Saturday, April 02, 2016

"fasted forty days and forty nights" - The Most Important Role of Religion

Cherry Blossoms, around Tokyo

The Most Important Role of Religion

If a man was born in a specific environment, the man would be surely influenced by the environment.

If a man was born in Islamic society, he or she will surely become a Muslim without doubt.  But, if he or she was born in Jewish society, he or she will surely become a Judaist.

But when they grow up, in most cases they will not change their religions.  They may not deny other religions, but they will stick to religions under which they were born.

These religions may call real regions, since they are so real to their followers.

Conversely, basically, there is no absolute religion that would convince people of any real religions that there is more authentic religion, which is the absolute religion, than those they observe.  But, each prevailing real religion has an absolute influence on its followers, convincing them that it is definitely the right religion.

So, there are two conditions for any religion to be judged to be real religion.  First, it should capture the minds of almost all the members in a society where the religion prevails.  Second, it should still convince them, even after they have grown up, that the religion is the best one in the world.

Then, what will satisfy these conditions?  Or by what features, do real regions can meet these conditions?

It is God.  Any real religion must present God as real existence to followers.  As followers see or sense God through their religion, they believe that their religion is real.

Indeed, Judaism is based on the relationship between God and Judaists.  Christianity depends on the faith that Christ Jesus is God.  Islam is based on words of God.

Therefore, the role of real religions is to indicate God to people.  So, after followers see or sense God, these religions can be forgotten.  All people have to do is just directly follow teaching of God.

Put extremely, they don't have to any more follow rules, forms, ways, customs, rituals, or even some teachings of religions they follow that teach the way to God to them.  Because those rules, forms, customs, rituals, and teaching of the religions were introduced to cope with specific conditions and environments and reach the minds of people.  But now that, the religions show God to followers, they should be replaced with direct teaching from God.

In this context, those who identify themselves as Judaists, Christians, or Muslims have not yet fully comprehended God, so that they still stick to individual religions.

It is to prove existence of God that any religions exist.  The most important role of any religions is to tell people that God exists and God is the lord of mankind.  And if followers of any religions understand that God exists and God is the lord of mankind, they should leave the religions for God.

Put simply, Judaists, Christians, and Muslims must take a step forward leaving their religions toward God.

Then to call oneself a Judaist, a Christian, or a Muslim means that he or she does not fully understand God and thus it may be a shame.

If people fully understand and obey God, they must feel ashamed if they happen to call themselves Judaists, Christians, or Muslims.

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Mat 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

Friday, April 01, 2016

"he began again to teach by the sea side" - Christ Jesus was Sent by God

Cherry Blossoms in a Shrine-side Park, around Tokyo 

Christ Jesus was Sent by God

One of the most important statements of Christ Jesus is that He had been sent by God to this world.

First of all, we have to decide to accept this statement or not.  If we don't accept this statement, we may naturally conclude that there is no God and thus Christ Jesus told a lie or the whole Christianity is based on such a lie.

Then, how do we live after denying the statement by Christ Jesus?  There is no God, we naturally think, in this world and universe.  No one is watching us; no one judges us; and no one punishes us no matter how evil things we do.  We, the human beings, must be the highest existence in this universe.  No matter how much we do evil things to make money, ultimately nothing and nobody can judge and punish us.

But we may afraid that if everyone starts to behave so badly and so violently, order will be lost in this world.  To enjoy wealth civilization produces, we have to maintain order in this world.  But if everyone denies God and starts to behave like a gangster, no civilization can be maintained and thus we cannot enjoy products and services civilization produces.

What is worse, if everybody thinks that if he or she kills and harms other, no one can punish him or her, there will be no order, no peace, no safety and no hope in everybody's living.  People try to attack others to rob them of their assets.  At every corner of a village, a town or a city, there will be violent crimes.  And no one will hesitate to tell a lie and dupe others to steal money.

So, rulers in the godless and faithless world would resort to stronger violence and laws and regulations to govern people.  But as the communist countries failed in the 20th century, rule of violence, fear, and man-made ideology cannot last long.

Accordingly, rulers in this godless and faithless world are using religion and any good nature of people to govern them.  But they use them as a means to secure order.  So, no matter how much they say they respect religion, justice, and humanity, they don't love them and believe in them.  For them, even Christianity is a means to control people.

In other word, to give authority to laws and regulations, they need a concept of God.  To encourage people to behave orderly, they pretend to respect ethics rooted in faith in God.

However, their true thought is that they need money to enjoy living.  But to establish and keep society where money economy works, order is needed.  To maintain order, Christianity and other religions are useful.  Anyway, they must think, there is no God in this universe.

But, this abuse of religions cannot last long.  Desire of people is not limited.  But the larger desire gets, the larger false religions must be to secure order and prevent mutual destruction among greedy people.  This balance will be broken someday.  Then, order will not be maintained any more.  People will start to attack one another with bare violence for money or the like.

It tells that we will perish someday if we don't accept the statement of Christ Jesus.  But if we accept it, we will be able to live simply peacefully but humbly.  By accepting the statement, we can survive and evolve eternally.

So, one of the most important statements of Christ Jesus is that He had been sent by God to this world.

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Mar 4:1 And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.

"Envy thou not the oppressor" - Sinful Economic System of Today Based on Competition

Around Tokyo

Sinful Economic System of Today Based on Competition

Christ Jesus told not to worry yourself but see the flowers along roadsides and the birds in the sky.

The opposite to this landscape is competition in society for money or positions.  It means that Christ Jesus is against competition among people in society.  Nobody should not worry himself to win competition in business or daily matters.  Indeed, no flowers and no birds look competing with one another.

It is fear that drives people to competition.  While others are trying hard to get money and higher status, how can a man look at flowers and birds like a fool.  If he becomes the last in competition, he cannot be rich and he cannot protect himself from others.  For this fear, every one is competing and toiling on.

However, people will say that competition is an engine that push the society forward and produce more useful goods and services along with development of technology and business.  And, those who win competition are those who contribute the most to advancement of the society.  Therefore, winners of competition, they argue, are entitled to get big rewards such as big money and great honor.

But, what Christ Jesus told is that advancement of the human society must be promoted through different means than sinful competition.  It is not a goal but a process that is important.

The value of lives of righteous people who lived, say, 2000 years ago without modern products and services must be higher that that of lives of  sinful rich men, namely winners of competition, of today.  

Human being can be blessed in their living without products of modern technologies that have been invented and realized through sinful competition.

Freedom does not necessarily need competition.  The free market economy can be realized without competition.
In other word, Christ Jesus is apparently against the economic system of today that is based on competition among people.

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Pro 3:30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
Pro 3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
Pro 3:32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

"He must increase, but I must decrease" - Unique Aspect of Christianity


Unique Aspect of Christianity

Without authority, a nation cannot be governed.

In older days, kings and emperors also needed spiritual authority to stand above their people.  If their people admitted the spiritual authority, they would not become rebellious.  So, any kingdoms or nations needed religions.  And, kings and emperors should act as the highest priests of the religions.

It was observed in ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, ancient India, ancient China, etc.  Even ancient Greek had its myth.  But, leaders of ancient Greek cities were not representative priests of their religion.  Leaders of ancient Rome were not oracles or flamens.

In this context, the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations are unique.  Accordingly, from these civilizations, some cultural works that are still influential in today's world were generated.

In other words, except ancient Greek and Rome, the work of minds of people were confined by their religions.  But, ancient Greeks and Romans were given more freedom in their minds.  It is because their religions were not so binding.

Ancient Greeks were conquered by ancient Romans who had more freedom in their mentality.  But ancient Romans were conquered by tribes coming from the central Asia who must have had more freedom in their mentality.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, Christianity fully penetrated into Europe.  Christianity set free Europeans from more binding religions of their ancestors.  It worked in a manner of allowing them to raise their living standard and social structure to relatively civilized levels, though the era is called the dark Middle Ages.  And, eventually, when the Renaissance began, it gave more freedom to their mentality, and Europeans started to develop their modern civilization.

Even in the modern history, the US with more freedom in mentality could defeat Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan as well as the Soviet Union (in the Cold War).  Indeed, Christianity in the US gives more freedom to people's mentality than the Vatican does.

Religions adopted by kings and emperors to justify their rule were extremely binding.  They even suppressed free mental work of their people.  No paradigm changes were expected.  But ancient Romans and Greeks were under less binding spiritual conditions; that is why they succeeded culturally, politically, and militarily.

The modern Europe and America have had less binding Christianity; that is why they have succeeded in various aspects of civilization.

But Christianity essentially gives more freedom to the mentality of people.  It allows people to be free from more deeply rooted paradigm of humanity and human society than any old religions.

Therefore for mankind to survive and sustain themselves toward future, this unique characteristic or aspect of Christianity should play a more important role.  Conversely, future Christianity must allow people to be freed from the most conventional paradigm about human lives and human society.

In this context, the new spiritual movement for more freedom in line with the teaching of Christ Jesus may arise in the US rather than in the Vatican.  The Vatican must undergo a great paradigm change.

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Joh 3:28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
Joh 3:29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
Joh 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

Monday, March 28, 2016

"which was the son of Er" - Revenge by God on Mankind

Imperial Palace Plaza, Tokyo

Revenge by God on Mankind

There is a parable Christ Jesus mentioned that an owner of a vine yard had his revenge on workers of the vine yard who killed servants and a son of the owner.  The owner sent them to the vine yard with expectation that those workers would respect the servants and his son, though the bad workers killed them to take the vine yard out of the owner.  Eventually the owner sent a band of his men to the vine yard to execute the rebellious workers.

Apparently the owner of the vine yard is God; the vine yard is this world; and his son is Christ Jesus.

Indeed, as mankind killed the Son of God who sent His Son with expectation that mankind would respect His Son, God would sent the army of Heaven to destroy mankind.

If you think that God really exists and He really sent His Son to the human world, but mankind killed His Son, namely Christ Jesus, who talked about the said parable before He was killed by mankind, you must be afraid of revenge by God.  However, 2000 years after the death of Christ Jesus, mankind still exists.  But can you be sure that God never revenges Himself on mankind?

Christians mean those who believe in Christ Jesus and believe the vineyard parable He told.  Therefore Christians mean those who are always extremely sorry for God and are afraid of a coming vengeance by God.  So, true Christians cannot enjoy their lives as the sin of mankind is so grave.  While mankind has put God into a rage, how can they enjoy living?

But strangely, no Christians show their remorse and repentance openly in or outside churches.  And more strangely, Christians are praying to God so that He would save them from any danger while they do not apologize to God for the murder of His Son.  How can God love these selfish and foolish Christians?  And, what is worse, there are much more people who do not even think that mankind ever killed the Son of God.  They are still continuing arrogant and sinful lives.

So, it is apparent that what is requested from mankind is fear, awe, and dread of God who should surely take out His revenge on mankind someday.

However, God seems to be extremely benevolent and merciful to mankind.  He seems to have given mankind enough time.  So, after the killing of God's Son, mankind could survive 2000 years.  But, the time limit may be close to us.

This universe was created by God.  This planet earth was also created by God.  And, on the earth in the universe, there living is mankind who killed the Son of God who kindly visited the human world to correct evil behaviors of mankind and save victims of evil deeds of mankind.  And, this mankind has not fully repent for 2000 years!  Such a species must not be allowed to exist on the earth in the universe God created.  It is logical and natural.  God should put an end to the history of mankind someday.

So, the issue is when and how God will take His revenge on mankind.

Truly without evil mankind is generating on the earth, the universe must look finer to the eyes of God.


Prophecy of the Popes

The Prophecy of the Popes (Latin: Prophetia Sancti Malachiae Archiepiscopi, de Summis Pontificibus) is a series of 112 short, cryptic phrases in Latin which purport to predict the Roman Catholic popes (along with a few antipopes), beginning with Pope Celestine II. 

The prophecies conclude with a pope identified as "Peter the Roman", whose pontificate will allegedly precede the destruction of the city of Rome.[

Petrus Romanus[edit]
In recent times some interpreters of prophetic literature have drawn attention to the prophecies due to their imminent conclusion; if the list of descriptions is matched on a one-to-one basis to the list of historic popes since the prophecies' publication, Benedict XVI (2005–13) would correspond to the second to last of the papal descriptions, Gloria olivae (the glory of the olive).[13] The longest and final prophecy predicts the Apocalypse:[14]

In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit.

Petrus Romanus, qui pascet oves in multis tribulationibus, quibus transactis civitas septicollis diruetur, & judex tremendus judicabit populum suum. Finis.

This may be translated into English as:

In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit [i.e., as bishop].

Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills [i.e. Rome] will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End.[15]

Several historians and interpreters of the prophecies note that they leave open the possibility of unlisted popes between "the glory of the olive" and the final pope, "Peter the Roman".[6][16] In the Lignum Vitae, the line In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit. forms a separate sentence and paragraph of its own. While often read as part of the "Peter the Roman" prophecy, other interpreters view it as a separate, incomplete sentence explicitly referring to additional popes between "the glory of the olive" and "Peter the Roman".[1]

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Luk 3:28 Which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmodam, which was the son of Er,
Luk 3:29 Which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi,
Luk 3:30 Which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim,
Luk 3:31 Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David,
Luk 3:32 Which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naasson,

"No man can enter into a strong man's house" - Anti-Christian Movement and Islamic Terror


Anti-Christian Movement and Islamic Terror

Anti-Christian movement is the core of globalization of economy, commercialism, and advanced financial business.

However, anti-Christian movements in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union were already demolished in the 20th century.

In capitalism and the free market system, it is thought to be the right thing to sell goods more and more.  To sell goods and services in increasing amounts, goods and services must be first wanted by consumers.  Therefore, businesses use advertisement to arouse lust in the minds of consumers.  To  stir desire of consumers and make them buy goods and services is a common technique of businesses.  But desire and lust are hated by Christ Jesus, since they drive people to selfish ways of living, negligence of others, and love to money, and hate to righteousness.

If you see TV today, you are forced to see various CM where naked women, abnormal guys, sinful riches, and violence are used as a means to get attention of watchers and seduce them  from humble, righteous, and simple lives.

As long as anti-Christian commercialism is prevailing in Europe and America, they cannot be free from terror since terrorists are also under influence of Western anti-Christian movement.
As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God.
— 2 Thessalonians 2:1–4

For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but only until the one who now restrains it is removed. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will destroy with the breath of his mouth, annihilating him by the manifestation of his coming. The coming of the lawless one is apparent in the working of Satan, who uses all power, signs, lying wonders, and every kind of wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
— 2 Thessalonians 2:7–10
Indeed, there is nobody in governments, central banks, financial institutes, and financial markets who are engaged in their business to carry their duties in lined with the teaching of God.

Indeed, there is nobody in businesses who manage their operation in lined with the teaching of God.

They all aim to increase wealth of themselves, and they use anti-Christian advertisement as their means to sell their goods and services and earn big profits.

Any person trying to be rich without following the teaching of God is anti-Christian, but as systems and organizations, some people are chasing wealth, which is a graver type of anti-Christ movement.

As Islam is more  ascetic, terrorists from the Islamic environment would easily justify their evil act: Corrupt and rotten Western society must be punished by Allah or followers of Allah.

The Western society has to abandon anti-Christian commercialism even to avoid such terror.

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Mar 3:27 No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.
Mar 3:28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:
Mar 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.