Saturday, June 28, 2014

"we might work the works of God?" - Hitler as an Ex-Spy

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Hitler as an Ex-Spy

Adolf Hitler was recruited by the police or the military as a spy on communists after WWI.
Would you believe Hitler was a spy? The truth is, initally he was a police spy sent in to Infitrate the German Workers Party (DAP) and keep tabs on them. This actually proved a huge mistake on the Reichswehr's part as Hitler was introduced to Anton Drexler and Dietrich Eckart, two of the founders of the DAP and the spy joined the DAP as a practiceing member of the party. He fully agreed with what Drexler and Eckart preached. After Hitler joined the DAP it changed it's name to the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP).  
Hitler was encourgaed by his former commanders after resigning from the army to pursue his participation in the party full time. As such he began organizing meetings in public where he was proving a very charasmatic leader. He'd bring in truck loads of NSDAP supporters who threw out party leaflets while flying the swastika. In his speeces he rallied against Marxist, Jews, rival politicians, the Treaty of Versailles, anything and everything. He knew what the people wanted to hear and he used it to his advantage. And the Army and German Nationalist used him to their advantage to put down the Marxist movement in the Weimar Republic. Which meant a tempory absence from where the NSDAP was headquarted, Munich.  
In his absence a bit of a revolt broke out within the leadership of the NSDAP which lead to the formation of an executive comittie which didn't care for Hitler (perhaps they were smart enough to realize where things were going if he remained in a leadership position). When they formed an alliance with another socialist party Hitler tendered his resignation. The result was that they realized how much loosing Hitler would cost them so they were willing to back down a bit. This lead to Hitler demanding he replace Drexler as NSDAP chairman. Drexler and several other committe members refused to give in until some annonymous individual (probably someone working for Hitler) ran a pamphlet that claimed Hitler was violent and lusted for power. Hitler very publicly filed a lawsuit, which he won. The results of this very public affair was that the executive committe gave in and Hitler was voted in as chairman of the National Socialist German Workers party by 543 to 1 in 1921.  
And when did he become the leader of the Nazis? 1921. The NSDAP was the Nazi party.;_ylt=AwrTHQbW465TpwYA0LpXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE0cmMxOG9vBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDNTEEY29sbwNncTEEdnRpZANWSVA0NzBfMQ--?qid=20110309221707AAiQExD
So, I don't think Hitler personally hated Judaists and descendants of ancient Israelites.  He was not a crazy or fanatic Christian who wanted to take revenge on Judaists for their killing Christ Jesus 1900 years ago.  It is not religion that drove Hitler and his followers to carrying out the atrocity of killing millions of Judaists.

There must be somebody behind the scene that told Hitler to expel Jredaists from the German society.

Like in the case of Osama bin Laden, there must have been mentors of hatred.  However such masterminds behind the scene must have been killed in the war in each case of Hitler's and Osama's.

Maybe Hitler died as an ex-spy and Osama died as a son of a Saudi billionaire without deep understanding of what they had done.      

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Joh 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
Joh 6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
Joh 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Friday, June 27, 2014

"Love your enemies" - King and His Palace against Christ Jesus

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King and His Palace against Christ Jesus

It is interesting to know that Bethlehem where Christ Jesus was born was 5 km or 3 miles away from Herodium.
Herodium or Herodion is a truncated cone-shaped hill, located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) south of Jerusalem and 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) southeast of Bethlehem, in the Judean desert (the West Bank). Herod the Great built a fortress, a palace, and a small town in Herodium, between 23 and 15 BCE, and is believed to have been buried there.[2] Herodium is 758 meters (2,487 ft) above sea level,[3] the highest peak in the Judean desert.
When Herod the Great died, his son Herod Antipas took over. Herod Antipas ruled the region from 4 B.C. to 39 A.D. But it was in Jerusalem that Herod Antipas saw Christ Jesus in a trial as Christ was sent to him by Pilate.
Luke alone among the Gospels states that a group of Pharisees warned Jesus that Antipas was plotting his death, whereupon Jesus denounced the tetrarch as a "fox" and declared that he, Jesus, would not fall victim to such a plot because "it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem".[30] Luke also credits the tetrarch with a role in Jesus' trial. According to Luke, Pilate, on learning that Jesus was a Galilean and therefore under Herod's jurisdiction, sent him to Antipas, who was also in Jerusalem at the time. Initially, Antipas was pleased to see Jesus, hoping to see him perform a miracle, but when Jesus remained silent in the face of questioning Antipas mocked him and sent him back to Pilate. Luke says that these events improved relations between Pilate and Herod despite their earlier enmity.
But the fate of Herod Antipas was very pitiful in a sense.
Antipas' fall from power was due to Caligula and to his own nephew Agrippa, brother of Herodias. When Agrippa fell into debt during the reign of Tiberius despite his connections with the imperial family, Herodias persuaded Antipas to provide for him, but the two men quarrelled and Agrippa departed. After Agrippa was heard expressing to his friend Caligula his eagerness for Tiberius to die and leave room for Caligula to succeed him, he was imprisoned. When Caligula finally became emperor in 37 AD, he not only released his friend but granted him rule of Philip's former tetrarchy (slightly extended), with the title of king.[45]

Josephus relates that Herodias, jealous at Agrippa's success, persuaded Antipas to ask Caligula for the title of king for himself. However, Agrippa simultaneously presented the emperor with a list of charges against the tetrarch: allegedly, he had conspired against Tiberius with Sejanus (executed in 31 AD) and was now plotting against Caligula with Artabanus. As evidence, Agrippa noted that Antipas had a stockpile of weaponry sufficient for 70,000 men. Hearing Antipas' admission to this last charge, Caligula decided to credit the allegations of conspiracy. In the summer of 39 AD, Antipas' money and territory were turned over to Agrippa, while he himself was exiled.[46] The place of his exile is given by Josephus' Antiquities as "Lugdunum" in Gaul.[47] (This may mean the city of Lugdunum now known as Lyon,[48] or the less important Lugdunum Convenarum, modern Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges.[49]) Caligula offered to allow Herodias, as Agrippa's sister, to retain her property. However, she chose instead to join her husband in exile.[50]

Antipas died in exile.[51] The 3rd-century historian Cassius Dio seems to imply that Caligula had him killed, but this is usually treated with skepticism by modern historians.[52]
The great palace Herodium was also destroyed amid the revolt by Israelites against Romans in 71 CE.

While Christ Jesus was born and lived, King Herod Antipas was mighty and his palace Herodium was also mighty.  But they were all gone with early Christians going out of Jerusalem and eventually Palestine while the First Jewish–Roman War (66–73 CE) was being fought.

So, nothing was truly great and none was great in the period of time when Christ Jesus was alive though the king and his palace looked so magnificent.

Compared with great success of Christianity, the glory of the king of Israelites and nominally even of Christ Jesus at the time is just dust today.

Herodium Today

Maybe in the future the Vatican or the White House might follow the fate of Herodium in the worst case.

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Luk 6:27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,

Thursday, June 26, 2014

"your heavenly Father feedeth them" - Full Faith in God vs. Power of Money

Mt. Fuji around Tokyo

Full Faith in God vs. Power of Money

Some people think that there is neither Heaven nor the hell.

A life is only once, they think, so that it is absurd not to enjoy it fully while a man is alive.  And thus, they conclude, a man has to ignore other poor and unhappy people to secure his own happiness.

But there is a big flaw in this thinking.  Why and how a man is born is not taken into consideration.  They may think that a man is born by chance as the human species was created by chance.  There is no God and there are any spirits and ghosts.  Or if they existed, they have nothing to do with them.  Everything is a product of chance, they consider.

It is true that many innocent people are killed in war, accidents, and other tragedies.  God does not save them.  Poor people die in poverty and terrible conditions; but God doesn't save them.  Then, how can we or should we trust and believe God?  If an innocent man believes in God, he might be killed in a traffic accident.  If a poor man trusts in God, he might die due to a lack of foods, medicines, and means to protect him.  Where is merit in believing God?

The answer is that God is almighty and omnipotent.  He can compensate any innocent men and poor men for their tragedies after their death.  God can take them all into Heaven where those unlucky people  are rewarded for their tragedies they have experienced during their lives in this material world.

Put simply, if you believe that God exists and He is almighty, giving life and spirits to you, you would put more value in Heaven than in life in this material universe.  Hence, you will love God more than money.  Yes, you will love God who makes you satisfied in Heaven more than money that give you satisfaction only while you live in this world.    

Jewish views of poverty, wealth and charity
From Wikipedia
Over the course of Jewish history, different attitudes have been held towards poverty and wealth. Unlike Christianity, in which some strands have viewed poverty as virtuous and desirable, Jews have generally viewed poverty negatively. Jacobs and Greer assert that "[i]n general, Jewish texts have portrayed poverty as an unjustifiable burden."[1] In contrast to the consistently negative view of poverty, Kravitz and Olitzky describe a rapidly changing attitude towards acceptance of wealth as desirable as the Hebrews transitioned from being nomadic shepherds to farmers and ultimately to city dwellers.
Islam And Wealth 
In Islam, all wealth is the possession of Allah with which humans are entrusted. It is a responsibility; it must be earned through permissible means and spent in permissible ways, such as spending on one's self and those for whom he is responsible for, without extravagance or waste. The Messenger of Islam, Muhammad said: 
"A slave will not be able to take a step further on the Day of Requital until he is taken to account for [the following things]: his time and how he spent it, his knowledge and how he used it, his money and how he earned and spent it, and his youth and how he passed it. (Tirmidhi)

Put extremely, a religion that does not deny wealth cannot be a true religion, since it puts wealth higher than God even partially.  In this context, Judaism and Islam are incomplete as a religion.

If you love God fully, you don't need money or rather you hate money that is challenging God due to its inherent power and function to neglect faith in God of those who possess money.

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Mat 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"the head of John the Baptist" - Don Quixote and Christ Jesus

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Don Quixote and Christ Jesus

Don Quixote is a popular foreign novel in Japan.  Even a big chain store company in Japan has adopts "Don Quixote" for its company name.

But few in Japan regard Don Quixote as a unique type of followers of Christ Jesus.
Don Quixote and Jesus Christ: The suffering “Idealists” of Modern Religion 

Rebekah Marzhan
(Hamline University, Minnesota USA)

The figure of Don Quixote has always been seen as a character symbolizing the absurdity of idealistic pursuits. As such, countless generations have been able to temporally appropriate this medieval knight as representative of their own historical situation. Through a lineage of poetry, essays, novels, and scholarship, great thinkers have lifted the spirit of Quixote from Cervantes’ pages and revived the heralded knight of folly as a symbol of the incongruous place of not only faith in ideals but faith of a religious or spiritual nature in the modern, rational world. While this progression of thought has been well developed and explored through literary movements, modern illustrations of Don Quixote have been largely neglected in scholarship. Thus, to see how Don Quixote’s spirit has been revived visually in the twentieth century, scholars may turn to the work of Salvador Dalí. Through a series of illustrations for a 1945 edition of Quixote, Dalí utilizes the iconography of Jesus Christ to express Don Quixote as an irrational figure who suffers for his idealistic pursuits.

Through a series of illustrations for a 1945 edition of Quixote, Dalí utilizes the iconography of Jesus Christ to express Don Quixote as an irrational figure who suffers for his idealistic pursuits.
Thus, one of the most important parallels between Don Quixote and Christ lies in this idea of suffering for ones faith, for “he [Don Quixote] became the Spanish Christ because he, like Jesus, suffered the ‘passion’ of mockery.”[20] The conclusion of this piece affirms Unamuno’s pologetic of Don Quixote as the “symbolic catalyst to Christian renewal within the spiritually modern world.”[21]Since the time of Unamuno, many other writers and scholars have continued to affirm the Christ-like connections of Don Quixote.

El Quixote , Salvador Dali

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547 – 1616) must have been influenced by Muslims who were leaving Spain at the time.   Saavedra also experienced a state of slavery for five years in Algeria.  He also died in the same year as William Shakespeare died.  Cervantes also joined Infantería de Marina and experienced the power shift from Spain to England through Anglo-Spanish War (1585–1604).

With Shakespeare England later became the global power, but with Cervantes Spain later gave up its hegemony in the seas of the world.  History is really difficult for any readers.

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Mar 6:25 And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

"came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus" - Critical History of Christianity in Japan

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Critical History of Christianity in Japan

Christianity in Japan can be a major theme in study of global history, culture, and religions. 

Since Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552) came to Japan in the Period of Warring States of Japan or around 1550 to preach gospels, Christianity played a key role behind the mainstream history of Japan.
Ken Joseph argues that Nestorian Christianity, more accurately identified as East Syriac Christianity or the Church of the East, existed in Japan before the arrival of Xavier.
The first known appearance of organized Christianity in Japan was the arrival of the Portuguese Catholics in 1549. Francis Xavier arrived in Japan with three Japanese Catholic converts intending to start a church in the Nagasaki area. The local Japanese people initially assumed that the foreigners were from India and that Christianity was a new "Indian faith". These mistaken impressions were due to already existing ties between the Portuguese and India; the Indian city of Goa was a central base for the Portuguese East India Company at the time, and a significant portion of the crew on board their ships were Indian Christians. 
Under Hideyoshi and then under the succeeding Tokugawa shogunate, Catholic Christianity was repressed and adherents were persecuted. During these times, many Christians were killed in Japan, some by crucifixion; most famously, the twenty-six martyrs of Japan were tortured and crucified on crosses outside Nagasaki to discourage Christianity in 1597. Following a brief respite that occurred as Tokugawa Ieyasu rose to power and pursued trade with the Portuguese powers, there were further persecutions and martyrdoms in 1613, 1630, and 1632. By this point, after the Shimabara Rebellion, the remaining Christians had been forced to publicly renounce their faith. Many continued practicing Christianity in secret, in modern times becoming known as the "hidden Christians" (kakure kirishitan).
So, while the Tokugawa clan governed Japan between 1600s and 1868, Japan closed the door to shut out Christian missionaries, though the samurai regime kept trade ties with China and the Netherlands only thorough the port city Nagasaki.  

However, when the Tokugawa shogun surrendered to the anti-Tokugawa and pro-imperial samurai camp, the new government of Japan promoted modernization and Westernization of Japan, allowing Western missionaries to be engaged in mission activities.  With the end of the samurai era or the start of the Meiji Restoration of the imperial authority, Christianity started to be publicly taught in Japan, especially, through newly founded mission schools.

However along with  the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937 and the Second World War, the Japanese military leaders who seized political power of the Empire of Japan came to suppress Christianity, calling it a religion of enemies.

It is after WWII that complete freedom of religion was fully observed in the Japanese society.  Americans who occupied Japan after WWII had a great influence on Japan in this context.  General MacArthur, who presided over occupied Japan from August 1945 to April 1951, and his staff intentionally tried to introduce Christianity or Christian cultures into various fields of the Japanese society.  Even an idea of the Constitution of Japan was drafted by General MacArthur himself.  Many articles of the new Constitution reflected influences of a special team formed under MacArthur to help Japanese formulate the fully democratic Constitution.  And most of the members of the team expressed strongly their Christian conviction to present model provisions to Japanese officials in charge of drafting the new peace-oriented Constitution.

So, it is after 1945 or the end of WWII that the whole Japanese public have come under indirect but effective influences of Christianity in its 2000-year long history.

The Second World War has such a meaning featured by Christianity for Japan.


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Joh 6:24 When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.

Monday, June 23, 2014

"how great is that darkness!" - Robinson Crusoe and Japanese

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Robinson Crusoe and Japanese

At the end of the samurai era of Japan, namely in the early 1860s, some young samurais tried to secretly get out of Japan and see the world.  However, the samurai regime still forbade Japanese to freely travel the world, though they abandoned a policy to close the nation, which had been observed since early 1600s, in 1854 as the US, sending Commodore Perry and his fleet to Edo (Tokyo) Bay, strongly requested the shogun government to establish a diplomatic tie between Japan and the US.

One of such adventurous samurais was Joh Niijima or Joseph Hardy Neesima (1843 – 1890).
At the age of 21, he entreated Captain William T. Savory, of Salem, Massachusetts, commander of the brig Berlin, for safe passage to the United States, in order to further study Western science and Christianity. Captain Savory agreed to help him, so long as Neesima came on board at night, without assistance from the ship's crew. Knowing Neesima could be executed if apprehended, Savory hid Neesima from customs officials in his stateroom. He then secured Neesima's passage from China to the United States on the Wild Rover, commanded by Captain Horace Taylor of Chatham, Massachusetts. The Wild Rover was owned by Alpheus Hardy. 
When he arrived in Andover, Massachusetts, he was sponsored by Alpheus and Susan Hardy, members of Old South Church, who also saw to his education. He attended Phillips Academy from 1865 to 1867 and then Amherst College from 1867 to 1870. Upon graduating from Amherst, Neesima became the first Japanese person to receive a bachelor's degree. 
He was baptized in 1866 and went on to study at Andover Theological Seminary from 1870 to 1874. In 1874, he became the first Japanese to be ordained as a Protestant minister. 
When the Iwakura Mission visited the United States on its around-the-world expedition, he assisted as an interpreter. 
Neesima attended the 65th annual meeting of the Congregational church in Rutland, Vermont in 1874, and made an appeal for funds to start a Christian school in Japan. With the support and funding received, he returned to Japan, and in 1875 founded a school in Kyoto, which grew rapidly and became Doshisha University. He was assisted by his wife Niijima Yae and brother-in-law Yamamoto Kakuma, who were also active with the local Christian community in Kyoto.
While samurai boy Iijima was still in Edo (presently Tokyo) or in his home town An-naka (Gunma Prefecture), he read various Western books translated into Japanese, such as Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe and the Bible.  These books inspired young Iijima so much as to make Iijima dream of going abroad despite the official travel ban.

After arriving at the US before the Hardys extended aid to him, Iijima was alone in a harbor of Boston.  He could not find a supporter for his study in America.  American sailors around him said that there could not be such a kind man that would help a Japanese in Boston.  But Iijima read repeatedly Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe to conquer fear and anxieties.  And then, finally, Alpheus and Susan Hardy came to Iijima to offer help.

So, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1660 - 1731) is a great book.  It has Christian contents in its second part, though the first part depicts mainly adventure of  Robinson Crusoe.

And interestingly, Robinson Crusoe seems to have some connection with Japanese.
TOKYO (Sept. 15, 2005) -- On a remote, wooded island 470 miles off the coast of Chile, Japanese explorer Daisuke Takahashi believes he has found the location of the hut where Scottish privateer Alexander Selkirk, who likely inspired the Daniel Defoe classic "Robinson Crusoe," lived during the four years and four months he was marooned on the island 300 years ago.

Intrigued by the question of how a lone man could adapt to survive in such an unfamiliar environment, Takahashi wanted to find where and how Selkirk lived while stranded on the South Pacific island now known as Robinson Crusoe from 1704 to 1709. Aided by an islander's recollection of a dwelling high up on an abandoned trail, Takahashi and his international team, funded by the National Geographic Society's Expeditions Council, began excavations. The most telling evidence that Takahashi found to link Selkirk to the site was a small blue tip from copper navigational dividers, a tool commonly used by sailors of the period and almost certainly belonging to Selkirk.

The story of Takahashi's discovery is chronicled in the October 2005 issue of National Geographic magazine, which is published in 27 local-language editions, including Spanish and Japanese.

Takahashi, 38, graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from Tokyo's Meiji University in 1990 and worked in advertising for over a decade while also pursuing his love for exploration. A professional author and explorer since 2003, he has taken part in numerous expeditions around the world, including to the Sahara Desert, Amazon rain forest, Galápagos Islands, Antarctica, Yemen, Oman, Israel, Russia's Sakhalin Island, Australia, Micronesia and Tahiti.

Takahashi is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London and The Explorers Club in New York. He is the author of the book "In Search of Robinson Crusoe." 

Japanese Translation Version of Robinson Crusoe

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Mat 6:23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
Mat 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

"The light of the body is the eye" - Miracles at a Roadside Hamburger Shop


Miracles at a Roadside Hamburger Shop 

Cars are stopped by a traffic signal there for 80 seconds.  And then they are allowed to pass the crossing for 80 seconds.

Every second two cars have passed by my side while I was standing before or sitting in a hamburger shop.  In one interval of the stop and go, almost 160 cars must be running on the three-track road in each direction.  In 15 minutes or 900 seconds, about 900 vehicles, including Toyota Priuses, taxis, trucks, etc.

A licence number of a Japanese car consists of a few elements.  The main element has four digits of numerals, such as 12-34, 2-34, 34, or 4.  So, a probability to meet a car with the license number of 11-11 is 1/9 x 1/9 x 1/9 x 1/9 = 1/6,561 = 0.00015, since there is no 00-00.

However, among numbers from 1 to 9,999, there are only nine cases that a number has the four identical numbers in each digit: 11-11, 22-22, 33-33, 44-44, 55-55, 66-66, 77-77, 88-88, and 99-99.  The ratio is 9 in 9,999, meaning 1/1,111.

But while I was watching the flow of cars around the hamburger shop for 15 minutes, I could check about 900 cars.  But as above explained, I could see one in 1,111 cars having a license number with an identical number in each of the four digits.  Since 900 is roughly close to 1,111, there is surely a chance that I can spot such a car with a license number, such as 55-55.

In 15 minutes I usually spend in the hamburger shop watching cars passing on a road by the shop, I would probably see one car with four identical numbers in the main element of its license number plate.
One day I saw four such cars.  And in another day, I saw three such cars.  And in the latter day, I saw a car with a number 1, meaning 00-01, twice.   This probability is of course one in 9,999 like any number such as 45-67.  But I saw such a car twice.

Can it be a miracle?

The Second Coming of the Christ is near or has been realized with some miracles around believers.

An Example of a License Plate of a Car Used in Japan

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Mat 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.