Saturday, October 21, 2017

"Jesus rejoiced in spirit" - Hebrews Chosen 1900 Years or More before for the Holocaust

In Front of the National Diet Bldg., Tokyo

Hebrews Chosen 1900 Years or More before for the Holocaust

Judaists had enjoyed the special status of God's chosen people for 1900 years since the Diaspora after the Jewish-Roman War in the first century till six millions of them were executed by Nazi Germans.

There had been no other tribes that had enjoyed such a status.  Judaists had been sometimes suppressed or treated badly by Christian monarchs and churches in that period, but they had believed that they were closer to God than Christians in that period.  They had also felt superiority over Muslims who believed also God of Judaists.

Till the Holocaust in WWII, Judaists had thought that they were loved by God more than Christians and Muslims were.  Having relied on this belief, they could survive 1900 years mostly in Christian-dominant societies.  It is extravagant.  It is beyond description.  And it is excessive for any tribe to believe that they are loved by God more than any other tribes for 1900 years.

This too much advantage is horrible.  Since, such a tribe should face a tragedy that is balanced with its special status.  Then, the Holocaust happened.

It is as if God requested Jewish people to pay for its special status.  Their 1900-year long status as God's tribe was compensated by the the great tragedy of the Holocaust.  Or the holocaust was balanced with the extravagant blessing of Jewish people over 1900 years as God's tribe.

Even eight million Germans died in WWII; 25 million Russians died in WWII;  550,000 French people died in WWII; 450,000 British died in WWII; 400,000 Americans died in WWII; 10 million Chinese died in WWII; and three million Japanese died in WWII.

And six million Judaists were killed in WWII as God's tribe that had survived over 1900 years after the Diaspora.

The more you are blessed by God, the more you are requested to pay in tragedy.  But can Judaists today feel proud that they were sacrificed so much in WWII because they were God's tribe?

But of course, there is a reason for God to request its tribe to sacrifice in a tragic situation.  Or we might say that in order to prepare a tribe as His own for sacrifice for a huge tragedy the mankind faces, God chose Hebrews 1900 years ago or older.   God must have chose Hebrews for sacrifice in WWII 2000 years or more ago.

Anyway, after WWII, Europe changed.  Europeans became more peaceful.  It must be all due to the great number of deaths in WWII as well as revelation of the horrible and cruel nature of the mankind as shown in the Holocaust.

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Luk 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

"before governors and kings for my sake" - Even If Christ Jesus Is Not God


Even If Christ Jesus Is Not God

Judaists claim that Christ Jesus cannot be God.  Muslims assert that Christ Jesus cannot be God.  But Christians believe that Christ Jesus is God, though it is not scientifically and factually proved.

Only Christians in the Roman Empire who had not observed living and preaching Jesus launched a theory that Christ Jesus was God.  Even no Gospels are written with clear declaration that Christ Jesus is God. 

First of all, we have to define what God is.  We may decide here that God is almighty.  Then, as God is almighty, He can appear as God or somebody that is not God.  Even God can be not almighty, since He is almighty.  So, you cannot deny that God once appeared as a mere Judaist or a mere prophet called Jesus.  Of course, God could have appeared as a king stronger than the Roman Empire or all the Arabs, since He is almighty.

So, there are two possibilities that God appeared as Christ Jesus or Christ Jesus was not God.  If Christ Jesus had not been God, there is no problem in views on Him of Judaists and Muslims.  But, if Christ Jesus was God, there would be great problems in Judaists and Muslims.

Accordingly, if we cannot prove that Christ Jesus is God scientifically or factually, it is better for us to respect the possibility that God became Christ Jesus, since God is almighty.

If Christ Jesus had not been God, our rejection of Him as God would not invoke anger of God.  But if Christ Jesus had been God,  our rejection of Him as God should invoke anger of God.  To avoid such a risk of invoking God, we had better regard Christ Jesus as God.

There are some matters in this word nobody can deny or prove.   But if risk for us to suffer when we deny such a matter is extremely large, we should not deny it.  In this case, the matter about Christ Jesus is related to God, the supreme existence in the universe.  We must be careful.

So, wise men would never deny that Christ Jesus is God.  However, Judaists and Muslims strongly deny the theory that Christ Jesus is God.  Of course, if God once became Christ Jesus, God can deny that He was once Christ Jesus without causing any problems, since He is almighty.  And, in this case, God can even have Judaists and Muslims deny that Christ Jesus is God for some reason that is not known to us.

Finally, it is no use arguing whether Christ Jesus is God or not.  And, God must know why we argue it with what motivation.  God is not affected by men's judgment on whether Christ Jesus is God or not.  But God is watching us and our minds and heats.     


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Mat 10:18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
Mat 10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"I may inherit eternal life" - Jesus' Appearance Only Once?

Ikebukuro, Tokyo

Jesus' Appearance Only Once?

Christ Jesus appeared once in the history.  No other men than Muhammad were give words of God for Islam.

As God is almighty, He could have sent His Son over and over again, and he could have spoken to many other Arabs to promote Islam over and over again.  But He only sent Christ Jesus to the human world once and spoke only to Muhammad to promote Islam.

To us, God looks as if having done minimum services to the mankind.  But truth must be that the mankind only deserve one time for each of Jesus' appearance and revelation of Islam to Muhammad.

This universe experienced only one time of the Big Bang, which is enough for the creation of the universe and eventually the mankind.

Or the mankind do not deserve more than one time of each of Jesus' appearance and revelation of Islam to Muhammad.  There cannot be any mistakes in God's deeds.

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Mar 10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
Mar 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

"the Father knoweth me" - Need to Review Vatican's Theology


Need to Review Vatican's Theology

In the Roman Empire, the literacy rate is believed to be between 10 to 20%.  It means most of Roman citizens could not read the Gospels written in Greek.  But in the Roman Empire, most contents of the Christian theology were fixed, however, through various discussions and conflicts among Christian leaders involving some Roman emperor.

The Western Roman Empire fell in 476, but the theology of Christianity fixed in the Empire was carried out by the Vatican.  Then, the Middle Ages started, where the literacy rate of Europeans is believed to be about 5%.  It means almost nobody of the general public could read the Bible written in Greek or translated into Latin.  And the Vatican did not encourage people to learn Latin or Greek to read the Bible or the learned people to translate the Greek/Latin Bible into local European languages such as German.

It was about in 1500 that the Bible was translated into local languages and printed or copied in large quantity tanks to Gutenberg, Martin Luther and other scholars or priests who had objection to the Vatican's policy.  It means that almost for 1,000 years from the fall of the Western Roman Empire around 500 to the emergence of Gutenberg and Luther around 1500, Christianity was taught by Catholic priests to general Europeans who could neither have the ability to read the Bible nor chances of reading the Bible.  And, the Vatican never reviewed its Christian theology set before the fall of the Empire.

So, immediately after the fall of the Roman Empire, God gave Islam to Arabs, etc.  But the Vatican did not think about implication of this God's decision but continued its biased way of practice and teaching of Christianity.

Today, everybody can read the Bible.  Hundreds of millions of people, including Protestants, Judaists, and Muslims, should have different views from the Vatican theology on Christianity.

The Vatican should at least review its theology worked out more than 1,500 years ago.
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Joh 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
Joh 10:15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

Friday, October 13, 2017

"they brought young children" - Birds and Flowers

Tokyo Station

Birds and Flowers

Christ Jesus was poor while living and preaching unlike the Pope and priests of today.  But how did He earn money?

Christ Jesus healed sick people and drove out demons from haunted people.  Then, the families of those saved by Christ Jesus must have invited Him to meals.  But as symbolized by the incident that Christ Jesus was arrested after the last supper while He was sleeping in a garden, Christ Jesus must have slept in open in most of nights.  He actually said, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head."

Christ Jesus had some followers who must have carried some money or earned some money working in towns and villages while following Christ Jesus.  Even Judas is believed to have carried a money bag.  But from the beginning, these followers were mere workers, fishermen, or farmers; they were poor.

The most important thing was that He didn't go and preach for rich people, although today's churches welcome connections with rich people.  No matter how poor Christ Jesus and the Apostles were, they went to poor people and preached among them.

This is the essence of Christianity, since there are birds in the air and the flowers in the field that do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet heavenly Father feeds them.  Believers are much more valuable than those birds and flowers.

So, historically millions or more poor people who have been saved by these words of Christ Jesus, which must be the reason why Christianity has prevailed (even among birds and flowers).

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Mar 10:13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
Mar 10:14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"Whosoever shall put away his wife" - What is Standing in for God


What is Standing in for God

It was about 2000 years before the emergence of Christ Jesus that God appeared to Abraham.

Then, God appeared before and directly spoke to Moses about 1300 years before before the emergence of Christ Jesus.  Further, 500 years before the emergence of Christ Jesus, God spoke to Daniel to save him.  Then God sent Christ Jesus to Israelites most of whom did not accept Christ Jesus as God or God's Son.  Then the Jewish-Roman wars erupted and Judaists went into the Diaspora.  And, for almost 2000 years after the crucifixion of Christ Jesus, God never appeared and spoke to Judaists.

In the meantime, God gave Islam to Muhammad, Arabs, etc. almost 500 years after the Jewish-Roman wars by speaking to Muhammad.  But God kept silence to Judaists and Christians.

God even kept silence during the Holocaust in WWII.  And, 2000 years passed after the emergence of Christ Jesus in the early first century.

Something must be wrong, however, not in God but in Judaists, Christians, and Muslims.

What is more alarming is that Judaists and Christians today don't care about the fact that God never spoke to and appeared before them in these 2000 years since the Crucifixion of Christ Jesus.  They behave as if they could go well without interference by God.  It means that they don't believe God.

However in these 2000 years, God gave Islam to Arabs, etc., supported the Eastern Roman Empire for 1000 years after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, helped Columbus reach America, supported Martin Luther to launch Protestantism, approved the establishment of the nation Israel after the Holocaust, and saved the life of Pope John Paul II.

We can only search true intention of God on the mankind in these events.  But, we should ask God to speak to us directly and appear before us clearly.  And, as God would not do, we have to think about why God would not speak to us directly and appear before us clearly since the early seventh century.

Or should we regard Istanbul (Islam), America, Protestantism, Israel, and the Vatican as standing in for God? 

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Mar 10:11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

"the sheep did not hear them" - To Understand God


To Understand God

The origin of the English word God is identical with the Anglo-Saxon word for “good.”  It is derived from Proto-Germanic *ǥuđán.
The Proto-Germanic meaning of *ǥuđán and its etymology is uncertain. It is generally agreed that it derives from a Proto-Indo-European neuter passive perfect participle *ǵʰu-tó-m. This form within (late) Proto-Indo-European itself was possibly ambiguous, and thought to derive from a root *ǵʰeu̯- "to pour, libate" (Sanskrit huta, see hotṛ), or from a root *ǵʰau̯- (*ǵʰeu̯h2-) "to call, to invoke" (Sanskrit hūta). Sanskrit hutá = "having been sacrificed", from the verb root hu = "sacrifice", but a slight shift in translation gives the meaning "one to whom sacrifices are made."
However, Hebrews who originally wrote the Bible are different from users of Indo-European languages.   Although the concept of God might be the same in both the users of Indo-European langugages and those of Hebrew, the original word of God in Hebrew is different from God, which is El.

This term was the most common general designation of deity in the ancient Near East.

The word ‘el’ was also combined with other words to constitute a compound term for deity, or to identify the nature and functions of the “god” in some manner.

Names with ‘el’ as one of their components were common in the Near East in the second millennium B. C.
This tradition of the Hebrew ‘el’ as a “God” who revealed Himself in power and entered into a covenant relationship with His people was prominent.

The name of ‘el’ was commonly used by the Israelites to denote supernatural provision or power.
In Japanese God is called Kami.  However, the origin of this word is unknown although there are various theories linking Kami to other Japanese words.  The word that is similar in pronunciation and meaning is Kamui of the Ainu, a minority tribe in Japan mostly living in Hokkaido.  However, the linkage between the two words has not been confirmed.

According to Japanese linguist Susumu Ono, the Japanese Kami means something terrible that has superhuman force.  But, Kami is not only one but there are many entities called Kami.  Ono wrote one book only for the word Kami.    The Japanese Kami has characters that are partially akin to El in Hebrew.  But ancient Japanese even call something related to an act itself the God of the act.  For example, they called even the god of sprinkling the ground with water.

The Zulu of Africa is said to call God Unkulunkulu.  Native Americans have also the concept of God.   So, the concept of God with supernatural power or as the creator of the world is common to (almost) all the mankind.  Their words meaning God show some history of development of the concept of God.

In this context, it is very revolutionary for Christians started to call Christ Jesus God.  But it should not mean that one man became God, but should mean the God appeared as one man.  And, more revolutionary is Christ Jesus' definition of God: God is love.  It may look reasonable that English uses the word of God that originally split from good. 

The God is love with which He created the universe but He appears with supernatural or terrible force sometimes as if He is indifferent to tragedies of human beings.

Anyway, to understand God is the task requested of the mankind, which must be more difficult to understand this universe and internal of everyone.  The hint must be love shown by Christ Jesus.

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Joh 10:8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

Friday, October 06, 2017

"they know not the voice of strangers" - The Effect of Existence of Neanderthals' DNA


The Effect of Existence of Neanderthals' DNA

We, the modern men, inherited some DNA from Neanderthals, a different type of human beings than the current ones.  About 45,000 to 40,000 years ago, our ancestors exited from Africa and met Neanderthals.   It resulted in inclusion of Neanderthals' DNA in our DNA at about 2%.
Genetic research has asserted that some admixture took place.[190] The genomes of all non-Africans include portions that are of Neanderthal origin,[191][192] due to interbreeding between Neanderthals and the ancestors of Eurasians in Northern Africa or the Middle East prior to their spread. Rather than absorption of the Neanderthal population, this gene flow appears to have been of limited duration and limited extent. An estimated 1.5 to 2.1 percent[36] of the DNA in Europeans and Asians (French, Chinese and Papua probands) is non-modern, and shared with ancient Neanderthal DNA. This DNA is absent in Sub-Saharan Africans (Yoruba people and San probands).[88] Ötzi the iceman, Europe's oldest preserved mummy, was found to possess an even higher percentage of Neanderthal ancestry.[193] The two percent of Neanderthal DNA that lives on in Europeans and Asians is not the same in all Europeans and Asians: In all, approximately 20% of the Neanderthal genome appears to survive in the modern human gene pool.
The most important fact is that our ancestors met and interbred with Neanderthals in the Middle East before they traveled and expanded to all over Europe, Asia, and Pacific.

Although all the major religions were generated around the Middle East, the effect of existence of Neanderthals' DNA in the modern human beings on generation of the major human religions is not clear.  But the concept of God might have emerged in the human mind due to the effect of existence of Neanderthals' DNA.

Or the idea of the communication between the human mind and the God might reflect the communication between our ancestors and Neanderthals, because two types of the mankind had been separated for more than 200,000 years but could communicate with each other beyond some gap over some difficulties. 

(Nonetheless, there is a possibility that Neanderthals' DNA in the modern human beings might have negative influence on behaviors of modern men outside Africa in terms of violence and insanity.)

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Joh 10:5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
Joh 10:6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

"Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him" - Review of the Cause of the Holocaust

Tsukiji Central Market, Tokyo

Review of the Cause of the Holocaust

Hitler did not, from the beginning, plan to massacre all the European Judaists.

Nazis and Hitler tried to expel Judaists out of Germany.  They even planned to deport them to Madagascar island.  Actually they sent some Judaists to Palestine.  But the situation changed as Hitler decided to make war with the Soviet Union in June 1941.

While German troops were advancing and capturing many territories in East Europe, millions of Judaists came to under control.  Nazis could not deport them to outside regions any more.  In addition, they were afraid that those Judaists might engage in anti-Germany activities and guerilla resistance.  So, SS units started to execute Judaists who fell in the hand of advancing German troops.  However, they did not first use death camps and concentration camps with gas facilities.  But at some point, leaders of Nazis decided to systematically exterminate captured Judaists, and they started to build special camps where millions of Judaists would be killed till the end of WWII.

There were no documents left in which Hitler explicitly ordered extermination of Jidaists.  However, it is believed that Hitler issued verbal orders or consent to slaughter Judaists.  From the beginning, Hitler had no strong experiences where he had been treated badly by Judaists or he had suffered serious social disadvantage due to existence of middle-class Judaists.  His antagonism against Judaists was rather ideological.

So, the basic cause of the Holocaust was more cultural one rather than individual one.  And the most influential cultural factor is religion.

The Vatican and Christian priests had not shown intimacy to Judaists before the 20th century.  They read the Bible and judged that Judaists were enemies of Christianity.  They even approved the idea that Judaists had killed Christ Jesus.  This underground tendency had continued for about 1900 years, and then Hitler and Nazis abused this climate.

Today, no Christians outwardly blame Judaists or call them descendants of those who had killed Christ Jesus.  But, the relationship between Judaists and Christians is not solved.  Christian people have simply started to stop thinking about Judaists.  They have even stopped thinking about Christ Jesus and God.  Most of them accepted the idea of liberal people, mostly not faithful Christians, that people have to admit diversity of people.   The general trend is that everybody is equal if he or she believes Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.

However, it is suspected that people have come to realize that money is the sole religion.  Any rich Judaists or Muslims are better than poor Christians.  Because money proves everything.  This thought has become the mainstream after WWII.

Indeed, after the Great Depression, when the German economy was improving while Hitler and Nazis were gaining political power, German people thought that money and wealth were brought by Hitler and Nazis, so that they supported more and more Nazis' anti-Judaist ideology.  Even the Holocaust was backed by the economy success of Germany under Hitler's administration.  The Holocaust was supported by the religion where people revered money and wealth.

The tragedy of European Judaists in WWII was caused by the irresponsible Vatican and Christian churches and the religion for reverence of money and wealth.  And these two factors still remain.         

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Mat 10:4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
Mat 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

Monday, October 02, 2017

"he that entereth in by the door" - Las Vegas Sick Man


Las Vegas Sick Man

I recently read a novel, Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes.  Then Las Vegas shooting occurred with the gunman Stephen Paddock.

In Mr. Mercedes, the culprit failed to blow off a bomb in a concert hall, but in Las Vegas the gunmen killed about 60 and wounded 500 audience in the concert site.

An ordinary America man can go sick and try to use weapons around him to harm people around.  There is no strong deterrent force in the society of America, since too much freedom is provided for individuals due to vast space and rich resources.

Only God can stop them, because it is apparent that such sick men are under command of Satan even in the US.

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Joh 10:2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
Joh 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

"cometh into the coasts of Judaea" - Priest Valignano in Japan

Ueno, Tokyo
Priest Valignano in Japan

At the end of the 16th century, Alessandro Valignano worked in Japan to diffuse Christianity. 
Alessandro Valignano (February 1539 – January 20, 1606)[1] was an Italian Jesuit missionary born in Chieti, part of the Kingdom of Naples, who helped supervise the introduction of Catholicism to the Far East, and especially to Japan.
On his first arrival in Japan, Valignano was horrified by what he considered to be, at the least, negligent, and at the worst, abusive and un-Christian practices on the part of mission personnel.
Valignano later wrote that, although the mission had made some major gains during Francisco Cabral's tenure, the general methods used by the Superior were severely lacking. In addition to the problems of Japanese language study and racism, some of the Jesuits, and specifically Cabral were in the habit "to regard Japanese customs invariably as abnormal and to speak disparagingly of them. When I first came to Japan, ours (the crowd usually follows the leader), showed no care to learn Japanese customs, but at recreation and on other occasions were continually carping on them, arguing against them, and expressing their preference for our own ways to the great chagrin and disgust of the Japanese." 
There is an implicit belief in the Visitor's writing that leaders influence and are responsible for the behavior of those of lesser rank. Thus, in Valignano's view, any lapse in the mission's behavior towards the Japanese was surely a result of Cabral's heavyhandedness. He immediately began to reform many aspects of the mission, and wherever possible, undermined Cabral's authority as Superior of the Jesuit mission to Japan.
His way was successful.  Christianity, Roman Catholicism, well prevailed in Japan till the samurai regime of Japan closed the country in 1630s.

Valignano admitted that culture in Japan as well as in China was sophisticated as much as that in Europe.  But some Western priests could not admit it. 

Most of Western priests and missionaries in the past thought that the European culture was the best in the world.  They did not hide contempt to other races and tribes in Africa, Asia, and Americas.  Racist European priests were trying to diffuse Christianity in the world since the 16th century.

That must be why Christians do not account for a majority of the population in Japan as well as China and India.

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Mar 10:1 And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again.
Mar 10:2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

"Why could not we cast him out?" - God's Plan and Significant Persons


God's Plan and Significant Persons

Who are the most significant persons in the history?  Without doubt, Christ Jesus must be, since He has been regarded as God.  But one example of the list is as follows:
The 100 Most Significant Figures in History
1 Jesus
2 Napoleon
3 Muhammad
4 William Shakespeare
5 Abraham Lincoln
6 George Washington
7 Adolf Hitler
8 Aristotle
9 Alexander the Great
10 Thomas Jefferson
11 Henry VIII of England
12 Charles Darwin
13 Elizabeth I of England
14 Karl Marx
15 Julius Caesar
16 Queen Victoria
17 Martin Luther
18 Joseph Stalin
19 Albert Einstein
20 Christopher Columbus
The history of these 2000 years started with Christ Jesus and the subsequent Jewish-Roman wars leading to the diaspora of the Israelites.  In this context, Paul and Caesar, as the virtual first emperor of the Romans, cannot be dismissed.

And the history of these 2000 years has been closed with the return of the Jewish people to Palestine and Jerusalem after WWII where Hitler fought Stalin but got defeated by US troops while killing six million European Jewish people.  In this context, Hitler, Stalin/Marx, and Columbus cannot be dismissed.

However, from a more religious point of view, Muhammad and Martin Luther cannot be dismissed.  So, we may present the following list in a time series:
1. Caesar
2. Jesus
3. Paul
4. Muhammad
5. Columbus
6. Martin Luther
7. Karl Marx
8. Stalin
9. Hitler
10. Judaists

It is truly a mystery why God sent His Son, Christ Jesus, to Palestine under control of Romans symbolized by Caesar about 2000 years ago.  And the rest of the history was finally settled when Judaists returned to Palestine and Jerusalem after WWII.

However, the history is still going on with Muslims active in the regions outside the territories of the past Roman Empire and with China and India having almost nothing to do with the Christian world.

We have to find what God's plan is about the history of the mankind in the next 2000 years.  And what significant persons will He plant to use?

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Mar 9:28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?
Mar 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

Monday, September 25, 2017

"took her by the hand" - Christ Jesus, God?


Christ Jesus, God?

If your are God coming to this world in the disguise of a human being, will you calm to people, "I am God although I look a human being"?

The disguise itself means that you conceal your identity of being God.  So, you don't explicitly say that you are God even if you are God in this case.

Conversely will you believe that any man who says that he is God while doing various miracles is God?  You would probably request more miracles as proof.  If that person brings one dead man into life again, you might think that it is not enough to prove him to be God, since God must be able to bring 100 or a million dead men into life.  That one may be a semi-God or a kind of angels but not true God.

When Christ Jesus was killed on the cross, all His followers ran away.  But when he revived a few day later, every follower believed that He was God, starting Christianity.

So, it is strange indeed.  And, this is one of the biggest mystery of Christianity.
The ultimate proof of His divinity, however, was His resurrection from the dead after His death on the cross. No one else has ever risen from the dead on his own.
Indeed, there is no definition that someone that has revived from his own death is God.  In addition, soon after His resurrection, Christ Jesus disappeared from the earth or said to ascend to the heaven while His followers were watching.  Too short his second life was on the earth after the Resurrection to judge that He was God, isn't it?

So, this mystery remains.

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Mat 9:25 But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.
Mat 9:26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

"all things are possible" - Antipathy to Rich Men and Noblemen

Around Tokyo

Antipathy to Rich Men and Noblemen

There was a famous author in Japan in the early 20th century.

Before the end of WWII, there were noblemen or the noble class in Japan who were positioned socially under the imperial family but above ordinary citizens.  The author wrote a novel in which one of protagonists openly criticized rich men and noblemen.

Two young men were walking up through fields of grass in the foot of the big volcano Mt. Aso.  The story was constituted mostly with their conversations.  And one of them strongly expressed his antipathy to rich men and noblemen.  However, a tempest occurred and they abandoned the idea of climbing up the mountain.  Yet, the young men made up their minds to knock down noblemen someday and try to climb up the moutatine again.

This novel titled The 210th Day was written by Soseki Natsume (1867-1916) and published in 1906.

It is a surprise that the famous author Soseki wrote a novel in which a protagonist criticized rich men and noblemen so openly.  Soseki was not a socialist and had no connection with political movement.  Although he was a successful author, he hated rich men and noblemen.  This tendency might contribute to popularity of his novels.  Soseki Natsume is still one of the most respected and loved authors in the Japanese history.  

Are there any major and successful authors in the world who make a protagonist in their novels openly and directly criticize rich men and noblemen in the main plot?

Natsume was not Christian, but he must have well known that Christ Jesus in the Gospels criticized the elite of the society in addition to rich men and noblemen.

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Mar 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
Mar 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

"who hath opened his eyes" - Rich Followers of Christ Jesus?

In the National Diet Building, Tokyo

Rich Followers of Christ Jesus?

Christ Jesus is apparently against the principle of modern capitalism and commercialism in addition to the rule of money.

In the Middle Ages, the Vatican and other Christian churches respected this attitude of Christ Jesus.  Desire for worldly wealth was somewhat suppressed by churches during the Middle Ages.  So, this era is called the black middle ages by people living in the world under capitalism and commercialism.

However, from the teaching of Christ Jesus, the Middle Ages where money was not so much respected as under capitalism and commercialism were spiritually very bright years where people turned their back to money economy.  But, Christian priests and clergymen started to enjoy their lives, as if they had been tempted by Satan, while most of people were living poor in accordance with the teaching of Christianity.  The elites in the Vatican came to enjoy political power and luxurious lives as if they had been kings or noble people.

So, not only laymen but also some Christian priests like Martin Luther started to revolt against the Vatican and the like.  People wanted to enjoy lives and luxurious lives like Vatican priests.  This tendency was accelerated sine around 1500 when Columbus reached America and Protestantism gained momentum.

However, the US became the leader of capitalism and commercialism, and Protestantism influenced some people so as to pursue capitalism or accumulation of money.   They eventually became more remote to the teaching of Christ Jesus than the Vatican had been.

In these 2000 years, Christ Jesus and Satan fought each other over influence of people.  And today, what rules the world is not the teaching of Christ Jesus but money economy.  Or should we think that only the religion Christianity was defeated by worship of money but Christ Jesus was not?

You can be rich Christians but you cannot be rich followers of Christ Jesus.

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Joh 9:21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
Joh 9:22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

"touched the hem of his garment" - The Essenes and Jesus

The Tone River Northeast of Tokyo

The Essenes and Jesus

The Vatican never discussed or revealed the teaching of the Essenes.  It established its theology around the 4th century without review of scrolls related to the Essenes found in Qumran in the 20st century.
The Relationship Between Jesus & the Essenes
by Benna Crawford
Evidence for the crossover of ideas exists in the Dead Sea Scrolls, a substantial cache of Essene manuscripts discovered from 1947 to 1956 in caves at Qumrun on the Dead Sea outside Jerusalem. The copied Old Testament scrolls and descriptions of Essene practices and philosophy reflect many of the teachings Christians attribute to Jesus Christ. Jesus' lessons are captured in the testaments of his disciples, some written hundreds of years after his death. But the Dead Sea Scrolls reveal that those concepts were known and practiced well before Jesus was born and present the tantalizing possibility that Jesus may have studied with -- or even lived with -- the Essenes during the years between his early teens and his 30s, when there is no record of his whereabouts or activities.
The Gospels describe the Sadducees and other factions of Judaists, but it never mentioned the Essenes.  It is one of the mysteries in the Gospels.

If there had been special connection between Christ Jesus and the Essenes in Qumran, why should the authors of the Gospels avoid mentioning the relation?
The Teacher of Righteousness of the Scrolls would seem to be a prototype of Jesus, for both spoke of the New Covenant; they preached a similar gospel; each was regarded as a Savior or Redeemer; and each was condemned and put to death by reactionary factions... We do not know whether Jesus was an Essene, but some scholars feel that he was at least influenced by them.
But God seems to like people of today to focus on the Essenes as He allowed for the discovery of the dead sea scrolls after WWII.  It might suggest the theology the Vatican established around the 4th century should be changed.

Anyway Romans and even Jewish people between the 1st and the 4th centuries must have been confused and embarrassed if they had been taught that Christianity was actually from one faction of Judiasm.

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Mat 9:20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
Mat 9:21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

"how then doth he now see" - Dosen't God Exist?


Dosen't God Exist?

There is one site on the Internet trying to present proof that God exists:
Does God exist? Here are six straightforward reasons to believe that God is really there.
1. The complexity of our planet points to a deliberate Designer who not only created our universe, but sustains it today.

2. The universe had a start - what caused it?

3. The universe operates by uniform laws of nature. Why does it?

4. The DNA code informs, programs a cell's behavior.

5. We know God exists because he pursues us. He is constantly initiating and seeking for us to come to him.

6. Unlike any other revelation of God, Jesus Christ is the clearest, most specific picture of God revealing himself to us.
Put simply, the mankind is not advanced enough to prove that God exists.

However, there is no reliable evidences for complete denial of existence of God.  And there seems to be no loss if one believes existence of God.  Only mad men will try to deny the existence of God for real.

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Joh 9:19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?
Joh 9:20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:

Monday, September 18, 2017

"come and lay thy hand upon her" - Spiritual Culture to Control Material Civilization

Tokyo Station

Spiritual Culture to Control Material Civilization

The most important century for the mankind is the first century.

In the first century Christ Jesus was born, started his mission, was crucified and resurrected.  And then, all the documents to be later put in the New Testament were written.  But the Jewish-Roman war erupted, the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, and Israelites were dispersed out of Palestine.

This century set the basic framework of the history of the mankind in the next 2000 years where the European civilization based on Christianity/Judaism became the mainstream.

The next important period is from around 1450 to 1550.

In this period, the Eastern Roman Empire went to ruin; Gutenberg introduced mechanical movable type printing to Europe, causing the Printing Revolution and paving the way for wider diffusion of the Bible; Columbus reached America; the Vatican started to built St. Peter's Basilica; Luther started Protestantism; the Church of England was separated from the Vatican; Copernicus presented the sun-centered theory; and Saint Francis Xavier engaged in the mission to Japan.

This period set the basic conditions for the next 500 years, namely up to today, while putting an end to the effects of the ancient Europe and opening the era of the expansion of the European civilization and Protestantism to America and East Asia (mainly Japan).

However, before the emergence of Christ Jesus, the most important years for the mankind were around 500 BC when the Buddha, Socrates, and Confucius were born; the Old Testament was completed; and Hinduism came to have strong influences in India.

Based on these cultural bases, the mankind started to develop the modern technology and science since the middle of the 19th century with discovery and application of electricity, electronics, nuclear energy, modern chemistry and biology, etc.  The modern material science and technology have been mostly developed and promoted in Europe, America, and Japan.

To study and develop modern science and technology that give great power to the mankind, the mankind needed deep and robust cultural and religious frame work.  Otherwise, there should have been no social environments and systems suitable for the study and development of modern science and technology.  Only deep spiritual culture matching great power of the science and technology can control the mankind and prevent them from using the power to destroy one another and damage the natural environment.  For example, without influences of Christianity and other religions, the mankind might have already started nuclear warfare in the late 20th century.

The spiritual culture the mankind has cultivated in these 2500 years has been able to control desire, arrogance, violence, and folly of the mankind equipped with the powerful modern science and technology up to today.  However, with further development of science and technology in the 21st century, the mankind must need more effective and powerful spiritual culture and framework.

So, it is time for the mankind to review the past history and spiritual culture before blindly entering a new era with more advanced material civilization.  Otherwise, the mankind might surely loose control of their new ability and power that could destroy the whole human society.

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Mat 9:18 While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.
Mat 9:19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.

" my son, which hath a dumb spirit" - Features of the Gospel of Mark

Around the National Diet Building, Tokyo

Features of the Gospel of Mark

The Gospel According to Mark has the following features:
People were saying, "[Jesus] has gone out of his mind" (Mark 3:21). 
Only place in the New Testament Jesus is referred to as "the son of Mary" (Mark 6:3). 
Mark is the only gospel where Jesus himself is called a carpenter (Mark 6:3). 
Only place that both names his brothers and mentions his sisters (Mark 6:3). 
The longest version of the story of Herodias' daughter's dance and the beheading of John the Baptist (Mark 6:14–29). 
Customs that at that time were unique to Jews are explained (hand, produce, and utensil washing).
If any Apostle or Disciple had written this Gospel or an underlying document of this Gospel, the above features should not have been observed.

It was written by someone who could write delicate incidents related to Christ Jesus without a fear of provoking Him, who knew very details of the family members of Christ Jesus, and who had strong affection for John the Baptist.  Accordingly, this Gospel must have been based on a report written by Christ Jesus Himself after the Resurrection.

Or could any Apostle or Disciple who believed that Christ Jesus was God or the Son of God write that He had been a carpenter who had been once said to have gone out of mind?

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Mar 9:17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
Mar 9:18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
Mar 9:19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

"he keepeth not the sabbath day" - Notable Words of Christ Jesus


Notable Words of Christ Jesus

The most impressive words of Christ Jesus is "Love your enemies!"

The most important expression in Christ Jesus' words is "eternal life."

However, the most important message by Christ Jesus is that "there is God and God requests people to obey His commandments, that is, love Him with all the strength and ability of people."

All other Christ Jesus' words and  teachings of Christianity look secondary.

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Joh 9:16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.
Joh 9:17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

"as long as the bridegroom is with them" - Marcion and Luke

Tokyo Subway Station

Marcion and Luke

The New Testament did not establish the Christian church but the Christian church established the New Testament.

However, it is not the Christian church that is important and essential in Christianity but it is the teaching of Christ Jesus.   And it was not His own will and plan that God's will and plan that made Christ Jesus preach to people.

Put simply, God used Christ Jesus, the Christian church, and the Bible.  So, if you concentrate on God directly, you may be allowed to neglect the Bible, the Christian church, and even Christ Jesus.  But if you deal directly God, you must be careful.  There is an example of Marcion:
Marcion of Sinope (c. 85 – c. 160) was an important figure in early Christianity. His theology rejected the deity described in the Hebrew Scriptures and in distinction affirmed the Father of Christ as the true God. The Church Fathers denounced Marcion, and he was excommunicated from the proto-orthodox church. He published his own list of New Testament books,[3] editing some (the Gospel of Luke) and rejecting other books of the New Testament making him a catalyst in speeding up the process of development of the New Testament canon by forcing the early Church to respond to his claims.
However, it looks reasonable to judge that God in the Old Testament is different from God in the New Testament.  Such a feeling is beyond any arguments in theology, but if Christ Jesus had said that His God was different from the God of Jewish priests of the Jerusalem Temple who tried to kill Him, every follower of Christ Jesus must have been highly confused.

But it must be still studied how God of the Old Testament became the God of the New Testament, since the mankind has no ability to fully understand God and God is almighty.  And it must be also studied why Marcion who thought the God of the New Testament was different from the God of the Old Testament chose only one Gospel among many: Luke.

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Mat 9:15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.
Mat 9:16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.

Friday, September 15, 2017

"the scribes questioning with them" - Laughing Christ in Gnosticism

Around Tokyo

Laughing Christ in Gnosticism

Gnosticism texts show various responses to the emergence of Christianity among knowledgeable people around the second century, while Christianity was mainly preached to poor people without knowledge in Palestine and the Roman Empire since the first century.
Gnosticism ("having knowledge") is a modern name for a variety of ancient religious ideas and systems, originating in Jewish milieus in the first and second century AD. Based on their readings of the Torah and other Biblical writings,[specify] these systems induced that the material world is created by an emanation of the highest God, trapping the Divine spark within the human body. This Divine spark could be liberated by gnosis of this Divine spark.
No Gospels describe Christ Jesus laughing, but some Gnosticism texts present laughing Jesus:
The Sophia (Wisdom) of Jesus Christ 
After he rose from the dead, his twelve disciples and seven women continued to be his followers, and went to Galilee onto the mountain called "Divination and Joy". When they gathered together and were perplexed about the underlying reality of the universe and the plan, and the holy providence, and the power of the authorities, and about everything the Savior is doing with them in the secret of the holy plan, the Savior appeared - not in his previous form, but in the invisible spirit. And his likeness resembles a great angel of light. But his resemblance I must not describe. No mortal flesh could endure it, but only pure, perfect flesh, like that which he taught us about on the mountain called "Of the Olives" in Galilee. 
And he said: "Peace be to you, My peace I give you!" And they all marveled and were afraid. The Savior laughed and said to them: "What are you thinking about? Are you perplexed? What are you searching for?" 
Philip said: "For the underlying reality of the universe and the plan." 
The Savior said to them: "I want you to know that all men are born on earth from the foundation of the world until now, being dust, while they have inquired about God, who he is and what he is like, have not found him. Now the wisest among them have speculated from the ordering of the world and (its) movement. But their speculation has not reached the truth. For it is said that the ordering is directed in three ways, by all the philosophers, (and) hence they do not agree. For some of them say about the world that it is directed by itself. Others, that it is providence (that directs it). Others, that it is fate. But it is none of these. Again, of the three voices I have just mentioned, none is close to the truth, and (they are) from man. But I, who came from Infinite Light, I am here - for I know him (Light) - that I might speak to you about the precise nature of the truth. For whatever is from itself is a polluted life; it is self-made. Providence has no wisdom in it. And fate does not discern. But to you it is given to know; and whoever is worthy of knowledge will receive (it), whoever has not been begotten by the sowing of unclean rubbing but by First Who Was Sent, for he is an immortal in the midst of mortal men."
It was not only poor and illiterate people to whom Christianity was presented around the first and second centuries.  But there were many Roman citizens who had learnt Greek philosophy and other academic matters.  Poor people without education might simply accept the preaching by the Apostles and other early priests, but knowledgeable must have various intellectual resources to judge and assess the teaching of Christ Jesus.

Some of them must have tried to analyze, criticize, or even mock at early Christianity based on their intellectual ability.  Some of them must have even challenged leaders and priests of early Christianity by presenting their versions of Gospels.  And some Jewish scholars or priests might have worked out Gnostic texts to confuse early Christians with malicious intent.

However, Christianity cannot be an easy object of intellectual criticism and interpretation, and should not be subject to intellectual analysis and judgment.  Accordingly, Gnosticism could not became one of major streams of Christianity.

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Mar 9:14 And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.
Mar 9:15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

"Elias verily cometh first" - Jewish Priests among Cocasians and Japanese among Asians


Jewish Priests among Cocasians and Japanese among Asians

There are indeed some specific traits in genes and DNA in Jewish people.  One of them is Y-chromosome DNA Haplogroup J.

There is a group of genes in an organism that is inherited together from a single parent, and this group called Y-chromosome DNA haplogroup can be used to trace a patrilineage of a man.  And the type of Haplogroup J is believed to have evolved in Western Asia and suggest the existence of Y-chromosomal Aaron as the common ancestor of Jewish priests of today, although the Y-chromosome haplogroup originally started to evolve from Haplogroup A.

Haplogroup J is found mainly in the Middle East and South-East Europe, and the ratios of those among Jewish people who have this type of genes are as follow:

                                          Haplogroup J 
Ashkenazi Cohanim (AC): 87%  
Sephardic Cohanim (SC): 75%  
Ashkenazi Jews (AI):         37% 
Sephardic Jews (SI):         37%
Y-chromosomal Aaron is the name given to the hypothesized most recent common ancestor of the majority of the patrilineal Jewish priestly caste known as Kohanim (singular "Kohen", also spelled "Cohen"). According to the Hebrew Bible, this ancestor was Aaron, the brother of Moses. 
Although Jewish identity has, since at least the second century CE, been passed by matrilineal descent according to Orthodox tradition (see: Who is a Jew?), membership in the group that comprises the Jewish priesthood (Kehuna), has been determined by patrilineal descent (see Presumption of priestly descent). Modern Kohanim are regarded in Judaism as male descendants of biblical Aaron, a direct patrilineal descendant of Abraham, according to the lineage recorded in the Tanakh (שמות / Sh'mot/Exodus 6).
Molecular phylogenetics research published in 2013 and 2016 for haplogroup J-M267 places the Y-chromosomal Aaron within subhaplogroup Z18271, age estimate 2638-3280 years Before Present (yBP).
Specifically distribution of Haplogroup J in the world is as follows:

In this context, it might be said that Jewish priests of today are really descendants of their Jewish ancestors living in the central part of ancient civilizations of the mankind as indicated by the distribution of Haplogroup J that is believed to have emerged 48,000 years ago.

Furthermore, Y-chromosome DNA haplogroup studies have proved uniqueness of the Japanese race unlike Koreans, Chinese, and other races.

The Japanese race is characterized by a certain Y-chromosome DNA Haplogroup: Y-chromosome D.  Haplogroup D is found only in Japan, Tibet (not in the Chinese mainland), the Andaman Islands (in the Bay of Bengal).  Especially Haplogroup D1b is found only in Japan.  It tells that the Japanese race is inherently different from Koreans, Chinese, and any other races.

Specifically the state of distribution of Y-chromosome D in Asia is as follows:
Geographic distributions of Y chromosome haplogroups D-M174 in East Asia.png

More specifically the state of distribution of types of Y-chromosome DNA Haplogroup in East Asia is as follows:

The thick green in the above distribution circles indicates Haprogroup D1, while the light green indicates Haprogroup D2.

Haprogroup D is believed to have evolved in the regions through Africa, Iran, and Central Asia 60,000 years ago.  Although Tibetans and the Andaman Islanders have Haprogroup D, Haprogroup D1b characterizing only Japanese evolved and split from other D types 40,000 years ago.  Therefore, it is thought that there is no close relationship between Japanese and Tibetans and the Andaman Islanders at least in these 40,000 years.

This finding suggests that ancestors of the Japanese race reached the Japanese Archipelago before other Asians (the northern type with Haprogroup C and the southern type with Haprogroup O) came to dominate the Chinese continent and East Siberia, and their DNA traits are still dominant among the Japanese.

It also suggests that the Japanese language was established before Chinese and Korean.  The grammar of the Japanese language has common traits with some East Siberians' languages, but there are many Japanese words linked to those of Southeast Asians.   Probably, there must have been many Asians from Siberia to Southeast Asia who had Haprogroup D like Tibetans and Andaman Islanders, but they must have been overwhelmed by other Asians coming later with Haprogroup C or O.  But only Tibetans living in the very high places around Mt. Everest and Andaman Islanders living in remote islands from the Asian continent could preserve Haprogroup D like Japanese living in the east end of Asia.

Accordingly, although Japanese look similar to Koreans, Chinese and other East Asians and share some cultural aspects with them, Japanese are essentially different people from them, although Africans, Europeans, and others with Haprogroup J are essentially more different from East Asians.

In this way, Jewish priests of today are very different from Europeans, other Cocasians, and even other Judaists as they have specific Haprogroup J.

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Mar 9:12 And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought.
Mar 9:13 But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.