Monday, December 14, 2015

"two wings of a great eagle" - St. James and St. Paul


St. James and St. Paul

Christ Jesus had a brother called James.

But Christ Jesus called Saul to succeed Him in the mission to gentiles.  Nonetheless, James inherited the spirit of Christ Jesus, loving the poor and condemning the rich.

Jam 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
Jam 2:6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
Jam 2:7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?

So, James understood that God chose the poor but not the rich.  And those who do not understand this truth despise the poor while the rich blaspheme against Christ Jesus.

According to James, the rich are enemies of God.

But Saul or Paul did not take this precipitous stance.

Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Rom 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Rom 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Rom 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Rom 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Those who fall into the category of sinful people Paul condemns are of course mostly rich people.  But if any rich men should think that they are not so bad as condemned by Paul, they have to accept the teaching of Paul.  But for them to accept the word of Paul, they have to abandon their riches even gradually or step by step.  And, eventually they will be poor.

So, Christ Jesus intended to directly accuse the rich, as seen in the word of James, but also give a chance to the rich for repenting and becoming poor to be forgiven by God, as seen in the word of Paul.

In deed, while the world is controlled by rich men and sinful men, there is no bright future for mankind.  Without rich men in the West controlling the global economy and sinful men in the Islamic world supporting terror, the future of the world will be bright without dangerous global warming and terrorism.

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Rev 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.