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“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
1) God first loves the world and the world is loved by God.
2) God gives his son and the world receives him.
3) There must be God’s initiative for the world in that the direction is from God to the world: Godthe world.
4) Then, the world returns to God its response (belief) and God receives it: The worldGod.
5) In this logic, we can see mutual relationship (connection): Godthe world.
6) This mutual relation makes it possible to have eternal life.
7) If this mutual relation is broken, eternal life cannot be given. There must be only perishing.

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Google and Santa

Google deprived Eunyou of a fantasy of the Santa Claus. She researched at Google: “Is Santa real?” Google answered, “No.” She said to me and my wife: “Google said, Santa is not real.” I could not say the untruth any more. She was sad and cried, “Then, who gave me presents every year, and why did you not tell me the truth?” I told, “Eunyou, that’s life. You’ll understand later.” Am I right or not?

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what is justice?

What is justice? Justice means to give peace or to settle any injustice where there is suffering or injustice. However, justice without love would cause another suffering or injustice. Justice is not to pierce but to embrace. Thus justice must get along with love.

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“No small art is it to sleep: it is necessary for that purpose
to keep awake all day.
Ten times a day must thou overcome thyself: that causeth
wholesome weariness, and is poppy to the soul.
Ten times must thou reconcile again with thyself; for
overcoming is bitterness, and badly sleep the unreconciled.
Ten truths must thou find during the day; otherwise
wilt thou seek truth during the night, and thy soul will
have been hungry.
Ten times must thou laugh during the day, and be cheerful;
otherwise thy stomach, the father of affliction, will
disturb thee in the night.” (Nietzsche, “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”)

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“Thou great star! What would be thy happiness if thou hadst not those for whom thou shinest!…. I would fain bestow and distribute…. Therefore must I descend into the deep…. Like thee must I go down, as men say, to whom I shall descend.” Like Zarathustra’s decision and action, we must go down into the concrete life. When Zarathustra went down the mountain, he met an old man. Their conversation was similar to that of between a progressive theist and a classicial theist, since the old man said, “Now I love God: men, I do not love. Man is a thing too imperfect for me. Love to man would be fatal to me…. I make hymns and sing them; and in making hymns I laugh and weep and mumble: thus do I praise God.” After hearing this, Zarathustra left him and said to his heart: “Could it be possible! This old saint in the forest hath not yet heard of it, that God (of classical theism: mine) is dead!” (Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra)

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“O MY BRETHREN! With whom lieth the greatest danger to the whole human future? Is it not with the good and just?… O my brethren, into the hearts of the good and just looked some one once on a time, who said: “They are the Pharisees.” But people did not understand him…. The good must crucify him who deviseth his own virtue! That is the truth!… They crucify him who writeth new values on new tables, they sacrifice unto themselves the future—they crucify the whole human future!” (Nietzsche, “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”).

Nietzsche’s saying gives us an insight that since classical theism in a sense has been crucifying theological discourses which attempt to give theological answers to the contemporary issues and to write new values on the new theological tables, it must crucify the future of theology.

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Life is the endless process of coming and going: from a father’s body to a mother’s womb, from a mother’s womb to the world, and from the world to another world. Here a subject in a father’s body includes genealogy of all generations from the beginning. We know where we are from, but we do not know where we are going. Whereas “where we are from” is a sphere of fact, “where we are going” is that of faith or conviction. Does a subject in a father’s body know where s/he is going? Does a subject in a mother’s womb know where s/he is going? Does a subject in the world know where s/he is going? A subject in the world finally knows the process from a father’s body through a mother’s womb to the world. This must be a fact. However, does this process consist only of fact? Can a subject in a father’s body not have a faith that s/he is going to a mother’s womb? Can a subject in a mother’s womb not have a faith that s/he will go to the world? Some people have faith that they will go to the other world. Is this just faith? Is this not including fact, although we cannot know?

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