Saturday, January 05, 2019

"John did baptize in the wilderness" - Not Christianity but Godism

South of Kyoto, Japan

Not Christianity but Godism

Christ Jesus did not claim that He was God so that everybody (meaning all the Jewish people) should revere Him as God.

However, centuries later a Roman emperor and the Vatican decided that Christ Jesus was God so that everybody should revere Him as God. 

What a blasphemy it was for mere men to decide that someone was God!  But, Christianity today is based on this blasphemy.

The most important effect of Christianity on the Roman Empire and other European people was that the religion introduced the idea of the only and one God who had personality and ethical good.  What early Christians in Europe learnt in Christianity was that there was only and one God who requested good.  And it was the teaching Christ Jesus taught.

From the beginning, how stupid it was to think that God appeared among people as a mere parson!  There was no reason for God to show such goodwill toward faithless human beings.  There was no reason for God to love faithless human beings.  Even to Moses who fully obeyed the word of God, God had not shown Himself fully.  Even to Abraham who fully obeyed the word of God, God had given only His words.  There was no reason for God to show Himself as a human being in goodwill toward faithless human beings.

As 2000 years have passed, people have come to realize that God did not come to the human world as a mere human being.  So, nobody today believes that Christ Jesus was God and uses the name Jesus to call God.  God is God.  Jesus is Jesus.  This is commonsense of today, although Christian churches still stick to the ideology that Christ Jesus was God if not God was Christ Jesus.

The Gospels tell that Christ Jesus came to teach teachings by God.  For Jewish people, such teachings were well known, although they did not observe them.  But for gentiles and Roman citizens, it was a big discovery that there was only and one God in this universe who had protected Jewish people and who could protect any body, if not Jewish, only if he or she believed Him.

Put simply, what Christ Jesus taught was one and only God but not Christ Jesus Himself.  So, Christianity should call Godism.  It is not Christ Jesus that matters in Christianity but God.  In this context, followers of Christ Jesus should accept Judaism and Islam, since they also revers the same only and one God.

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Mar 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
Mar 1:5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.

Friday, January 04, 2019

"the life was the light of men" - Where Did Christ Jesus Go after the Resurrection

North of Kyoto, Japan

Where Did Christ Jesus Go after the Resurrection

There is one mystery in the story about Christ Jesus in the Gospels: Where did Christ Jesus go after resurrection?

It seems to be a fact that Christ Jesus resurrected after the execution on the cross by Roman soldiers.  It seems to have given His followers courage to further live as followers to Him, sticking to faith in Christ Jesus.  So, the Gospel authors wrote how Christ Jesus appeared to His followers after He had disappeared from the tomb.  Those descriptions cannot be a fiction.  But the Gospels read that Christ Jesus ascended to the heaven 40 days after the resurrection, while His followers were watching Him.  This part must be a kind of metaphor, since it is clearly against a natural law.  But, there must have been something that made His followers believe that Christ Jesus ascended to the heaven.  Then, what was it?

The fact was that Christ Jesus disappeared from His followers; He never repeated His mission in the way He had done before the execution on the cross and the resurrection; and He never appeared to them after a certain time point except His spirit talked to Paul months or years later.  From the modern sense, it is thought that he went to some place, not probably the heaven, to hide.  And probably, Christ Jesus lived there in the rest of His life.  But how could people around Him fail to recognize Him?  Or did people around Him in His hiding place cooperate with Him to hide Him, knowing that the person was Christ Jesus?  And why did Christ Jesus hide in the special place?  Could not He secretly hide Himself among His followers, although the Jewish authority was eager and active to suppress the movement He had launched? 

From a religious point of view, it can be thought that God hid Christ Jesus 40 days after His resurrection.  And the way God hid Christ Jesus must have looked like Christ Jesus was ascending to the heaven to the eyes of His followers.  In this case, as we cannot understand the mind of God fully, we only have to accept the act by God as it is.  And, indeed, without Christ Jesus further repeating His mission, Christianity prevailed and widely accepted by Roman citizens. 

Nonetheless, we may wonder what became of Him when He disappeared from His followers after the resurrection.

And we may estimate that Christ Jesus went back to the place from which He had come.  It was not Nazareth, a village where He was born and raised.  From the beginning, He had appeared on a bank of the River Jordan, where John the Baptist was administering baptism, from nowhere.  The Gospels do not describe how and why Christ Jesus left Nazareth to come to the River Jordan.  And it cannot be thought that Christ Jesus had learnt Judaism in Nazareth.

So, it is natural to think that Christ Jesus had come from a special place where Judaism could be studied like the Temple in Jerusalem, although it is unthinkable that Christ Jesus learnt Judaism from Jewish priests in the Temple of Jerusalem.  But, there is one place suitable for study of Judaism independently from the Temple in Jerusalem.  It is Qumran.  Then if so, Christ Jesus came to the River Jordan from Qumran, and He must have returned to Qumran after the resurrection.

And Paul after encountering with the spirit of Christ Jesus on his way to Damascus must have traveled to Qumran, too, to learn the teaching of Christ Jesus.

Qumran is the base and facilities of a school or a faction of Judaists called the Essenes.  The notable Jewish author in the first century Flavius Josephus described in his book about the Jewish people that there were three major factions among Jewish people at the time: Sadducees, Pharisees, and Essenes.  The Gospels mention Sadducees and Pharisees, but strangely or interestingly there are no references to the Essenes.  The authors of the Gospels must have avoided mentioning Essenes, since they wanted to keep secret the tie between Christ Jesus and Qumran (or Paul and Qumran).  It must be because Qumran was the place where Christ Jesus went after the resurrection.

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Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Joh 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

"write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus" - Core of the Faith of Early Christians

North of Kyoto, Japan

Core of the Faith of Early Christians

Why did the disciples and followers of Christ Jesus forsook Him and ran away when Christ Jesus was arrested by the Jewish authority and Roman soldiers?

Didn't Christ Jesus beforehand educate and train them so that they could cope with such an incident?  Didn't Christ Jesus enhance their spirits so that they could have faced such an incident calmly?  But they fled Gethsemane and the site of arrest of Christ Jesus with horror and fear.  So why?

The disciples and followers of Christ Jesus at the time were all Jewish people.  They knew how revolutionary the teachings by Christ Jesus were.  They must have known that the Jewish authority should be offended at His teachings and take their revenge on Christ Jesus.  But they must have believed that God or angels were protecting Christ Jesus from those authorities.  So, no matter how dangerous the teachings and movements of Christ Jesus were to Him and them, they thought that Christ Jesus and they were safe.  But, as the authorities and Jewish priests actually launched an attack and could arrest Him without interference from God, their belief and confidence in God and Christ Jesus faltered and crumbled.  Because the disciples, including Peter, and followers thought that Satan defeated God, they were afraid so much, fleeing Gethsemane and the site of arrest of Christ Jesus.   

The teachings of Christ Jesus were related to salvation of souls of the disciples and followers.  They were not directly related to the battle between God and Satan.  So, the disciples, including Peter, and followers were not well prepared for crude attacks by Satan on Christ Jesus coming real.  It was the matter at a different phase.  If Satan and its soldiers, namely Jewish authorities and Roman soldiers, could directly attack Christ Jesus, the disciples and followers, they thought, could not be also safe; they could be also victims like Christ Jesus.  How terrible it was, they thought, to be arrested and judged by those authorities, as they would be stoned to death!  All they had to do was run away!

It was the degree of fear and horror they felt that should be understood.  In other words, they knew how much the teachings of Christ Jesus had offended Jewish priests and the Jewish authorities.  They knew that the teachings of Christ Jesus were revolutionary enough to challenge Jewish priests and the Jewish authorities.  And, they must have also realized that Satan would use Jewish priests and the Jewish authorities as its soldiers in the battle between Christ Jesus and Satan.  And, they really saw Satan actually succeeding in capturing and persecuting Christ Jesus.  Next, they must face Satan without protection by Christ Jesus and God.  So, they lost their nerve and broke away.

In other words, the great tension and pressure of the battle between God and Satan fell on the disciples and followers without any protection.  If we cannot understand these tension and pressure, we cannot truly understand the Gospels.

So, they hid until Christ Jesus resurrected after execution.  But, the fact that Christ Jesus resurrected made them regain the confidence in Christ Jesus and God they had had once.  Satan could not destroy Christ Jesus!  So, they realized that they should not be afraid of Satan and its soldiers, the Jewish and Roman authorities.  This conviction became the core of the faith of Early Christians. 

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Luk 1:3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
Luk 1:4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

"messenger before thy face" - If Christ Jesus Had Not been Executed

A Shinto Shrine around Tokyo with New Year's Visitors

If Christ Jesus Had Not been Executed

Why was Christ Jesus killed by the Jewish authority and the Roman Governor?  Did He do anything very bad?  Why would not His followers try to fight and save Him?

Many and various explanations have been made by Christian churches, scholars, and knowledgeable persons, but it seems that none has been satisfied by their explanations in these 2000 years.

Put simply, it was a result of the fight between angels and Satan.  From the beginning, Satan tried to destroy Christ Jesus.  However, angels protected Christ Jesus at every time Satan tried to kill Christ Jesus.  But, finally angels found that Satan would do more harm to human beings if they continued to protect the human life of Christ Jesus.  So, God intervened and let Satan do what it wanted, since He could restore life of Christ Jesus at His will as God is almighty.  But, whatever the reason was, Satan was glad to be given a chance to fulfill his wish to kill Christ Jesus, and Satan used the Jewish authority and the Roman Governor to execute Christ Jesus.

It is not a matter that can be explained in the domain of the human world, human interests, and human senses, since Christ Jesus was the Son of God or somebody like that.

The mistake of those Christian churches, scholars, and knowledgeable persons who tried to explain the death of Christ Jesus is that they handled the matter in the human phase while the matter was more related to the spiritual world and the domain of angels, Satan, and human souls.

The lesson we should learn from the death of Christ Jesus is that Satan is real and realistic while it is crazy enough to kill the Son of God or somebody like that.

So, it is not good for Christians today, including Christian churches, to only praise and appreciate the death of Christ Jesus (for the reason that He died for them) but not blame Satan.

And, we should think what had happened if Christ Jesus had not been killed by Satan.  It is the very reason that God approved Satan's plan to kill Christ Jesus.  At least, it looks likely that Judas should have been killed as a betrayer by the Jewish authority and the Roman Governor.  And in the worst case, all the Jewish people were destroyed in the coming Jewish-Roman War and Judaism should have been exterminated.   

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Mar 1:2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
Mar 1:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

"In the beginning was the Word" - Even If Not a Pious Christian

Mt. Fuji, the Highest Mountain of Japan, 100 km from Tokyo

Even If Not a Pious Christian

Nobody thinks that the end of the world is close since the 21st century began without collapse of the human civilization and the world still continues without any sign of a fall of the human civilization.

However, the world is facing more dangerous trends of movements and states of peoples and nations than it faced the 9/11 Terror and the 2008 Financial Crisis.

It is not statistics about economy and political incidents that cast a shadow on the future.  It is degradation of human ethics.

Representative persons in this trend are Trump, Putin, and Xi.  However, there are hundreds of millions of people who support them.  On the other hand, opponents to them are not necessarily decent persons as they deny important teachings of the Bible, supporting indecent activities in the name of liberal, progressive, or anti-establishment.

Those who support Trump, Putin, and Xi are brainwashed by money, power, and militarism.  They are far from ethical teaching of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, etc.

Especially, in the Western world commercialism is taking over the basic framework of society from Christianity.  No ethical conditions are respected by Trump and supporters for him.  It is partly because supporters for Trump are disappointed with some major Western Media that superficially uphold ethics, but they are pursuing and enjoying wealth and high status above ordinary people.   People are disappointed at, say, Obama and other progressive politicians, since these liberal politicians are highly educated elite members of society and share little with ordinary people, to tell the truth.  Trump is too rich to be regarded as a friend of ordinary people, but Trump attacks those Media and progressive politicians who are now disliked by ordinary people.  People like to see indecent Trump attacking superficially decent progressive politicians and Media.

Putin is appealing to Russians, behaving like a big man, seeking to capitalize on Trump and selling a dream of making Russia strong again.  Xi has been seeking to capitalize on pro-China US elites and politicians to make China strong, which is a long-term dream of the Chinese people.  With or without Trump, the US should start to take seriously the Chinese challenge, which would affect many people concerned in various countries.

The expected role of the US is to suppress irrational behaviors of Putin, Xi, and the likes.  But Trump is handling Putin, Xi, and the likes in a dubious way.  To solve this issue, the US should choose as US President a more decent politician with good moral character, even if not a pious Christian.

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Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

"love the Lord thy God with all thy heart" - Differences between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam

Mt. Fuji from around Tokyo 

Differences between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam

The core of Christianity is to believe or accept that Christ Jesus is God.  However, the key to believing or accepting  Christ Jesus as God is to believe and accept that the god of Christ Jesus, Moses, and Abraham is the only and one god in the universe.

The core of Judaism is to believe or accept that the only and one god in the universe chose and loved Judaists and the Jewish tribe.  The core of Islam is to believe or accept that only and one god in the universe who is also the god of Judaism and Christianity chose Muhammad and gave His words to Muhammad.

In summary,  the key to understanding Christianity, Judaism, and Islam is to believe and accept that there is only and one god in the universe and admit it.

By analogy, God is sun light (white light) that is split into colored light of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam through a prism.  First, there is sun light, and then red, blue, and green lights are generated, each of which can represent one of the three major religions (in no particular order).

So, ultimately Christians should declare that they are believers of God more than Christians; Judaists should also declare that they are believer of God more than Judaists; and Muslims should also declare that they are believers of God more than Muslims.   

Compared with the significance that there is only and one god in the world and universe and men admit it, the differences between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam must be very minor.

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Mar 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.