Friday, February 19, 2010

FROM THE BARREL OF MY PEN
By Gonzalo “Jun” Policarpio


THE FALL AND RISE OF MAN


I want to share with you one reality of life that is persistent and irrevocable: we live with all kinds of problems and we cannot avoid them. Why?

From the time of conception until delivery, every human being passes through a series of problems, medical or otherwise. As God told Eve in the Book of Genesis after touching the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, “in pain you shall bring forth children.”

And for listening to his wife to taste the forbidden fruit, God told Adam, “by the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Disobedience to God’s commandment caused all these problems surrounding us as punishment until we all return to the ground. But God is a good God and a God of Justice: He provided solutions for every problem confronting our lives.

Here comes the subject of faith in God’s promise of redemption from the sin of disobedience.

As a Christian, I will talk from the Christian point of view via the following biblical verse in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Now before us lie the cause of the problems of life in this world and the solution provided by the Creator.

We all get sick because our physical body is full of germs and bacteria and constantly under attack by various kinds of viruses. But God has allowed medical science to advance and show the right path for treatment together with His promise “the prayer of faith shall save the sick.”

We all suffer from financial problems because of the “thorns and thistles” that the cursed ground brings forth. But again God has showed ways to solve them such as “saving a penny for a rainy day.”

We all die or return to dust because sin has turned us into mortal beings. But God has promised that “whosoever believeth in Him (Jesus Christ) should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Problems may come and go but FAITH will make us go forever

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