Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"if ye forgive not men their trespasses" - While We Can Understand the Gospels


While We Can Understand the Gospels 

Christ Jesus spoke and preached to people living 2000 years ago in a very specific part of the world.

But His words sounded so real even today.  His teaching did not miss the point even today.  It is as if He had been speaking to us directly.

In these 2000 years, the world changed so much.  Technology and science have developed so greatly.  Social systems and customs have changed drastically in any parts of the world.  But still his voices issued 2000 years ago touched our minds and heats so real.

In other word, there are some parts in the mankind that have not changed over a period of 2000 years.  For example, our DNA seems not to have changed in these 2000 years.  Apparently, the core of human minds and hearts has not changed.  Our attitudes to death must be the same as it was 2000 years ago.  Our concepts to God and Satan must be the same as before.

However, the Vatican has come to lose its influential power.  Many churches in Europe are losing believers.  Churches in the US have been influenced by commercialism.

In these 2000 years, human beings have kept the same fundamental spiritual structure, so that we can understand situations, words, and teachings of Christ Jesus depicted in the Gospels as real.  But, due to too fast progress of technology, we come to live in a too different mode of human life compared to the world where the Gospels were written.

Products and systems produced by application of modern technology have made it unnecessary for us to rely on God to fulfill our wishes.  We will not pray to God for foods, medicines, or any other necessities, but we will think about how we earn money.  Because our modern society will give everything we need if we pay prices with money.  In this context, this modern economy is a god for us.  We can obtain almost anything we wish if we have enough money.

If science and technology continue to develop at an ever faster pace, most of people living in the advances societies might have loose reasons for praying to and asking help from God.  Such a way of living must have an influence of DNA and the core of human minds and hearts.

Put simply, in this century, people living in the advanced nations might be evolving to a different type of the human species.  They might lose some ability to understand the Gospels, since they will have no need to pray to God or ask help from God.

In the long future, the breakthrough will come when development of science results in revolutionary longer life of human beings.  Human science will be concentrated to conquest of death.  And, people might cease to think about God.

Though we are not yet at such a level of advancement, we are moving toward the direction.  So, the question is whether such progress is authorized by God.  If not, a catastrophe must happen in the process of the progress.

While we can understand words and teachings of Christ Jesus and background situations depicted in the Gospels, we have to review our development of science and society.  It is because we are entering a new era where there is a possibility that God will be lost gradually or drastically from our civilization.

For this reason, we have to all the more put God at the core of our minds and heats but not power of money.

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Mat 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
Mat 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.