People call them statues , works of art , God calls them graven images, idols, devils.
DOES THIS IDOL KNOW WHAT HAS JUST HAPPENED ? -courtesy CNN.COM
Japan needs to turn to Jesus Christ in repentance of their idol worship.The Bible has prophesied clearly that these judgments of earthquake which are from God are because of sin.This has been proved from the beginning.
BEFORE MAN SINNED= NO SORROW ,NO CURSE, NO EVIL
AFTER MAN SINNED = SORROW = CURSE = EVIL
++ SIN = + + SORROW
The more sin the more sorrow in the world because of the judgments that come to deal with that sin.
THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS IN THE DAYS OF ABOUNDING INIQUITY
Jesus said in these last days there will be plenty of sin as the days will have plenty of sorrow with the fearful judgments coming to the earth but in the midst of it all, the Gospel of Jesus Christ which is faith and repentance will be preached to the ends of the earth.
The second commandment of the ten commandments states :
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
GOD VISITS SIN WITH JUDGMENTS , HE SHOWS MERCY TO THE OBEDIENT ..Just as we do in courtrooms, punish the criminal to give relief to the oppressed.
Let us repent and not be like the people the book of Revelation says that still worshiped idols despite the disasters God is bringing on the earth.
Rev 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
Some may say that the second commandment only applies to Jews but the word of God is clear that the nations that used to live in the land which God gave to Israel, were making idols which angered him to remove them out of the land.
And by the way this just does not go to only Buddhists and Shintoists ;it also applies to Christians in the Western world.
Thought that Western Christians do not have idols , graven images in the countries they reside in ?? Take a look..NO DIFFERENCE FROM THE JAPANESE IDOL ABOVE
IDOL OF LIBERTY IN AMERICA
GRAVEN IMAGES OF PRESIDENTS
Statue (Idol ) of Mary in San Tiago Chile
LET US REPENT IN JESUS CHRIST
How Japan’s religions confront tragedy
By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/14/how-japans-religions-confront-tragedy/?hpt=C1
Proud of their secular society, most Japanese aren’t religious in the way Americans are: They tend not to identify with a single tradition nor study religious texts.
“The average Japanese person doesn’t consciously turn to Buddhism until there’s a funeral,” says Brian Bocking, an expert in Japanese religions at Ireland’s University College Cork.
When there is a funeral, though, Japanese religious engagement tends to be pretty intense.
“A very large number of Japanese people believe that what they do for their ancestors after death matters, which might not be what we expect from a secular society,” says Bocking. “There’s widespread belief in the presence of ancestors’ spirits.”
In the days and weeks ahead, huge numbers of Japanese will be turning to their country’s religious traditions as they mourn the thousands of dead and try to muster the strength and resources to rebuild amid the massive destruction wrought by last Friday’s 9.0 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami.
For most Japanese, religion is more complex than adhering to the country’s ancient Buddhist tradition. They blend Buddhist beliefs and customs with the country’s Shinto tradition, which dates back to the 15th century.
“Japanese are not religious in the way that people in North America are religious,” says John Nelson, chair of theology and religious studies at the University of San Francisco. “They’ll move back and forth between two or more religious traditions, seeing them as tools that are appropriate for certain situations.”
“For things connected to life-affirming events, they’ll turn to Shinto-style rituals or understandings,” Nelson says. “But in connection to tragedy or suffering, it’s Buddhism.”
There are many schools of Japanese Buddhism, each with its own teachings about suffering and what happens after death.
“There are many Buddhist explanations of why calamities happen: from collective karma to seeing calamities as signs of apocalypse,” says Jimmy Yu, an assistant professor of Buddhism and Chinese religions at Florida State University. “And perhaps all of them are irrelevant to what needs to be done.”
Indeed, where Christianity, Judaism or Islam are often preoccupied with causes of disaster – the questions of why God would allow an earthquake, for example – Eastern traditions like Buddhism and Shinto focus on behavior in reaction to tragedy.
“It’s very important in Japanese life to react in a positive way, to be persistent and to clean up in the face of adversity, and their religions would emphasize that,” says University College Cork’s Bocking. “They’ll say we have to develop a powerful, even joyful attitude in the face of adversity.”
Japan’s major religious groups are still developing responses to the disaster, but experts say the impulse toward maintaining a positive outlook will likely translate into calls for Japanese to help friends and neighbors clean up and rebuild.
At the same time, Japan’s Buddhist priests will be preoccupied with rituals surrounding death and burial. Japanese Buddhism is often called funeral Buddhism because of its concern with such rituals.
Despite the Japanese penchant for blending their religious traditions – even with Western traditions like Catholicism – the overwhelming majority are buried according to Buddhist custom: cremation and interment in a family plot.
With many bodies swept away in the tsunami, many Japanese will have to come to terms with having to forego that ritual.
After burial, Japanese typically continue to practice rituals around caring for the spirits of the deceased. Most Japanese keep Buddhist altars in their homes, Nelson says, using them to pay tribute to dead ancestors.
“In the days ahead, you’ll see people praying, with hands folded, for the spirits of those killed,” he says. “It goes back to a really early understanding of human spirits and rituals designed to control those spirits, which can take 49 days or, depending on the type of Buddhism, could go on for up to seven years.”
One popular school of Japanese Buddhism, called Amida – or Pure Land – believes in a paradise that spirits of the dead can enter with help from living relatives.
Despite what is likely to be a mass embrace of Buddhist rituals after the earthquake, there may also be some grievances expressed over those traditions.
Many young Japanese have left Buddhism, accusing priests of profiting from grief because of their paid roles in burials. Critics say the priests spend money from funerals on temples without playing a broader role in society.
“The earthquake is an opportunity for Buddhist priests to step up and show they are still relevant,” says Nelson. “Young people just aren’t buying it anymore.”