Day 2: The Fall & The Beginning of Civilization*
Malupit ang mga action movies ng mga Pinoy. Bakbakan talaga. Nung bata ako favorite ko si Robin Padilla. Nung High School ako may pelikula siya na napanood ko sa TV. Medyo nagulat ako. Nakakaaliw ang mga action scenes pero pag Pinoy movies tipikal na mababaw ang kwento, bibihira ang malalim. Kaya nagulat ako sa isang malalim na linya na binitawan ng “Bad Boy of Philippine Cinema”:
Nakabukas ang mga mata mo, pero wala kang nakikita!
Think about that statement. Are we not like that, we have eyes but we’re not seeing? Familiar words, right? Si Lord pala ang original ng linya na ‘yun ni Pareng Robin. The Fall of Man from his glorious state of creation by God happened because they looked away from their Creator. Hindi ba ganon naman lahat ng batang naliligaw? Naaalis kasi nila ang tingin nila sa Magulang nila na gumagabay sa kanila? Pinagsabihan na sila pero pinili nilang hindi makinig?
Nakita naman nila kung sino ang mas katiwa-tiwala, kung sino ang nagmahal at nag-aruga sa kanila, pero kanino sila naniwala?
While I love apologetics and the educating people about the logic and rationality of Christianity, I also know that it’s not really the logic and reason that brings someone “back” to God. Kasi sa loob ng isang tao, alam naman niya. He knows who his maker is. He knows he is loved and created. A man can really live a good and decent life without God, as many atheists have proved, but they know deep inside that it is not a life filled with joy and meaning. It is not a life to the full. They may be happy, but they are not joyful.
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
~ Jesus (John 10:10)
Kaya kung mapapansin mo yung readings for today, the line of Cain has started civilizations. Why? Because they’re not fulfilled, and they’re looking for fulfillment. Wala n’yan sa history book, so I understand if you will doubt. Pero kung pagdududahan mo yung information na ‘yun, you might as well doubt the existence of God. Doubt the existence of meaning and reason. At alam mo ba na without God everything becomes meaningless? Even atheists know that.
At kung pagdududahan mo ‘yun, babalik tayo sa pinagmuni-munihan natin kahapon: pagdudahan mo na din ang kabuluhan at kabutihan ng buhay mo. Walang magiging diperensya kung magpapakamatay ka na ngayon din, tutal wala naman ang Diyos at walang saysay ang buhay. Pwede kang gumawa ng sarili mong kahulugan, totoo ‘yun, pero hindi naman talaga totoong magiging masaya yung puso mo. Maghahanap ka lang ng mga bagay na pwede mong gawin para maramdaman na significant ka, gaya ng lahi ni Cain.
But even if you analyze world history… textbooks will show you that civilizations began and grow because of the desire and attempts for progress. Naghahanap daw ang mga “unang” tao ng improvement. To improve even if it means they have to raid and attack fellow humans, anyway hindi naman nila ka-grupo o ka-tribo? Why? Because they’re not contented. They’re not fulfilled.
That’s how the line of Cain thought and acted. And sadly, ganyan pa rin mag-isip ang mga tao ngayon, minsan lalo pa yung mga nagsasabing Kristyano sila. Hindi naman kasi nila ka-grupo o ka-tribo o ka-church o ka-denomination kaya aatakehin nila… all in the name of improvement and spiritual progress.
Are you aware of these traps and pitfalls to which humanity have fallen? To which WE (you and I) have fallen? Pitfalls found, ironically, especially in religion?
There is only one solution: repentance. We must walk back to God.
Baka isipin mo, “E si God ang nagpaalis kina Adam at Eve ‘di ba?”
Yes, but like any proud child who has been lost but is too arrogant to admit, Adam and Eve never looked back. Cain even answered back. E ikaw, will you answer back or will you choose to look back?
Turn back to God, and Eden is right there waiting for you. The Father will even run towards you at the first sight of your humility and surrender. And He will robe you with the finest clothes and give you His ring of authority. Choose to embrace His promises!
*Bible Readings: Genesis 3:1-7; Genesis 3:8-19, 21-24; Genesis 4:1-15; 1 Chronicles 1:1, Genesis 4:25-26; 5:3; 4:26; 5:6, 9; 1 Chronicles 1:2; Genesis 5:12, 15, 18; 4:16-24; 1 Chronicles 1:3; Genesis 5:21, 25, 4-5, 22-24, 7-8, 28-29, 10-11, 5:13-14, 16-17, and Genesis 5:19-20; & 1 Corinthians 15:21
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