READERS’ REACTIONS ARE REALLY POURING IN: I yield the totality of this column today to reactions to what we have been writing here, as well as my own reply to our readers who emailed me their commentaries. I thank God, in the name of Jesus, that we are getting these reactions from our readers. All such reactions from any of our readers are welcome, and we promise to publish them in our subsequent issues likewise. Here goes:
NERIO CLOMA: GOD IS CELEBRATING ON THE “SEVENTH DAY”: “Hello Atty. Batas, God may also have intended to rest on the seventh day to `celebrate’ what He has done and to teach us to celebrate as well. A life devoid of celebration, enjoyment is a dull life. Its not the life that John 10:10 is suggesting...
“Communing with God on the rest day is good. But aren’t we suppose to commune with Him daily? What's so special with the 7th day communing? Communing to Him with the other believers might be special.
“God never rests. He celebrates when He is not creating... but He never stops creating... So what is God doing on the 7th day? Thats not for us to discover...what He revealed already is what we need to follow...just rest and celebrate! Thanks for allowing me to reply. God bless and happy resting and celebrating Father's Day! Nerio Cloma”. Thanks, too, Nerio.
CAN WE TAKE GOD AWAY FROM THE PROBLEMS OF FILIPINOS? Here is a part of my reaction to the email by “The other John, de Zamboanga” I posted here the other day: “20 June 2010; The other John, de Zamboanga: Thank God in the name of Jesus for this reaction. But let me share some of my insights on the points you raised:
“You said: `I wish that you would take God away from Filipino’s problems. If Filipinos are struggling, having hard times making things meet, maybe he should find out why instead of blaming it on God...’
“First and foremost, I am not blaming anything on God. I have no opinion on the matter, in fact. Please take note that I merely reiterated what the Bible said in Deuteronomy 28:15, in relation to the verses until 28:68, with respect to the curses that God will send to a people who no longer sincerely and truthfully listen to (or, more appropriately now, read) and obey, the Word of God.
“And so we will understand this a little better, here is what Deuteronomy 28:15 is saying: `However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you...’ More of this next time...
LIFE’S DIFFICULTIES AND HARDSHIPS BROUGHT ABOUT BY MAN’S GOING AWAY FROM GOD: “Clearly, therefore, based on this, if a people, like the Filipinos are having hard times making things meet, the first thing that they should try to do is ask, as you said: why is this happening to us?
“If they read the Bible good enough, they will understand that the poverty, confusion and rebuke they are experiencing, although traceable to some problems, actually are rooted with their having stopped reading the Bible, listening to the Word of God, and then with their having refused to obey Him truthfully and sincerely.
“Now, given this kind of an insight, no one can (or must) blame God---we must blame ourselves because, if we look at what the Bible is telling us in the foregoing verse, it is us who turned our backs on God, it is us who no longer read His Word, it is us who no longer obey Him.
“If things are becoming more difficult these days, it is because we are at fault, in the manner Deuteronomy 28:15 is saying....”