Linggo, Enero 22, 2017

Sins and Punishments

No one is free of sin. Not even the great men of the Bible. Everybody is not free from the the snare of the devil. See their stories below:
MOSES
He was chosen to be the leader of the Israel people to flee from Egypt to the land of Canaan. Remember that he killed an Egyptian to save the slave Jew. One day, when he saw both Jews were fighting, he tried to stop them.However, one of the Jew who saw what he did to the Egyptian whom he killed, said to him that would he also kill him.He could rather passed it unnoticed, since he was living in the protection of the Egyptian pharaoh. However, knowing that he was a Jew himself and so he escaped to Midian. Moses gave his life for others.
That might be the reason why he was chosen by God to lead the Jewish people.
The Sin of Moses and the Punishment of God to him
While travelling on the desert the Jews were complaining and keep on rebelling, because they have no water. Therefore, Moses talked to God on what to do. So, he did as God told him to struck the stuff so that the bitter water of Meribah  become sweet so water will be able to drink by the Jews. However, instead of striking the staff only once , he struck it twice with anger and God get angry of what he did. In Numbers 20:12
12 But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”
So, the punishment, Moses will die before he could enter the promised land -Canaan.
DAVID
He was favored by God because of his trust in Him. So, he was given power to kill the gigantic Goliath of Philistine. He was anointed king by God and made him a great ruler. However, David , too committed a great sin which made God angry.
The sin of David and his Punishment
In 2 Samuel 12:9-12
Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon. 10 Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ 11 Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will raise up adversity against you from your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun.’”
The son from that fateful union with Bathsheba died. His daughter Tamar was raped by her half brother Amnon, who himself was later killed by a full brother toTamar ,Absalom in revenge. Eventually Absalom was killed following his attempted rebellion against his father’s kingdom.
SOLOMON
Solomon was the son of David to Bathseba. He was made great king of God because when God asked him what he wants, Solomon(12 years old that time) asked for wisdom rather than material things and power. God was delighted from his request. The wisdom endowed to him by God made him great and known to many neighboring countries. However, Solomon, too committed sins. In 1King 11
11 Solomon loved many foreign women. Besides the daughter of the king of Egypt he married Hittite women and women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, and Sidon. He married them even though the Lord had commanded the Israelites not to intermarry with these people, because they would cause the Israelites to give their loyalty to other gods. Solomon married seven hundred princesses and also had three hundred concubines. They made him turn away from God, and by the time he was old they had led him into the worship of foreign gods. He was not faithful to the Lord his God, as his father David had been. He worshiped Astarte, the goddess of Sidon, and Molech, the disgusting god of Ammon. He sinned against the Lord and was not true to him as his father David had been. On the mountain east of Jerusalem he built a place to worship Chemosh, the disgusting god of Moab, and a place to worship Molech, the disgusting god of Ammon. He also built places of worship where all his foreign wives could burn incense and offer sacrifices to their own gods.
Solomon, disobeyed God when he married several foreign (foreign if not considered from Israel clan)women. He turned away from God and worshipped the idols of these foreign women. So , God brought him so many enemies that took away his kingdom from him until  he died.
ABRAM – ABRAHAM-iba ang kay Abrahm. WHY?
Why was Abraham chosen by God? Abram was the son of Terah who was the chief officer of mighty king of Babylon,Nimrod who was an astrologer(reading future through star gazing) and a pagan believer. One day, he read that the son of Terah would be a threat to his kingdom. So, he ordered Terah to bring him his son to be put to death by the king. However, Terah took the son of a slave, gave it to King Nimrod and saved his son and wife into the cave and stayed there for 10 years.
As Abrahm sees the outside world, he was thinking that there was a great God who created the universe and everything, and that it’s foolish to worship the sun, moon or everything that was created by a great God.
        Buti pa si Abraham , narealized niya na hindi dapat sumamba sa mga nilikha ng Dios, pero ngayon ang napakaraming tao sa mundo ay nabulag sa pagsamba sa mga nilikha ng Dios na tao na ginawan ng rebulto.
The sin of Abraham
However, even Abraham, the great father of Israel did not escape the snare of the devil. When he and Sarah went to Egypt , they disguised to be brother and sister for fear of their life. so, they lied to the king of Egypt, Abimelech. However, this time God keep Abraham and did not do any punishment.
Remember, God had a covenant with Abrahm-that he will be the father of many time nations. Instead, God  punished the Pharoh for  Moses to realize his mistakes. Sometimes God has to intervene to fulfill his promise and plans.
CONCLUSIONS:
We have learned that in every sin we committed there is an equal punishment. Remember that God is a Just God. Therefore, whether be it big or very small, all sin has an equal punishment. This is the way of God for us to be polished, until we learned from our mistakes and strainghtened our path to righteousness. But, some people specially those who do not know God yet, do not realize this. Some people accused God for their sufferings.
When we suffer setbacks in our life, let’s contemplate and think deeply why these things are happening. What have you done to deserve such punishment? Did we not committed a sin against God? Remember that any sin we do is committed against God, not to the person , but to God.

Galatians 6:7 

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

Miyerkules, Enero 11, 2017

FORGIVENESS

FORGIVE US OUR SINS AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO SINNED AGAINST US. That’s how Jesus taught us in our prayer. How can we be forgiven, if we do not know how to give forgiveness to others.
I know how these victims of human violations of the Martial Law felt.  Wallowing in the past would make them chained to it and will not be able to move on with peace and joy. God said, “Vengeance is Mine”.Haven’t the Marcoses felt  the most humiliating and embarrasing  eviction from the MalacaƱang Palace which was a news worldwide?
I remember the Martial Law under Marcos regime. He made people believed of a drama (bombing of Plaza Miranda is one)in the politics and declared the Martial law.  People said he won the second time because of fraud and there was alleged used of government funds to support his candidacy. From then on he ruled the country under martial law for almost 10 years. Even he lifted up martial law he still  retained some of his powers.
I recalled student activists marching in different areas of Metro Manila with  band on their head  or on their wrist. Most of the time if the marchers was along their  way to school, there will be no classes. They would gathered and marched near university belt, open places where there were many people  like the Avenida Rizal, Mendiola, Liwasang Bonifacio and the Commonwealth or the Circle in Quezon City.  I recalled one time while the jeepney I was on  passed by the Liwasang Bonifacio(my school was at Lyceum Manila), there were firetrucks throwing tear gas on the rallyists. I also experienced having witnessed the student activists rallied along Avenida Rizal and they were shouting and making noise barrage. It was indeed true that these student activists or rallyists were joined and spearheaded by KMU-Kilusang Mayo Uno and other NPAs group.
That’s how chaotic and horrifying  Manila was. There were news blackout and you can only watched and heard good news of the government programs.People voices were mummed. You’re only response was to follow the law of the Martial law regime. Death of government antagonists were not featured in newspaper or in television. You will hear news about famous people, students  detained for  subversion which you will learned through hearsay. There were news of torture and mass killing . It was so appalling, if that was the right term.
I hope and pray that these people can move forward with their life without bitterness by forgiveness. Breaking the chains of the past will make a joyful peaceful life , have they only realized.

The True Image of Jesus

Image result for jesus in shroud of turinImage result for jesus in shroud of turinThis was the negative and positive picture depicted from Shroud of Turin-a piece of cloth to cover death. The face of the dead human body of Jesus was marked on the shroud. This was where the image of Jesus came originally was said by historian and artist. Some claimed that it was a fake, while others said it’s the real shroud and face of Jesus after they checked the DNA and signs of brutality on his face which was also marked.
This picture shows the marred face of Jesus.
In Isaiah 52:13— his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness—
According to historian the Jews during the times of Jesus wore short hair. It was a blasphemy against God if a Hebrew wore long  hair. Even in Roman, History shows picture of short hair famous men like Herod, Alexander the Great, Titus, King Cyrus, etc.
1 Corinthian 11:15-4 Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, 15 but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory?
Therefore, Jesus Christ does not have a long hair. It’s in fact a defiance of God for men who wears long hair. Look at the Satanist, Antoine La Vey, Marilyn Manson and rock singers. They have long hair.
In Isaiah 53:2 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
Image result for roots on dry groundLook at this picture of root on dry ground. In other words, He is not what we think like the images portrayed. He was ordinary-looking. Isaiah was prophesying that the coming suffering Servant would arise in lowly conditions and wear none of the usual emblems of royalty, making His true identity visible only to the discerning eye of faith.
John 7:24 Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”
This was what Jesus said when He was teaching at the Temple on Festival day and some crowd (Sadducees and Pharisees) were going against Him. That statement of Jesus implies of His looks-he has no beauty to attract, just like the roots on dry ground. Therefore, the pictures of Jesus portrayed in images worship by many is far from Jesus real face.
Remember the 2nd Commandment of God 7’You shall have no other gods before Me. 8You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heavenabove or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 9You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,…
Therefore, worshipping and bowing knee to idols is practice by the Pagans and is of Satan. Worshipping God is of Spirit and Truth that does not require any images at all.

We will only serve the Lord-Joshua 25:14-15

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We should always serve the Lord
And Him alone, we should fear.
For the throne of our hearts,
He does not want to share.
We should never allow another,
The place reserved for Him,
But to give Him that place of Lordship
That will keep our hearts from sin.
For we must choose whom we serve
And whom our allegiance is for.
But as for me and my household,
We shall only serve the Lord

The verse for a new beginning-2017

Philippians 3:13-14
13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
That was the message of Paul to the Philippians. Paul used to be part of Sanhedrin-The Great Sanhedrin dealt with religious and ritualistic Temple matters, criminal matters appertaining to the secular court, proceedings in connection with the discovery of a corpse, trials of adulterous wives, tithes, preparation of Torah Scrolls for the king and the Temple, drawing up the calendar and the solving of difficulties relating to ritual law.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/…daism/Sanhedrin
They were the persecutor of the followers of Christ, until Christ used him for his purpose. When he followed Jesus, he said that he may not have all that he desires, however, this did not take hold of him to do what was he set out to do for the sake of  Christ. Paul in following Christ had gone through  a lot of sufferings and persecution from his own country. However, was so determined to still pursue those plans even to have the same sufferings as Jesus Christ, so he can also partake in His resurrection-the ultimate prize.
Tayo din sa ating mga sarili ay nagpaplano, but we do not tend to focus on what is ahead. We tend to be anxious on what lies ahead, specially if we failed in the past. Sabi nga ni Paul, forget about the past and strain towards what is ahead. The past should be a training ground for what we are looking forward to, but should not dwell on it. There is always a bright tomorrow. Above all, He wants us to seek Him and His will for our lives and careers, and to work wholeheartedly as He leads us (see 2 Chronicles 31:21).
The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence; the past is a place of learning, not a place of living. – Dr. Ed Delph
We all pray for our desires. This time, why not let God intervenes in your wishes. His wish for you might be the best to come. So, our prayer should be, “Your  will be done”.
Have a blessed 2017!

Who is Satan in our Life

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.(John 10:10-11)
All people should know that when Satan came to earth it started doomsday for all mankind. Should have Adam and Eve did not sin, we could have not suffered from the sin they made. This started everything that made us suffer including the generational curse. But, when Jesus came to earth, He came to save us from this creation(Satan) who wants to kill, steal and destroy every human being. Satan posed as good shepherd so we can be induced to his kingdom. Lahat ng mga pagdurusang ating dinaranas was coming from the Devil. We may look at face value of something that will lured us into it , and later suffered from it. However, if we accept Jesus, the good Shepherd who saved us, we will no longer suffer this. No longer Satan can deceive us, because God will give us discernment  to look things through.Ngunit hindi dahil tinanggap mo lamang si Jesus ay okay na. You have to follow as He said. The sheeps know their master at ito ay kanilang sinusunod kahit saan magpunta. Kaya may dalang kahoy ang sheep’s  attendant upang walang mahiwalay at ito ang sinusundan ng mga sheeps. Likewise, with the sheep’s master, alam din niya at kilala niya  ang kanyang mga alaga.
If you choose Jesus as your master, you will be safe in His haven. You need to accept Him as your Savior by declaring it and doing as He said, because He gave himself to the devil to suffer , but was victorious. Through His victory, we will have the same victory-victory over fear, sickness, poverty, addiction and all things that makes  us suffer. I hope you feel the peace that I’m experiencing with Him. If problems arise, you know that there’s something good out of it. Si Jesus lamang ang nakagawa ng pagdurusang yun sa calvary, walang iba. Hindi ba natin maintindihan ito? Why do we come to Mary and other saints to request something or to pray? Every year we watch on television the suffering of our Christ and still we do the thing God hated so much. It’s not that we do good deeds , we are saved. No, it’s also a lie from the Devil. IT’S ONLY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST THAT WE WILL BE SAVED. At dahil Siya lamang ang nakagawa nito(cross in calvary) para sa atin, hindi ba dapat lamang na magtiwala tayo sa Kanya at sa Kanya lang tayo lumapit sa kung ano mang pangangailangan natin?Nakakalungkot lang that still a lot of people are blinded by the Satan’s belief of how to live a happy, peaceful life. Satan is a liar, a great deceptor/deceiver of mankind. Ex. Of the lies of Satan-you are poor and have no chance na makapagaral or guminhawa, or disabled and no chance to change their situation in life, or you’ll be happy in a forbidden relationship, etc. We have reproof of these lies from Satan. We can watched on television reproof of those people who were successful and victorious over their seemingly hopeless situation.
There’s so much things to say, pero pag mahaba nakakatamad basahin. Bakit hindi nating simulan na manalangin sa pangalan lamang ni Jesus. Yun naman ang sinabi Niya( sa mga nauna kong pahayag )Pray anything you want to say to Our Father and always thanks God and always offer the prayer in Jesus name.Ganun lang kasimple and you will see the changes in the long run of doing it. For everything you received, thank Jesus, to cry over a situation, thank Jesus. Pray unceasingly, sabi nga ni God.
Spread the good news of salvation to every nation, as mandated by our Lord Jesus Christ. .
Jeremiah 29:
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Song of Praise and Worship

Singing is honoring , praising and showing gratitude to our God revealing His good deeds in our life.
David sang songs unto the Lord to  show how he  honors  and praises God as gratitude to what he has done to his life. David was made great by God because of his humbleness and  faith in our Lord. He might have committed sin when he made Urias fronted the battle to take Bathseba (wife of Urias from him). Of course, kahit mahal siya ni God he had to be punished, so nagkaroon ng kaguluhan sa pamilya niya at namatay ang unang anak nila ni Bathseba. But, all those did not prevent David to be loved by God because of his faith in the Lord.
During the time of Moses , God told him to create a song and that should be sang by the Israel people. So, God love songs. It is one way of praising and honoring the Lord, and God is delighted in offering Him songs of praises. Below is an excerp of one of the songs of Moses to God.
 In Exodus 15:1-27 15 Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying,
“I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become jmy salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and lI will exalt him. The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is his name.
Excerpt from the Bible about how to sing songs unto the Lord. 
Psalm 98 :
1 Sing to the LORD a new song.
4 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; 
5 make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, 
6 with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the LORD, the King. 
7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. 
8 Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy; 
Do you ever imagine how does it feel with those instrument together joined with dancing in honor of our Almighty God. We do this and I felt a different joy when I sing before the Lord.
Some unbelievers do not believe in using instrument to sing praise songs to the Lord. However, in Psalms it shows how the Jews sing and dance before the Lord to praise and worship Him. They used as many musical instruments. Ibig sabihin magingay ka sa pagpuri sa Dios, isigaw mo ang pagpupuri sa Kanya.
Music of praise, honor and gratitude and revealing the good deeds of the Lord should be in a worship song.
1 Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.
2 The LORD has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
3 He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Colossians 3:16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
 Ephesians 5:18-20- 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalms 5:11“Let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.”
Psalms 9:2: “I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”
Psalms 51:14“Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
Psalms 59:16“I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.”
Psalms 63:7: “For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.”
Singing of praise is an act of  praying with melody
 In Acts 16:25 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.
And they were freed from chains  that hold them and was able to walk away from prison cell.
WHY NOT TRY TO SING PRAISE SONGS INSTEAD OF THE WORLDLY SONGS. SEE THE DIFFERENCE AS YOU CONTINUE TO DO IT EVERYDAY!

The Birth of Christ

Luke 2:8-15 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
Why did God chose the shepherds and not to anybody else. The shepherds is symbolical in this passage. Remember that the shepherds are the masters or the leaders of the  sheeps. They tend the sheep and guide them to the right direction. The sheeps in return knows their shepherd, so they follow their master (shepherd). Sheeps are known to be docile and less aggressive animals and would only listen to their master.In Psalm 23: The Lord is my Shepherd , I shall lack nothing. In this passage, it means that we are the sheeps and Jesus is our Shepherd.
In today’s world the anybody who leads people to be reconciled to God are the shepherds whose master is Jesus Christ.
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
Why did the angel said that a Savior is born, the Messiah, the Lord that will bring great joy to the people.
Remember that the Israel people had been waiting for the Messiah as prophesied by many prophets. When the angel said that it will bring joy  and salvation, it just shows that the people were full of sufferings and hardships. It had been 4000 years from the time of Abraham to the coming of Jesus. There were so much chaos and confusions and sorrows among people. Remember that Satan came to destroy, to deceive, to steal, and kill.
History repeats itself. In our present day, the world is full of chaos ,confusions,sufferings. Some people of today who has not found Jesus maybe successful, maybe happy, but are they joyful? Joyful is tantamount to pleasure with peace.
12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 
Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace on whom His favor rests.People who found Jesus has the favor from God and so will find the true joy and peace, a man is longing for.
Anong halaga ng yaman at tagumpay kungdi ka mapayapa at tunay na masaya. Brothers and sisters, true joy and peace can only be experienced with Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Not savior only, because there are some professing Christians who makes Jesus as Savior, but not Lord of their life.
My Testimony: Since I came to know Jesus and makes Him my Lord and Savior, I know the meaning of true joy and peace despite challenges I faced in life. I can tell a lot of stories of my victories. Kaya nga ayoko ng mawala pa sa piling ni Jesus. He is the Lord of my life.
28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,you may now dismiss your servant in peace.30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
Simeon who was just an ordinary person took hold in his arm the baby Jesus when Mary and Joseph went to the temple. It seems that the spirit of God was in Simeon when he said it. Hindi ba malinaw na si Jesus ang ating salvation?
Luke 16 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
In this passage Mary acknowledged Jesus as God and her Savior. Therefore, she also acknowledged that she was a sinner.Pero bakit natin sinasamba si Mother Mary. Bakit tayo nanalangin ng nakaluhod at paulit ulit na pinupuri si Maria sa isang rosaryo?
Christmas celebrations means Christ celebration. Celebrating the coming of Christ-our Messiah, Savior and Lord. However the true meaning of Christmas is lost because it is centered on material things. Our celebration of Christmas is mostly of pagan traditions and was originally taken from Saturnalia of the Romans who used to be pagans. When it’s centered on material things, then it’s wordly and therefore it is of Satans celebration.
However, for us who really knows the true meaning of Christmas celebrated it with much joy. I wish you too, who has not accepted Christ in life as Lord and Savior, would really feel what does Christmas brings to man that brings much joy.

CATHOLIC BELIEF OF SAINTS and MARY

Catholic prays to the saints (dead people who were canonized). Saints are righteous people of which prayer through them is powerful according to the catholic beliefs However, these saints were already dead because they cannot be called saints by the Vatican unless they were dead and canonized. Yes, they indeed were living in righteousness(as they believed due to  favor they had received from God or perhaps one way or another did some martyrdom or miracle on their dead body or miracles that happened in their life), if not, they cannot be called saints by the Vatican. Mother Mary seems to be their great intercessor to the Father.
These beliefs are all lie and deception by the great evil, Satan.
The belief that we can be saved through constant prayers using the rosary and of doing good deeds. The belief that our request prayers can be granted through novenas to the saints or the best is to go to Baclaran for novenas for prayer request to be granted. I was one of those who sent prayer requests, too to Mother Mary of Baclaran. Let’s accept, (to the catholic people-I used to be one) that you go to Mother Mary and Saints for prayer-through novenas, an oath or a vow or through the rosary.
It was very clear in the bible (where we depend all our belief)when God said on His first commandment (complete version): In Exodus 20:2-6 says, “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Had it not said by the Father in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son
The bible says, it is not by good deeds that we are saved. Ephesians 2:8-9 says,” For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
In Roman 10:9,”9  That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 11  As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.
With the preceding verses or exhortation from the bible, thus we can say, these saints may not be as what the catholic thinks . Di ba napakaliwanag naman yan at hindi naman matalinhaga, pero bakit hindi maunawaan ng marami.When I was at the catholic all I know for the first commandment was “love God above all”. People is tested on the very first commandment of God. Thus, we can only be saved through Jesus Christ who was sent by the Father for our Salvation. It’s not by Mary and it’s not by saints that our prayers are granted. We can go directly to the Father in Jesus name.
Why not sought God now and learn that you reallly need to accept Jesus Christ as your only Lord and Savior of life.

PRAYING FOR THE DEAD AS INDULGENCE

The belief that people can pray for dead souls so they can be saves was taken from the context of Macabees:
(41] Then they all blessed the just judgment of the Lord, who had discovered the things that were hidden. [42] And so betaking themselves to prayers, they besought him, that the sin which had been committed might be forgotten. But the most valiant Judas exhorted the people to keep themselves from sin, for as much as they saw before their eyes what had happened, because of the sins of those that were slain. [43] And making a gathering, he sent twelve thousand drachms of silver to Jerusalem for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the dead, thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection, [44] (For if he had not hoped that they that were slain should rise again, it would have seemed superfluous and vain to pray for the dead,) [45] And because he considered that they who had fallen asleep with godliness, had great grace laid up for them.
Macabees was in the old testament and it was a history of how the Macabees was victorious over their oponent with the help of God. Macabees was not included in the old testament since, it was not inspired by the Holy Spirit. God has no word about offerings for dead sinners or what the catholic called “indulgence”. It was a belief of the Macabees brothers that became a tradition.
This was actually use by the catholic leaders for earning. Hindi ba nagbabayad tayo sa mga prayer requests para sa mga patay because of the belief that they will be saved through prayers.
Another lie and deception of the evil one-Satan.
In our present day (since,we are covered by new testament) , we are save by believing and making Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. It is a grace from God and no longer offerings of blood animals that they used to do to cleanse them from their sins. That people who died without Christ in them will be separated and put to fire of hell.
In the old testament, people who were saved were those who walked with faith in God and with the belief of looking forward, a far off coming of the Redeemer which is Jesus Christ. Thus we can say that Jesus is the fulfillment of the old and the new testament.
Job 19:25 says, 25″As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth. 26″Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God;
Therefore, even Job, one of the oldest story in the Old Testament was looking forward to a Redeemer, who we know is Jesus Christ.
Abraham and other saved people in the old testament was justified in faith. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Hebrews 11:13 says 13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.
Going back to the the dead saints(those who believe in Jesus Christ). It says in the scripture that the dead people are dead till the coming of the Lord. See the following verses in the Bible:
Psalms 146:4 we see that in death, “His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.”
Ecclesiastes 9:5 5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know further reward, and even the memory of them is forgotten. 6 Their love, their hate and their jealousy have long since vanished; never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the sun.10  Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.
So which means when people died in the Lord, he or she is in the sleep mode. Death is like a very deep sleep. There are no thoughts or emotions, and without thoughts or emotions there can be no consciousness. In death you are asleep in the grave, without knowledge, without emotions, and without consciousness. However dead in Christ will rise again in His promised Second Coming as the verse below:
1 thessalonias 4:15-16,”15  According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16  For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first-THEREFORE, those dead people who are in Christ (which means who accepted Christ)shall rise first.
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.THEREFORE, those who were not in Christ when they died has no hope to rise in Christ.Thus will be separated.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. THEREFORE, those who believe in Christ, He will bring with Him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.THEREFORE, for us who are still alive and have know the Words of God, spread the news to others, so they too can be with Him in His second coming.
God is just and I’m sure everybody was given the chance for them to know about Him. However many stood on their own belief which set them apart from God. Siyempre sasabihin ng marami na napakaunfair ni God kasi mabubuting tao yung mga saints na yun. Pinagtanggol ang simbahan ang religion, pero bakit hindi Niya kasama sa muling pagkabuhay.
Before, my understanding of our God is MAPAGMAHAL, MAUNAWAIN, MAPAGBIGAY of which are very true characteristics of God. However if you seek God, you’ll come to know the word JUST which is really JUST itself. He is just in punishment, but very humble to receive you , if you turned back to Him for forgiveness.  God wants one thing from us , the word OBEDIENCE. We can never be obedient, if we don’t trust our God. All of us has the instinct that there is one powerful being  and we called it our Almighty powerful God. Ask yourself. Have you been obedient to His Words? His very first commandment to not create any images like of creation in heaven or in the earth or water and do not bow to them because He is a jealous God? Ito ba mismo na unang unos ng ating Dios Ama, sinunod ba natin? Most of the people did not know this or perhaps, did not understood this commandment of God.
Going back to the dead catholic saints, was God being unfair to them? Do you think God did not gave them one way or another a chance to come to know the real God , who is in the name of Jesus Christ.
In 2Peter 3:9 says, God goes to these extremes because He doesn’t want that any should perish but for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
In Jeremiah 33:3 says,, ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.
Brothers and sisters, we will only come to know this by reading the WORDS OF GOD, which is the Bible.

DEDICATION TO MY ONLY GOD, JESUS

If there’s one thing I have to live for,
That’s for My God who gives me all.
I will not worry about my family,
He’ll take care of them happily.
I need not worry about my future,
I have a God who’ll make it fruitful.
I need not worry about anything,
I know God is my everything.
My very wish in life is to be,
His greatest child of destiny.
To be with Him is my desire,
A burning hope when I retire.
I need not worry about our food,
I need not worry about our shelter,
I need not worry about anything,
Because, God gives me everything.
To Him I sing a song of love.
To Him I sing a song of praise.
To Him I sing a song of thanks.
To Him I sing this song forever.

The Wrath of God

Do you know the reasons why God punished Israel? Do you know what happened to the Jews?

We all know that Israel has God's favor. It was His chosen people, but why did the Jews underwent great sufferings.  The Book of Jeremiah and Lamentations showed the great sufferings of the Jews :from famine to brutal slavery in another country and death.

Imagined mo kinakain nila pati anak nila sa sobrang gutom. It was so appalling , if you can imagined kung ano nararanasan nila sa mga panahong yun. Yung iba unti unting pinapatay tulad ng binabalatan hanggang sa mamatay. Siguro, kahit panoorin mo sa TV hindi mo kakayaning makita. Ano nangyari?

From the beginning the Israel people were hard headed. They have seen signs of miracles and wonders of the works of God, but still they went their way and disobeyed God. Di ba they made a calf made of gold. Dahil lang ba hindi nila nakita or nakikilala ang Dios, pinalagay nilang ang imaheng yun ang nagligtas sa kanila. When they created the calf image, they were thinking that was God who saved them from Egypt because they have not seen Him.

Have not God made the Commandments : 20 And God spoke all these words:2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.3 “You shall have no other gods before me.4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments(Exodus 20).
In our contemporary society, man still do the same thing. They disobeyed God. They forget the number one commandment of God: Luke 10: 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.

In the Old Testament was the full order of God's command and was still the number 1 commandment of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. Bakit po ito and  number 1? Because if you follow that commandment hindi ka maliligaw? Look around what's happening? People are lost. Have you watched "Seklusyon"? It's a story of blind  fanaticism through religious idolatry. Idolatry, is the number one reasons for people to get lost and be separated from God.

The commandment of God was very clear to not make any form or image in heaven or in earth or below waters. Anu ano ba ang nasa heaven at earth : men, stars, moon, animals, plants, sun, etc. And God continued to say to not bow or worship them. Psalm 115 states:

1 Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.
2 Why do the nations say, “Where is their God?”
3 Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.
4 But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands.
5 They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see.
6They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell.
7 They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats.
8Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.
No wonder Jesus said that , many will try to enter the gate, but only few will make it. The rest will wrestle in hell. This was how Jesus described hell :

48 where“‘the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.(Mark 9:48)’
Just imagined the heat of flame burning you , you can feel it and worms that crawl over your body forever in that place.Gusto niyo po bang mapunta dito? Magisip po tayo?Bakit di natin kilalanin ang tunay na Dios. God's grace is still open. When will you decide? Sabi nga ni God, pag narining mo ang balita, do it now.

Sa akala mo lang kaya mong tanggapin na mapunta sa hell, because you are enjoying your life now. What about if you meet accident and die tomorrow or will be diagnosed with terminal cancer? What will be your chance? Wala na po kapag nangyari yun.

What happened to the Quiapo fanatics was so appalling: so many lost souls. They cried out to the image who is not God who can save them. Satan can also make miracles and fanatics of this image tend to credit miracles to the image. Is there anything as black Jesus or called Jesu Padre Nazareno in the Bible?

Naging panatiko din ako ng Quiapo. Bata pa po ako nun, pero sa Quiapo lang kami umiikot. However today, sobrang pagtutulakan sa kapal ng tao at umaabot na hanggang Luneta. Maraming galing pa ng malalayo. Anong nangyari? Nakakalungkot at nakakaawa pong pagmasdan sa mga taong ito na naghahanap ng kasagutan sa kanilang mga problema. Satan rules these people, because they were blinded to see the true Living God.

To God be the Glory , in Jesus name. AMEN.