Review：The baptism of the Holy Spirit (The Lord is come!)
【Review】He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.(Luke20:38)
The God of the living
Jesus went to the temple and debated with clergy and Herodians almost every day until his crucifixion after he had marched into Jerusalem as the King of Israel riding a donkey colt and leading the masses and expelled merchants in the temple on Sunday, the 10th of Ni-San.
He had dialogues with the Pharisees, Herodians and the Sadducees on Monday, the 11th of Ni-San and again with the Pharisees on Tuesday, the 12th of Ni-San, gave the last sermon to the crowds and his disciples in the temple and prophesied the end of the age on Wednesday, the 13th of Ni-San. (The Origin of Christianity P.41)
At that time, Jesus said to the Sadducees, who alleged there is no resurrection, "He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive."(Luke20:38) Indeed, God is beyond the four dimensions, time and space, that is, neither life nor death nor metempsychosis. In other words, if you want to see, hear and communicate to God, you have to be beyond the four dimensions, too. Then you will get eternal life.
By the way, while we may hear the singing voices, "Joy to the world, the Lord is come!" from chapels here and there at the Christmas soo to come, a present perfect tense is used for the phrase of "the Lord is come!" Indeed one, who has already obtained eternal life, is always with God.
A UN Security Council vote to end Israeli occupation is scheduled?!
Jordan formally submitted to the 15-member United Nations Security Council on the 17th of December the Palestinian-drafted draft resolution calling for peace between Israel and the Palestinians within one year and an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank by the end of 2017. It could be put to a vote as soon as 24 hours later, but it does not guarantee it will happen. Some drafts formally submitted have never been voted.
Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat told reporters at a briefing in Bethlehem on the 9th of December that he hoped the vote would take place before Christmas Eve, December 24, and addressed the possible American veto, saying that – under such circumstances – the Palestinians would seek membership in 122 UN agencies and international conventions, and would sign the treaty enabling it to join the International Criminal Court at The Hague. At that time, Mr. Erekat said, "Anyone who imposes a veto is aiding Israel," adding "The world must decide who it is siding with – those who want peace or those trying to destroy the peace."
The resolution largely adopts principles of the French draft
Prior to this, France, in coordination with Britain and Germany, also laid out an alternative and more complex draft, setting a two-year deadline for reaching a permanent agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, and presenting a list of principles according to which this arrangement can be reached. One of these principles stated that the borders of the Palestinian state must be based on the 1967 lines with land swaps and that Jerusalem must be the capital city of both states. The resolution submitted by Jordan seems to have largely adopted these principles of the French draft.
U.S. Secretary rushs to meet with PM Netanyahu
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Rome on the 15th of December for an urgent meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. At that time, a senior Israeli official said that Kerry, who was interested in hearing Netanyahu's position on both the Palestinian draft as well as the more complicated European draft, initiated the meeting in Rome. The talks lasted for a few hours.
According to the reports, Netanyahu fiercely opposes any initiatives related to the Palestinians at the UN Security Council, but he lacks an alternate strategy. Netanyahu is demanding that the Americans veto any measure that requires a vote – but that veto is far from certain, considering the prime minister's soured ties with President Obama.
The pressure the White House has waged on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas not to turn to the UN has failed to bear fruit. However, the American administration wants to avoid vetoing a resolution regarding the Palestinians at all costs, due to fears it would harm the coalition with moderate Arab states in fighting the Islamic State (ISIS).
However, US Secretary of State John Kerry and US officials had hinted throughout the week that they were unlikely to support a resolution that set such a timetable and attempted to unilaterally impose a solution, as opposed to a resolution that supported a negotiated process. US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki on the 18th of December said, “We have seen the draft. It is not something we would support.”
EU Parliament backs Palestine statehood 'in principle'
The other hand, the European Parliament on the 17th of December overwhelming voted to back the recognition of a Palestinian state "in principle". Lawmakers approved the motion - a watered down version of the original motion which urged member states to recognise a Palestinian state unconditionally - by 498 votes to 88, with 111 abstentions. The motion said the parliament "supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced".
Abbas expresses his retirement
Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, 79, told an Egyptian TV station that he had no intention to seek reelection, saying “I will get relax if I stay away from the presidency. But I can’t stay away from the Palestinian cause.”
The Palestinian proposal for the UN Security Council vote is the most difficult Genjo-Koan (Subjects which Zen masters give their students in the meditation hall are called 'Kosoku-koan' and the current problems faced by the people in the real world are called 'Genjo-koan') that Mr. Abbas, who had decided to retire, gave the world to resolve. Koan, especially Genjo-Koan, will be just as if one swallow a red-hot iron ball, which he cannot spit out even if he tries and may lose his life. However if it successfully goes through his throat, he can be born of the Spirit. In other words, he will be baptized with the Holy Spirit and obtain eternal life.
What is needed now is political will and courage: UN Secretary-General Ban
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon too announced a following message, as early as on the 3rd of December 2012, on "the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, 29 November 2012" and stressed "Now is time to be decided."
"The outlines of an agreement have long been clear, laid out in UN Security Council resolutions, the Madrid principles — including land for peace — the Road Map, the 2002 Arab Peace initiative and existing agreements between the parties. What is needed now is political will and courage, as well as a sense of historic responsibility and vision for younger generations."
What is "Baptism with The Holy Spirit"?
According to the dialectic of the Gospel of John,
【thesis】 "A man can possess eternal life through accepting testimony of the Son of man and being baptized by him." (John 5:24)
【anti-thesis】 But "The one who comes from the earth cannot accept the testimony by one from heaven."(John 3:32)
How then can a man possess eternal life?
【synthesis】 "If you want to be baptized with the Holy Spirit, you can just go back to the word which was with God in the beginning (John 1:1) and certify that God is truthful. (John 3:33)"
When he said, "You are Huichao," Zen Master Fayan thrusted vivid Self in Huichao in front of his eyes. (The Origin of Christianity P.171)
Palestinian draft resolution submitted to UNSC: Israeli withdrawal from West Bank by 2017
US: We won't support Palestinian UNSC resolution on an Israeli withdrawal
U.S. willing to back UN resolutions on Palestinians, if 'no unilateral moves' included
EU Parliament backs Palestine statehood 'in principle'
Netanyahu, Kerry to hold urgent meeting ahead of Palestinians' UN bid
Abbas: We will cede control of PA if Hamas wins elections
MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE, 29 November 2012
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