Tuesday, February 13, 2018

"the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God" - A Fear of Death and Christianity

The Shrine enshrining the first emperor of Japan, Nara Prefecture

A Fear of Death and Christianity

The religion is basically related to a fear of death.

Most people think that their souls will be alive in the spiritual world or in the world of dead men after their death.  Religion supports this idea.  People gets satisfied to hear that their ancestors are living in the spiritual world or another world.  However, the concepts of the heaven and the hell are universal.  Religion tells that if a man lives a righteous life in this world, he will be welcomed in the heaven but if a man commits a sin, he will be rejected by God and fall into the hell.  God loves good but Satan loves evil.    

In this context, no matter what religion people believe, it looks like there will be no difference if the religion is true.

However, Christianity is unique in that it requests people to accept its creed that Christ Jesus is God who governs not only this universe and this human world but also the spiritual world and another world.  But, logically it is hard to accept the theory that one's fate after his death is linked with the belief that Christ Jesus is God.  No matter if Christ Jesus is God or not, righteous men will enter the heaven and bad men will be condemned to the hell.  There is no need to accept the Christian's creed.  In addition, no matter evil a man is, only if he admits that Christ Jesus is God, he can be blessed by Christian priests and they will assure him that God will welcome him in the heaven.  This is against the principle of religion.

So, the secret of Christianity must lie in this creed.

However, Christ Jesus said that people could be saved through Him and believers would obtain eternal life.  So, no matter what foolish creed it has, Christianity works as religion to people who have a fear of death.  And, if somebody saves people from this fear, they will not mind if the leaders of the religion established by him call the founder God.  Nonetheless, it can be a blasphemy, if God does not want to be identified with Christ Jesus or Christ Jesus does not want to be identified as God.  This is the biggest question about Christianity.

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Luk 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Luk 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.