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Worse Than Tragedy

The term tragedy is used more than ever before.  Tragedies are happening in every place.  Some involving a few and in other places many are involved.  They are mysterious. A tragedy can happen and persons involved may not have contributed in any way to its destructive consequences.  They have no respect of persons.  The young, the beautiful, the intelligent, the intelligent challenged, the old, the rich, the poor, even the innocent do not escape tragedy’s overpowering force.

There are as many questions asked concerning tragedies as there are tragedies.  The most common one -why? Why did this have to happen? Why were so many innocent lives taken?  Why properties destroyed? Why the financial ruin?  Why my loved one and not your loved one? Why didn’t they just go home?.  Why did they leave home? Why? Whether in nature, in bizarre circumstances, people, person or a thing , no one has an explanation as to why?  Quizzing everyone from the psychologist to the wisest counselor will ultimately lead to more questions and guaranteed hypothesis.

While Jesus Christ was still on this earth, all we need to know about tragedies were answered by Him. The entire discourse is found in the Gospel of St Luke 13:1-5.  It’s all in Red in many bibles indicating the words are from the mouth of Christ and from his infinite wisdom and knowledge that surpasses our understanding. There were those that witnessed one tragedy after another. The first being innocent Galileans, who were of all things, involved in a religious service. ( Jesus was also a Galilean)  They were slaughtered by Roman soldiers. The worshipers were in the midst of blood sacrifices in which the soldiers mixed their blood with the animal sacrifices. A bloody mess you see.  Then the unnamed witnesses related to Jesus of  another catastrophe. These were killed when the tower in Siloam fell and slew 18 people.  I don’t think terrorism was cited as the reason for the tragedy that day.  Jesus gave a shocking response as he listened to the misfortune inflicted on unsuspecting souls in one day.  Especially those that die in tragedies.  He didn’t offer condolences, no words of comfort.  The compassionate Savior realized that while the Why of it all was still on the lips of those who were spectators of the sad events or recipients of the news, the truth was what they needed to hear.  His reply was  except you repent, you shall all likewise perish.

As it was in the days of Jesus,  so it is now.  More tragedies and more news of death and destruction.  There are those that survive calamities.  Whether you are a survivor or a thousand miles away from a bad scene, it will be worse than a tragedy if you leave this earth and have not repented of your sins.  If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of your life.  Before it’s too late, tragedy or not, it will be tragic for anyone to spend eternity in a place of torment, forever separated from a loving God.  You say you don’t believe Hell is real, that doesn’t make it unreal or any less terrifying.  Jesus knows every episode of tragedy, it’s a fallen world, everything goes.  He’s even there to help us get through difficult times of suffering and pain and promises help in the time of our need. Heb 4:16  It’s awfully kind and merciful of our God to advise us of safety in or out of a tragedy.  A person that has repented of his sins is one that is safeguarded against any tragedy.

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Who authored marriage anyway?

Things to Ponder

You can search prehistoric history, or maybe not, and you can research link after link of Wikipedia and your investigation will draw a  404 error every time on this question.  There isn’t a scientist, a teacher, a holy man, nor a philanthropist that was so brilliant as to introduce the institution of marriage.  Furthermore, to distinctly characterize it as a union between a man and a woman is quite frankly omniscient.. If mankind had absolutely nothing to contribute to this affair, why are they attempting to rearrange its meaning?  This generation is insisting marriage between two men or two women is matrimony.  Not realizing that if it was not so from the beginning, they wouldn’t be here to argue, fuss, and fight over this issue.  Humans as we know them, would be extinct before you could say same sex marriage.

Historically speaking, the only record we have on marriage between a man and a woman is found in the Book of Genesis.  This is the Holy Bible. God inspired men to write but under the auspices of His Holy Spirit.  Now many may not believe the Bible is the infallible word of God, but it does not change the fact that it is the only place you will find the one and only account of  the first man and the first lady  that God created.. The first husband and wife .  She was everything that Adam needed. Instructions were given by God to future  grooms to leave mother and father and cleave to his wife. Genesis 2:24.  It would be worth reading the first two chapters of the First Book of the Bible.  The text continues and it substantiate the first claim to” no shame in their game” even though they were completely naked. They were surely in the will of God and it was all good.

Still not convinced.  You may have to really read the first chapter of Genesis.  It gives the account of an Almighty God that made heaven & earth.  He made the moon, sun, rivers, animals, the sea, the birds and everything that was made was made by Him.  He spoke things into existence.  By the way, there is no recorded history of anyone naming the beast of the fields, the fowls of the air, and all living creatures.  Keep on reading and you will discover that God’s man Adam was given this remarkable opportunity.

For I am the Lord, I change not.  Malachi 3:6 (This is the last book of the Old Testament) God has not changed his mind about marriage.  It was his idea.  Although He is rich in mercy, one writer in the New Testament testified that it is a fearful thing to fall in the hands of an angry God.  Hebrews 10::31.  The God of the Universe in his infinite wisdom thought it was good for a man and a woman to marry.  It is too bad that the bible predicted that some would become vain in their imaginations and their foolish hearts would be darkened. They would profess themselves wise, they became fools. These changed the truth of God into a lie. Romans 1:21-25 Redefining marriage is that lie.