PGMA MUST SEEK DIVINE INSPIRATION RE: DISASTERS: I am sincerely praying that President Arroyo will learn to seek divine inspiration in government moves to mitigate the devastation and destruction brought about by rains, floods, and strong winds in the country, to enable her to perceive that these problems have Biblical and spiritual dimensions.
It is sheer folly for her and for any other government leader at this point to ignore what the Bible has been saying, throughout all the ages, that calamities such as rains, floods and strong winds are actually curses promised by God to peoples who no longer listen to Him and to those who listen to Him but no longer obey His commands, laws and decrees.
GOD’S SOLUTION RE: CALAMITIES: While the President should exert all efforts that are humanly possible to mitigate the devastation and destruction that are yet to come upon us as a result of more rains, floods and strong winds, she should insist on finding out what God’s message is in all these, and then embark on finding a solution which takes into consideration this divine message.
For starters, Mrs. Arroyo should read (or re-read, if she has already done so in the past) Deuteronomy 28:15 to 68 and Matthew 7:24-27 of the Holy Bible, as well as its 2 Chronicles 7:14. These are the solutions which could even stop the calamities.
LAWS ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND DISASTER REDUCTION MEAN NOTHING: I am of the conviction that if the Biblical and spiritual dimensions of these calamities are ignored and not given the attention they deserve, nothing is going to come out of the proposed Climate Change Law and Disaster Risk Reduction Law, and even out of the meetings of the Legislative Executive Advisory Council on climate change.
We must realize that, if we are to read the Bible (particularly its Matthew 7:26-27), the warnings aired by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) of heavy flooding in almost every nook and cranny of the Philippines as a result of more rains could be the “great fall” promised by the Lord Jesus.
ONLY GOD CAN GIVE THE SOLUTIONS TO CALAMITIES: The big part of the solution to all these problems lies with God. We should therefore endeavor to go back to Him, sincerely and honestly, by starting to listen to (and read and study) His Word once again, and then obeying His each and every command, no matter how difficult it is going to be for all of us.
If we do not go back to God by listening to (and reading and studying) His Word once again, and obeying His each and every command, there is a big, big flood coming that, because it could be the “great fall” promised by Jesus Christ, could really place all of the Philippines’ 7,100 islands under water.
THE GOOD NEWS? WE CAN DO SOMETHING: To those who may scoff at this warning, I will invite you to read the Wednesday dispatch from the Philippine News Agency which warned of rains and floods, even if there is no tropical cyclone or typhoon in the country, that should send shivers down our spine.
In that story, PAGASA’s chief weather forecaster Nathaniel Cruz said rivers from Luzon and Visayas have been swelling up and causing floods in many areas which can possibly make a repeat of the floods and the destruction wrought by Ondoy and Pepeng.
A very scary story indeed, but the good news is that there is something we can do to stop further tragedies to happen: and that is, by reading the Bible once again, meditating on it day and night, following what It says and then using it as the basis of whatever we think, say and do (See Joshua 1:8).
CRUCIFIXION AND DEATH OF JESUS: The final mystery in the “Sorrowful Mysteries” of the Holy Rosary of Roman Catholic Christians is the “Crucifixion and Death of Jesus.” As this statement suggests, it is an account of how Jesus died through crucifixion.
In Matthew, it can be found in its Chapter 27, verses 33 to 61. In Mark, it is written in its Chapter 15, verses 22 to 47, while in Luke, this story is told in its Chapter 23, verses 32 to 56. In John, it is narrated in its Chapter 19, verses 18 to 42.
Despite its obvious defeatist stance because it portrays the death of Jesus, the “Crucifixion and Death of Jesus” actually represents a glorious victory for the Son of God and for all those who believe in Him.
For this “death” is no death all. It is a victorious fulfillment of what Jesus had been saying all along, that He was going to die in the hands of sinners, so that the Scriptures will be fulfilled.
Then, this death was a necessary process, as it were, so that sins could be forgiven, and its actual happening, in the full view of witnesses, confirms God’s forgiveness of everyone who believes in Jesus and for those who repent and turn from their wicked ways.
The death of Jesus, therefore, signals a “defeat”, yes, but it is a defeat of sin and wickedness, and the triumph of God’s great love for man.
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