(Sunday Message for May 13th, 2018)
Who is the true teacher of the entire world?
(He is the one who makes you into the Trinity’s counterpart of love)
【Scripture】 2 Timothy 4:2-4
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine.
Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
Hallelujah! May the blessings of the eternal love of God, the peace of the Holy Son,
the fiery love of the Holy Spirit, and the inspiration, movement, and working of the Word fill you abundantly.
It is ‘Teacher’s Day‘ this week, so I will speak to you about the true teacher of the whole world.
A teacher is ‘someone who teaches you.’
Among teachers, there are ‘teachers of your own nation,’ and there are ‘teachers of the world.’
People often say that ‘Jesus, Buddha, Socrates, and Confucius’ are world-wide teachers.
As the Messiah, Jesus taught ‘the way to lead the body, soul and spirit to salvation,’
and taught about ‘God.’
He also taught about what ‘sin and righteousness’ were, taught about how you should live your life,
and taught about ‘the love of God’ and ‘the eternal Heaven.’
Those who listened to his teachings and followed [him] believed in Jesus as the Messiah,
and came to live having received salvation for their bodies and spirits.
Jesus’ greatest teachings were: teachings about the almighty God,
teachings about why you should live your life,
teachings about loving God with all your heart, will, and life, and loving others.
Buddha was the leader of Buddhism: he taught about ‘the meaninglessness of life,’
and he also taught that if you live virtuously, you will go to ‘paradise.’
If you read the Buddhist texts, you can find that Buddha did not teach about ‘God.’
Buddha taught about the meaninglessness of life and how to live virtuously in many ways.
Buddha’s teaching wasn’t about the path of salvation for the body and the spirit,
but it was about living a virtuous life.
Since he did not know about the omnipotent and omniscient God, he couldn’t teach about God.
Therefore, he couldn’t teach about the eternal Heaven,
and he couldn’t teach about fundamental goodness and righteousness.
Fundamental goodness is ‘to realize about God and to live according to His will.’ This is ‘the greatest virtue.’
However, in Buddhism, the greatest virtue is seen as following Buddha’s teachings, and doing good deeds.
Jesus told people to worship God. He said that any person or any soul-and-spirit should worship God.
When he says to ‘worship God,’ he means to live a life of obedience before God every day,
and to surrender your life to God’s words.
Socrates discussed and taught about ‘life.’
He said, “Know yourself. Knowing about ignorance is the beginning of knowledge.”
He discussed about life through academia and taught people.
Once again, his words were not about the eternal salvation.
He couldn’t teach about the eternal God either.
Therefore, you cannot consider him as the teacher for all mankind.
Confucius taught about ‘honouring your parents, being benevolent,
and being well-mannered and virtuous.’
Confucius taught a lot about [fulfilling] human responsibilities and virtues.
He said, “While you are not able to serve living people, how can you serve the spirits of dead ones?
Without being acquainted with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.”
But he, also, was unable to teach about the omnipotent and omniscient God,
about eternal salvation, about fundamental goodness and righteousness or about success,
nor could he teach how to resolve the issue of sin.
Even though they revered Buddha, Confucius, and Socrates—the so-called worldwide teachers
—as teachers and accepted that teaching and way of life,
they failed to resolve both the fundamental issue of life and the eternal issue.
In this world, there are too many teachers who teach incorrectly about life
and those whose teachings are self-centered.
Even if they teach well, their teachings pertain strictly to human beings,
their teachings belong to knowledge and yield nothing special even after you learn them,
and they are general teachings that everyone figures out as they mature.
No one can live properly, or in an awesome, beautiful, and mysterious way with those teachings.
Great world-wide teachers need to: teach about ‘the Holy Trinity.’
teach about ‘eternal salvation.’ teach about ‘how to solve the problems of sin.’
teach about ‘the world of the body and the spirit.’
Only then are they truly world-wide teachers.
True world-wide teachers should interpret the Bible and carry out those words,
should teach about ‘the purpose for which God created the heavens, the earth and mankind,
should carry out that purpose, and thus fulfill the purpose of creation and His will.
By doing so, they should fulfill God’s greatest desire and His promise in the Bible,
and through that, they should fulfil people’s hopes too.
[Only] the one who fulfils that will can be considered the true teacher of the whole world.
The most important thing is this:
true teachers should make lives into ‘people who are loved by God.’
In other words, [they] should make people into ‘the Trinity’s counterparts of love’
who love and live with the Trinity!