the same substance) is ascribed by Eusebius to Constantine who, on this particular point, may have chosen to exercise his authority. The significance of this clause, however, is extremely ambiguous as to the extent in which Jesus Christ and God the Father are "of one being," and the issues it raised would be seriously controverted in the future.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Council_of_Nicaea#Nicene_Creed

It was almost 300 years or more after the Crucifixion of Christ Jesus that Christian leaders decided that Christ Jesus was God, and those who would not accept this Creed should be expelled out of the church.  However, Christianity had been practiced and relayed by those who didn't know this Creed for 300 years or more.

They should have adopted a creed that Christ Jesus might or might not be God, but those who followed His teaching should be regarded as Christians.  Then many Judaists must have been regarded as Christians in later 1600 years or so.




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Mat 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

"Who then can be saved?" - Perfection and Uncertainty of God


Around the National Diet Bldg., Tokyo

Perfection and Uncertainty of God

Einstein didn't think that the minimum physical entities, elemental particles. follow the uncertainty principle.

But the quantum physics proves that the uncertainty principle is effective and truthful.  You cannot measure precisely two physical parameters, for example, position and kinetic momentum, in a system at the same time.  Einstein said looking at the moon, "Loot at the moon.  Its position and kinetic momentum are specified."  But some Japanese scientist thought, "How foolish Einstein is!"

For human eyes and science, the uncertainty principle might be true.  But for God, there might be no uncertainty.

For example, the position of an electron in an atom can be only grasped based on probability for human eyes.  But God might know precise results of applying probability to electron's position.

If some phenomenon looks occurring randomly, God might still know how the randomness works.  Only the mankind don't have means to see results of applying randomness to physical phenomena.

Einstein was a Judaist who admits that God is almighty.  There is nothing impossible for God.  But Christians see that Christ Jesus, regraded as God, lived like a man and got killed for complicated or unknown reasons.  At the bottom of Christians' minds, they might think that there is something that is beyond our imagination and God might even let uncertainty penetrate into some phenomena. 

Christ Jesus looked like confused by his fate of being crucified, although the Christian mythology tells that Christ Jesus knew His fate beforehand.  But, at the beginning of His mission, Christ Jesus never revealed His fate to disciples.  His death on the Cross might have been in uncertainty till a certain moment of His mission.  Christian scientists can accept the theory that God allows uncertainty.

If something occurs randomly for human eyes, God might hold a random number list along which randomness occurs, although in principle of human science randomness can be only explained through probability.

God must be perfect, which Einstein must believe.  Judaism must be simple.  So, Christianity needing complicated theology, mostly worked out by the Vatican, might have to be corrected.       



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Mar 10:26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
Mar 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

Monday, October 23, 2017

"hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God" - Democratic Systems or Interference by God


Tokyo

Democratic Systems or Interference by God

It was not because Israelites asked God to send them the Son of God or Christ that God sent Christ Jesus to Palestine 2000 years ago but because God judged the necessity.

It was not because Judaists in Egypt asked God to send them Moses or a great leader who would lead them out of slavery in Egypt but because God judged the necessity.  It was also not because Muhammad asked Go to speak to him but because God judged the necessity.

For centuries at least since the first century no matter how hard Judaists, Christians, or Muslims asked God to send then the new Savior or King, God didn't to respond to such pleading.  So, people chose their kings depending on situations.  But as time went by, societies changed and got complicated, so that no kingship could work well in governance and administration.  Accordingly, most of modern countries in Europe and Asia abolished kingship and adopted democracy or dictatorial regime by dictatorial group members.

Today, nobody thinks that God will send a prophet or His substitute to the human world.  But, nobody thinks that God doesn't send a prophet or His substitute to the human world because He respects democracy.  Judaists, Christians, and Muslims know that God had power to override democracy or tyranny.  But in the past, when God did such interference, He sent Moses while Hebrews were in slavery in Egypt, facing a real crisis as a whole tribe; Christ Jesus when the Diaspora of Hebrews was coming ; and spoke to Muhammad when Judaism and Christianity lost saving power on Arabs.  It is unthinkable that God judges that Judaists, Arabs, or the whole mankind today now face such a crisis, because the world has become technologically/financially advanced and so complicated today.

But it also true that this world cannot reach the Kingdom of God through democratic processes or any rigorous practice of Islam against the modern Westernized world of today.  So, some people think that the world and the mankind cannot be improved without direct interference of God.  But how will God interfere?   

The most reasonable expectation might be that God helps people choose better leaders through democratic systems if God doesn't send another Savior who has overwhelming power and authority to save poor or tragic people in this world.

Anyway, rich and bad people make others suffer, so that suffering people need somebody to defeat those rich and bad people through democratic systems or as the result of interference by God.


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Mar 10:23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

"Jesus rejoiced in spirit" - Hebrews Chosen 1900 Years or More before for the Holocaust



In Front of the National Diet Bldg., Tokyo


Hebrews Chosen 1900 Years or More before for the Holocaust

Judaists had enjoyed the special status of God's chosen people for 1900 years since the Diaspora after the Jewish-Roman War in the first century till six millions of them were executed by Nazi Germans.

There had been no other tribes that had enjoyed such a status.  Judaists had been sometimes suppressed or treated badly by Christian monarchs and churches in that period, but they had believed that they were closer to God than Christians in that period.  They had also felt superiority over Muslims who believed also God of Judaists.

Till the Holocaust in WWII, Judaists had thought that they were loved by God more than Christians and Muslims were.  Having relied on this belief, they could survive 1900 years mostly in Christian-dominant societies.  It is extravagant.  It is beyond description.  And it is excessive for any tribe to believe that they are loved by God more than any other tribes for 1900 years.

This too much advantage is horrible.  Since, such a tribe should face a tragedy that is balanced with its special status.  Then, the Holocaust happened.

It is as if God requested Jewish people to pay for its special status.  Their 1900-year long status as God's tribe was compensated by the the great tragedy of the Holocaust.  Or the holocaust was balanced with the extravagant blessing of Jewish people over 1900 years as God's tribe.

Even eight million Germans died in WWII; 25 million Russians died in WWII;  550,000 French people died in WWII; 450,000 British died in WWII; 400,000 Americans died in WWII; 10 million Chinese died in WWII; and three million Japanese died in WWII.

And six million Judaists were killed in WWII as God's tribe that had survived over 1900 years after the Diaspora.

The more you are blessed by God, the more you are requested to pay in tragedy.  But can Judaists today feel proud that they were sacrificed so much in WWII because they were God's tribe?

But of course, there is a reason for God to request its tribe to sacrifice in a tragic situation.  Or we might say that in order to prepare a tribe as His own for sacrifice for a huge tragedy the mankind faces, God chose Hebrews 1900 years ago or older.   God must have chose Hebrews for sacrifice in WWII 2000 years or more ago.

Anyway, after WWII, Europe changed.  Europeans became more peaceful.  It must be all due to the great number of deaths in WWII as well as revelation of the horrible and cruel nature of the mankind as shown in the Holocaust.



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Luk 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

"before governors and kings for my sake" - Even If Christ Jesus Is Not God



Tokyo


Even If Christ Jesus Is Not God

Judaists claim that Christ Jesus cannot be God.  Muslims assert that Christ Jesus cannot be God.  But Christians believe that Christ Jesus is God, though it is not scientifically and factually proved.

Only Christians in the Roman Empire who had not observed living and preaching Jesus launched a theory that Christ Jesus was God.  Even no Gospels are written with clear declaration that Christ Jesus is God. 

First of all, we have to define what God is.  We may decide here that God is almighty.  Then, as God is almighty, He can appear as God or somebody that is not God.  Even God can be not almighty, since He is almighty.  So, you cannot deny that God once appeared as a mere Judaist or a mere prophet called Jesus.  Of course, God could have appeared as a king stronger than the Roman Empire or all the Arabs, since He is almighty.

So, there are two possibilities that God appeared as Christ Jesus or Christ Jesus was not God.  If Christ Jesus had not been God, there is no problem in views on Him of Judaists and Muslims.  But, if Christ Jesus was God, there would be great problems in Judaists and Muslims.

Accordingly, if we cannot prove that Christ Jesus is God scientifically or factually, it is better for us to respect the possibility that God became Christ Jesus, since God is almighty.

If Christ Jesus had not been God, our rejection of Him as God would not invoke anger of God.  But if Christ Jesus had been God,  our rejection of Him as God should invoke anger of God.  To avoid such a risk of invoking God, we had better regard Christ Jesus as God.

There are some matters in this word nobody can deny or prove.   But if risk for us to suffer when we deny such a matter is extremely large, we should not deny it.  In this case, the matter about Christ Jesus is related to God, the supreme existence in the universe.  We must be careful.

So, wise men would never deny that Christ Jesus is God.  However, Judaists and Muslims strongly deny the theory that Christ Jesus is God.  Of course, if God once became Christ Jesus, God can deny that He was once Christ Jesus without causing any problems, since He is almighty.  And, in this case, God can even have Judaists and Muslims deny that Christ Jesus is God for some reason that is not known to us.

Finally, it is no use arguing whether Christ Jesus is God or not.  And, God must know why we argue it with what motivation.  God is not affected by men's judgment on whether Christ Jesus is God or not.  But God is watching us and our minds and heats.     

  


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Mat 10:18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
Mat 10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"I may inherit eternal life" - Jesus' Appearance Only Once?


Ikebukuro, Tokyo


Jesus' Appearance Only Once?

Christ Jesus appeared once in the history.  No other men than Muhammad were give words of God for Islam.

As God is almighty, He could have sent His Son over and over again, and he could have spoken to many other Arabs to promote Islam over and over again.  But He only sent Christ Jesus to the human world once and spoke only to Muhammad to promote Islam.

To us, God looks as if having done minimum services to the mankind.  But truth must be that the mankind only deserve one time for each of Jesus' appearance and revelation of Islam to Muhammad.

This universe experienced only one time of the Big Bang, which is enough for the creation of the universe and eventually the mankind.

Or the mankind do not deserve more than one time of each of Jesus' appearance and revelation of Islam to Muhammad.  There cannot be any mistakes in God's deeds.


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Mar 10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
Mar 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

"the Father knoweth me" - Need to Review Vatican's Theology


Tokyo


Need to Review Vatican's Theology

In the Roman Empire, the literacy rate is believed to be between 10 to 20%.  It means most of Roman citizens could not read the Gospels written in Greek.  But in the Roman Empire, most contents of the Christian theology were fixed, however, through various discussions and conflicts among Christian leaders involving some Roman emperor.

The Western Roman Empire fell in 476, but the theology of Christianity fixed in the Empire was carried out by the Vatican.  Then, the Middle Ages started, where the literacy rate of Europeans is believed to be about 5%.  It means almost nobody of the general public could read the Bible written in Greek or translated into Latin.  And the Vatican did not encourage people to learn Latin or Greek to read the Bible or the learned people to translate the Greek/Latin Bible into local European languages such as German.

It was about in 1500 that the Bible was translated into local languages and printed or copied in large quantity tanks to Gutenberg, Martin Luther and other scholars or priests who had objection to the Vatican's policy.  It means that almost for 1,000 years from the fall of the Western Roman Empire around 500 to the emergence of Gutenberg and Luther around 1500, Christianity was taught by Catholic priests to general Europeans who could neither have the ability to read the Bible nor chances of reading the Bible.  And, the Vatican never reviewed its Christian theology set before the fall of the Empire.

So, immediately after the fall of the Roman Empire, God gave Islam to Arabs, etc.  But the Vatican did not think about implication of this God's decision but continued its biased way of practice and teaching of Christianity.

Today, everybody can read the Bible.  Hundreds of millions of people, including Protestants, Judaists, and Muslims, should have different views from the Vatican theology on Christianity.

The Vatican should at least review its theology worked out more than 1,500 years ago.
   
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Joh 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
Joh 10:15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

Friday, October 13, 2017

"they brought young children" - Birds and Flowers


Tokyo Station

Birds and Flowers

Christ Jesus was poor while living and preaching unlike the Pope and priests of today.  But how did He earn money?

Christ Jesus healed sick people and drove out demons from haunted people.  Then, the families of those saved by Christ Jesus must have invited Him to meals.  But as symbolized by the incident that Christ Jesus was arrested after the last supper while He was sleeping in a garden, Christ Jesus must have slept in open in most of nights.  He actually said, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head."

Christ Jesus had some followers who must have carried some money or earned some money working in towns and villages while following Christ Jesus.  Even Judas is believed to have carried a money bag.  But from the beginning, these followers were mere workers, fishermen, or farmers; they were poor.

The most important thing was that He didn't go and preach for rich people, although today's churches welcome connections with rich people.  No matter how poor Christ Jesus and the Apostles were, they went to poor people and preached among them.

This is the essence of Christianity, since there are birds in the air and the flowers in the field that do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet heavenly Father feeds them.  Believers are much more valuable than those birds and flowers.

So, historically millions or more poor people who have been saved by these words of Christ Jesus, which must be the reason why Christianity has prevailed (even among birds and flowers).


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Mar 10:13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
Mar 10:14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"Whosoever shall put away his wife" - What is Standing in for God


Tokyo

What is Standing in for God

It was about 2000 years before the emergence of Christ Jesus that God appeared to Abraham.

Then, God appeared before and directly spoke to Moses about 1300 years before before the emergence of Christ Jesus.  Further, 500 years before the emergence of Christ Jesus, God spoke to Daniel to save him.  Then God sent Christ Jesus to Israelites most of whom did not accept Christ Jesus as God or God's Son.  Then the Jewish-Roman wars erupted and Judaists went into the Diaspora.  And, for almost 2000 years after the crucifixion of Christ Jesus, God never appeared and spoke to Judaists.

In the meantime, God gave Islam to Muhammad, Arabs, etc. almost 500 years after the Jewish-Roman wars by speaking to Muhammad.  But God kept silence to Judaists and Christians.

God even kept silence during the Holocaust in WWII.  And, 2000 years passed after the emergence of Christ Jesus in the early first century.

Something must be wrong, however, not in God but in Judaists, Christians, and Muslims.

What is more alarming is that Judaists and Christians today don't care about the fact that God never spoke to and appeared before them in these 2000 years since the Crucifixion of Christ Jesus.  They behave as if they could go well without interference by God.  It means that they don't believe God.

However in these 2000 years, God gave Islam to Arabs, etc., supported the Eastern Roman Empire for 1000 years after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, helped Columbus reach America, supported Martin Luther to launch Protestantism, approved the establishment of the nation Israel after the Holocaust, and saved the life of Pope John Paul II.

We can only search true intention of God on the mankind in these events.  But, we should ask God to speak to us directly and appear before us clearly.  And, as God would not do, we have to think about why God would not speak to us directly and appear before us clearly since the early seventh century.

Or should we regard Istanbul (Islam), America, Protestantism, Israel, and the Vatican as standing in for God? 


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Mar 10:11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

"the sheep did not hear them" - To Understand God



Tokyo


To Understand God

The origin of the English word God is identical with the Anglo-Saxon word for “good.”  It is derived from Proto-Germanic *ǥuđán.
The Proto-Germanic meaning of *ǥuđán and its etymology is uncertain. It is generally agreed that it derives from a Proto-Indo-European neuter passive perfect participle *ǵʰu-tó-m. This form within (late) Proto-Indo-European itself was possibly ambiguous, and thought to derive from a root *ǵʰeu̯- "to pour, libate" (Sanskrit huta, see hotṛ), or from a root *ǵʰau̯- (*ǵʰeu̯h2-) "to call, to invoke" (Sanskrit hūta). Sanskrit hutá = "having been sacrificed", from the verb root hu = "sacrifice", but a slight shift in translation gives the meaning "one to whom sacrifices are made."  
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_(word)
However, Hebrews who originally wrote the Bible are different from users of Indo-European languages.   Although the concept of God might be the same in both the users of Indo-European langugages and those of Hebrew, the original word of God in Hebrew is different from God, which is El.
SUMMARY OF FACTS ON THE HEBREW WORD ‘EL’ FOR GOD

This term was the most common general designation of deity in the ancient Near East.

The word ‘el’ was also combined with other words to constitute a compound term for deity, or to identify the nature and functions of the “god” in some manner.

Names with ‘el’ as one of their components were common in the Near East in the second millennium B. C.
 
This tradition of the Hebrew ‘el’ as a “God” who revealed Himself in power and entered into a covenant relationship with His people was prominent.

The name of ‘el’ was commonly used by the Israelites to denote supernatural provision or power.
http://www.bibleanswerstand.org/God.htm
In Japanese God is called Kami.  However, the origin of this word is unknown although there are various theories linking Kami to other Japanese words.  The word that is similar in pronunciation and meaning is Kamui of the Ainu, a minority tribe in Japan mostly living in Hokkaido.  However, the linkage between the two words has not been confirmed.

According to Japanese linguist Susumu Ono, the Japanese Kami means something terrible that has superhuman force.  But, Kami is not only one but there are many entities called Kami.  Ono wrote one book only for the word Kami.    The Japanese Kami has characters that are partially akin to El in Hebrew.  But ancient Japanese even call something related to an act itself the God of the act.  For example, they called even the god of sprinkling the ground with water.

The Zulu of Africa is said to call God Unkulunkulu.  Native Americans have also the concept of God.   So, the concept of God with supernatural power or as the creator of the world is common to (almost) all the mankind.  Their words meaning God show some history of development of the concept of God.

In this context, it is very revolutionary for Christians started to call Christ Jesus God.  But it should not mean that one man became God, but should mean the God appeared as one man.  And, more revolutionary is Christ Jesus' definition of God: God is love.  It may look reasonable that English uses the word of God that originally split from good. 

The God is love with which He created the universe but He appears with supernatural or terrible force sometimes as if He is indifferent to tragedies of human beings.

Anyway, to understand God is the task requested of the mankind, which must be more difficult to understand this universe and internal of everyone.  The hint must be love shown by Christ Jesus.



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Joh 10:8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

Friday, October 06, 2017

"they know not the voice of strangers" - The Effect of Existence of Neanderthals' DNA


Tokyo



The Effect of Existence of Neanderthals' DNA

We, the modern men, inherited some DNA from Neanderthals, a different type of human beings than the current ones.  About 45,000 to 40,000 years ago, our ancestors exited from Africa and met Neanderthals.   It resulted in inclusion of Neanderthals' DNA in our DNA at about 2%.
Genetic research has asserted that some admixture took place.[190] The genomes of all non-Africans include portions that are of Neanderthal origin,[191][192] due to interbreeding between Neanderthals and the ancestors of Eurasians in Northern Africa or the Middle East prior to their spread. Rather than absorption of the Neanderthal population, this gene flow appears to have been of limited duration and limited extent. An estimated 1.5 to 2.1 percent[36] of the DNA in Europeans and Asians (French, Chinese and Papua probands) is non-modern, and shared with ancient Neanderthal DNA. This DNA is absent in Sub-Saharan Africans (Yoruba people and San probands).[88] Ötzi the iceman, Europe's oldest preserved mummy, was found to possess an even higher percentage of Neanderthal ancestry.[193] The two percent of Neanderthal DNA that lives on in Europeans and Asians is not the same in all Europeans and Asians: In all, approximately 20% of the Neanderthal genome appears to survive in the modern human gene pool. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neanderthal#Coexistence_with_modern_humans
The most important fact is that our ancestors met and interbred with Neanderthals in the Middle East before they traveled and expanded to all over Europe, Asia, and Pacific.

Although all the major religions were generated around the Middle East, the effect of existence of Neanderthals' DNA in the modern human beings on generation of the major human religions is not clear.  But the concept of God might have emerged in the human mind due to the effect of existence of Neanderthals' DNA.

Or the idea of the communication between the human mind and the God might reflect the communication between our ancestors and Neanderthals, because two types of the mankind had been separated for more than 200,000 years but could communicate with each other beyond some gap over some difficulties. 

(Nonetheless, there is a possibility that Neanderthals' DNA in the modern human beings might have negative influence on behaviors of modern men outside Africa in terms of violence and insanity.)



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Joh 10:5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
Joh 10:6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

"Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him" - Review of the Cause of the Holocaust


Tsukiji Central Market, Tokyo

Review of the Cause of the Holocaust

Hitler did not, from the beginning, plan to massacre all the European Judaists.

Nazis and Hitler tried to expel Judaists out of Germany.  They even planned to deport them to Madagascar island.  Actually they sent some Judaists to Palestine.  But the situation changed as Hitler decided to make war with the Soviet Union in June 1941.

While German troops were advancing and capturing many territories in East Europe, millions of Judaists came to under control.  Nazis could not deport them to outside regions any more.  In addition, they were afraid that those Judaists might engage in anti-Germany activities and guerilla resistance.  So, SS units started to execute Judaists who fell in the hand of advancing German troops.  However, they did not first use death camps and concentration camps with gas facilities.  But at some point, leaders of Nazis decided to systematically exterminate captured Judaists, and they started to build special camps where millions of Judaists would be killed till the end of WWII.

There were no documents left in which Hitler explicitly ordered extermination of Jidaists.  However, it is believed that Hitler issued verbal orders or consent to slaughter Judaists.  From the beginning, Hitler had no strong experiences where he had been treated badly by Judaists or he had suffered serious social disadvantage due to existence of middle-class Judaists.  His antagonism against Judaists was rather ideological.

So, the basic cause of the Holocaust was more cultural one rather than individual one.  And the most influential cultural factor is religion.

The Vatican and Christian priests had not shown intimacy to Judaists before the 20th century.  They read the Bible and judged that Judaists were enemies of Christianity.  They even approved the idea that Judaists had killed Christ Jesus.  This underground tendency had continued for about 1900 years, and then Hitler and Nazis abused this climate.

Today, no Christians outwardly blame Judaists or call them descendants of those who had killed Christ Jesus.  But, the relationship between Judaists and Christians is not solved.  Christian people have simply started to stop thinking about Judaists.  They have even stopped thinking about Christ Jesus and God.  Most of them accepted the idea of liberal people, mostly not faithful Christians, that people have to admit diversity of people.   The general trend is that everybody is equal if he or she believes Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.

However, it is suspected that people have come to realize that money is the sole religion.  Any rich Judaists or Muslims are better than poor Christians.  Because money proves everything.  This thought has become the mainstream after WWII.

Indeed, after the Great Depression, when the German economy was improving while Hitler and Nazis were gaining political power, German people thought that money and wealth were brought by Hitler and Nazis, so that they supported more and more Nazis' anti-Judaist ideology.  Even the Holocaust was backed by the economy success of Germany under Hitler's administration.  The Holocaust was supported by the religion where people revered money and wealth.

The tragedy of European Judaists in WWII was caused by the irresponsible Vatican and Christian churches and the religion for reverence of money and wealth.  And these two factors still remain.         

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Mat 10:4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
Mat 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

Monday, October 02, 2017

"he that entereth in by the door" - Las Vegas Sick Man



Tokyo


Las Vegas Sick Man

I recently read a novel, Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes.  Then Las Vegas shooting occurred with the gunman Stephen Paddock.

In Mr. Mercedes, the culprit failed to blow off a bomb in a concert hall, but in Las Vegas the gunmen killed about 60 and wounded 500 audience in the concert site.

An ordinary America man can go sick and try to use weapons around him to harm people around.  There is no strong deterrent force in the society of America, since too much freedom is provided for individuals due to vast space and rich resources.

Only God can stop them, because it is apparent that such sick men are under command of Satan even in the US.

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Joh 10:2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
Joh 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

"cometh into the coasts of Judaea" - Priest Valignano in Japan



Ueno, Tokyo
Priest Valignano in Japan

At the end of the 16th century, Alessandro Valignano worked in Japan to diffuse Christianity. 
Alessandro Valignano (February 1539 – January 20, 1606)[1] was an Italian Jesuit missionary born in Chieti, part of the Kingdom of Naples, who helped supervise the introduction of Catholicism to the Far East, and especially to Japan.
On his first arrival in Japan, Valignano was horrified by what he considered to be, at the least, negligent, and at the worst, abusive and un-Christian practices on the part of mission personnel.
 
Valignano later wrote that, although the mission had made some major gains during Francisco Cabral's tenure, the general methods used by the Superior were severely lacking. In addition to the problems of Japanese language study and racism, some of the Jesuits, and specifically Cabral were in the habit "to regard Japanese customs invariably as abnormal and to speak disparagingly of them. When I first came to Japan, ours (the crowd usually follows the leader), showed no care to learn Japanese customs, but at recreation and on other occasions were continually carping on them, arguing against them, and expressing their preference for our own ways to the great chagrin and disgust of the Japanese." 
There is an implicit belief in the Visitor's writing that leaders influence and are responsible for the behavior of those of lesser rank. Thus, in Valignano's view, any lapse in the mission's behavior towards the Japanese was surely a result of Cabral's heavyhandedness. He immediately began to reform many aspects of the mission, and wherever possible, undermined Cabral's authority as Superior of the Jesuit mission to Japan.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alessandro_Valignano#Methods_in_Japan
His way was successful.  Christianity, Roman Catholicism, well prevailed in Japan till the samurai regime of Japan closed the country in 1630s.

Valignano admitted that culture in Japan as well as in China was sophisticated as much as that in Europe.  But some Western priests could not admit it. 

Most of Western priests and missionaries in the past thought that the European culture was the best in the world.  They did not hide contempt to other races and tribes in Africa, Asia, and Americas.  Racist European priests were trying to diffuse Christianity in the world since the 16th century.

That must be why Christians do not account for a majority of the population in Japan as well as China and India.


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Mar 10:1 And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again.
Mar 10:2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

"Why could not we cast him out?" - God's Plan and Significant Persons



Tokyo

God's Plan and Significant Persons

Who are the most significant persons in the history?  Without doubt, Christ Jesus must be, since He has been regarded as God.  But one example of the list is as follows:
The 100 Most Significant Figures in History
1 Jesus
2 Napoleon
3 Muhammad
4 William Shakespeare
5 Abraham Lincoln
6 George Washington
7 Adolf Hitler
8 Aristotle
9 Alexander the Great
10 Thomas Jefferson
11 Henry VIII of England
12 Charles Darwin
13 Elizabeth I of England
14 Karl Marx
15 Julius Caesar
16 Queen Victoria
17 Martin Luther
18 Joseph Stalin
19 Albert Einstein
20 Christopher Columbus
 
http://ideas.time.com/2013/12/10/whos-biggest-the-100-most-significant-figures-in-history/
The history of these 2000 years started with Christ Jesus and the subsequent Jewish-Roman wars leading to the diaspora of the Israelites.  In this context, Paul and Caesar, as the virtual first emperor of the Romans, cannot be dismissed.

And the history of these 2000 years has been closed with the return of the Jewish people to Palestine and Jerusalem after WWII where Hitler fought Stalin but got defeated by US troops while killing six million European Jewish people.  In this context, Hitler, Stalin/Marx, and Columbus cannot be dismissed.

However, from a more religious point of view, Muhammad and Martin Luther cannot be dismissed.  So, we may present the following list in a time series:
1. Caesar
2. Jesus
3. Paul
4. Muhammad
5. Columbus
6. Martin Luther
7. Karl Marx
8. Stalin
9. Hitler
10. Judaists

It is truly a mystery why God sent His Son, Christ Jesus, to Palestine under control of Romans symbolized by Caesar about 2000 years ago.  And the rest of the history was finally settled when Judaists returned to Palestine and Jerusalem after WWII.

However, the history is still going on with Muslims active in the regions outside the territories of the past Roman Empire and with China and India having almost nothing to do with the Christian world.

We have to find what God's plan is about the history of the mankind in the next 2000 years.  And what significant persons will He plant to use?



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Mar 9:28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?
Mar 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

Monday, September 25, 2017

"took her by the hand" - Christ Jesus, God?


Tokyo


Christ Jesus, God?

If your are God coming to this world in the disguise of a human being, will you calm to people, "I am God although I look a human being"?

The disguise itself means that you conceal your identity of being God.  So, you don't explicitly say that you are God even if you are God in this case.

Conversely will you believe that any man who says that he is God while doing various miracles is God?  You would probably request more miracles as proof.  If that person brings one dead man into life again, you might think that it is not enough to prove him to be God, since God must be able to bring 100 or a million dead men into life.  That one may be a semi-God or a kind of angels but not true God.

When Christ Jesus was killed on the cross, all His followers ran away.  But when he revived a few day later, every follower believed that He was God, starting Christianity.

So, it is strange indeed.  And, this is one of the biggest mystery of Christianity.
The ultimate proof of His divinity, however, was His resurrection from the dead after His death on the cross. No one else has ever risen from the dead on his own.
https://goingfarther.net/common-questions/is-jesus-god/
Indeed, there is no definition that someone that has revived from his own death is God.  In addition, soon after His resurrection, Christ Jesus disappeared from the earth or said to ascend to the heaven while His followers were watching.  Too short his second life was on the earth after the Resurrection to judge that He was God, isn't it?

So, this mystery remains.



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Mat 9:25 But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.
Mat 9:26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

"all things are possible" - Antipathy to Rich Men and Noblemen


Around Tokyo


Antipathy to Rich Men and Noblemen

There was a famous author in Japan in the early 20th century.

Before the end of WWII, there were noblemen or the noble class in Japan who were positioned socially under the imperial family but above ordinary citizens.  The author wrote a novel in which one of protagonists openly criticized rich men and noblemen.

Two young men were walking up through fields of grass in the foot of the big volcano Mt. Aso.  The story was constituted mostly with their conversations.  And one of them strongly expressed his antipathy to rich men and noblemen.  However, a tempest occurred and they abandoned the idea of climbing up the mountain.  Yet, the young men made up their minds to knock down noblemen someday and try to climb up the moutatine again.

This novel titled The 210th Day was written by Soseki Natsume (1867-1916) and published in 1906.

It is a surprise that the famous author Soseki wrote a novel in which a protagonist criticized rich men and noblemen so openly.  Soseki was not a socialist and had no connection with political movement.  Although he was a successful author, he hated rich men and noblemen.  This tendency might contribute to popularity of his novels.  Soseki Natsume is still one of the most respected and loved authors in the Japanese history.  

Are there any major and successful authors in the world who make a protagonist in their novels openly and directly criticize rich men and noblemen in the main plot?

Natsume was not Christian, but he must have well known that Christ Jesus in the Gospels criticized the elite of the society in addition to rich men and noblemen.


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Mar 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
Mar 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

"who hath opened his eyes" - Rich Followers of Christ Jesus?


In the National Diet Building, Tokyo


Rich Followers of Christ Jesus?

Christ Jesus is apparently against the principle of modern capitalism and commercialism in addition to the rule of money.

In the Middle Ages, the Vatican and other Christian churches respected this attitude of Christ Jesus.  Desire for worldly wealth was somewhat suppressed by churches during the Middle Ages.  So, this era is called the black middle ages by people living in the world under capitalism and commercialism.

However, from the teaching of Christ Jesus, the Middle Ages where money was not so much respected as under capitalism and commercialism were spiritually very bright years where people turned their back to money economy.  But, Christian priests and clergymen started to enjoy their lives, as if they had been tempted by Satan, while most of people were living poor in accordance with the teaching of Christianity.  The elites in the Vatican came to enjoy political power and luxurious lives as if they had been kings or noble people.

So, not only laymen but also some Christian priests like Martin Luther started to revolt against the Vatican and the like.  People wanted to enjoy lives and luxurious lives like Vatican priests.  This tendency was accelerated sine around 1500 when Columbus reached America and Protestantism gained momentum.

However, the US became the leader of capitalism and commercialism, and Protestantism influenced some people so as to pursue capitalism or accumulation of money.   They eventually became more remote to the teaching of Christ Jesus than the Vatican had been.

In these 2000 years, Christ Jesus and Satan fought each other over influence of people.  And today, what rules the world is not the teaching of Christ Jesus but money economy.  Or should we think that only the religion Christianity was defeated by worship of money but Christ Jesus was not?

You can be rich Christians but you cannot be rich followers of Christ Jesus.





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Joh 9:21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
Joh 9:22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

"touched the hem of his garment" - The Essenes and Jesus



The Tone River Northeast of Tokyo


The Essenes and Jesus

The Vatican never discussed or revealed the teaching of the Essenes.  It established its theology around the 4th century without review of scrolls related to the Essenes found in Qumran in the 20st century.
The Relationship Between Jesus & the Essenes
by Benna Crawford
Evidence for the crossover of ideas exists in the Dead Sea Scrolls, a substantial cache of Essene manuscripts discovered from 1947 to 1956 in caves at Qumrun on the Dead Sea outside Jerusalem. The copied Old Testament scrolls and descriptions of Essene practices and philosophy reflect many of the teachings Christians attribute to Jesus Christ. Jesus' lessons are captured in the testaments of his disciples, some written hundreds of years after his death. But the Dead Sea Scrolls reveal that those concepts were known and practiced well before Jesus was born and present the tantalizing possibility that Jesus may have studied with -- or even lived with -- the Essenes during the years between his early teens and his 30s, when there is no record of his whereabouts or activities.
http://peopleof.oureverydaylife.com/relationship-between-jesus-essenes-2841.html
The Gospels describe the Sadducees and other factions of Judaists, but it never mentioned the Essenes.  It is one of the mysteries in the Gospels.

If there had been special connection between Christ Jesus and the Essenes in Qumran, why should the authors of the Gospels avoid mentioning the relation?
The Teacher of Righteousness of the Scrolls would seem to be a prototype of Jesus, for both spoke of the New Covenant; they preached a similar gospel; each was regarded as a Savior or Redeemer; and each was condemned and put to death by reactionary factions... We do not know whether Jesus was an Essene, but some scholars feel that he was at least influenced by them. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essenes#Rules.2C_customs.2C_theology.2C_and_beliefs
But God seems to like people of today to focus on the Essenes as He allowed for the discovery of the dead sea scrolls after WWII.  It might suggest the theology the Vatican established around the 4th century should be changed.

Anyway Romans and even Jewish people between the 1st and the 4th centuries must have been confused and embarrassed if they had been taught that Christianity was actually from one faction of Judiasm.

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Mat 9:20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
Mat 9:21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.