Monday, June 18, 2018

"not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife" - Righteousness in front of Others


An Old Imperial Picture Gallery in Tokto

Righteousness in front of Others

Christ Jesus gave unique advice on how to behave in good faith:
Matthew 6 New International Version (NIV)
Giving to the Needy
6 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
Satan hates righteous people and those who act according to their faith in God.  Satan also uses bad men to attack people doing good.  To protect righteous people, did Christ Jesus tell His followers not to display their righteousness in an open manner?  However, Christ Jesus also said not to hide a lamp without putting it under the bed, meaning to present faith in God in an open manner.

Doing good also attracts attention of ordinary people.  They might admire the goodness or the courage for others to show righteous in an open manner.  However, there are some among ordinary people who really want to behave good and show their goodness to other people and the public, but for some complicated reasons who could not get a chance to display their righteousness to the public and God.  So, it is natural they envy those who can show their righteousness to the public and God so openly without worrying about difficult situations.

It might be a very rare case, but if it happened, it might mean such a man deprived of such a chance is in a very complicated and serious situation.  Someone who wishes to be recognized or praised by God through his righteousness would regret his lack of a chance to appeal to God while others are openly or easily obtaining God's and pubic attention through bold acts of doing good.  This state could lead to less love to those who practice their righteousness in front of others. 
 
So, for peace among people and even among faithful people, Christ Jesus recommends His followers not to openly or proudly show one's righteousness to others.  This means that Christ Jesus never neglects sensitive nature of the human mind.


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Mar 6:18 For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife.
Mar 6:19 Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not:

Friday, June 15, 2018

"It is John, whom I beheaded" - Christ Jesus a Septillion, but God Infinity


Haneda, Tokyo

Christ Jesus a Septillion, but God Infinity

There has been great misunderstanding about who and what Christ Jesus was.

It also caused great confusion among people as Christian Leaders started to call Christ Jesus God around the 4th to 5th centuries.  Those leaders also established the church system where those who could not admit that Christ Jesus was God were expelled out of churches.

However, as time went by, most of Christians, namely European Christians, came not to regard Christ Jesus as God, but they started to know who and what person Christ Jesus was.  If they had simply believed that Christ Jesus was God, there should not have been such a great volume of books about Christ Jesus, Christianity, and religions since Martin Luther started the Protestantism.  And, if Christ Jesus had been God, there should not have been any room for Islam to emerge.

If Christ Jesus had been God, even the name Christ Jesus should have been abolished and people should have simply used the name God.  If God had come to this world, why should people call God by a different name such as Jesus?  It must be insult on God and a blasphemy.

The evil of this world was intensified as people started to call someone that was not God God, even though for human beings that somebody was great enough to be regarded as God.

For example, if a man is one or two in number, Christ Jesus was a trillion times a trillion (a septillion), but God is infinity.


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Mar 6:16 But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead.
Mar 6:17 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

"Simon, (whom he also named Peter,)" - Christ Jesus' Traces after the Resurrection


Around the Tokyo Station 

Christ Jesus' Traces after the Resurrection

It is a common sense even among Christian leaders that Christ Jesus, after the Resurrection or after coming back to life, went out to somewhere on this earth but not ascended to Heaven physically, although the Bible stated His disciples watched him ascending to the sky and Heaven.

Even if He had ascended to the sky, Christ Jesus should have landed on the earth somewhere, because it must have been impossible for a man to fly in the sky forever or fly to the moon or Mars and live there forever, from a viewpoint of science.

Christ Jesus went and lived somewhere secretly without being noticed by Romans, Jewish priests, and early Christians or even by His family or relatives.  However, due to faith and respect for Christian leaders and Gospel authors, nobody has ever sincerely checked and investigated true tracks and footsteps of Christ Jesus after the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

However, Christ Jesus was the Son of God or a kind of God, so that there must have been at least traces of His later life in the human history.   For reference, the following incidents are recorded in the first century part of Wikipedia:
c. AD 33: The Crucifixion of Jesus (traditional date).[9][10][11]
c. AD 33–36: Conversion of Paul the Apostle.[12][13][14]
AD 40: Succession crisis erupts at King Cunobeline's court and his exiled younger son Prince Adminius flees to the court of Caligula in Rome.
AD 40: Emperor Caligula plans to invade Britain, but forgets to bring an army, he instead declares war upon the sea, whipping it and taking shells as prisoners.
AD 40–43: Revolts erupts in Vietnam by the Trung sisters.
AD 42: King Cunobeline dies, his son Caratacus becomes King. He and his brother conquer much of South-Eastern England, expanding territory into Atrebates, driving out King Verica. King Verica travels to Rome to the court of Claudius to help reclaim his throne.
AD 43: Roman conquest of Britain begins. London is founded (although it could have existed centuries before this date).
AD 44: Death of Herod Agrippa.
AD 41–54: Rachias, an ambassador sent from Sri Lanka to the court of Claudius.
Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka first write down Buddha's teachings, creating the Pali canon.
The regions of present-day Afghanistan, Pakistan and North India come under the control of the Kushans, a nomadic people forced out of northwest China by the Han Dynasty.
Tacitus mentions the Suiones, who will one day be called the Swedes.

The Goths settle in northern Poland, which they called Gothiscandza, and shape the Wielbark culture.
c. AD 50: Christian Council of Jerusalem.
Mid-1st century – Wall niche, from garden in Pompeii, is made. It is now kept at Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, England.
Mid-1st century – Detail of a wall painting in the House of M. Lucretius Fronto, Pompeii, is made.

AD 60: Queen Boudica of The Iceni in England launches a rebellion against The Romans. Tens of thousands die and the Roman army is massively damaged. The Rebellion fails and Boadicea commits suicide by poisoning herself. Three major cities are obliterated.
AD 64: Great Fire of Rome, first Roman mass Persecution of Christians, earliest significant recognition of Christians in Rome.
AD 66–73: First Jewish-Roman War.
AD 69: Cartimandua, Queen of the Brigantes in Northern England, is overthrown in a civil war. Her unpopular alliance with Rome, the betrayal of Caratacus and her love for someone other than her husband are the three reasons which led to her demise. The Action enraged the Romans so much that they conquered and annexed The Kingdom.
AD 70: destruction of Herod's Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans under Titus.
AD 79: Pompeii and Herculaneum destroyed by eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
AD 80: The Colosseum is finished.
Jewish Council of Jamnia.
Spread of the Roman Empire, reaches largest size under Trajan.
So, we may suppose that Christ Jesus was around Damascus around AD 33 to 36.  He was in Jerusalem around AD 44 and 50.  But Christ Jesus moved to Rome around 64.  And then He went back to Palestine and Jerusalem around AD 66 to 70.  But He further traveled to the Italian Peninsula around AD 79.  But finally where did He go and died to put the end to His life as a human being?

It can be also thought that Christ Jesus traveled to Sri Lanka and North India in the interval period of His major travelling around the Mediterranean to help development of Buddhism.

However, in my theory, Christ Jesus moved to the Arabic regions to prepare for the emergence of Islam centuries later.  So, His real tomb might find in the Arabian Peninsula or around a mountain near Mecca in the Hejazi region of Saudi Arabia where Muhammad is said to have spent a great deal of time in the cave meditating; and it is widely believed that it was here that he received his first revelation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jabal_al-Nour#Cave_of_Hira).


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Luk 6:13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;
Luk 6:14 Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew,
Luk 6:15 Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes,
Luk 6:16 And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.

Monday, June 11, 2018

"they were filled with madness" - Gain the Whole World, Yet Forfeit One's Soul



Around the National Diet Bldg., Tokyo

Gain the Whole World, Yet Forfeit One's Soul

One of the most impressive words of Christ Jesus is: What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?
For this reason, did not Christ Jesus gain the whole world but He lived as a humble saint?

This can apply to the case that one wishes to be rich or successful in any fields of the human world while not putting the highest priority on his faith in God.  And, if he succeeded in becoming rich or achieving great attainments in any field of the human society, there is no good because he would surely forfeit his soul.

The measure of one's success in his life is not success in terms of the worldly sense but success in developing and deepening his faith in God.  The criterion in one's life is not how much one has earned money or how much one got promotion in the social order, but how much one has loved God, enriched his faith in God, and grasped the meaning of the words of God.

Rich men and successful men can be easily found because they will be famous and prominent.  But the true value of human beings has nothing to do with such status.  But men with true value without forfeiting their souls can be found in non-rich and non-successful men.  This is the truth of the word of Jesus.

And this word taught by Christ Jesus 2000 years ago has been valid and real to date.  In any era or any society, this word has been true and effective.  No matter what technology human beings have developed, this simple expression cannot be changed.  The teachings of Christ Jesus are above any human technology and science.

Or, put simply, what good is it if anyone becomes U.S. President but he forfeits his soul?


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Luk 6:11 And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.
Luk 6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

"Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so" - If Without Belief in God and Heaven/the Hell


Tokyo Station

If Without Belief in God and Heaven/the Hell

If you don't believe God and the existence of Heaven and the hell, this world is everything for you.  You will put all of your energy to this world without thinking about anything about God and the existence of Heaven and the hell.

You will mind everything you have done, seen, and experienced because you cannot imagine anything about God and the existence of Heaven and the hell.  You will deny or hate every prohibitive power against evil.  You must think that nothing should stop you or nobody has a right to stop you.

But you know what has power in this world.  That is why you love money and accept the rule by money in this world.  You may evaluate everything in this world in terms of the money amount to which it is converted.  And then you will become a fool or a mad man in the end.  Because you will come to neglect every spiritual wisdom and human values, since money is positioned at the highest place in your value system, while all gold and silver in this world belong to God. 

So, those who don't believe God and the existence of Heaven and the hell act more passionately than humble believers of God who are afraid of God.  If you fear that God might get angry at you, provided that you are devoted to worldly matters and profits or wealth, you might become awkward or cautious in handling and dealing with money and other worldly things.    But if you are not afraid of God as you don't believe His existence, you will be more absorbed and enthusiastic in pursuit of worldly success.

That is why Hitler and some others who are so bad and evil can succeed to some extent for some period of time.

And, Trump might be one of them. 

Satan might say to Trump one night, "Look at this figure of huge trade deficits of the U.S.  You can be greater if you raise tariffs.  Americans will respect you if you exercise your legitimate administrative power to raise tariffs.  Rich America can be richer, while stupid, evil, and poor countries abusing the US will become poorer!  It is a right thing to fight Canada, Mexico, the EU, and other so-called allies but to help Russia!"  And Trump must appreciate this crazy advice from Satan.  


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Luk 6:10 And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
Luk 6:11 And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

"the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath" - The Early Days of the Church in the Roman Empire

 
Tokyo

The Early Days of the Church in the Roman Empire

No one denied the existence of God in Palestine 2000 year ago.  This is the first thing you have to understand when you read the Bible.

But people also believe existence of Satan and evil spirits, which is not commonly observed in today's world, especially in the Western world.

When Christ Jesus appeared in this world, everybody believed existence of God and Satan.  But, they did not simply believe that Christ Jesus was the Son of God.  So, incidents depicted in the Gospels occurred.

Centuries after in the Roman Empire, Christian leaders must have been harassed by guilt because people, although in Jerusalem centuries ago, helped the execution of Christ Jesus.  The fact that human beings killed the Son of God must have tortured them even if they were living in Rome in the fourth or fifth century.  It must have bee so, because they believed existence of God and Satan truly unlike today's people in Europe and the US.

But this sense of gilt led these Christian leaders to a state of insanity.  It was too grave issue that God had sent His Son to this world but people had executed Him.  They could not spend a day without a fear of God.  But instead of asking forgiveness to God, they started to force Jewish people to accept responsibility.  Furthermore, they started to teach new comers to church that men were born with sins, so that they had to always feel a sense of guilty before God, though, not for the past execution of Christ Jesus but for abnormally complicated and roundabout reasons they could not understand.  They also started to call Christ Jesus God of Trinity, which they could not understand, either.  Finally, the creed and philosophy of Christianity was established from the fourth to fifth century in the Roman Empire.

But God disliked this movement.  So He destroyed the empire soon after the church leaders established the biased and almost insane creed such as Holy Trinity.   What's more, God gave Islam to people in the Middle East outside the Empire.

Today's world stands on extension of this trend.  Indeed, less and less Christians have come to rely on God and hate Satan.  Muslims rely on God and hate Satan more than Christian Europeans and Americans.  This shows the effect of the anger of God delivered before the collapse of the Roman Empire.

So, to correct today's world with full of evil situations, people have to get back to the early days of the church in the Roman Empire.




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Luk 6:4 How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone?
Luk 6:5 And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

Monday, June 04, 2018

"let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth" - Friend in Prison on the Border to North Korea


Tokyo, the National Diet Bldg. and the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Dept. Bldg. 

Friend in Prison on the Border to North Korea

Once a North Korean family escaped from the horribly poor and repressive nation to China.

They could survive for some time in peace.  His father could find a job somewhat.  But one day, a Chinese woman living nearby looked at his father thoughtfully in  evil atmosphere and asked him to carry vases with water in for her.  His father rejected it.

Then, a week or so later, several Chinese police men surrounded the house of the defecting family.  They arrested the family members and intimidated them, saying that they would be forcibly sent back to North Korea.

The youth was convinced that the Chinese woman dobbed his family into the police.  However, his father had one friend living nearby who was doing his business well.  This friend had once often visited their house when they had been in North Korea.  His father asked this friend to lend him some money to buy freedom of his family.  And, with this money, the family could persuade an officer of the prison they were in to let them flee from the prison and the town.   

And after a long and hard journey, the family could get out of China and enter South Korea.  Then, the family sent twice or more the amount of money they had borrowed from their old friend in the Chinese town on the border to North Korea.  It is because they had known that they should have been executed by the North Korean police if they had been sent back to the country under the dictatorship.

There must be hundreds of similar stories in the border area between China and North Korea.

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Mat 6:3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
Mat 6:4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Friday, June 01, 2018

" and came into his own country" - Old and Classic Holy Books


A Public Park around Tokyo

Old and Classic Holy Books

It is truly remarkable that some books having been written centuries ago, 1,000 years ago, 2,000 years ago, or 2,500 years ago have still effective influence on people of today.

These holy books handle humanity.  But as humanity has not changed in these centuries, 1,000 years, 2,000 years, or 2,500 years, the teaching in these books have still appealing power to people of today.

For example, if it is written that Christ Jesus talked to a sick man to heal him, we can feel love in the behavior of Christ Jesus, although today many modern medications are available.  No matter how much our material environments and lives change or get modernized, the most important issue for us has never changed.  It is how we feel and think about ourselves, other people, and the world.  It is matters in our hearts and minds that are really counted.

These books are all concerned with our minds and hearts or our lives.  Even in this modernized and well developed world, people are born, study, work, retire, get old or sick, and finally die.  The value along which we think of our lives and the world has not changed for thousands of years.

However, if there is God who gives life to each of us and governs fates of each one, our life must look so simple to Him.  We are just those who were born and die someday while God exists forever. 

So, it might be necessary for us to view or read those holy books from a viewpoint of God.  At least, we must understand that what mattered to human beings  centuries ago, 1,000 years ago, 2,000 years ago, or 2,500 years ago is still important to us.  Therefore, we may be rather able to find and realize what is important to human beings by reading these holy books, since we could clearly see what is still effective in their contents through a filter of time of centuries or thousand years.   

Truly, Christ Jesus looks as if He is talking to us today.


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Mar 6:1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.
Mar 6:2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?

Monday, May 28, 2018

"rose up, and followed him" - Christian Essenes or Essene Christians


Tokyo

Christian Essenes or Essene Christians

Without hard training for a substantial time period, you cannot become a top athlete.  Without hard training for a substantial time period, you cannot become a top professional in any field.

So, where had Christ Jesus been trained before He started His mission among people?  There must have been a suitable place for training for His difficult mission to guide people, educate people, save people, and cause miracles.  Nazareth could not be the place, since when Christ Jesus visited this family town, people of Nazareth tried to kill Him.  It meant He had nothing to do with people in the town, although he must have been welcomed if people of the town had known him training there for a long time before His starting the holy mission. 

The place must have been in a special religious atmosphere with some religious enthusiasts.  But it must not have belonged to the main stream of Judaism, since Christ Jesus started a revolutionary mission. 

Put short, the place must be Qumran on a hill facing the Dead Sea where many religious scrolls were discovered around 1947 after WWII.  It was as if God had allowed these scrolls to be discovered with a sense of blessing as Jewish people started to return to Palestine.
The Essenes have gained fame in modern times as a result of the discovery of an extensive group of religious documents known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are commonly believed to be the Essenes' library. These documents preserve multiple copies of parts of the Hebrew Bible untouched from possibly as early as 300 BCE until their discovery in 1946.

Josephus later 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 firsthand 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
Christ Jesus must have been trained by the Essenes around Qumran.  Indeed, after the Jewish-Roman war, the Essenes disappeared from Qumran, hiding some scrolls in vases put in caves.  It somewhat matched the fact that Christian Jewish people also disappeared after the war, and only followers of Paul and Peter survived to establish Christianity.  Early Christians included Christian Jewish people living around Jerusalem and Christian Essenes or Essene Christians living around Qumran. 


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Luk 5:27 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.
Luk 5:28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him.
Luk 5:29 And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

"Thy sins be forgiven thee" - The Holocaust Causality Revealed


Tokyo Subway

The Holocaust Causality Revealed

The Roman Empire occupied Jerusalem, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, etc., 2000 years ago.  The fate of the Jewish people was at stake, since there was no assurance of survival of Jewish people and their religion, Judaism.

It was unthinkable that Judaism would influence the culture of Europe, which was at the time under control of the Roman Empire, except some norther areas today called Germany and North Europe for the next 2000 years.
Hebraism is just as important a factor in the development of Western civilization as Hellenism, and Judaism, as the mother religion of Christianity, has considerably shaped Western ideals and morality since the Christian Era.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judaism#Rabbinic_hermeneutics
As Jewish people made wars against the Empire in the first century only to be defeated and expelled from Jerusalem, indeed there was no assurance that they could survive for the next 2000 years to be in such status as we observe today.

But as the Roman Empire adopted Christianity explicitly rooted in Judaism, some ideas and traditions of Judaism came to be carried with Christianity into post-Roman Europe.  Whoever has learnt and had faith in Christianity has come to know existence of Jewish people and Judaism in these 2000 years.

Although it is emphasized that many Christians in Europe sometimes discriminated, suppressed, and even physically attacked Jewish people, not all the European Christians were biased against Jewish people. Therefore, there happened no total massacre and extirpation of the Jewish people. They did not disappear from the earth like many ancient tribes or the Neanderthalers.  In most cases, they must have been able to live rather peacefully along with Christians despite occasional tragedies.  

However, since they had been defeated by the Roman Empire and expelled out of Palestine, they did not try for real to return to Palestine and Jerusalem.  Although the Western Roman Empire collapsed in 476, Jewish people as a tribe did not try for real to go back to Palestine and Jerusalem. And the Eastern Roman Empire collapsed in 1453, Jewish people as a tribe did not try for real to go back to Palestine and Jerusalem.  Even before WWII when many Jewish people became somewhat rich and members of the middle class with enough resources to go back to Palestine and Jerusalem, they would not.  Then they were persecuted by Nazi Germany and millions of Jewish people were killed so unduly.  Only after this Holocaust incident, they for real tried to go back to Palestine and Jerusalem.  And the modern nation Israel was established in 1948.

But this fact is strange.  Judaism 2000 years ago or at the time of dispersion of Jewish people from Palestine, Judaism was rooted in the Jerusalem temple.  Even Christ Jesus regarded the temple as sacred.  If Jewish people had kept their true faith in God enshrined in the Jerusalem temple, they should have tried to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild their lives and a new temple there like the days before the conquest by Romans.  Then God should have been satisfied and given more blessing to Jewish people who would return to Jerusalem from Europe as soon as it became possible.  But as if God had been neglected, Jewish people continued to live in Europe and succeeded to be rich somewhat enough to be envied by Hitler and Nazi Germans.  So, it is as if Jewish people chose rich living in Europe than poor or hard living in Palestine.

This is a blasphemy.  While God let the Roman Empire perish, Jewish people did not try to return to Jerusalem to praise God.  But they were drinking, eating, dancing, and making money in post-Roman Europe.  It is no wonder that God got angry.  And then, the Holocaust occurred.

If God had expected thousands of Jewish people to return to Jerusalem every year since 476 or tens of thousands of people each year since 1453, the total number estimated by God as possible returnees would be millions.  And thus God requested sacrificed victims of millions of Jewish people in WWII before they came back to Palestine and established Israel in 1948.

From the view of the nature of God in the Old Testament, the theological
causal relationship between the Holocaust in WWII and Judaism is as stated above.  Consequently, if we accept this theory, we must believe that it is Jewish people themselves that has to be blamed for the Holocaust rather than Hitler and Nazi Germans.  And ultimately, it can be ascribed to wrath of God on Jewish people who had neglected the holy city Jerusalem for centuries.

God is indeed righteous and square to Jewish people as depicted in the Old Testament, while He gave such glory to Jewish people as the status of God's chosen people.

So, Jewish people should not blindly hate European Christians and especially Germans.  It should be also understood that the memory of the Holocaust cannot be any excuse for their cold and cruel attitudes to Arab neighbors, although Muslims should respect Jewish people as God's chosen people prior to Muhammad.


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Luk 5:21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
Luk 5:22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?
Luk 5:23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

"into the wilderness, and prayed" - Gaza and Holy Books


Tokyo

Gaza and Holy Books

Gaza is a place where Alexander the Great marched to Egypt, Cleopatra traveled from Egypt, and Caesar also passed with his troops went up from Egypt to Syria after conquest of Egypt, and probably Abraham and Christ Jesus walked.  Gaza is older than Rome, Paris. London, and New York.

So, it is deplorable that Gaza is still in a state of severe conflict involving Jewish people.  It looks as if human beings have not made any progress in humanity in these 4000 or 2000 years.

Human civilization has developed and global economic status has been upgraded, but fundamental conditions look unchanged.  Indeed, the Old and New Testaments could present meaningful stories and dramas to us even today.  None thinks that the Old and New Testaments are so old and obsolete and their contents loos significance to modern people.  There are millions and more people who daily refer to these holy books in their spiritual quests and study.

Even Muslims refer to the Koran written more than 1000 years ago.  No Muslims think that contents of their holy book are now outdated.  Voices are still vividly spoken to them from the Koran.  Teachings of the Koran are regarded as effective even today.

However, in this era of modern commercialism, people look to New York, London, Paris, and Rome for their money-making activities.  But not many people look to Gaza for any concern.

In other words, development of the human civilization in these 2000 years might be nothing when compared with significance of effectiveness of those old holy books found today.  It might mean that most parts of today's material civilization has been developed with help from Satan rather than from God.

So, in the extreme case, God might request people to give up the civilization of today and go back to the human status of 2000 years ago when Satan did not yet succeed in capturing so many people using temptation for money and wealth.


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Luk 5:16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
Luk 5:17 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

"the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine" - Purpose of God's Creating this Universe



Around Nagoya, Japan

Purpose of God's Creating this Universe

The life duration of the sun is said to be about 10 billion years, although it has existed for about 4.5 billion years so far. 

But it does not mean that the earth can exist with living things for 5.5 billion years more, because the sun will become inflated as time goes by.  The sun will get larger so as for its surface to reach the earth's orbit around the sun.  It is expected that 1.75 billion years later the earth will be scorched due to the heat of the sun.  As the sun increases its volume, the heat from the sun growing larger will heat the earth so that all the living things on the earth will die down.

However, men might exit the earth to find another solar system and another sun suitable to live in, since there is the time of 1.75 billion years to prepare the exit from the earth and this solar system.

Today science tells that the earth has existed for about 4.5 billion years, although it has been only 1.8 million years since the species where human beings belong Homo sapiens was established.  And it has been only 250,000 years since human beings started to speak.  So, we had better worry about the future of the mankind in, say, 10,000 years or so.   But who can imagine the status of the mankind 10,000 years later or even 2,000 years later?

In this context, the belief that God appeared to Abraham 4,000 years ago and Moses 3,500 years ago, that the Son of God appeared to Jewish people 2,000 years ago, and even that an Angel gave words of God to Mohammed 1,300 years ago is important, since it is God who created this universe.  If the purpose of God's creating this universe is to create human beings who worship God, this purpose might be said to have been almost satisfied.  But why does God intend to create such human beings as worship Him, even if it has taken billions of years?  (For example, the age of the whole universe is 13.8 billion years.)

Is this is the most significant question for any intellectual species in this universe?  It is so since we cannot find any other reasons for God's creation of this universe.  It is also unthinkable that the human beings without faith in God, the Creator of this universe, can survive in the next 2,000 years, 10,000 years, or 1.75 billion years.

Anyway, no matter what the mankind will be, the earth will be scorched by the inflating sun in 1.75 billion years.  And, 5.5 billion years later, there will be no sun and no earth.  But God exists forever with or without the surviving mankind.  This is the root of the feeling of impermanence in human lives and thoughts.  Without faith in God, we cannot even sustain a sane state of our minds. 


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Mar 5:13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

"the draught of the fishes" - Ravens and Lilies


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Ravens and Lilies

Christ Jesus never worked to earn money while He was preaching.

He was outside the worldly worry and fear that one might lose a job and ultimately became homeless if he failed in competition.  But He knew well this kind of worry people had.  This kind of worry and fear is also modern.  So, the following teaching of Christ Jesus is effective even today.
Luke 12
24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!  
27 “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
Christ Jesus rather recommend always think about the Kingdom of God instead of living in this world.  If we do have faith and consider the Kingdom of God, God will surely feed us, according to the words of Christ Jesus.

People mostly think about how to earn more money and how to behave to get any promotion and social merit.  They don't think about how to contribute to coming of the Kingdom of God.  People worry that if they are absorbed in thinking of God, they will lose a chance to be rich.  To get rid of poverty or avoid fall in status in the society, they think that they have no time to think about God.

Christ Jesus put higher priority on faith in God.  And God will take care of those believers, according to Christ Jesus.  This is against human wisdom.  The human world has not been built so as to promote faith in God.  But it has been built so that winners will survive and succeed while losers will become poor and suffer.  Yet, God has power to supersede such worldly rule.  The faith in God means to believe such super power of God.

To become rich and successful in the society, one is often tempted in committing a crime or neglecting justice, or otherwise he will lose compassion to losers and love to neighbors.  And people will try to be smarter than others in purchase of wealth and profits or in exercise of evil tricks.  The total aggregation of these behaviors and thoughts will surely make this world a kind of the hell.  It will make this world a place not worth living. 

In this context, money is an enemy of God.  People should think about God but not money.

However, living of successful priests, including the Pope, is based on big money, which cannot be accepted by God.


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Luk 5:9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:
Luk 5:10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

"Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit" - Existence of God, Angels, Satan and Devils


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Existence of God, Angels, Satan and Devils

Billions people believe in God, the sole God in and outside the universe, at least superficially.

For examples, the Christian Bible depicts God and angels as well as Satan and devils.  So, Christians believe existence of God and angels as well as Satan and devils.  However, no schools, colleges, and universities directly handle these entities.

And, there are almost no news or reports on God and angels as well as Satan and devils.  For example, there must be a news report that God appeared to somebody in a certain town of a certain nation.  However, it is very rare that news Medias report that a miracle happened to somebody in a certain town of a certain nation, for example, the day before.  Moreover, it is very rate that people talk about their experiences to see God and angels as well as Satan and devils.  Even in churches, it is very rare that priests or reverend fathers talk about their experiences of encountering God and angels as well as Satan and devils, although one of main theme of the Bible is the relationship between men and God and angels as well as Satan and devils.

People might talk about weather as a kind of greeting.  But they don't say, for example, "God seems to be pleased today" or "Satan is trying his bad trick on us."

Probably, on the contrary, in the Kingdom of God, people must say, for example, "God seems to be pleased today" or "Satan is trying his bad trick on us" as a kind of expression for greeting.

We must start to talk about God and angels as well as Satan and devils on a routine base everyday. 

Conversely, if people don't believe existence of God and angels as well as Satan and devils, the Bible and other holy books must be a kind of nothing to them.  Conversely, if people behave as if the Bible and other holy books were a kind of nothing to them, they don't believe existence of God and angels as well as Satan and devils in the bottom of their minds, even if they call themselves Christians, Judaists, or Muslims.


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Mar 5:6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
Mar 5:7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
Mar 5:8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.

Monday, May 07, 2018

"Blessed are the merciful" - Religion and Capitalism



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Religion and Capitalism

According to Max Weber, Capitalism was realized based on Protestant Christianity:
Although not a detailed study of Protestantism but rather an introduction to Weber's later studies of interaction between various religious ideas and economics (The Religion of China: Confucianism and Taoism, The Religion of India: The Sociology of Hinduism and Buddhism, and Ancient Judaism), The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism argues that Puritan ethics and ideas influenced the development of capitalism. The 'spirit of capitalism' does not refer to the spirit in the metaphysical sense but rather a set of values, the spirit of hard work and progress.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Protestant_Ethic_and_the_Spirit_of_Capitalism#Basic_concepts 
The Vatican teaches that men's work to be accepted by God must be based on faith.  If work or labor is based on faith, there is nothing to discuss any more.  Because God loves those who live based on faith, so that such men will be surely accepted in Heaven.  Only you have to do is to have strong faith and work based on the faith.  But hard work itself does not promise anything. 

However, Protestantism taught no matter what faith a man had, it is unknown whether God accepts him into Heaven.  Men are put in a state of uncertainty and doubt.  But, men who are destined to Heaven by God must behave different than others who are not.  And such a difference should appear in their living.  They must have stronger faith in God than others.  Accordingly, their behavior must be stronger than others'.  Believing that a man will be accepted by God into Heaven, the man should show his status in strong behavior.

In Protestantism, it is not their faith or Vatican's judgement but God's discretion that decides a man will be accepted in Heaven.  And, if a man believes that he is accepted, he should live strongly and work harder as can be seen clearly, since there are no other ways to make distinction between those who can believe that they are accepted by God and those who cannot, since faith cannot be seen clearly from the outside as with men's insides.  Hard work may not be accepted by God as a reason for Him to accept men into Heaven, but hard work by those already accepted by God will surely rejoice God.

Therefore, men in a state of uncertainty in terms of their salvation by God have to work hard to conquer the fear of not being accepted by God as if they believe that they would be surely saved.

However, this hard work is not for material wealth or profit.  It is a kind of desperate work without material aims.  It is because a man thinks that if he knew that he was chosen and accepted by God, he should show his thanks to God through strong behaviors or hard work based on strong faith.  And, if a man cannot think that he is not accepted by God and he will fall into the hell, he will not live with strength based on faith.  Because whatever he makes, it will be useless.  Being lazy means being not accepted by God.

If you are chosen by God, you have to show the joy though hard work based on strong faith.  This is the start of accumulation of capital that is not directly linked to any desire.  Uncertainty about salvation can be only conquered by believing that he is chosen by God and showing the confidence through strong behavior such as hard work.

Muslims have no such traditions.  Accordingly, they did not accumulate capital.  They cannot start capitalism.  Judaists can accept faith and hard work, since hard work can be a way to stick to their belief that God chose them, although God sometimes puts them in difficult situations, since living is working.   They can understand that they may as well think they have to show more gratitude to God, which might lead to hard work and accumulation of capital.


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Mat 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Mat 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

"Blessed are the poor" - Japanese Pacifist Constitution


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Japanese Pacifist Constitution

It was since around 1500 that the European civilization and Europeans gained lead against the Islamic world, India, and China in terms of economy, science, engineering, and other social systems.

Europeans had been stopped in their efforts to reach Asia to acquire wealth by Islamic nations in the west of the Mediterranean Sea.  So, Columbus and other bold sailors went out for the Atlantic Ocean.  They could reach America by sailing over the Ocean or India, South East Asia, or China by sailing around Africa.  However, along with the start of the Age of Discovery, Christianity in Europe was facing a drastic and revolutionary movement triggered by Martin Luther of Germany.  And also the printing revolution was triggered by Gutenberg of Germany.  And then, the literary revolution was launched by Shakespeare in England.  And, scientific revolution represented by Newton occurred, followed by the Industrial Revolution.  Consequently, dominance by the European civilization was fixed.

However, the biggest factor for the European civilization dominance in the world looked like the discovery of America.

As proved by the Japanese success since the middle of the 19th century, predominance of the European civilization could be stopped by a non-white, non-Christian, non-European or Asian country from buying European technologies, applying them, and developing them to its own environment to catch up Europeans, if the Asian country had deep and wide cultural tradition equivalent to Europeans.     

So, the war between the Empire of Japan and the U.S. was so critical although it was fought between 1941 to 1945 as part of WWII where the Empire defeated U.K. troops and fleets around Singapore.  The Empire of Japan stood as the representing nation in Asia while China, India, and other Asian nations had been fully or partially colonized by European nations.

Japanese had cultural backgrounds with Confucianism created in China and Buddhism created in India.  They had also their own unique literature system.  The depth and broadness of the Japanese culture and spiritualism could compete with Europeans.  Japan was not simply unique culture but the eighth civilization in the world as with civilizations of China, India, Muslims, the Eastern Orthodox, the Western Europe, Latin America, and Africa.

The fact that China, Taiwan, and Korea have succeeded in their economic, business, and engineering development can be understood as examples following Japan's success.

So, the defeat of Japan by the U.S. 70 years ago was so symbolic in terms of key to understanding nature of predominance of the Western Europe Civilization.

The Pacific War between the Empire of Japan  and the U.S. was virtually ended with atomic (nuclear) bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  But, what was left after this war in Japan was the new pacifist Constitution drafted by General MacArthur who led US and allied troops that occupied Japan for several years after the surrender of Japan.

(It was in 1952 that Japan regained its independence after 1945, while the Korean War erupted in 1950.)

That is why Japanese still keep this Constitution in the original form even today.  Yet, how to revise the Constitution has been a big political issue in Japan.   But, the underlying philosophy of this Constitution is, so to speak, American Christianity.   And, it looks like the Japanese Constitution is the true legacy of the era and the true memory of American Christianity in 1940's.

It should be also noted that African Americans came to gradually obtain full civil rights after WWII. 

     
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Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Mat 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

"For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself" - God is above Mathematics


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God is above Mathematics

If everything in this world began with the Big Bang, every mathematical laws were generated at the time.

And people have been trying to discover these laws, including the Pythagorean theorem.  But how could these laws be generated in the explosion of energy that generated time and space in this world?  Could many complicated and well organized mathematical laws be generated in the explosion of energy leading to generation of material, while these laws are not material.

It meant that mathematical laws had already existed when the Big Bang occurred.  Even physical laws are thought to have been existent prior to the Big Bang.  Without guidance of the physical laws, energy could not have moved anywhere in the Big Bang.  And the physical laws needed mathematics.

So, it is naturally considered that there was somebody who had created these laws before this universe was generated.  And, it is natural to call this somebody God.  It also means that God must have continued to exist if the Big Bang had not occurred.  Therefore, God is not subject to these laws.  Accordingly, it is not right to try to grasp the true status of God through mathematics.  As the theory of sets is a part of mathematical laws, it is not appropriate to apply this theory to God.

For example, we may try to create a set that includes all the aspects of God, but it does not show the real status of God.  Or we may try to create a perfect set that includes God.  However, the set must show discrepancy like the divine trinity theory, since we are trying to put God under the concept of sets while God is above any sets.

The concept of God is above mathematics.  Therefore, it is absurd to uphold the divine trinity theory, since the theory tries to define God using a kind of mathematical concept.     

If we do not know mathematics, we should not violate God's dignity.



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Mar 4:28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
Mar 4:29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

"great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis" - God is More than the Holy Trinity


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God is More than the Holy Trinity

It is not appropriate to deal with God in the theory of sets.

Set theory is a branch of mathematical logic that studies sets, which informally are collections of objects. Although any type of object can be collected into a set, set theory is applied most often to objects that are relevant to mathematics. The language of set theory can be used in the definitions of nearly all mathematical objects.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Set_theory

It is because God is perfect and complete.  A set is defined with its elements.  But God does not need any elements to be defined or God does not depend on its elements.

If we handle God as a set, it must have all the elements in this world, but God is more than any element or any set of such elements.

We may assume that the set of God consists of the elements, God Itself, Spirit and Christ Jesus, but this set cannot define God, since God is almighty, so that God cannot be put a restriction on.  By allocating any elements to the set God, we are putting a restriction on God, which cannot be accepted due to God's essence.

If we define God as the set consisting of all the sets in this universe, this definition is still too insufficient to characterize God, since God is more than any set thinkable and imaginable in this universe.

For example, God may include the set consisting of all the thinkable sets in this universe but God may also include everything that is not included in any sets.  Especially, God can be simultaneously a set A and other set denying the set A.  God is above the set theory.  If God is a set, it must have an element A and another element non-A at the same time.  And the set must satisfy all mathematically incompatible features.  For example, if God is a set A, God must be also a set non-A.   

God is more than mathematics; accordingly, God is more than the Holy Trinity.


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Mat 4:25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

"sown on stony ground" - Religious Trend Expected in the 21st Century


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Religious Trend Expected in the 21st Century

Many scholars and experts agree that the God in the Old Testament is different from the God in the New Testament Christians believe to be Christ Jesus.

The God of the Old Testament or the old Judaism (before the Jewish Roman War in the first century) chose Hebrews and helped them destroy and kill other tribes.  Even the God became an enemy of Egyptians to save Moses and his followers.  But, the God of the New Testament (who is Christ Jesus according to the creed of Christianity) told not to kill but love one's enemies.

Although Christ Jesus appeared as one member of Jewish people who belonged to the old Judaism and revered the God of the old Judaism, He preached His teachings, presenting a new image of God, which led to establishment of Christianity.

And more interestingly, Jewish people came to change features of their God.  After the Jewish Roman War in the first century to date, they came to think that their God was closer to the God of Christianity.  The new God of Judaism did not encourage Jewish people to attack and destroy their enemies like the God of the old Judaism.  In this context, after the Jewish Roman War, Judaism changed as with the establishment of Christianity.

Put extremely, the only difference between Christianity and modern Judaism is as to whether the creed that Christ Jesus is God should be adopted.

All the good elements of Christianity are accepted by the modern Judaism.  But, as long as Christianity sticks to the creed that Christ Jesus is God, the two religions cannot be emerged.

However, this condition is dangerous, since it might cause a tragedy such as the Holocaust.  And, Satan loves the Holocaust.  Or, Satan encouraged early Christian leaders to adopt the creed that Christ Jesus is God so that Christians would be forever separated from Jewish people.  This is not the situation expected by Christ Jesus.  Satan entered Christianity when early Christian leaders adopted the creed that Christ Jesus is God.

So, the best way for Christians to get rid of this trap set by Satan is to forgive the creed that Christ Jesus is God.  Then, Christians would come to even accept Islam.  This must be the religious trend in the 21st century.



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Mar 4:16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
Mar 4:17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

"Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee" - Judaism and Christianity Belong to One System


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Judaism and Christianity Belong to One System

Christ Jesus used various teachings of Judaism in His preaching to Jewish people.  He quoted many words from the Old Testament.

But it did not mean that Christ Jesus was just one of Jewish priests.  Or Jewish people knew there were many teachings in Judaism.  But, it was Christ Jesus that showed what teachings among many in Judaism had important meanings not only for Jewish people but also for all the people in this world.

It was just like everybody knew that there are many works of literature in this world.  But, those who could identify Shakespeare as the most important writer can discuss literature most effectively.

Jewish priests might know all the teachings of Judaism, but they could not see what teachings among them were important and had special meaning.

In this context, Christ Jesus found importance in some specific teachings of Judaism, which Jewish priests missed.  If Jewish priest thought that most of the teachings by Christ Jesus could be found in the Jewish Bible or the Old Testament, it doesn't mean Christ Jesus was just one of Jewish Priests, since He found new important meaning in them.  In other words, Christ Jesus shed new light on the Jewish Bible.  Although other Jewish priests could not find true meaning in some teachings of the Jewish Bible or the Old Testament, Christ Jesus could find true meaning and importance in those teachings.

So, if Jewish people could fined true meaning and significance of those teachings of Judaism, they could reach the level of Christ Jesus.  But Christians or followers of Christ Jesus could easily find important teachings in the Old Testament and understand true meaning of them.  It could be said that by emphasizing specific teachings of Judaism, Christ Jesus launched Christianity.

From the beginning, teachings in Judaism were not worked out by Jewish people.  They were give by God.  If Jewish people did not satisfy God in their interpreting the words of God written in the Old Testament, it is natural that God would send a new teacher to Jewish people.

In this context, Judaism and Christianity belong to one system of teaching of God.  Looking back from the goal of correctly understanding the teachings of God, Judaism and Christianity are the same as the path to Heaven.  Judaism can be defined as a religious way to reach Heaven without guidance of Christ Jesus, but Christianity can be defined a more effective way for reaching Heaven through guidance of Christ Jesus.




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Luk 4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
Luk 4:15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.

"Whosoever drinketh of this water" - Revolutionary Christianity for Roman Citizens




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Revolutionary Christianity for Roman Citizens

When Christianity was preached among Roman citizens between the first century and the fourth century, the creed that Christ Jesus was God was not established and fixed.

But the major trend of diffusion of Christianity in the Roman Empire and further in future Europe was decided in this period.  If Roman citizens had not accepted and believed this religion, Christianity would not have prevailed in the world in the following 2000 years.  So, it is very important to understand why and how Roman citizens accepted and believed Christianity.

One notable fact is that the Gospels were written in Greek and then in Latin, so that most of Roman citizens with literacy could read the Gospels unlike Europeans living in the Middle Ages or till the 16th century.  Another notable fact is that Jewish people accounted for 10% of all the population in the Empire and there were many Jewish people in every major city in the Empire, so that Judaism was not new and strange to Roman citizens.

So, Roman citizens must have been interested in the report of early Christians that a messiah or the Son of God appeared in Palestine.  And, they must have respected the words of Christ Jesus.  Further, they respected early Christian preachers, since they were honest and kind, behaving  in a moral way.  And, they must have been enchanted by Christians' prediction that the end of the world was near.

But, most importantly, Roman citizens must have learnt the true relationship between God and human beings.  The idea that God is the father of human beings must have been new to Romans.  And, the creed that God loved human beings must have been also new.  But they thought these new concepts were wonderful, since Romans had been always engaged in war and conflicts.  The value of the human life was so little in the Empire.  Especially, slaves and lower-class people without hope in life must have been enlightened by these Christian concepts.  That must be why Christianity was accepted by Roman citizens.

It must be as if poor Romans had found bright light in the darkness of their lives.  There is Heaven, and God in Heaven loves poor people, they must have realized.  Before Christianity, there were no such teachings in the Empire.  It was revolutionary and groundbreaking.  Roman citizens must have first realized existence of God through early Christianity and words of Christ Jesus.

It is hard for us now to see how revolutionary the early Christianity was to Roman citizens in early centuries.  But it must tell the essence of this religion.



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Joh 4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
Joh 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

"she committeth adultery" - 500 Years, 1000 Years, 500 Years, and Now


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500 Years, 1000 Years, 500 Years, and Now


It was in 476 that the Western Roman Empire went to ruin.  And, it was in 1492 that Columbus reached America.

Roughly speaking in the early 500 years since the emergence of Christ Jesus, Christianity spread in the Roman Empire till the the Western Roman Empire vanished.   And it has been these 500 years that Christianity prevailed in America to date.  And for 1000 years roughly between 500 and 1500, Christianity got a foothold in Europe around the Vatican, which is also called the Middle Ages.

Today, the nation where Christian activities are most  prominent is the US.  And, sometimes the US is compared to the Roman Empire for its super-power in military, economy, technology, etc.  So, in terms of Christianity history, the Roman Empire and the United States are the key players.

However, there was no outwardly outstanding change in the Roman Empire before and after it adopted Christianity as its state religion in 392 or it officially endorsed Christianity in 313.  Lives of Romans did not look changed much after Christianity was widely accepted in the Roman society.  However, 100 year after the Empire adopted Christianity as its state religion, it went to ruin, although other European tribes who came to occupy the old Roman territories also adopted Christianity.

It is apparent that some components of Christianity contributed to the fall of the Empire.

On the other hand, the US has been mostly developed and cultivated by Christian Europeans who fled Europe under the strong influence of the Vatican.  Europe has the Vatican, but the US has also freedom of Christianity.  This must be a design by God in the human history.  By viewing these 2000 years in this way, we might be able to understood meaning of the history in these 2000 years. 

Before the start of the Christian Era, Judaism had been the only player in terms of religion given by true God.  And, Christ Jesus, the Son of God, appeared among Jewish people.  But, now 2000 years after the Christian Era, Islam has come to appear as another important factor.  It is unlikely that Islam will supersede the Vatican or American Christianity.  But Islam must influence the future of the Vatican and the Christian US.

We are now at the changing moment of the history or on the cusp of the religious trend.





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Mar 10:12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

"Whosoever shall put away his wife" - Laughable Failure of Satan


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Laughable Failure of Satan

Without Judas Iscariot, Christ Jesus must have been killed by wrong priests of the Jerusalem Temple or the Roman authority.  In that case, the Gospels or the story of Christ Jesus must have been a little different.

The true leading players of the Gospels were God and Satan.  God sent his Son to the tribe of Jewish people He most loved to have the kingdom of God come into the human world.  But, Satan who hated God tried to prevent it, so that Satan tried to kill Christ Jesus.

Sooner or later, or in whatever way, Christ Jesus was destined to be killed by those controlled by Satan, since God did not prevent Satan from causing Christ Jesus harm.  Or, God must have thought that whatever harmful acts Satan committed on Christ Jesus, Christ Jesus would accomplish His mission.  So, God let Satan act as it wished.  And, Satan thought using Judas Iscariot would give the gravest damage on Christ Jesus and God.  Satan must have thought that Christ Jesus should made a fool on Himself if He was betrayed by one of His disciples.  What a fool Christ Jesus was to be betrayed by one of his close followers, Satan must have thought that everybody would think.  Satan tried to make Christ Jesus look stupid.

And, as the Gospels depicted, Christ Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iscariot to be crucified.  But, despite this tragic incident, Christianity prevailed eventually.  None today thinks that Satan won by crucifying Christ Jesus through the betrayal by Judas Iscariot.  Rather, people would laugh at Satan because Christ Jesus has been all the more glorified due to His mercy on Judas Iscariot.    
Matthew 24
23 Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him.But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”
However, Christ Jesus meant that it is better for anyone not to have been born if he is to be used by Satan.  This must be the expression of contempt for Satan and those used by Satan.



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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.