Saturday, September 05, 2015

"they should be tormented five months" - History, a Kind of God



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History, a Kind of God


When Christ Jesus came to this world, ancient Israel was not in glory at all.

Palestine was ruled by Romans at the time, though there was a king of Israelites who was subject to Rome.  Elite Judaists spoke Greek while Judaist priests were around the great tabernacle in Jerusalem.

Ancient Israel was then a tributary state of the Roman Empire.  After having observed organizational mighty and pragmatic efficiency of troops of Alexander the Great and Caesar, Israelites came not to have a dream of defeating Greeks and Romans to make Israel a glorious leading nation in the world.  Judaists were then living unlike descendants of Abraham, Moses, and even King David.  What is worse, they were living as sinful as Romans.

Then Christ Jesus appeared to make them turn their hearts to God.

As the history tells, owing to the great and holy work of Christ Jesus, the tribe of Judaists has been secured to this day.  They were not lost in history but could survive.  Descendants of Abraham, Moses, and even King David have not perished but established their base for survival most firmly after WWII.

But, as the crisis of the tribe of Judaists was so grave 2000 years ago, Christ Jesus had to take a special strategy for survival of Judaists.  Specifically, Christ Jesus created a new religion today called Christianity.  In order to make it possible for Judaists to live next 2000 years, Christ Jesus must have thought that He had to formulate a new religion, Christianity, as an extension of Judaism.

This is one view of the history, a Judaism-centric view.

In another view, we may think that God created Judaism and Christianity as precursors of Islam.  The true aim of God is the creation of Islam, so that Judaism and Christianity are now useless.

Or at least, we should not accept a view that God created Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as precursors for present globalization of money economy and commercialism.  Look at the wealthy class Judaists, Christians, and Muslims, and then you may think they are closer to one another than to poor people of the same religion, respectively.

Judaism, Christianity, Islam and finally Global Money Economy!  It is outrageous!

Judaism, Christianity, Islam and finally the Kingdom of God!  It is very truthful.  And, this must be the history, since history is a kind of God.




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Rev 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.

"there appeared unto them Elias with Moses" - Episodes about Old Popular Singers in Japan



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Episodes about Old Popular Singers in Japan


In the evening sky I saw a jet streak colored pink by the setting sun.  Most part of the sky was covered by rainy clouds, but westward the pale sky was open.

I was thinking about a female singer.  Misora Hibari (1937-1989) was the most successful singer in Japan after WWII.  She recorded 1,500 songs till her death at 52 in 1989 since late 1940s while taking part in more than 150 movies.  She was highly praised in her style of singing Japanese popular ballad with strong and sentimental moods.  Though she was not a kind of beauty who would win a beauty contest, her songs aroused romantic and sometimes sentimental emotions in the hearts of a Japanese audience so deeply.  Misora Hibari was the number one female singer in Japan from late 1940s to 1980s.

But it is said that she had a strong connection to one of the heads of the largest gangster syndicates in Japan.  When singers and players performed on a local theater, they were usually requested to pay reasonable respect for a major gangster group that controlled show business in the local area.  Accordingly entertainment personalities reportedly have some sort of connection with gangsters even today.  Decades ago, such association was more frequent.  In this social environment, Misora Hibari reportedly came to be supported by the head of the Yamaguchigumi syndicate called Taoka whose stronghold was Kobe.

Misora Hibari was not friendly to other entertainers.  She seldom associated with other singers and actors/actresses, though she briefly married an actor to soon get divorced.  However, there was one exception, since there was another very popular female singer in Japan after WWII: Shimakura Chiyoko (1938-2013).  Shimakura was one year younger than Hibari, but when Shimakura was a junior high-school student, Misora was a successful singer already.

However, as time went by, Misora came to feel friendship with Shimakura.  And they became good friends for each other.  When Misora got ill to be hospitalized, only Shimakuea was allowed to visit Misora in person among many people in concerned with show business.

Once Shimakura hurt her eye, as a tape a fan threw to her on stage hit the eye.  So, she received medical treatment from an eye doctor.  She was cured of the eye injury well, and she felt indebted to him, so that years later she became a guarantee of this medical doctor for his financial transaction, etc.  Unfortunately, it forced Shimakura to take on the big debt, 400 million yen ($4 million) at the rate in 1970s.

It became big news at the time: a very popular singer terribly indebted due to her position as a guarantee for an acquaintance.  Then a rich woman appeared offering a help.  She said that she would take over Shimakura's debts, since she was very rich and had many friends among influential people.  So, Shimakura entrusted debt management to the woman, even allowing her to manage Shimakura's show activities.  It also became big news that a rich fan helped Shimakura out of the debt hell.

However, it later turned out that the rich woman was a common-law wife of a certain gangster syndicate.  Shimakura's debts were not decreased, but rather the amount of debts increased.  The rich woman took incomes from Shimakura's performance as well as her condominium room.  When Shimakura realized it, she cut the connection with the rich woman to be financially saved eventually.

Indeed, the entertainment industry or show business is contaminated so badly by entertainers' connections with gangsters or the like.  Even such female singers as Misora Hibari and Shimakura Chiyoko who enjoyed high popularity all over Japan, receiving many big awards, were not exceptional.  Singers and actors/actresses of generations younger than Misora and Shimakura must have the same problem.

Maybe the color of the jet streak reminded me of old female singers for some reason.  But the sky was not clear blue, which is expected in the late summer or at the beginning of autumn.

Entertainment business belongs to commercialism.  Commercialism needs idols and icons.  Indeed, the Bible tells us to  exercise caution on idols.  Therefore, we should regard all the performing artists as anti-Christ.  But if we request the general public to follow this teaching, gangsters might come to hurt us.  Yet, Christ Jesus said that it is better to enter Heaven even if we lose one arm or one foot in a fight against evil.

Thinking so, I was watching the sky without any attraction but the pink jet streak on the street without any drama.  But I remembered that I just passed by a young girl, an hour before, who looked like a famous actor as she had been in her junior-high school days.  There are many young people who must learn the Bible.




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Mar 9:4 And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.
Mar 9:5 And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

"the works of God should be made manifest" - Material World Cursed by God


Ginza, Tokyo




Material World Cursed by God


There are many countries and many peoples in the world.  But wealthy people and super-wealthy people are not distributed evenly, equally, or fairly.

According to Credit Suisse Group, the US is the runaway leader in the statistics on wealthy and super-wealthy classes.





(http://ameblo.jp/orange54321/entry-11966597510.html)

Accordingly, sins and crimes caused by material wealth and financial enrichment must be seen in a concentrated manner in the US.

For advanced countries listed in the above figures, each number of victims of crimes per its population (in 2005) is as follows:

Country      Number of Criminal Victims per Population (%)
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UK.................21.0
US.................17.5
Canada..........17.2
Australia........16.3
Germany........13.1
Italy...............12.6
France............12.0
JAPAN...............9.9

(Source: UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute and UN Office on Drugs and Crime)


The general impression is that wealth in the US seems to be linked to the Anglo-Saxon network, covering the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia.  Evil activities and aspects of these countries look like resulting in huge accumulation of wealth in the US.  I mean that without this Anglo-Saxon network the US cannot probably possess such a huge amount of wealth.

Compared with these traditionally Anglo-Saxon countries, the continental European countries, especially Romance-language speaking countries, look less radical in sacrificing others in the process of accumulating wealth.  But, Germany, a kind of successor of Germanic people, looks less modest than Italy and France influenced by Roman Empire heritage.

And Japan is far more peaceful than other advance countries with great wealth.

If money is an enemy of mankind and hence wealth is an enemy of God, the US is predominantly the country with the largest number of sinful rich men.  And the Anglo-Saxon predominant countries are also so sinful.  Therefore the current globalization of economy, business, culture, and social systems led by the US and other Anglo-Saxon predominant countries is so sinful and dangerous.


However there is another interesting statistics:

Country        The Ratio (%) of Underground Economy to GDP (2007)
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Russia...............52.00
Brazil.................43.00
S. Korea.............29.40
Italy....................27.40
Germany............16.70
Canada...............16.60
France................15.70
Australia.............15.00
China...................14.30
UK.......................13.20
JAPAN.................12.10
US..........................9.00

(Source: The World Bank)


Remarkably, the US looks relatively the most honest country, followed by Japan,  among major countries in making its economy transparent as much as possible.

The only hope of our material world, probably, being cursed by God might be this honesty of the US.





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Joh 9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

"letters to Damascus to the synagogues" - Expressions in Emperor's Statement to End WWII


Ginza, Tokyo



Expressions in Emperor's Statement to End WWII


Even Christ Jesus referred to the Old Testament when teaching His disciples or other people.  The Old Testament was authentic material for Christ Jesus and His followers.

In Japan, what the elite people, such as politicians, leading journalists, scholars, etc., sometimes refer to is Chinese classics.  And there have been long traditions of studying Chinese classics in Japan.  Even the Nihon Shoki (the Chronicles of Japan), the oldest book of classical Japanese history and myths compiled by the imperial court in 720 , referred to a Chinese history book written in the third century.

In the past or before the modernization of Japan, not only noble men but also samurais were requested to learn Chinese classic books and various types of Chinese philosophy.  When the imperial court or a samurai government issued documents, they often contained special expressions taken from Chinese classics.

Accordingly, when the Empire of Japan surrendered to the US military forces in August 1945, the imperial statement to announce the end of the war to the Japanese people was drafted by some high-ranking official close to the prime minister.  He thought that the draft should be upgraded by adding some sophisticated expressions taken from Chinese classical books.  Then he consulted a few experts (of course Japanese scholars) in Chinese classics and finally got approval in a Cabinet meeting.

And, on August 15, the Emperor's reading this statement, without modification, was aired by radio to the Japanese people, though it was recorded in recording discs in the night of August 14.  So, in this announcement there were some difficult classical expressions for ordinary Japanese people, though they could understand the whole meaning of this imperial rescript declaring the termination of the war.

One of the experts of Chinese classics this high-ranking official, namely the Cabinet Secretary, consulted was  Masahiro Yasuoka (1898-1983), who added some key Chinese classical expressions to the draft.  Though not all of his modifications were approved by a Cabinet meeting subsequently held to authorize the statement, Yasuoka's idea and influence was evident in the words the Emperor read.

Imperial Rescript
August 14, 1945
 
To Our good and loyal subjects:
After pondering deeply the general trends of the world and the actual conditions obtaining in Our Empire today, We have decided to effect a settlement of the present situation by resorting to an extraordinary measure.
 
We have ordered Our Government to communicate to the Governments of the United States, Great Britain, China and the Soviet Union that Our Empire accepts the provisions of their Joint Declaration.

To strive for the common prosperity and happiness of all nations as well as the security and well-being of Our subjects is the solemn obligation which has been handed down by Our Imperial Ancestors, and which We lay close to heart. Indeed, We declared war on America and Britain out of Our sincere desire to ensure Japan's self-preservation and the stabilization of East Asia, it being far from Our thought either to infringe upon the sovereignity of other nations or to embark upon territorial aggrandizement. But now the war has lasted for nearly four years. Despite the best that has been done by every one - the gallant fighting of military and naval forces, the diligence and assiduity of Our servants of the State and the devoted service of Our one hundred million people, the war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage, while the general trends of the world have all turned against her interest. Moreover, the enemy has begun to employ a new and most cruel bomb, the power of which to do damage is indeed incalculable, taking the toll of many innocent lives. Should We continue to fight, it would not only result in an ultimate collapse and obliteration of the Japanese nation, but also it would lead to the total extinction of human civilization. Such being the case, how are We to save the millions of Our subjects; or to atone Ourselves before the hallowed spirits of Our Imperial Ancestors? This is the reason why We have ordered the acceptance of the provisions of the Joint Declaration of the Powers.

We cannot but express the deepest sense of regret to our Allied nations who have consistently cooperated with the Empire towards the emancipation of East Asia. The thought of those officers and men as well as others who have fallen in the fields of battle, those who died at their posts of duty, or those who met with untimely death and all their bereaved families, pains Our heart night and day. The welfare of the wounded and war-sufferers, and of those who have lost their home and livelihood are the objects of Our profound solicitude. The hardships and sufferings to which Our nation is to be subjected hereafter will be certainly great. We are keenly aware of the inmost feelings of all ye, Our subjects. However, it is according to the dictate of time and fate that We have resolved to pave the way for a grand peace for all the generations to come by enduring the unendurable and suffering what is insufferable.

Having been able to safeguard and maintain the structure of the Imperial State, We are always with ye, Our good and loyal subjects, relying upon your sincerity and integrity. Beware most strictly of any outburst of emotion which may engender needless complications, or any fraternal contention and strife which may create confusion, lead ye astray and cause ye to lose the confidence of the world. Let the entire nation continue as one family from generation to generation, ever firm in its faith of the imperishableness of its divine land, and mindful of its heavy burden of responsibilities, and the long road before it. Unite your total strength to be devoted to the construction for the future. Cultivate the ways of rectitude; foster nobility of spirit; and work with resolution so as ye may enhance the innate glory of the Imperial State and keep pace with the progress of the world.

The 14th day of the 8th month of the 20th year of Showa
(The original is of course in Japanese.  For convenience only this English version will be referred to.)

Specifically, Yasuoka put expressions from some Chinese classics to "pains Our heart night and day" and "pave the way for a grand peace for all the generations to come" in addition to other minor parts.  Especially, the latter expression is important in that it clearly meant the end or termination of the war.  (The former expression meant extreme sadness or remorse of the Emperor.)

However, there was another phrase Yasuoka wrote but was further modified in the Cabinet meeting, which was "it is according to the dictate of time and fate."  It did not reflect Ysuoka's intention.  Yasuoka originally wrote "it is according to the justice and right cause of our nation."  He meant that the reason why the Empire would terminate the war was that it was a right thing in light of the justice for the Empire.

Yasuoka wanted to emphasize that the Empire of Japan would not simply surrender because the course of the war and the situations for the Empire were so hopeless but because termination of the war was a right thing taking into account the justice and the cause the Empire had pursued; it was not a simple surrender resulted from a trend of the war.

However, in the Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Suzuki and other ministers of the Imperial Government did not include this expression.  Some of them even said that there was nor such a word in Chinese-Japanese character dictionaries as "according to the justice and right cause."

Yasuoka reportedly got angry when he knew that ministers changed the expression from the imperial statement, since he had strongly emphasized to the Cabinet Secretary that the phrase  "it is according to the justice and right cause of our nation" was paired with another, "pave the way for a grand peace for all the generations to come."  

After WWII, Masahiro Yasuoka became the most influential mentor to conservative politicians, including some prime ministers such as Eisaku Sato.  Yasuoka's knowledge in Chinese ancient philosophy was respected even by top business leaders who needed some spiritual backbone.

But, what Yasuoka was most proud of was an episode that the Emperor directly talked to Yasuoka in an imperial garden party held years after WWII, saying, "Yasuoka, I appreciate your work at the end of the war."


So, to fully understand what the Japanese elite want to mean, you might have to sometimes learn Chinese classics.





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Act 9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
Act 9:2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

"and came into his own city" - How Truly WWII Ended for Japan

Anti-nuclear protesters' tent in front of a government ministry, Tokyo



How Truly WWII Ended for Japan


In July 1945, the Potsdam Declaration was issued by the US and its allied forces to request the Empire of Japan to surrender. But the key to acceptance of the Declaration by the Empire was whther the Emperor could keep substantially his safety and status after the demanded surrender even if it looked unconditional surrender nominally.

After enumerating items to apply to Japan after the surrender, for example, "we do not intend that the Japanese shall be enslaved as a race or destroyed as a nation, but stern justice shall be meted out to all war criminals, including those who have visited cruelties upon our prisoners," the Declaration used the term "unconditional surrender": "We call upon the government of Japan to proclaim now the unconditional surrender of all Japanese armed forces, and to provide proper and adequate assurances of their good faith in such action. The alternative for Japan is prompt and utter destruction."


The Imperial Government eventually accepted this demand after the Hiroshima/Nagasaki atomic bomb attacks and the Soviet forces invasion of Manchuria in August 1945, but the situation in Tokyo was not so simple.

First of all, die-hard and fanatic military officers still occupied leading positions in the Imperial Headquarters that actually controlled all the Imperial Army and Navy forces.  Though the Empire had lost battles in the Philippines, Iwojima, and Okinawa (inherent part of Japan) against the US military forces, especially Army militaristic officers wanted to continue the war even on the mainland Japan.

Those officers, especially those leading the Department of Imperial Army General Staff, even planned to move the Emperor deep into mountains in Honsyu Island for preparation of the final and desperate battle against coming US troops expected to land around Tokyo in a few months.  However, the Emperor had no intention to leave the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, though the main palace building had been already burnt down by a US air raid in May 1945.

The Imperial House of Japan had not traditions of warriors for more than 1000 years, though their ancestors had been also warriors in ancient days.  Accordingly, Showa Emperor was far more a court noble than a military man or a samurai.  He had no intention to fight and die like those desperate officers.  The Emperor reportedly began to seriously thin about how to put an end in the war since the destruction of the main imperial palace building.

But how could the Emperor persuade those radically militaristic military officers to accept his will?  There was a fear that those officers driven to the desperate corner might carry out a coup to replace Showa Emperor with one of his brothers or any imperial family member.

And, how could the Emperor secure his status and the status of the Imperial Family when the Empire unconditionally surrendered?

These two difficult issued made the war continue even after the the Hiroshima/Nagasaki atomic bomb attacks and the Soviet forces invasion of Manchuria.

Put simply, in the last days of the Empire of Japan in August 1945, there was the Emperor, who now wanted to stop the war, in the center of Tokyo surrounded by die-hard, bellicose, and dangerous samurai-type Imperial Army officers who held leading positions in the Department of Imperial Army General Staff and were determined to fight and die in the mainland of Japan.

But, if the Emperor had been able to get secret information that the US Government had no intention to arrest and persecute the Emperor or abolish the Imperial House of Japan after the expected surrender of the Empire, the Emperor himself could have strongly persuaded those Army officers, including the Imperial Army Minister, to accept the Potsdam Declaration and surrender to the US military forces.  And, Showa Emperor could do it actually.

And, we may say it is how truly WWII ended for Japan.


Nonetheless, some experts in the modern history of Japan say that the Emperor could not have obtained such information as he was just staying in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo without special staff to work diplomatically and secretly and means of communications to foreign leaders.  At least, Showa Emperor, though nominally the supreme commander of the Imperial military forces, did not have such staff and means he could freely use without interference of the Imperial military, they argue.  However, it is now getting common understanding among experts and scholars concerned that the Emperor had some aids and means to get such information secretly.

As the acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration by the Imperial Government was announced internationally through the Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland on August 14 (domestically on August 15), it is not difficult to think that the main stage of the secret diplomatic activities that eventually gave assurance of fulfilling his request to the Emperor was Switzerland.  Actually, the Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland and other Imperial officers and officials stationed in Switzerland, etc. played key parts in secret communications with American counterparts.  And one of those Americans was Allen Dulles who later became the Director of CIA.    

In addition, Joseph Clark Grew, the former US Ambassador to the Empire of Japan, contributed to the US policy not to make the Emperor account for war responsibility.  There were some American bureaucrats who also helped Tokyo understand the American stance on this issue about the Imperial House through radio broadcasting from Washington DC.  Furthermore, Henry Lewis Stimson, the Secretary of War, persuaded some hard-liner US officials and eventually President Truman to allow Japan to maintain its Imperial system.  He also reportedly prevented a US atomic bomb attack on Kyoto, since Kyoto was a historically culture center of Japan.

As conclusion, though it is true that Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings by the US military contributed to the end of war with the Empire of Japan, the Emperor needed the information that would assure securement of his safety and status and the Imperial system in Japan.  With this conviction, he could overwhelm the desperate militaristic officers determined to fight US troops till their death with support from loyal politicians and generals.


That looks why Showa Emperor respected profoundly American friends after WWII.  This tradition can be still seen in the present Emperor and Imperial House.  For them, American friends seem to be more important than US nuclear weapons to defend Japan and their status, good or bad.


Japan Surrenders!
http://www.paultarver.com/a-prisoner-of-japan-a-pows-own-story/




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Mat 9:1 And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.
Mat 9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

Monday, August 31, 2015

"the Son of man must suffer many things" - Accepted Death of Believers



Tokyo




Accepted Death of Believers 


Christ Jesus said to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves after loving God with all the resources we have.

If mutual love among neighbors in any community is exercised with love to neighbors equal to that to individually themselves, there should come true peace in the community.  If mutual love among nations in the world is established with love equal to that to individually themselves, there should come true peace in the world.

But, in most cases, people are afraid of others; people cannot trust others; and people want to first protect themselves before helping others.  How can they be convinced that they don't have to be afraid of their neighbors; they can trust their neighbors; and they have no need to protect themselves before helping others?

If a Judaist tries to behave as a good neighbor to an Islamic terrorist, he might be killed by the terrorist.  If a Muslim tries to behave as a good neighbor to a Western colonialist, he might be enslaved by the European or American.  If a European or American tries to behave as a good neighbor to a rich Judaist, he might be exploited financially.  But is it what Christ Jesus demands of us?  It seems to be.

So, all the good neighbors can be killed, enslaved, or exploited by bad neighbors.  And, they would all die out in their suffering caused by their bad neighbors.  And then what would happen?  All the bad neighbors should start to kill, enslave, and exploit one another, leading to annihilation of mankind.  On the earth, there would be none but the Bible with the world of Christ Jesus: "Love one another."

To a human point of view, it is crazy.  We cannot totally accept it.  But to the eye of God, it might be no problem.  Love He demands has been realized, which is the matter for God.  God might think that He has achieved his goal for which He created mankind.  Mutual love among the mankind has been practiced by some of them, though others have perished to fall into the hell.  He will welcome all the good neighbors in Heaven.

The point at issue is that believers of God or Allah have to be first of all good neighbors to their neighbors who can be their enemies.  If such believers should be killed by bad neighbors, they would be accepted by God.

But, if any Muslim killed their neighbors who happened to be his enemies with suicide bombing, can he be accepted and welcomed into Heaven?  If any Judaist killed his neighbors who happened to be his enemies with superior weapons, can he be accepted and welcomed into Heaven?   If any European or American killed his neighbors who happened to be his enemies with an advanced weapon system, can he be accepted and welcomed into Heaven?      

When you die, you have to be, preferably, killed by your bad neighbors without killing them while being a good neighbor to them.  This is the very condition Christ Jesus has set for a man to be allowed into Heaven.  Accordingly, suicide bombing is an act of madness.


Probably, a million years later, mankind might be all gone, dying out.  But, Christ Jesus alone, coming back to the world, might stand on the earth.  Looking up to the sky and down to the ground, He might say, "Everything is over with good souls in Heaven and bad souls in the hell!"

And then, God might start to create another mankind on the earth for the sole purpose of making them love their neighbors as much as they individually love themselves after loving God with all the resources they have.


The underlying idea is that it is not mankind that created this universe, the earth, and mankind themselves.  You may think all happened to come to exist by chance.  Then the chance must be God.  Or, you may think all happened to come to exist through an uncountable trials of randomness.  Then what has made possible the uncountable trials of randomness must be God.

God must have something that is reflected in moral character of every man, but He must also have something beyond our understanding.

If we are allowed to see even one facet of His infinite aspects, our mind cannot probably bear it.  We might go mad.




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Mar 8:31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

"was driven of the devil into the wilderness" - A French Film Produced during WWII


Around Tokyo




A French Film Produced during WWII


There were four men as major players in the French film produced during German occupation of France in WWII.  But also there was one woman connected with the three.

The first man was a villain working also as a private scribe (the time of the story was set around the early 19th century or so).  The second man was an actor who respected Shakespeare.  The third one was a pantomime artist.  And the last one was a noble man.

The villain was an old acquaintance and a kind of business partner of the woman, a beauty.  The Shakespeare-admiring actor happened to know her on the street while he was going to a theater to be hired.  The pantomime artist discovered his talent through an episode involving the villain and the beauty when they picked a pocket of a passerby in front of the theater, though they were not arrested, where he and his father were hired.

Subsequently, the Shakespeare-admiring actor was hired by the theater and the beauty also started to take some minor part in the theater.  And the pantomime artist came to fall in love with the beauty, though she had already started to live in an apartment house with the .Shakespeare-admiring actor.  The villain, knowing the relationship between the two, tried to kill the actor, but as the smart actor offered some big money to the villain, they became a kind of friends.

Meanwhile, the noble man happened to see her in the stage to be enchanted by her outlook.  And, he later happened to get her as she needed somebody to help her out of suspicion of a conspiracy with the villain in a crime, though she was not involved in this case.  For the noble man's name sake, she could get rid of arrest by the police.  Then, the beauty left Paris with the noble man for India, Scotland, etc.

The poor artist married the daughter of the theater owner.  However, several years later, the beauty and the noble man came back to Paris.  She frequently visited the theater to watch  from a box seat the pantomime artist, who now became a kind of star for his excellent performance as a white silent comedian.  The villain also found that the beauty returned to Paris, while the Shakespeare-admiring actor also became very successful in another theater.

As the story went on, the villain came to hate the noble man as he was insulted by the noble man when he dared to go and see the beauty in the residence of the couple.  On the other hand, the pantomime artist spent a night with the beauty.  In the morning, the artist's wife found the room where the two stayed and confronted the beauty to take the heart of her husband back, in vain.  But, the beauty decided to leave Paris again.  The pantomime artist overwhelmed by love to the beauty ran on the street of Paris after the carriage she got into.  But Paris was in carnival and the street was so crowded.

Around the same time, the villain killed the noble man, though he gave up flight from the homicide scene, namely a sauna for rich men in Paris.  So, the beauty would soon know the tragedy that happened to her patron.

In this story, only the Shakespeare-admiring actor who was acting Othello with his face painted black at the time when the tragedy was happening seemed to get rid of the trouble.

This movie is still ranked No.1 or 2 in French film ranking today.

But who is the most sinful in this story?  At least, the beauty is sinful.


I suppose that that is why the Bible never describes that Christ Jesus met with any beauty.






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Luk 8:29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)
Luk 8:30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.