Friday, July 06, 2018

"he loveth our nation" - Living Standard of Christ Jesus

Tokyo Railroad

Living Standard of Christ Jesus

Christ Jesus was a carpenter:
Mark 6:3
Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
He was not a farmer, a merchant, an official, a teacher, a scholar or a priest.  He was also neither a homeless nor a politician.  It means He was neither very poor nor very rich.  We may as well regard Him as positioned in the lower middle class of the society at the time.

But, according to mainstream interpretation of the Gospels, Christ Jesus suddenly one day started to act as a wandering or traveling priest, healer, prophet, and saint, leaving his life as a carpenter.  An ex-carpenter saint, this is Christ Jesus, but the Vatican and the Christian leaders have not attached importance to this fact.

In other word, all the Christian leaders, priests, and scholars should start their career as a carpenter or the like.  Then, they might catch any glimpse of the secret of Christianity or Christ Jesus.

In the Kingdom of God, there must be no poor men and no rich men.  But all the people in the Kingdom must enjoy the living standard allowed for carpenters who lived 2000 years ago in Palestine.

Contrarily,  Moses enjoyed the status of a leader of a tribe; the Buddha was a prince of a kingdom of India, Confucius asked for a high status in kingdoms of China, and Muhammad was a successful merchant.  They all enjoyed material living at a higher level than that allowed for a mere carpenter.

The carpenter might be a line Christians are not allowed to step over.  If your living standard converted to that in society 2000 years ago was higher than that of a carpenter, you might not be admitted to Heaven. 

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Luk 7:4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:
Luk 7:5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.
Luk 7:6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

"when he heard of Jesus" - God in the Universe and the Bible

Tokyo Station

God in the Universe and the Bible

One concrete and definitive fact is that this universe was generated or created about 14 billion years ago.

Of course, there were no human beings 14 billion years ago when the universe was created.  And, it was 4.6 billion years ago that the earth was formed.  Of course, there were no human beings 4.6 billion years ago when the universe was created.   And it is believed that it was just 200,000 years ago that the current human beings were established.  And, it was just 2,000 years ago that Christ Jesus appeared among human beings as the Son of God.

If the purpose of the God was to create human beings to which He should send His Son, why did He have to take this long and complicated process from the creation of the universe to creation of the current human beings who deserve receiving the Son of God?

Anyway, this universe has been existent without human beings and their faith in God for almost 14 billion years, whereas we had faith in God through Christ Jesus only for 2,000 years.  So, God is so patient to achieve His goal to see the faith in Him among the human beings.  But of course, the sense about time  is different from the human beings and God.

The time between the creation of the universe and the appearance of Christ Jesus might be just one hour or two for God.  And He might already see the future of the human beings and the universe.

Nonetheless we have only the Bible with which to think of God.  If we observe anywhere in the universe and explore any past era in the history of the universe, we cannot see God except in the Bible.  In addition, Christ Jesus said that human beings could access God only through Him.

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Luk 7:2 And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.
Luk 7:3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.
Luk 7:4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

"For the Pharisees, and all the Jews" - Christ Jesus and God

Tokyo Station

Christ Jesus and God

What is peculiar about Christ Jesus, since there were many similar teachers of Judaism before and after Christ Jesus?

Christ Jesus worked miracles.  Christ Jesus was persecuted, apprehended, took to court, sentenced to death, and executed by Roman authority in Jerusalem in collusion with Judaism leaders.  Christ Jesus was resurrected and vanished away.  Christ Jesus appeared to Paul to convert him.  And, Christ Jesus disappeared from the history.

And, there have been no other verifiable stories about Christ Jesus to date.

As a result, today 2000 years after the emergence of Christ Jesus, billions of people believe, revere or respect Christ Jesus.  And, the main stream Western civilization in these 2000 years has been established based on Christianity.  But, none can explain why Christ Jesus succeeded in establishing the religion Christianity reasonably or prevailing His words and teaching all over the world.  And, still none can explain what He was, although the Vatican has identified Christ Jesus as God of the Holy Trinity.

There can be many and various levels of human understanding of Christ Jesus.  Some say that Christ Jesus was a trickster, a failed priest, or an abnormal teacher.  But others say that Christ Jesus was a prophet, a saint, a holy man, or an man inspired by a holy spirit.  The Vatican says Christ Jesus was God of the Holy Trinity, while many Bible readers know that Gospels mostly describe Christ Jesus as the Son of God.

But, Christ Jesus called Himself the son of man, which looks like having called Himself as a very special ordinary man.  But everybody suspected that Christ Jesus had a certain direct relationship with God. 

Anyway, Christ Jesus looked as a man and behaved as a man as the Gospels reported.  He did not have three eyes or four arms.  As a living thing, He was a member of human species.

But, Christ Jesus must have been of His own type, class or group.  Or the human species should be divided into Christ Jesus and all the others.  We know well about the relationship between all the others, except Christ Jesus, and God.  But who knows the relationship between Christ Jesus and God?

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Mar 7:1 Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.
Mar 7:2 And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.
Mar 7:3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.