Ang Totoong Kwento

Day 3: The Story of The Flood

May isang comedy TV series na tungkol sa isang lalaki na nanalo sa lotto. He won the jackpot prize in the lottery and became an instant millionaire. A dream come true for many! Medyo luma na yung takbo ng kwento pero patok pa din sa masa, kasi nga “pangarap” ng marami ‘yun. Mahaba yung naging TV series at sa huling episode nila, lumabas na ang lahat pala ng nangyari at napanood sa lahat ng episodes ng comedy series ay isang panaginip lang. Badtrip ‘yung iba! “Ano ba ‘yan?!”

Practically the same feeling that the fans of Twilight felt nung pinalabas yung “breaking Dawn Part 2.” Pero gaya nung Twilight Saga, naglabas ng Season 2 ang comedy TV series na ‘to. Ang subtitle? “Ang Totoong Kwento.” Now suddenly all the viewing fans are interested again. I am also guessing it gathered new audience, naging maingay na kasi sila dahil sa twist, tapos ipapalabas na ngayon yung totoong kwento. Ang daming nag-abang at nanood.

What’s the point? People like real stories. People don’t like being lied to. The definition of what is real could be twisted but the bottom line is you want “REAL” stuff. Kahit pa pinipili nang iba na maniwala sa kasinungalingan, ginagawa kasi nilang totoo yun sa sarili nila kaya nagiging “real” pa din sa kanila. Kagaya ng pagbabasa at panonood ng fiction. But let me tell you the deal about Noah and the story of The Flood: IT’S REAL!

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Yep, it’s not fiction. It’s not mere story-telling nor a product of anyone’s imagination, be it Moses or somebody else. Totoong nangyari ang Flood at totoo ang kwento ni Noah. How can we tell? Two verifiable historical figures affirmed this: Jesus (Christ) of Nazareth and Simon called Peter (Jesus’ Apostle). Hindi pa kasama dyan ‘yung author ng Hebrews.

In a typical History class, Biblical account of The Flood is mentioned only as a variant of the Flood Myths of Ancient Mesopotamia. May flood myths din sa ibang parte pa ng mundo. So the implied conclusion is myth din ang Flood Myth at si Noah. Parang ganito yan: sa Quiapo may pirated DVD ng Star Wars movie. Sa Baclaran meron din. So we can conclude na yung kopya na nasa sinehan o kaya yung ibenebenta sa malls ay mga pirated din. Is that logical? Does the presence of imitation automatically deny the existence of the original?

“E paano natin malalaman na yung nasa Bible ang original?”

Balik tayo sa pelikula. Ano’ng kopya ba yung malinaw? Alin ba yung galing sa authorized seller? Paano kung yung Tagalog version ng Star Wars: Rogue One ay malinaw din naman? Kaya bang dugtungan ng mga Pinoy yung pelikula? The Biblical Flood Story and Noah does not exist only in Genesis, it is quoted in many other books of the Bible. At ‘yun nga, quoted pa by Jesus and Peter, na historical figures.

“So, it’s true. So what?” Well, if the story is real, its message is undeniably real.

What’s the message?

God is just – may kaparusahan ang lahat ng kasamaan. All sins and evil deserves punishment, yours and mine included. Unless we accept the payment Christ offers on our behalf (what the Ark symbolizes), otherwise we take it on our own.

God is Creator, He has the right to destroy what He created without being mean, bad, or immoral. Kumbaga, ay property rights siya. Kung gusto mong sunugin ang sarili mong cellphone o yung painting na gawa mo, karapatan mo yun.

Pero ito yung pinakamalupit: God is loving and merciful! He could’ve destroyed everything, but He gave another chance to those who call unto Him… in fact to those who believe in Him.

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Malamang hindi natapos ni Noah yung Ark overnight. At sa laki nito, malamang nakita ng marami. Malamang, kagaya ng mga kapitabahay o kaklase o kaopisina mo, nag-usisa at nagtanong din sila. At malamang, kahit hindi man gustuhing sumagot sa umpisa, katulad mo kapag kinulit ka na ng kapitbahay o kaklase o kaopisina o sinuman sa mga kaibigan mo, magkukwento at magkukwento ka. Mahirap gumawa ng kwento ng matinding Flood sa Middle East kaya malamang nagsabi ng totoo si Noah. Those are logical assumptions. Pero may naniwala ba sa kanya?

Listen, it doesn’t matter what people say to you. What matters is what God tells you.

It doesn’t matter kung gaano kalaki yang problema mo, God will get you through it if you will believe and call unto Him.

Unimaginable ba yung solusyon sa problema mo? God provides. Trust Him.

Just listen to His instructions, believe every Word, and obey Him to the letter.

 

*Bible Readings: Genesis 6:1-7, 11-12; 6:8, 13-21; 5:32; 6:9-10; 1 Chronicles 1:4; Genesis 5:30-31; Genesis 5:26-27; 6:22; 7:1-9; 7:10-24; 8:1-19; Genesis 8:20-22, 9:1-17; Matthew 24:38-39

 

IN-DEPTH VIEW OF THE SCRIPTURE PASSAGES

Genesis 6:1-7, 11-12;

Genesis 6:8, 13-21;

Genesis 5:32; 6:9-10; 1 Chronicles 1:4;

Genesis 5:30-31;

Genesis 5:26-27;

Genesis 6:22; 7:1-9;

Genesis 7:10-24;

 

THE FLOOD APPROX. 2319 BC

Genesis 8:1-19;

Genesis 8:20-22, 9:1-17;

Matthew 24:38-39

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