Friday, December 30, 2016

"thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart" - The Sun's Sons


The Sun's Sons

There are interesting pieces of fables created by Aesop (620 and 564 BCE).
The Greek historian Herodotus mentioned in passing that "Aesop the fable writer" was a slave who lived in Ancient Greece during the 5th century BCE.
One of the most well known stories of his is the race between a turtle and a rabbit.  The rabbit who thought he could easily beat the turtle started to rest and fall asleep in the middle of the race.   While the rabbit was sleeping, the turtle continued his walk to the goal without resting.

Christ Jesus never referred to Aesop and his fables.  For example, He did not assert that Judaists would be like the rabbit while His followers would be like the turtle.  Or He did not predict that Romans would be like the rabbit while His followers would be like the turtle.

Aesop fables depict many cases of conflict between a deceiving guy and a deceived one.  Those fables intend to give warning to people so that they would not trust others and not become victims.  There is no concern about value of being honest, kind, and compassion to victims.  Aesop simply said that there were many and various types of bad guys and their tricks so that you had to be careful not to be taken in.  And interestingly, his fables could be read as real even today.

According to Christianity, those who believe in God do not play others false, since God forbids it.  However, if you don't believe in God, you would become one of deceiving guys depicted by Aesop.  Then, you do not show any progress of humanity in these 2000 years since the emergence of Christ Jesus.  Most of people today who deceive others still live in the world of Aesop.

THE FROGS AND THE SUN  When Aesop saw crowds of people thronging to the wedding party of his neighbour, a thief, he immediately told them the following story: 'Once upon a time, the Sun wanted to get married but the frogs raised a cry of protest up to the heavens. Jupiter, disturbed by their shouting, asked the reason for their complaint, and one of the swamp's inhabitants explained, "Already one Sun is enough to burn up all the ponds, condemning us to a miserable death in our parched abode. What is going to happen to us when he will have sons of his own?"'

So, when God heard this story of Aesop, He must have decided to send His Son to the earth to save people regardless of artistic inspiration of Aesop and worry of the frogs.  And that is why the first miracle Christ Jesus performed was at a certain wedding banquet to prevent a thief from stealing wine.

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Mar 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Mar 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.