We all know the story of Noah and the Flood as the Bible tells it. The Earth’s inhabitants became so evil, the antithesis of what the Supreme Being had wanted, that He decided to create a catastrophe to wipe out mankind and all terrestrial life, with the exception of Noah’s family, as well as all the animals he was instructed to take with him into the ark.
We’ve heard the story of Soddom and Gemorrah, where those cities were so corrupt, inhospitable, and engaged in tremendous immorality that it was decided in heaven to destroy and melt those cities with fire and brimstone raining down from the skies.
We’ve heard the account of the Exodus, the Ten Plagues that enveloped Egypt, and the Parting of the Red Sea where Pharaoh directly challenged God by openly disobeying him. This meant the suffering and destruction of the ancient Egyptian people.
We’ve read about the Biblical account of the Golden Calf incident, where the Hebrews violated the Divine law against idolatry. After Moses’ intervention with God, not to destroy Israel, they were subsequently spared, but after also issuing a bad public report on the land of Canaan, were condemned to wander 40 years in the desert before being allowed to enter the Promised Land.
We know that the Kingdom of Babylon was allowed to destroyed the First Temple in Jerusalem in 586 BCE, because Israel was again engaged in idolatry and corruption. As a result, Babylon was to fall a few years later also due to their own corrupt ways, the destruction of the Temple, and violation of the Temple’s Holy Golden Vessels.
The Greek and Roman Empires became too powerful for their own good, and corruption led to their downfalls.
The Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE, and the Jewish people went into a long exile for almost 2,000 years, which the Talmud attributed to the hatred of one’s fellow man, and the corruption in their own governmental policies, including bribing and buying the Priesthood.
Hitler’s Third Reich came to power in Nazi Germany in 1933, murdered in cold blood some 6 million Jews and 6 million Gentiles, and finally fell a few years later in 1945.
One does not have to be a prophet to know that today, we are all faced with a global situation of uncertainty. Keeping in mind the philosopher, George Santayana’s, immortal words, “those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it,” we can be certain that the world we live in, is indeed heading down a path that is not going to be good for its well being. Governments of the world are repressing their own people’s freedoms and civil liberties through totalitarian dictatorships. They are seeking to control every aspect of their citizen’s lives, removing free will. They are murdering their own people simply because they may voice differing opinions than the government’s ideas. Politicians are doing whatever they have to do to get into office, and to stay in that office. Some of these politicians and governments are engaged in the building of weapons of mass destruction in order to take out entire cities, not for the purpose of preservation of life, but for the purpose of World Domination. We cannot even travel safely and comfortably without the need for extensive airport security. Well established democratic countries are not immune to the corruption that politics has a tendency to bring. Even many Houses of Worship have forgotten that they are not to be there for power, glory, and honor, to be mere political institutions, but rather should be spiritual centers first, doing what is right and proper, primarily taking care of the needs of the congregants, then business second, with politics not even being a consideration nor rearing its ugly head. A great definition of “politics” is: poly, meaning many, and tics are blood sucking vermin. As long as there are Boards of Trustees composed of irreligious minded people, with titles of power, this will be a problem for religious institutions.
Our economies are currently a disaster. A very large percentage of people are out of jobs, with nothing on the horizon for them. There are natural disasters, one after another, plaguing the planet. Our natural resources are being used up even though we’ve had the technology in renewable energies for over 50 years. The world is at war, with new ones popping up every so often. The entire world we live in is falling apart right before our very eyes, and we all wonder, why? Look to history to find your answers, as those who do not learn from the lessons of history are compelled to relive them. Even the great Rome fell due to corruption.
Though there is a separation of Church and State, the founding fathers of the United States were religious minded men. They believed that someone above was always watching what they were doing, and so they acted more honorably. The words, “In God We Trust,” is printed right on the face of our currency as a reminder to be ethical in business. The Declaration of Independence refers to the creator, opening with, “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
Then it continues further, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
We cannot directly control what happens in the government, or what decisions they make without our knowledge. We cannot control who is being paid off, or who is acting on concerns of self-interest. So what can we do individually to make a difference in our society? How can we change our own lives and the lives of others for the better? If running for President is not an option, one can begin by first thinking of the needs of others within one’s own circles.
Imagine a world where the concept of “pay it forward” reigned supreme. I teach my fourth grade classes this concept. That is, if each person would strive to help a minimum of just three people they know, in a way that they cannot help themselves through a life altering change, we could change the world we live in for the better. However, the rules are that the helper must not receive any payback from the helpee. Instead the helpee should in turn pay it forward, and help three OTHER people. Imagine how this idea can spread. Those who know of an open job can help a needy person get that job. Those who have an abundance of money, or are in a position of power, can help those they know who are in dire financial straights. If you have an expertise in one area, or certain contacts, you could help someone else through your expertise. Imagine how we can repair the world, by putting this plan into effect in our own lives, three people at a time. It would essentially put into effect the biblical precept of, “love thy neighbor as thyself.” Instead of the world continuing its launch into the “black hole” of oblivion, causing our own future apocalypse and demise, we can actually pull it back out. This non-selfish way of thinking would actually change the world. This is real change… good change you can count on, and it all starts with your own thought processes, influenced by information that you feed your mind with, and those you choose to associate with.
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