God Is Mighty, But Don’t Dance With Lions

BY: Dan Phale*

I have been prompted to publish this article because of the reports which indicate that we have lost our fellow human beings due to misguidance which comes with teachings by some religious faith groups in some parts of the world. Hence, the contents herein are a strong warning against negligence or omission to take any of the necessary actions in preventing premature deaths under the impression that God will be there to do anything to save the deadly situations.

Let me begin by sharing a disheartening story which happened in our community last year… There was an expectant lady. When her time to deliver was due, she went to the temple, as a matter of requirement based on church doctrines. In fact, one doctrine in her church is that nobody should seek any health service from the physician in the hospital, no matter what. Instead the church elders should pray to God for healing and/or delivery. This happens due to their shallow understanding of the commonly preached faith or belief that God heals. The problem, however, arises when they don’t admit the difference that God is immortal compared to human beings, and that some of His healing powers are delegated to the medical doctors.

Now it happened that when the expectant woman arrived at the temple, the elders assembled for prayers. But the prayer session started and ended without the desired results the contrary of which was that she was wincing in terrifyingly great labour pains, profusely bleeding. And finally the worst of its kind occurred… She miscarried. From there she went back home where the situation turned to be intensively critical until she breathed her last… May her soul rest in peace.

Certainly, we were destined to face a similar situation when three children were about to die of diarrhea. But some of the people in the neighbourhood secretly reported to the local authorities for intervention. As such the authorities immediately ordered the parents as well as the faith group leaders to take the sick children to the hospital or face prosecution in the court of law. And for fear of the legal punishment, they took the children to the hospital where they got the relevant medical attention.

As a matter of reality, such leaders have so far procured deaths which might otherwise be prevented… I mean, what is the rationale of having church doctrines which have the potential to put church members at risk…? Ironically, the Bible does not prohibit administration of medicines to the sick people… The book of Sirach 38: 1-2, 4 is very clear on the physicians and health. It says, “Honour the physician with the honour due him according to your need of him, for the Lord created him; for healing comes from the Most High, and he will receive a gift from the King… The Lord created medicines from the earth, and a sensible man will not despise them.”

It is very true that our heavenly Father is the almighty God, but we don’t have to play with Lions… Thinking we should not go to the hospital for a mere thinking that God is a healer is not different from playing with a hungry lion. It should be understood that in His own mysterious manner God gave each of the people a talent to serve others… In this regard the medical doctors are there to help everybody who falls ill. And the most worrisome fact is that some diseases are communicable, and if not dealt with, there is a very high likelihood of disease outbreaks which eventually will inhibit human growth and development.


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.