The World On The Edge

BY: Dan Phale*

Nobody knows what the dawn will bring, but the dawn does not come twice to awaken a man. In fact those who die due to ignorance are more than those who die with sufficient knowledge and wisdom. Historical facts have a very significant impact on our life. Therefore it is imperative that everybody must know where he or she is coming from, because the past and present will determine our future.

Many years have elapsed since the world came into existence. Lots and lots of things have happened. And from what we have so far perceived through hearing or seeing or reading there are so many enormous changes that have taken place… Ranging from cultural issues to social issues to spiritual issues.

Let me begin by saying that I always cherish the philosophy that a family is the only domestic academy where the children can learn principles of human conduct. In this context I remember pretty well that when I was still young my parents instilled in me and my brothers and my sisters quite a number of virtuous pillars of human life. Decency in dressing, discipline, honesty, love, perseverance, respect for others, tolerance – the list goes on and on… Those were the days when children were NOT at liberty to make their own choices willy nilly without a necessary guidance and active role of their parents. There were rare cases of alcoholism and/or drug abuse among children. If given orders and/or directions we would were not expected to make objections and arguments but to comply. No wonder, in spite of other challenges, the world was inhabited by people who had good manners… As such there was coexistence, peace and tranquility.

But with a passage of many ages down the line we are not in the same world. It is not a hidden secret that there is a very drastic change of life pattern amid mankind… Oh yes…! This is according to a meticulous examination of major issues which uniquely affect us on daily basis.

More often than not we get reports of conflicts and/or fighting. And issues of terrorism have become of regular headlines in news updates. Children are recruited and sent to fight in the battle front… What future will they wait for if their childhood is taken away from them? Day in day out many people are displaced from their homeland to become refugees in the foreign land. And the worst issue is that innocent people are ruthlessly killed. Suffice to mention herein that it is very disturbing to observe that these tragedies emanate from issues of extremism, imperialism, insatiable power ambitions, socioeconomic inequality, and racism or tribalism.

Now as a result of persistent fighting, of course with the use of chemical weapons, we are experiencing gradual climate change. The air is highly polluted such that there are increased rates of disease outbreaks and preventable deaths, thereby making the life span go down. How can there be sufficient and effective healthcare services when everybody is on the run…? Eventually all the socioeconomic activities are negatively affected.

Issues of homosexuality have also become more common in this era than in the ancient times, according to history. Some people in other parts of the world are advocating for the enactment of laws that can help to recognise same sex marriages as a matter of human rights. Very much hilarious, and this is against the order of nature. In fact a marriage was designed by God for sexual pleasure meant for two persons with opposite sexual organs, and of course for procreation purpose… And this is irrebuttable.

Let us now talk of spiritual issues. Many churches are being founded everyday. Arguably there are too many churches nowadays compared to the past. Some of us believe that such an increase in the number of churches is NOT based on the true mission of spreading the word of God; but because the spirit of rebellion is very much common among the so-called christians. Along this line of events there are too many false prophets. And the devil has taken this as a leeway to such alarming levels that some people have created on internet some blogs or websites for advancement of the satanic matters.

Well, let us cross our fingers to save ourselves from collapsing alongside the world. With the help of God we can succeed. United we stand, divided we fall… It is not too late.

Divisions In The Name Of God…?

BY: Dan Phale*

The title of this article may sound rather strange, but it only reflects some of the crude facts regarding the conduct of those who claim to be believers of the word of God.

It is very much obvious that the faith groups – hereinafter referred to as believers – are like the fortified walls erected against every form of evil forces. They are believed to be in existence in order to help all and sundry to boldly stand up against infidelity, crime, greed, oppression, lust, war, and many other evils. In this regard, one is prompted to hold on to the view that such groups of believers need to be as many as possible in a bid to achieve more formidable force against the devil.

However, in view of a meticulous examination of facts that are on the ground these faith groups are many for nothing. This has come into a reality because of divergent religious doctrines and practices which are seen to be manifestly divisive in nature. Suffice to mention herein that such differences are as a result of personalities, and misguiding creeds, and other factors that create a huge disunity among the so-called believers. This multiplicity of faith groups makes us to conclude that many spiritual groups are good for nothing.

It is even more than funny to become witnesses of such terrible divisions among members of the same faith group to the extent that the courts of law are called upon to arbitrate.

Like what Paul said to the Ephesians, “There is one Body, one Spirit, just as one hope is the goal of your calling by God. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all, over all, through all and within all.” Paul also pleaded with the Corinthians by saying, “Brothers, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, not to have factions among yourselves but all in agreement in what you profess; so that you are perfectly united in your beliefs and judgements.”

Unlike the current situation in which there are many divisions among members of faith groups, with many countless denominations, there is a requisite need that believers should get united at all cost… God has never been split. I plead with you all – whether you are the Bahais, Buddhas, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, or Rastafarians – to become the world lighthouse by sending forth rays of faith, hope, love, truth, morality, and many other virtues.