My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ God,
CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE.
PLAGUES THAT TORMENT HUMANITY
Due to decisions and conditions that humans have taken as well as created in the world, humanity is in peril. Man’s foolish and arrogant attitude has led to suffering and pain. Mankind is totally responsible for unleashing new and devasting plagues upon the world. The introduction of things such as perverse and deviant lifestyles, the uncontrolled and far from God ‘free life’, a carnal life, the immoral and dissolute way of living, the obsession for material goods, excessive greed, voluptuousness, amoralism, overindulgence and gluttony, the narcotics, the perverted, unnatural way of life, the human trafficking and slavery, the absence of temperance and virtue, the lack of faith in God, deception, manipulation, lying, lack of values, the disintegration of the family, the abuse, indoctrination, mutilation, and castration of children, abortion, no respect for life, world wars, mismangement of the environment, exploitation of animasls, the extinction of hundreds of animals , birds and mamals, the polluting of the oceans, lakes, and rivers, deforestation, the destruction and corruption of all institutions, the exploitation of the weak, the infidelity among people, the lack of self-respect and dignity, the apostasy from God, all these and more lead to the manifestation of devasting illnesses that plague humanity with horrific results.
One can clearly see that man without God becomes a brute, a beast, and barbaric. Without God, in their life, people lose their humanity. The animal world becomes more civilized than humans. Mankind is the cause of pain and suffering in the world. A prudent person can understand that a Godless society reverts back to moral evil and sin. Thanks be to God that not all humans are guilty of this human condition. There are people of faith, believers who are full of love for God and their fellow men. Who live according to the commandments of God, Christians who constantly pray not only for their own salvation but for the salvation of the world. Philanthropists who care for those in need and those who are suffering. They are the people that bring stability to the world and give hope to those who have been hurt and disillusioned. The faithful are a constant reminder of God’s presence in the world which He created for man.
Saint Basil the Great stated very wisely, “Because of these [sins], disease [exists] in cities and nations…and infertility of the ground, and the worst and roughest circumstances in each person’s life, pain, disease, calamities, sorrows… but the evil is not from God; because a physician cures and removes the disease, he doe not put the disease into the body.” All of us remember that from the earliest times that those connected to medicine committed themselves to saving lives and healing the infirm. Now even the medical field has been corrupted and adulterated. People have come to fear doctors and hospitals. Where people would unquestionably trust their physician with their lives, not question their motives and integrity. A hospital is now a place of death, experimentation, and forcing untested drugs on patients, where one loses his freedom of choice whether to accept surgery or take a new drug. Even governments currently are imposing euthanasia on seniors who wish to continue living. Also, the man-made viruses and their release in the environment with the result of killing millions of people throughout the world. We were given the responsibility by God to be good and faithful stewards of His creation.
The answer to our dilemma is to supplicate the Almighty God to take charge of everything, after all this is His creation and we are His creatures fashioned by His own hands have we forgotten? Mankind is so foolish to believe that it can exist without Him. We should learn from past mistakes and avoid repeating them over and over again. Historically, and for centuries upon centuries man has attempted to dominate the world, to control it and to rule over all of humanity under one government. Our Beloved Lord, however, observes man’s irrational behavior, his open defiance and disobedience to Him and awaits for his repentance and willingness to change. Man is suffering from the illness of pride and arrogance which blinds him and leads him to his eventuall self-destruction. His heart is not moved by the signs toward faith in the Lord. He has ceased all communication with His Creator and he refuses to acknowledge the Lord saying, “Who is He, that I should obey His voice?” The Lord is the Lord of All, and mankind needs to realize and believe this. We should never inquire into why God does what He does, nor ask any questions about it. Our only respose should always be obedience to Him. God is NOT accountable to us, it is we who are accountable to Him for everything that we do, say, and think.
Pharaoh in ancient Egypt found the hard way what it meant to go against God. The plagues inflicted by God upon the Egyptian Pharoah and his people were because of both the Pharoah and his servants hardened their heart and refused to obey Him. The world has known many such tyrants as the Pharoah who were cruel and savage to their subjects. However, even they had the opportunity to know the Lord through faith, for He desires that all should be saved. Humility is to know the Lord and to humble onself before Him. but some chose to instead defy Him. To listen and/or to adhere to the commands of God is a free choice that everyone ought to make. According to Saint John Chrysostom, “Humility is the beginning and end of salvation.”
The plagues which the world is experiencing today are brought about by man himself. God has bestowed upon us the gift of discernment to know right from wrong so that we may able to avoid doing evil and intead do good. Our capital example of goodness is the Lord Himself, our Savior Jesus Christ. As Prophet Isaiah reminds us, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. His name will be called the Angel of Great Counsel, for I shall bring peace upon the rulers, peace and health by Him. Great shall be His government, and of His peace ther is no end. His peace shall be upon the Trone of David and over His Kingdom, to order and establish it with reighteousness and judgment, from that time forward and unto ages of ages. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts shall perform this” (Isaiah 9:5-6).
Mankind yearns for peace and yet is unable to acquire it. However, the holy Apostles of Christ who spread the Gospel throughout the world with only “the weapons of peace,” the preaching of the Cross. Lasting peace comes from God Himself and if we desire peace for us and for the world we should turn to Him to provide it and granted to us. There is no real peace without the Lord God whether it be external or inner peace. Our Savior God says, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me YOU MAY HAVE PEACE. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Despite persecution and suffering, believers can maintain the peace and joy of Christ Who has “overcome the world” of darkness through His saving work.
“Glory Be To GOD
– Saint John Chrysostomos
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With sincere agape in His Holy Diakonia (Ministry),
The sinner and unworthy servant of God
+ Father George