Friday, August 18, 2017

"Having eyes, see ye not?" - Why God Sent His Son around AD 1


Why God Sent His Son around AD 1

There is causal relation in anything, including the establishment of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Especially, why God sent His Son to the world is very important, since the mainstream of the world today is based on the European/American culture and civilization enabled by Christianity.

So, what were major events before the birth or the mission of Christ Jesus?  It is natural to check who the king of Judaists at the time was, since the role of a king was more decisive in the ancient world than those of today's kings.
The study of Herod's reign includes polarizing opinions on the man himself. His critics have described him as "a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis",[82] "the evil genius of the Judean nation",[83]and as one who would be "prepared to commit any crime in order to gratify his unbounded ambition."[84] His extraordinary spending spree is cited as one of the causes of the serious impoverishment of the people he ruled, adding to the opinion that his reign was exclusively negative.[85] Herod's religious policies gained a mixed response from the Jewish populace. Although Herod considered himself king of the Jews, he let it be known that he also represented the non-Jews living in Judea, building temples for other religions outside of the Jewish areas of his kingdom. Many Jews questioned the authenticity of Herod's Judaism on account of his Idumean background and his infamous murders of members of his family. However, he generally respected traditional Jewish observances in his public life. For instance, he minted coins without human images to be used in Jewish areas and acknowledged the sanctity of the Second Temple by employing priests in the construction of the Temple. 
However, he was also praised for his work, being called "the greatest builder in Jewish history,"[82] and one who "knew his place and followed [the] rules."[87] In fact, what is left of his building ventures are now popular tourist attractions in the Middle East, which many have come to cherish as both a historical and religious area.
The king of Judaists before the birth of Christ Jesus was Herod who killed his family members to secure his position; flattered shamelessly to Caesar, Cleopatra and Antony, and finally Augustus; made Jewish people poor by spending big money to build various lavish constructions including the Second Temple, and showed very pro-Roman inclination in his handling of the Temple and social life while being supported by Roman troops.

And when Herod died, "heavy outbreaks of violence and riots followed Herod's death in many cities, including Jerusalem, as all the built-up grievances against him were unleashed. The momentum from these revolts led to an increased demand for Jewish freedom from Roman rule. Herod's leadership caused enough anger for it to become a prime cause of the Great Revolt of 70 C.E ("

Therefore, before Christ Jesus was born, the Jewish-Roman wars were destined due to Herod's corruption, arrogance, and betrayal of Judaism.  Even if God had not sent His Son to the Jewish community at the time, the fall of Jerusalem and the Diaspora of Judaists should have been inevitable in decades and extinction of Hebrews in centuries.

From the viewpoint of the Roman Empire's side, it was another victory of their rule by sword.  And after the vanishing of Jewish Palestine, there would have been no core of religion against the Roman civilization which was based on polytheistic religion, slavery, militarism, abstract Greek philosophy, etc. without strong ethical codes.  Dispersed Judaists in the Roman Empire territory should have lost the essence of their religion as time went by.

So, to save the teachings of God given to Judaists in preceding 1000 or 2000 years, God had to interfere with the history of Judaists and the Roman Empire.  So, God acted timely when Herod died.  Judaists had been tested enough till the timing.  The King of Judaists acted like a clown before Caesar, Cleopatra and Antony, and finally Augustus, losing every dignity and respect as a king of people God helped and educated for preceding 1000 or 2000 years.

So, even to save His dignity in having chosen Hebrews, God had to interfere.  Accordingly, Christ Jesus was sent to Palestine around AD 1, although the successor of King Herod, Temple priests, and Roman troops put Christ Jesus on the cross.

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Mar 8:18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?
Mar 8:19 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve.
Mar 8:20 And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven.
Mar 8:21 And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?