Friday, February 16, 2018

"Mary, and Joseph, and the babe" - From the very Viewpoint of Christ Jesus

Snow-Covered Relic of Old Japanese Capital in Nara Prefecture around 700

From the very Viewpoint of Christ Jesus

According to theories, early Christian leaders such as Paul and Peter did not use the Gospels according to Mark, Luke, Mathew, and John, since these gospels were written about the time when Paul and Peter were executed in Rome in late 60s.

Then, how did they promulgate their faith in Christ Jesus?  In today's churches, the Gospels are essential items.  It is unthinkable to diffuse the teaching of God and Christ Jesus without the Gospels.  But for hundred years or more after the death of Christ Jesus around A.D. 30, Christian leaders taught Christianity without authentic Gospels.

Indeed, it was not the Gospels that established Christianity but work by Paul, Peter, etc. who did not use the Gospels.

But, if the Vatican preserved the memory of the mission by Christ Jesus, they could preach what Christ Jesus said and did 2000 years ago even today without referring to the Gospels.  The Vatican must be able to say that disciples of Christ Jesus really heard He say this and that and such reports have been preserved and relayed in their organization.  But the Vatican also relies on the Gospels.

From the beginning, the greatest contributor to the New Testament, Paul, did not directly see or hear Christ Jesus while He was alive and was preaching the gospel.  So, Paul's knowledge of Christ Jesus and His words must have been very much limited, since it is thought, in a theory, that Paul did not read the Gospels according to Mark, Luke, Mathew, and John.

Put simply, the founders of early Christianity such as Paul and Peter did not know the Gospels.  And, the Vatican established by Paul, Peter, etc. does not possess direct reports, records, or traditions about words and acts of Christ Jesus that must have been more detailed than the Gospels.

Consequently, there were and are no authorities that assure correctness of the contents of the Gospels. 

Christianity of the Vatican version and even Protestant version has no proof that their teaching is authentic from the very viewpoint of Christ Jesus.

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Luk 2:16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

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.

Monday, February 12, 2018

"this shall be a sign unto you" - Have a Fear of God

Mt.Fuji, Japan

Have a Fear of God

God created time and space, which was His first day.
God then created galaxies and the Milky Way, which was His second day.
God then created star systems and the solar system, which was His third day.
God then created planets and the earth, which was His fourth day.
God then created lives on the earth, which was His fifth day.
God then created the human beings among lives, which was His sixth day.
And then God took the time off, which was His seventh day.

But the human beings did not satisfy God while establishing civilization, so God chose Abraham and ordered his clan to leave Ur, which was His another first day.
But the descendants of Abraham became slaves in Egypt, so God chose Moses and helped the Hebrews exit Egypt, which was his another second day.
But the descendants of Moses, David, and Solomon were occupied by other tribes, so God sent Daniel to them, which was His another third day.
But Israelites could not show the glory of God while Alexander the Great showed his own glory, so God sent other prophets to the Israelites, which was His another fourth day.
But Israelites could not fully observe the word of God while Caesar expanded the Roman Empire as far as Syria, Palestine, and Egypt, so God sent John the Baptist to the Israelites, which was His another fifth day.
But Isrealites did not support John the Baptist while Augustus became the first Roman emperor and directly governed Isrealites, so God sent His Son to Isrealites to save the tribe, which was his another sixth day.
And then God took the time off, which was His another seventh day.
And what happened?

Jewish priests and Roman soldiers killed God's Son!  So, it is natural that Israelites got what they deserved: the defeat in the Jewish-Roman War and the diaspora.  It is also natural that the Roman Empire eventually adopted Christianity for its state religion and then the Empire was demolished while Christianity survived.

But we should note that the intention of God's having created this universe has not been fulfilled yet.  We should have a fear of God.

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Luk 2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.