Saturday, March 15, 2014

"And Solomon awoke"

Tokyo Trains

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1Ki 3:15 And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.
1Ki 3:16 Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.
1Ki 3:17 And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house.
1Ki 3:18 And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.
1Ki 3:19 And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid it.
1Ki 3:20 And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.
1Ki 3:21 And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.
1Ki 3:22 And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.
1Ki 3:23 Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.
1Ki 3:24 And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king.
1Ki 3:25 And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.
1Ki 3:26 Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.

Friday, March 14, 2014

"the gain thereof than fine gold" - Talented, Ambitious, and Blessed Women?


Talented, Ambitious, and Blessed Women?

The Degree of Advancement of Women in Society

Country................Corporate Management Occupation by Women
1. Philippines....... 114.3

2. Australia........... 58.4

3. Singapore......... 46.4

4. Malaysia.............34.3

5. Thailand.............30.2

6. China...................19.4

7. JAPAN...............10.5

Why can Japanese women not make advancement in businesses?

It is due to tradition and culture of Japan, of course.  For almost 700 years till the late 19th century, Japan had been under the rule of the sword of samurais.  And till the end of WWII or 1945, Japanese people were under the rule of the spirit of samurais.  And samurais played roles of warriors, bureaucrats, engineers, educators, and masters of women and children.  Japan was an absolutely a male-dominated country.

Nonetheless there were some women in the Japanese history who ascended to the imperial throne.  These women were actually called "Emperor" but not "Empress."

When an emperor died without a suitable son mature enough to immediately take the title of emperor, his wife or widow, namely an empress, could assume the title of emperor to succeed her deceased husband and keep the imperial position till her son became old enough to become emperor.   Like this case, female emperors were not regular and normal existence.  It was an exceptional case to cope with an urgent situation.  

So, probably even today, it must be in a very special situation  that a Japanese business has a woman assume the presidency.  She must have ability and talent while meeting a special or urgent need of the company she works in.

And, a samurai was forced, depending on circumstances,  to commit ritual suicide by disembowelment, namely hara-kiri or seppuku, in order to expiate or compensate for his sin or failure.  But in the samurai world, women were not allowed to commit hara-kiri.  They cut through their throat with a knife or a short sword in case.

Next to the Vatican, the Islamic world, some African tribes, and the like, Japan is not a good environment for talented and ambitious women.  But a talented and ambitious woman is often very dangerous for a man whether he is talented and ambitious or not.

However, you cannot tell how a woman can be blessed by God if she deserves it.

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Pro 3:12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
Pro 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
Pro 3:14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
Pro 3:15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

"the LORD God said unto the woman" - Holy Teachings

Mt. Fuji 100 km in the Westward 

Holy Teachings

Christ Jesus delivered many teachings He must have expected to be handed down over generations of human beings.

Accordingly we have to review those teachings as many times as possible.

What was Jesus' most important teaching? 
Best Answer
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The Most Important Teaching of Jesus 
July 16th, 2013 by Oleg Kostyuk -
However, there is one dialogue in the Gospel of John that usually gets overlooked. It is the dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus in John chapter three. Many Christians are familiar with John 3:16 that states that God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone and anyone who believes in him will have everlasting life. But, what else do we know about this discussion between Nicodemus and Jesus? 
What Do You Consider to be Jesus’ Most Important Teachings and Deeds? 
Posted by jasondulle 
Aaron Says:
March 15, 2011 at 4:37 pm
Mark 12:29-31, 
29. And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
30. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

The Most Important Teaching: Love for God and Neighbor
More than once people did ask Jesus Christ which was His most important teaching in order to inherit eternal life in the Kingdom of God. Some asked because they wanted to know and others did to find a reason to accuse Him. 
Thus one day, a Jewish lawyer (a man who studied the Law of God) wishing to put Jesus Christ to the test asked Him, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" 
Jesus Christ said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it. You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments rest all the law and the prophets."

Jesus Taught the Most Important Command Is to Love 
Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31 (NLT)

Jesus' Teaching #1 of 10:
“Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 (TEV) *

Comment: I remember seeing people camping on the sidewalk in a large city. It was freezing cold. They were trying to stay warm, huddled in blankets and cardboard boxes and sleeping bags. Some of them waited for up to two days. They were in line to get tickets for a concert. Whenever I have attended a play or concert or ballgame, I sometimes wonder (from my seat way in the back) who gets to sit in the front row. Guess who? The ones who were determined enough to go after the best seats.

Q: What is Jesus most famous teaching? 
The most famous teaching of Jesus is called, The Beatitudes. This is the first part of sermon called The Sermon on the Mount. Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

(to be continued...)

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Gen 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
Gen 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"which is new Jerusalem" - Money and Religion

Mt. Fuji 100 km Far

Money and Religion

One simple question is whether you can give money to the poor if you are rich.

Another questions is how much you will protect yourself and your wealth from the poor.

Most of people think in their hearts that they will not give money to the poor, at least unconditionally.  And they think most probably that they would take measures as much as possible to defend themselves, their families, and their wealth.

So, super rich men try to have connection with politicians who have political and administrative power in addition to an influence on the police.  Politicians in return get big money or some financial support from super rich men if they help them keep their wealth so safely.

The key to objectively understanding this situation is for us to assume presence of Satan in the form of money.

This situation in the human society is a process of Satan conquering human minds.  In this money-contaminated society, even a dollar cannot be earned by a man without joining any evil scheme in the world.  Indeed, even a dollar cannot be kept by a man without taking any evil strategy to.take advantage of people of good will.    

With money to earn or keep, one would regard all the others as enemies.  They would resort to any means to steal money, a man would think.  Accordingly, he would play more effective tricks.  He will never refer to the Bible in doing so.

Satan is in money.  As soon as a man gets any money, he will establish an emotional bond with Satan.  He will love money, which means he loves Satan.  It is because money allows him to satisfy any desire.  Even a church being financially run with money cannot be free from an influence of Satan.  Church members and management would admit power of money in their religious life.  But such religious life has a dark shadow behind the altar that is Satan.

So, when you see a big church built with various costly material and decorations, you must think the church is under an influence of Satan to the extent that the church is materially magnificent.

Put simply, the Vatican looks too splendid.  Satan must be hiding somewhere in the big buildings in the precincts of the Vatican.

However, Muslims also love to build magnificent mosques and minarets.  Many devils must be wandering in the Islamic society, too.

In Japan, traditionally Japanese Buddhists have loved to build big (wooden) temples and shintoists also built big (wooden) shrines if possible.  But shintoism also regards some mountains as they are as shrines.  Mt. Fuji is the main body of a shinto shrine.

Even today Japanese people think it is a kind of religious act to observe rising of the sun from the top of Mt. Fuji in the early morning of January 1.  Truly when they are watching sunrise, they must forget how much money they have.  

When you understand how Japanese feel on watching Mt. Fuji, you get closer to God in your religion.

And, nobody thinks Satan is on the summit of Mt Fuji.

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Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"hold that fast which thou hast" - Review of the 3/11 Disaster

Around Tokyo Bay

Review of the 3/11 Disaster

Just three years ago, a big natural disaster hit Japan, which also triggered a nuclear accident.

Though it was huge tsunamis that took on 20,000 lives in the Pacific coast lines north of Tokyo, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident gave a more serious impact on all the Japanese people.  Indeed, the tsunami devastated roughly 10% of Japanese seaboard regions, but the nuclear issue covers all of the Japanese land.

If no nuclear accident had followed the tsunami disaster, Japan should not have suffered so much  infliction economically, socially, and psychologically.  Conversely, the M9.0 earthquake seems to have occurred to induce great tsunamis, so that eventually a 15-meter tsunami attacked and destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi (No.1) Nuclear Power Plant.

There are many aspects in the tragedy of 2011.  But the gravest point is that the 3/11 Disaster exposed evil accompanying a policy to promote nuclear energy.  It also pointed us at how foolish we have become due to success in building up this material civilization, as our minds darkened by material desire missed so many signs and omens giving a warning to prepare for a big earthquake and a big tsunami.

For example, Japan experienced a big earthquake around the commercial center of West Japan in 1995, which killed 6,000 people.  In 2004, a huge tsunami was set off off Sumatra Island, Indonesia, causing more than 200,000 deaths around the Indian Ocean.  In 2008, the Great Sichuan Earthquake of China made 90,000 people meet their death and 15 million citizens urgently evacuated, while probably some nuclear facilities of the Chinese military in the region were seriously damaged.  And finally, in 2010 a powerful urban earthquake in Haiti brought death to more than 310,000 citizens.  Truly we have had a plenty of signs of ill presage before March 11, 2011.
If we, the Japanese people, had been afraid of and respected God or Heaven more, we must have sensed any extraordinary warning in the above incidents in the world.  But leading politicians, elite bureaucrats, and corporate executives did not humbly check and correct their behaviors.  They were enjoying high living in Tokyo and other major cities.  While they had observed tragedies and plights of the US which faced the 9/11 Terror, the subsequent War on Terror, and the 2008 Financial Crisis, they did not get prepared for any coming crisis in Japan.

Before the 3/11 Tsunami, engineers of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (the owner of the Fukushima Daiichi Plant) realized a possibility that their nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture could be hit by a 10-meter high tsunami, while the Plant was designed just to withstand a 6-meter tsunami at most.  Even some professors reported before March 11, 2011 that the Pacific coast line of the Tohoku region, including Fukushima, had experienced a huge tsunami every 1000 years, while the last one occurred just 1,100 years ago.  A then nuclear regulatory office of the Japanese Government must have been aware of these matters, but they didn't take any action to enhance anti-tsunami features of the Fukushima Daiichi Plant.   Though no one has been put in trial due to negligence in their duty to protect the nuclear power plant, it is apparent that there was a big fault those elites of the Japanese society should admit.

With serious repentance, Japan should abandon the promotion of use of nuclear energy.  But now the Japanese Government is about to examine applications filed by utilities to restart their nuclear power plants, since all the 50 or so nuclear power plants have been stopped in the wake of the Fukushima accident.  Probably, by 2020 when the Tokyo Olympics is held, Japan will have 10 nuclear power plants in service.  It is not pleasant at all.

God gave a big warning to the US with the 9/11 Terror on their status as the militarily sole super-power on the earth.  God also delivered a big admonition to the world with the 2008 Financial Crisis on pursue of wealth Wall Street businesses was driving.  And He warned us against use of the nuclear energy with the 3/11 Disaster of Japan.

And logically, if we don't hear Him fully, something more terrible could happen.

 August 31, 2012
Japan for Sustainability (JFS) 
Japan for Sustainability (JFS)--a non-governmental organization (NGO) that provides environmental information from Japan to 188 countries -- announced the findings of its international web survey of opinions from around the world regarding Japan's soon-to-be-decided direction on energy policy to 2030. 
Zero Scenario (zero nuclear power by 2030)...70% (224 responses)
15% Scenario (15% by 2030)...15% (47 responses)
20-25% Scenario (20 to 25% by 2030)...10% (34 responses)
Other...4% (13 responses)
Don't Know...1% (4 responses)

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Rev 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Monday, March 10, 2014

"he had healed many" - Another Earthquake before March 11, 2011

Tokyo Downtown

Another Earthquake before March 11, 2011 

On March 11, 2011, an M9.0 earthquake was set off under the Pacific Ocean between Honsyu Island and the Japan trench.

This undersea earthquake with the epicenter 100 km off Sendai City triggered 10-meter high tsunamis which devastated Japanese coast lines over 500 km mostly north of Tokyo.  These tsunamis crippled the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, too.

Recently Japanese scientists found that this March 11 earthquake was an indirect product of another earthquake.

On March 9, 2011, two days before March 11, an M7.3 earthquake occurred near the epicenter of the M9.0 earthquake.  It caused slow sliding of a great mass of undersea land toward the Japanese trench.

The movement of the sliding seems to have been accelerated to a high speed near the Japanese trench in the Pacific Ocean.  Probably due to this kinetic energy, a fault near the trench slid for 50 meters or so.  And, an influenced area of this sliding expanded from the north to the south, making massive force converge on the epicenter of the M9.0 earthquake.  Finally on March 11, a big fault was destroyed by this force to cause the M9.0 earthquake which eventually took on 20,000 people and destroyed four nuclear reactors of Fukushima Daiichi. 

In the above figure, the brown lines, including the Japanese trench along with the straight line A to B, are boundaries between continental plates.  Note that 2011/03/11 05:46 means March 11, 2011 at 2:46 p.m. (Japan Time).  M9.1 was later corrected to Magnitude 9.0.

So, if earthquake seismology had been more advanced on March 9, 2011, scientists should have been able to catch a sign that a huge but slow undersea land slip was triggered.  They must have been able to predict another big earthquake coming soon.  Then, many lives must have been saved and the nuclear accident might have been avoided.

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Mar 3:10 For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues.