Mark 7:21-23 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. (KJV)
I write this article because of the latest occurrence in our world; the country is Austria, the venue: Amstetten, lower Austria.
Ever since the news broke out on the 27th April 2008 about a 73 year old man who kept his daughter under lock and key (?—More like inside an underground prison apartment behind a 300 kilo-remote controlled door ) this used to be a bunker built in war times for underground safe hide-away which he later took time to modify, here this man kept his daughter for 24 years and he molested her sexually during which period she bore 7 children for her own father including a set of twins , one of which died soon after birth and he burnt the corpse! During all these years his wife says she was unaware of the goings-on?!
Three of these children have never seen the light of day nor of the sun as the case is.
The oldest of these, I gather, is 19 years old; these ones have spent a lump sum of their lives in a hell-hole, empty, without forward movement in so many ways!
He is in police custody at the moment.
This reminds one of the Natasha kampusch case(2006) where she was also hidden in such a cramped- room prison by her abductor for 8 years (she was abducted when she was 10years old still in the same country!).
I could not help thinking a lot about the whole issue, how wickedness, evil and sin have been accepted as the norm in many lands right across the globe and how one who is holy, righteous and sincere is looked upon as WEIRD, also I wonder about the heart of man and the evil it can device and conjure up, even what acts he can also perpetrate thereof, in this recent world who knows how many more similar cases are to be revealed in due course.I happened to overhear a conversation on the issue and i heard some people say that SO WHAT! INCEST IS NOT NEW IN THE WORLD AND IT IS NOT PECULIAR TO AUSTRIA ALONE! I was totaly shocked and thought, is that a reason for such misdeed in this issue!
I thought a lot about God’s word and how he means the best for us in all things
I thought so long and pondered on the word that struck me the most in the Bible which speaks His heart the most about us, “MY PEOPLE PERISH FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE”
How very true!
God is really right, you know! He gave us commands to follow and guidelines to fine tune our daily lives,What God is really asking us to do is obey his word. Live in a way that is pleasing unto Him; pure and holy, fully sanctified.
The more time we spend in the word of God and praying, the more we will begin to be like him, changing in character, emotions, mentally and eventualy have a better and more peaceful world to live in.
But if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5
Rather we often make Him to look like a strict fun-spoiler, a task master who is authoritarian in His ways but the commands in His word are realy for our good
FOR EXAMPLE He says:
Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and the righteous slay thou not: for I WILL NOT JUSTIFY THE WICKED.---when we go against this there is pain, confusion and eventual death, physically and spiritually
Whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death. He that sacrifieth unto any god save unto the Lord only,he shall be utterly destroyed------same as above and also fearful living because other gods do not give free gifts.sexual intercourse with an animal is an outright debasement of the status of the man! God has put us above them and in charge of them but to do this is exchanging our birthright for dirt and dung.
We must be sober, self-controlled vigilant and watchful for our adversary never sleeps and his emissaries are many.
In his job as a licensed funeral director, a man who says he knows exactly what smoking can do to a person's body speaks thus, "I see the autopsy of people. I've seen their lungs; I've seen how black they are, what it does to them," he says. "And I still smoke. That's how powerful it is."
This is a serious stronghold in this generation, to thoroughly desecrate and destroy the Lord’s temple that He has put in our care and still He is not the one that is hurt on the long run, WE are!
YOUR BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT yet we fill it with junk food daily abuse it with alcohol, drugs smoke and all other sorts of defilements
Disease, discomfort, depression and distress comes with our disobedience and oftentimes passing it on to generation after generation(For example, imagine a mother pushing a pram or buggy smoking continuosly on this journey), thus leaving a permanent open doorway for the enemy to keep this world in bondage continually.
I often hear that some people , even Christians say that nothing is said against smoking in the Holy book!!!!!
I was even in a group once when someone ( a long time Christian) said that there is nothing wrong with alcohol consumption, „so long as you know your limits“!!!!!!
Let us take a look at the ten commandments(Exodus 20:1-17):
1. THOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER gods BUT ME
2. THOU SHALL NOT WORSHIP ANY OTHER GOD , FOR I AM A JELOUS GOD.THOU SHALL NOT MAKE ANY GRAVEN IMAGE OR ANY LIKENESS OF ANYHING THAT IS IN THE HEAVENS OR THE EARTH OR THAT IS IN THE WATER UNER THE EARTH
3. THOU SHALL NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THY GOD IN VAIN
4. REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY TO KEEP IT HOLY
5. HONOUR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER, SO THAT THY DAYS MAY BE LONG
6. THOU SHALL NOT KILL
7. THOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY
8. THOU SHALL NOT STEAL
9. THOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR
10. THOU SHALL NOT COVET THY NEIGHBOUR’S WIFE AND ANY OTHER PROPERTY OF HIS.
Indeed God knows what is good for us,when take detailed look at the commandments it shows that if any is broken by us ,on the long run there is pain, depression, fear, loss of peace, a disturbed and confused household, crisis in life’s ventures,sickness disease and so many other things but He has promised so much to those who obey all these commandments not to bribe us or to increase nor can it decrease Him when we obey but to help us naturaly and automatically to live stress free and abundant lives on earth till we return to Him.
Check out Exodus 23:19-33
Judas said unto Him(not Iscariot),Lord how is it that you will manifest yourself unto us and not unto the world?
Jesus answerd and said unto him, if a man love me, he will keep my words:and my father will love him,and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
1Peter2:1-2(kjv)----Giving us good advice and counsel always
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile,and hypocrisies,and envies, and all evil speakings,as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby
EXODUS 34:6-8-------- declaring His majesty and and his role as a just God
And the Lord passed by before him and proclaimed,The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long suffering and abundant in goodness and truth keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgressionand sin, and that will by no means clear the GUILTY(emphasis mine) ; visisting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children ,and upon the children’s children, unto the third generation and to the fourth generation and Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.
Let us seek Him while he may be found, the days are evil!
COME UNTO ME ALL YE WHO LABOUR AND ARE HEAVY LADEN AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST