Saturday, December 10, 2011

"the head of the corner" - A Letter from a Japanese General in Iwojima

Tokyo - Near Nagatacho

A Letter from a Japanese General in Iwojima

Imperial Japan's Navy Admiral Rinosuke Ichimaru (1891-1945) wrote a letter to the then US President Roosevert during the fierce battle in Iwojima of WWII.

Admiral Ichimaru handed this letter, originally written by himself in Japanese and translated by a Hawaii-born Japanese Sergeant to English, to a captain who then charged at US troops to be killed in the fiercest battle the US Marines had ever encountered on the tragic Pacific island Iwojima.   Admiral Ichimaru also died in the strategically important island Iwojima but his dead body was not confirmed.

Note that Japan is called Nippon or Nihon in Japanese; the Japanese people Nippon-jin or Nihon-jin.
A Note to Roosevelt 
Rear Admiral R. Ichimaru of the Japanese Navy sends this note to Roosevelt. 
I have one word to give you upon the termination of this battle.
Approximately a century has elapsed since Nippon, after Commodore Perry’s entry to Shimoda, became widely affiliated with the countries of the world. During this period of intercourse Nippon has met with many national crises as well as the undesired Sino-Japanese War, Russo-Japanese War, the World War, the Manchurian Incident, and the China Incident. Nippon is now, unfortunately, in a state of open conflict with your country. 
Judging Nippon from just this side of the screen you may slander our nation as a yellow peril, or a blood thirsty nation or maybe a protoplasm of military clique. 
Though you may use the surprise attack on Pearl Harbour as your primary material for propaganda, I believe you, of all persons, know best that you left Nippon no other method in order to save herself from self-destruction. 
His Imperial Highness, as clearly shown in the “Rescript of the Founder of the Empire” “Yosei” (Justice), “Choki” (Sagacity) and “Sekkei” (Benevolence), contained in the above three fold doctrine, rules in the realization of “Hakko-ichiu” (the universe under His Sacred Rule) in His Gracious mind. The realization of which means the habitation of their respective fatherlands under their own customs and traditions, thus insuring the everlasting peace of the world. 
Emperor Meiji’s “The four seas of the world that are united in brotherhood will know no high waves nor wind” (composed during the Russo-Japanese War) won the appraisal of your uncle, Theodore Roosevelt as you yourself know. 
We, the Nippon-jin, though may follow all lines of trade, it is through our each walk of life that we support the Imperial doctrine. 
We, the soldiers of the Imperial Fighting Force take up arms to further the above stated “doctrine”. 
Though we, at the time, are externally taken by your air raids and shelling backed by your material superiority, spiritually we are burning with delight and enjoying the peace of mind. 
This peacefulness of mind, the common universal stigma of the Nippon-jin, burning with fervour in the upholding of the Imperial Doctrine may be impossible for you and Churchill to understand. 
I hereupon pitying your spiritual feebleness pen a word or two. 
Judging from your actions, white races especially you Anglo-Saxons at the sacrifice of the coloured races are monopolizing the fruits of the world. 
In order to attain this end, countless machinations were used to cajole the yellow races, and to finally deprive them of any strength. 
Nippon in retaliation to your imperialism tried to free the oriental nations from your punitive bonds, only to be faced by your dogged opposition. You now consider your once friendly Nippon a harmful existence to your luscious plan, a bunch of barbarians that must be exterminated. 
The completion of this Greater East Asia War will bring about the birth of the East Asia Co-Prosperity Area, this in turn will in the near future result in the everlasting peace of the world, if, of course, is not hampered upon by your unending imperialism.
Why is it that you, an already flourishing nation, nip in bud the movement for the freedom of the suppressed nations of the East. 
It is no other than to return to the East that which belongs to the East. 
It is beyond our contemplation when we try to understand your stinted narrowness.
The existence of the East Asia Co-Prosperity sphere does not in anyway encroach upon your safety as a nation, on the contrary, will sit as a pillar of world peace ensuring the happiness of the world. His Imperial Majesty’s true aim is no other than the attainment of this everlasting peace. 
Studying the condition of the never ending racial struggle resulting from mutual misunderstanding of the European countries, it is not difficult to feel the need of the everlasting universal peace. 
Present Hitler’s crusade of “His Fatherland” is brought about by no other than the stupidity of holding only Germany, the loser of the World War, solely responsible for the 1914-1918 calamity and the deprivation of Germany’s re-establishment. 
It is beyond my imagination of how you can slander Hitler’s program and at the same time cooperate with Stalin’s “Soviet Russia” which has as its principle aim the “socialization” of the World at large. 
If only the brute force decides the ruler of the world, fighting will everlastingly be repeated, and never will the world know peace nor happiness. 
Upon the attainment of your barbaric world monopoly never forget to retain in your mind the failure of your predecessor President Wilson at his heights. 
- Rear Admiral Ichimaru

The Battle of Iwo JimaThe Battle of Iwo Jima was fought by the United States of America and the Empire of Japan in February and March 1945, during the Pacific Campaign of World War II. The U.S. invasion, known as Operation Detachment, was aimed at capturing the airfields on Iwo Jima. The battle was marked by some of the fiercest fighting of the campaign. The Imperial Japanese Army positions on the island were heavily fortified, with vast bunkers, hidden artillery, and over 11 miles of tunnels. Iwo Jima was the first American attack on the Japanese Home Islands, and the Imperial soldiers defended their positions tenaciously; of the 22,000 Japanese soldiers present at the beginning of the battle, 20,000 were killed, and only 216 taken prisoner.

Battle of Iwo Jima:
Date19 February – 26 March 1945
LocationIwo Jima, Japan
ResultDecisive American victory
 United States Japan
Commanders and leaders

Empire of JapanTadamichi Kuribayashi 
Casualties and losses
6,812 killed/missing
2 captured[2]
19,217 wounded[1]
21,844 killed[1]
216 captured[1]

Imperial Navy's Zero Fighter

US B29s and P51Ds

(to be continued...)

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Tonight I saw the eclipse of the moon in the night sky around Tokyo.

The constellation Orion was near the moon whose left-hand side arc was shining bright against the little dark red main body of the moon.

Then I saw three Nobel Peace Prize winners of this year on TV.  If the world is truly getting better, there must have been 300 or 3000 Nobel Prize winning women.  Or if the world is close to the Kingdom of God, there would be no need to spotlight them.  You should not be satisfied by simply watching them. The Devil could be smarter to still control the dark side of the world while presenting 10,000 Gandhis to the world.

Mar 12:10 And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:

Friday, December 09, 2011

"he went into their synagogu" - Global Poverty

Tokyo; Ueno...or Ueno, Tokyo

Global Poverty

Top 10 poorest countries in the world 2010
by ROMAN on APRIL 21, 2010

1. Zimbabwe – $0.1 (GDP per capita)
2. Democratic Republic of the Congo – $334
3. Liberia – $379
4. Burundi – $401
5. Somalia – $600
6. Niger – $736
7. Eritrea – $739
8. Sierra Leone – $747
9. Central African Republic – $754
10. Afghanistan – $800

London's richest people worth 273 times more than the poorest 
Academic argues in new book that society has the widest divide since the days of slavery
Randeep Ramesh, social affairs editor
The Guardian, Wednesday 21 April 2010 
...He says the government's latest figures show that in the capital the top 10% of society had on average a wealth of £933,563 compared to the meagre £3,420 of the poorest 10% – a wealth multiple of 273.... 
The rich really aren't like us ... they operate in a different world," said Dorling.
This segregating effect means that the wealthiest are "socially excluding themselves by choice".

A portrait of the poorest town in America
04/12/2011 1:46:29 PM
Andy Johnson  
The historic city of Reading, Pennsylvania is nestled in a belt of rural farmland where Germanic immigrants first began to carve out a way of life 250 years ago, earning the region a reputation for hard work, ingenuity, industry and a high quality of life.... 
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city filled with beautiful turn-of-the-century homes -- many now crumbling or converted into low-rent apartments or rooming houses -- has the highest per-capita proportion of citizens living below the poverty line in the entire country. 
For a family of four, that means a combined income of US$22,000 or less.
The census includes only cities with populations over 65,000 and has a high margin of error, meaning it's difficult to definitively say Reading takes the title from other frontrunners such as Flint, Mich. and Camden, N.J.... 
He agreed that Reading's low cost of living has made it a magnet for lower-income people from Philadelphia, New York and overseas. 
As property values have dropped in the city, out-of-town investors have snapped up homes for as little as US$25,000, turning them into multiple-unit rental properties....

Economic Reforms and the Poor in China
- Rural people benefited from the Deng reforms the most in the early 1980s when prices for crops were allowed to rise. This one move lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty and is regarded as the biggest anti-poverty measure in history. Under the Deng reforms many peasants moved from mud huts to brick homes and acquired better jobs, health care, food and opportunities than they had in the Mao era. 
- Even though 800 million peasants were the first to benefits from Deng's economic reforms, they have been left behind by the explosive growth in the coastal regions, cities and special economic zones. Incomes for farmers leveled off in 1985 while incomes for urban workers have risen sharply since then. 
- According the World Bank "the quick reductions of poverty through agricultural growth" in China "were largely exhausted by the end of 1984. According to Chinese government statistics 170 million moved out poverty between 1978 and 1985 but only 36 million moved out of poverty between 1985 and 1997.

Sentiment of the Have Nots in China
- Most Chinese are better off than they were 20 years but many remain unsatisfied, envious and worried about their future. One rickshaw driver from Anhui Province, who had no home in Beijing at the time of the Olympics in 2008 and either slept in his rickshaw or on a bench at the Forbidden City, told the New York Times, “The only happy thing is to have money. You don’t have bitterness. You don’t have to feel tired.” 
-  The people in the countryside who have failed to profit from the economic reforms are perhaps the one who look back on the Mao years with the most nostalgia. Dissident Liu Binyan wrote in Newsweek, "they feel that though life was hard in those years, it was more or less egalitarian, and people had the right to, moreover, to stop the wrongdoing of bureaucrats. But now the gap between rich and poor is growing wider and wider. Millions of workers in state owned factories have lost their jobs or are only partially paid. Retirement pensions are constantly in arrears. The peasants have been suffering under increasing financial burdens, sometimes including extortion at the hands of local officials. Corruption and abuse of power have run wild." 
- Many poor Chinese abhor the new millionaires who exploit tax breaks, child labor and financial privileges to get rich quick. "Red-eye disease" describes jealousy brought about being left out but seeing others gett rich quick. One orange farmer in Hunan told Time, "Rich entrepreneurs spend the equivalent of my annual income in one night at a karaoke bar." 
- One poor peasant in the Guizhou told the New York Times, " My biggest wish is that government will change its policies and help us to get rich, because living in this kind of poverty makes us too embarrassed to go out of doors."

Riots in Left Out Regions in China
- In the poor province where peasants have been left out of the economic miracle there have been riots and social unrest. In the Guizhou Province, workers who were not paid for working on a road rioted. The province's Communist newspaper reported "illegal elements openly smashed vehicles, illegally took hostages and robbed public security cadres and police of their firearms, thus causing serious consequences." 
- Historically rural poverty has been one of the main causes of political unrest. In the mid 1990s, tens of thousands of peasants rioted in the cities of Kaili and Tingren in Guizhou Province over punishing taxes, harsh birth control policies and the high cost of feeding and educating their family. The army had to be called to restore order.
 See Demonstrations, Taxes, Government; Land Seizures, Agriculture, Economics.

Homeless in Beijing
- Hundreds of homeless people can be found in Beijing south of Tiananmen Square in Qianmen, where mazelike neighborhoods are being bulldozed and grand shopping promenades erected. Jonathan Ansfield wrote in the New York Times, most of them are ‘ migrants from the countryside, whose chances of escaping their predicament have dimmed with the falteringeconomy. Many of the migrants are elderly or disabled people who came here after their relatives left their villages in search of jobs along the coast. Others are petitioning for redress for a host of alleged wrongs, including the seizure of land for development. [Source: Jonathan Ansfield, New York Times, March 3, 2009] 
- “The police and official city management squads conduct regular sweeps to chase the vagrants out. They crack down especially hard in periods like this week, when annual parliamentary sessions are getting under way at the Great Hall of the People...But after each raid, people creep back into pedestrian tunnels and covered walkways to sleep.” [Ibid] 
- One of the homeless is Zhang Xianping, a 26-year-old man paralyzed from the waist down. ‘The young man said his brother and sister, who cared for him, had left their home in the mountainsof Guizhou for work in factories far away. Despondent, he traveled to Tiananmen Square, planning to catch a glimpse of it before he planned committed suicide. Then he met another homless man who coaxed him not to kill himself. Now he sells books and wind-up toys on the streets. “ [Ibid]

Help for Homeless in China
- Jonathan Ansfield wrote in the New York Times. ‘The national government, in fact, has made provisions to help the homeless. In 2003, the government abolished a network of abuse-ridden camps where vagrants could be legally detained and replaced them with relief stations that provided short-term room and board and tickets home to those who requested them.’ [Source: Jonathan Ansfield, New York Times, March 3, 2009] 
- “The authorities, however, were given leeway to force vagrants with no capacity or with limited capacity for civil conduct into the shelters. But many homeless people avoid the relief stations, saying they believe the main goal is to ship them home.” [Ibid] 
- “In a survey of the stations in the capital completed in 2006, Li Yingsheng, a sociologist at Renmin University in Beijing, found that 20 percent of the migrants said they were there involuntarily.’ Before the Olympics in 2008, many homeless in Beijing were taken to shelter 30 miles from the city. Some taken there said they were not released until several weeks after the Olympics were over. “ [Ibid]

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It snowed a little in Tokyo today.

Suppose you are rich with a lot of assets.

You know there are many criminals in this world who would steal your money if they get a slight chance at all.  You know you have to be careful and you have to keep your assets tight.

Then Christ Jesus tells you to give money to the poor and follow Him. What will be your reaction or response as a rich man?  You might find an enemy in Christ Jesus.

But, if you are a fairly poor man, you might find a friend in Christ Jesus.  As the God has an infinite amount of wealth and money, it is far more reasonable to befriend Christ Jesus.

So, remember the wealth God governs is infinite while that you do is very limited before infinity.

Mat 12:9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:
Mat 12:10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.
Mat 12:11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?

Thursday, December 08, 2011

"Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals" - Natural Disaster & The Bible


Natural Disasters & The Bible

1. God has said in Bible prophecy that natural disasters would grow in frequency and intensity as the end of the age approaches—to shake people out of their complacency and lead them to seek Him (Matthew:24:7; Luke:21:25-26; Revelation:6:12; 11:13; 16:18). 
2. In His design for the world, God allows many events to run their course according to "time and chance" (Ecclesiastes:9:11), so that many tragedies are, for those affected, accidental and unforeseeable. 
3. Those who die in accidents or natural disasters are not necessarily greater sinners than those who survive (Luke:13:1-5). 
4. Personal tragedies or calamities are not necessarily the result of one's sins (John:9:2-3). 
5. Natural disasters or accidents should humble us, helping us to see our dependence on God to sustain and deliver us (Revelation:16:8-11). 
6. Natural disasters have sometimes been the direct judgment of God on a rebellious humanity (Genesis:6:6-7, 11-13, 17; 18:20; 19:24-25). 
7. Some natural disasters are made worse by man's poor judgments (Proverbs:14:12) and age-long rejection of God and His laws, resulting in worsening environmental and climatic conditions. 
8. God is a truly loving God who is working out a great plan for all humanity (John:3:16; 2 Peter:3:9; 1 Timothy:2:4; 1 Corinthians:15:22-24). 
9. Converted Christians who die in natural disasters will be resurrected to immortality in the first resurrection at the return of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians:15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians:4:16; Revelation:20:4-6). 
10. Non-Christians who die in natural disasters, those who never had a genuine understanding of God or real opportunity for eternal salvation, will be raised in the second or general resurrection to live again in the flesh with their first real opportunity to learn God's way, repent and be saved (John:5:28-29; Matthew:12:41-42; Revelation:20:5). 
11. The multitudes of humanity who are raised in the second or general resurrection will experience joyful and abundant life under the rule of the Kingdom of God (Ezekiel:37:12-14). 
12. The sufferings experienced now in "this present evil age" (Galatians:1:4)—this era of man's self-rule under the influence of Satan the devil—are writing a lesson of experience about what it means to live in a world cut off from God and His ways. 
13. We don't know all the reasons God brings or permits specific calamities or why particular people are made to suffer by them, but we should trust that in God's omniscience and ultimate wisdom He knows how to work out what is best for everyone in the end (Romans:8:28; 1 Timothy:2:4). 
14. Jesus Christ will eventually return to usher in the rule of the Kingdom of God (Revelation:11:15; Daniel:7:14), under which natural disasters will no longer plague mankind. 
15. When all humanity is at last glorified, there will be no more pain, suffering or sorrow (Revelation:21:4). 
16. All the sufferings of this brief present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory we will ultimately experience for all eternity to come (Romans:8:18; 2 Corinthians:4:17-18). GN

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Mark 13:7-9 ESV / 103 helpful votes
And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains. “But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. 
Isaiah 45:7 ESV / 75 helpful votes
I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things. 
John 1:1-51 ESV / 12 helpful votes
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ... 
Isaiah 54:11 ESV / 11 helpful votes
“O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and lay your foundations with sapphires. 
John 3:16 ESV / 8 helpful votes
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 
1 Samuel 12:18 ESV / 6 helpful votes
So Samuel called upon the Lord, and the Lord sent thunder and rain that day, and all the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel. 
Genesis 6:6-7 ESV / 6 helpful votes
And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 
Psalm 1:1-20:9 ESV / 5 helpful votes
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; ... 
Job 1:8-22 ESV / 5 helpful votes
And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord. ... 
Revelation 2:1-12 ESV / 4 helpful votes
“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. ... 
Luke 1:1-80 ESV / 4 helpful votes
Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught. In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. ... 
Exodus 9:13-35 ESV / 4 helpful votes
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Rise up early in the morning and present yourself before Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, “Let my people go, that they may serve me. For this time I will send all my plagues on you yourself, and on your servants and your people, so that you may know that there is none like me in all the earth. For by now I could have put out my hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, and you would have been cut off from the earth. But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth. You are still exalting yourself against my people and will not let them go. ...

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For millennia, believers, scoffers and the curious have wondered at the Biblical account of the Star. The Bible recounts unusual, or even impossible astronomical events at Christ’s birth. For many doubters, the account of the Star is easily dismissed as myth. For many believers, it’s a mystery accepted on faith. But what happens if we combine current historical scholarship, astronomical fact and an open mind? Judge for yourself…If the Star was a real historical event, why are we learning of the evidence only now? Why isn’t it common knowledge?... 
We now know much about the Star.
1. It signified birth.
2. It signified kingship.
3. It had a connection with the Jewish nation.
4. It rose in the east, like other stars.
5. It appeared at a precise time.
6. Herod didn’t know when it appeared.
7. It endured over time.
8. It was ahead of the Magi as they went south from Jerusalem to Bethlehem.
9. It stopped over Bethlehem.
All but one of the nine Biblical qualifications for the Star have now been plausibly satisfied:
1. The first conjunction signified birth by its association to the day with Virgo “birthing” the new moon. Some might argue that the unusual triple conjunction by itself could be taken to indicate a new king.
2. The Planet of King’s coronation of the Star of Kings signified kingship.
3. The triple conjunction began with the Jewish New Year and took place within Leo, showing a connection with the Jewish tribe of Judah (and prophecies of the Jewish Messiah).
4. Jupiter rises in the east.
5. The conjunctions appeared at precise, identifiable times.
6. Herod was unaware of these things; they were astronomical events which had significance only when explained by experts.
7. The events took place over a span of time sufficient for the Magi to see them both from the East and upon their arrival in Jerusalem.
8. Jupiter was ahead of the Magi as they traveled south from Jerusalem to Bethlehem.
But the ninth qualification would require that Jupiter stop over Bethlehem. How could a planet do that? And did Jupiter do it? 
The problem with a planet stopping is not what you might think. The problem is not that planets can’t stop. Just the opposite. The problem is that all planets are always stopped to the eye of a human observer. The sky moves above Earth at half the speed of the hour hand on a common clock. Its movement is imperceptible to the naked eye. So, if all stars are always stopped, what can Matthew have meant?
Perhaps you have already anticipated the key to this final mystery: retrograde motion. An astronomer tracking the movement of planets through the star field watches not so much on the scale of minutes, but on the longer scale of days, weeks and months. On this scale of time, Jupiter did stop. On December 25 of 2 BC as it entered retrograde, Jupiter reached full stop in its travel through the fixed stars. Magi viewing from Jerusalem would have seen it stopped in the sky above the little town of Bethlehem. 

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Act 12:8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.
Act 12:9 And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.
Act 12:10 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.
Act 12:11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the LORD hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

"said Jesus, Let her alone"

Tokyo in December....last year...

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Joh 12:4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,
Joh 12:5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
Joh 12:6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
Joh 12:7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.
Joh 12:8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

"not one of them is forgotten before God" - Cure

 Great, Great Tokyo...


Disabled & Aging Persons

How Many Did Chrst Jesus Heal?

Q. How many people did Jesus heal when he was in this world? 
A. - He healed 26 specific persons of leper, blindness, deafness, deaf and dumb, paralysis... some of the healings are mentioned in three Gospels, so, the Gospels are full of physical healings (Matt.8,9,12,20, Mr.1,2,3,5,7,8,10, Lk.4,5,6,7,8,13,14,1718,22, Jn.4,5,9). 
- He delivered 7 persons from the demons of spinal bent for 18 year, epilepsy, blindness, madness ... (Lk.4,8,9,11,13, Matt.12,15,17, Mr.1,5,7,9). 
- He resurrected three persons (Matt.9, Mr.5, Lc.7,8, Jn.11). 
- On top of it He healed and delivered many others as reported in Lk 6,4, Mk 6, Matt.4,9,15,19, : "A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coast of Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by evil spirits were cured, and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all." (Lk.6:17-19).                             

(to be continued...)

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Most of people are not sick and ill.

But there are many ill personas and the wounded in this world.  And, in most cases they do not much harm others.  Often, they are or can be victims of some sort.

Yet, rich men can get advanced medical treatment easily.  They can pay for expensive medical treatment whenever they find something wrong in their bodies.  So, physically they can be happier than poor people.

So, the handicapped and the disabled cannot even well get prepared for their later stage of life.  Poor men die earlier than than rich men.  That is one reason why everybody tries to be rich before getting so old as much as possible.

But when they succeed in getting rich, they would usually lose favor of God.  They will not be given eternal life.   Only poor and faithful people who die earlier than rich people are given eternal life by God.  So, they are trying to be healthy and rich and inevitably to be destined to the hell

So, it was a big surprise that the rich man Steven Jobs died comparatively young in his 50s.

Anyway, you do not have to worry about your health or illness, as long as you have faith in Christ Jesus and the God Almighty.

Luk 12:6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

Monday, December 05, 2011

"have ye not read in the law" - Good vs. Evil


Good vs. Evil

Any authentic religion, such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism, tries to promote good against evil.

So, it seems that if 100% of mankind becomes good, every problem in the world should be solved.

Even if 80% of  of mankind becomes good, every problem in the world should be solved.

Probably, if 50% of  of mankind becomes good, every problem in the world would be solved.

For argument's sake, if 10% of  of mankind becomes good, every problem in the world has a chance of being solved.

But what is reality?  Look around and think of 10 persons you know.  And, what percentage do you find?  

Once or before the Industrial Revolution, the Civil War, or WWII, in any community of any nation in the world, at least nominally, they emphasized importance of education as a means to make good adults out of innocent children.  But, today, schools in advanced countries and advancing countries seem to be used as a means to make slaves of money.  Or at least, children are taught that they can pursue their own happiness if they do obey rule of money but not rule of God.

Indeed, there are so many shameless rich men today who try to provide education for children so that they will serve Mammon but not God.

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Q: Amount of education Jesus Christ had? 
A: The New Testament is silent regarding Jesus' "developmental" years. Of His childhood, Luke's gospel says, "And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him." (Luke 2:40). 
We see Him reasoning in the temple at age 12 (Luke 2:42-49), then in chapter 3 the narrative "fast-forwards" to Jesus' baptism by John the Baptist when He was about 30. 
Of these "missing" years, Luke's gospel merely says (at the close of chapter 2), "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." (Luke 2:52). The other gospel accounts similarly give no details of Jesus' life between the ages of twelve and thirty.
So, who was a teacher of Christ Jesus?  Or, who could be a teacher of the Son of God or the God Himself?

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The Occupy Wall Street movement may lead participants and sympathizers to a very surprising direction.

Anti-Semitism in the Occupy Wall Street Movement 
TUESDAY, 11 OCTOBER 2011 12:40 
For the past three weeks, protestors of various stripes have made their way to New York City’s Financial District as part of the movement known as “Occupy Wall Street,” a self-described “people-powered movement for democracy inspired by the Egyptian Tahrir Square uprisings....” 
In addition, however, the Occupy Wall Street movement has also included a fair deal of anti-Semitic protesters, who rely on classically leftist and communist anti-semitic arguments associating Jews with capitalism, and who are informed by the anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian rhetoric espoused by those leftist coalitions fueling the Occupy Wall Street movement...
Proudhon is best known for being the first self-identified anarchist, and in 1840, he published What is Property? Or, An Inquiry Into the Principle of Right and Government, which inspired Karl Marx, who maintained a years-long correspondence with Proudhon. In it, he asserted that property is theft, and argued for mutualism, where each person is equally doled out some of society’s “means of production,” with trade representing equivalent amounts of labor, and where religious and ethnic identities are eradicated in favor of global revolutionary fervor and “brotherhood...”
Karl Marx’s anti-Semitism is ubiquitous and is clearly laid out in his 1844 work Zur Judenfrage (“On the Jewish Question,” alternatively entitled “A World Without Jews.”) In it, Marx (whose parents were Jewish converts to Lutheranism) blames the Jews for income inequality (which communism sees as a grave evil), and sinisterly condemns Judaism as a societal opiate which is a mere reflection of “bourgeoisie” socioeconomic circumstances. Marx accuses Jews of being “capitalist hucksters,” viciously perpetuating a nearly 2000-year long canard of Jewish financial largesse, and articulates a position that was later used as anti-Semitic propaganda by the Nazi regime... 
In addition, John Maynard Keynes, whose collectivist advocacy of bailouts, central banking, and massive governmental intervention to “stabilize” output over the business cycle has directed American economic policy in every presidential administration since FDR, was also known for strong biases against the Jews. Keynes, the left’s intellectual hero, infamously stated that “It is not agreeable to see civilization so under the ugly thumbs of its impure Jews who have all the money and the power and brains,” essentially equivalent to what many Occupy Wall Street protesters are spewing. Keynes also advocated segregation, in the same manner as Proudhon and the Nazis. 
When understood that the collectivist left’s towering ideologues saw hatred of the Jews as essential to their ideology of global anti-capitalist revolution, it becomes clear that the anti-Semitism observed in the Occupy Wall Street movement has a blatant historical basis in the thought of Proudhon, Marx, and Keynes, the fathers of the anarchism, socialism, and economic collectivism driving these protests.
The tangible part of Occupy Wall Street might not be so dramatic as the civil wars in Libya and so on.  But, its intangible part might really decide the outcome of the 2012 Presidential Election in whatsoever direction.

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Today in a Japanese Diet session, PM Mr. Noda was asked whether he thought that he had chosen right persons for right Cabinet portfolios.

Some ministers are now facing a predicament, bringing all their problems on themselves.  Indeed even in Japan, lawmakers are survivors of stupid games of making money, making their way into voters' and rich men's favor, and hunting positions in a political party or the Government.

A reason why I am worried about PM Mr. Noda is not simple corruption but a some sort of machinations, since he is pursuing an increase in a consumption tax rate while the Government has other financial resources and also he is trying to join TPP while there is no need for Japan to join such a vague and biased international trade agreement.

So, it is safe for Japan to change its prime minister every year.

It also goes for the US; it might be safer for the US to change its president in every four years.

Mat 12:5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
Mat 12:6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.