Sunday, September 24, 2017

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

Around Tokyo

Antipathy to Rich Men and Noblemen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

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

In the National Diet Building, Tokyo

Rich Followers of Christ Jesus?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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

The Tone River Northeast of Tokyo

The Essenes and Jesus

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

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

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

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

"how then doth he now see" - Dosen't God Exist?


Dosen't God Exist?

There is one site on the Internet trying to present proof that God exists:
Does God exist? Here are six straightforward reasons to believe that God is really there.
1. The complexity of our planet points to a deliberate Designer who not only created our universe, but sustains it today.

2. The universe had a start - what caused it?

3. The universe operates by uniform laws of nature. Why does it?

4. The DNA code informs, programs a cell's behavior.

5. We know God exists because he pursues us. He is constantly initiating and seeking for us to come to him.

6. Unlike any other revelation of God, Jesus Christ is the clearest, most specific picture of God revealing himself to us.
Put simply, the mankind is not advanced enough to prove that God exists.

However, there is no reliable evidences for complete denial of existence of God.  And there seems to be no loss if one believes existence of God.  Only mad men will try to deny the existence of God for real.

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Joh 9:19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?
Joh 9:20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:

Monday, September 18, 2017

"come and lay thy hand upon her" - Spiritual Culture to Control Material Civilization

Tokyo Station

Spiritual Culture to Control Material Civilization

The most important century for the mankind is the first century.

In the first century Christ Jesus was born, started his mission, was crucified and resurrected.  And then, all the documents to be later put in the New Testament were written.  But the Jewish-Roman war erupted, the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, and Israelites were dispersed out of Palestine.

This century set the basic framework of the history of the mankind in the next 2000 years where the European civilization based on Christianity/Judaism became the mainstream.

The next important period is from around 1450 to 1550.

In this period, the Eastern Roman Empire went to ruin; Gutenberg introduced mechanical movable type printing to Europe, causing the Printing Revolution and paving the way for wider diffusion of the Bible; Columbus reached America; the Vatican started to built St. Peter's Basilica; Luther started Protestantism; the Church of England was separated from the Vatican; Copernicus presented the sun-centered theory; and Saint Francis Xavier engaged in the mission to Japan.

This period set the basic conditions for the next 500 years, namely up to today, while putting an end to the effects of the ancient Europe and opening the era of the expansion of the European civilization and Protestantism to America and East Asia (mainly Japan).

However, before the emergence of Christ Jesus, the most important years for the mankind were around 500 BC when the Buddha, Socrates, and Confucius were born; the Old Testament was completed; and Hinduism came to have strong influences in India.

Based on these cultural bases, the mankind started to develop the modern technology and science since the middle of the 19th century with discovery and application of electricity, electronics, nuclear energy, modern chemistry and biology, etc.  The modern material science and technology have been mostly developed and promoted in Europe, America, and Japan.

To study and develop modern science and technology that give great power to the mankind, the mankind needed deep and robust cultural and religious frame work.  Otherwise, there should have been no social environments and systems suitable for the study and development of modern science and technology.  Only deep spiritual culture matching great power of the science and technology can control the mankind and prevent them from using the power to destroy one another and damage the natural environment.  For example, without influences of Christianity and other religions, the mankind might have already started nuclear warfare in the late 20th century.

The spiritual culture the mankind has cultivated in these 2500 years has been able to control desire, arrogance, violence, and folly of the mankind equipped with the powerful modern science and technology up to today.  However, with further development of science and technology in the 21st century, the mankind must need more effective and powerful spiritual culture and framework.

So, it is time for the mankind to review the past history and spiritual culture before blindly entering a new era with more advanced material civilization.  Otherwise, the mankind might surely loose control of their new ability and power that could destroy the whole human society.

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Mat 9:18 While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.
Mat 9:19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.

" my son, which hath a dumb spirit" - Features of the Gospel of Mark

Around the National Diet Building, Tokyo

Features of the Gospel of Mark

The Gospel According to Mark has the following features:
People were saying, "[Jesus] has gone out of his mind" (Mark 3:21). 
Only place in the New Testament Jesus is referred to as "the son of Mary" (Mark 6:3). 
Mark is the only gospel where Jesus himself is called a carpenter (Mark 6:3). 
Only place that both names his brothers and mentions his sisters (Mark 6:3). 
The longest version of the story of Herodias' daughter's dance and the beheading of John the Baptist (Mark 6:14–29). 
Customs that at that time were unique to Jews are explained (hand, produce, and utensil washing).
If any Apostle or Disciple had written this Gospel or an underlying document of this Gospel, the above features should not have been observed.

It was written by someone who could write delicate incidents related to Christ Jesus without a fear of provoking Him, who knew very details of the family members of Christ Jesus, and who had strong affection for John the Baptist.  Accordingly, this Gospel must have been based on a report written by Christ Jesus Himself after the Resurrection.

Or could any Apostle or Disciple who believed that Christ Jesus was God or the Son of God write that He had been a carpenter who had been once said to have gone out of mind?

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Mar 9:17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
Mar 9:18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
Mar 9:19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

"he keepeth not the sabbath day" - Notable Words of Christ Jesus


Notable Words of Christ Jesus

The most impressive words of Christ Jesus is "Love your enemies!"

The most important expression in Christ Jesus' words is "eternal life."

However, the most important message by Christ Jesus is that "there is God and God requests people to obey His commandments, that is, love Him with all the strength and ability of people."

All other Christ Jesus' words and  teachings of Christianity look secondary.

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Joh 9:16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.
Joh 9:17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

"as long as the bridegroom is with them" - Marcion and Luke

Tokyo Subway Station

Marcion and Luke

The New Testament did not establish the Christian church but the Christian church established the New Testament.

However, it is not the Christian church that is important and essential in Christianity but it is the teaching of Christ Jesus.   And it was not His own will and plan that God's will and plan that made Christ Jesus preach to people.

Put simply, God used Christ Jesus, the Christian church, and the Bible.  So, if you concentrate on God directly, you may be allowed to neglect the Bible, the Christian church, and even Christ Jesus.  But if you deal directly God, you must be careful.  There is an example of Marcion:
Marcion of Sinope (c. 85 – c. 160) was an important figure in early Christianity. His theology rejected the deity described in the Hebrew Scriptures and in distinction affirmed the Father of Christ as the true God. The Church Fathers denounced Marcion, and he was excommunicated from the proto-orthodox church. He published his own list of New Testament books,[3] editing some (the Gospel of Luke) and rejecting other books of the New Testament making him a catalyst in speeding up the process of development of the New Testament canon by forcing the early Church to respond to his claims.
However, it looks reasonable to judge that God in the Old Testament is different from God in the New Testament.  Such a feeling is beyond any arguments in theology, but if Christ Jesus had said that His God was different from the God of Jewish priests of the Jerusalem Temple who tried to kill Him, every follower of Christ Jesus must have been highly confused.

But it must be still studied how God of the Old Testament became the God of the New Testament, since the mankind has no ability to fully understand God and God is almighty.  And it must be also studied why Marcion who thought the God of the New Testament was different from the God of the Old Testament chose only one Gospel among many: Luke.

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Mat 9:15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.
Mat 9:16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.

Friday, September 15, 2017

"the scribes questioning with them" - Laughing Christ in Gnosticism

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Laughing Christ in Gnosticism

Gnosticism texts show various responses to the emergence of Christianity among knowledgeable people around the second century, while Christianity was mainly preached to poor people without knowledge in Palestine and the Roman Empire since the first century.
Gnosticism ("having knowledge") is a modern name for a variety of ancient religious ideas and systems, originating in Jewish milieus in the first and second century AD. Based on their readings of the Torah and other Biblical writings,[specify] these systems induced that the material world is created by an emanation of the highest God, trapping the Divine spark within the human body. This Divine spark could be liberated by gnosis of this Divine spark.
No Gospels describe Christ Jesus laughing, but some Gnosticism texts present laughing Jesus:
The Sophia (Wisdom) of Jesus Christ 
After he rose from the dead, his twelve disciples and seven women continued to be his followers, and went to Galilee onto the mountain called "Divination and Joy". When they gathered together and were perplexed about the underlying reality of the universe and the plan, and the holy providence, and the power of the authorities, and about everything the Savior is doing with them in the secret of the holy plan, the Savior appeared - not in his previous form, but in the invisible spirit. And his likeness resembles a great angel of light. But his resemblance I must not describe. No mortal flesh could endure it, but only pure, perfect flesh, like that which he taught us about on the mountain called "Of the Olives" in Galilee. 
And he said: "Peace be to you, My peace I give you!" And they all marveled and were afraid. The Savior laughed and said to them: "What are you thinking about? Are you perplexed? What are you searching for?" 
Philip said: "For the underlying reality of the universe and the plan." 
The Savior said to them: "I want you to know that all men are born on earth from the foundation of the world until now, being dust, while they have inquired about God, who he is and what he is like, have not found him. Now the wisest among them have speculated from the ordering of the world and (its) movement. But their speculation has not reached the truth. For it is said that the ordering is directed in three ways, by all the philosophers, (and) hence they do not agree. For some of them say about the world that it is directed by itself. Others, that it is providence (that directs it). Others, that it is fate. But it is none of these. Again, of the three voices I have just mentioned, none is close to the truth, and (they are) from man. But I, who came from Infinite Light, I am here - for I know him (Light) - that I might speak to you about the precise nature of the truth. For whatever is from itself is a polluted life; it is self-made. Providence has no wisdom in it. And fate does not discern. But to you it is given to know; and whoever is worthy of knowledge will receive (it), whoever has not been begotten by the sowing of unclean rubbing but by First Who Was Sent, for he is an immortal in the midst of mortal men."
It was not only poor and illiterate people to whom Christianity was presented around the first and second centuries.  But there were many Roman citizens who had learnt Greek philosophy and other academic matters.  Poor people without education might simply accept the preaching by the Apostles and other early priests, but knowledgeable must have various intellectual resources to judge and assess the teaching of Christ Jesus.

Some of them must have tried to analyze, criticize, or even mock at early Christianity based on their intellectual ability.  Some of them must have even challenged leaders and priests of early Christianity by presenting their versions of Gospels.  And some Jewish scholars or priests might have worked out Gnostic texts to confuse early Christians with malicious intent.

However, Christianity cannot be an easy object of intellectual criticism and interpretation, and should not be subject to intellectual analysis and judgment.  Accordingly, Gnosticism could not became one of major streams of Christianity.

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Mar 9:14 And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.
Mar 9:15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

"Elias verily cometh first" - Jewish Priests among Cocasians and Japanese among Asians


Jewish Priests among Cocasians and Japanese among Asians

There are indeed some specific traits in genes and DNA in Jewish people.  One of them is Y-chromosome DNA Haplogroup J.

There is a group of genes in an organism that is inherited together from a single parent, and this group called Y-chromosome DNA haplogroup can be used to trace a patrilineage of a man.  And the type of Haplogroup J is believed to have evolved in Western Asia and suggest the existence of Y-chromosomal Aaron as the common ancestor of Jewish priests of today, although the Y-chromosome haplogroup originally started to evolve from Haplogroup A.

Haplogroup J is found mainly in the Middle East and South-East Europe, and the ratios of those among Jewish people who have this type of genes are as follow:

                                          Haplogroup J 
Ashkenazi Cohanim (AC): 87%  
Sephardic Cohanim (SC): 75%  
Ashkenazi Jews (AI):         37% 
Sephardic Jews (SI):         37%
Y-chromosomal Aaron is the name given to the hypothesized most recent common ancestor of the majority of the patrilineal Jewish priestly caste known as Kohanim (singular "Kohen", also spelled "Cohen"). According to the Hebrew Bible, this ancestor was Aaron, the brother of Moses. 
Although Jewish identity has, since at least the second century CE, been passed by matrilineal descent according to Orthodox tradition (see: Who is a Jew?), membership in the group that comprises the Jewish priesthood (Kehuna), has been determined by patrilineal descent (see Presumption of priestly descent). Modern Kohanim are regarded in Judaism as male descendants of biblical Aaron, a direct patrilineal descendant of Abraham, according to the lineage recorded in the Tanakh (שמות / Sh'mot/Exodus 6).
Molecular phylogenetics research published in 2013 and 2016 for haplogroup J-M267 places the Y-chromosomal Aaron within subhaplogroup Z18271, age estimate 2638-3280 years Before Present (yBP).
Specifically distribution of Haplogroup J in the world is as follows:

In this context, it might be said that Jewish priests of today are really descendants of their Jewish ancestors living in the central part of ancient civilizations of the mankind as indicated by the distribution of Haplogroup J that is believed to have emerged 48,000 years ago.

Furthermore, Y-chromosome DNA haplogroup studies have proved uniqueness of the Japanese race unlike Koreans, Chinese, and other races.

The Japanese race is characterized by a certain Y-chromosome DNA Haplogroup: Y-chromosome D.  Haplogroup D is found only in Japan, Tibet (not in the Chinese mainland), the Andaman Islands (in the Bay of Bengal).  Especially Haplogroup D1b is found only in Japan.  It tells that the Japanese race is inherently different from Koreans, Chinese, and any other races.

Specifically the state of distribution of Y-chromosome D in Asia is as follows:
Geographic distributions of Y chromosome haplogroups D-M174 in East Asia.png

More specifically the state of distribution of types of Y-chromosome DNA Haplogroup in East Asia is as follows:

The thick green in the above distribution circles indicates Haprogroup D1, while the light green indicates Haprogroup D2.

Haprogroup D is believed to have evolved in the regions through Africa, Iran, and Central Asia 60,000 years ago.  Although Tibetans and the Andaman Islanders have Haprogroup D, Haprogroup D1b characterizing only Japanese evolved and split from other D types 40,000 years ago.  Therefore, it is thought that there is no close relationship between Japanese and Tibetans and the Andaman Islanders at least in these 40,000 years.

This finding suggests that ancestors of the Japanese race reached the Japanese Archipelago before other Asians (the northern type with Haprogroup C and the southern type with Haprogroup O) came to dominate the Chinese continent and East Siberia, and their DNA traits are still dominant among the Japanese.

It also suggests that the Japanese language was established before Chinese and Korean.  The grammar of the Japanese language has common traits with some East Siberians' languages, but there are many Japanese words linked to those of Southeast Asians.   Probably, there must have been many Asians from Siberia to Southeast Asia who had Haprogroup D like Tibetans and Andaman Islanders, but they must have been overwhelmed by other Asians coming later with Haprogroup C or O.  But only Tibetans living in the very high places around Mt. Everest and Andaman Islanders living in remote islands from the Asian continent could preserve Haprogroup D like Japanese living in the east end of Asia.

Accordingly, although Japanese look similar to Koreans, Chinese and other East Asians and share some cultural aspects with them, Japanese are essentially different people from them, although Africans, Europeans, and others with Haprogroup J are essentially more different from East Asians.

In this way, Jewish priests of today are very different from Europeans, other Cocasians, and even other Judaists as they have specific Haprogroup J.

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Mar 9:12 And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought.
Mar 9:13 But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.

Monday, September 11, 2017

"the rising from the dead" - Abandonment and Adoption of the Language

Shibuya, Tokyo

Abandonment and Adoption of the Language

When checking the structure of the Indo-European language tree, the following points are noteworthy:
1. Greek and Latin (Italic) are in different groups.
2. Greek and Macedonian are in different groups.

It is interesting when looking back to the history of the ancient power shift from ancient Greeks to ancient Macedonians and to ancient Romans.  Any of these tribes abandoned its language and adopted a new language all through its history.

Indo-European Language Tree

And, it is also interesting that Jewish people in the diaspora after the Jewish-Roman wars around the first century totally abandoned Hebrew and adopted local European languages, Arabic, etc.

So, it can be assumed that Abraham and his clan abandoned Sumerian in their immigration to Palestine after the fall of the Sumerian kingdom where Sumerian was spoken, since they left Ur, the city of Sumerians in Mesopotamia, around 2000 BC.

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Mar 9:10 And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

"John have I beheaded" - Jesus Resurrected in the Flesh?

Haneda Airport on Tokyo Bay

Jesus Resurrected in the Flesh?

Christians are forced to especially recite a certain miracle of Christ Jesus: "Jesus resurrected in the flesh three days after the death on the crucifix."

If you don't believe and recite the miracle, you cannot be recognized as a Christian by the Vatican or other churches.  However, what does this belief have anything to do with one's belief in God, especially the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob?

For example, if a leader of a cult said that black is white and white is black, anybody who doesn't believe it would be rejected by the leader.  Put very skeptically, isn't the Christian creed a kind of test used to strengthen controlling power of a cult leader?

 Especially, the miracle is not described in the Gospel according to Mark that was written first among the four Gospels.

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Luk 9:7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead;
Luk 9:8 And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again.
Luk 9:9 And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

"preaching the gospel, and healing every where" - No Christians before the Fall of Jerusalem

Tokyo Bay

No Christians before the Fall of Jerusalem

Paul thought that the end of the (Jewish) world and the Last Judgment were really close.

Who influenced Paul so that Paul came to have this notion?  It must be Christ Jesus.

From the beginning Christ Jesus was a kind of priest and missionary of Judaism.  He did not work to launch a new religion but acted within the religious scope and paradigm of Judaism.  So, when Christ Jesus preached that the Last Judgment was near, it must be interrupted in the context of Judaism.

And indeed, the Jewish-Roman war erupted in 66, which resulted in defeat of Jewish insurgents against the Roman Empire and destruction of Jerusalem.  Eventually, Judaists were forced to leave Palestine and live in Diaspora.  This incident could be really called the end of the world for Judaists and the Last Judgement on the Jewish people.  In this context, the warning and prophecy by Jesus came true as Paul expected.

So, we had better think that there was no Christianity till the destruction of Jerusalem in the Jewish-Roman war that started in 66.  Christ Jesus was a missionary of Judaism but not Christianity, since Christianity started 30 years after the Crucifixion of Christ Jesus.  Accordingly, Christianity started after the martyrdom of Paul (and Peter) that happened before the Jewish Roman war.

As the Christian Bible includes the Old Testament, Christianity from the birth of Christ Jesus to the Jewish Roman war was actually Judaism before the Diaspora.   Real Christianity started after the fulfillment of the prophecy by Christ Jesus and the foresight of Paul that the end of the world and the Last Judgment should happen soon, which actually occurred 30 years or one generation after the Crucifixion or the end of the mission of Christ Jesus.  

Accordingly, the Gospels of Mark, Luke, and Mathew that must have been written before the Jewish-Roman war were rather holy books in the last period of Judaism before the Diaspora than the holy books in the earliest period of Christianity.

The Jewish-Roman war and the fall of Jerusalem must have a huge impact not only on Judaists in the first century but also on the early followers of Christ Jesus' teaching (though they believed that they belonged to Judaism).   But this great shock is not reflected in  the Gospels of Mark, Luke, and Mathew.  Only the Gospel according to John reflected this radical impact.  The followers of Christ Jesus' teaching could not rely on any merits or traditions of Judaism any more, since the Last Judgment on Judaists came true.  Accordingly, John wrote a Gospel of his version based on this notion.  That is why the Gospel according to John is separated from the synoptic Gospels according to Mark, Luke, and Mathew.

Conversely, the synoptic Gospels according to Mark, Luke, and Mathew were written before the Jewish-Roman war when Christianity was not yet established but followers of Christ Jesus' teaching and Christ Jesus Himself believed they were part of Judaists and followers of Judaism.  However, the Gospel according to John which must have been written in awe in the aftermath of the destruction of Jerusalem in the Jewish-Roman war was the real first holy book of Christianity.  In this sense, even the letters by Paul included in the New Testament belonged to the (Christian) era before real Christianity.  

To try to feel the great magnitude of impact Judaists and followers of Christ Jesus' teaching felt when they saw the fall of Jerusalem in the Jewish-Roman war must be the first step to understand Christianity.  Christ Jesus Himself, Paul, and early followers of Christ Jesus' teaching were all actually Judaists before the fall of Jerusalem.

Put simply, there were no Christians but only Judaists before the fall of Jerusalem in the Jewish-Roman war.   Therefore, the Gospels according to Mark, Luke, and Mathew were written by Judaists but he Gospel according to John was written by a Christian.

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Luk 9:6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
Luk 9:7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead;

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

"I am the light of the world" - God's Judgment More Likely Coming Soon


God's Judgment More Likely Coming Soon

Suppose that God created this universe and the mankind, how could He leave the mankind without recognition of, respect for, and faith in Him?

Since the beginning of the history of the mankind, the God must have been carefully watching the mankind in terms of when the mankind realized God, how and how much it showed respect for God, and what religion it would establish to practice its faith in God.

There have been various religions since the beginning of the establishment of the human species.  The mankind believed various gods in the past.  However, it looks true that today most members of the mankind have come to believe that it is the God of Judaists, Christians, and Muslims if true God should ever exist.  But does the spiritual situation of the mankind today look satisfactory to God?

Judaism/Christianity belief miraculously started from the very connecting point between Africa, Europe, and Asia, which is today called Palestine.  And, people who believed God of Judaists and Christians eventually came to build dominant civilization called the western civilization.  But, there is one important factor for this civilization to conquer the world: America that came to emerge in the human history 500 years ago.

Before Columbus reached the new world, America, around 1500, the superiority of the western civilization had not been  evident, while Africans had nothing to do with any advanced material civilization, Muslims were controlling the areas around the Mediterranean and the Middle East, Hindus were active in India and around South Asia, and China and Japan were far from Europe, although the Vatican had established its authority in the post-Roman Europe.

Since around 1500, Christianity started to fully spread outside Europe along with Europeans' colonization of Americas, Africa, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, part of China, and the Pacific region, including Australia.  So, if Europeans' conquest of the world had been perfect in these 500 years, all Africans, Asians, and other peoples, even including Muslims, must have had one common faith in God as God must have wished when he had created the universe and the mankind.

But in 500 years since 1500 when America was discovered by European Christians; the Vatican started to build the Saint Peter's Basilica; Protestantism was launched by Martin Luther; and the printing technology started to contribute to wider diffusion of the Bible in the general public, full and complete integrity of religions and common faith in God have not been realized in the world.

Today, Judaists do not accept Christianity; Muslims even deny some aspects of the western civilization, sticking to their religion; Hinduism is prevalent in India even after centuries of British colonization; most of South East Asians are practicing Buddhism after centuries of Europeans' colonization; China is actually suppressing Christianity; and Japanese are not interested in Christian churches while Africans are actually influenced more negatively than positively by Europeans.
Put simply, the mankind with various religions and faith has not yet consolidated its religion for only and one God.  If this universe and the mankind were created by only and one God, how can He allow the mankind to believe in other gods than Himself?

The people whoever have true faith in this God must have been expected or allowed by the God to establish the most advanced, powerful, and effective civilization with which they could spread their religion and faith in the world.  So, Europeans and Americans built the modern western civilization that spread in these 500 years based on their religion and thus are obliged to promote faith in God in other peoples.  However, without realizing their holy duty or understanding this divine will, Europeans and Americans have pursued their own interest, but not God's interest, by sacrificing other peoples through cruel enslavement of Africans, brutal colonization of Asia, cultural destruction of native Americans and the Pacific people as well as economic exploitation of Muslims most of whom live oil-rich nations.      

In 2000 years after the birth of Christ Jesus or 500 years after the start of the modern era, the mankind has shown its failure before God's expectation as above stated.   Will God give another 2000 years or 500 years for the mankind to achieve realization of the common faith in God?  Or isn't it more likely that God judges the mankind soon or later and finally put an end to material prosperity without true faith of the mankind that is no use for God, the Creator of the universe and the mankind?

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Joh 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

Monday, September 04, 2017

"the seal of God in their foreheads" - Protestant Spread in the World

The Tokyo Skytree Tower 30 Km Far

Mt. Tsukuba 60 Km Far

Protestant Spread in the World

The world seems to be accepting Protestantism more than the Vatican expects it to be.

Countries by percentage of Protestants in 1938 and 2010. Pentecostal and Evangelical Protestant denominations fueled much of the growth in Africa and Latin America. 

The Papal authority was one of major reasons that Japan rejected Christianity and forbade Christian missionaries coming into Japan in the early 17th century.  But if Protestants had been engaged in missions in Japan at the period, the then Samurai regime of Japan might have allowed them to propagate Christianity of the Protestant version in Japan.   If so, there should not have been national isolation of Japan between the early 17th century and the middle of 19th century.

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Rev 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

"with him Peter, and James, and John" - In the Beginning of the Material Universe

Around the Imperial Palace, Tokyo

In the Beginning of the Material Universe

In the beginning of the universe, electrons e(-) and positrons e(+) were created almost in the same number.  They collided to disappear leaving light.  But it is said that because the number of electrons was a little more than that of positrons, electrons remained to form atoms with protons, thus leading to the formation of this material world.

e(-) + e(+) --> Light(0)

However, there is one miraculous condition that the amount of electric charge of an electron is equal to that of a proton, so that each atom is essentially neutral in terms of electric charge.  A proton consists of three quarks each of which has nothing to do with an electron but has a specific electric charge, respectively.  When these three quarks build a proton, the total electric charge is the same amount of that of an electron, though, with an opposite sign.

It is truly strange.

However, a proton is predicted to decay into one positron and one neutral pion which decays into tow photons (particles of light) over a long period of more than 10^30 years.  It tells that a proton consists of one positron and light, so that it suggests that the electric charge of a proton comes from that of the positron.

p(+) --> e(+) + pi(0) --> e(+) + 2 photons (Light[0])

So, there is a following possibility:
In the beginning of the universe, electrons e(-) and positrons e(+) were created almost in the same number.  But positrons were combined with neutral pions (made of photons) to form protons while carrying their electric charge into protons.  Accordingly, atoms neutral in terms of electric charge could be built with protons and electrons.  Positrons did not disappear due to collision with electrons but survived in protons.

Light --> e(-) + e(+)

e(+) + 2 photons (Light[0]) --> p(+)

p(+) + e(-) --> Atom(0)

Atoms --> Molecules --> Materials

Physicists may find new theory to eventually support the above scenario at the beginning of the material universe.

Anyway it is reasonable that light is the source of materials in this universe because light seems to directly reflect the glory of God in this universe.

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Mar 9:2 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.
Mar 9:3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.
Mar 9:4 And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.

Friday, September 01, 2017

"seen the kingdom of God come with power" - Handling of the Word Jews in the Gospels

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Handling of the Word Jews in the Gospels

There are four Gospels: Mark, Luke, Matthew, and John.  But the former three Gospels are different from the last one John, so accordingly they are called the synoptic gospels.

If an author of a Gospel was a Judaist, he would not use the word Jews when describing people around Christ Jesus or those concerned in scenes in his Gospel, since it is a matter of course that the Gospel tells events in Palestine.

But, when counting the number of the word Jews in each Gospel, it becomes clear that Mark, Luke, and Mathew are very different from John.  Indeed, the results of the search for the word Jews in the Gospels are as follows:
Mark 7:3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.
Mark 15:2 And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto them, Thou sayest it.
Mark 15:9 But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
Mark 15:12 And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?
Mark 15:18 And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!
Mark 15:26 And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Luke 7:3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.
Luke 23:3 And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it.
Luke 23:37 And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
Luke 23:38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Luke 23:51 (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.
Matthew 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Matthew 27:11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.
Matthew 27:29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
Matthew 27:37 And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Matthew 28:15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
John 1:19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?
John 2:6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
John 2:13 And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
John 2:18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?
John 2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
John 3:25 Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.
John 4:9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
John 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
John 5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
John 5:10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.
John 5:15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.
John 5:16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.
John 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
John 6:4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.
John 6:41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.
John 6:52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
John 7:1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.
John 7:11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?
John 7:13 Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.
John 7:15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?
John 7:35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles?
John 8:22 Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.
John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
John 8:48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?
John 8:52 Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.
John 8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
John 9:18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.
John 9:22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.
John 10:19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.
John 10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
John 10:31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
John 10:33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
John 11:8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?
John 11:19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
John 11:31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.
John 11:33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.
John 11:36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!
John 11:45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.
John 11:54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.
John 11:55 And the Jews' passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.
John 12:9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
John 12:11 Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.
John 13:33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.
John 18:12 Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him,
John 18:14 Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.
John 18:20 Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.
John 18:31 Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death:
John 18:33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?
John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
John 18:38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.
John 18:39 But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
John 19:3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.
John 19:7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.
John 19:12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.
John 19:14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!
John 19:19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
John 19:20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
John 19:21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.
John 19:31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
John 19:38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.
John 19:40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
John 19:42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.
John 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
Mark uses the word Jews six time; Luke five times; and Mathew five times.  But John uses the word Jews 44 times.

It suggests indeed that Mark, Luke, and Mathew were written by Jewish authors for readers including Jewish people, but John was written by somebody not Jewish or who tried not to look Jewish for non-Jewish readers.

Especially, the following sentences including the wort Jews in John are controversial:
John 19:7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.
John 19:12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.

These sentences in John made Judaists enemies of Christians in later centuries.  It is also important that John became the source of Christian theology, which was established a few centuries later after the completion of John, that Christ Jesus was God.

Put simply, there are problems in John because it uses the word Jews so often and it became the source of Vatican's theology that Christ Jesus was God.

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Mar 9:1 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

"an herd of many swine feeding" - Anger of Christ Jesus

Tokyo Bay

Anger of Christ Jesus

Christ Jesus showed anger in some occasions when a certain handicapped man asked healing from Him.
In Mark 1:41, a leper has approached Jesus seeking to be healed. Most Greek manuscripts (the New Testament was originally written in Greek), as well as later translations, say that Jesus was moved with compassion and healed the man. A few manuscripts, however, say that Jesus’ anger was kindled before he healed him. So did the verse mean to convey Jesus’ anger or his compassion?
This now leaves the other Greek manuscript, the fifth-century C.E. Codex Bezae, as the sole Greek witness to the reading expressing Jesus’ “anger.” Much like the cheese in “The Farmer in the Dell,” Codex Bezae stands alone.

But most interesting of all, the Codex Bezae may in fact have the better (i.e., original) reading. As New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman pointed out in a 2005 article in Bible Review, “one factor in favor of the ‘angry’ reading is that it sounds wrong.”**It is much easier to believe that early scribes were troubled by Jesus’ anger and changed it to his feeling compassion, rather than the other way around. Later scribes also would have preferred the easier “compassion” reading and copied it until it became the more popular reading. (As Ehrman explains, there are other passages in the Gospel of Mark that seem to support the reading conveying Jesus’ anger.) Thus does Codex Bezae now stand as a lonely witness to what is very likely the original Greek text of Mark 1:41.
So, in this case, we had better think that Christ Jesus got angry when the leper approached Christ Jesus to ask healing from Him.   And His anger must have been so clear that a certain disciple who observed the incident could find it.  But why did Christ Jesus get angry?

First of all, Christ Jesus said that there were no good persons except God who was only good.  Therefore even some handicapped men or sick men could be controlled by Satan to be evil.

If such an evil handicapped or sick person asked help from Christ Jesus, there must have been ill motivation behind the act.  He or she might approach Christ Jesus with an intention to test Him rather than to be blessed and healed by Him.  In that case, although Christ Jesus could heal the person and actually healed him or her, He had to show His mind that He could see through evil in hi or her mind.  So, Christ Jesus must have looked showing anger to a certain disciple who was observing the incident.

Even evil handicapped or ill persons came to ask help from Jesus, though, with an evil intention to test Christ Jesus.  Accordingly Christ Jesus looked or got angry.

But if a disciple or a follower of Christ Jesus had sensed anger in the face of Christ Jesus, he must have put more words to explain why He looked angry when he wrote the original Gospel of Mark, since it was rare that Christ Jesus got angry and the situation was a little complicated.  Indeed, most of those who copied the original Gospel could not understand the situation and the mind of Christ Jesus so that they changed the word anger to compassion.

It tells that there is a strong possibility that the original Gospel of Mark was based on an original document written by Christ Jesus Himself.  When Jesus wrote the document, He must have remembered His own anger when He encountered such a handicapped or ill person haunted by Satan.  Accordingly Jesus used the word anger in describing these incidents, while remembering how He felt on those occasions.  

Mar 1:40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
Mar 1:41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
Mar 1:42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.
Mar 1:43 And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away;
Mar 1:44 And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

It is very likely a priest with evil spirit tried to test Christ Jesus by using the leper, which Christ Jesus saw through with anger.

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Mat 8:30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.
Mat 8:31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.
Mat 8:32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.

Monday, August 28, 2017

"there met him two possessed with devils" - Review on the Success and Failure of the Vatican

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Review on the Success and Failure of the Vatican

The success of the Vatican has been realized by three elements: the simple but rigorous theology (the Trinity, etc.), the effective liturgy, and the hierarchical rule by the church.

The Vatican is a religious organization but not an academic one.  So, the Vatican can be more political than academic.  It is not an organization to pursue truth but to practice its religious activities in the human society.  Its organization was established to propagate its theology more than for any other purposes.  And, the Vatican has put the highest priority on protection and expansion of its organization.

However, Christ Jesus did not come to this world to establish Christianity or the Vatican.  He came to this world to save poor people, preach teachings of God, and correct the status of Judaism.  Christ Jesus had not support from any organizations such as the Vatican, though He was supported by God.

But after Christ Jesus ended His mission in this world after the Crucifixion, the Apostles and other leaders of the early Christianity started their missions to propagate His teaching.  As a result, the Vatican was eventually established.  But the Vatican has not been based on the spirit of the mission of Christ Jesus, since its success is based on the simple but rigorous theology, the effective liturgy, and the hierarchical rule by the church.  The Vatican should have been solely based on the teaching of Christ Jesus that does not even need the simple but rigorous theology, the effective liturgy, and the hierarchical rule by the church.

Accordingly, around 600 when this characteristics of the Vatican was fixed after the Roman Empire adopted Christianity for its state religion, the Vatican survived the fall of the Roman Empire, and the Vatican started to pursue territorial power and wield political influence, relying on the simple but rigorous theology, the effective liturgy, and the hierarchical rule by the church, God gave Islam to the Arabs, the people who had been fighting and competing with the Roman Empire.  It tells that God judged that the Vatican failed around 600.

The Vatican should not rely on  the simple but rigorous theology, the effective liturgy, and the hierarchical rule by the church but allow people and the followers to observe theology, liturgies, and management of the church in a freer manner in their obedience to the words of God and Christ Jesus.

The Vatican has been functioning based on the theology, the liturgies, and the rule formulated by church leaders, namely human beings, for these 2000 years.  It is time to stop it and come back to the words of God and Christ Jesus.  This can apply to all the other church organizations than the Vatican.

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Mat 8:28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
Mat 8:29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

Friday, August 25, 2017

"he put his hands again upon his eyes" - Abraham, originally Sumerian but not Semitic


Abraham, originally Sumerian but not Semitic

Abraham and his father Terah left Ur under control of Sumerians around 2000 BC when the Sumerian Kingdom was about to collapse.

It is as if the clan of Abraham had decided to flee from the falling kingdom of Sumerians.  After the Sumerian dominance, a Semitic tribe,  Akkad, occupied Mesopotamia.  And then, Babylonia was established with its capital in Babylon around 1900 BC.
c. 2047–1940 BC (short chronology)
Later, the 3rd dynasty of Ur under Ur-Nammu and Shulgi, whose power extended as far as southern Assyria, was the last great "Sumerian renaissance", but already the region was becoming more Semitic than Sumerian, with the resurgence of the Akkadian speaking Semites in Assyria and elsewhere, and the influx of waves of Semitic Martu (Amorites) who were to found several competing local powers in the south, including Isin, Larsa, Eshnunna and some time later Babylonia. The last of these eventually came to briefly dominate the south of Mesopotamia as the Babylonian Empire, just as the Old Assyrian Empire had already done so in the north from the late 21st century BC. The Sumerian language continued as a sacerdotal language taught in schools in Babylonia and Assyria, much as Latin was used in the Medieval period, for as long as cuneiform was utilized.
But this city Babylon was not respected by descendants of Abraham:
Babylonia, and particularly its capital city Babylon, has long held a place in the Abrahamic religions as a symbol of excess and dissolute power. Many references are made to Babylon in the Bible, both literally (historical) and allegorically. The mentions in the Tanakh tend to be historical or prophetic, while New Testament apocalyptic references to the Whore of Babylon are more likely figurative, or cryptic references possibly to pagan Rome, or some other archetype. The legendary Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Tower of Babel are seen as symbols of luxurious and arrogant power respectively.

If Abraham and his clan had continued to stay around Ur after power shifted from Sumerians to Semitic Akkadians and Babylonians, they must have respected Babylon.

But as the Bible depicts Babylon as a symbol of corruption, it can be thought that Abraham and his clan hated the influence of Semitic dominance and accordingly they left Ur to eventually Canaan.  It suggests that Abraham and his clan were originally Sumerian.

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Mar 8:25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.
Mar 8:26 And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.

"Master, master, we perish" - Suspicion of Sincerity and Passion of the Vatican


Suspicion of Sincerity and Passion of the Vatican

It is strange that the Vatican does not have original documents of the Gospels, the letters written by Paul, etc.

The Vatican or the early Christian church in Rome was attacked severely sometimes by the Roman authority before the Roman Empire adopted Christianity as its state religion.  But original documents  or early copies of them must have been able to be hidden and preserved by leaders or members of the church.

The manuscripts of the New Testament that are handled as standards to prove correctness and truthfulness of the contents and words of the New Testament are those manually copied in the 4th century.
The Codex Vaticanus (The Vatican, Bibl. Vat., Vat. gr. 1209; no. B or 03 Gregory-Aland, δ 1 von Soden) is one of the oldest extant manuscripts of the Greek Bible (Old and New Testament), one of the four great uncial codices.[1] The Codex is named after its place of conservation in the Vatican Library, where it has been kept since at least the 15th century.[2] It is written on 759 leaves of vellum in uncial letters and has been dated palaeographically to the 4th century. 
The manuscript became known to Western scholars as a result of correspondence between Erasmus and the prefects of the Vatican Library. Portions of the codex were collated by several scholars, but numerous errors were made during this process. The Codex's relationship to the Latin Vulgate was unclear and scholars were initially unaware of the Codex's value.[5] This changed in the 19th century when transcriptions of the full codex were completed.[1] It was at that point that scholars realised the text differed significantly from the Textus Receptus. 
Most current scholars consider the Codex Vaticanus to be one of the best Greek texts of the New Testament,[3] with the Codex Sinaiticus as its only competitor. Until the discovery by Tischendorf of the Sinaiticus text, the Codex was unrivaled.[7] It was extensively used by Westcott and Hort in their edition of The New Testament in the Original Greek in 1881.[3] The most widely sold editions of the Greek New Testament are largely based on the text of the Codex Vaticanus.
Generally speaking, the Gospels tell who Christ Jesus was and what He did.  But the Vatican established its foundation by preaching teaching of God or God Himself in addition to its thrology, although they eventually regarded Christ Jesus as God.  And, the Vatican did not encourage people to read the Gospels.  Only church leaders and elites of the society in the Roman Empire and the post-Roman Europe could read and write, so that most of European Christians before the invention of the printing technology by Gutenberg and translation of Greek or Latin Gospels into local European languages by Martin Luther, etc. since around 1500 did not even read the Bible.

The Vatican does not have original Gospels or copies of them made in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd century, and it did not encourage people to read the Gospels through the Middle Ages.  Put extremely, it raises the suspicion of authenticity, sincerity and passion of the Vatican to propagate Christianity in these 2000 years.

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Luk 8:24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.
Luk 8:25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.