Tuesday, August 23, 2016

"I am not of this world" - The Issue for 2000 Years

Fukushima City, Japan


The Issue for 2000 Years

The issue is simple: Whether there is the after life or not.

Christ Jesus preached on the assumption or with confidence that there is an after life for every one.  Or He preached based on the notion that there are Heaven and the hell.

However, as everybody knows, one dies and his/her body is disintegrated after his/her death.  Then how can the one live an after life or go into Heaven or the hell?  And, as everybody knows, the answer is that the soul of a man leaves his body when he dies, entering the spiritual world.

(However, there are some descriptions in the Bible that the dead come to be revived with their flesh.)

So, to believe in Christ Jesus means to believe existence of the afterlife, Heaven, and the hell.  And, to believe in Christ Jesus is to believe that souls of bad men go to the hell after their death and souls of good men enter Heaven after their death.

But why cannot human beings see the spiritual world, Heaven, and the hell, while they are alive in this world?  If people could see clearly how terrible and horrible the hell is, most of them would avoid evil while they are alive.  But nobody can see Heaven and the hell while they are living in this world.

This is the most important issue for the mankind.  Only one can do is to believe the words of Christ Jesus, live honestly and avoid evil, and hope that he or she will be accepted into Heaven.  This is the rule God set for the mankind.  But why did God set it as such?  Why must this world and the other world be separated from each other?

For 2000 years after Christ Jesus came to this world, the mankind or the Vatican has been thinking about it.  But it cannot present a reasonable answer to the world.  It is time for us to concentrate on this issue.



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Joh 8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

Monday, August 22, 2016

"let the dead bury their dead" - Western Societies and Islamic Societies in Parallel?


Mt. Fuji facing Typhoon these days, from around Tokyo


Western Societies and Islamic Societies in Parallel

There are many parables and teaching Christ Jesus delivered 2000 years ago.  But remarkably, most of them are still effective and meaningful.

Likewise, teachings of the Buddha and Confucius who lived 500 years earlier than Christ Jesus do not lose meanings today.  It should be also noted that the Book of Exodus that contains the commandments given through Moses was written 500 years before Christ Jesus.

And these teachings and the commandments are all related to humanity that did not change for thousands of years.  But today, this paradigm of human ethics and morals are going to change drastically.

Indeed, with advancement of the modern society and development of commercialism, people are exposed to the social trend where economy and business are given the highest priority.  Expansion of economy and business gives riches to a great majority of people who are hired by businesses or trading with them.  And, expansion of economy and business are promoted by a great majority of people who spend money to buy goods.  And to make a great number of consumers buy goods and services, businesses and industries are arousing lust in them through TV commercials, Internet advisement, etc.

In enkindling desire of consumers, those businesses and industries neglect teachings of Christ Jesus, Confucius, the Buddha, and Moses.  Modern science helps attach little importance to old religions and those teachings.

In the era of global economy, this trend of neglecting old teachings of ancient saints is being intensified especially in countries and regions under strong influence of Western culture and Western monetary/financial systems.   Not only the E.U. and the Anglo-Saxon dominant nations, but also Japan, China, India and most of non-Islamic Asian countries are being influenced by this trend.

However, Islamic nations have different conditions.  The Islamic society of each Islamic nation is still under strong rule of the religion Islam that does not allow Muslims to neglect teachings of the Koran and pursue modern commercialism.

However, there are more than 20 million Muslims living in the EU.  It means there are so many Muslims living in rotten Western societies without resistance and insurgence, though they do not abandon their religion.  If those Muslims are truly following the teaching of the Koran, they probably cannot live in rotten Europe.  Or, there might be still room in the capitalistic and commercial E.U. for Muslims to live without being critically offended.

Although Islamic nations in the Middle East do not actively adopt Western systems and culture, some other Islamic nations such as Malaysia and Indonesia are looking like accepting Western style of business though with some strong restriction on factors that can have critical influence on their Islamic societies.  These countries have not been geographically in direct contact with European powers.  Their societies also include more various types of people in culture and religion than the Middle East Islamic nations.  

Therefore, only Muslims in the Middle East Islamic countries might have reasons to stand against Western nations for religious reasons.  In this context, Islamic terrorists have gained bases and home grounds in these countries.

Such terrorists are worse than rotten Westerners or Europeans and Americans.  But, they are parallel with expansion of negligence of old teachings of saints in Western Europe and East Asia.  Or from a different viewpoint, evil force working in Europe, America, the Anglo-Saxon dominant nations, and East Asia to make peoples corrupt and degraded is working in the Middle-East Islamic nations to make some Muslims allured to use of violence and terror.  

States of rotten and degraded societies are not so easily and clearly felt.  But, states of violence and terror of countries can be easily and clearly realized.  The sate of terror in the Middle East might be indication of how rotten and degraded the Western societies are.

Put simply, we have to see how corrupt and degraded the Western countries are when we see how cruelly and madly Islamic terrorists are harming people and damaging societies in the Middle East.



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Mat 8:22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

Friday, August 19, 2016

"Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest." - Samurais and Emperor of Japan

Tokyo


Samurais and Emperor of Japan

Emperor Meiji (1852 – 1912), personally called Mutsuhito, of Japan was born and raised in Kyoto.

Before the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the imperial family and court nobles had lived in Kyoto without political power while the samurai shogun in Edo (Tokyo) had governed the whole Japan as the head of the samurai class.  Accordingly, the environment where Mutsuhito was living had been full of old fashioned tradition of literature and art without a pragmatic sense of politics and business.   Mutsuhito had never experienced outdoor training of martial art like sons of samurai families.

But, when he was a teenager, a revolution occurred in Japan.  The Tokugawa clan, whose head had assumed office of the shogun for 250 years, was defeated by the anti-Tokugawa samurai camp through a civil war.  The cause of the revolution was that the Tokugawa government could not well cope with the trend of the era when Western powers such as the US, the UK, France and Russia requested Japan to abolish its closed-door policy and opened the country.  The shogun decided to open the nation and concluded a diplomatic treaty with the U.S.  But, this act was taken as a sign of weakened power of the Tokugawa government by anti-Tokugawa samurais, so that they launched insurgence, taking the imperial court on their side.  Accordingly, when the Tokugawa regime fell through the civil war, revolutionary samurais set a new government with the emperor at its center.  Therefore, this incident is called the Meiji Restoration (of the imperial authority).

However, Emperor Meiji had not been trained to be the supreme leader in politics and military in the new government.  He had been raised mainly by female members of court nobles in Kyoto.  So, when the young Emperor moved to Tokyo, the new leaders of the Meiji Government, namely ex-samurais, worried about the state of the mind of Mutsuhito.   They decided to introduce a kind of samurai way of living into the imperial court in Tokyo.  Female members of court nobles were dismissed around Mutsuhito; instead, ex-samurais were appointed to chamberlains and officials of the Imperial Household Ministry.  The atmosphere around Mutsuhito drastically changed from the literature/art-oriented aristocratic circle to the circle influenced by samurai discipline.

As time went by, ex-samurais successfully turned to modern bureaucrats and politicians.  They established the modern Imperial Army and Navy.   However, the basic spirit of the Meiji Government was strongly and deeply rooted in the samurai spirit.  The Meiji Government that was founded by anti-shogun samurais was actually, at its core, another samurai government that took over power from the Tokugawa clan, though it introduced modern systems and customs to modernize and westernize Japan.

Though the Empire of Japan had various democratic systems before WWII, including the universal election system (for males only), its underlying spirit and ideology were extension of those in the samurai era before the Meiji Restoration.  This situation was only changed when the Empire was defeated by the US in WWII and the US introduced the American style democracy based on American Christianity into Japan.

And, with the samurai spirit gone, the imperial family abolished its custom and style influenced by samurai-spirited elites since the Meiji Restoration.  In other words, Emperor Showa, a grandson of Emperor Meiji, severed his spiritual connection with militarism based on the samurai spirit.   It came to symbolize the characteristic of Japan after WWII.  

The emperors of Japan after the Meiji Restoration of 1968 till the End of WWII in 1945 were surrounded and influenced by ex-samurais or descendants of ex-samurais whose basic mind sets were in extension of those of traditional samurais who were primarily warriors. 

Conversely, ex-samurais or descendants of ex-samurais successfully turned the emperors of that era to a kind of samurai rather than the head of peace-loving court nobles.

That is why Japan cannot be easily understood by the world in terms of its nature before and after WWII.  The Japanese people are also embarrassed when they are accused of tragic incidents in East Asia in or before WWII caused by the Imperial military, since they have now almost nothing to do with the samurai spirit that was working on the whole Japan in the era.

So, it is unthinkable that current Emperor or future emperors of Japan become the head of the Japanese military, since the Imperial Family is not a samurai family traditionally.


孝明天皇
Emperor Komei, the father of Emperor Meiji

明治天皇
Emperor Meiji

大正天皇
Emperor  Taisho

昭和天皇
Emperor Showa


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Mat 8:18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.
Mat 8:19 And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
Mat 8:20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

"Having eyes, see ye not?" - Anti-Christ Olympics

Tokyo


Anti-Christ Olympics


The world is getting worse.

Athletes in the Rio Olympics look almost half-naked, which is anti-Christ.  Commercialism supported by advanced technology and modern systems has intensified human desire so that people would buy more products by spending more money, which results in big profits of businesses.  It uses TVs.  Advertisement is one of major functions of TV for commercialism.  Everything displayed on TV must serve commercialism so that they present desire-raising objects such as half-naked athletes.

What is called liberal or progressive in the US is directed to the same direction as commercialism.  Both the progressive political movement and  the modern commercialism are moving away from the conventional code of conduct and ethics, thus heading for an anti-Christ world.

It is dangerous.  Freedom is important.  But if all the human desires are freed, there would be no salvation of souls.  This is new evil, though the conservative political systems and the old Christian church systems cannot fully conquer old evil that is mainly caused by the gap between the rich and the poor.  The new evil is more crucially related to negligence of the teaching of Christ Jesus and God such as a need to fight back a desire.

Without freedom, there is no love.  But freed desire has nothing to do with love.  The modern global culture led by American-style commercialism is at a dangerous stage as half-naked athletes have become a common landscape in Olympics broadcasting.    



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Mar 8:17 And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?
Mar 8:18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?
Mar 8:19 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve.

"For nothing is secret" - Japan and the UK

Tokyo


Japan and the UK

The two island countries at both the ends of the Eurasian Continent, Japan and the UK, have the royal families.

As the UK faces the continental Europe, Japan faces the Asian continent including the Korean Peninsula, the mainland China, etc.  Civilization came to Great Britain through the continental Europe just like civilization came to Japan from ancient China.

However, though the UK needed to venture into the world through oceans to enrich living of the British partly because the nature of Great Britain was not so rich, Japanese did not find such a need, since the nature of the Japanese archipelago was rich enough to sustain a level of civilized life.  Indeed the UK is a northern country but Japan is situated mainly in the Temperature Zone, though it faces Siberia over the Sea of Japan.

There are many differences in characteristics between the tow nations, but there are also some common features.  And one of them is conservatism in terms of a monarchical system.  While the mainland Europe and China have experienced revolution many times, both Japan and the UK have avoided drastic revolution at least on the permanent basis.

Even in terms of religion, there are some similar features.  The English church is independent of the Vatican, while Japan has its unique shinto religion and its version of Buddhism.

And, as Japan has been a critical challenge to China especially in the modern history, the UK might be regarded as such by other continental European nations.  So, it might be natural that the English people do not like to be completely absorbed by the EU, since the Japanese people feel so different from the Chinese people.

And, it is good for other peoples in the world that they can avoid facing the too strong unified western Europe or the too strong league of Japan and China.  Even American political leaders would not like to deal with such powerful entities.

So, the world is well balance with Japan and the UK being reasonably separated from the continent each faces.


世界地図
http://hanadayori2004.blog115.fc2.com/blog-entry-141.html

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Luk 8:17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.
Luk 8:18 Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

"because we have no bread" - The Origin of Mistubishi

Enoshima Yacht Harbor, southwest of Tokyo

The Origin of Mistubishi


The founder of the Mitsubishi business group of Japan is officially Yatro Iwasaki (1835-1885).

He was a son of a samurai of the Tosa han (a han is a semi-autonomous territory of a feudal samurai lord subject to Tokugawa shogun who governed the whole Japan).   Iwasaki himself served as a samurai under the Yamaguchi clan, whose head was the lord of Tosa (presently Kochi Prefecture).  Young samurai Iwasaki worked as a kind of intelligence officer, since the era at the time was moving to a civil war of Japan between the Tokugawa shogun and anti-Tougawa samurai camp, which eventually resulted in the Meiji Restoration of the Imperial Authority.

The Tosa han led by the Yamaguchi clan was a kind of neutral between the Tokugawa camp and the anti-Tokugawa camp.  But it was also eager to enrich its financial state and strengthen its influence in the turbulent politics of Japan that was going to be split up by pro-Tokugawa hans supporting the rule by the samurai shogun from the Tokugawa clan and anti-Tokugawa hans  led by the Chosyu and Satsuma hans.  Major hans, along with the Tokugawa clan, were trying to enrich their economy through trade mainly with Western countries, since the Tokugawa administration abolished the close-door policy, which had lasted since the early 17th century, in 1850s.

Against this background, samurai Iwasaki was sent to Nagasaki, a big port city in western Japan that was getting a major trade center for Japan at the time.   Merchants from Europe and America launching trading business with Japan were mainly based on Nagasaki that had been the only designated port open to limited trade partners, specifically Portugal and China, of the Tokugawa regime with the closed-door policy.  Iwasaki was ordered to help trade activities of the Tosa han led by Sakamoto Ryuma who was working as an active business and political middleman between the major anti-Tokugawa hans of Chosyu and Satsuma, though Sakamoto was originally from the Tosa han.

Sakamoto was a kind of revolutionary samurai.  He had established a strong tie with a British merchant to import thousands or more rifles and other weapons as well as ships.  Sakamoto also operated a merchant ship from his business base in Nagasaki.  His business activities were authorized by the Tosa han, and Iwasaki came to Nagaski to join Sakamoto Ryuma.   Later or after the Meiji Restoration in 1868,  Yataro Iwasaki came to operate his own maritime company, which was virtually an extension of Sakamoto's business.  And Iwasaki's maritime business has never ceased to grow in subsequent centuries to date, which is now known as the Mistubishi business group in the world.

However, Sakamoto Ryuma, a kind of Iwasaki's benefator, could not survive to live in the Meiji era that started with the fall of the Tokugawa samurai regime.

One day Sakamoto left Nagasaki and Iwasaki, heading for Kyoto after arranging purchase or selling of 3,000 rifles to the Tosa han.  In Kyoto where at the time shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu was stationed, Sakamoto contributed to Yoshinobu's decision to concede, though nominally, the administrative power to the imperial court supported by anti-Tokugawa samurais.   It was a big historic incident, and for this reason, Sakamoto Ryuma is described in history text books in Japan as one of the greatest heroes of the Meiji Restoration.  But, several weeks later, Sakamoto was assassinated in Kyoto by samurais under the authority of shogun Yoshinobu, though it is still a mystery who had actually issued an order of the assassination of Ryuma who was widely known as one of key figures in the tense situation before the civil war that would start around Kyoto several weeks later after Sakamoto's death.

It is not clear how Yataro Iwasaki felt when he heard that Sakamoto Ryuma was assassinated.  But it is known that after the assassination of Sakamoto, Iwasaki was remarkably promoted by leaders of the Tosa han to take control of Tosa han's trade business as if succeeding Sakamoto, which later led to the establishment of Iwasaki's own maritime business.

Incidentally, the Tosa han joined the anti-Tokugawa camp to fight Tokugawa troops.  They became a part of winners of the civil war.  Ex-Tosa samurais took higher positions in the new Meiji Government.  Iwasaki's business was steadily expanding after the Meiji Restoration, though there were some challenges waiting for the future great Mistsubishi Corporation.

Put simply, the origin of Mitsubishi was the assassinated samurai Sakamoto Ryuma rather than Yataro Iwasaki.

Joh 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.



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Yataro Iwasaki
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iwasaki_Yatar%C5%8D


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Sakamoto Ryuma
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakamoto_Ry%C5%8Dma


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Mar 8:15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.
Mar 8:16 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread.
Mar 8:17 And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?

"bring forth fruit with patience" - The Fear of God


Rice Fields around Tokyo

The Fear of God

The only thing we have to remember is that we have to have the fear of God as expressed by Muslims in their manner of praying to Allah.

If we have nothing to be afraid of, we might do any damage onto others and the society, since we wrongly believe that nobody could punish us.

People grow up to know that this world is full of evil men and evil deeds.  People come to know that most of rich and successful people pretend to be good, honest, and humane, but they are truly not.  They pretend to be good and  acceptable to succeed in the society.  They just hide their desire and evil nature.  When people realize it, they would also take similar strategies.

However, if people come to believe that God sees inside of every man and He will judge every man based on His observation, they will not live like that, because they are afraid of God.

Of course, there are some people who really love to live good.  Without the fear of God, they will avoid every evil as much as they can.  But this is the matter of all the mankind that include  vicious guys.  And, God wants all the mankind to live good.  And, the mechanism that makes even the most vicious guys live good is the fear of God.  Nothing can be comparable with the fear of God, if people correctly understand God.  To get rid of this fear, even the most vicious guys would live good, as long as they correctly understand God.

But, even the least vicious guys would not try to live good, if they don't believe existence of God and thus they don't have the fear of God.

So, Satan is just making people not believe God, so that they will not have the fear of God.

God is absolute existence.  He has absolute authority and power.  Whatever He does is just and right, though sometimes we cannot fully understand why tragedies happen in the society and in our individual lives, due to the limit of our ability.  To consider God in this way is the first step toward salvation of our souls.





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Luk 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

"and bring no fruit to perfection" - Rather than Blame or Deny God

National Diet Bldg., Tokyo

Rather than Blame or Deny God

We have to be humble before God, which means that we must not blame God for any reasons.

For example, a Russian plane recently bombed a hospital in a Syrian city, which left mane dead bodies of the wounded, women, and children.  In this case, we must not blame God because God did not save the lives of those killed.

Or in another example, a big earthquake and subsequent tsunamis killed more than  18,000 people in Japan in March 2011.  In this case, we must not blame God because God did not save the lives of those killed.

If people in Syria had followed perfectly the teachings of God for decades or centuries, there should not have been the Syrian crisis.  It is because Syrians should not have allowed the dictatorship by the Assad family and Syria must have had a democratic government years or decades before.  Although Syrian women and children killed had no responsibility, they are victims of their nation and responsible Syrians that did not obey the teaching of God.  But as God is almighty, He must save the souls and spirits of those victims.  

And, if the Japanese people had taken more seriously past tsunami disasters in the same regions as those attacked by the tsunamis of 2011, they could have reduced the number of victims.  In a sense, God gave warnings enough, but the Japanese people were not fully prepared for the coming disaster.  And, many innocent old people, women, children, etc. were killed by the tsunamis.  But as God is almighty, He must save the souls and spirits of those victims.  

Put simply, we cannot blame God because there are so many tragedies and victims in the world.  God can save souls of any victims, although  He rarely interfered with tragic incidents in the human world.  And those tragic incidents can be prevented if we have followed the teaching of God for decades or centuries till they actually occur.

Nonetheless, Christ Jesus said that those who cause tragedies where others suffer, get victimized, or fall into temptation should be blamed.

We had better blame bad guys who are real villains responsible for a series of events and situations that lead to a specific tragedy than blame or deny God simply for the occurrence of the tragedy.



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Luk 8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

Friday, August 12, 2016

"the third part of the sun was smitten" - Signals from the Spiritual Universe

Tokyo Station


 Signals from the Spiritual Universe


The Bible depicted that a holy spirit like dove came a down from the Heaven onto Christ Jesus on the Jordan River.  Christ Jesus Himself told that spirits came from the Heaven like window, though where they were directed was unknown.

So, like radio receivers, our brains or minds receive spirits from Heaven.  But, our brains are made of molecules and atoms with small but many electric signals generated in the networks created by brain cells made of molecules and atoms.  So, what parts of these material brains can receive spirits?  What physical forms do these spirits take in the physical spaces of our brains.

It must be working like the dark matter and the dark energy that must come from the 4th dimension or outer space to work on our 3D universe.  Force from the 4th dimension to our 3D universe should work effectively in the 3D universe, but we, living in the 3D universe, cannot see the source of the fourth, since we cannot see the 4D universe.  We can only see effect of the force coming from the 4th universe into this 3D universe.

Like it, we can see results of our receiving spirits from Heave, another outer universe, in a sense.  We cannot see the source of spirits, which is Heaven.

The point at issue is that we have to believe existence of the spiritual universe or Heaven like we have to believe existence of the 4D universe or the outer physical universe in the case of handling the dark matter and the dark energy.  

However, Christ Jesus seems to have been able to see even the spiritual universe and Heaven while He was living in this world as a son of man.  And, people around Him must have been able to get a glimpse of the spiritual universe.

But nowadays, we are surrounded by so many industrial products.  We see display screens of TV sets and smart phones but not try to get a glimpse of the spiritual universe.  We must be getting dangerously less spiritual.  And, as those high-tech products are manufactured for interest of businesses, they are contaminated by money.  In other word, TV sets, smart phones, etc. might be easily turned to tools of Satan.

So far only the networks of our brain cells can receive signals from the spiritual universe, but the Internet does not.



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Rev 8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

Monday, August 08, 2016

"the third part of the sea became blood" - Origin of the Japanese Imperial Family

Tokyo


Origin of the Japanese Imperial Family

The origin of the Japanese Imperial Family is not clear.

However in the 5th century, five Japanese kings in series sent missions to a Chinese dynasty at the time.  They claimed in their letters to Chinese emperors of the dynasty that they occupied a half of Japan and a half of the Korean Peninsula.  They requested the Chinese imperial court to authorize them as kings of the territories they had conquered and occupied.   Contents of their letters were recorded in an old Chinese official history book.

And, in the 6th century, the imperial family apparently established their power over a half of Japan with their imperial court set in the Yamato region, east of Osaka and south of Kyoto.  In 607, the then king of Japan sent a mission to the imperial court of the Sui Dynasty of China.  Contents of the letter the mission brought to the Emperor of Sui were also recorded in an old Chinese official history book.  In this official letter, the king of Japan declared that the king of Japan was at the same imperial position as the Chinese emperor on an equal base.   At least, since this period, the Imperial Family continued their uninterrupted history to date.

Put simply, it looked like true that the Imperial Family established their power over a half of Japan in the 5th century as proved by those letters sent by the Japanese kings to Chinese emperors.

And it was in 720 that the first Japanese official history book, Nihon Shoki, was completed with myths and local folk lores included.  And around this time, the king of Japan started to call himself "Emperor" (ten-no), though using different kanji letters than the Chinese word of "Emperor" (ko-tei in Japanese).  Nihon Shoki became the most important material that proved divine authenticity of the Imperial Family, and no other clans or groups of people have successfully challenged this authority to date.

However, according to another Chinese official history book, the Book of Wei compiled in the 6th century, there was a queen in Japan in the 3rd century who lived in the Yamatai country (probably the Yamato region) and controlled northern Kyusyu facing the Korean Peninsula over channels.  At the time, a Chinese dynasty occupied most of the Korean Peninsula, so that the queen tried to ask help from the Chinese dynasty as she was at war with another country in Japan.  As this incident was described in the Chinese official history book, the Japanese history book Nihon Shoki also mentioned this queen called Himiko, but Nihon Shoki did not admit that she was an authentic  queen of Yamato.  They claimed that the Chinese author of the Book of Wei mistook an empress of Japan as Queen Himiko.


The oldest episode about a Japanese king is found in a Chinese official history book called the Book of the Later Han compiled in the 5th century.  The Book told that as a Japanese king had sent a mission to the Han Dynasty, an emperor of Han gave a gold seal to the Japanese king, who was actually called the King of Wa, in AD 57.

Japanese did not leave written records or write history books till Nihon Shoki (and Kojiki, another history/myth book compiled almost at the same time with Nihon Shoki) compiled in the early 8th century, though some books written earlier seem to have been lost.   So, to know situations in Japan, old Chinese official history books should be referred to.  And, according to those Chinese books, the Imperial Family of Japan might be rooted in the King of Wa who lived in the 1st century, in the oldest possible case.

As other evidence of establishment of the Imperial Family of Japan, kings who set their capitals in the Yamato region and around Yamato in the  3rd to the 7th century built huge tomb mounds or mausoleums such as the Nitoku Ryo Mausoleum whose length was 840 m (half a mile), whose width was 654 m, and whose height was 36 m, one of the largest tombs of kings in the world.  In this period, local chiefs also built large huge tomb mounds.  This practice ended after Buddhism was introduced into Japan in the 6th century.   But to construct such huge structures, kings needed strong control over people.  Therefore, it is thought that the Imperial Family established their power base between 3rd and the 7th century.

Yet, nothing else was clear about the Imperial Family of Japan except descriptions of Nihon Shoki and Kojiki, compiled in the early 8th century, which included myths that were written to link ancestors of the Imperial Family with gods.

And, according to the myths, a god came down from Heaven to a mountain in the Hyuga region (Miyazaki Prefecture) in east Kyusyu Island.  And, from Hyuga, the first emperor of Japan Jinmu advanced to Yamato through northern Kyusyu over about 1,000 km distance around 660 BC to establish the Imperial court there.

So, the Imperial Family of Japan is closely linked to the Japanese unique religion Shinto.  The origin of the Imperial Family must be in Shintoism.  Incidentally, even today there are about 100,000 shinto shrines in Japan, including minor ones in small villages and towns.




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Rev 8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
Rev 8:8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
Rev 8:9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

"until the waters were dried up from off the earth" - Boy Barefoot Gen in Hiroshima of 1945

Fukushima City 


Boy Barefoot Gen in Hiroshima of 1945


There was a famous cartoonist or a manga creator who depicted the tragedy of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
Barefoot Gen (Hadashi no Gem) is a Japanese manga series by Keiji Nakazawa (1939-2012). Loosely based on Nakazawa's own experiences as a Hiroshima survivor, the series begins in 1945 in and around Hiroshima, Japan, where the six-year-old boy Gen Nakaoka lives with his family. After Hiroshima is destroyed by atomic bombing, Gen and other survivors are left to deal with the aftermath. It ran in several magazines, including Weekly Shōnen Jump, from 1973 to 1985. It was subsequently adapted into three live action film adaptations directed by Tengo Yamada, which were released between 1976 and 1980.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barefoot_Gen
This series of comic books have been translated in various foreign languages.

The most heart-breaking matter about the Hiroshima atomic bomb attack is that survivors had to sometimes face discrimination in the Japanese society because the ignorant public at the time thought that victims of the atomic bomb had special disease that might contaminate others.

Especially girls who survived the atomic bomb attack had to conceal the fact that they were among victims.  The public wrongly thought that those girls could not bring sound and healthy babies into life.  For this reason, many women did not file an application to the public office to receive special aid money for atomic bomb attack victims.

The US military did not use atomic bombs in battle fields.  They dropped onto Hiroshima and Nagasaki, big cities of Japan, in the summer of 1945.  And each atomic bomb alone devastated each city.  It suggested future usage of nuclear weapons.  They could destroy easily not only enemy military bases but also large cities and major infrastructures of enemy nations in just one-time launching of attack.  Using nuclear weapons means not only for winning a war but rather for annihilation of citizens in cities of enemy nations.  It is beyond any justification if a war is fought for any material or economic interests.


Now, there is another fear that terrorist might obtain nuclear weapons to use them in cities in Europe or America.  If they should blast a nuclear bomb in a Western city, its impact would be 100 times more than that of the 9/11 Terror of 2011.

So, it is reasonable that President Obama has pursued significant reduction of nuclear weapons in the world if not total abolition.

Today, still there are about 60,000 survivors of the 1945 atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima, whose average age is 80 years or more.  Most of characters depicted in the cartoon work Barefoot Gen must have gone in these 71 years.  However, the lessons learnt from Hiroshima of August 6, 1945, must be alive.




 An excerpt from Barefoot Gen Volume 1 of English version
http://www.webdice.jp/topics/detail/4818/




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Gen 8:6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:
Gen 8:7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
Gen 8:8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;

Sunday, August 07, 2016

"my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy" - The Last Mystery of the Universe

Tokyo



The Last Mystery in the Universe


The mankind is the only living thing that has ability to think of God or the Creator of this world.

If an animal is put in a cage, it would not think who built the cage and why it was built.  But, human beings, in a sense, put in the earth can think who created the earth and why it was created.  And, some human beings have found the right answer: God created the earth to have the mankind emerge on it.

However, there are other people who do not admit that God created this universe, the solar system, and the earth.  They argue that this universe, the solar system, and the earth all came to exist by chance.  They might admit all the findings by scientists, but still they claim that  this universe, the solar system, and the earth all came to exist by chance.

Such people think that there is some mysterious mechanism that generated this universe.  And, the mechanism, they think, exists for itself.  But, they cannot answer why the mechanism exists or they simply assert that it exists by chance.  They think that ultimately everything, including this whole universe, exists by chance or everything is a product of randomness.

This way of thinking is dangerous, because it means that there is ultimately no value system.  There is no meaning in good and evil, since everything exists ultimately by chance.  Men get born, live and die for nothing.  Whatever they do, there is no authority in the universe that judges them.  In this thinking, everything has relative value, since there is no ultimate value system.  Accordingly, they will do any evil things behind the scene to satisfy their desire.

But if you believe that there is God behind this universe, you would like to know what God is.  If you believe that God created this universe, the solar system, and the earth for some purpose, you would like to know it.

And, the most reasonable answer is that God created this universe, the solar system, and the earth in order to create human beings thorough development and evolution of the nature of the earth.  It means that you admit that human beings belong to God.  Human being must follow the teaching of God.  And since God teaches men to live good, they will avoid evil things.

Now among human beings, there are two types of people: one denies God and another believes God.  However, a manner to deny God is not so simple.  There must be various ways and modes of denying God.  Likewise, a manner to believe God is not simple, either.  There must be various ways and modes of believing God.  For example, even the Pope might not believe in God.  Or, even some homeless people might believe in God.

God created this universe to create human beings and have them believe in Him.  And, if all the human being believe this truth, the purpose of God for creating this universe must be fulfilled.

But why does God do it?  It is the last mystery of the universe.



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Mat 8:5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
Mat 8:6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
Mat 8:7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
Mat 8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

"preached Christ unto them" - How the Wrong Man was Saved

Tokyo


How the Wrong Man was Saved


One of the most Christian movies is The Wrong Man.
The Wrong Man is a 1956 American docudrama filmdirected by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Henry Fonda andVera Miles.[1][2] The film was drawn from the true story of an innocent man charged with a crime, as described in the book, The True Story of Christopher Emmanuel Balestreroby Maxwell Anderson,[3][4] and in the magazine article, "A Case of Identity" (Life magazine, June 29, 1953) by Herbert Brean.[5]
It was one of the few Hitchcock films based on a true story and whose plot closely followed the real-life events.
 
The Wrong Man had a notable effect on two significant directors: it prompted Jean-Luc Godard's longest piece of written criticism, and affected Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver.[6]
...He is immediately recognized by the clerical workers in the store as the man who had twice held up the insurance office. They inform the police, and he is taken to the 110th Precinct by detectives... 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wrong_Man

While the man who was wrongly identified with a thief but was temporarily bailed out was suffering in his home, a picture of Christ Jesus hung on the wall of his home was zoomed up on the screen.

On the face of Christ Jesus exposed was the real perpetrator who was at the time committing another crime only to be captured by a clerk and the owner of the shop he entered for robbery.  Consequently, the wrong man was freed from the suspect.

It is unclear whether a picture of Christ Jesus was in reality hung in the wrong man's home, though this film is based on a real incident.  

Anyway, you had better have faith enough to hang a picture of Christ Jesus in case.



http://www.doctormacro.com/Movie%20Summaries/W/Wrong%20Man,%20The%20(1956).htm


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Act 8:5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
Act 8:6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

"Master, this woman was taken in adultery" - Employees with a Sense of Justice


Tokyo


Employees with a Sense of Justice

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation failed in observing officially specified procedures in measuring fuel consumption.
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said it manipulated mileage test data for its minicars sold in Japan, resulting in 620,000 vehicles produced in the past three years getting labeled more fuel efficient than they actually are. 
The tests overstated fuel efficiency by 5 percent to 10 percent, and Mitsubishi Motors said it’s investigating who’s responsible. The company said the violation may result in the Japanese automaker having to pay back government tax rebates for the vehicles, of which 468,000 were supplied to Nissan Motor Co. 
Mitsubishi Motors’ shares fell 15 percent for the biggest decline in more than a decade in Tokyo trading, cutting its market value to 721 billion yen ($6.6 billion). The company’s manipulation of tests will further intensify scrutiny of the auto industry after Volkswagen AG’s admission last year that it had rigged diesel models with software to meet U.S. emissions standards.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-20/mitsubishi-motors-plunges-after-improper-handling-of-fuel-tests 
In investigation conducted after the exposure of the violation of the official rule, managers related to development of the cars concerned all denied their responsibility, saying that they had not been aware of or informed of the illegal practice in measuring fuel consumption.  They claimed that staff in charge happened to adopt a convenient way of measurement.   

However, it was found that, several years prior to the exposure of this problem, a young staff member, in his second year after graduation from a university at the time, gave a warning to the managers in a meeting.

According to the official procedure, a car should be first controlled to run at 90 km/h and then it should be put into inertia force travelling to be decelerated to a speed of 20 km/h, while time should be measured at each time of deceleration of 10 km/h.

But in reality, they controlled a car first so as to run at 150 km/h, and then it was put into inertia force travelling to be decelerated to 10 km/h, while the rate of slowing down was measured at every second.

The former way of a measurement test needs more costs and time in implementing the test.  

Before this meeting, the young worker had been told by another staff member, several years older, who was assigned to guide him in workshop, that the company had not followed the officially specified procedures.  And this senior staff had also said that he had given a warning to managers but they had not accepted it; he had also suggested that the young staff should also give a warning to the managers.  So, the young worker had pointed at this issue in the technical meeting with the managers.  But, these managers had not actively responded.  

In the investigation, those managers said that they had no memory of having received the warning from the young staff member.

The point at issue is that no all the employees of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation were bad.  There are some staff having a sense of justice.



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Joh 8:4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
Joh 8:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
Joh 8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
Joh 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

"And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna" - The Milky Way and More than 100 billion Galaxies

Tokyo


The Milky Way and More than 100 billion Galaxies


It was in 1924 that the mankind discovered that there were many galaxies outside our galaxy the Milky Way.

Stars we see in the sky at night belong to the Milky Way.  We cannot see other galaxies with the naked eye, except a few near galaxies,  since they are 2.4 million light-year far or more (the closet galaxy is the Andromeda Galaxy with one trillion fixed stars).

The number of fixed stars, each of which has planets and satellites, in the Milky Way is more than 100 billion, and there are more than 100 billion galaxies in the universe.  And, it was just 90 years ago that the mankind realized the existence of galaxies other than the Milky Way.

However, we can comprehend the structure easily in a schematic way, though the scale of the universe cannot be truly realized with our natural sense.  And, Einstein created his theory about the physical nature of the space and time of the universe before he knew the existence of other galaxies in the universe.

Like Einstein, ancient philosopher or religious persons grasped the nature of the world and thus the universe even without knowing that the earth is actually a globe that is rotating around the sun.

However, philosophies and religious creeds that cannot stand before the true structure of the universe should be abolished.  Any myths that cannot be justified before the modern knowledge of the universe should be abolished.  Then what is left?

Should the Bible be abolished?  But it simply states that the God created this universe in a simple and allegoric story that could be understood by people.  And, Christ Jesus never mentioned the structure of the universe.  Especially, in the words of Christ Jesus, there was nothing that contradicts the physical structure of the universe.  He mainly focused on the Kingdom of God, Heaven and the hell, which all belong to the spiritual sphere but not to the physical universe.

The Koran also does not mention specifically how the universe was created and what structure it took, since Islam admitted Judaism and the Old Testament.

Put simply, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam can well stand before the truth of the physical universe revealed by the modern scientists.

Anyway, God can identify the earth that is one of planets of  one of fixed stars among more than 100 billion fixed stars in the Milky Way that is one of more than 100 billion galaxies in the universe.  And, God created human beings on the earth, according to the Bible.

Indeed what is impossible for men is possible for God.





Visible with the naked eye (and captured with only a digital camera), this is the Andromeda Galaxy, as seen from Earth.

At a “mere” 2.4 million light years from us, it is the closest large galaxy to us, by far. As far as our best telescopes can show us, Andromeda looks like this.

http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/2011/01/24/different-views-of-our-closest/




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Luk 8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,
Luk 8:2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,
Luk 8:3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

"he sat down, and taught them" - This Era of History since 1500


A Tokyo Railroad Station


This Era of History since 1500

This era of the history started with Columbus reaching America about 500 years ago.  The history in this era can be roughly represented by the following historical characters for each century:

Around 1500:
Columbus (1451-1506)
Martin Luther (1483-1546)

The history of the mankind expanded to America by Columbus.  A new Christian school was launched by Martin Luther.  In this way, geographically and spiritually the mankind entered the new era.

Around 1600:
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

Shakespeare contributed to development of literature leading to the present days. Kepler and Galilei supported the theory of heliocentricism Nicolaus Copernicus launched, which drastically changed the view of people on the universe. The science started to be separated from religion.

Around 1700:
Issac Newton (1642-1727)

Newton set the basement of the modern science.

Around 1800:
Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855)

Napoleon introduced a new paradigm of the European society after the French Revolution. He contributed to prevalence of the ideas that led to establishment of the modern society.  Gauss lifted up the human scope of mathematics and physics, providing new methods for scientific study that have been used by all the succeeding scientists.

Around 1900:
John Rockefeller (1839-1937)
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Oil became the major energy source for the mankind in addition to coal in the 20th century.  It is Rockefeller that symbolized this industrial revolution.  Einstein also triggered revolution in science in the sense that the mankind realized, through Einstein's theory, that this universe was not what they felt with their ordinary feeling.  Einstein also opened the new age of nuclear energy.

Around 2000:
Internet
Mobile Phones

From Wall Street to Islamic terrorists in addition to China and other emerging economies, the power of the Internet and mobile phones have come to have drastic influences.  Now global economy, security, and development of science and technology rely on these new technologies.  But these technologies have also devastating potential if abused.

However, how will a man living in the 22nd century look back to this century?  Who or what he can easily identify as critical factors of the 21st century might not be yet seen by us who living in 2016.



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Joh 8:2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

Monday, August 01, 2016

"unto the mount of Olives" - Rely on Nothing and Nobody but God




A Summer Festival around Tokyo


Rely on Nothing and Nobody but God


Men are born, raised, grow up, get aware of the environment and the world, find their desire, chase their desire, earn money, spend money, realize what the society is, get older, get sick and die leaving little or much money.

No one can truly help others.  No one can be ultimately saved by others.  Only God can help each individual.

However, there are two remarkable conditions for men:
First, there are various teachings, religious and philosophical, about how men should live.
Secondly, there are historical characters who left their names in history for whatever reasons, but what do they mean for ordinary people who never surface in the history?

The most important truth is that each man is linked to God on a one-to-one basis.  No others can basically interfere with this relationship.  However, this truth is not self-evident.  Education is needed in this context.  So, God uses some people through whom truth or His teaching gets prevailed among the mankind.  But, Satan also uses some people to indoctrinate people with evil thoughts.

God also uses some people in events through history to give lessons to the mankind.  Those people are not especially blessed and not promised to be admitted into Heaven.  But for various conditions, they were chosen and given specific roles.

So, though men are born, raised, grow up, get aware of the environment and the world, find their desire, chase their desire, earn money, spend money, realize what the society is, get older, get sick and die leaving little or much money, the outwardly hidden relationship with God is the true issue or challenge for them.

Pu simply, when men were born, God gave human souls to them.  When men die, their souls return to the Hand of God to be carried into Heaven or cast into the hell.

Therefore, the truth of existence of each man lies in this relationship with God.  The meaning of existence of each man lies in this relationship with God.  Life of each man is empty or meaningless without taking into consideration this relationship.

So, if a man thinks seriously about life without faith in God or recognition of the spiritual sphere, he will eventually go insane.   But nowadays, people have come to wisely stop thinking about life and God so as not to go insane.  They outwardly keep sanity with help from Satan.  For this purpose, Satan uses power of money.  People's outwardly sanity conditions, however, will be lost when they die and the power of money is lost.  Accordingly, souls of such men will go insane after their death; they cannot be admitted into Heaven.  Conversely, the hell is full of mad men.

The Buddha said not to rely on anyone and anything but yourself and the law of truth.  However, Christ Jesus said that you may rely on God.  And, the Koran says that you must be relying on God.




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Joh 8:1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.


Saturday, July 30, 2016

"the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God" - How to Address the Tragedies of Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan

Pacific Ocean Coast, West of Tokyo


How to Address the Tragedies of Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan


The tragedies of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan as well as Libya and Gaza must be solved in a peaceful manner.

But what is the real status of the tragedies?
The Syrian Civil Waris an ongoing multi-sided armed conflict with international interventions[90] taking place in Syria. The unrest grew out of the 2011 Arab Spring protests, and escalated to armed conflict after President Bashar al-Assad's government violently repressed protests calling for his removal.[91] The war is being fought by the Syrian Government, a loose alliance of Syrian Arab rebel groups, the Syrian Democratic Forces, Salafi jihadist groups (including al-Nusra Front) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). All sides receive substantial support from foreign actors, leading many to label the conflict a proxy war waged by the regional and world major powers.
On 20 August 2014, a new U.N. study concluded that at least 191,369 people have died in the Syrian conflict.[778] The UN thereafter stopped collecting statistics, but a study by the Syrian Centre for Policy Research released in February 2016 estimated the death toll at 470,000, with 1.9m wounded (reaching a total of 11.5% of the entire population wounded or killed).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_civil_war

Iraq witnessed a sharp increase in civilian deaths following the fall of large swaths of territory to the Islamic State group in the summer of 2014. Despite a string of recent battlefield losses for IS, civilians in Iraq continue to die at a “staggering” rate, according to a new United Nations report.

At least 18,802 civilians were killed and another 36,245 were wounded in Iraq between Jan. 1, 2014, and Oct. 31, 2015, according to the U.N. report released Tuesday. More than 10,000 of them died between May and October last year.

“Despite their steady losses to pro-government forces, the scourge of ISIL continues to kill, maim and displace Iraqi civilians in the thousands and to cause untold suffering,” said U.N. envoy Jan Kubis, using an alternate acronym for the extremist group.

The numbers are nowhere near the death tolls of Iraq’s bloody civil war. In 2006 alone, more than 34,000 civilians were killed, according to U.N. data. The following year, the Iraqi government refused to provide the U.N. with death statistics, stating that it wanted to keep from painting a negative image of the country. But civilian casualties since the rise of IS in Iraq are considerably higher than in the preceding years of relative stability. In 2011, the number of civilian deaths due to violence was at its lowest since the civil war, with fewer than 2,800 killed.

http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/jan/19/u-n-report-18802-iraqi-civilians-killed-in-22-months/

During the war in Afghanistan (2001–14), over 26,000 civilian deaths due to war-related violence have been documented;[1] 29,900 civilians have been wounded.[1] Over 91,000 Afghans, including civilians, soldiers and militants, are recorded to have been killed in the conflict, and the number who have died through indirect causes related to the war may include an additional 360,000 people.[1] These numbers do not include those who have died in Pakistan.
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civilian_casualties_in_the_war_in_Afghanistan_(2001%E2%80%9314)
So, it looks like a million people were killed in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan in the wake of the War on Terror and the Arab Spring protests that were influenced by the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime of Iraq in 2003.


These areas are deeply involved in the human history.  First, Abraham, the original ancestor, of Hebrews and Arabs was born in currently Iraq to move to currently Palestine.  Secondly, Alexander the Great marched through Syria and Iraq to as far as Afghanistan.  And, finally these regions were colonized by Western powers such as Britain, France, and Russia.

It tells these regions are the core of the human history while they are exposed to European aggressive power.  So, to address the tragedies in these regions, we have to respect the history and check the nature of the European Civilization.

Or conversely, because the mankind do not fully respect the human history and the origin of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and European powers do not feel obligation to help Muslims in these regions to compensate their past colonial occupation, the tragedies in these region continue.

It is symbolic that AlQaeda and the Taliban once destroyed old Buddhism relics in Afghanistan and ISIS has been destroying historical monuments in Syria and Iraq.  Indeed, the key to understanding these tragedies is the lack of parties concerned in respect for history.

And it is also symbolic that more than one million Islamic refugees migrated into Europe in 2015, while there were already 13 million Muslim immigrants in the EU as of 2010.

The world community should face these tragedies based on the historic understanding while the European community should realize their responsibility and take the initiative in addressing the tragedies.


chart showing number of migrant deaths in the Mediterranean by month from 2014 to February 2016
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34131911




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Luk 7:28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.
Luk 7:29 And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.
Luk 7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.

Friday, July 29, 2016

"as one having authority" - US Presidential Status since 1992 to 2016



Around the Imperial Palace, Tokyo


US Presidential Status since 1992 to 2016


In the 1992 US Presidential election, Bill Clinton won in a revolutionary manner.

The then incumbent President W.H. Bush could not leverage his advantageous position as the winner of the 1991 Persian Gulf War and also as the key contributor to the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.

Bush had been a Congress man and CIA director before he became Vice President in the Reagan presidency.  Then he was elected as President in 1988.  W.H. Bush was expected to easily win the 1992 Presidential election, but he lost to young and rising Bill Clinton riding on the tide of the new technology boom.

Bill Clinton was easily reelected in 1996 more riding on the tide of the Internet boom.  And, Al Gore, the Vice President in Clinton's presidency, was expected to win the 2000 Presidential election as the reasonable successor of Bill Clinton.  However, President Bill Clinton committed adultery in the White House, which alienated some Christian voters from Democratic Presidential candidate Al Gore.  As a result, more outwardly-Christian W. Bush won the 2000 Presidential election, though it was an extremely close race.

W. Bush was not suitable for the US presidency.  He looked friendly to Americans, but looked like disliking serious jobs that required excellent intellectual ability.  Without the 2001 9/11 Terror Attack on New York and Washington D.C., W. Bush should not have been reelected in 2004.

His human network in the US political establishment worked favorably for him as the Commander in Chief in the War on Terror, though he could not capture or destroy Osama bin Laden, the leader of AlQaeda that carried out the 9/11 Terror.  However, toward the end of his second term, popularity of President Bush and the Republican Party declined drastically partly due to dubious backgrounds against the invasion of Iraq and more partly due to corporate scandals such as the Enron case and criminal subprime-loan schemes.

The 2008 Presidential election was fought in the middle of the progress of the 2008 Financial Crisis.  This Wall Street-triggered crisis exposed the extreme greed and dangerous avarice of rich and super-rich Americans who supported President W. Bush, a son of W.H. Bush.  Consequently, even GM faced a crisis of bankruptcy and the US unemployment rate rose to 10% or so.  Many lower-middle-class Americans lost jobs, and some of them became homeless.  Even white voters who usually didn't vote for a Democratic candidate accepted the African-American Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama.

In this way, the first African American President was realized in the US in a very drastic and revolutionary manner than in the case of Bill Clinton in 1992.

During Obama's presidency, the US economy has almost fully recovered to the level before the 2008 Lehman Shock or Financial Crisis, and the US could avoid further Islamic terror on its main land while a US special military unit killed Osama bin Laden hiding in Pakistan.

However in the second term of Obama's presidency, the global economy came into another uncertain phase with slowdown of Chinese economy, which had been expanding in past decades owing to various aid and support from the US and Japan, and the unstable conditions of the EU symbolized by the Greek Crisis and UK's decision to leave the EU; and the global security was not ever improved with the ominous rise of ISIS, aggressive policies of Russia led by President Putin and China led by President Xi, and the explosive increase of immigrants from Africa and the Middle East to Western Europe.  But, Americans came to have an inward-looking mind set.

It is partly due to President Obama's attitudes in the global diplomacy, since he carefully avoided to take the initiative in controlling the world beyond relatively decreasing capability of the US economy and military.  It can be understood that Obama took such soft policies to global affairs because the War on Terror having been launched by W. Bush did not result in peaceful conditions of the world.  Obama mainly concentrated on the treaty with Iran, the nuclear disarmament, and the normalization of the diplomatic relation with Cuba.  However, his stance did not satisfy some American voters who did not like to see the relative decline of American influences in the world.  This sentiment helped Donald Trump become the Republican Presidential candidate for the 2016 election.

American voters tend to push for a drastic change after a period in stable or obsolete conditions, if they sense that the US might be getting left behind the global trend or something new is really needed to change a domestic trend they are tired of.

In this context, American voters want a very different type of the president after Barack Obama.  And, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both unique enough: possibly the first female US President or the first US President from the entertainment/real estate business without roots in conventional politics.

As for composition of American voters, roughly speaking, white voters still account for 70% while blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and other minorities account for 30%.  Almost all the latter are expected to vote for the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.  It means if she should get 30% of white voters, or 21 percent points from 70 percent points of them, Hillary would be elected as US President.  It does not look so difficult.  Rather, if she should be rejected by more than 30% of white voters, including die-hard supporters of Bernie Sanders, it will be a huge surprise.

But, the result of the 2016 US Presidential election must be already known to God who could also interfere with the outcome of the coming ballot.

Personally, I think that God has allowed advancement of Donald Trump in the 2016 race to suppress the Bush family that represents conventional political esstablishment.  But beyond this effect, it is doubtful that Trump can enjoy more success in the politics whose scope is wider than experiences of Trump in his past business that is exclusively centered around his own personal profits but not public interests. .




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Mat 7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
Mat 7:29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

"yet the dogs under the table" - Dogs and Evil Spirits


Around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station


Dogs and Evil Spirits


Today, it is rare that a mother finds that her young daughter has an unclean spirit.  But, 2000 years ago, it happened as the Gospel reported.

If a young child has an unclean spirit, there must be a reason that should be ascribed to the environment where he or she lives.  And, the major one who is in the environment is his or her mother.  But, there may be other creatures such as dogs and cats in the vicinity.

In the case described in the Gospel, the main players are a young daughter, the mother and dogs.  The evil spirit must have come through the relationships among them into the young daughter.  So, there must be something wrong in the relationships.  And, the most important factor for living of the young daughter and the dogs is foods.  The key to this problem must be foods.

Christ Jesus with his super ability could see that the cause of the trouble was in how the mother fed her young daughter and dogs.

As depicted in other part of the Gospels, evil spirits could even go into pigs.  Dogs could have also evil spirits.  In this case, the dogs had not been fully fed by the woman.  So, one dog came to have a grudge against the woman and her young daughter who had been fully fed.  This grudge invited an evil spirit into the dog.

The evil spirit of the dog started to act to have the dog eat fully, so that it called another evil spirit and made it get into the mother who then started to take the bread from her daughter and cast it to the dog.  She did so as she felt that her young daughter looked like having an evil spirit while the dog looked so poor.  It was a magic the evil spirit worked in her mind.

Subsequently, the young daughter, in protest, came to express her complaint wildly as if she had an evil spirit.  So, the mother thought that her daughter had really an evil spirit.  But, some sound part of her mind made her think that something was wrong, so that she came to Christ Jesus for help.

Christ Jesus found the evil spirits in the dog and the mother.  So, He said to her, "Stop feeding the dogs but give foods fully to your daughter!"  His words were also directed to the evil spirit in the mother: "I know you, an evil spirit, occupying the mind of this mother.  If you do not get out of her, I will destroy you."

So, hearing the words of Christ Jesus, the evil spirits in the dog and the mother got afraid, and the one in her said, "Yes, the Son of God, I will leave this woman, but even dogs should be allowed to eat crumbles from the table where children eat."

Christ Jesus accepted the words of the evil spirit and saw the evil spirits leaving the mother and the dog, though the Gospel should have read as "the devil is gone out of thy daughter to thy eyes though it actually got out of thee."

When we observe animals or try to communicate with animals, we sometimes feel that they have some ability to spiritually interact with us as if we and the animals shared the same spiritual communication ability.  But, it also means that evil spirits could be in animals.

So, lambs must be animals where evil spirits do not enter, since they are too vulnerable.  But wolves and dogs are animals where evil spirits can enter easily, since they are equipped with dangerous teeth and nails.

Anyway, Christ Jesus did not allow dogs to accompany Him.  We must separate dogs and other animals from the human sphere in case that they happen to have evil spirits.  



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Mar 7:25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:

Mar 7:26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.
Mar 7:27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.
Mar 7:28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.
Mar 7:29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

"and great was the fall of it" - Spiritual Fields and Nerve Cells


Tokyo

Spiritual Fields and Nerve Cells


The cells of the human body are replaced everyday since some cells have lifetime of only 24 hours though others have 10 years or more of the lifetime.

Cells of the walls of the stomach die in 24 hours to be replaced with new ones.  The red blood cells have the life duration of 120 days.  Bone cells can survive for 10 years.  But basically brain cells do not die till the end of the life of the human being.

All the cells of the human body have finite lifetime except brain cells or nerve cells.  It means our consciousness consists in brain cells.  Our sense of integrity and sense of self come from the fact that brain cells never be replaced with new ones.

If brain cells die in a day to be replaced new ones, our self-identity will be lost.   If 10% of brain cells are replaced each day, we will change 10% every day.  And when 100% of our brain cells are replaced, we will be totally different persons.  The number of nerve cells in the brain is about 150 billion.  They all in harmony and integrity constitute our sense of self.  Our minds are really in the brains that are made of unchanged nerve cells, so that we can keep continuity of sense of our existence from the past to the present.

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There are tens of billions of cells in the cerebrum, a major part of the brain.  Each cell in the cerebrum has tens of thousands of synapses, structures each of which permits a nerve cell to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another cell.  These electrical signals are direct sources of our mind work.  But our minds are not only products of electrical signals in our brains.  Our minds are not only physical and chemical phenomena.  We can feel and think not as machines made of biological cells but as spiritual entities.

There are electric-magnetic fields in the space.  They are received by electronic circuits in smart phones, radio receivers, TV sets , etc. through antennas.  Like it, there are spiritual fields working to our brain cells that receive spirit power or energy, so that our nerve cells function spiritually not as machines but as human beings who can feel and think.

This interaction between the spiritual fields and our nerve cells is work of our minds.  So, our sense of self partly rests on spiritual fields that should come from the spiritual universe.  And, when we physically or biologically die and our cells stop functioning, our sense of self should totally shift to the spiritual universe leaving this material world.

But, there is one big mystery: why did God create this material universe about 14 billion years ago to eventually create human beings whose brain cells interact with spiritual fields and further with the spiritual universe?

Especially, because very small or almost zero is the probability that a galaxy has a solar system with a planet suitable for emergence of forms of life that eventually evolve into the mankind, it is extremely hard to believe that God created this universe in order to create the mankind.

There must be easier way to create living things that interact with the spiritual world.  It is really a long way from the Big Bang at the start of development of the universe to establishment of the mankind whose brain cells have capability to interact with spiritual fields flowing from the spiritual universe to this material universe.

But, there is nothing difficult for God, since He is almighty.

Anyway, this is also a proof that God exists in a probability higher that the one for our existence.  God exists more likely than we seem to exist.






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Mat 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
Mat 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.