Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pinoys helpless amidst violence: Why?

PINOYS HELPLESS IN THE FACE OF VIOLENCE---WHY? “What’s happening to our country, general?”---a question asked by former Vice President Emmanuel Pelaez to then Brig. Gen. Tomas Karingal after Pelaez survived an ambush in Quezon City years ago---should be the question uppermost in the minds of many Filipinos nowadays with the recent spate of killings and violence accross the country.

Mediamen being killed, businessmen being fatally ambushed, lawyers and politicians and ordinary citizens suffering violent death---these and more, and we appear helpless in doing something, we are unable to stop or at least minimize all of these. Why?


VIOLENCE REPRESENTS CURSES FROM GOD: The real reason is that all of these violence and chaos and sufferings actually represent punishment from God. They are, as it were, God’s curses, which were promised in Deuteronomy 28:15-68 of the Holy Bible, in this manner: if you no longer listen to God, and no longer obey His commands, laws and decrees, curses upon curses will come upon you and overtake you.

If you count just the verses between Deuteronomy 28:15 and Deuteronomy 28:68, it would seem that there are 53 curses that will be visited upon a people who have turned their back on God. Then again, some of the verses are composed of two or more verses, so that it is clear that there are hundreds of curses waiting to pounce on a recalcitrant nation.


VIOLENCE WILL NOT STOP UNTIL WE ARE DESTROYED: The sad reality is that all of these will not stop, and cannot be remedied by anyone, much less the politicians and our leaders. In promising the curses to those who will not listen to Him anymore, God also promised that these curses will cause all of us to perish completely. Not even a godly president like President Benigno Aquino III can help us.

Proof that these curses are designed to destroy us? Please read Deuteronomy 28:20 (which says in part “The Lord will send you (the curses) until you are destroyed and come to suden ruin), Deuteronomy 28:21 (“...until He has destroyed you...”), Deuteronomy 28:22 (“...which will plague you until you perish...”).

Deuteronomy 28: 45 says: “...All of these curses will come upon you. They will pursue and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the Lord your God and observe the commands and decrees he gave you...”


PRAYING OF THE ROSARY IS BIBLE BASED: Roman Catholic Christians practice the praying of the Holy Rosary, which is something that is balked at by others who believe in Christianity on the argument that praying the Rosary is paganistic in origin.

I did some reading on the matter, and indeed, there is nothing in the Holy Bible that says Christians should pray the Rosary, as there is even no mention of the Rosary in any pages of that Book.

But when one looks at the mysteries of the Rosary, one begins to understand that whoever conceived and thought of this prayer, dedicated to Mary, the Virgin Mother of Christ, actually was following the examples of many leaders of the Christian faith, enshrined in many pages of the Bible, where they resort to repeating the history of the Israelites, from their exodus to their arrival at the Promised Land, as a means to strengthen their faith.

Just look at the story of Gideon, in Judges 6 and 7 of the Bible, and you will see what I mean. Before Gideon finally relented to be used as God’s chosen one to deliver his people from the Midianites who were causing them sufferings, he had to recount Israel’s story all over again.

This is what is happening when a Roman Catholic prays the Rosary: he is actually repeating a tried and tested tradition of Christian leaders, for he is reminded of the full and entire story of Christ, from the announcement of his birth by the Angel Gabriel to his Ascention to Heaven, taken directly from the Bible itself.


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