Wednesday, December 11, 2019

"This was the Lord's doing" - Riches and Pleasures against the Kingdom of the God



Tokyo

Riches and Pleasures against the Kingdom of the God


If the God exists, what business do we have with the God?  Or we may think that we have nothing to do with the God, the creator of the universe, even if such a God exists.  We should earn money and enjoy life while we are alive, since our life is 100 years at most.  This is the commonsense of people.  However, according to Christ Jesus, the most important thing in our life is hearing, understanding, and acting according to the words of the God.  However, Christ Jesus did not forcibly order people with divine authority to follow His words, but He made people think for themselves in what status they were while the God gave words to them.
Luk 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
Luk 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Luk 8:12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
Luk 8:13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
Luk 8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
Luk 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. 
   
So, with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, one cannot respond to the expectations of the God.  From the beginning, one is expected to have an honest and good heart to hear, understand, and act according to the words of God.  And most importantly, the devil might come and take away the words of the God out of men's hearts, so that the men would not be saved.

However, this way of teaching by Christ Jesus means that He knew that there were many people who would not obey the God and therefore could not be saved or who would join Satan to fight against the God.

Men without honest and good hearts would join Satan.  Men with love to riches and pleasures would join Satan.  And if such men were taught the mysteries of the kingdom of God, they would try to hinder others in their efforts to come to the kingdom of God.  So, to protect people with good and honest hearts from those evil men, Christ Jesus would not let those evil men know the mysteries of the kingdom of God.   Since if those evil men knew anything about the kingdom of God, it would be easier for them to interfere with others trying to enter it.

Put simply, there are the God, the kingdom of the God, Satan and devils, people with honest and good hearts, and other who cannot enter the kingdom of the God due to their love to riches and pleasures.  And, to protect and encourage people with honest and good hearts, Christ Jesus told parables. 

Finally, we have to understand that worldly riches and pleasures are the concepts against the the kingdom of the God.

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Mar 12:10 And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:
Mar 12:11 This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
Mar 12:12 And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him, and went their way.

Monday, December 09, 2019

"whom he had raised from the dead" - A Short Period of Time in this Finite Universe



Tokyo Bay


A Short Period of Time in this Finite Universe

Everybody on the earth and in this universe dies someday and none can live forever except the God.

The earliest stages of the universe's existence are estimated as taking place 13.8 billion years ago, with an uncertainty of around 21 million years at the 68% confidence level.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_the_universe)
However, this age of the universe might look so short, since we can easily imagine the number more than 13.8 billion.

For example, 13.8 billion seconds are equal to almost 160,000 days or about 440 years.  And 440 years ago, it is about 1570 when the Philippines were conquered by Spain or the Battle of Lepanto took place where ”a fleet of the Holy League, a coalition of European Catholic states arranged by Pope Pius V, inflicted a major defeat on the fleet of the Ottoman Empire in the Gulf of Patras (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Lepanto)."

It is also said that the earth was created 4.6 billion years ago.  The time of life of the earth is about one third of that of the whole universe.

Or 13.8 billion years are equivalent to less than  4.4 x 10^17 (10 raised to the power of 17) seconds or 4.4 x 10^26 nano-seconds, while light travels 1 foot per nano-second.

In other words, this world has existed for less than 10^18 seconds while we can imagine the number of 10^180000 or more, while it is assumed that the God lives forever.

Our wisdom or intelligence is restricted by this time scale of 10^18 seconds while the God lives more than 10^180000000000000000000 seconds.  Then, how much can we know about the God?  Or how can we make our voices or prayers reach the God?  If we lived 100 years and we prayed to the God all through our life, it would take just 3 X 10^9 seconds, which is just 0.00001% of the life time of universe.

So, physically or materially it is hard to expect that our voices or prayers would take the attention of the God.

However, according to the content of the teaching by Christ Jesus, the God surely listens to our prayers.  It means that there is the spiritual space above this material universe that has existed for only countable number of years or seconds.  The spiritual space and Heaven should exist forever.  It should have existed before this material universe was created and will continue to exist after the end of this material universe.

So, Christ Jesus gave a teaching, saying "what is the use for conquering the material universe and becoming the king of the whole universe (which is finite)?"  And, He said that whoever believed in Him and the God could be given eternal life."   

The choice before us is between finite lengths of time (a tiny part of 13.8 billion years) and eternity (where 13.8 billion years is nothing).  And it is the faith to believe that the God will surely hear our prayers while we live in only a short period of time in this finite universe.

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Joh:12:7: Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.
Joh:12:8: For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.
Joh:12:9: Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
Joh:12:10: But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;
Joh:12:11: Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.

Saturday, December 07, 2019

"ye are of more value than many sparrows" - End No Earlier Than 2060



 Tokyo

End No Earlier Than 2060

Scientist Isaac Newton (4 January 1643 – 31 March 1727) was also a personal scholar of the Bible:
Newton spent a great deal of time trying to discover hidden messages within the Bible. After 1690, Newton wrote a number of religious tracts dealing with the literal interpretation of the Bible. In a manuscript Newton wrote in 1704 he describes his attempts to extract scientific information from the Bible. He estimated that the world would end no earlier than 2060.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_views_of_Isaac_Newton 
If we are not sure about whether we are cleverer than Newton, we had better listen to his prediction as to the end of the world.  However, based on his study of contents of the Bible, especially the Old Testament, and his inspiration as a Christian, he wrote that the world would not end no earlier than 2060.

If we trust his words, the world would not end no earlier than 2060, which means that we are now living in a touchy era of the human history, since we have only 40 years or so until 2060.

According to Newton, the world, namely economic, political, and cultural conditions of the world, would continue, as it is, for further 40 years or so without drastic changes.  However, it is expected that development of technology and science will be further accelerated in coming 40 years, maybe, to the extent where the human civilization will be endangered.

Individual or institutional malicious intentions might abuse high-technology, internet/electronic systems, AI, advanced medical science or chemistry, nuclear energy, etc.  Or more deadly weapons might be invented and used.  Science and technology will further advance and will be applied to business at a pace faster than the speed to which people can follow.

What's more, it is unknown how the global climate will change in this period.  Global warming may be further accelerated, causing great confusion or crises in the world, or global cooling may be suddenly started for a yet undiscovered reason.

Even without reviewing Newton's theory for the prediction, we can imagine various scenarios where the mankind will face a fatal crisis around 2060.  And if the history can go on without a fatal catastrophe, we cannot imagine in what status the mankind will live in the 22nd and 23rd centuries.  So, it is more likely that the end of the human world will start around 2060 and this final stage will continue to the 22nd and 23rd centuries, so that civilization of the mankind will collapse before the 30th century, although some members of the mankind might succeed in immigrating into Mars and establishing new civilization there.           

However, for any individual, his or her own death would be more important than the end of civilization in the distant future.  Even Newton must have been bothered or worried by his own death than the end of the world assumed to occur centuries later from his own era.

Christ Jesus did not say when the end of the world would come.  But he encouraged people to prepare for it, even, 2000 years ago.
M't:25:1: Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
M't:25:2: And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
M't:25:3: They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
M't:25:4: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
M't:25:5: While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
M't:25:6: And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
M't:25:7: Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
M't:25:8: And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
M't:25:9: But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
M't:25:10: And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Even if this wold passed away,  Heaven would never disappear.  So, apart from a fate of the world, we have to learn the Bible, for example like Newton, and act following the teaching of the God and Christ Jesus.  Then there will be nothing to worry if the end of the world should come around 2060, 2160, or 2260.

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Lu:12:5: But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
Lu:12:6: Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
Lu:12:7: But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
Lu:12:8: Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:
Lu:12:9: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.

Thursday, December 05, 2019

"and him they killed, and many others" - Why Christ Jesus Told Not to Become Rich



A Shinto Shrine around Tokyo

Why Christ Jesus Told Not to Become Rich

You may wonder why Christ Jesus told not to become rich, since He taught that a rich man should die and go to the hell while a poor man would be welcomed in Heaven even by Abraham.

First of all, if you became rich, there would be many poor men around you.  Being rich while being surrounded by many poor men is a sin.  You have to give money to poor people around you, if you became rich, which is the teaching of Christ Jesus.  Then, you cannot continue to be rich, since you have to give money to poor people around you and there are many poor people.  Finally, you would be poor, too, like other poor men.

Secondly, there are many people who want to be rich.  You have to compete with them, if you want to be rich.  And to win this competition, you have to resort to cool and cold measures and you will stop having love and compassion to your enemies in the competition.  You would even wish bad luck to others.  You would want others to fail and get unhappy for you to take advantage over them.  Then you will be disqualified for Heaven.

So, being rich means having no Christian love to neighbors and unlucky and poor people.  In other word, you have to sell your soul and mind to Satan to be rich.  Therefore, Christ Jesus forbade becoming rich.

In other word, Satan would promise to help you become rich, but your soul would be in the hand of Satan.  Satan would finally laugh at you falling into the hell.

However, everybody wants happiness.  And everybody thinks that money makes him or her happy, which is a trap set by Satan.  You are brainwashed by Satan, if you believe that only money can make you happy.  Indeed, Satan has set many traps to make people believe in power of money.  And this society is governed and ruled by followers of Satan, so that you cannot live in peace if you do not follow the worldly rule set by Satan.

Anyway there are no such descriptions in the Bible as follows: "If you want to be saved, earn more money" or "Jesus gave money to the poor to save them."

The power of the God is stronger than money created by men with help from Satan.


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Mar 12:5 And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.
Mar 12:6 Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
Mar 12:7 But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be our's.
Mar 12:8 And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
Mar 12:9 What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

"he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard" - Because the God Created Men



Around Tokyo

Because the God Created Men

One of the main issues in the Gospels is love.

According to those Bibles, the God represents good, which means love is linked with good.

Due to God's love for men, men were created and can live.  This love by God must include good but does not include evil.  Therefore, it is natural that God and Christ Jesus request good from men.  And, it is natural that only good men are admitted into Heaven.

So, for children to grow and live, good and love are needed.  It must be similar to the condition where the God created men from His love to them based on His good.

Heaven means pure good while the hell means pure evil.  Put extremely, each man must choose pure good or pure evil as his/her ultimate target.  However, in the human world influenced by Satan, the better one becomes, the more he or she is attacked by Satan and its followers.  For instance, we may interpret the Gospels as stories where one extremely good man, namely Christ Jesus, was attacked and killed on the cross by followers of Satan, namely religious leaders and Roman soldiers.

Even today, none can live safely in peace if he or she honestly and strictly pursues justice, universal love, and social and individual good. People often think that circumstances may justify a lie or the end justifies the means.  So, any human society is infested by evil.  And, Satan dominates the human world.

But we must not forget that it is not Satan but the God that created this universe and men.  And we must believe that the God created this universe and men due to His love for men based on His goodwill to men.

However, it is still a mystery why the God who is perfect and all-powerful loved to create men out of good intentions.  But we may also think that Satan could find a chance to attack the God through influencing or attacking men, God's creatures, because the God created men.
     

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M'r:12:1: And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
M'r:12:2: And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.
M'r:12:3: And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.
M'r:12:4: And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.
M'r:12:5: And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.
M'r:12:6: Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
M'r:12:7: But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.
M'r:12:8: And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
M'r:12:9: What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.

Friday, November 29, 2019

"This is an evil generation: they seek a sign" - How can we request God to fulfill our wish?




Mt. Fuji from around Tokyo


How Can We Request God to Fulfill our Wish?

The Gospel by John reads as follows: Joh 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

And Christ Jesus never presented the God to His followers or showed the God to people.  However, Christ Jesus told: "Mark 12:24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?"

And the Old Testament reads as follows: "Exo 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live."

However, the Bible itself is based on belief in the God.  Christ Jesus was sent by the God to this world.  Nonetheless, men cannot see the God.  So it is not rational to deny existence of the God only for the reason that we cannot see the God.

One of the most important words about the God in the Bible is as follows: "Luk 18:27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."

This is the basic reason why people pray to the God, expressing their wishes.  The God can perform miracles.  So, people often pray to the God, asking Him to make their wishes come true.  Indeed, if we admit that the God exists but think that He is indifferent about us or He never cares about us, who would pray to, revere, or love the God?

But the history shows a difficult fact.  Millions of Jewish people were killed in WWII.  They all must have prayed to the God, asking help and salvation.  But miracles did not happen.  The God did not interfere with the tragedy of Jewish people in WWII.  However, Judaism was not abolished by Jewish people after WWII.  Jewish people who survived WWII must have asked the God why He had not immediately saved them in the Holocaust.  And, it has not been publicly announced what answer they got from the God, but Jewish people has not yet abandoned their faith in the God.

It means that Jewish people must at least feel that the God is right and they have to accept the fact of the Holocaust.  For example, when the Western Roman Empire collapsed in the late 5th century, Jewish people did not start to come back to Jerusalem.  For almost 1500 years after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, no movement occurred for Jewish people to return to Jerusalem, which must have displeased the God who gave the area around Jerusalem to ancestors of Jewish people.  It must have been taken as a great blasphemy.

It may be hard to think that way, but with this assumption, we may calculate that deaths of 6 million Jewish people were corresponding to this 1500-year blasphemy in the ratio of 4000 deaths per year.  In other word, the God wanted 4000 Jewish people per year to return to Jerusalem after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire.  Indeed, the God in the Old Testament is stern and severe.  Besides, the God is the lord of the mankind represented by Jewish people.  But if Jewish people had neglected the wish of the God that Jewish people should come back and live around Jerusalem as soon as possible after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, it is no wonder that the God assigned a special fate to Jewish people.

Like in the case of the Holocaust, we might not expect that the God listens to us and makes our wish come true while we are not 100% obedient to the God.

However, Christ Jesus said: Luk 17:6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
Luk 17:7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?
Luk 17:8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?
Luk 17:9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.  

So, if we do not observe the word of God and follow the teaching of the God 100% or so, we cannot expect the God listens to our prayers and accepts our wish to perform a miracle for making our wish come true.  The God can assign any fate to any individual because He is the lord of the mankind.  And, the God can repay or remunerate any individual, if necessary, after his/her death by accepting him or her in Heaven. 

However, it seems that only the God can measure the degree of our faith in God.  If we have just 10% or 20% of required faith, how can we request or demand God to fulfill our wish? 

Finally, we have to believe in existence of the God, learn and perform honestly the word of the God, and then we may ask the God to make our wish come true.


   

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Luk 11:28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
Luk 11:29 And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.
Luk 11:30 For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

"But if ye do not forgive" - Because the God Exists



Tokyo

Because the God Exists

The most reliable proof that the God exists seems to be words of Christ Jesus.

If you deny existence of the God, you have to deny Christ Jesus.  Then, logically you have to deny Christianity.  Finally, you have to admit that Western civilization based on Christianity has a critical defect.  And it also means that billions of Christians who have died in these 2000 years believing in Heaven have been duped by Christ Jesus.

Christ Jesus said that the God had sent Him to this world.  And, if we believed in Christ Jesus and the God, we should be given eternal life.  But if there is no God, all these words of Christ Jesus is nonsense.

We have to admit that Christ Jesus is the greatest man in the human history, who built the great religion Christianity.  But if we deny existence of the God, we have to regard Christ Jesus as a liar and a swindler.  And the Bible is a book of nonsense.

But if we admit that Christ Jesus is the wisest man in the history or wiser than ourselves, how can we deny his teaching that the God exists as the father of human beings?

So we have to admit that the God exists as we have to believe in Christ Jesus.  And we have to regard the God as our farther in Heaven and the lord of human beings.  And we have to believe that the God can give us eternal life under the condition that we follow His words, even if we die physically in this world.

But, Christ Jesus did not explain why the God existed.  And, as the God exists, human beings also exist.  Yet, we cannot believe that the God exists so that human beings can exist.  One of the deepest questions in this universe must be why the God exists.

At least, we should understand that this universe does not exist and the mankind does not exist without existence of the God.  Because the God exists, everything that exists can exist.


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M'r:11:25: And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
M'r:11:26: But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
M'r:11:27: And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,
M'r:11:28: And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?

Monday, November 25, 2019

"I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth" - God or Satan (money)?



Around Tokyo

God or Satan (money)?

Does the God exist?  Most of people think that the God exists.  But only a few people ever saw the God, got glimpse of a shadow of Him, and heard His words.

Without the belief on existence of the God, none can believe Judaism, Christianity, or Islam.  Every serious religion depends on existence of the God.  But how can people prove the existence of the God?  Many scholars, professors, authors, theologians, philosophers, religious professionals, etc. have tried to prove the existence of the God, but none could ever present the God before people.  Even Christ Jesus did not show the God to people, although some people have believed that He Himself is the God.

It might mean that human beings have no ability to see the God.  Or human beings cannot understand the shape of the God while they are seeing the God.  Otherwise, human beings have wrong images or concepts of the God.

From the beginning, the most important reason that the God is important to human beings is that they believe that the God can save them in hardships.  Even if they think that the God might exist with almightiness but they know that the God never minds them and never helps them in predicaments, who would respect, revere or pray to the God?

Next, all the holy books of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam say that the God exists.  Therefore, human beings should believe that the God exists.  Even if you deny the existence of the God, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam would continue to survive based on their belief that the God exists.  And it is apparent that you are not wiser than any present and past clever believers of these religions.  It means that one fool claims that the God must not exist while wiser Judaists, Christians, Muslims, etc. believe that the God exists.

Put simply, the God exists because Christ Jesus believed in existence of the God.  And, according to Christ Jesus, people are obliged to love the God, which means that people should not deny existence of the God.

If people believe in existence of the God, He never gives money to His believers while Satan would provide money for those who sell their souls to Satan.

However, Christ Jesus said that those who believe in the God and observe His words would be surely given eternal life.  This teaching seems very reasonable, since the God is almighty.

So, people should deny the God, follow Satan, earn money, and go to the hell, or believe in existence of the God, observe the teachings of the God, and are given eternal life.

However, human bodies should die someday; yet their souls must survive their physical deaths and could be saved, if they had faith in the God, and allowed to enter Heaven with eternal life.

The point at issue is which do you love more the God or Satan (money)?

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M't:11:25: At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
M't:11:26: Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
M't:11:27: All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

Friday, November 22, 2019

"It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon" - Existence of God as a Matter of Course




Tokyo viewed from Mt. Takao

Existence of God as a Matter of Course

It is said that "The existence of God is a subject of debate in the philosophy of religion and popular culture (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Existence_of_God)."

However, Christ Jesus did not prove that the God existed although He did not deny the existence of Satan.

From the beginning, if the God should exist but He did not have any relations with the human beings, there would be no use for the God for human beings.  Even if the God had created this universe and the human beings but had no interest in the human beings and was indifferent about the human beings, it would be useless for men to think about the God and pray to Him.

But if the God was in the position where He would be called the father in Heaven of the human beings, as Christ Jesus mentioned, the God must have the significant meaning for the human beings.

In this context, the following words of Christ Jesus should be reviewed:
Joh:5:24: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. 
If we believe in the Gospel ad Christ Jesus, He was sent to this world by the God.  And if we believe the word of Christ Jesus, we will be given everlasting life and can avoid condemnation.  Finally, we will be lifted up from the world of death to life.

If this teaching is true, everybody who is not brainwashed and controlled by Satan would believe in Christ Jesus.  And, everybody will believe existence of the God beyond any arguments or theories that deny existence of God.

In other word, if one believes in Christ Jesus, he or she will not doubt existence of the God.

Put simply, we may say that the proof of existence of God is that Christ Jesus, who is the greatest man in the human history, took existence of the God as a matter of course.

Conversely, if one denies Christ Jesus who claimed that He was the Son of the God, nobody else, including Satan, never promises eternal life.  Satan might promise people rich and successful lives only if they follow Satan, but those who follow Satan should surely finally fall into the hell, according the Bible.

Poor men who have nothing to protect themselves with would surely believe in Christ Jesus.  But rich men who have money, social status, and many other things to protect themselves with would not find a need to follow Christ Jesus, believe His words, and love the poor like Christ Jesus.   

From another point of view, when one is in a crisis and danger without any means to cope with it, it is natural that he or she asks help from the God.

In this case, one thinks that the God can change a situation and execute a miracle to save a man.  And, based on the fact that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have survived up to today, we may say that there were many cases where the God had changed situations and executed miracles in the human history to save people.

Without many such untold cases, Christianity must have faded away at a certain past point in history.

Finally, we have to believe existence of the God, since Christ Jesus, the greatest man in history, took it as a matter of course.


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M't:11:21: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
M't:11:22: But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.
M't:11:23: And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
M't:11:24: But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

"When a strong man armed keepeth his palace" - Where Faith is Tested



Tokyo

Where Faith is Tested

It is said in the Bible that nothing is impossible with the God.

However, it is not said in the Bible that God would immediately make those who believe in him materially rich and happy.  It is also not said that whoever believes existence of God will be allowed to enter Heaven only for his or her recognition.

But Christ Jesus said:
M't:5:3: Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
M't:5:4: Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
M't:5:5: Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
M't:5:6: Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
This teaching means that those who are materially rich, happy, strong, or evil are not loved by the God regardless of their belief in existence of God.

When a man is poor, unhappy, weak, or righteous, he cannot rely on money, other people, and worldly custom or law.  But the God should take care of him, according to Christ Jesus.  If this teaching of Christ Jesus is false, Christianity must have been forgotten at any point of time in these 2000 years.   If people will think that the God never saves those who are poor, unhappy, or righteous, Christianity should be forgotten.

However, even rich, happy, strong, and evil people sometimes wanted good luck and support from spirits (or even from Satan), since nobody can completely control his or her own fate.  From the beginning, nobody can decide when, where, and how he or she would be born into this world.  At the bottom of their hearts, even rich people know they are powerless against their fates.

But it seems that with power of money, most of worldly troubles could be fixed and most of material desires could be satisfied.  So, everybody wants money.

However, it is well recognized that with power of the God, spiritual troubles could be fixed and mental desires could be satisfied.  So, Christianity has survived.

Money cannot completely fix a problem.  Money is accompanied by selfishness, hatred, ignorance, falsehood, fear, cruelty, and evil.  And rich people would rather make others poor and unhappy for them to be rich.

Poor and weak people who cannot ask help from others or have no means to save themselves while being victimized by rich people would pray to the God and call His name for His help, if they know that the God loves such people.  They would rather ask help from the God even if they are not sure about existence of God.

If experiences in the human history proved that there is no God, there is no meaning in asking help from the God and it is useless to have faith in God.  And if nobody had ever been saved by the God, Christianity should have been lost in these 2000 years.

Rather, it is thought that many believers in the God have been saved from their predicaments and hardships in these 2000 years.  There must have been many such cases in the history, but most of them must have been untold, since these were mostly personal.

I this cruel world, those who are poor, weak, and handicapped are powerless and easily victimized by those who are rich, strong, and fortunate.  As they are so poor, weak, and powerless, they often have nothing but the God to ask help from.  And, in these 2000 years, there must have been many cases where those poor, weak, and handicapped people were saved spiritually with some necessary material help by the God, which shows that there is nothing impossible with the God.

But witness for these cases is usually not so widely announced.  People would say that they have been saved as they had good fortune, but would not say often that they have been saved as the God helped them.

Probably, if they admitted that the God had saved them, they should think that they are obliged to always and fully observe the teaching of the God, which they cannot do.  And if they cannot show full obedience and gratitude to the God, people around them might blame them.  Therefor, even if they understood that they had been saved by the God rather than power of money would not loudly talk about their cases.  They might say that they were fortunate and lucky.  And they may try to believe that their riddance of hardships was due to good luck but not due to help from the God.

What is more, help from the God might not come while poor, weak, and handicapped people are living in this world, although Christ Jesus assured that they would be welcomed in Heaven.  This is a crucial point where faith is tested.  If a poor, weak, or handicapped man believes in God and Heaven, he or she would be finally saved in Heaven after his or her living in this world.  Based on this conviction, Christianity has survived in these 2000 years.

Conversely, the fact that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have survived up to today is itself a proof of existence of the God.


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Lu:11:20: But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.
Lu:11:21: When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:
Lu:11:22: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.
Lu:11:23: He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

"And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary" - The Highest Spiritual Event in 1273





Around Tokyo


The Highest Spiritual Event in 1273

Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225–1274) wrote a great book to try to present his theory on the God and Christianity.
It consists of three parts. Part I treats of God, who is the "first cause, himself uncaused" (primum movens immobile) and as such existent only in act (actu) – that is, pure actuality without potentiality, and therefore without corporeality. His essence is actus purus et perfectus. This follows from the fivefold proof for the existence of God; namely, there must be a first mover, unmoved, a first cause in the chain of causes, an absolutely necessary being, an absolutely perfect being, and a rational designer. In this connection the thoughts of the unity, infinity, unchangeability, and goodness of the highest being are deduced. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summa_Theologica)
However, he abandoned the effort to further elaborate his theory as he met the God spiritually:
It is traditionally held that on one occasion, in 1273 at the Dominican convent of Naples in the chapel of Saint Nicholas, after Matins, Thomas lingered and was seen by the sacristan Domenic of Caserta to be levitating in prayer with tears before an icon of the crucified Christ. Christ said to Thomas, "You have written well of me, Thomas. What reward would you have for your labor?" Thomas responded, "Nothing but you, Lord."After this exchange something happened, but Thomas never spoke of it or wrote it down....
 On 6 December 1273, another mystical experience took place. While he was celebrating Mass, he experienced an unusually long ecstasy. Because of what he saw, he abandoned his routine and refused to dictate to his socius Reginald of Piperno. When Reginald begged him to get back to work, Thomas replied: "Reginald, I cannot, because all that I have written seems like straw to me" (mihi videtur ut palea). As a result, the Summa Theologica would remain uncompleted. What exactly triggered Thomas's change in behavior is believed by Catholics to have been some kind of supernatural experience of God. After taking to his bed, he did recover some strength.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Aquinas)
The God acknowledged Aquinas' effort and accepted Aquinas' wish to see the God.  However, in the wake of this communication with the God, Aquinas realized that what he had written about God had no value and thus abandoned his further efforts, although he did not deny his own work.

There can be infinite ways of describing the God.  But the God must be above those descriptions.  For example, even if there had been a primitive human being in Africa who though about future of human beings 3 million years ago, he must have stopped wondering about and dreaming of future any more if he had been allowed to glimpse the world of today in the 21st century as he got shocked so much.  Like such a human being, Aquinas must have been shocked to see infinite aspects of the God.   

Besides, Christ Jesus simply told His Disciples to call the God the Father in Heaven, while He did not teach them any theories, including those considered by Aquinas, about the God.

It is thought that whoever does not faithfully follow and observe the words and teachings of the God is not allowed to glimpse any aspect of the God.  In other word, those who do not believe in the God cannot see any piece of truth about the God, since they are not allowed to enter Heaven.

Anyway, it seems that the mankind spiritually climbed the highest position in 1273 after the first century when the Gospels were established.


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Joh 11:17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.
Joh 11:18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:
Joh 11:19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
Joh 11:20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.
Joh 11:21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
Joh 11:22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
Joh 11:23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

Monday, November 18, 2019

"If Satan also be divided against himself" - Whosoever shall Call on the Name of the Lord




Tokyo Bay

Whosoever shall Call on the Name of the Lord

On the TV display screens and smart phone screens, every picture is displayed.  These pictures and images displayed on these screens are coming from TV stations or internet-linked servers through the air in the form of electromagnetic waves.

In other word, those pictures and images/sounds provided on these screens are flying in the air, but we need a TV set or a smartphone to see pictures and images or listen to voices and sounds. 

Just like that, spiritual images and sounds must be flying in the space, but we need a special tool to capture these signals and reproduce them as images and sounds.  And this tool must be our brains.  If we don't have TV sets or smartphones, we cannot capture visual/audio signals and thus we cannot see or hear anything from signals flying in the air in the form of electromagnetic waves.

But as we have brains, we can capture spiritual signals flying in the space, as depicted in the Gospels.  But it is also true that we cannot necessarily see spiritual images and hear spiritual voices anywhere in any circumstances at any time.  What are the conditions required for us to see images and voices coming from the spiritual world?

In the Gospels, there are some scenes where Christ Jesus, His Apostles, followers, etc.  see spiritual images and hear spiritual voices.  Even there are passages depicting behaviors of Satan that is spiritual.

Religious people such as monks, priests, bishops, etc. train themselves through meditation, practice of prayers, hard studies and labors, etc.  They prepare themselves so that they can see spiritual images and hear spiritual voices.

However, the God can allow, at His will, anybody whom He thinks to be appropriate to see spiritual visions and hear spiritual voices.  However, if we have prepared ourselves to be suitable for receiving spiritual images and voices, the possibility that we are allowed to receive spiritual signals must be high.  Therefore, the more priests, monks, bishops, etc. want to receive these spiritual signals, the more they will train themselves.

As we can see any bad or indecent pictures and images on the TV or smartphone screens, any evil spiritual signals originated by Satan in the hell may be also received by trained priests, monks, bishops, etc.  If their spiritual training was not sufficient, they would be confused and put into a danger of losing sanity.

In case that ordinary people without necessary experiences of training can receive spiritual signals, most of them should go mad.  In this context, we are safe as we are separated from the spiritual world. 

Only prayers to the God seem to be a safe way for ordinary people to communicate with the spiritual world.
Act 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:
Act 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.



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Luk 11:16 And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.
Luk 11:17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.
Luk 11:18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.
Luk 11:19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.
Luk 11:20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

"Let us also go, that we may die with him" - Worry about the End of the World



Mt. Fuji from around Tokyo

Worry about the End of the World

One of the most important parts of the Bible is as follows:
M'r:13:2: And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
M'r:13:3: And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,
M'r:13:4: Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?
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M'r:13:19: For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
M'r:13:20: And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
M'r:13:21: And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
M'r:13:22: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
So, Christ Jesus clearly predicted that a great tragedy would come to this world and there would be great confusions and turmoils.

Even without this prediction, it is natural to consider that any civilization would come to its end someday.  The civilization that has continued for 2000 years since the era of the Roman Empire, through some twists and turns, should also end some day.

Nonetheless, these said passages are grave, since they include the expression "such as was not from the beginning of the creation."  And the world has not yet experienced a tragedy of this scale, which means that the mankind is still destined to face a great tragedy that has not occurred since the start of the human civilization.

Some people had thought that it should come around the beginning of 2000 or 2001, although the 21st century started without a fatal crisis on the mankind.  And, people in the world have gradually started to forget about this prediction by Christ Jesus.  They may think that "It may come, but in the 22nd century or 99th century, who can know it?"

But who has confidence that our civilization can continue through the 22nd century or 99th century?  Yet, who would mind if the end of the world should come after his or her death?

Put plainly, this issue of the end of the world or civilization can be seriously treated only by those with faith in the God and Christ Jesus.  Ordinary people (especially rich people) who earn money and enjoy their lives fully drinking and eating would not mind if anything happens to the world after their death.  For them, if the human civilization collapses after their death, it means nothing.  But people with faith cannot bear the idea that they are part of failed civilization doomed to collapse someday.  And if they are members of such a civilization, how can they be loved by the God?  So, it is a grave issue for believers.

To worry about the end of the world must be a proof that he or she has faith.
 

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Joh:11:14: Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
Joh:11:15: And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.
Joh:11:16: Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.
Joh:11:17: Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

"Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee" - Righteous Men are Attacked and Tempted by Satan



Moon, Mt.Fuji, and Tokyo

Righteous Men are Attacked and Tempted by Satan

The Gospels by Mark, Matthew, and Luke depicted the temptation of Christ Jesus by Satan in the wilderness:

Mark:
M'r:1:12: And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.
M'r:1:13: And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.
Matthew:
M't:4:1: Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
M't:4:2: And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
M't:4:3: And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
M't:4:4: But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
M't:4:5: Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
M't:4:6: And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
M't:4:7: Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
M't:4:8: Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
M't:4:9: And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
M't:4:10: Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
M't:4:11: Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Luke:
Lu:4:1: And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
Lu:4:2: Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
Lu:4:3: And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.
Lu:4:4: And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
Lu:4:5: And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
Lu:4:6: And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
Lu:4:7: If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
Lu:4:8: And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Lu:4:9: And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:
Lu:4:10: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:
Lu:4:11: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Lu:4:12: And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Lu:4:13: And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

So, we should not dismiss this episode simply as a fiction in the Bible.

It should at least symbolize the battle between evil one and holy one.  Satan hates goodness and holiness.  And those who pursue goodness and holiness are attacked by Satan.

This is a phenomenon commonly observed in the human world.  Good men who always act as servants of God cannot be hired by companies.  Righteous men  who always try to follow the words of God and Christ Jesus cannot be accepted by a society.  Men always try to practice justice and love to God and neighbors cannot earn money.

In other words, Satan try to suppress those good men and tempt them with money, worldly prosperity and success, and illusions to make a conquest of the world.

The more one loves God and Christ Jesus, the more he or she is attacked and tempted by Satan.

So, Christ Jesus must have been really attacked and attempted by Satan.  These passages must be those of the most important episodes in the Gospels. 

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M'r:11:13: And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
M'r:11:14: And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
M'r:11:15: And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
M'r:11:16: And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

"For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John" - Wealth without Restriction of Christianity



 The Tokyo Station


Wealth without Restriction of Christianity

It is after the era of the Christian Crusade that Europe under control of the Vatican started to separate faith from the rational mind.  It is mainly because Europeans re-discovered the Aristotelian philosophy in the Islamic regions where they had marched to fight Muslims and save Jerusalem from Islamic camps.

So, in the middle of the 12th century, scholasticism was introduced into Europe, and Europeans started to think about difference between faith and reason, thus splitting philosophy from theology, although making efforts to harmonize the Aristotelian metaphysics and Christian revealed theology.  This trend was further accelerated by Martin Luther and the like emphasizing faith over philosophy.  And further, on this extension, the common features of Christianity of America of today were established.

Put simply, today Americans think that religious conviction is above any human reason, philosophy, and thoughts.  In other word, they are ready to accept any miracles and religious manifestations.  However, it also means that they tend to think that any worldly things have no influence on spiritual matters.  Therefore, American rich men do not rebel against Christianity and any other religions.  But this situations are, probably, wanted by Satan who wants people to forget about the words of God and Christ Jesus. 

What is worse, in China without this kind of Christian traditions, modern wealth realized by Western technology are being generated, pursued, and abused, threatening global peace.

In any way, there are 2000-year long Christian traditions on how to think, take, and handle the worldly matters and religious or spiritual matters.  And based on these traditions, the Western civilization of today has been established.  Europeans and Americans pursue material wealth without harming their religious convictions, but they know the limit of worldly wealth as they cannot forget that Christian truth exists over worldly wealth.

In this context, China is dangerous too boldly pursuing worldly wealth without restriction of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.  So, a sound Christian mind is necessary to rationally face, judge, and assess the economic rise of China. 



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Mat 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
Mat 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
Mat 11:14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
Mat 11:15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

"if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?" - Until the Year 2033 has Passed



Fukushima Prefecture, Japan


Until the Year 2033 has Passed

On January 1, 2000 and 2001, the world was not destroyed as it went on as it had been, although the end of the world around the end of the 2000th year or the start of the 2001st year after the first emergence of Christ Jesus was a common implicit issue for everybody in the world.

However, it was around AD 30/33 that Christ Jesus left this world after the Crucifixion, Resurrection. and Ascension to Heaven.  So, we had better continue to be alerted until 2030 or 2033.  In this case, we must see extraordinary things from 2000 or 2001 to 2030 or 2033 even if we cannot fully accept the theory of the coming of the end of the world around the end of the 2000th year after the first emergence of Christ Jesus.

In 2001, the 9/11 Terror occurred to change the political climate of the U.S. and the world.  Around 2008, a big financial crisis occurred spreading from Wall Street to the global financial market.  Between 2009 to 2017, a first African-American president presided over the United State.  In 2011, a great earthquake and tsunami occurred in Japan with incidental Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, shocking the world.  In 2016, a very unique president, Trump, was elected and took office in the White House, starting a trade war with China.  In 2019, the UK is still struggling to realize Brexit while changing its prime minister from May to Johnson.  Meanwhile, in 2013, Benedict XVI stepped down from the top seat of the Vatican while being alive.  And the convulsion in Muslim states in the Middle East to the South Asia has continued.

So, we had better be on alert, at least, until the year 2033 has passed.




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Luk 11:11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
Luk 11:12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
Luk 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?