Wednesday, March 29, 2017

"Matthat, which was the son of Levi" - Parts in the Holy Books Influenced by Satan


Parts in the Holy Books Influenced by Satan

There had been many tribes that believed in various gods.  Hebrews also believed in a god and only one god.

The God of Hebrews turned to be the true God of the mankind as He became the God of Christians and later of Muslims.

God never changes, but the relationships between God and people can change.

God of Hebrews or Judaists just protected them even by helping them destroy and kill their enemy tribes.  But God of Christians said to love their enemies.  Nonetheless, God of Muslims cursed non-believers.

Everything changes, but the world of God never changes.  However, people interpret the world of God in a very different manner depending on time, a location, and circumstances.  And, people have to know what God says through holy books unless they are directly spoken to by God.  Accordingly, we have to check, examine, and study the holy books as to whether or not any parts of them were influenced by Satan.  But, we have to believe that if there were any parts influenced  by Satan, still God can use them for His holy purpose.

If there were any parts in the holy books influenced by Satan, it must have been included in the holy books for some mysterious intention of God.  This must be an attitude we have to take to show our trust in God.

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Luk 3:29 Which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi,
Luk 3:30 Which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim,

Monday, March 27, 2017

"No man can enter into a strong man's house" - Respect the Divine Trinity Theory

Tokyo Bay

Respect the Divine Trinity Theory

In any part of the Gospels Christ Jesus said that He was God.  However, Christianity is based on the belief that Christ Jesus is God.

Judaists cannot accept such an idea.  It is impossible for them to accept any Judaist including Jesus as God.  Even Muslims cannot accept Christ Jesus as God, though they believe that Jesus was one of great prophets.

It is interesting that while it was easier to think that God sent His son to the mankind with support of a holy spirit and they were all independent, Christians built a theory that God, His son (Jesus) and the holy spirit were one in their nature.  Therefore, they believe that Christ Jesus is God.

There are many mysteries in this world and the universe.  We cannot yet clearly explain why this universe was formed as it is now.  We cannot yet clearly explain why vacuum energy had existed before this universe started to be formed.

So, even if we cannot explain why the divine trinity is a right theory, it might be true.  And, in case that it is true, the mankind had better respect the theory, since the issue is directly related to God and the greatest saint Jesus.
The Christian doctrine of the Trinity (Latin: Trinitas, lit. 'triad', from trinus, "threefold")[2] holds that God is three consubstantial persons[3] or hypostases[4]—the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit—as "one God in three Divine Persons". The three persons are distinct, yet are one "substance, essence or nature" (homoousios).[5] In this context, a "nature" is what one is, whereas a "person" is who one is. 
In addition, the Old Testament has also been interpreted as foreshadowing the Trinity,[102] by referring to God's word,[Ps 33:6] his spirit,[Isa 61:1] and Wisdom,[Prov 9:1] as well as narratives such as the appearance of the three men to Abraham.[Gen 18][103] However, it is generally agreed among Trinitarian Christian scholars that it would go beyond the intention and spirit of the Old Testament to correlate these notions directly with later Trinitarian doctrine.

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Mar 3:27 No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.
Mar 3:28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:
Mar 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

"between some of John's disciples and the Jews" - Question about Resurrected Jesus

Tsukiji Wholesale Market, Tokyo

Question about Resurrected Jesus

Christ Jesus resurrected or came back to life after the Crucifixion.  And, He ate fish and honeycomb.

Luk 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
Luk 24:40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
Luk 24:41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
Luk 24:42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
Luk 24:43 And he took it, and did eat before them.

So, physically he came back to life.  But Christ Jesus never repeated His mission in the same manner that he had preached before the arrest, trial, and execution.  Instead, reportedly He, with His physical body,  ascended to Heaven.  But why?

So, most of Bible readers must think that Christ Jesus eventually died, since He only appeared several times to His disciples after the Resurrection.

But even if Christ Jesus repeated His mission like he had done before the Crucifixion, He should have been arrested again and this time He might have been beheaded like John the Baptist.  So, He had to leave Jerusalem and even Galilee.  Yet, He could have traveled preaching like Paul or Peter.  If resurrected Christ Jesus had launched a new mission, all the people must have admitted that He had really come back to life from the death.  But, He had eventually gone somewhere or ascended to Heaven.

So, we have to think about why resurrected Jesus did not repeat His mission like Paul or Peter.   Then, there must not be any controversy about His resurrection.  More people must believe in Christianity with more confidence.

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Joh 3:25 Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.
Joh 3:26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.
Joh 3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

Friday, March 24, 2017

"all the prophets from Samuel" - Christ Jesus as a Great Teacher of Morality

Mountain Area Northwest of Tokyo

Christ Jesus as a Great Teacher of Morality

The Gospel according to Luke was written in Rome while Paul and Peter were there.

Luke was intended to help Romans understand Christianity, so that the Roman authority would not regard Christianity as a dangerous cult.  However, the Gospel must have provoked some Romans and even Emperor Nero.

Luk 6:24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
Luk 6:25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
Luk 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

These passages in Luke are clearly against the value system of Romans.  The teachings of Christ Jesus introduced in Luke  were clearly against the rulers of this world including the Roman Empire.
Luke needed to define the position of Christians in relation to two political and social entities, the Roman Empire and Judaism. Regarding the Empire Luke makes clear that, while Christians are not a threat to the established order, the rulers of this world hold their power from Satan, and the essential loyalty of Christ's followers is to God and this world will be the kingdom of God, ruled by Christ the King.

So, eventually the Roman authority came to regard Christians as their enemies.  Especially Empire Nero who loved  luxury and riches must have felt that he was criticized.  And, it is very likely that some Roman officials or Nero himself read the following sentence.

Luk 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?  

So, when a big fire occurred in Rome, Nero accused Christians of arson.

Luke and other Gospels contributed propagation of Christianity among Roman citizens, but the Gospels also provoked Roman emperors and elites, resulting in severe persecution sometimes.

In this context, the core of Christianity is not theology but an ethic or morality, since the Roman authorities were tolerant to religions but they could not yield to a high-level of requests to abandon worldly wealth and have righteous lives.  

This applies even to today's situations.  Some people, including priests and bishops, learn well religious aspects of Christianity with detailed knowledge but do not have a high-level of morality.

Even if you have no ethic, you can learn any religion, including Christianity, as a target of your intellectual work.  However, Christ Jesus was first of all a great teacher of morality.

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Act 3:24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
Act 3:25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
Act 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea" - Mark and Literacy of 1st-Century Judaists

The Sea of Japan

Mark and Literacy of 1st-Century Judaists

The Dead Sea Scrolls (found in Qumran caves), the the Nag Hammadi library (found in upper Egypt), and inscriptions on the ossuaries (found around Jerusalem) all suggested that there were a significant number of Judaists who could read or write in the first century.

It means that most probably Christ Jesus could read and write.  However there are some scholars who claim that Christ Jesus must not have been able to read and write.  In such a claim, they injured reputation and holiness of Christ Jesus.  Nonetheless, there must have been much more people who could not read and write in Palestine and the Roman Empire at the time.  Jesus Christ had more concern with those poor people, so that He directly spoke and preached to them.

But it does not mean that no followers of Christ Jesus took a note of His words, although there are no such descriptions in the Gospels.  Nonetheless it was about 30 years after the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ Jesus that the Gospels were written.  So, it is one of big mysteries of Christianity why no followers, no Apostles, and no disciples of Christ Jesus would not write a gospel on Christ Jesus till decades had passed since the death of Christ Jesus.

Even the Gospels according to Mark, Luke, Mathew and John were written in Greek but not Aramaic, the prevalent language in Palestine at the time.  It means that these Gospels were not written under authority of the early Christian church in Jerusalem.  For example, although Mark wrote his Gospel in Greek mainly targeting Roman citizens, he might have written an Aramaic version of his Gospel and sent it to  the Christian church in Jerusalem for obtaining authorization or official approval, since it is apparent that at the time the Jewish-Roman War did not break out yet and the Christian church in Jerusalem was functioning as the center of Christians or Christian Judaists.  It also suggests that Christian authority in Jerusalem was against an idea of writing Gospels.

One of the key factors is that Christian Judaists thought that the end of the world was near, since Christ Jesus as a prophet came to them for preaching that the judgment day and the end of the world were close.  So, Christ Jesus said to repent before being judged by God.  If the end of the world was so near, it would not have much meaning to write Gospels about Christ Jesus.  Christian Judaists must have been busy preparing themselves or other Judaists for the end of the world.

But the end of the world had not come for 30 years after the death Christ Jesus.  The focus must have shifted from preparation for the end of the world to understanding what Christ Jesus said and what Christ Jesus was.  Especially gentiles or Roman citizens must have needed to know what Christ Jesus said and what Christ Jesus was before they started to believe in the saint of Judaists. 

So, whatever the direct reason for Mark's writing a Gospel, an idea of writing a Gospel came to be accepted by Christian Judaists living in Rome and other regions in the Empire far from Jerusalem.

But, writing a Gospel about Christ Jesus without consent of the church in Jerusalem means a start of separation from the church in Jerusalem.  Peter and even Paul could not explicitly support such a movement.  Therefore, these Gospels did not mention that they were realized by support from Peter and Paul.  It also means that there was a crucial reason for Mark to write the first Gospel even taking a risk of sparking fury of Christian Judaists in the church of Jerusalem.

Or at least, Mark wrote his Gospel by permission of Peter, the leader among Apostles, since Mark is said to have been an interpreter of Peter.  Then why did Peter give permission to Mark, while he knew that it was against the will of the church of Jerusalem?

The biggest factor to consider is the coming trial of Paul.  To save Paul from persecution by the Roman authority in the trial, Peter allowed Mark to write the Gospel.  Indeed, Paul had been indicted due to opposition to his teaching from non-Christian Judaists, Mark had to clearly explain why Paul had been accused by non-Christian Judaists like Christ Jesus Himself had faced antagonism of some non-Christian Judaists.  And Mark also intended to explain what Christ Jesus had done in Palestine to the Roman authority, proving that Christ Jesus was not a dangerous man to the Roman Empire.

 The Gospel according to Mark was essentially written to save Paul in the trial.  So, the Gospel was intended to be read by Roman elites who had compassion to Paul and other Christians and who might have some influence on Emperor Nero and other Roman authorities.  Therefore, the Gospel did not explain the teaching of Christ Jesus in a detailed manner or the human backgrounds of  Christ Jesus, since Roman authorities were interested only in whether or not Christ Jesus and thus Paul were dangerous in their religious activities to the Empire.    
Another point is that Mark should have relied on a certain source document that reported the activities of Christ Jesus in His mission, not only relying on Peter's memory.  The source document, probably in Aramaic, which was actually translated into Greek by Mark, must have been written by somebody closer to Christ Jesus than Peter.  And the mystery remains about who the author of the source document was, although there must have been not a few Judaists with literacy ability at the time especially around Jerusalem and Qumran.

So, it is no wonder if the author of the source document for Mark was Christ Jesus Himself.

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Joh 3:22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.
Joh 3:23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.
Joh 3:24 For John was not yet cast into prison.

"he that doeth truth cometh to the light" - Another Religion to the Mankind

Local Area Northwest of Tokyo

Another Religion to the Mankind

There is a theory that it was Judaists but not early Christians that severed the tie between Judasim and Christianity after the Jewish-Roman War.

Judaists had to reorganize its religion since it lost the temple in Jerusalem while Judaism at the time was structured around the temple.  Through its reorganization, new Judaism came to disqualify Christian Judaists, namely Judaists who accepted the teaching of Christ Jesus and followed Him.    Accordingly, while Christians included the Old Testament in its holy books,  Judaists came to totally neglect Christianity.

It means that Judaism split into two in the first century: Christianity and new Judaism.  Indeed, if there had been no Jewish-Roman War and the temple of Jerusalem had continued to function as the center of Judaism, there should have been Christian Judaists for centuries or even to date.

Conversely, for Christianity to be completely separated from old Judaism, the Jewish-Roman War had to erupt and the temple of Jerusalem had to be destroyed.

This providence is very profound.  God probably intended to use Christianity as a common religion of the mankind, since Judaism lacked something important to the eyes of God.  For this purpose, Christianity had to be separated from Judaism.

But, God also gave Islam, another religion subject to the same God of Judaists and Christians, to Arabs, etc. in the 7th century.  It is as if God had judged that there were some deficiencies in Christianity around the 7th century.

And, there is no denying that God might further give another religion to the mankind that is subject to the same God as that of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, since Islam cannot completely complement Judaism and Christianity.

Or is the mankind expected to read the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Koran on the same level and with the same passion to each?

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Joh 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Monday, March 20, 2017

"the multitude cometh together again" - Mystery of St. Paul

Mountainous Area North of Tokyo

Mystery of St. Paul

Paul is a key person in establishment of Christianity.  A half of the documents included in the New Testament is said to have been written by Paul.  But Paul was not the direct follower of Christ Jesus.  He never saw or heard Christ Jesus preaching in his life.  But Paul became the most influential person in early Christianity.  Why?  This is one of the most crucial mysteries of Christianity.

It is said the one day Paul encountered the Spirit of Christ Jesus.  Then, Paul suddenly became the passionate follower of Christ Jesus, though he had been persecuting followers of Christ Jesus before the incident.

How could a man who had hated a saint turn to be a passionate follower of the saint only because he encountered the Spirit of the saint.  Moreover, Paul developed and expanded contents of the teaching of Christ Jesus to the extent that he could teach the theology of Christianity to other Judaists and Roman citizens.

Paul did not know what Christ Jesus said and preached. But suddenly he became a fluent interpreter of the words of Christ Jesus, and Paul became a teacher to others.  While Paul did not know the background, circumstances, and contents of the mission of Christ Jesus, how could he become a master of Christianity?

Paul must have learnt about who Christ Jesus was and what He was in a detailed manner somewhere.  Otherwise, Paul could not have taught Christianity to others with such confidence.

It is reported by Paul himself that he spent three years in Arabia after his encounter with the Spirit of Christ Jesus on his way to Damascus for arresting and punishing Christians.  And then he returned to Damascus to preach the Gospel.  But he faced a threat on his life by his old fellows.  So he fled to Jerusalem to meet Peter and James, a brother of Christ Jesus.  Paul spent 15 days with them and left for his home town in today's Turkey and Antiochia in today's Syria.

Paul did not go to Jerusalem to meet Peter and James for the purpose of learning about Christ Jesus from them.  It means that Paul had enough knowledge about Christ Jesus.  So, where did he learn about Christ Jesus?  It must be in "Arabia."  But it doesn't make any sense since there were no Apostles or Jesus' family members in "Arabia" who could teach the life, the mission, and the teaching of Christ Jesus to Paul.

The only reasonable judgment is that Paul went to Qumran where Essenes lived and practiced their school of Judaism.   And in Qumran, there was somebody who could teach the life, the mission, and the teaching of Christ Jesus to Paul.  Having learnt in Qumran for three years, Paul got knowledge and religious contents as much as Peter and other disciples who had actually followed Christ Jesus.  So, Paul could stand on  even ground with  Peter and those disciples.        

But Paul's confidence was extraordinary.  Paul showed great confidence in his knowledge about Christ Jesus.  So, it is natural to think that Paul was taught in Qumran by somebody that was closer to Christ Jesus than Peter and those disciples.

In my theory, Paul was secretly given a document written by Christ Jesus himself in Qumran.  He studied the document for three years to fully understand the contents of the document.  And, when Paul got confidence, he left Qumran to preach Christianity.

So, St. Paul became the only Apostle of Christ Jesus after his Resurrection.  And the document that was presented to Paul in Qumran became the so-called Q-source or the original text that was later translated into Greek by Mark and other Gospel authors.

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Mar 3:20 And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.
Mar 3:21 And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.
Mar 3:22 And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.
Mar 3:23 And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

"for all the evils which Herod had done" - Significance of the Split of the Roman Empire

Tokyo Bay

Significance of the Split of the Roman Empire

One of the factors for the fall of the Western Roman Empire, many scholars admit, is the split of the Roman Empire into the Western and Eastern ones in 395.

As a result of this split of the Empire, Christianity was also divided into the Rome-centric Christianity and the Eastern Orthodox Church.  The two church systems developed almost independently to date.  So, their status of being independent from each other of today is a historical proof on how Christianity was influenced by the split of the empire.

If the Christian church system had not been divided into Rome-based one and Constantinople-based one, Christianity should have been more powerful and influential.  The integrated Christian church might have contributed more to security of the whole Roman Empire.  If so, the Western Empire should not have fallen 80 year after the split in 476.

Indeed, in the later centuries the Vatican could not prevent may wars and the Eastern Orthodox Church could not, either.

In my opinion, God rather wanted Christianity to be integrated with Judaism.  Instead, it split into two.  So, God allowed the emergence of Islam in the 7th century when the Eastern Orthodox Church changed its official language from Latin to Greek.

So, the split of the Roman Empire must be more important than the fall of the Western Empire.

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Luk 3:19 But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done,
Luk 3:20 Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

"And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew" - The Separation between Judaism and Christianity

The Japanese Government Plane at Tokyo Haneda Airport

The Separation between Judaism and Christianity

Christianity was not originally intended to be separated from Judaism.

Christ Jesus never tried to travel, like Paul, to Athens, Alexandria, Rome, etc. and other foreign lands outside Palestine.   He rather declared that He was sent to Israel.

Accordingly, Apostles and other followers of Christ Jesus, except Paul, never tried hard to preach Christianity to gentiles and foreigners after the Crucifixion and Resurrection.  Christianity was a part of Judaism.  The God of Christianity was the God of Judaism.  So, it was a matter of course for those Christian Judaists that those who believed in Christ Jesus were also Judaists or Israelites whether or not they lived in Palestine or not.

So, Christianity started as a sect or a school of Judaism, like the Essenes.  And it might have continued only to be so, if Paul had not launched his mission targeting foreigners or gentiles.  And, yet Paul did not declare that Christianity had nothing common with Judaism.  Paul did not even claim that Christianity should be separated from Judaism.

So, Paul and Peter were executed and died in Rome as Judaists rather than Christians in today's meaning.

The Gospels according to Mark and Luke that were surely written while Peter and Paul were alive did not mean that Christianity was separated from Judaism.  But they claimed that high priests and other leaders of Judaism did not believe Christ Jesus and thus they should be to blame.  Christianity was the right school of Judaism or true Judaism, according to Mark and Luke.

The Gospel according to Mathew, written between the death of Peter and Paul and the Jewish-Roman War, even stressed the tie between Christianity and Judaism.  It was because Judaism had been officially approved by the Roman authority while Emperor Nero singled out Christians as his target of persecution.  So, Mathew tried to persuade the Roman authority to protect Christianity as a school of Judaism.  Lives of Christians were at stake.  For Mathew to write his version of the Gospel was a desperate effort to protect Christians.

But, when the Jewish-Roman War erupted and the temple of Jerusalem was destroyed, Christians came to have a different view on Judaism.  For them to claim that Christianity was just a school of Judaism did not give them any advantage in their relationship with the Roman authority.  Rather Christians thought that God forsook Judaism.  God wanted Christians to get independent from Judaism.  Accordingly, John wrote his version of the Gospel that re-defined Christianity as an independent religion.   With the fall of the temple of Jerusalem, God changed his priority from Judaism to Christianity.  According to John, Christianity was now above Judaism.

But the leaders of the Christian church adopted all the four Gospels as part of the holy books of Christianity in the 4th century, while those Gospels had been written for different purposes and included some different or contradictory contents to one another.  It meant that they admitted also that Christianity was a school of Judaism.  Indeed, it could not be denied that Christ Jesus was a Judaist.

This condition has not changed even today.  Christianity is a school of Judaism or true Judaism.  But the reference should be made with Judaism having been practiced 2000 years ago.

Then, what is Judaism of today?  While Judaism having been practiced 2000 years ago had capacity to somewhat accept Christianity, as proven by the existence of Christian Judaists such as Paul and Peter, Judaism today does not accept Christianity.

Even 1400 year ago, the separation between Judaism and Christianity gave a chance for Islam to be established while Muslims believed in the same God as that of Judaism and Christianity.

So, the separation between Judaism and Christianity has been one of critical factors that have worked behind the human history for these 2000 years.

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Mar 3:17 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:
Mar 3:18 And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite,
Mar 3:19 And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

"power to heal sicknesses" - Establishment of Christianity

Around Tokyo

Establishment of Christianity

Christ Jesus never said to stop being Judaists but be a member of the new religion Christianity.

Accordingly Peter, other Apostles, and even Paul were Judaists.  And, the authors of the Gospels are also believed to have been Judaists.   However, these Gospels look like criticizing Judaists in general, since Christ Jesus was attacked by Judaist priests of the temple of Jerusalem.

Did Paul, Peter, and the Gospel authors blame only Judaist priests or Judaists in general?  Anyway, they seem to have tried to establish true Judaism.   And, this true Judaism was open to gentiles, including Romans, because God of Christ Jesus was not only for Judaists but for all the mankind.

However, those Gospels look like having been written to mean that people have to just believe in God and Christ Jesus and there is no need to follow Judaism.

Whether or not they were written with intention to mean that people had to just believe in God and Christ Jesus and there was no need to follow Judaism, the Gospels indicated the direction.  So, when the Gospels were written, Christianity was established, leaving the scope of Judaism.  But, when Christ Jesus was preaching, Christianity was not established in a strict sense, ironically.

Therefore the core of Christianity is in the Gospels.  But there are many mysteries about the Gospels unlike the holy books of Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, etc.

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Mar 3:14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,
Mar 3:15 And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

"be content with your wages" - Authority of the Gospels

Around Fukushima Prefecture, Japan

Authority of the Gospels

The New Testament has documents related to Paul in an overwhelming ratio.  They are mostly letters written by Paul.  In addition, the Gospel according to Luke is also closely associated with Paul, since Luke followed Paul to Rome and wrote the Acts to testify what Paul was.  However, the Gospels according to Mark and Mathew are also included in the New Testament as holy books.

Indeed, it is thought that Luke was written based on Mark.  Or contents included in Mark account for 42% of those of Luke.  Put simply, 42% of contents of Luke were copied from Mark.  So, if Luke was holy, Mark was also holy, so that Mark was included in the New Testament.  But why are Mathew and John included in the New Testament while they were apparently written after Luke?

It is also thought that Mathew and John were also based on Mark and Luke.  But weren't there other documents also based on Mark and Luke around AD 100?  If there had been other Gospels that had been also written like Mathew and John based on Mark and Luke, they should have been included in the New Testament.

So, there are only two possibilities: (1) there were no other Gospels written based on Mark and Luke, or (2) there were other Gospels written based on Mark and Luke but they lacked some special conditions.  The matter is simple in the case of (1).  But what are the special conditions in the case (2)?

The answer must be also related to the basic question why Luke adopted Mark as its source.  It must be because Mark had been written under supervision of Paul or Peter.  So, only Mathew and John were written under supervision of somebody who succeeded Paul and Peter.

But why aren't there any descriptions about such supervision or authority in those Gospels?  This is one of major keys to understanding the Gospels.

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Luk 3:14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

"the axe is laid unto the root of the trees" - When was Luke Written?


When was Luke Written?

The Gospel according to Luke was written neither after the persecution by Emperor Nero and his execution of Peter and Paul nor after the fall of the Temple in Jerusalem in the Jewish-Roman War.
The Gospel According to Luke, also called the Gospel of Luke, or simply Luke, is the third of the four canonical Gospels. It tells of the origins, birth, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.
Luke needed to define the position of Christians in relation to two political and social entities, the Roman Empire and Judaism. Regarding the Empire Luke makes clear that, while Christians are not a threat to the established order, the rulers of this world hold their power from Satan, and the essential loyalty of Christ's followers is to God and this world will be the kingdom of God, ruled by Christ the King. Regarding the Jews, Luke emphasises the fact that Jesus and all his earliest followers were Jews, although by his time the majority of Christ-followers were gentiles; nevertheless, the Jews had rejected and killed the Messiah, and the Christian mission now lay with the gentiles.
There is no fear of the large-scale persecution of early Christians in Rome in Luke.  If Luke had experienced Nero's persecution, he should have not stressed his denial of the worldly authority.  Luke's assertion in his Gospel could invoke a kind of anger from the Roman authority, although he clearly stated the standpoint of early Christianity.  Luke took such a risk to preach or explain the Gospel to the Roman authority with a hope that he might get some followers among Roman elites.  It was reasonable if Luke had written it before the trail for which Paul was sent to Rome.

Luke also emphasized the possibility that early Christianity was going to be separated from Judaism.  But if Luke had experienced Nero's persecution, he should have emphasized the tie of early Christianity to Judaism so that the Roman authority would not regard early Christianity as a new dangerous religion separated from Judaism.

From these points of view, it is naturally thought that the Gospel according to Luke was written even before the trial of Paul.

On the other hand, the Gospel according to Mathew emphasizes the tie between early Christianity and Judaism as if in order to avoid further persecution of early Christians in Rome after Nero's persecution.  Mathew must have been written between Nero's persecution and the Jewish-Roman War.  But Luke was written before this period of crises to early Christians.  So, Luke was written rather in a bold manner of advertising early Christianity to Romans.  

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Luk 3:9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

"these stones to raise up children unto Abraham" - A Story of Mark the Evangelist

Tokyo in Summer

A Story of Mark the Evangelist

What was the later life of Mark the Evangelist?

In AD 49, about 19 years after the Ascension of Jesus, Mark travelled to Alexandria [cf. c. 49 [cf. Acts 15:36–41] and founded the Church of Alexandria – today, both the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria claim to be successors to this original community. Aspects of the Coptic liturgy can be traced back to Mark himself.He became the first bishop of Alexandria and he is honored as the founder of Christianity in Africa.
According to Eusebius (Eccl. Hist. 2.24.1), Mark was succeeded by Annianus as the bishop of Alexandria in the eighth year of Nero (62/63), probably, but not definitely, due to his coming death. Later Coptic tradition says that he was martyred in 68.
Some scholars argue the Gospel of Mark was written by an anonymous author, rather than direct witnesses to the reported events

My theory is that Mark went to Rome from Alexandria with Peter to save and help Paul under arrest in the capital of the Roman Empire.

When Mark had first arrived at Alexandria, Peter must have been with him.  But Peter left for Jerusalem, which is not recorded in any documents including the Luke's Acts.   In Jerusalem, Peter knew that Paul had been sent to Rome for a trial.  So, he came back to Alexandria to meet Mark and they together sailed to Rome.

In Rome, they were prepared for the coming trail of Paul, writing some documents to be submitted to the Roman authority to prove Paul's innocence.  In this process, Mark wrote his Gospel and Luke also wrote his Gospel to tell what Christianity  was and who Christ Jesus was to the Roman authority.  In addition Luke wrote the Acts to have the Roman authority and influential Romans understand what Paul had done before coming to Rome.

Although Paul was acquitted for the charge he had been blamed for in Jerusalem, Nero executed both Peter and Paul after the great fire in Rome.  However, Mark must have survived this crisis.  But he seems to have died while the first Jewish-Roman War was being fought.

Mark seems to have ended his life before the fall of the temple in Jerusalem.  However, Luke might have lived longer to make some modifications in his Gospel after the  Jewish-Roman War.    

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Luk 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

Monday, March 06, 2017

"counsel with the Herodians against him" - Mark and the Holy Shroud

The Arakawa River between Tokyo and Saitama Prefectures

Mark and the Holy Shroud

The ending of the Gospels according to Mark is controversial.

Scholars have wondered why the Gospel abruptly ended originally:

“Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing (Mark 16:6-8)
What happened in the mind of Mark when he wrote these sentences?

In my theory, the key to understanding this scene is the holy shroud.  If the holy shroud on which the body image of Christ Jesus had been mysteriously copied and left in the tomb, these women must have observed it and got frightened.  And, as a matter of fact, no reports about the holy shroud prevailed among the disciples and the Christian Israelites.  Even no other Gospels according to Luke, Mathew, and John mentioned the holy shroud.

If Mark had known the existence of the holy shroud and the fact that these women had seen it in the tomb, it is natural that he wondered if he should reveal it.  But it looks like that these women, Peter, and other disciples decided to keep the existence of the holy shroud a secret.  It is partly because it was so shocking to them.  And, mostly because they thought that they had to protect the holy shroud from their enemies and priests of the temple of Jerusalem.  Such a shroud could not be regraded as holy by Judaists but as something abhorrent.

If their enemies had know about the holy shroud, they should have surely tried to destroy it and blamed Peter and other disciples for having such a ghastly material related to Christ Jesus.  Judaism at the the time would not allow existence of the holy shroud, since any shrouds were unclean.  And most importantly, at the time, Christianity was still a part of Judaism, or Peter and other disciples thought they were still genuine Judaists.  And the religion Judaism did not respect any shrouds that were used to wrap dead bodies.

However, it is natural that Mark stopped his writing there, wondering if he should reveal the existence of the holy shroud.  It also means or proves that Mark had a close tie with Peter who knew the existence of the holy shroud.  

So, it is reasonable to think that the author of the Gospel according to Mark is Mark who traveled with Peter around the east Mediterranean and to Rome as an interpreter of Peter.

The women, following the instruction of the mysterious young man or an angel, found the holy shroud in the tomb where the dead body of Christ Jesus had been laid.  And, Peter also saw it, hid it, and made a secret of it.  But Peter later revealed it to Mark while they were traveling and preaching.  So, Mark could not simply ignore one the the most drastic episodes of Christ Jesus: the holy shroud.

But Mark could not reveal it, though about 30 years had passed since the incident.  After all, Mark stopped abruptly his writing of the Gospel to imply something grave to readers.

Or, Peter might have told Mark no to reveal it in the Gospel, since Peter probably was with Mark when Mark was writing the Gospel.  Conversely, the abrupt ending means that the Gospel according to Mark was written under supervision of Peter.

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Mar 3:6 And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.
Mar 3:7 But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judaea,
Mar 3:8 And from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

"The voice of one crying in the wilderness" - How to Prove Authenticity of the Gospels

Governmental District, Tokyo

How to Prove Authenticity of the Gospels

How can we prove that the contents of the Gospels are correct and true?

But, first of all, the Vatican admitted that the contents of the Gospels were correct and true so that it chose these documents as the canonical Gospels in the 2nd century, though it was almost a century before that they had been written.

There are of course no records that have been left to date about how the Vatican reasoned the authenticity of these Gospels when it adopted them as the canonical Gospels.  Or at least, no clear explanation has been ever made why these Gospels were chosen as such, although it is said that these Gospels were chosen due to assumed proximity of the authors of these Gospels to Apostles.  Or no reasonable proof was given to prove the proximity.

In theory, there is a possibility that utterly different versions of Gospels that depicted very different living, behaviors, and preaching of Christ Jesus existed in the first and second centuries when the Vatican made the selection.

However, all the Apocryphal books so far discovered have no comparable volumes and contents with the four canonical Gospels.

It means that these four Gospels must have been the only books with the volume and richness of contents that could be worth evaluation by the Vatican in the second century or so.

So, we have to consider that these Gospels were from the beginning the only documents that depicted Christ Jesus in a reasonable manner with reasonable volume of contents.  The Vatican had no other choices at the time, and we have also no other choices now.

And, it looks more likely that these Gospels are based on one source document due to their similarity in selection of episodes of Christ Jesus.

What was the source document?

My theory is, as posted before, that the source document was a record or a memoir written by Jesus himself after his holy mission, probably, in Qumran where Paul visited and stayed for three years after he had encountered the spirit of Christ Jesus on his way to Damascus.

The canonical Gospels are based on a document written by Christ Jesus Himself.  This must be the proof.

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Luk 3:4 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

"whether he would heal him" - Different Spirits of a Man


Different Spirits of a Man

According to the Bible, a spirit is given to a man by God.

It is assumed that one spirit is given to a man but not two.  However, when one grows up, it seems that a spirit one has is changed from a child spirit to an adult spirit.  However, no grave identification troubles seem to happen.  But a gown up man must be different from one when he was during his childhood.

The God gave a special spirit to Christ Jesus on the River Jordan, saying that Jesus had become His Son.  But then, where the spirit Jesus had had till the moment had gone?

So, I think that this original spirit of Jesus must have returned to Him after the Crucifixion and the Resurrection while the spirit as the Son of God was ascending to Heaven.

But where was His original spirit when Jesus was living and preaching as the Son of God?

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Mar 3:1 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.
Mar 3:2 And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

"the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath" - Mysterious Features of the Gospels

On Tokyo Bay in Summer

Mysterious Features of the Gospels

The Gospels were featured by the following conditions mysteriouly:
1. They were not written in Jerusalem where many Apostles and eyewitnesses of real and live Christ Jesus established the first early Christian church after the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of Christ Jesus.
2. They were not written in Hebrew or Aramaic but written in Greek, the common language in the Roman Empire.
3. They were written about 30 years after the death of Christ Jesus.
4. Although the Analects of Confucius and the early Buddhist Scriptures had been written by direct followers of the holy men, the Gospels were written by those who did not see Christ Jesus directly.
5. No authentication was given to the Gospels by the Apostles or early Christian leaders.

So, these Gospels according to Mark, Luke, Mathew, and John were written outside the mainstream of the early Christianity whose main base was in Jerusalem.  So, no Apostles, possibly except Peter, proved correctness of the contents of these Gospels.  Especially, while Mark and Luke were written before the Jewish-Roman War (AD 66-73) or while the church in Jerusalem existed, none proved that the contents of these Gospels were correct.  The authors might have collected witnesses from Apostles and eyewitnesses of real Christ Jesus, but there were no descriptions to assure authenticity of their contents in the Gospels.  Who could assure correctness of their descriptions about Christ Jesus?  Didn't they write them just based on their imaginations?

So, we may say that the Gospels were written by those who had never seen real and live Christ Jesus and who had no linkage to the Apostles, possibly except Peter, and the church in Jerusalem.  It means that the contents of these Gospels might not be correct at all.  However, these Gospels were accepted as holy books describing truth about Christ Jesus by Christians in the Roman Empire.  And eventually, these Gospels were officially recognized as holy books of Christianity in the late 4th century.  Why?

From the beginning, Christianity was preached to poor people who could not even read and write.  Christ Jesus did not reportedly write any books.  This tradition must have been observed by early Christian churches.  So, for 30 years after the death of Christ Jesus, none tried to write Gospels.  Even, Paul and Peter were not interested in writing Gospels.

And, anyone who would write a Gospel should have tried to get approval from the Apostles and the church in Jerusalem to be recognized as an authentic Gospel.  But, it was unlikely that the Apostles and the church in Jerusalem would give approval.  However, the Gospels according to Mark and Luke were apparently written before the Jewish-Roman War.  Who could rather write Gospels that could not be authorized by the Apostles and the church in Jerusalem and claim that their contents were very correct?

Truth must have been that there were Paul and Peter behind Luke and Mark.  And, Paul and Peter had compelling reasons to have Luke and Mark write the Gospels.

As time went by, the Apostles and the church in Jerusalem had gone through the Jewish-Roman War.  But Christians in the Roman Empire remembered that Luke and Mark were close enough to Paul and Peter to take their Gospels as authentic, although they forgot why those Gospels were written.  Accordingly, these Gospels became mysterious holy books of Christianity.

However, one thing clear is that these Gospels set the foundation of Christianity in the Roman Empire separated from Christianity of the Apostles and the church in Jerusalem.  It is because Romans who could read Greek came to become new Christians as they read the Gospels.  Christianity became the religion not only for the poor and slaves who could not read and write but also for middle-class or upper citizens of the Roman Empire.

And, my theory is that Mark and Luke were written for an imminent reason to save Paul and other Christians, even including Peter later, being persecuted by the Roman authority.  Christians needed to explain who Christ Jesus was and what Christianity was to the Roman authority to avoid persecution.  In this urgent situation, they could not observe the old tradition of Christianity or the principle set by the church in Jerusalem that no Gospels should be written.

But for this reason, the identities of the real authors of the Gospels were not introduced.  And, it was not even mentioned that Paul and Peter were behind the creation of the Gospels.  Because it was against the old tradition of Christianity or the principle set by the church in Jerusalem.

The point at issue might be why Paul and Peter did not explicitly authorize the Gospels while they were the very persons who allowed then to be written.

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Mar 2:28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

Friday, February 24, 2017

"And to offer a sacrifice" - Preaching by Christ Jesus, Preaching by Paul and Peter, and Later Preaching


Preaching by Christ Jesus, Preaching by Paul and Peter, and Later Preaching

What did Christ Jesus preach in His holly mission till the Crucifixion and the Resurrection?

Did He preach that He was the Son of God or even God Himself?  In other word, did Christ Jesus preach about Himself?  No, but he preached teachings of God.

Accordingly, Paul, Peter, and other Apostles must have also preached teachings of God.  They did not preach the life of Christ Jesus or what His mission had been like.  Accordingly, they did not need the Gospels to take with them in their missions.  In deed, while Christ Jesus had been preaching, he once sent His disciples for preaching to different places, but He did not tell them to carry holy books of Christianity or Judaism.

So, Paul, Peter, and other Apostles must have not carried any holy books in their missions after the death of Christ Jesus.  What they relied on was words and teachings of Christ Jesus they remembered.  Therefore, the very early Christian leaders did not need the Gospels.  They must not have asked Luke, Mark, Mathew, and John to write Gospels for their missions.  It means that their Gospels were written for other purposes than preaching.

The largest reason must be linked with Paul who was sent to Rome for a court trial.  If Paul had been found guilty by the Roman authority in a court of Rome, the negative shock the very early Christians in the Roman Empire would have had should have been so devastating.    So, leaders of the very early Christians, and especially Peter, must have made full efforts to help Paul get absolved.

Accordingly, Peter went to Rome to meet and help Paul.  But how?  The means Peter took must have been writing of a document that could prove innocence of Paul.  To prove innocence of Paul, the document should explain what Christianity was and what Christ Jesus was.  Accordingly, Peter asked Mark and Paul asked Luke to write their versions of the Gospel.

So, these Gospels were expected to be read by influential Romans and other Judaists or Romans who were interested in Christianity and had an influence on the Roman authority.

However, although Paul was once relieved by the Roman authority probably due to these Gospels, Paul and Peter were later executed by Emperor Nero.  So, another Gospel was written by Mathew, following the examples of Mark and Luke, to save other Christians in Rome from further persecution.  For this reason, Mathew emphasized the tie of Christianity to Judaism, so that the Roman authority and the Emperor would not regard Christianity as something utterly new and dangerous but as a kind of extension of Judaism.

Yet, subsequently the Jewish-Roman War erupted and the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by Roman troops.  The linkage to Judaism would not benefit the early Christians any more.  It must have looked rather safer for Christians to show their independence from Judaism to the Roman authority.  Accordingly, John wrote his version of the Gospel, following Mark, Luke, and Mathew but emphasizing independence of Christianity from Judaism.

 So, these Gospels were not written for general purposes to promote faith among Christians like in later centuries or today.  But they were written for urgent necessities of the era, namely in the late first century.  That is why today scholars of the Gospels find some mysterious expressions or sentences in these Gospels.  To understand these expressions, we have to know why they were written.  They were written for specific expected readers in each specific circumstance for each specific purpose.    

But these Gospels focus on Christ Jesus rather than His teachings or teachings of God He introduced.  So, Christianity today looks like meaning knowing Christ Jesus through the Gospels.  But, Christ Jesus did not teach that Christians must know Him and His mission.  Christ Jesus preached teachings of God.

So, there have been three phases in Christianity: (1) the preaching by Christ Jesus, (2) the preaching by Paul, Peter, and other Apostles without the Gospels, and (3) the preaching by later Christian leaders relying on the Gospels.

However, it is difficult to judge whether God had from the beginning expected Christianity to prevail through these phases, since there are too many betrayers of Christ Jesus in the Christian communities all over the world today.        

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Luk 2:24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.
Luk 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
Luk 2:26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

"the corn fields on the sabbath day" - The Gospels Written as Measures to Defend Paul

Around the Fukushima Station, Japan, in summer

The Gospels Written as Measures to Defend Paul

The most serious matter for Christians after the Resurrection of Christ Jesus was the arrest and trial of Paul by the Roman authority.

Peter and other leaders of the very early Christians at the late 1st century must have been all gravely concerned.  So, Paul went to Rome with Mark to help and support Paul facing a trial.  It is because if the No.1 leader of those Christians at the time Paul had been found guilty and sentenced to death penalty, a catastrophic shock will attack the Christian communities around Rome and the east Mediterranean.   It is because Christian churches were being established and created mostly through Paul's activities around Rome and the east Mediterranean at the time.

So, Peter and other Christians around Rome would do their best to help Paul get absolved. It was the era of Emperor Nero surrounded by Seneca and other Stoic philosophers.  So, Paul and those Christians must have tried to present documents that proved Paul's innocence to influential Roman officials, philosophers, etc.  In this context, it is apparent that Luke's Acts was written to explain who Paul was to those Romans.  And, the Gospel according to Luke must have been also written for this purpose.

Mark who accompanied Peter must have also written this version of Gospel in Rome for the same purpose.  But as Mark had been close to Peter, his Gospels included some vivid expressions.  And even Luke probably referred to the Gospel according to Mark.  However, the Greek sentences Mark wrote were not so sophisticates as those written by Luke.  Therefore, only the Gospel according to Luke must have been presented to the Roman authority to explain Christianity and Christ Jesus to them.  Accordingly, the Gospels according to Mark must have been shown to other Christians and influential Judaists in Rome who could work on the Roman authority to save Paul.  

So, from the beginning, these Gospels were written not as authentic sacred books of Christianity but as material to be used for defense of Paul in a court in Rome.  That is why it took a century or more for these Gospels to be recognized as the holy books of Christianity.

Indeed, if Paul and Peter had proclaimed that the Gospels according to Luke and Mark were holy books of Christianity, there should have been no controversy as to what books should be handled as holy or canonical books for the early Christianity.

The key to understanding the secret of the Gospels is Paul's trial, the most important incident for the very early Christians after the Resurrection of Christ Jesus.

Anyway, as these Gospels were written in the same environment around Paul and Peter in Rome, it is natural that they rather look similar in selection of episodes of Christ Jesus' mission and the time sequence of them.

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Mar 2:23 And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.
Mar 2:24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?
Mar 2:25 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him?

Monday, February 20, 2017

"before the great and notable day of the Lord" - Oswald Duped by True Assassins


Oswald Duped by True Assassins

North  Koreans espionage agents used one Indonesian woman and another Vietnamese woman to assassinate, in Malaysia, Kim Jon-Nam, a half older brother of the dictator Kim Jon-Un.

Those agents left the Kuala Lumpur airport taking a jet liner soon after the assassination leaving the two women behind.   The two women were arrested by the Malaysian police but they said they had been duped by North Koreans who had told them that the attack on Kim Jon-Nam was for a funny TV show or something like that.
So, the JFK Assassination in 1963 might have been similar, since it looks like Oswald had been duped and left on the assassination scene alone.

How would you behave after you had shot a US president to death with your rifle from a window of your workshop?

You must know that you will be surely identified as the assassin because of too much circumstantial evidence.  And you must know that you cannot run away, since all the American police should look after you if you run away.

So, you have to kill yourself or boldly accept arrest by the police to be famous all over the world.  Otherwise, you have to beforehand carefully make up a genius plan to run away.  But Oswald did not act following any of these scenarios.

He acted as if he had been a complete idiot who could not foresee what would happen after he shot Kennedy to death.  He was buying a drink bottle from a vending machine in the eating place of the school textbook depository building when a policeman got into the building to search for an assassin.  Then he went back to his boarding house as the day's work was cancelled in the building due to the assassination turmoil.  Oswald picked up a handgun in his room and started to walk around nearby streets.  He eventually got into a movie theater a few miles away from his boarding house without buying a ticket to be arrested after hard resistance.

It was a behavior of someone that was duped by true culprits.

This is not a behavior of an assassin of a US president.  Psychologically it is impossible that Oswald was the sole assassin of JFK, since Oswald had an intellectual level enough to work in the Marines as U2 spy jet operator in a US air base around Tokyo, learn Russian, travel to the USSR like a secret CIA agent, work in Minsk, and marry a Russian girl with whom he returned to the US.  He was also under a kind of surveillance by FBI when he came back to the US, while he made pro-Castro demonstration in New Orleans and made a TV appearance in the summer of 1963.  Oswald was not a complete idiot.

So, the issue is how Oswald was duped, since it is apparent that he had some connection with true assassins because Oswald himself was killed by a Mafia-associated strip club owner in the Dallas Police building two days after he was arrested in the Texas Movie Theater.

In addition, Oswald had family members, friends, and acquaintances around Dallas, New Orleans, etc. who were linked to CIA, FBI, and the Mafia.  There were many who could dupe Oswald.

Oswald cannot be a complete idiot who shot a US president with his rifle from his workshop, left the rifle there, went back to his boarding house, picked up a handgun, and walked around the streets near his boarding house to be arrested in a movie theater after hard resistance.

Indeed, it was a behavior of someone that was duped by true culprits.

Oswald must have been duped.

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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.

"thou sufferest that woman Jezebel" - True Purposes of Creation of the Gospels

Around Tokyo

True Purposes of Creation of the Gospels

Let's check the beginnings of the Gospels, since they might tell true purposes of their creation.
Luk 1:1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
Luk 1:2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
Luk 1:3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
Luk 1:4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
Luke must have been written to the Roman authority to defend Paul in the trial that must have been the most important issue for Paul and Luke in Rome.  They had to explain what Paul's belief was.
Mar 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
Mar 1:2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
Mark must have been written also to the Roman authority and Judaists in Rome who might be able to help Paul in the trial.  Probably as Mark knew that Luke was writing his Gospel targeting the Roman authority, he wrote his version rather succinctly, mainly targeting influential Judaists in Rome and friendly Romans.
Mat 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Mat 1:2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;
Mathew must have written after Nero executed Paul and Peter in the wake of a big fire in Rome, though Paul must have been freed from the trial due to the effect of the Gospels according to Luke and Mark.  As so many Christians were executed by Nero while Judaists in Rome were not attacked, Mathew must have written the Gospel to prove that Christianity had a strong tie with Judaism and Judaists.
Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Joh 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
John must have written his version of Gospel after the Jewish-Roman War and the fall of the temple in Jerusalem.  Christianity did not need to be linked to Judaism anymore like in the case of Mathew.  Rather, it might cause a problem for Christians in Rome and the Roman Empire to be regraded as a kind of Judaists.  Therefore, John clearly depicted Jesus as the founder of a new religion, Christianity.  John must have wanted the Roman authority to read his Gospel and have clear distinction between Christians and Judaists so that Christians would not face disadvantage due to any connection to Judaism.

So, these Gospels according to Luke, Mark, Mathew, and John were written for an imminent need each.   They were all written to save Paul and other Christians in Rome and the Roman Empire from persecution by the Roman authority.   So, depending on a circumstance, a Gospel stressed Christianity's relationship with Judaism or another Gospel clearly separated Christianity from Judaism.

If these Gospels had been written from the beginning as authentic holy books for Christians, like those in Judaism, they must have been advertised so among the very early Christians based on the authority of Peter and Paul.  And, followers of Peter and Paul must have handed over these documents to the next generations unfailingly as the very holy books.  But it took 100 years or more for these Gospels to be recognized as canonical documents by the church.

It also tells that the emphasis in preaching by Christian leaders in the era of Paul, etc. must not have been put on reading these Gospels.   Their preaching must have been made in the manner with contents such as expressed in Paul's letters.  The core of early Christian teaching must have been how to live with faith in God and not how much followers would know about the mission by Christ Jesus.
So, those Gospel writers, Luke, Mark, Mathew and John, did not intend to make their writings authentic holy books of Christianity.  They simply wrote them to respond to a need on each occasion.  That is why these Gospels lack some complete style and mode suitable for authentic holy books.

However, they clearly and strongly explain what Christ was and what He did to us as readers like Roman officials, influential Roman citizens or Judaists in Rome or the Roman Empire.

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Rev 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
Rev 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

"I will make him an help meet for him" - Timeline for the Very Early Christianity


Timeline for the Very Early Christianity

The critical timeline for the very early Christianity:

33-48 AD Peter: Becomes the leader of the remaining disciples who had been with Jesus – Acts 1:16-26

34 Paul: Conversion on the Road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-9)

34-36 Paul: Spends three years in Qumran to get a source document for future Gospels where the mission of Christ Jesus was recorded, since Christ Jesus had come out of Qumran to the River Jordan to see John the Baptist before his mission as the Son of God.

36 Paul:  Returns to and flees Damascus because of persecution; visits Jerusalem and meets with Peter, James and the apostles

49 Peter and Paul meet with each other again in Jerusalem

54 Peter: 'leading around a wife', presumably moving from place to place in missionary work (I Corinthians 9:5)

57 Paul: At Jerusalem (Acts 21:15-25), Paul gets arrested in the temple and causes a mob

60 Paul: Arrives in Rome (Acts 28:14-16) to stand his trial; however allowed to preach the gospel without hindrance for two whole years in his rented house (Acts 28:30-31) for nominal house arrest.

61 Luke writes the Acts as evidence for defending Paul in the coming trial, since if Paul should be judged to be guilty by the Roman authority, catastrophic influences would be caused among the very early Christians in Rome, etc. 

62 Peter arrives at Rome to save Paul; Luke and Mark write their Gospels based on the source document Paul had and words of Jesus Peter remembered as evidence for defending Paul in the trial

62 Paul: Released from Roman imprisonment

64 Fire of Rome.  Peter, Paul, and other Christians executed in Rome

65 Matthew writes his Gospel based on the source document, Mark and Luke to make Christians look like having a strong tie with Judaism as evidence for defending Christians from the Roman authority

66 Revolt in Judea begins

70 Destruction of Temple ends Judean revolt

72 John writes his Gospel based on the source document, Mark, Luke, and Mathew to establish Christianity separated from Judaism and make the Roman authority understand Christianity

79 Monte Vesuvio erupts

80 John writes the Book of Revelation getting inspiration from the volcanic disaster

So, the Gospels were all written in response to major incidents in that era: the trial of Paul, the execution of Paul, Peter, and other Christians by Nero, and the fall of Jerusalem; and even the Apocalypse by John was written in response to the volcanic disasters of Mt. Vesuvio regarded as punishment by the God.

Accordingly, these documents were different from the beginning from other various Christian documents written in that era due to their direct linkage to Paul and Peter.

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Gen 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Gen 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

Friday, February 17, 2017

"all the children that were in Bethlehem" - Success of Runaway is More Important

Around Tokyo

Success of Runaway is More Important

Kim Jong-Nam, a half-brother of the North Korea dictatot Kim Jong-Un, was assassinated in Malaysia.  Two women (from Vietnam and Indonesia) who played the overt attackers were arrested while four to five men believed to be the true North Korean assassination team are still at large.  

The point at issue is that true assassins always prepare the method of running away and hiding themselves.

In the JFK assassination in 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald did not run away soon after the act of the assassination.  Later he went back to his boarding house and started to run away by walking neighbor streets in Dallas to be eventually arrested in a movie theater just several miles away from his boarding house.

Oswald looks like a very foolish man.  Did he believe that he could escape the police just running away on nearby streets after shooting and killing a US President from his workshop and leaving his rifle in the 6th floor of the Texas school textbook repository building?  Did Oswald venture into assassination of JFK while believing that he would never be arrested?

Previously, Oswald had been stationed as a Marine in a US air base around Tokyo.  He had been assigned to a kind of operation of U2 spy jets.  Then, he had learnt Russian and immigrated into the USSR after retirement from the Marine.  He had married a daughter who had a relative of some high-ranking official of the Russian military.  Then Oswald with his Russian wife had returned to the US.  Oswald then played a pro-Castro civilian while having a linkage with an anti-Castro ex-FBI executive.

Oswald had ability to know that he could not escape the police if he had shot and killed President Kennedy from his work shop, the 6th floor of the building in Dallas, with his rifle and he had left the rifle in the 6th floor while running away.

But Oswald eventually ran away from the building to return to his boarding house, take up a handgun, start to walk around nearby streets, get in a movie theater, and get arrested there (although he might have encountered a Dallas police officer and shot him to death).    

And, finally two days later, Oswald was shot to death in the Dallas Police Department Building by Jack Ruby, a Mafia-associated owner of a strip club.

If Oswald had been a sole assassin of JFK, he should have been prepared for his runaway.  Because the success of runaway is more important than success in killing a target for any assassins.

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Mat 2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.
Mat 2:17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,