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.