Wednesday, 17 July 2013 00:00
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS:“… Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all of these things will be given to you as well…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 6:33, the Holy Bible).
SENSELESS KILLINGS AND VIOLENCE ON THE RISE: Running amuck and killing and seriously wounding others seem to be getting more frequent nowadays. In Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte, a man said to be heavily drunk and under the influence of illegal drugs killed four and wounded eight others with a bladed weapon. In Quirino, Isabela, another man, said to be suffering from mental disorders, hacked and injured five of his relatives.
In Pio Duran, Albay, a man having a drinking spree with his friend suddenly fired at the friend, for no apparent reason. The friend, though hit three times in his body, managed to fight back with a knife, and killed the shooter instead. In all these, the question begging to be answered is: why are killing and wounding others suddenly being done with ease by otherwise peace-loving and friendly Filipinos?
The reason is that, many of us are now suffering from one kind of serious mental disorder or another, whether we admit it or not. I mean, if we can afford to imbibe drugs and drink liquor to the extent that we lose our sanity, even if only for the moment we are drug-crazed or heavily drunk, then we lose our minds and become insane, capable of being violent, demonic and devilish, and totally inhuman.
MADNESS AND CONFUSION OF THE MIND BEHIND CRIMINALITY: This is something that the Bible prophesied and warned all of us about. The Bible said that if we no longer listen to God and no longer obey His commands, His curses will come upon us, and among them are madness and confusion of the mind. Deuteronomy 28:15 and 28 are the particular verses for these kinds of mental disorders.
In Deuteronomy 28:15, it is written: “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 on you and overtake you…” In Deuteronomy 28:28, we are told that “The Lord will afflict you with madness, blindness and confusion of mind…”
I am willing to bet that the people who ran amuck and killed and wounded others in the news reports we are referring to here are no longer listening to God, or, more appropriately, are no longer reading the Bible and attending masses or praise and worship services, and, of course, are no longer obeying God’s commands. The fearful thing here is that, the same affliction will happen to many others who will continue to turn their backs on God.
LIVING OUR FAITH DAILY: This is not a matter of religion. It is a matter of keeping our faith with God, and acting that faith out day by day. Indeed, whatever our religious affiliations maybe, we must continue deepening and strengthening our relationship with Him, and this we can do by reading the Bible on a daily basis, meditating on it day and night and obeying everything that is written in it, as Joshua 1:8 is saying.
We must strive not to conform to the patterns of this sinful world any longer, and be transformed by the renewing of our minds, as Romans 12:2 admonishes us. And we can do this by thinking about “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, and whatever is admirable”, as Philippians 4:8 says.
Then, we must endeavor to train our children in the way that they should go and they will never depart from it when they grow old (Proverbs 22:6), and we can do this by bringing them up in the training and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 4:6), which is to teach them, wherever we maybe and whatever the time, to love God above all else and honor Him with our thoughts, words and deeds (Deuteronomy 6:5).
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