DOST’S WARNINGS OF STRONGER TYPHOONS DOVETAIL WITH JESUS’ OWN WARNINGS: Among the many newspaper accounts of the interview given Monday, October 12, 2009, in Malacanang by Science Undersecretary Graciano Yumul, the story carried by Malaya newspaper Tuesday proved to be the most scary report of all, as far as I am concerned.
This is so because Yumul was quoted as saying that, based on scientific data, the damage and destruction to lives and property in our country will continue to happen, in more severe degrees yet, since more rains, floods and strong winds coming from stronger and longer-lasting typhoons and weather disturbances will definitely visit the Philippines as a result of climate change.
WhetherYumul and even Malaya were aware of it or not, they were actually merely echoing the dire warnings issued by our Lord Jesus Christ on the impending “great fall” or total destruction that is yet to come to us anytime soon, brought about by natural calamities.
Indeed, if we do not heed Jesus’s admonitions early enough, destructive, devastating and more fatal rains, floods and strong winds as he specifically and expressly promised in Matthew 7:26 to 27 of the Holy Bible will pound the Philippines (and other countries of the world), to bring about the “great fall” He warned about.
We must therefore endeavor now to “listen” and “obey” (these are Jesus’ Words, not mine, and they are found in Matthew 7:24-27, among others), and entice other Filipinos to similarly listen and obey, while there is still time, and before it is too late.
CJ PUNO’S MOVEMENT WILL FAIL: Chief Justice Reynato Puno will excuse me for saying this, but, I strongly believe that his Moral Force Movement is bound to fail, and is not likely to cause any dent in the conceded lack of moral fiber prevailing among many of us Filipinos today.
This is simply because the Movement is mired in the same pitfalls that previous movements which aspired to change our countrymen have fallen into, the most serious of which is the failure or even outright refusal to publicly acknowledge that it is a movement that, in reality, is aimed at bringing back our people to God.
Latest news dispatches from the movement show that while its leaders are struggling to launch it in the Visayas, particularly in Bacolod City, they nevertheless continue to marginalize and mask their real intention by saying they merely intended to bring back “moral values” and “ethical principles” only.
Well, many other movements in the past have already aspired to bring back “moral values” and “ethical principles” among our people, but because all of them either refused or were afraid or reluctant to expressly invoke God in their efforts, and publicly say that what they were really aspiring for was to stimulate spiritual rebirth among our people, they have all gone down the drain.
This is the fate that awaits Puno’s Moral Force Movement, unless the chief justice wakes up, as it were, and insists, publicly, that the movement is really intended to make our people go back to God through an earnest reading of the Bible and conscientious obedience to God’s commands and decrees written in its pages.
Indeed, why is Puno, a known spiritual leader, failing or refusing to say in public that his movement is intended to bring back our people to God?
ASCENSION OF OUR LORD: The “Ascension of our Lord” is the second “Glorious Mystery” in the Holy Rosary of Roman Catholic Christians, and it speaks about the manner by which the Lord Jesus was taken up to heaven after His resurrection.
Only two of the Gospels contain an account of the ascension. The first account is found in Mark, in its Chapter 16, verses 19 and 20, while the second account is found in Luke, in its Chapter 24, verses 50, 51, 52 and 53.
The Gospels of Matthew and John do not have this story, but the Book of Acts, in its Chapter 1, verses 1 to 11, contain a vivid description of how Jesus was “taken up to heaven.”
In Mark, this is how the story is told: “After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed His word by the signs that accompanied it.”
In Luke, the ascension is described in this manner: “When he had let them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left and them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.”
In Acts, the promise of Jesus returning after He was taken to heaven, “in the same way you have seen him go into heaven” was made.
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