Saturday, 06 September 2014 14:14
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… save others by snatching them out of the fire; have mercy on others, coupled with a fear of God…” (Jude 23, the Holy Bible).
CRIME IS NOW PART OF FILIPINO LIFE: Crime and criminality in the Philippines are becoming ordinary occurrences and are apparently accepted now as part of the Filipino’s day-to-day experience. People are being killed right inside their homes or in nearby areas, and, in many cases, in broad daylight and in the presence of many on-lookers yet. Perpetrators of these crimes are no longer afraid of being seen committing their offenses.
Why are all of these happening in a country whose citizens are supposed to be God-believing and God-fearing? There are many reasons: government and its officials are no longer feared because they cannot do anything anyway to bring the perpetrators to justice, and victims more often than not fail or refuse to prosecute the criminals, either because they have agreed to be paid through amicable settlement, or because of fear of the offenders.
CRIME AND CRIMINALITY FORETOLD: Whatever these reasons maybe, one thing is clear though. Crime and criminality have been prophesied to happen at some point in the history of mankind, and it is clear that the prophecy is now coming true. If it is any consolation to Filipinos, however, such crime and criminality are happening not only in the Philippines now, but in many other parts of the world.
Where is the prophecy about crime and criminality written? In 2 Timothy 3:1-5 of the Bible, that’s where. Some parts of these verses say: “But understand this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, savage…”
Why have many people become criminal-minded and fond of criminality? It is because they have chosen to listen to, and believe, doctrines and teachings from the devil. In 1Timothy 4:1 of the Bible, it is written: “Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the later times some will desert the faith and occupy themselves with deceiving spirits and demonic teachings, influenced by the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared…”
ADDRESSING CRIME IN OUR MIDST: Indeed, this phenomenon could have been totally fascinating, were it not so terrifying. But, why have people turned to doctrines and teachings from the devil? Again, the Bible has an answer. In 2 Timothy 4:3-4, we are told: “For there will be a time when people will not tolerate sound teaching. Instead, following their own desires, they will accumulate teachers for themselves… And they will turn away from hearing the truth… they will turn aside to myths…”
How are we to address this malady then? With the Word of God, of course. Every believer is now mandated to go and proclaim this Word, as the only means by which lost souls can be saved. But a believer can only “go and proclaim the Word” if he is well-versed and is obedient to the Word.
WHAT BELIEVERS MUST DO AT THIS POINT: This is the reason why believers who are convinced they have been called to participate in the “plan of God” must start reading the Bible, and spend time meditating on, and obeying, its verses. The time is coming where every willing believer will be sent to proclaim His Word and make everyone His disciples, baptizing people in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teaching them everything He commanded us to do.
In fact, everyone who believes in Jesus as God and Savior must not forget His admonition, in Matthew 24:14, about the coming end of the world. The end, Jesus said, will not come unless His Gospel is preached to all the nations. Evidently, He wants His Word to be proclaimed to everyone, because it is only through His Word that salvation can come.
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