Monday, 20 February 2012 12:24
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare…” (2 Peter 3:10, the Holy Bible).
“DAY OF THE LORD”: IN HELL OR HERE ON EARTH? 2 Peter 3:10 and Malachi 4:1-3 (which was our Life’s Inspiration the other day) both talk of the coming “day of the Lord”, a day of destruction by fire. The question that confronts believers about this is this: Does the phrase “day of the Lord” refer to hell, which is described as the “ lake of eternal fire”, or does it refer to a day that will happen here on earth?
Malachi 4:1-3 reads: “…`Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,’ says the Lord Almighty. `Not a root or a branch will be left to them’…”
“GREAT TRIBULATION” AND “DAY OF THE LORD”: My understanding is that, the “day of the Lord” referred to here, the day burning with fire like a furnace and setting everyone and everything on fire, is a day that will happen here on earth. I believe that this “day of the Lord” is the day of “Great Tribulation” which Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, warned about in Matthew 24, and in Mark and Luke as well.
Now, during the occurrence of this “day of fire”, are we and our love ones ready for it? Are we part of those who will be burned, or do we belong to the group who will be saved by God, His chosen ones? “Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives,” 2 Peter 3:20 warns us, too.
MINDANAO SUMMIT WITHOUT WORD OF GOD: I commend Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III in pushing for the “Mindanao Disaster Preparedness Summit” in Cagayan De Oro City from February 18 to 19, 2012, but I am concerned that nothing will also come out of it despite the good intentions of the organizers and participants.
The reason? Once again, God and His Word have been left out of the summit, judging from news accounts of what were discussed. Unless and until our leaders realize that disasters, especially from rains, floods and strong winds, actually represent curses from God arising from a nation’s refusal to listen to Him (i.e., refusal to read His Bible) and refusal to obey Him, they can never find a solution.
TIT FOR TAT ON WORD WAR: So, the prosecution panel is lambasting Chief Justice Renato Corona after he challenged President Aquino to come out with his own statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs) and bank and psychological records, saying Corona is engaged in mud-slinging. But what about the constant attacks of the President against Corona? The prosecution sees nothing wrong with that?
PSYCHO TEST FOR PNOY & CORONA? WHY NOT! I have a suggestion to make: why not subject both Corona and President Aquino to a psychological testing now? Since there seems to be an issue about psychological problems affecting both of them, why not a psychological examination for the two of them? This should be something that is easy to conduct, and would lay to rest this contentious issue.
CLEANSING PROCESS: Cleansing process, that is what this is all about---the heated verbal exchange between the President and the Chief Justice, I mean. Contrary to the claim of senators that the exchange is unbecoming of the stature of the President and the Chief Justice, it is actually providing the Filipino nation a good yardstick of who is good and who is bad. So, I say, let the President and Chief Justice slug it out. The more, the merrier.
by Atty. Batas Mauricio
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