Saturday, December 30, 2017

"thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart" - Sinful Arrogance in Nicaea in AD 325



Buddhist Temple around Tokyo on the Day before the Year End


Sinful Arrogance in Nicaea in AD 325

Christianity started to fail in AD 325 when  a council of Christian bishops convened in  Nicaea (now İznik, Turkey) by the Roman Emperor Constantine I.

Almost 300 years later since the Crucifixion of Christ Jesus, Christian leaders decided that those who don't admit that Christ Jesus was God must be excluded from the church, which Christ Jesus never ordered.  It is unforgivable arrogance that Christian leaders tried to define what Christ Jesus was based on the authority of the Roman Emperor.
In Rome, for example, the Apostles' Creed was popular, especially for use in Lent and the Easter season. In the Council of Nicaea, one specific creed was used to define the Church's faith clearly, to include those who professed it, and to exclude those who did not. 
Some distinctive elements in the Nicene Creed, perhaps from the hand of Hosius of Cordova, were added, some specifically to counter the Arian point of view.[12][50] 
1. Jesus Christ is described as "Light from Light, true God from true God," proclaiming his divinity. 
2. Jesus Christ is said to be "begotten, not made," asserting that he was not a mere creature, brought into being out of nothing, but the true Son of God, brought into being "from the substance of the Father." 
3. He is said to be "of one being with the Father," proclaiming that although Jesus Christ is "true God" and God the Father is also "true God," they are "of one being," in accord to what is found in John 10:30: "I and the Father are one." The Greek term homoousios, or consubstantial (i.e., "of the same substance) is ascribed by Eusebius to Constantine who, on this particular point, may have chosen to exercise his authority. The significance of this clause, however, is extremely ambiguous as to the extent in which Jesus Christ and God the Father are "of one being," and the issues it raised would be seriously controverted in the future.
 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Council_of_Nicaea) 
It is apparent that God was displeased with this movement of the Vatican and other churches.  So, God preserved Judaists who did not accept the idea that Christ Jesus was God and later allowed Islam to prevail.

However, God did not destroy the Vatican and other Christian churches that upheld the creed that Christ Jesus was God.  God must have judged that it was better to allow existence and development of Christianity despite its wrong creed about divinity of Christ Jesus than to destroy it.

From the beginning, Christ Jesus started His mission by preaching to fishermen, farmers, and poor people in the society but not to the elites of the society.  He did not teach theology to the Roman Emperor.  He did not want His followers to discuss what He was in the relationship with God.  Christ Jesus did not come to present a complicated theory about the relationship between Him and the God to illiterate people.  Therefore, the First Council of Nicaea and the following Councils must be neglected.

We should allow people to think that Christ Jesus is God, Christ Jesus cannot be God, or Christ Jesus is at the same time God and a man, or Christ Jesus is something else, as long as people accept His teaching and live their lives following His teaching.

Then, even Judaists and Muslims might start to live in accordance with the teaching of Christ Jesus.  They will lose reasons for regrading Christians as their enemies or enemies of their religions and God.  It is never too late to correct a mistake.  The Vatican, especially, should declare that their creed should be invalidated.

Anyway there is not more sinful arrogance than to try to define what Christ Jesus is by simple men, if a Roman Emperor is included.

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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.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

"Father, save me from this hour" - Question on the Gospel according to John



Mt. Fuji, 3,776 m, 100 Km Distant from around Tokyo


Question on the Gospel according to John

There is one question about the Gospel according to John:
In the New Testament exorcisms are primarily found in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts. No exorcisms are referred to in the Gospel of John.
(https://www.gracenotes.info/documents/topics_doc/exorcism.pdf)
John is featured by its assertion that Christ Jesus is God:
Jesus is identified with the Word ("Logos"), and the Word is identified with theos ("god" in Greek); no such identification is made in the synoptics. In Mark, Jesus urges his disciples to keep his divinity secret, but in John he is very open in discussing it, even referring to himself as "I AM", the title God gives himself in Exodus at his self-revelation to Moses.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_of_John) 
The adversary relationship between God and Satan is one of key factors of the religion Christianity.  So, it is natural that Satan is defeated by Christ Jesus as depicted in Mark, Luke, and Mathew.  But, John does not mention the direct confrontation between Christ Jesus and Satan in the form of  Jesus' performance of exorcisms.  On the other hand, John clearly implies or claims that Christ Jesus is God, though implying sometimes that people may call Him the Son of God.

The Gospel of John was written after the establishment of Mark, Luke and Mathew.  The success of Christianity was promised by diffusion and wider acceptance of the Synoptic Gospels of Mark, Luke and Mathew.  Bur, John was added, as if to further promote assure success of Christianity.

If there had been Satan, how could he let this situation pass?  Satan must have interfered.  He could not change contents of Mark, Luke, and Mathew any more.  But, there, John was writing the other Gospel with the passion based on his belief that Christ Jesus was God.  And, John actually asserted that Christ Jesus was God while He forbade to say or write who He was.

Although John was not Satan or influenced by Satan, Satan could have influence on John.  Satan wanted John to assert Christ Jesus was God, which John actually did.  Accordingly, later the Vatican claimed that only those who admitted that Christ Jesus was God were Christians.  This creed caused many tragedies.  It finally separated Christianity from Judaism.  And centuries later, God had to give Islam to Arabs, a religion where it was asserted that Christ Jesus could not be God.  The three religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, were definitely separated, which caused many tragedies.

So, if Satan exerted an influence on John, it is understandable that Jesus' exorcisms was omitted from the Gospel of John, because Satan could not bare with those descriptions.

Anyway, even if John had not been written, Christianity must have been successfully accepted by people with the Gospels according to Mark, Luke, and Mathew.  But, the desire of John to write his own Gospel based on his belief that Christ Jesus was God despite a warning of Christ Jesus gave a chance to Satan to interfere with Christianity.

Even today, the gaps between Christianity and other religions, such as Judaism and Islam, where Christ Jesus is not admitted as God are despairingly wide and fixed as they are, which has caused many tragedies.     
     

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Joh 12:27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
Joh 12:28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

"the Son of man should be glorified" - Christmas Story

Tokyo

Christmas Story

On the River Jordan 2000 Years Ago

One day, 2000 years ago, a man appeared from nowhere to the bank of the River Jordan.

In the river, there was a prophet baptizing people with water.  Scores of people were in the river and on the river side waiting to be baptized.  The sky was clear, and trees and weeds are in the early summer.

The man walked down to the river, but he realized there were a few Roman officers on horses watching the prophet and the people.  There were also some Jewish officials from King's palace and Temple priests standing near the Roman officers.

While the man was approaching to the prophet, he saw a terrible vision.  The prophet was arrested and put in a jail, and a dancing girl shouted, "Kill him!"   And then, he could further see a more terrible vision where he himself was hung on the cross to be killed by Roman soldiers.   But he continued to walk down to the prophet.

The prophet looked up to see the man coming into the river toward him.  They exchanged words, and the prophet baptized him.  Then, a strong voice came down from the Heaven like a thunder in summer, telling: "It is My Son," although some people looked like not hearing it.

And then, Jesus started his mission, though, he continued his journey back to his old house he had left more than a decade before to see his mother and brothers who, however, would not believe that he was authorized by God.


The Righteous Servant at the Wedding at Cana


The man finally reached his old house.

Then, his mother took him to a wedding ceremony for which he had returned from Qumran through the River Jordan.  However, when he met a prophet there, he changed, but he continued to travel to his old home where he came back the first time in a decade or more.

Nobody, later, would tell whose wedding it was and what relationship his family had with the newly married couple.  However, it was clear that his mother played an important role in the ceremonial.  Jesus was needed because his father had been off to a very remote place.  It was a wedding ceremony at least where the mother and the father of Jesus had been expected to attend.

They served meals and wine.  But one servant took a little amount of wine, each time he poured it from a jar to a cup, out of the cup to another jar and poured an equal amount of water to the half-filled cup from other jar in a corner of the kitchen of the host house.

As the party was going on, somebody who was loudly speaking Greek requested more wine, but the servant told the host of the party that there was no more wine.  The host was embarrassed; so were the newly married couple.  The guest who requested another cup of wine looked important for the host family.

Then, Jesus said to the servant, "Bring another jar filled with water!"  His mother looked puzzled, but soon she realized that her son had looked mysteriously changed since he had returned home.  And he helped her find something missing in her house, although he had been away from home for a long time.  She said, as if she had been the wife of the host, to the servant to obey her son.

So, the servant went into the corner of the kitchen, where he had prepared cups of wine while doing his secret business, stealing wine, to fetch the jar with water.  He came back with the water jar to the hall and dipped water from the jar to the cup of the requesting guest.  The guest drank the water and said, "How sweet this wine is.  Usually a host offered poor-quality wine when guests got drunken.  But this house prepares the best quality wine for the end of the party!"

And then everybody took more cups of wine from the jar.

But there was another servant who was watching the party from the beginning.  He of course noticed that the bad servant was making a dirty trick.  When he heard the voice of Jesus, he exchanged the two jars in their positions in the corner, so that the bad servant took the jar with stolen wine to the hall as he thought it was the jar with water.

But Jesus saw the face of the bad servant who was wondering why it was wine but not water.  The bad servant looked at the face of the righteous servant in a vindictive mood.  So, Jesus said to the important guest, "This is my first miracle in this village."  The guest looked astonished and tried to say something.  But Jesus stood up and started leaving the party with his mother who exchanged goodbyes, in a hurry, with  the bridegroom and then bride.

This was the only social event Jesus joined since he had returned from Qumran to his old home through the River Jordan.


On the Galilee Lake

On the Galilee Lake 2000 years ago, two poor fishermen were mending nets.

"If we could catch fish enough to fill our boat, we could be rich men," said a younger brother.
"If we could catch fish enough to fill our boat, we would sell them even to Roman soldiers," said an elder one.

They continued their work outside the boat on the ground.

"Only if we could catch fish enough to fill the boat every night, I could build my house," said the younger brother.
"If we could catch fish enough to fill our boat over and over again, we would sell them even to Greeks at nice prices," said the elder one.

They continued their work under the softly blue sky with spring birds flying.

"Indeed, if we could catch fish enough to fill the boat and get big money, I could marry a beautiful girl," said the younger brother.
"If we could always catch fish enough to fill our boat and become famous, we would sell fish even to Jerusalem priests at very nice prices," said the elder one.

They continued their work in the warm air, being surrounded by spring flowers along the shore.  In good time, a strange strong wind started to blow over the Lake.  Then suddenly they saw a Moses-like man walking swiftly through the Lake toward them with water being parted so as to make a path for the man to travel.  He got on the shore while the wind stopped and the Lake returned to the ordinary state.  Then, he stood by the two brothers.

"Master, we could not catch fish at all though we had tried hard all night," said the elder brother at strain as he could not know what to say to a Moses.  "Then, take your boat to the middle of the Lake and throw your net!" said the Moses-like man.

The two brothers silently and obediently, as if blamed by a prophet, rowed their boat to the middle of the Lake in the wake of the path where the Moses-like man had come, and threw their net to soon find many fish caught.  They took the fish into the boat over and over again, so that the boat got full of fish.  They hurriedly returned to the shore with shock and awe, and got on land, leaving fish in the boat.   And, they knelt down before the man like two criminals under the death sentence.

Then Jesus said to them, "Follow me and you will catch many souls."  They started to follow him, leaving the boat with full of fish that should have generated a great fortune for them, although the younger brother looked back at the boat for a moment.


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Joh 12:23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.



Friday, December 22, 2017

"the blind and dumb both spake and saw" - On the Galilee Lake


Tokyo at winter dusk

On the Galilee Lake

On the Galilee Lake 2000 years ago, two poor fishermen were mending nets.

"If we could catch fish enough to fill our boat, we could be rich men," said a younger brother.
"If we could catch fish enough to fill our boat, we would sell them even to Roman soldiers," said an elder one.

They continued their work outside the boat on the ground.

"Only if we could catch fish enough to fill the boat every night, I could build my house," said the younger brother.
"If we could catch fish enough to fill our boat over and over again, we would sell them even to Greeks at nice prices," said the elder one.

They continued their work under the softly blue sky with spring birds flying.

"Indeed, if we could catch fish enough to fill the boat and get big money, I could marry a beautiful girl," said the younger brother.
"If we could always catch fish enough to fill our boat and become famous, we would sell fish even to Jerusalem priests at very nice prices," said the elder one.

They continued their work in the warm air, being surrounded by spring flowers along the shore.  In good time, a strange strong wind started to blow over the Lake.  Then suddenly they saw a Moses-like man walking swiftly through the Lake toward them with water being parted so as to make a path for the man to travel.  He got on the shore while the wind stopped and the Lake returned to the ordinary state.  Then, he stood by the two brothers.

"Master, we could not catch fish at all though we had tried hard all night," said the elder brother at strain as he could not know what to say to a Moses.  "Then, take your boat to the middle of the Lake and throw your net!" said the Moses-like man.

The two brothers silently and obediently, as if blamed by a prophet, rowed their boat to the middle of the Lake in the wake of the path where the Moses-like man had come, and threw their net to soon find many fish caught.  They took the fish into the boat over and over again, so that the boat got full of fish.  They hurriedly returned to the shore with shock and awe, and got on land, leaving fish in the boat.   And, they knelt down before the man like two criminals under the death sentence.

Then Jesus said to them, "Follow me and you will catch many souls."  They started to follow him, leaving the boat with full of fish that should have generated a great fortune for them, although the younger brother looked back at the boat for a moment.



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Mat 12:21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
Mat 12:22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.
Mat 12:23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

"neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets" - Malachy's False Prophecy


Asakusa, Tokyo


Malachy's False Prophecy

 Malachy's prophecy on popes is believed to be forgery:
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 alleged prophecies were first published by Benedictine monk Arnold Wion in 1595. Wion attributes the prophecies to Saint Malachy, a 12th-century Archbishop of Armagh, Ireland. 
Given the very accurate description of popes up to around 1590 and lack of accuracy for the popes that follow, historians generally conclude that the alleged prophecies are a fabrication written shortly before they were published. Certain theologians in the Roman Catholic Church have dismissed them as forgery.[1][2] The Catholic Church has no official stance on the prophecies, however. 
The prophecies conclude with a pope identified as "Peter the Roman", whose pontificate will allegedly precede the destruction of the city of Rome.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophecy_of_the_Popes

But its list of popes ends at one who is regraded as the incumbent pope.  Especially descriptions about the popes immediately prior to the incumbent one are somewhat truthful.  Even if it is forgery in the late 16th century, some spirit might have used the person who faked it as a kind of a prophet.

Anyway the Vatican should be now facing a challenge that has never been seen.  

Even in the U.S., Christianity is facing a challenge:
Surveys have for many years shown that the United States has a Christian majority (see GSS data below). A 2010 Report on the global Christian population gave the total number of US Christians as 246,780,000, representing 79.5% of the total US population and 11.3% of all Christians worldwide. (Source: Pew Forum). 
A 2012 Pew Forum survey indicated that from 2007 to 2012:
The number of US adults who identify as 'Atheist' increased by 50% to 2.4% of the total US population. 
The number of persons who identify as 'Protestant' decreased by 5% to 48% and 'Catholic' by 1% to 22%. 
A later survey published in 2015 indicated that from 2007 to 2014:
The number of US adults who identify as 'Atheist' increased to 3.1%, a near doubling in 7 years. 
The number of persons who identify as 'Protestant' decreased by 4.8% to 46.5% and 'Catholic' by 3.1% to 20.8%.
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Results from the 2012 GSS survey indicate:
3.1% of Americans say that they do not believe in God, in relative terms, this represents an increase of over 100% since 1988.
59.1% of Americans believe in God, with no doubts, a fall of 4.8% over the period 1991-2012.
https://faithsurvey.co.uk/united-states-surveys.html 

In this trend, in 100 years or so, Christians might become a minority in the US and the world.  However, the civilization of today has relied on Christianity.  But science and technology the civilization has produced has boosted economy and commercialism that have made people leave the religion, ironically.

Indeed, Malachy's false prophecy might be right in that people are coming to loose interest in the Pope.  If even so but God exists, He might surely interfere with the human world.  



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Mat 12:19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
Mat 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

Friday, December 15, 2017

"should not make him known" - The Righteous Servant at the Wedding at Cana


The Tokyo Station

The Righteous Servant at the Wedding at Cana


The man finally reached his old house.

Then, his mother took him to a wedding ceremony for which he had returned from Qumran through the River Jordan.  However, when he met a prophet there, he changed, but he continued to travel to his old home where he came back the first time in a decade or more.

Nobody, later, would tell whose wedding it was and what relationship his family had with the newly married couple.  However, it was clear that his mother played an important role in the ceremonial.  Jesus was needed because his father had been off to a very remote place.  It was a wedding ceremony at least where the mother and the father of Jesus had been expected to attend.

They served meals and wine.  But one servant took a little amount of wine, each time he poured it from a jar to a cup, out of the cup to another jar and poured an equal amount of water to the half-filled cup from other jar in a corner of the kitchen of the host house.

As the party was going on, somebody who was loudly speaking Greek requested more wine, but the servant told the host of the party that there was no more wine.  The host was embarrassed; so were the newly married couple.  The guest who requested another cup of wine looked important for the host family.

Then, Jesus said to the servant, "Bring another jar filled with water!"  His mother looked puzzled, but soon she realized that her son had looked mysteriously changed since he had returned home.  And he helped her find something missing in her house, although he had been away from home for a long time.  She said, as if she had been the wife of the host, to the servant to obey her son.

So, the servant went into the corner of the kitchen, where he had prepared cups of wine while doing his secret business, stealing wine, to fetch the jar with water.  He came back with the water jar to the hall and dipped water from the jar to the cup of the requesting guest.  The guest drank the water and said, "How sweet this wine is.  Usually a host offered poor-quality wine when guests got drunken.  But this house prepares the best quality wine for the end of the party!"

And then everybody took more cups of wine from the jar.

But there was another servant who was watching the party from the beginning.  He of course noticed that the bad servant was making a dirty trick.  When he heard the voice of Jesus, he exchanged the two jars in their positions in the corner, so that the bad servant took the jar with stolen wine to the hall as he thought it was the jar with water.

But Jesus saw the face of the bad servant who was wondering why it was wine but not water.  The bad servant looked at the face of the righteous servant in a vindictive mood.  So, Jesus said to the important guest, "This is my first miracle in this village."  The guest looked astonished and tried to say something.  But Jesus stood up and started leaving the party with his mother who exchanged goodbyes, in a hurry, with  the bridegroom and then bride.

This was the only social event Jesus joined since he had returned from Qumran to his old home through the River Jordan.

   

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Mat 12:16 And charged them that they should not make him known:
Mat 12:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
Mat 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

"Stretch forth thine hand" - On the River Jordan 2000 Years Ago


Mt. Fuji, 100 Km Far from around Tokyo



On the River Jordan 2000 Years Ago

One day, 2000 years ago, a man appeared from nowhere to the bank of the River Jordan.

In the river, there was a prophet baptizing people with water.  Scores of people were in the river and on the river side waiting to be baptized.  The sky was clear, and trees and weeds are in the early summer.

The man walked down to the river, but he realized there were a few Roman officers on horses watching the prophet and the people.  There were also some Jewish officials from King's palace and Temple priests standing near the Roman officers.

While the man was approaching to the prophet, he saw a terrible vision.  The prophet was arrested and put in a jail, and a dancing girl shouted, "Kill him!"   And then, he could further see a more terrible vision where he himself was hung on the cross to be killed by Roman soldiers.   But he continued to walk down to the prophet.

The prophet looked up to see the man coming into the river toward him.  They exchanged words, and the prophet baptized him.  Then, a strong voice came down from the Heaven like a thunder in summer, telling: "It is My Son," although some people looked like not hearing it.

And then, Jesus started his mission, though, he continued his journey back to his old house he had left more than a decade before to see his mother and brothers who, however, would not believe that he was authorized by God.


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Mat 12:13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

"Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days?" - Big Mistake by the Christian Church



A December Holiday of a Shrine around Tokyo

Big Mistake by the Christian Church

It is said that it was not early Christians but Judaists that separated Christianity from Judaism.

Christ Jesus, though He was nobody but a Judaist, however did not strictly or literally follow the law of Judaism.  He did not preach in a way where He said that it was right because it was written in the law or it was wrong because it was not written in the law.  Instead, he used allegory to mean what people should do and should not do.

But 30 years after His death or till the Jewish-Roman war, early Christianity was apparently a part of Judaism at the time.  Those who preached early Christianity also thought they were a kind of Judaists.  Accordingly, they did not write and establish a Christian bible.  The Jewish bible was also their bible.  Especially, even the Christian Gospels do not present Christ Jesus telling his followers or the audience of his preaching to leave Judaism and establish a new religion.

After the Jewish-Roman war, Jewish people lost the Temple of Jerusalem, the foundation of their religion, so that they came to rely on the Jewish Bible.  Later, they started to write and compile the Talmuds in Jerusalem and Babylonia.  Judaism became the religion more strictly based on the Jewish holy books.   So, they could not recognize early Christians as members of their religion.       

So, early Christians rejected by Judaists came to have their own holy books.  The Gospels were adopted as their bible.  And, especially, they adopted the Gospel according to John, which focused on divinity of Christ Jesus.

So, we had better assume that the Gospels according to Mark, Luke, and Mathew were written before the decisive separation of Christianity from Judaism, bu the Gospel according to John was written in the process of the separation.

Having been free from Judaism, Christians found that they could regard Christ Jesus as God.  And they actually did so.  But it made the gap between the two religions despairingly wide.  No Judaists could accept or allow the belief that Christ Jesus was God.  Only for this reason, Judaists stuck to their religion even when Christianity became a mainstream in Europe and the world.

The point at issue is that the Vatican knew that the synoptic Gospels had been written in the era when Christianity had not been completely separated from Judaism and most of followers of Christianity at the time had not explicitly claimed that Christ Jesus had been God, but they adopted the synoptic Gospels. 

So, the Christian Church of even today includes contradiction and inconsistency about the identity of Christ Jesus.  But still the Christian Church claims that those who cannot admit that Christ Jesus is God are not Christians and thus potentially enemies of them.
     
It is time to review this Christian faith.  Even Islam cannot admit that Christ Jesus was God.  And, most of seven billion people in this world today cannot believe or prove that Christ Jesus is God.

And, if the Christian Church declares that they made a big mistake by calling Christ Jesus God, the dignity, honor, and authority of God cannot be abated.


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Mat 12:10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.
Mat 12:11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?

Saturday, December 09, 2017

"he went into their synagogue" - Jesus' Mission for the Coming 2000 Years



Shibuya, Tokyo


Jesus' Mission for the Coming 2000 Years

What plan did Christ Jesus have when He started the mission in Palestine 2000 years ago?

Did He believe that He could save people, Israel, and the world?  Or did He start His mission to save people, Israel, and the world?  Or did He intend to launch a new religion called Christianity for this purpose?  Or what his followers feel about His intention at the time?

If Christ Jesus had been God, He must have been able to foresee the progress of the world in future when He came to this world 2000 years ago.  He must have been able to foresee His death on the cross, His resurrection, the subsequent Jewish-Roman war, the establishment of the Vatican, the fall of the Roman Empire, the spread of Christianity in Europe, the emergence of Islam, the discovery of America, the rise of Martin Luther, the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the success of America, the corruption of Europe, and the turmoil in Islamic regions, etc.  But did He indicate these future images to His followers and the Apostles?

In this context, the Gospels teach no specific behaviors of Christ Jesus facing the future of the mankind in order to guide or save the mankind in preparation for the future.

However, He did not deny that the end of the world is coming soon.  Most of scholars today could not give any answers to this question that the end of the world did not come so soon as Christ Jesus predicted.  So, they have concocted foolish and complicated theory about the end of the world.  The Vatican has not even presented a convincing answer while it claimed that they had succeeded Christ Jesus.

It is apparent that Christ Jesus foresaw the coming war between Judaists and the Roman Empire.  He said indeed that He was sent for Israel.  His mission was to save Israelites from Roman troops.  The war could not be avoided.  Isrealites or Judaists would lose Jerusalem.  They would be absorbed by may other various people in the Empire.  Judaism would be forgotten.  The tradition since Abraham and Moses would be lost.  He must have foreseen it.

So, Christ Jesus must have thought what He should do to have Judaism survive and sustain and develop faith in God.

Accordingly, Christ Jesus started his mission by visiting poor, sick, and deprived people of Israel to heel them and teach them the teaching of God.  And He finally went up to Jerusalem to see Temple's priests and the Roman Governor, however, not to be judged by them but to give them the last chance of not being condemned by God as the killers of the Son of God.   However, they failed and thus executed Christ Jesus.  There was no excuse for them, since they had been given a chance to change their minds as Christ Jesus had faced them.

Accordingly, the Jewish-Roman war erupted to destroy the Temple of Jerusalem, and centuries later, the West Roman Empire fell while the Vatican survived.   

Now that, Judaists have returned to Jerusalem 1900 years after the Jewsih-Roman war,  and today it is 2000 years after the emergence of Christ Jesus.  So, the world must be entering a new era after 2000 years since the mission of Christ Jesus.  What made Christ Jesus venture into His mission must become obsolete.  God must be ready for another intervention to the human history.

But do people today keep the ability to listen to God?       




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Mat 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
Mat 12:9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:

Thursday, December 07, 2017

"ye would not have condemned the guiltless" - Jerusalem, the Center of the World



Mt. Fuji from around Tokyo, 100 Km Far


Jerusalem, the Center of the World

The center of the world is Palestine as it is situated at the connection point among Africa, Europe and Asia.

God chose Palestine and Jerusalem when He called out Abraham from Mesopotamia.  And, for this reason, He also called out Moses from Egypt.  Finally, He sent His Son to Jerusalem 2000 years ago.  It was an unbelievably excellent choice.

And while India and China were counted in, the Asian side of Jerusalem became wider.  But God allowed Columbus to find America.  So, Jerusalem could keep its position as the center of the world.  It is situated at the connecting point between Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.  It is also between America and India/China.  It is truly the center of the world.

In addition, it is also in the middle between Rome and Mecca.  It is between the center of Christianity and that of Islam.  Indeed, it is the center of the world.


America, Rome, Europe => Jerusalem <=  Middle East, Mecca, India/China
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                                              Africa

This is a miracle and apparently a proof that God interfered with the history of the mankind.  For this reason, we have to believe in God.

However, Christ Jesus said that people would come to pray to God in other places than Jerusalem.  It means any place where faith is found can be another Jerusalem.  Christ Jesus also said that God would produce descendants of Abraham even from stones.

We, the mankind, have to be humble before God.  None could claim that Jerusalem is his own, except God.



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Mat 12:7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

"They will reverence my son" - Jesus' Parables and the Secret of Christianity


Sunset and Mt. Fuji, 100 Km Far

Jesus' Parables and the Secret of Christianity

The list of parables Christ Jesus cited in His teaching is as follows, according to a study:
List of Parables in Order Brief descriptions and scripture references for all 46 parables.
Parables #1-2-3-4 New cloth, New wine. Lamp on a stand. Wise & foolish builders.
Parables #5-6 Moneylender forgives unequal debts. Lamp on a stand (2nd time).
Parables #7-8 Rich man builds bigger barns. Servants must remain watchful.
Parables #9-10 Wise and foolish servants. Unfruitful fig tree.
Parable #11 Sower of seeds into four types of soil.
Parable #12 Weeds among good plants. “Kingdom of Heaven”.
Parables #13-15 Growing seed. Mustard seed. Yeast. “Kingdom of Heaven”.
Parables #16-19 Hidden treasure. Pearl. Fishing net. Owner of a house. “Kingdom of Heaven”.
Parables #20-21 Lost sheep. The sheep, gate, and shepherd.
Parables #22-23 Master and his servant. Unmerciful servant.
Parables #24-25 Good Samaritan. Friend in need.
Parables #26-27 Lowest seat at the feast. Invitation to a great banquet.
Parable #28 Cost of discipleship.
Parables #29-30 Lost sheep (sheep as sinners). Lost copin.
Parable #31 Lost (prodigal) son.
Parable #32 Shrewd manager.
Parable #33 Rich man and Lazarus.
Parable #34 Workers in the vineyard, early and late.
Parables #35-36 Persistent widow and crooked judge. Praying: Pharisee and tax collector.
Parable #37 King's servants given minas.
Parables #38-39 Two sons, one obeys, one does not. Wicked tenants.
Parable #40 Invitation to a wedding banquet.
Parables #41-42 Signs from a fig tree. Wise and foolish servants.
Parables #43-44 Wise and foolish virgins. Servants must remain watchful.
Parable #45 Three servants given talents.
Parable #46 Sheep and goats will be separated.
http://swapmeetdave.com/Bible/Parables/
The most remarkable feature is that He didn't present a kind of religious theory Paul later developed and delved into.

Those parables were directed to attitudes and the mind set people should have in their daily lives.  He taught how foolishly some people acted and thought.  He assumed that people had some idea about God and Heaven.  He sometimes presented what God wanted and what Heaven was like.  But mostly His focus was on how people should act and think.

But some parables seem to have been directed to spies sent by priests of the Jerusalem Temple.  Christ Jesus apparently gave warning to those rich priests in power through spies listening to him.  So, when those rich priests heard what Christ Jesus had said in His mission, they must have been more alarmed.

However, these parables could not allow for the establishment of the religion Christianity.  It needed one more thing: the conviction that Christ Jesus was the Son of God.

So, the secret of Christianity lies in how disciples and the Apostles realized that Christ Jesus was the Son of God.  Only because he looked like resurrecting three days after the Crucifixion?   


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Mar 12:6 Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
Mar 12:7 But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be our's.
Mar 12:8 And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
Mar 12:9 What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.

Friday, December 01, 2017

"A certain man planted a vineyard" - Einstein in Tokyo in 1922


Tokyo in Summer


Einstein in Tokyo in 1922

Einstein was a Jewish man although he found a revolutionary law about time and space in 1905 and the theory was published in 1916.

It is truly interesting that a Jewish scientist found the theory of relativity.  God gave great honor to Jewish people.  But soon after this glory, Hitler and Nazis took power and started to suppress Jewish people.  Accordingly, Einstein fled to the US.

The social expansion and success of Jewish people in the early 20th century was symbolized by Einstein.  It was revolutionary like his theory, which could be so alarming to some Europeans like Hitler.  Or other Jewish people should have taken a revolutionary view on their fates.  They had to realize danger approaching to them.

Einstein visited Japan in 1922.  During two-month stay in Japan, he traveled in Japan from Kobe to Kyoto, Tokyo, and other cities, giving lecture in some universities and receiving great welcome.  But when he left Japan, he worried about social trends in Japan as he felt an inception of militarism in Japan and German flags in places for welcoming parties.  Einstein was a pacifist and did not like German militarism at the time.  Japanese people should have listened to Einstein more carefully.  In deed, 19 years after Einstein's visit to Japan, the Empire of Japan launched the Pearl Harbor attack.

In the early fist century, God sent a revolutionary saint to the Jewish community in Palestine.  And, after the death of the saint, namely Christ Jesus, the Jewish-Roman war erupted.  In the early 20st century, God sent a revolutionary scientist to Europe.  And, after decades from his revolutionary discovery, WWII erupted, killing six million Jewish people and 50 million other peoples.

So, it is important if we see another revolutionary Jewish man, we had better get prepared for another war.  God will surely give a portent to people.


Recently two pieces of memo Einstein wrote for a bellboy of the Imperial Hotel of Japan in lieu of chips in 1922 were auctioned in Jerusalem and sold at total $1.8 million.  The seller was a grandson of the Japanese bellboy's brother who lives in Germany:
So on a piece of hotel stationery, Einstein wrote in German his theory of happiness:
"A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness."
On a second sheet, he wrote another message: "Where there's a will there's a way."
He told the bellhop to save the notes — they just might be valuable in the future.
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/25/560004689/einsteins-note-on-happiness-given-to-bellboy-in-1922-fetches-1-6-million
This might be a kind of a prophecy.






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Mar 12:1 And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
Mar 12:2 And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.
Mar 12:3 And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

"blessed are they that hear the word of God" - The Truth of the Bible


Around Tokyo Station

The Truth of the Bible

There are many books written in these 2000 years.  But nothing can be compared with the Gospels.

A man from nowhere appeared on the river Jordan to watch a prophet called John.   They exchanged a word or two, and then Heaven blessed the man.  He was enlightened so as to act as the Son of God.

He went back to His home village and attended a wedding ceremony with His mother.  He performed the first miracle with wine pots.  His mission started, while calling fishermen, etc. to follow Him.  He preached the teaching of God while travelling from village to village and healing sick men.

Sometime, thousands or more people gathered to listen to Him.  He also fought evil spirits and demons haunting people and even animals/plants.  His reputation increased but priests in Jerusalem were alarmed.  They sent spies around Him, who asked Him questions to find a reason to arrest Him.

He finally went up to Jerusalem and its Temple.  He was offended because some traders were behaving like thieves in the Temple.  Friction between Him and Temple priests were burnt so that priests appealed to the Roman Governor, saying that He did not obey the rule of Romans and Judaism.  As a witness, they bribed one of His followers with silver coins.  Then, He was arrested.

The Roman Governor sentenced that the man should be killed on a cross.  The punishment was executed.  The man died on the cross.  All of His followers ran away as they were afraid.

But three days after the crucifixion, women found that He resurrected as they went to the tomb where His body was placed.  Then for a while after the resurrection He appeared to His followers hiding in a secret house from persecution.  Finally, He ascended to Heave while His followers were watching.

This simple story made the greatest book in these 2000 years.  It also produced a new religion called Christianity.  But, truth of the story is not yet fully explained.  From the beginning, where did he come from?

 
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Luk 11:28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
Luk 11:29 And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.

Monday, November 27, 2017

"it seemed good in thy sight" - Despite Development of Christianity



North of Tokyo


Despite Development of Christianity

Christ Jesus chose fishermen, farmers, etc. as His disciples.

He went to poor people, ill people, etc. to heal them and preach teaching of God.  Christ Jesus did not go to rich people, learnt people, and those with high status in the society.  He was surrounded by poor people who did not have any academic background.  Accordingly His teaching to them was not academic.  He did not tell them any theory on God, the universe, and the world.  He did not present theology to them.

But after Christ Jesus, many rich men, learned men, and scholars extended theology.  You can find thousands or more books about Christianity and God in a public library of a modern city of any developed country.  Those books contain difficult and complicated theories.  They extend interpretations of God and Christianity.  So, it requires study in many years in colleges to learn Christianity and various theories, which Christ Jesus must not have expected.

But over about 2000 years, mainly Europeans have been developing theology, the meaning of God, and interpretation of Christ Jesus' mission.  The volume of their study has become so large.  It requires higher education to understand it.

Such work must have contributed to intellectual development of Europeans.

One of the largest contributions to European followers in these 2000 years by Christ Jesus is to give inception of this intellectual work.

Greek philosophers might contributed to such intellectual development.  Buddhists have developed also many theories following the teaching of the Buddha.  Judaists have continued their study of their religion.  But Christianity in these 2000 years achieved overwhelming intellectual work more than any others following their own religion.

From simple teaching by Christ Jesus to illiterate poor men in Palestine 2000 yeas ago, great volumes of intellectual work have been extended and generated to date.  This is truly a miracle.  But no church in the world have new holy books positioned above the Gospels.

Theology doesn't save men, but the words of Christ Jesus in the Gospels save men, no matter how many books have been written by scholars and professors in these 2000 years.  This is also truly a miracle.       

Despite development of Christianity in these 2000 Years, still what we need is the book of the Gospels.


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Mat 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Mat 11:26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.

Friday, November 24, 2017

" whosoever shall say unto this mountain" - Rothschild and the U.S. for Israel



Mt. Fuji (100 km far) and sunset around Tokyo


Rothschild and the U.S. for Israel

It is a well-known historical fact that the Rothschild family helped other Jewish people establish the nation Israel before and after WWII in the 20th century.
Lord Rothschild: My Family Created Israel
February 12, 2017

The 80-year-old Rothschild said in a recent interview that his ancestors “helped pave the way for the creation of Israel,” forcing the British government to sign the Balfour Declaration in 1917.

The Rothschilds are commonly believed to have engineered WWI and waited until 1917 when Britain showed signs of trouble. The Zionist family then promised the British Government that they could convince the US to enter the war and ensure Britain’s victory over Germany on the basis that the British government handed control of Palestine to the Zionists.

Thus the Balfour Declaration was created, which is an official letter from the British Government Foreign Secretary James Balfour to Baron Rothschild.
...
The interview was was conducted by former Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub as part of the Balfour 100 project. Taub interviewed Rothschild at Waddeston Manor in Buckinghamshire, a manor bequeathed to the nation by the Rothschild family in 1957, where the Declaration is kept.

According to Ambassador Taub, the declaration “changed the course of history for the Middle East.”
http://yournewswire.com/lord-rothschild-israel/
However behind Rothschilds' activities behind the scene, there must have been the hand of God.

Mayer Amschel Rothschild, the direct ancestor of the present Rothschild families, was born in 1744. On the other hand, the United States Declaration of Independence was issued in 1776.  The path for Rothschild to accumulate wealth has been parallel with development of the U.S.

Israel was established based on money provided by Rothschild and the victory of the U.S. over Nazi Germany that executed about six million Jewish people in WWII.  It means that God prepared the U.S. and the Rothschild family 200 years prior to the establishment of the nation Israel.

From a religious point of view, the reason for existence of Rothschild and America is for them to contribute to the return of Judaists to Palestine and Jerusalem, the most important event since the emergence of Islam in the early seventh century and the fall of the Temple of Jerusalem in the Jewish-Roman war in the late first century.   
  
But, furthermore, for what reason, does God wish Judaists to return from Diaspora to Palestine?  

That is the imminent question since we see today great crises in the Islamic world and a great change in the Vatican while commercialism and market economy are globally prevailing, involving China and India.   God must have the human world get prepared for the great change coming near in terms of religion. 

If so, the stage has been set from a view point of global religion.  It must have a great magnitude so that even the U.S. and Rothschild are mere secondary characters.
   

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Mar 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Mar 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Mar 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

"the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away" - The Gospels as the Holy Gohost

Mt. Fuji of Today



The Gospels  as the Holy Ghost

Christianity spread in Roman cities in the first and second centuries at a raid pace.

Christianity at the time taught that the end of the world was coming soon.  However, the world seemed to continue in the Roman Empire.  Probably, many Roman believers must have thought that Christ Jesus referred to the Jewish Roman war where Judaists were expelled out of Jerusalem and Palestine.  The world based on the Jewish holy book was over.  Now, the new world must have begun with the teaching of Christ Jesus.  They must have thought so.

Church leaders used Gospels to teach what Christ Jesus had done in Palestine, but they put emphasis in their teaching, which must have been their interpretation of the teaching of Christ Jesus.  But most of Roman people who came to churches or Christian assemblies must have been interested in who and what Christ Jesus was more than teaching of church leaders.  They must have found the answer in the Gospels.  There must have been many Roman citizens who could read the Gospels written in Greek.  The ratio of those who could read the Gospels in the Roman Empire must have been more than that in the Middle Ages of Europe.

That is why the Gospels came to be respected by ordinary people while church leaders did not count on them so much.  Church leaders must have discovered the power of the Gospels.  That is why the Christian church system did not specify canonical books from the beginning of their preaching since the late 1st century in Roman cities, but adopted the Gospels as authentic in the fourth century.

But they had to tell that Christianity prevailed without help from the Gospels.  So, they thought that the holy ghost helped their mission among Roman citizens.  Early church leaders could not simply or candidly admit that the Gospels helped diffusion of Christianity.  But they wanted to declare that their work supported by the holy ghost helped them preaching.  Accordingly, they introduced the Holy Ghost in the Trinity.

So, it is not unnatural for people of today to think that the Holy Ghost in the Trinity means the Gospels according to Mark, Luke, Mathew and John.


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Mar 11:20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
Mar 11:21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.
Mar 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

Friday, November 17, 2017

"a den of thieves" - Fake Jesus by Da Vinci


Around Tokyo

Fake Jesus by Da Vinci

The following is the image of Christ Jesus, some say, mysteriously copied to the shroud now placed in Turin, Italy.

https://www.ancient-code.com/new-conclusive-evidence-shows-that-turin-shroud-does-show-the-face-of-jesus/


The following is the painting of Christ Jesus by Leonard Da Vinci recently sold in an auction in New York at $500 million or more.

http-hypebeast.comimage201710leonardo-da-vinci-salvator-mundi-christies-auction-1
http://mechanicaldummy.com/2017/10/leonardo-da-vincis-last-privately-owned-painting-going-auction/

It is indeed a grave blasphemy for Da Vince to have painted Christ Jesus with a crystal ball in His hand, since Christ Jesus must not have held such a ball.

But if it had been known to the world around 1500 that Da Vince did not believe in God and Christ Jesus, he should have lost a chance to become one of the greatest artists and inventors in the early 16th or the late 15th century.

The more he concealed it, the more his hatred of Christ Jesus was intensified and complicated.  Now we can see one piece of evidence in the above picture.

From the beginning, what pious and faithful Christian would try to paint a Jesus in the manner of making it looking real and alive.

(Look at the fingers half crossed in the picture.  Truly, a cheap trick, indeed!)

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Mar 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

"from Bethany, he was hungry" - 2600 and 3200 Year Theory Based on the Giza Pyramid


Tokyo

2600 and 3200 Year Theory Based on the Giza Pyramid

It was 600 years before Abraham left Ur, a Mesopotamian city, that the Great Pyramid had been built in Giza, Egypt.

Then, it was 1,300 years after the Great Pyramid was built in Giza that Moses led other Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt.  And, it was 1,300 years after Moses that Christ Jesus emerged among Hebrews in Palestine.

In addition, it was 600 years later after the emergence of Christ Jesus that Islam was given to Muhammad in Arabia.  Further more it was 1,300 years after endowment of Islam that Judaists came to return to Palestine and establish the nation Israel after WWII.

In other words, the building of the Great Pyramid is the starting point of the civilization of the mankind.  And the period from the Pyramid building till the emergence of Christ Jesus was divided into the first 1,300 years till the adventure of Moses and the latter 1,300 years till the preaching by Christ Jesus.  And, 1,300 years after the foundation of Islam, the Jewish people returned to Palestine putting an end to 1,900-year-long Diaspora.  If this 1,300 years were another first 1,300-year period, something decisive should happen after the establishment of the modern Israel.  So, maybe the human history might end around the year 3200 or 3300.

Or, based on the 600 year period theory suggested by the period from the Great Pyramid to Abraham and the 2,000 year period from Abraham to Christ Jesus, something decisive should happen 2,000 years after Mohammed, who was given Islam 600 years after Christ Jesus.  Then, the human history might end around the year 2600.

However, what can you imagine about the future of the world specifically in 2600 or 3200?  Will another Christ appear?  Or will the civilization of the mankind get terminated if they should start to live in a colony on Mars?     

Anyway, the history of the mankind is marked off with the Great Pyramid of Giza, Abraham, Moses, Christ Jesus, Muhammad, and the modern nation Israel.  And it is likely that it will be further marked off with the coming 2600 incident and 3200 incident although we live now in 2017.


The Human History
2600 B.C.:         The Great Pyramid in Giza
2000 B.C.:         Abraham
1300 B.C.:         Moses
A.D. 1 Century: Christ Jesus
A.D. 600:           Islam
A.D. 1900:         Israel
...
A.D. 2600:         ???
A.D. 3200:         ???

Indeed, Christ Jesus never built a great pyramid.  But He built a great pyramid, which however cannot be visible, that has occupied the human minds with a high monument called Christianity.  In this context, Christ Jesus Himself is another great pyramid, though spiritual. 

Indeed, history is God, and God has interfered with the history of the mankind.  There must be traits of such interference.  And we could see them as above stated.

The Great Pyramid in Giza -- 1300 years --> Moses  -- 1300 years --> Jesus
Muhammad -- 1300 years --> Nation Israel -- 1300 years --> the year 3200 incident

The Great Pyramid -- 600 years --> Abraham --> 2000 years --> Jesus
Jesus -- 600 years --> Muhammad -- 2000 years --> the year 2600 incident


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Mar 11:12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:
Mar 11:13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
Mar 11:14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

"hey brought the colt to Jesus" - Flavius Josephus and Early Christianity


Tokyo


Flavius Josephus and Early Christianity

Why could Christianity spread in the Roman Empire and subsequently in whole Europe?

Despite descriptions of the Gospels and the Act, Jewish author Flavius Josephus (37-100) didn't especially mention movements of early Christians, the Apostles, or Christ Jesus Himself, although Josephus wrote detailed books about Jewish people and their history, including the Jewish Roman War.

It means that early Christianity till 100 through a big fire in Rome, ascribed to Emperor Nero, and the Jewish Roman War, Christianity had been practiced only by a small number of Judaists and Roman citizens.  But in the following 200 years, the religion was accepted by a majority of Roman citizens.  It is a miracle caused by God, but we should study the causal association that worked behind the phenomenon.

Most of Judaists, even of today, have said that there is nothing unique in the teaching of Christ Jesus.  All of the words of Christ Jesus were quotation from or reference to the Old Testament or the Jewish Bible.  Individual miracles Christ Jesus performed had some unique aspects but they could not be evidence for divinity of Christ Jesus.  He also showed some shortcomings in His behaviors.  Most of Judaists, even of today, said so. 

However, for example, Einstein had the same science knowledge as other scientists had.  There was nothing unique in Einstein's scientific knowledge.  But he could discover great physical laws no other scientists could find.  So, you cannot belittle or underestimate the merit Christ Jesus had.  Christ Jesus had the same religious knowledge as other Jewish priests or scholars had.  But Christ Jesus worked among people in a revolutionary way, only helping, teaching, and loving poor people.

So, the movement of Early Christians in the first century was at the very lower level of the society among Jewish people and Roman citizens, so that rich Josephus could not even observe, feel, or realize the spread of early Christianity.  Or the social level where early Christianity was spreading in Palestine and Rome was so low that rich and elite Josephus could not even observe, feel, or realize the movement of early Christianity.

But at a certain point of time, the state of diffusion of Christianity crossed a threshold to emerge in the front line of the Roman society.  Non-Christian Roman citizens should have been surprised and got interested in the religion to lean it and eventually accept it.

Romans were simple and simply cruel, despising the poor and the weak.  But 80% of Romans were not 100% secured of their lives.  But they could not rely on help and pity of neighbors if they had faced a tragedy and a bad luck.  Then, they saw Christianity taeching unconditional love toward neighbors.  Christianity was overwhelmingly with great love for the poor and the weak, compared with other religions.  

Judaists had almost the same source of religious contents as Christianity, but they did not venture to go out to save poor and weak Romans.  Followers of early Christianity, on the other hand, tried to follow the way of Christ Jesus who gave great love to the poor and the weak.  Early Christians in Rome should have helped poor and weak Romans to a degree that greatly surpassed the level of other religions.  Christian masters must have been benevolent to their slaves, while other masters treated their slaves so cruelly.  It is natural all the slaves in Rome believed in Christianity.  Early Christianity requested its followers to show and practiced extraordinary love toward slaves, the poor, and the weak.  This must be the reason why early Christianity succeeded in spreading in Rome.

However, rich and elite Flavius Josephus did not need such love from Christians.  He must not have even felt that there were many such people in Rome.  He could not encounter Christianity because he lived in the high society in Rome of the first century after he had surrendered to Roman troops in the Jewish Roman war.   

The works of Josephus are major sources of our understanding of Jewish life and history during the first century.
The works of Josephus translated by Thomas Lodge (1602).
(c. 75) War of the Jews, or The Jewish War, or Jewish Wars, or History of the Jewish War (commonly abbreviated JW, BJ or War)
 
(date unknown) Josephus's Discourse to the Greeks concerning Hades (spurious; adaptation of "Against Plato, on the Cause of the Universe" by Hippolytus of Rome) 
(c. 94) Antiquities of the Jews, or Jewish Antiquities, or Antiquities of the Jews/Jewish Archeology (frequently abbreviated AJ, AotJ or Ant. or Antiq.) 
(c. 97) Flavius Josephus Against Apion, or Against Apion, or Contra Apionem, or Against the Greeks, on the antiquity of the Jewish people (usually abbreviated CA) 
(c. 99) The Life of Flavius Josephus, or Autobiography of Flavius Josephus (abbreviated Life or Vita)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus#Historiography_and_Josephus



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Mar 11:7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.
Mar 11:8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.
Mar 11:9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: