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While memorizing Daniel 3:17, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king,” my daughter, who is always my theological partner because she has been asking me very important questions about God, asks me, “If I am really in the blazing furnace, will Jesus still save me?” What should I answer, Yes or No? If I say “Yes” and what if she acts as it is written, what will happen? We know that. If I say “No,” am I really a Christian? It denies God’s power and ability. What should I teach to a second grade student who really believes in God’s omnipotence?

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Tears of Joy

Blessed are those who make others shed tears of joy; they will be pleased by God.

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While playing piano, I thought about God who is tuning and playing the world. For God, the world is not outside of God. When God’s dipolar aspects, i.e., left hand and right hand play the piano, which is the world, it is meaningless to make a clear distinction between immanence and transcendence, but rather when two hands cross over each other, there will be harmony between God and the world, so that diverse phenomena of the world are themselves the ensemble of God and the world.

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Justice, judgment, and criticism without love are nothing. Although the objects do those things for us, any kind of our response without love is meaningless.

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If the Bible is the God’s love letters for us, traditional doctrines of God are like the love letters for God of early church members, i.e., believers. After early church members died, when their descendants of belief read the two (more) love letters, their feeling is different from that of the early church believers. They need new interpretations based on the original love letters. New interpretations from generation to generation are needed.
It is like this. When we read our parents’ love letters, not only the love letters show us parents’ love, feeling, and life for each other, but we also need new interpretations which are different from their feelings.

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“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.” by Martin Luther King Jr.
If I paraphrase this expression with evil, I can put it as this: true evil is not merely the privation of good: it is the presence of injustice.

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