Wednesday, April 27, 2016

"So is the kingdom of God" - How to Understand Christ Jesus

In a Tokyo Station

How to Understand Christ Jesus

If there is really Heaven and the hell, how does this world look from Heaven or the hell?

To understand Christ Jesus, we have to assume that there is God who created this universe and who is in Heaven.  And God created the human beings and loves them.  In addition, God wants human beings to love Him.  It means that God wants human beings to be good to others or love lives of others.

As human beings came to make wars and  enslave and exploit the defeated without love to them, God decided to correct the behaviors of the mankind by sending His Son to the human world 2000 years ago.  Indeed, Romans occupied large areas around the Mediterranean with advanced military and social systems at the time.  And the major industry of Romans that was the main resource of their wealth was military campaigns.  Bloody and cruel rule was ever growing.  It had to be changed for the future of mankind.  So, God sent His Son to Palestine under rule of the Roman Empire 2000 years ago.

If we accept this scenario, we can understand Christ Jesus.  But if we don't admit that there is God who created this universe and who sent His Son Christ Jesus to the human world to save the mankind from the bloody and cruel situation, we can't understand Christ Jesus.

If we don't believe in God, Christ Jesus was just a failed person of religion.  Though He preached something interesting and performed a kind of miracles, He was captured and executed by His enemies and Roman soldiers like a helpless man.  Christ Jesus was just a strange religious figure, and there is no need for us to understand him.   Christianity happened to be established based on unique teachings and ideologies, but it was a simple success story of a religious body.  There is no God, and Christ Jesus could not be or did not have to be the Son of God.  This is how we would think about Christ Jesus if we don't believe in God.

But, again, if believe in God, we can better understand Christ Jesus.

But still we cannot understand God.  However, if we don't believe in existence of God, we will not try to understand God.  Yet, even if believe in God, we cannot easily understand Him.

So, the degree of our understanding of God might tell how much we are advanced intellectually and spiritually.

In this context, the modern human civilization has not contributed much to our true advancement.

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Mar 4:26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
Mar 4:27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.