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.
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.
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.