□Part1: The Declaration of the Annihilation of Original Sin
Chapter I : Revelations from Jesus
Chapter II : The Declaration of the Annihilation of Original Sin
Chapter III : Rebirth of Christianity and the Second Coming of Jesus
Chapter IV : Christianity as a religion
□Part 2 : From the dualism of good and evil to Monism
Chapter V : Ancient history and the liberation of the human spirit
Chapter VI : The birth of Jesus and the intelligent life forms who were related to the earth
Chapter VII : The last chapter by Jesus
Chapter VIII : Conclusion
As a non-Christian, it began with a simple question about Christianity.
The New Testament was compiled some 300 years after the death of Jesus, by the Roman Emperor Constantine, at the Second Council of Nicaea (325 A.D.) and at several subsequent councils.
How much of Jesus' purpose is reflected in it? How much of it can we believe? And does the heavenly Jesus approve of it? This was the question I put directly to Jesus.
As it turned out, my question was an important one even in heaven, and Jesus answered it directly, and then the unthinkable story began to unfold, and I have made a sincere effort give an account of it. Therefore, I have been able to consolidate it in this book under the instruction of Jesus.
I have written this book, "Modern Revelation", as a record of the sequence of revelations I received.
It is a compilation of the history of the last few thousand years, carefully unravelling the complex and twisted relationship between 'human action' and 'divine guidance' primarily in the Middle East and the West. Once you come to understand the correct sequence, it will feel like a great weight lifted off your shoulders and will hopefully make you utter, "Ah! I finally understand what it was all about!"
This book is very different from my previous ones in that it is structured around a particularly revelatory component.
And since the main part of this book is based on a series of revelations, I am fully aware and remain alert to the fact that "the part of myself who is writing this book is not doing so using my own ideas. And, of course, I try to keep "my thoughts" separate from the revelations.
This book revolves around the revelation part, which is why I have chosen to treat it as a "Revelation".
"Revelation" is a description in my own words of what the "being who was giving me these revelations" projected into the structure of my consciousness, using my own knowledge and experiences as material.
So, when I was engaged in the work of recording these accounts, I was completely in that mindset, therefore the above explanation is also a warning to myself.
I'll give you a brief explanation of my stance.
In my lifelong search for the universal truth, I was guided by the Divine Spirit to practice and attain the universal truth. I have written in detail about my experiences of awakening in my books, "Self-discovery" (Kembunsha) and "Human Redo" (Kembunsha).
Towards the end of my spiritual practice, I found my own experience of awakening expressed in the Heart Sutra. Of course, the universal truth is not something that I have a monopoly on, but is a truth that everyone can reach, and that is why it should be understood as a universal truth.
By projecting my experiences onto the Heart Sutra, I succeeded in deciphering it. There I found the universal truth of "the universe, human beings, and their relationship" beautifully explained. The roots of my stance stem from here.
For me, the practical experience of my spiritual practices is the very "universal truth" that I have acquired, but since I do not have the space to explain it all here, those who wish to know more should please read my previous books.
In this book, I refer to the results of those practices as the "universal worldview of the Heart Sutra", because the same thing had already been expressed in the Heart Sutra.
When I came to focus on Christianity from the standpoint of the "awakening" that I had attained, there were some large questions and contradictions which I had left unanswered for about fifty years as important problems to be solved at a later date.
These have finally been resolved and summarized in this book, which has become the Book of "Revelation". And it has brought a sense of closure to those unanswered problems.
Let us delve into this in more detail.
As I continued to cast a sideways glance at the New Testament, I could not quite reconcile the Christian meaning of "the great sacrifice of Jesus by crucifixion" with the universal meaning of the Heart Sutra.
Standing from the "universal worldview of the Heart Sutra", I understood that the idea of "atonement by crucifixion" at the heart of the Christian faith, "could exist as a part of the faith, but could in no way be the essence of faith".
I have had many opportunities to talk about religion with Christians of different denominations, and I have always asked them the following questions as an interesting ice breaker.
Isn’t it impossible to reason, as Christianity teaches, that "the sins of mankind are extinguished by the atonement of Jesus' crucifixion"? If the teaching was merely claiming that "all the sins committed by man before and up to the point of the crucifixion were erased by it", then it would be nominally viable, but if the teaching is that "all sins, including those committed a thousand years in the future, and sins that have not even been committed yet, will all be atoned for, ad infinitum", there is no practical meaning to it. No matter where you research it, Jesus never said anything to that effect. Now, two thousand years after the crucifixion, we have experienced two world wars and have no real sense of redemption.
Furthermore, you all seem to refer to yourselves as the chosen people, but you are not "the people of Israel" that Bible states. How do you explain all this?
Although none of the answers I experienced hearing were memorable, asking them was worthwhile just to get a glimpse into the world the people lived in.
The glimpse into their worldview that I got was very different from my understanding of salvation. And what always impressed me is that they don't seem to have any doubts about the questions raised. And more than anything else, the fact that "it is written in the Bible" was all that was needed for them to believe everything as obedient Christians.
At the end of the conversation, I would play my final card and ask, "So, if aliens were discovered to exist, would Jesus' redemption cover all races, and not only humanity?" At which the person would choke on their answer and become quiet. The conversation would usually end there, but I was always happy to have raised the issue.
My main question is, given that the New Testament was compiled quite arbitrarily in later generations, is it really the message of Jesus? Was Jesus really talking about the "atonement for the sins of mankind? " I have always thought that was written in the Bible was quite unreasonable, and that Christianity, with its strong reliance on it, had lost any shred of universality, leaving it as a self-righteous, exclusive, rather odd and closed-off religion.
Compared to the open-hearted and all-embracing truth of the Heart Sutra, with its emphasis on the "Real Existence", Christianity seemed so narrow-minded and threatening to read that I wondered if it could even be categorized as a religion. And another big question was how can you have peace of mind when you are always caught in the middle of that so-called tension between God and the Satan?
All this has led me to feel that Christianity is full of fundamental contradictions, and I have always put it aside in my mind as an important but unresolved issue.
From the point of view of the universal truths that I had acquired, I saw Jesus as an enlightened man, but I could not get rid of my discomfort with Christianity, which stands for the "great sacrifice of Jesus". I felt that there was a huge gap between the existence of Jesus and Christianity, and I decided that this was the next problem I needed to solve.
This book is written for those who hold an awareness of the aforementioned issues, so if you hold no doubts towards Christianity and Jesus, then the time is not right for you to read it yet. If you do decide to read it, please be resolved to confronting these issues.
There are people around me who believe in Jesus, who regard him as the Lord, but who have doubts about Christianity that came via the Roman Empire. And I suspect there are a lot of them worldwide.