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The “wise” and the “fools”: life and death

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(BY ATT. BATAS MAURICIO)    LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior…” (Isaiah 43:11, the Holy Bible).

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“DO GOOD ALL THE TIME”: UP Professor Edru Abraham, the internationally famous creator of Filipino indigenous music, wrote in reaction to our column “Help others, change lives: UPCAT story”: “Brod Batas, this is a very good story but something tells me that the boy in the telling is none other than you yourself! In the UP system, no one remembers someone else’s student number. The only number one knows is one’s own.

“One can never tell what an act of kindness can do, or how far it will go. The moral is this: When an opportunity for an act of humanity and compassion presents itself, do it. You can never go wrong! Time and again, the great teachers of the ages have said so… Fraternally, Edru Abraham, UP Student Number 67-18981, Sigma Rho 1963.”

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“INTO THE STORM”: WHO ARE THE WISE AND THE FOOLS? There is another movie which touches on a Biblical event never before attempted to be shown in the silver screen which is being run in theaters nationwide as of now. The movie is entitled “Into the Storm”, and it depicts the death and destruction that strong winds, called tornadoes, can bring.

I haven’t watched “Into the Storm” yet, and I don’t intend this column to be a free publicity for the film, but its trailer certainly reminds me of a prophecy made by Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, the account of which is found in Matthew 7:14-27 of the Bible.

Jesus said rains, floods, and strong winds will surely come, and cause great death and destruction, but there will only be two kinds of people who are going to face such rains, floods, and strong winds, in this world. The first kind are the people who will be called “wise”, while the second kind are those who will be called “fools”.

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PROPHECY OF LIFE AND DEATH: I am amazed no end by this prophecy of Jesus Christ. I mean, this prophecy confirms beyond reasonable doubt who Jesus really is—as the God who created the heavens and the earth, the God who knows and can see everything from the past, the present, and the future. He knows everything, especially those which are yet to happen in the future, because He is God.

This prophecy also tells us, in no uncertain terms, that Jesus is our Savior, in that He has made known quite clearly what men everywhere must do to escape death and destruction, brought about by natural calamities that are sure to come. He said men must listen to Him and obey His commands, for that will make them wise. If men will listen to Him (or if they do not listen to Him at all) and yet do not obey Him, they will be fools who will die a scary death.

This is also a message that tells us how to be assured of salvation in eternal life—a salvation that will allow us to be with God forever in heaven, away from the eternal life of those who did not listen to, and who did not obey, Him, which is the eternal life in a hell filled with worms and fire. Surely, only God can grant this salvation, and Jesus is the God that makes this possible.

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RAPTURE: WHAT IS IT? Then, the movie “Left Behind”, starring award-winning actor Nicolas Cage, is yet another Biblically-based film. It is dealing with a very delicate subject matter which no other film touched before, and that is the subject matter of “rapture”, where men and women, both dead and still living, will be taken up to heaven by Jesus Christ as a reward for their being true to Him till the end. Watch for it.

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PLEASE LISTEN: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac”, aired at 1062 kHz, Mondays to Fridays, 6 a.m., 1080 kHz in Dagupan City, 711 kHz in Naga City, 1260 kHz in Lucena City, 1224 kHz in Davao City, and at www.eaglenews.ph;  “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas”, at 103.7 mHz in Don Carlos, Bukidnon, Mondays to Fridays, at 7 a.m.; “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas” at 801 kHz on the AM band (Panay Island), Mondays to Fridays, at 10 a.m.; and “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas” at 107.5 Win FM, Roxas, Isabela  (Saturday, 5:30 a.m., and Sunday,  7 a.m.).-30-




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