Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"I am from him" - Successors of the Human History

Around Imperial Palace, Tokyo

Successors of the Human History

What started must be ended in a state reflecting the state where it has started.

This era after Christ has continued for 2,000 years.  If the present period of time is a demarcation point, we have to check how the state of the world 2,000 years ago has changed to date.

Roughly speaking, in the first century the Roman Empire reached its heyday, at least, in terms of the size of its territory.  The Empire fought in Great Britain, leaving at least a proof of the scope of its influence as far as in Britain.  The Empire fought in the east of the Rhine River, making a difference of culture between future France and Germany.  The Empire destroyed Jerusalem, triggering future penetration of Judaists into Europe.  Put simply, a rough framework of Europe and the Near East of today was set  in the first century by the Roman Empire as the active player.

In the first century the Parthian Empire ruled present-day Iran and Iraq, thus preventing penetration of Roman troops into the Middle East.  It also means that the region was kept off a strong influence of Christianity, allowing other religions (mostly future Islam) to emerge and expand.

In the first century, India was governed by the Kushan Empire where Buddhism was respected and transformed as shown by Greco-Buddhist art, including Buddhist statues.  However, as this Empire had been established by an Iranian tribe, the future acceptance of Islam in part of great India seems to have been rooted in this period.

In the first century, China was ruled by the Han dynasty (206 BC to 220).  The Han court adopted Confucianism as its state religion, though Buddhism was first brought to China in this period.  However, there was an interruption of the Han dynasty as a revolution occurred.  The Xin dynasty was established by a maternal relative of a Han emperor, thus interrupting the governance of the Han court from 9 to 23 AD.  This revolution was so devastating that the population of China decreased from about 60 million to 20 million when the Han court took over power again from the Xin court.  To prevent such a revolution, Confucianism was all the more encouraged for the general public by Han rulers.  Nonetheless, China has had to experience similar revolutions and ideological control so many times to date for 2,000 years.

In the first century, a local leader or a local king in West Japan sent a mission to the Han court.  At the time most of the Korean Peninsula was colonized by the Han dynasty.  But Chinese troops did not cross the sea to invade Japan.  The Han court sent a gold seal to the local king of West Japan in return.  Chinese started to call Japanese "Wa" with a sense of strong distinction from other tribes living in the Far East or eastward around China.  Even today, there is a stronger influence of Confucianism and historical linkage with China in Korea than in Japan, though Koreans today don't use kanji (Chinese) letters but Japanese do.

Now you can understand what the global history is, if you live in America or Australia.  We should not simply live today as an individual who knows only the world of today.  We are expected to understand ourselves as successors of the human history that has spanned at least 2,000 years since the emergence of Christ Jesus around Jerusalem.


0 to 750: The Early Christianity Failed

750 to 1500: The Vatican Failed

1500 to 1750: The European Protestantism Failed

1750 to 2000: The American Christianity Failed

2010: Start of the Second Coming of the Son of God

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Joh 7:27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.
Joh 7:28 Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not.
Joh 7:29 But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.