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Topic: South America (02/05/09)
TITLE: Don't Blame the Messenger
By Mona Purvis
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The sounds of anguish fill the air, caught by the howling wind and carried to the very gates of Heaven. Prayers from Godís children swell to become an endless chorus of petitions. Songs of praise and worship reach the ear of God.
The whole world is under attack via Columbia, South America.
Gabriel: So much misery, sickness, death, and despair from a tree created for good by God.
Michael: We are messengers to minister to man, not teachers. It is not for us to judge. God sent me to the Incas with warnings about the Coca tree. They chose to
use the tree for evil. When the Spanish arrived in the land, God sent me with
a message to them. They, too, chose evil over good.
Gabriel: Remember the tree of good and evil in the Garden of Eden? God left the choice up to Adam and Eve. They chose evil then, too.
Michael: God said His creation was good. Yet, man has rejected the good and sought out the evil. The Coca tree is full of good, but man seeks the
darkness rather than light.
Gabriel: With greed as his seduction, the Bishop of Cuzco tithed coca, taking for himself one-tenth of the crop. If he had only known the cost to man.
Michael: The price of evil is great. When you were sent to John Styth Pembeton with a message from God, good could have prevailed. He chose, instead
to use the coca leaves in a recipe for Coca-Cola. It was not the greater
Gabriel: There were some who declared chewing it a work of Lucifer. But, evil won out and they were soon legalizing it and collecting taxes on the harvest.
Michael: Look at the lives ruined. Cocaine has become a recreational drug and is fueling Columbian rebels and drug lords. Men and women are slaves to cocaine. They are breaking Godís laws, killing, stealing and selling their bodies for this evil. Parents are weeping over ruined lives of their children.
Even Christians are struggling to fight the influence of cocaine.
Gabriel: Men seek answers from the Amazon Rainforest for remedies to cancer. The Amazon Basin is teeming with health-restoring medicines. But, the greed
of man is the motivation to seek. God wants men to desire fellowship with Him
Michael: God answers prayers. We see His love played out everyday, His grace offered freely to man, His heart saddened by manís choice to sin. We see the
abundant life God desires for His children since the beginning. We angels
watch and marvel at Godís plan for the salvation of man.
Gabriel: I wonder if one day God will reveal to man the cure for disease in the Coca tree? Will their hearts be broken to look back through time and see all the pain caused by the evil choice? Will they ever see how perfect God is in His creation?
Michael: Maybe so, Gabriel. Maybe, so.
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