Thursday, November 21, 2019

"When a strong man armed keepeth his palace" - Where Faith is Tested



Tokyo

Where Faith is Tested

It is said in the Bible that nothing is impossible with the God.

However, it is not said in the Bible that God would immediately make those who believe in him materially rich and happy.  It is also not said that whoever believes existence of God will be allowed to enter Heaven only for his or her recognition.

But Christ Jesus said:
M't:5:3: Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
M't:5:4: Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
M't:5:5: Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
M't:5:6: Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
This teaching means that those who are materially rich, happy, strong, or evil are not loved by the God regardless of their belief in existence of God.

When a man is poor, unhappy, weak, or righteous, he cannot rely on money, other people, and worldly custom or law.  But the God should take care of him, according to Christ Jesus.  If this teaching of Christ Jesus is false, Christianity must have been forgotten at any point of time in these 2000 years.   If people will think that the God never saves those who are poor, unhappy, or righteous, Christianity should be forgotten.

However, even rich, happy, strong, and evil people sometimes wanted good luck and support from spirits (or even from Satan), since nobody can completely control his or her own fate.  From the beginning, nobody can decide when, where, and how he or she would be born into this world.  At the bottom of their hearts, even rich people know they are powerless against their fates.

But it seems that with power of money, most of worldly troubles could be fixed and most of material desires could be satisfied.  So, everybody wants money.

However, it is well recognized that with power of the God, spiritual troubles could be fixed and mental desires could be satisfied.  So, Christianity has survived.

Money cannot completely fix a problem.  Money is accompanied by selfishness, hatred, ignorance, falsehood, fear, cruelty, and evil.  And rich people would rather make others poor and unhappy for them to be rich.

Poor and weak people who cannot ask help from others or have no means to save themselves while being victimized by rich people would pray to the God and call His name for His help, if they know that the God loves such people.  They would rather ask help from the God even if they are not sure about existence of God.

If experiences in the human history proved that there is no God, there is no meaning in asking help from the God and it is useless to have faith in God.  And if nobody had ever been saved by the God, Christianity should have been lost in these 2000 years.

Rather, it is thought that many believers in the God have been saved from their predicaments and hardships in these 2000 years.  There must have been many such cases in the history, but most of them must have been untold, since these were mostly personal.

I this cruel world, those who are poor, weak, and handicapped are powerless and easily victimized by those who are rich, strong, and fortunate.  As they are so poor, weak, and powerless, they often have nothing but the God to ask help from.  And, in these 2000 years, there must have been many cases where those poor, weak, and handicapped people were saved spiritually with some necessary material help by the God, which shows that there is nothing impossible with the God.

But witness for these cases is usually not so widely announced.  People would say that they have been saved as they had good fortune, but would not say often that they have been saved as the God helped them.

Probably, if they admitted that the God had saved them, they should think that they are obliged to always and fully observe the teaching of the God, which they cannot do.  And if they cannot show full obedience and gratitude to the God, people around them might blame them.  Therefor, even if they understood that they had been saved by the God rather than power of money would not loudly talk about their cases.  They might say that they were fortunate and lucky.  And they may try to believe that their riddance of hardships was due to good luck but not due to help from the God.

What is more, help from the God might not come while poor, weak, and handicapped people are living in this world, although Christ Jesus assured that they would be welcomed in Heaven.  This is a crucial point where faith is tested.  If a poor, weak, or handicapped man believes in God and Heaven, he or she would be finally saved in Heaven after his or her living in this world.  Based on this conviction, Christianity has survived in these 2000 years.

Conversely, the fact that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have survived up to today is itself a proof of existence of the God.


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Lu:11:20: But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.
Lu:11:21: When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:
Lu:11:22: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.
Lu:11:23: He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

"And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary" - The Highest Spiritual Event in 1273





Around Tokyo


The Highest Spiritual Event in 1273

Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225–1274) wrote a great book to try to present his theory on the God and Christianity.
It consists of three parts. Part I treats of God, who is the "first cause, himself uncaused" (primum movens immobile) and as such existent only in act (actu) – that is, pure actuality without potentiality, and therefore without corporeality. His essence is actus purus et perfectus. This follows from the fivefold proof for the existence of God; namely, there must be a first mover, unmoved, a first cause in the chain of causes, an absolutely necessary being, an absolutely perfect being, and a rational designer. In this connection the thoughts of the unity, infinity, unchangeability, and goodness of the highest being are deduced. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summa_Theologica)
However, he abandoned the effort to further elaborate his theory as he met the God spiritually:
It is traditionally held that on one occasion, in 1273 at the Dominican convent of Naples in the chapel of Saint Nicholas, after Matins, Thomas lingered and was seen by the sacristan Domenic of Caserta to be levitating in prayer with tears before an icon of the crucified Christ. Christ said to Thomas, "You have written well of me, Thomas. What reward would you have for your labor?" Thomas responded, "Nothing but you, Lord."After this exchange something happened, but Thomas never spoke of it or wrote it down....
 On 6 December 1273, another mystical experience took place. While he was celebrating Mass, he experienced an unusually long ecstasy. Because of what he saw, he abandoned his routine and refused to dictate to his socius Reginald of Piperno. When Reginald begged him to get back to work, Thomas replied: "Reginald, I cannot, because all that I have written seems like straw to me" (mihi videtur ut palea). As a result, the Summa Theologica would remain uncompleted. What exactly triggered Thomas's change in behavior is believed by Catholics to have been some kind of supernatural experience of God. After taking to his bed, he did recover some strength.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Aquinas)
The God acknowledged Aquinas' effort and accepted Aquinas' wish to see the God.  However, in the wake of this communication with the God, Aquinas realized that what he had written about God had no value and thus abandoned his further efforts, although he did not deny his own work.

There can be infinite ways of describing the God.  But the God must be above those descriptions.  For example, even if there had been a primitive human being in Africa who though about future of human beings 3 million years ago, he must have stopped wondering about and dreaming of future any more if he had been allowed to glimpse the world of today in the 21st century as he got shocked so much.  Like such a human being, Aquinas must have been shocked to see infinite aspects of the God.   

Besides, Christ Jesus simply told His Disciples to call the God the Father in Heaven, while He did not teach them any theories, including those considered by Aquinas, about the God.

It is thought that whoever does not faithfully follow and observe the words and teachings of the God is not allowed to glimpse any aspect of the God.  In other word, those who do not believe in the God cannot see any piece of truth about the God, since they are not allowed to enter Heaven.

Anyway, it seems that the mankind spiritually climbed the highest position in 1273 after the first century when the Gospels were established.


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Joh 11:17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.
Joh 11:18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:
Joh 11:19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
Joh 11:20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.
Joh 11:21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
Joh 11:22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
Joh 11:23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

Monday, November 18, 2019

"If Satan also be divided against himself" - Whosoever shall Call on the Name of the Lord




Tokyo Bay

Whosoever shall Call on the Name of the Lord

On the TV display screens and smart phone screens, every picture is displayed.  These pictures and images displayed on these screens are coming from TV stations or internet-linked servers through the air in the form of electromagnetic waves.

In other word, those pictures and images/sounds provided on these screens are flying in the air, but we need a TV set or a smartphone to see pictures and images or listen to voices and sounds. 

Just like that, spiritual images and sounds must be flying in the space, but we need a special tool to capture these signals and reproduce them as images and sounds.  And this tool must be our brains.  If we don't have TV sets or smartphones, we cannot capture visual/audio signals and thus we cannot see or hear anything from signals flying in the air in the form of electromagnetic waves.

But as we have brains, we can capture spiritual signals flying in the space, as depicted in the Gospels.  But it is also true that we cannot necessarily see spiritual images and hear spiritual voices anywhere in any circumstances at any time.  What are the conditions required for us to see images and voices coming from the spiritual world?

In the Gospels, there are some scenes where Christ Jesus, His Apostles, followers, etc.  see spiritual images and hear spiritual voices.  Even there are passages depicting behaviors of Satan that is spiritual.

Religious people such as monks, priests, bishops, etc. train themselves through meditation, practice of prayers, hard studies and labors, etc.  They prepare themselves so that they can see spiritual images and hear spiritual voices.

However, the God can allow, at His will, anybody whom He thinks to be appropriate to see spiritual visions and hear spiritual voices.  However, if we have prepared ourselves to be suitable for receiving spiritual images and voices, the possibility that we are allowed to receive spiritual signals must be high.  Therefore, the more priests, monks, bishops, etc. want to receive these spiritual signals, the more they will train themselves.

As we can see any bad or indecent pictures and images on the TV or smartphone screens, any evil spiritual signals originated by Satan in the hell may be also received by trained priests, monks, bishops, etc.  If their spiritual training was not sufficient, they would be confused and put into a danger of losing sanity.

In case that ordinary people without necessary experiences of training can receive spiritual signals, most of them should go mad.  In this context, we are safe as we are separated from the spiritual world. 

Only prayers to the God seem to be a safe way for ordinary people to communicate with the spiritual world.
Act 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:
Act 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.



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Luk 11:16 And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.
Luk 11:17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.
Luk 11:18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.
Luk 11:19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.
Luk 11:20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

"Let us also go, that we may die with him" - Worry about the End of the World



Mt. Fuji from around Tokyo

Worry about the End of the World

One of the most important parts of the Bible is as follows:
M'r:13:2: And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
M'r:13:3: And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,
M'r:13:4: Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?
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M'r:13:19: For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
M'r:13:20: And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
M'r:13:21: And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
M'r:13:22: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
So, Christ Jesus clearly predicted that a great tragedy would come to this world and there would be great confusions and turmoils.

Even without this prediction, it is natural to consider that any civilization would come to its end someday.  The civilization that has continued for 2000 years since the era of the Roman Empire, through some twists and turns, should also end some day.

Nonetheless, these said passages are grave, since they include the expression "such as was not from the beginning of the creation."  And the world has not yet experienced a tragedy of this scale, which means that the mankind is still destined to face a great tragedy that has not occurred since the start of the human civilization.

Some people had thought that it should come around the beginning of 2000 or 2001, although the 21st century started without a fatal crisis on the mankind.  And, people in the world have gradually started to forget about this prediction by Christ Jesus.  They may think that "It may come, but in the 22nd century or 99th century, who can know it?"

But who has confidence that our civilization can continue through the 22nd century or 99th century?  Yet, who would mind if the end of the world should come after his or her death?

Put plainly, this issue of the end of the world or civilization can be seriously treated only by those with faith in the God and Christ Jesus.  Ordinary people (especially rich people) who earn money and enjoy their lives fully drinking and eating would not mind if anything happens to the world after their death.  For them, if the human civilization collapses after their death, it means nothing.  But people with faith cannot bear the idea that they are part of failed civilization doomed to collapse someday.  And if they are members of such a civilization, how can they be loved by the God?  So, it is a grave issue for believers.

To worry about the end of the world must be a proof that he or she has faith.
 

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Joh:11:14: Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
Joh:11:15: And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.
Joh:11:16: Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.
Joh:11:17: Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

"Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee" - Righteous Men are Attacked and Tempted by Satan



Moon, Mt.Fuji, and Tokyo

Righteous Men are Attacked and Tempted by Satan

The Gospels by Mark, Matthew, and Luke depicted the temptation of Christ Jesus by Satan in the wilderness:

Mark:
M'r:1:12: And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.
M'r:1:13: And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.
Matthew:
M't:4:1: Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
M't:4:2: And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
M't:4:3: And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
M't:4:4: But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
M't:4:5: Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
M't:4:6: And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
M't:4:7: Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
M't:4:8: Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
M't:4:9: And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
M't:4:10: Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
M't:4:11: Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Luke:
Lu:4:1: And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
Lu:4:2: Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
Lu:4:3: And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.
Lu:4:4: And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
Lu:4:5: And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
Lu:4:6: And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
Lu:4:7: If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
Lu:4:8: And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Lu:4:9: And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:
Lu:4:10: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:
Lu:4:11: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Lu:4:12: And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Lu:4:13: And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

So, we should not dismiss this episode simply as a fiction in the Bible.

It should at least symbolize the battle between evil one and holy one.  Satan hates goodness and holiness.  And those who pursue goodness and holiness are attacked by Satan.

This is a phenomenon commonly observed in the human world.  Good men who always act as servants of God cannot be hired by companies.  Righteous men  who always try to follow the words of God and Christ Jesus cannot be accepted by a society.  Men always try to practice justice and love to God and neighbors cannot earn money.

In other words, Satan try to suppress those good men and tempt them with money, worldly prosperity and success, and illusions to make a conquest of the world.

The more one loves God and Christ Jesus, the more he or she is attacked and tempted by Satan.

So, Christ Jesus must have been really attacked and attempted by Satan.  These passages must be those of the most important episodes in the Gospels. 

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M'r: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.
M'r:11:14: And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
M'r:11:15: And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
M'r:11:16: And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

"For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John" - Wealth without Restriction of Christianity



 The Tokyo Station


Wealth without Restriction of Christianity

It is after the era of the Christian Crusade that Europe under control of the Vatican started to separate faith from the rational mind.  It is mainly because Europeans re-discovered the Aristotelian philosophy in the Islamic regions where they had marched to fight Muslims and save Jerusalem from Islamic camps.

So, in the middle of the 12th century, scholasticism was introduced into Europe, and Europeans started to think about difference between faith and reason, thus splitting philosophy from theology, although making efforts to harmonize the Aristotelian metaphysics and Christian revealed theology.  This trend was further accelerated by Martin Luther and the like emphasizing faith over philosophy.  And further, on this extension, the common features of Christianity of America of today were established.

Put simply, today Americans think that religious conviction is above any human reason, philosophy, and thoughts.  In other word, they are ready to accept any miracles and religious manifestations.  However, it also means that they tend to think that any worldly things have no influence on spiritual matters.  Therefore, American rich men do not rebel against Christianity and any other religions.  But this situations are, probably, wanted by Satan who wants people to forget about the words of God and Christ Jesus. 

What is worse, in China without this kind of Christian traditions, modern wealth realized by Western technology are being generated, pursued, and abused, threatening global peace.

In any way, there are 2000-year long Christian traditions on how to think, take, and handle the worldly matters and religious or spiritual matters.  And based on these traditions, the Western civilization of today has been established.  Europeans and Americans pursue material wealth without harming their religious convictions, but they know the limit of worldly wealth as they cannot forget that Christian truth exists over worldly wealth.

In this context, China is dangerous too boldly pursuing worldly wealth without restriction of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.  So, a sound Christian mind is necessary to rationally face, judge, and assess the economic rise of China. 



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Mat 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
Mat 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
Mat 11:14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
Mat 11:15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

"if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?" - Until the Year 2033 has Passed



Fukushima Prefecture, Japan


Until the Year 2033 has Passed

On January 1, 2000 and 2001, the world was not destroyed as it went on as it had been, although the end of the world around the end of the 2000th year or the start of the 2001st year after the first emergence of Christ Jesus was a common implicit issue for everybody in the world.

However, it was around AD 30/33 that Christ Jesus left this world after the Crucifixion, Resurrection. and Ascension to Heaven.  So, we had better continue to be alerted until 2030 or 2033.  In this case, we must see extraordinary things from 2000 or 2001 to 2030 or 2033 even if we cannot fully accept the theory of the coming of the end of the world around the end of the 2000th year after the first emergence of Christ Jesus.

In 2001, the 9/11 Terror occurred to change the political climate of the U.S. and the world.  Around 2008, a big financial crisis occurred spreading from Wall Street to the global financial market.  Between 2009 to 2017, a first African-American president presided over the United State.  In 2011, a great earthquake and tsunami occurred in Japan with incidental Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, shocking the world.  In 2016, a very unique president, Trump, was elected and took office in the White House, starting a trade war with China.  In 2019, the UK is still struggling to realize Brexit while changing its prime minister from May to Johnson.  Meanwhile, in 2013, Benedict XVI stepped down from the top seat of the Vatican while being alive.  And the convulsion in Muslim states in the Middle East to the South Asia has continued.

So, we had better be on alert, at least, until the year 2033 has passed.




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Luk 11:11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
Luk 11:12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
Luk 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Thursday, November 07, 2019

"Let us go into Judaea again" - Don't Laugh and Don't Make Sad People Sadder



Toward the North-East, Tsukuba Mt., from Tokyo

Don't Laugh and Don't Make Sad People Sadder

There have been some arguments as to whether Christ Jesus laughed as there are no such descriptions in the Bible.

On the other hand, it is well understand the Satan and its servants often laugh.

However, there are many things and physical and psychological aspects of Christ Jesus that are not mentioned in the Bible.  Even if his disciples had seen Christ Jesus laughing, the fact might not have been recorded in the Bible.

One would forget about the God, when he or she is laughing.  Besides, one will never laugh, facing the God, just like one will never laugh seeing death of his family members or himself/herself.

One would laugh when he or she sees funny things.  And one would laugh only when he or she knows that his or her laughing is allowed by others or that none can blame him or her of laughing. 

But if one knows truth of the world and the human world, and if the truth is full of tragedies, how can the one laughs seeing any worldly phenomenon?

Or as the truth of the world and the human world is full of tragedies, Christ Jesus probably could not laugh seeing anything in this world.

But Satan and its servants should laugh any time when they see a blasphemy by a man.  Satan should love to laugh seeing a man acting against or giving the back to the God.

Satan wants to laugh at the God to put Him down, but the God would not laugh at Satan as a joke, sine He must have no reason for forgiving Satan.  And Christ Jesus must have had no reason for laughing at any worldly things under influence of Satan.

If Christ Jesus laughed in any situation, it should mean that He accepted the situation.  But Christ Jesus did not come to this world to enjoy anything.  He came to this world to save poor people who were laughed at by rich men and Satan.

There are always poor people who would be sadder by seeing happy people laughing.  Christ Jesus never made poor and sad people sadder.

So, we may as well think that the Bible tells not to laugh as poor people would be sadder, since Christ Jesus seldom laughed.

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Joh:11:7: Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.
Joh:11:8: His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?
Joh:11:9: Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.
Joh:11:10: But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

"found the colt tied by the door" - Happy People, Rich People, and Fake Saints



North of Tokyo

Happy People, Rich People, and Fake Saints

How does AI interpret the Bible?

In the future, robots equipped with super AI will be surely realized.  And such robots will function like men in most of aspect of human activities.  But what inclination or fondness will these robots show?

Specifically will AI robots love to enjoy works of art or literature?  Or what beauty will they find in those works?  And ultimately will AI robots need religion?

On the other hand, men may become a kind of robots, loosing ability to enjoy works of art and literature and making light of religion.

Or a certain robot equipped with highly developed artificial intelligence may start to act like a saint to be respected by people.  Without understanding of the meaning of words of the God, the robot may be able to deliver words of the God as if they know the secret in these words.

While the people in religion are acting like saints without believing in the words of the God, they can function as professionals and experts of religion.  They may be close to AI robots acting like saints.

The problem is that rich and successful people may not mind both such fake human professionals in religion and AI robots acting like saints without understanding meaning.

In deed, Christ Jesus said that happy people do not need the God. 

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M'r: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.
M'r: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.
M'r:11:5: And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?
M'r:11:6: And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

"And Jesus answering said" - Rich Men, Bad Men; Poor Men, Hopeful Men




Around Tokyo

Rich Men, Bad Men; Poor Men, Hopeful Men

One will do usually anything to protect his own profits, assets, and money.  But what the God wants men to do is do rationally and religiously anything to protect profits, assets, and love of the God.

Before the mankind was generated on the earth, the God existed in this universe.  The mankind is in no position enough to claim their own rights over the will of the God.

The mankind belongs to God.  The mankind is a creature of the God.  The God can set any fate to the mankind.  However, a man can deny existence of the God.  A man can live without revering the God.  A man can worldly succeed and get rich without faith in God.  And if a man becomes rich, he or she can satisfy his or her desire.

But Christ Jesus gave a warning to wealth:
Luk 12:16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
Luk 12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
Luk 12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
Luk 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
Luk 12:20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
Luk 12:21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. 
In other words, Satan gives success, wealth, and money to those who sell their souls to Satan.  But Satan cannot give life to any man.  And the God can take away life from anyone at any time.

And in the extension of this context, we may say that rich men are servants of Satan and poor men are loved by the God.

However, we may sometimes find honest and pious, although maybe just outwardly,  people among rich men while we may often find mean and evil, although maybe due to extreme poverty or psychological confusion, men among poor people.

Yet, according to the teaching of the God, there is no chance for rich men to be saved as they belong to Satan.  So, we may say at least that poor men are more hopeful than rich men in terms of salvation of their souls.


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Luk 10:30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
Luk 10:31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
Luk 10:32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

"fell down at his feet, and worshipped him" - The Holy Protection Scheme against Diseases





After a deluging rain around Tokyo

The Holy Protection Scheme against Diseases

There was a Japanese woman aged about 50 who flew to Switzerland to be applied euthanasia to as euthanasia is banned in Japan except under special conditions.

Christ Jesus must be able to heal even patients, like the woman, suffering intractable diseases the modern medical treatment cannot cure.

But how could Christ Jesus can heal sick people and why cannot sick people be cored usually if they pray to God?
When Jesus healed the sick, on many occasions he made this statement: "Your faith has made you well."

In Matthew 9:20-22, Jesus healed the woman who had suffered for many years with constant bleeding:
Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, for she thought, "If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed."
Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, "Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well." And the woman was healed at that moment. (NLT)
Here are a few more biblical examples of healing in response to faith:
Matthew 9:28–29; Mark 2:5, Luke 17:19; Acts 3:16; James 5:14–16.
https://www.learnreligions.com/why-doesnt-god-heal-everyone-701958
First of all, it is God who created life and living things on the earth.  God must know every secret of life and diseases.  Modern  medical science is just tracing and finding out the secrets of life God has set billions of years ago.

The human body is made of cells which are made of molecules built with atoms.  But for the human body to function, it needs control from the brain or the center of  neurons.  If this control system malfunctions, a disease should be developed.  And man's nerve system has a linkage with the spiritual world, therefore man can have faith in God that is spirit, according to Christ Jesus.  So, if power of God came down from the spiritual world to the human body through his or her brain or the nerve system, a disease he or she is suffering should be cured.  And to enjoy this process, it is natural that he or she needs faith in God.

Or probably Christ Jesus added or increased faith to a sick person so that the person could strengthen the connection of its brain or nerve system to the spiritual world to be healed.

However, a man dies someday.  This is the common fate of all the living things.  But faithful persons must die in a way of showing the glory of God.  If God and Christ Jesus judged that it was appropriate for a faithful sick person got recovered from illness as the person would be useful in presenting the glory of God, Christ Jesus should heal him or her.

Anyway, Christ Jesus, His Apostles, and the like must have not be affected by diseases.  And, it must be impossible for God to be struck by a disease.  They all seem to be protected by the holy protection scheme against any disease only God can invent.



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Act 10:25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.
Act 10:26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
Act 10:27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

"for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God" - God and 12 Apostles



On the Tokyo Bay

God and 12 Apostles

There were 12 Apostles of Christ Jesus, according to the Bible.  But the fates of most of them are unknown.
How Did the Apostles Die?
Reports and legends abound and they are not always reliable, but it is safe to say that the apostles went far and wide as heralds of the message of the risen Christ. An early legend says they cast lots and divided up the world to determine who would go where, so all could hear about Jesus. They suffered greatly for their faith and in most cases met violent deaths on account of their bold witness.
(https://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1-300/whatever-happened-to-the-twelve-apostles-11629558.html)
At least these 12 Apostles lived with Christ Jesus in His immediate circle for about three years, learning His teaching, watching miracles, and receiving His super power.  Their diseases, if any, must have been cured.  Their wisdom and talent must have been highly developed.  And their faith in the God must have been significantly strengthened.  So, these Apostles must have become outstanding persons in any society wherever they might have gone.  However, mainly only Peter was described in the Gospels.   

Where were they after the death or ascension of Christ Jesus?  What did they perform after the death or ascension of Christ Jesus?  It is unknown.  But it is strange.

However, it is assumed that these Apostles contributed to future development and deployment of the teaching of Christ Jesus or Christianity like St. Peter.  Probably for them to have continued their living, always thinking about Christ Jesus, must have greatly contributed to expansion of the teaching of Christ Jesus.

So, even most of 12 Apostles of Christ Jesus did not earn their places in history.  We should not be disappointed or frustrated even if we cannot perform great accomplishments, while we have faith in the God, although the God can freely set our fates.

For the God, it does not matter whether or not those who believe in Him earn their places in history even in terms of religion.  But according to the teaching of Christ Jesus, it might matter for God how much wealth His believers store and accumulate in Heaven.  God must attach more weight to things in Heaven than this-worldly things.

We had better change our view that the spiritual world (Heaven) is superior to the physical world (the human world).     


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M'r:10:24: And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
M'r:10:25: It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
M'r:10:26: And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
M'r:10:27: And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

"for he had great possessions" - The Things that Are God's




Around Tokyo


The Things that Are God's

Christ Jesus said: "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's (Mat 22:21)."

The things that belong to a king mean coins and money.  And the things that belong to the God is life.  Therefore, it seems that what Christ Jesus meant by this saying is to give up and return money to a king and it is natural that a man dies, giving up and returning his life to the God.

However, from the teaching of Christ Jesus, money is another form of Satan.  And, Satan distributes money through a king or a government.  So, what Christ Jesus said should be interpreted as "Render therefore unto Satan the things which are Satan's."

Or, otherwise, it is thought that whatever kings possess has been given by the God to the kings.  The Bible says that all the gold, silver, etc. in this world belong to the God.  Therefor the kings are requested to return coins and money to the God.  But what if coins and money are other forms of Satan?  Could we return coins and money that are essentially from Satan to Satan or God?

All the gold and silver in this world belongs to the God.  But Satan invented coins and money from the gold and silver to distribute them among the human beings through kings and governments.

The word of Christ Jesus might simply mean to pay tax to a king or a government and pay your life to the God through faith.  But as it is concerned with money, another form of Satan, it is a little complicated.

Probably, we have to give up use of money to get rid of Satan.  And surely, we have to give up our life to the God when we die. 


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Mar 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Mar 10:22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
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!

Monday, October 21, 2019

"Can a devil open the eyes" - For Acquiring Sympathy of God




The Ueno Park, Tokyo


For Acquiring Sympathy of God

It may not be appropriate, but it would not be meaningless to think about the Three Great Deaths of Socrates, Caesar, and Christ Jesus.

They were all forced to die in incongruous circumstances.  The great philosopher of ancient Greece Socrates died in 399 BC by drinking a poison in custody: "In 399 BC, Socrates went on trial and was subsequently found guilty of both corrupting the minds of the youth of Athens and of impiety ("not believing in the gods of the state"), and as a punishment sentenced to death, caused by the drinking of a mixture containing poison hemlock" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates).

The great leader and general of Caesar was killed in Rome by his colleagues in the Roman Senate in 44 BC: "Caesar attempted to get away, but, blinded by blood, he tripped and fell; the men continued stabbing him as he lay defenceless on the lower steps of the portico. According to Eutropius, around 60 men participated in the assassination. He was stabbed 23 times" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Caesar).

And Christ Jesus died on the cross in AD 30/34 through trials by the Jewish authority and under the judgment by a Roman governor: "Jesus' crucifixion is described in all four canonical gospels. After the trials, Jesus is led to Calvary carrying his cross; the route traditionally thought to have been taken is known as the Via Dolorosa" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus) .

Many people have died since the establishment of the mankind.  It is thought that tens of billions of members of the mankind have died in history.  But these Three Great Deaths indicate some crucial conditions of one's death.  One may die due to errors of a state and its citizens, political conflicts and foolish judgement by the elite, and Satan's plot.

Even today, there must be many facing crisis of life due to various incongruous conditions.  It is unknown how many people died in such conditions, at least, in these 2000 years.  And one of the worst cases is that one is involved in a war where he or she is not responsible.  To save such people is a function of civilization.

And to know truth of the world and people in addition to the divine will, one must be probably as great as Socrates or  Caesar (if not Christ Jesus) to the extent of being envied, hated, and cursed by one's opponents (if not Satan).

So, facing crisis of life in some incongruous conditions may be a chance to ask help from God, thus acquiring sympathy of God.     



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Joh 10:21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?
Joh 10:22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
Joh 10:23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

"take no thought how or what ye shall speak" - For Solving Economic Issues of Everybody



Tokyo


For Solving Economic Issues of Everybody

"Pay tax and give money to the poor" is the economics of Christ Jesus.

There are some scenes of Christ Jesus talking about money in the Bible.  But the essence of His teaching about economy is represented by the above word.

So, the key to solving economic problems in the world today should be found there.  Everybody should pay tax, and the governments, enterprises, and wealthy people should provide money to the poor.  However, if it is common sense of the world that everybody should pursue his or her own profits to maximize his or her assets, this teaching cannot be practiced.  In contrast, if it is common sense of the society that one must love its neighbors as much as oneself, this teaching of Christ Jesus must be practiced and promoted.

Therefore, the key to economics to solve economic issues is prevalence and diffusion of Christ Jesus' teaching to love your neighbors as much as yourself.

But when can the mankind realize this need to understand Christ Jesus' teaching for solving economic issues of everybody?   



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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.
Mat 10:20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.