Saturday, December 31, 2016

"rather seek ye the kingdom of God" - 100,000-Year-Old Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji snow-capped, 100 Km far, over dry paddy field from around Tokyo, at the end of 2016 

100,000-Year-Old Mt. Fuji

It is believed that Mt. Fuji was fully formed about 100,000 years ago.

As other volcanoes in Japan (with 86 active volcanoes) were mostly formed several hundreds of thousands of years to one million years ago, Mt. Fuji is a relatively young volcano in Japan, though it is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 meters.

Mt. Fuji is situated 100 km (60 miles) west of Tokyo.  It happens to be roughly near the central point of the Japanese Archipelago.  There are no other capitals of major countries in the world that have the highest mountains of their nations so close to them.

The last major eruption of Mt. Fuji occurred in 1707.  At the time, a great amount of volcano ash fell in Tokyo (then called Edo) like snow falling.  This eruption was triggered by an M8.7 earthquake that had occurred 49 days before the eruption.

If Mt. Fuji should erupt again in the same scale as that of the 1707 eruption, not only the city of Tokyo (with population of 12 million) but also the economy of Japan is expected to be hit hard since the possible disaster would sever the main transportation artery between Tokyo and other western cities such as Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and as far as Fukuoka.
Mt. Fuji is usually called Fuji-san (san: mountain) by the Japanese people with a sense of pride and familiarity.

Incidentally, the ridge line or the shape of the slope from its summit to its foot somewhat resembles the curve of a Japanese sword.
(Refer to of the December 29 post for a clearer shape of the slope).

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Luk 12:31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Luk 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

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.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

"And seek not ye what ye shall eat" - Hate Money but Love God

Mt. Fuji, 100 Km far, from around Tokyo

Hate Money but Love God

Why does money have such value as would be admitted by everybody?

No matter what you are, if you have $10 and go to a hamburger shop, you can get enough foods in exchange of $10 in any countries, even with a change back.

Money is so convenient, since only money counts when you get foods and any other goods and services.  Basically, nothing else matters if you have money.  You can be a criminal or a very stupid or harmful man or you can be a black in a white-dominant town.  You can buy anything by money which is priced.  You can get hamburgers or any foods if you have enough money; you personality doesn't count.  Money is so convenient, democratic, and efficient.

The power of money is so overwhelming that no countries in the world have to specify in their constitutions that people must admit power of money.  Indeed, every country collects tax in the form of money.  And any enterprises in this world pay money to their employees in exchange of their labor.  Goods and services are provided by enterprises in exchange of  money.

Conversely, finally the mankind has built a world where without money they cannot even get foods and other goods and services.  Put extremely, everything in this world is priced, meaning everything can be sold and bought by money.

If there is no money in this world, people might eventually fight physically one another to get goods and services.  Or even people might start to kill one another to get goods and services from others.  But in the economic system based on money, people only have to work peacefully hard to earn money with which they can purchase goods and services.

So, what is bad about money?  Money is not distributed equally in the society.  Some people have big money while others have only little.  So, rich men provide money for poor men in exchange of their services or labor.  Rich men control poor men through money.

Poor men need money to buy foods.  But money is only given to them not by God but by rich men in exchange of their services.  If a rich man dislikes a specific poor man, the rich man will not hire the poor man and give him money.  Then the poor man will starve to death.  So, every poor man would try to be liked by rich men who can hire them and give them money.

Rich men with money can control and rule poor men.

Capitalists in the capitalist society and leaders in the communist society have both big money to control and rule poor men.  They can almost order poor men to do anything, for example, kill their enemies.  Or rich men can order poor men even to hate God if they want money from them.

Money had a function to make economic transactions smooth.  But money has a more significant function to allow rich men to control poor men.  And through the latter function, Satan controls and rules men to order them to do any evil and ungodly deeds.

If Satan is a rich man and an angel is a poor man, Satan can even make the angel do any evil and ungodly deeds, in this context.  And this is what Satan wants.  This is why Satan helped the mankind invent and introduce money.

Money is in the hand of evil men who admire Satan since Satan helped the mankind invent and introduce money.

That is why Christ Jesus said to hate money but love God.

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Luk 12:29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

" Consider the lilies how they grow" - Violently Promoting Development of Civilization


Violently Promoting Development of Civilization

Christ Jesus said that there are no good men but only God is good.

But why cannot men be good?  It is because they love something other than being good more than being good.  Put simply men love being bad and evil more than being good.

But why do men love being bad and evil?

First of all, men love themselves more than others.   They don't mind being  bad and evil to others to suppress, harm, or control them.  They can justify their act of being bad and evil to others.  It is to make themselves happy.  Conversely, if men were good, they would not sacrifice others to make themselves happy.

Therefore, as men love themselves more than others, Christ Jesus said that there are no good men.

People overlook others being happy as long as they are happier than others.  But at the core of their minds, men love themselves more than others.

So, even at a primitive level of civilization, those who have power would suppress development of civilization in the society they govern.  While in the current situation, they control others and keep their power without threats, if civilization is further advanced, their hegemony might become unstable. Those who acquire new technology and economic power might try to challenge them and overturn their rule.  So, those who had power in any society in the past did not necessarily encourage innovation and advancement.  They encouraged and promoted innovation only when they were confident that their dominance could be secured if their civilization further advanced.

This tendency had been stronger in Asia where the system had been traditionally repressive or binding as their societies were mostly based on collective agriculture.  Also in the Islamic regions, leaders were afraid such advancement might cause great instability in the Islamic society.

However, in Western Europe, after the hegemony of the Vatican got weakened around 1500, competition among nations got intensified without the unified authority or the great political and religious intermediate.  Monarchs and kings had to encourage development of their society to survive, paving the way for great advancement of material civilization in Western Europe in the modern era.  And the world of today where development of science and technology are greatly encouraged is in this extension of the movement of Western Europe after 1500.

Therefore, today's civilization is not supported and driven by good people.  But its development is encouraged by the elites and leaders on societies and nations who are afraid of being lost, conquered, and enslaved, and this sense is shared by all the members in the societies and nations.

In other words, people in the world are essentially violently promoting development of civilization while in older days monarchs and rulers of nations, generally speaking, violently controlled or suppressed development of civilization to secure their interest.

So, if you see great, various, and advanced products of today's civilization,  you cannot have confidence that your future or the future of mankind is promising and rosy.  It is because men are still bad and evil while material civilization has reached this impressive high level.

Our civilization is not progressing in a manner to make people good.  We have to stop and reflect.

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Luk 12:27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Monday, December 26, 2016

"have ye not read in the book of Moses" - Ancestors of Japanese and Native Americans


Ancestors of Japanese and Native Americans

The history of Japan started 16,500 years ago when the so-called Jomon era began.  This Neolithic age of  Japan (featured by development of various earthenware vessel use, which is unique in the world) ended about 2,500 years ago when the so-called Yayoi era began with introduction of rice farming.

The basis of the Japanese people or the Japanese race was formed in this Jomon era.  And from analyses of genes and DNA, it is believed that most of the Jomon people came from eastern Siberia across the strait between the Asian Continent and Hokkaido, the most northern major island of the Japanese archipelago.  However, there is also a theory that some people came to Japan in the Jomon era from the south over the western Pacific from areas around Indonesia.

Although Japan is near Korea and China, there are no proof that a great number of people once migrated from Korea or China to Japan to share a majority of residents in Japan especially in the Jomon era.  However, along with introduction of rice farming in the subsequent Yayoi era, which continued till the third century, and along with introduction of Buddhism or due to wars and political turmoils in the Korean Peninsula in the subsequent period when the imperial authority was established in Japan, some Koreans moved to Japan to be absorbed by native Japanese.    

On the other hand, it is believed that it was about 15,000 years ago that some Asian tribes migrated from eastern Siberia to North America.  Based on some DNA analysis, it is believed that there was an original group of ancient eastern Siberia tribes from which ancestors of the Japanese or the Jomon people migrated to the Japanese archipelago and also ancestors of Native Americans migrated to North America almost at the same era of 16,500 years to 15,000 years ago,

In this context, the Japanese are closer to Native Americans than Chinese.

In a similar way, I think that it will be proved someday that Judaists or Israelis are closer to ancient Sumerians than contemporary Arabs in terms of the origin of their ancestors.

And, the largest enigma for the mankind is from where Sumerians came to Mesopotamia 5,500 years ago, since Abraham was born around the Sumerian city Ur about 4,000 years ago, although the Great Pyramids of Giza were built 4,500 years ago.

Anyway, we have to respect our ancestors like Judaists respect Abraham and Moses.

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Mar 12:26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
Mar 12:27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.

"Jesus knew their thoughts" - Sacred Men with the Brown Skin

Tokyo Bay

Sacred Men with the Brown Skin

Adam means soil in Hebrew.

This concept came from the Sumerian Civilization that developed along the Euphrates River.  However, as God input a spirit in the soil, it became a human being.

However, the fact that the human body looked like being made of soil means that early civilization was established by people with the brown skin.  Even Christ Jesus must have looked like one of those people with the brown skin.

In the Bible, there are no descriptions of difference in the color of skin among those depicted in the holy book.  Even the Gospels do not especially describe difference in the skin color between Israelites and Romans.

Maybe in the Roman Empire, the difference in the skin color must not have significance.  It must be after the civilization moved to the north of the Alps that the color of the skin of difference races came to be paid strong attention to.

Anyway, if Adam is white, no ancient people named the first man Adam.  The first man had the brown skin.  So, white men who have prejudice of people with the brown skin might be cursed by God.

Great religions were all established by great or sacred men with the brown skin.

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Mat 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: