Telling the Gospel my way

ROG_0cIt’s me! I haven’t written here for a long while now, I know. A lot has happened in my life during the past 3 years, and especially in the last 6 months, but let me just say that I’ve been working on something very important to me: Drawing, writing and editing a comic book based on the Bible — it’s a retelling of the Jesus story, to say it simply (but it’s a lot more complex than that!).
This has been the project of my heart, my dream, for many years. And I’m happy to say that I’m hitting the last few miles on this marathon! A few more pages, and then lots of editing and book-making, and the comic will be ready. And you can find everything about it on my new website

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This website is tiny now, but I will work on this bit by bit. And I will write about art and faith on a new blog on The Reign of God soon, under my pen name Issey Fujishima. Make sure you subscribe to the newsletter. It will be exciting!

Telling the story of Jesus, his life and passion, it’s always been important to me. I believe that this comic is how I can tell it in a fresh, fun and profound way that makes you care about the people who have laid the foundations of Christianity, and think about the meaning of faith and love. Yoroshiku!



21世紀キリスト教徒の信条 ー Credo 21





一 ✙ 神

二 ✙ 起源

三 ✙ 人間

四 ✙ イェシュア

五 ✙ 神の君臨

六 ✙ 聖書

七 ✙ 信仰



Credo 21 or A 21st Century Christian’s Creed

I have been reflecting deeply about my faith again since I started attending services at the Jesus Lifehouse church here in Tôkyô. I knew that many of my positions differ from those of the mainstream evangelical doctrine. As a Christian Mystic I might be better off in a Coptic monastery.
Thus being said, the encounters at the church encourage me to hone down the fundamental corner points of my faith. Writing them down in a concise form might be a good step.  A continuation of my personal creed, a snapshot of my pilgrimage, so to speak. Some see creeds as exclusive, and robbing faith of its vitality. There are good reasons to avoid them. But it is not bad to record from time to time to put things in order.

I made an effort to point out only the most important parts that I suppose are going to stay, but I expect change and I will welcome any suggestion and discussion to improve the content, amend it over to get a clearer picture of what constitutes my faith. It’s the gist of five years of struggle and discovery. Here it goes, a 21st Century Christian’s Creed.

I. God
I believe in the one God who revealed himself to Moshe as Yahweh, ‘
I am here’.

II. Origin
I believe that God is the source of all things by having given birth to the cosmos and allowing life to develop as a continuous creation to express the boundless richness of his nature.

III. Humans
I believe that we humans as self-aware beings are placed in a special relation with both Creator and creation, and that due to our sense of morality carry peculiar responsibility for the way we shape this relation.

IV. Yeshua
I believe that God became human in Yeshua of Nazeret, to testify his
being with us by sharing our lot through birth, life and death on the cross, to offer us a hope beyond death by overcoming it, and to sow the Reign of God into our hearts.

V. The Reign of God
I believe that with the Reign of God Yeshua calls for a world revolution of love, that teaches us how to live together, attain a fulfilled life in union with God, and overcome all manifestations of inner and outer evil.

VI. The Bible
I believe that the Bible breathes the spirit of God and thus provides predominant spiritual guidance, while further facets of the truth are expressed through other human works and the creation itself.

VII. Faith
I believe that faith is a dynamic force, and in each believer an agent of change, liberating, empowering, obliging him to shape an enlightened world according to the Reign of God.

It might not seem much different from what most Christians believe, but the way I get to these conclusions might be. There are some more specific things I would like to include, such as equality regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation etc., but I don’t want to overload this first attempt. I want it to be open to accept things such as multiple universes or different Christian denominations, while referring back to the Jewish and Christian traditions.

In a day and age where segements of the Christian family are pirated by forces of intolerance, dogmatism and nationalism, it is necessary to demonstrate that following Yeshua does not mean to – I borrow the words of Anne Rice here – be “anti-gay”, “anti-feminist”, and “anti-science” – on the contrary. Christianity has to find new roles in new realities. The journey goes on.