Saturday, January 11, 2014

”an angel of the Lord standing” - Who Thinks of God More


Who Thinks of God More

There are people earning money, working, say, in a dangerous corner of Fukushima Daiichi.

And there are people earning money, working, say, in well-equipped and comfortable office in Tokyo.

Those who love money and riches in this world would not see differences between them except in that the former are fools and the latter are smarts.

But, when you are working physically and psychologically critical and unbearable condition, you might think about God more often than when you are working in a mighty and sophisticated building.

For example, people living in islands of ever lasting summer have never tried to find a way to God. A congenial climate and abundant foods promised and assured for centuries and more never lead people to God.  Likewise, it cannot be expected that a way to God is needed by people living and working in modern cities as middle-class or upper citizens or rich people, while enjoying gorgeous products of modern technology and refined services provided by well trained people.    

From the beginning materially blessed people have only one value system.  They simply center material and worldly success in their universe.  Being richer and being praised and respected by others for their material achievement are the most valuable thing for them.  They never mind how God sees them, though they are to die soon and face God in person.

Of course, American soldiers fighting in horrible condition in Afghanistan might think of God more often than those working in meticulously arranged offices in the US.  But we have not yet received a report that a saint-like American has emerged over his hard experiences in the War on Terror.

Of course, Muslims  fighting in horrible condition in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and so on might think of God more often than those working in meticulously arranged offices in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, etc.   But we have not yet received a report that a saint-like Muslim has emerged over his hard experiences in the decade-long tragedy of the Islamic world.

It must be also recalled that Christ Jesus appeared in ancient Israel before the Jewish-Roman War.  Of course, Israelis at the time fighting in horrible condition against the Roman Empire might have thought of God more often than those living, before the Jewish-Roman War, in Jerusalem and other regions in ancient Palestine in more peaceful condition.  But we have never heard that a saint who must have been as holy as Christ Jesus appeared through Israelis' wars against the Roman Empire which continued to the middle of the first century.      

Nonetheless, that must be the only effective timing for emergence of Christ Jesus.  If Christ Jesus had not come to the world or ancient Israel before the fall of Jerusalem and the subsequent diaspora, it should have been extremely difficult for some Judaists at the time to follow Christ Jesus and have faith in Him.

So, historical necessity and fate seem to work more decisively than individual condition and a general situation of people in terms of development of relationship between God and people.

Having thought so, we may still expect that people undergoing hardship think about God or evil more deeply than lucky people.  They must be closer to God or Satan than happy people.  In this context, still we have to believe that God defeats Satan, so easily.    

But for example,
But under the constant threat of violence from the surrounding Muslim countries as well as the so-called “Palestinians” who hope to take the land in its entirety for themselves and aim to kill all the Jews in the process, this tiny nation, just 8000 square miles, is forced to be vigilant at all times in order to protect its people and mere existence.

Is it hardship enough to invoke angels of God?

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Luk 1:11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
Luk 1:12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
Luk 1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

"And Ozias begat Joatham" - God for Jewdaists

Mt. Fuji at Dusk 100 km Far

God for Jewdaists

Let's study how God has been understood by Hebrews, Israelites, Israelis, and Judaists.
The conception of God in Judaism is strictly monotheistic. God is an absolute one, indivisible and incomparable being who is the ultimate cause of all existence. Jewish tradition teaches that the true aspect of God is incomprehensible and unknowable, and that it is only God's revealed aspect that brought the universe into existence, and interacts with mankind and the world. In Judaism, the one God of Israel is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who is the guide of the world, delivered Israel from slavery in Egypt, and gave them the 613 Mitzvot at Mount Sinai as described in the Torah. [God, in true sense is, above everything else, undescribable, since He is only theoretically considered as ‘being in existence’ before creation of the world, since before creation there were nobody and noth-ing to give witness of His existence. In Kabbalah, God before creation is given the characterization of Ein-Sof. His creative aspect is then YHVH (YH as yah and VH as veh) with the meaning of ‘He who brings things into being’ or simply ‘creator’. Look about YHVH below]
God cannot be seen.  But Hebrews believed God exists.  And God brought the universe into existence.  This is still a basic concept of believers in the world even today.  It might not be so important how we call God, but Judaists have been serious in this point.
What does Judaism teach about God? 
In Judaism, ultimate reality is a single, all-powerful God. It is this belief that made the Jews unique among other ancient Semitic peoples and that became the legacy Judaism has passed on to the entire Western world. 
The sacred name of God, as revealed to Moses in the book of Exodus, is YHWH. Since ancient Hebrew was written without vowels, we do not know the original pronunciation of this word. The common pronunciation "Jehovah," however, is incorrect. It is derived from combining the vowels for Adonai ("Lord") with the four consonants of YHWH.
A more "correct" pronunciation, and that which is used among scholars, is "Yahweh." The discussion is irrelevant to observant Jews, however, as they do not pronounce this holiest of names. When the Torah is read aloud, Adonai ("Lord") is read in its place. This practice is reflected in most English translations, in which YHWH is rendered "LORD." Jews also refer to God as Hashem, "the Name."
The word YHWH is sometimes referred to as the Tetragrammaton, from the Greek for "four-lettered." It is also called The Forbidden Name or the Unutterable Name. The prohibition against pronouncing this name does not originate with the command to not take the Lord's name in vain, as is sometimes thought.
Although traditionally this only applies to the Name in Hebrew, some modern Jews also refrain from writing the word "God," replacing it instead with "G-d." Opinions vary within Judaism as to the necessity of such a practice.
Of course, they do not call their God Jesus.  If the Pope said to Judaists that the name of their God is Jesus, they will not respond.
Who Was Jesus?
The Jewish View of Jesus 
Stated simply, the Jewish view of Jesus of Nazareth is that he was an ordinary Jewish man and preacher living during the Roman occupation of the Holy Land in the first century C.E. The Romans executed him - and also executed many other nationalistic and religious Jews - for speaking out against Roman authority and abuses.

Indeed, it is too revolutionary for Jewdaists to believe that a man is also God.

But God is almighty.  He can be a man, though a man cannot be God.

However, who believed that God lives in a man-built temple?

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Mat 1:8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;
Mat 1:9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;
Mat 1:10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

"with the Holy Ghost" - Another Tower of Babel

Anti-Nuclear Movement in Government Office Quarter, Tokyo 

Another Tower of Babel  

Can we survive the next 2000 years like our history has survived for 4000 years since Abraham and for 2000 years since Christ Jesus.
Civilization 2500: life 500 years into the future
By Dick Pelletier
    After rising from the primordial soup 3.5 billion years ago, Earth life began an evolutionary trip that has produced today's amazing human. Futurists now ponder what's next. Ray Kurzweil, Michio Kaku, and other forward-thinkers believe technologies will advance exponentially in the centuries ahead, creating mind-boggling changes in how we view life and the world. 
    Of course, no one knows for certain how life will progress in 500 years, but if we look at what experts predict will happen over the next two-to-three decades – biotech fighting disease, bodies strengthened with non-biological materials, and nanotech providing a scarcity-free life – then blend in some sci-fi scenarios, a "magical future" appears. 
    Biotech and nanotech were credited with decreasing death rates from 50 million in 2009, to 35 million by 2020, and 5 million by 2030. During the 2040s, non-biological body parts became both affordable and socially acceptable; and with the added feature of transferring consciousness from damaged bodies into new ones, by 2050, humanity had recorded its last unwanted death. 
    Birthrates diminished during this time also. The desire to perpetuate family lineage through children didn't make sense when indefinite lifespan had become reality. World population totaled seven billion by 2010; ten billion by 2050. 
    From 2050 to 2100, influenced by successful Moon and Mars forays, humanity began a mass exodus to space. By 2100, more than a billion people lived on Moon and Mars, and in artificial space habitats circling above Earth. By 2200, more humans lived in space than on Earth. 
    The first off-world baby was born on Mars in 2035 during construction of the red planet's first colony. As the following centuries unfolded, humanity's presence in space exploded. By 2400, only 3 billion humans remained on Earth, but nearly 50 billion were living their dream life in space. 
    The first alien encounter occurred in 2400 at a Mars meeting with inhabitants from Garth, a planet orbiting a star 43 light years from Earth. Garth and Earth co-founded The Federation with goals to discover intelligent life forms and develop planets for colonization. To date, the group has discovered over 1,000 new intelligent species, with more than half joining the Federation. Humans possess the strongest intelligence systems and have become the dominant force in the organization. 
    By 2100, scientists harnessed 100% of Earth's energy, which allowed weather control and development of warp-speed spaceships. By 2200, we accessed all of our sun's energy which allowed development of technologies that enabled intra-galactic travel. By 2300, we began mining energy from other stars, enabling the construction and operation of wormholes, which allows faster-than-light-speed communication and travel. 
    In mid-2400s we could send information backwards through time. Scientists discovered a wormhole that had existed for billions of years, which enabled travel and communication into periods before the time machine was built. This technology has allowed people to retrieve consciousness and memories from lost loved ones before they died, enabling them to continue living in our time. 
    21st century technologies cured sicknesses, brought an end to aging and death, and ushered in greater-than-human intelligence. In the following centuries, technologies thrust civilization into what can only be described as a "magical future."
This article appeared in various print publications and on-line blogs. Comments always welcome. 
Without faith in God, mankind should have destroyed one another.  Civilizations must have been destroyed.  It is Christianity that made the Industrial Revolution possible.  Even the ancient Greek culture was supported by their imagination about gods.  Development of technology and science in the human world must be linked with faith in God or conditioned by effect of some true religious senses people are bound up in.

Therefore, I don't think present science and technology will progress and advance linearly or exponentially in future if people cannot deepen their faith in God in proportion to the expected possible huge growth of their scientific capability.

Without the solid basement, a Babel-class tall tower cannot be built.  Without deep roots, a tall tree cannot reach the sky or even a cloud floating low.

That mankind realizes immortality through application of science and technology is tantamount to building a great palace.  It cannot be built on sand.  It cannot be built on water of a pond, either.  It needs super solid foundations greater than the palace to be constructed on them.  If mankind becomes immortal, they must meet God.  And God will destroy the human species, if He judges that human beings don't have sufficient faith in God which matches well with significance of immortality.

As there are too many evil people on the earth as we can see looking around, it is more likely that God will put an end to the history of mankind.  And we now live in a very convenient era for this termination, since it is 4000 years after Abraham and 2000 years after Christ Jesus.   

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Mar 1:8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

"Behold, he cometh with clouds"

Tokyo Views

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Rev 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Rev 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Monday, January 06, 2014

"Wherein ye greatly rejoice" - What the Koran Said Finally

Anti-Nuclear Energy Movement Tents in Government District, Tokyo 

What the Koran Said Finally

The last chapters of the Koran are so impressive:
113. Dawn - Al-Falaq
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
113:1 Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of the dawn,
113:2 From the evil of what He has created,
113:3 And from the evil of the utterly dark night when it comes,
113:4 And from the evil of those who blow on knots,
113:5 And from the evil of the envious when he envies

114. Mankind - An-Nas
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
114:1 Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of men,
114:2 The King of men,
114:3 The God of men,
114:4 From the evil of the whisperings of the slinking (Shaitan),
114:5 Who whispers into the hearts of men,
114:6 From among the jinn and the men.
What it implies is so simple that there are only three players in this world and in one's life: God, the man himself, and Satan.

The world and one's life are a stage of battle between good and evil.  Satan uses any elements of this world and a human life for his attack on a man, including happiness, dreams, hope, ambitions, money, etc.  And it is very difficult for a man just to concentrate on this battle, discarding his love for money and worldly success and happiness.

Even man's wish to rely on a great religion can be a trap set by Satan.

That should be why Christ Jesus never declared that he established a new religion.  He only said that He is the only way that guides people to Heaven.  Faith in Christ Jesus alone cannot be a religion.  It is because you will deny anything, including churches and rituals, except Christ Jesus Himself if you believe in Him.

Anyway to live a life without being damaged by Satan is so difficult.  And it seems that the Koran was established as a mean to fight and win Satan, since Satan seems to be the most important theme in parallel with mankind and God in the Koran.

But it is a surprise that Islam was endowed mankind with 600 years after the first emergence of Christ Jesus, while Christ Jesus had already declared that He had won this world with full of devils.      

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1Pe 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
1Pe 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1Pe 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
1Pe 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Sunday, January 05, 2014

"God called the light Day" - Grounds for Holy Judgment

The Year of the Horse

Grounds for Holy Judgment

God is fair to everybody.

He lets rain fall on everybody and the sun shine on everyone, very equally.

He only gives 24 hours a day for all, equally.

Accordingly God gives to everyone equal ability to do good or evil.  Under the same condition people love justice to abandon worldly success or love evil to achieve worldly success.

Indeed on the same earth some people abandon money to accomplish their act of love to the poor, while other people abandon love to the poor to make big money and fulfill their material desire.  

According to their states of souls and minds in this context, people take their positions between Heaven and the hell.

Person A can be regarded as one who accumulates big wealth in Heaven, but Person C is only rich in the worldly sense with only a little wealth in Heaven.

But most of people look like resembling Person B.  They have to face a difficult judgment before God in future.
Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
Mat 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Mat 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Indeed for Person A, his or her treasure is love, faith, or justice, while Person C is always haunted by worldly desire and love for money.

Indeed it should be only God that would pay $1000 trillion for your love, faith and achievement of justice, though in Heaven, if any.  But those bad guys are trying to accumulate $1000 trillion in this world by sacrificing poor people.

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Gen 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
Gen 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Gen 1:6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.