Profiting from the Tanto-Geralde case PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 31 July 2016 14:34

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Do not forget to read the Book of the Law; meditate on it day and night, and carefully obey everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful…” (Joshua 1:8, the Holy Bible).

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PROFITING FROM THE TANTO-GERALDE MURDER: In the face of VhonTanto’s arrest after his murdering biker Mark Vincent Geralde on July 25, 2016 in Manila, it would do well for all Filipinos to ponder on why Tanto appeared to have carried out the killing so easily, as if he was shooting a mere animal.

While we can no longer bring back the life of Geralde, we can nevertheless profit from the gruesome incident by figuring out what went on in the life of Tanto that transformed him into the killing machine that he is today, and make an effort among ourselves to avoid those pitfalls in our own lives.

For one, it would be well to remember that Tanto’s behavior, and patent nonchalant attitude towards taking the life of others, was predicted to happen among many. The only problem was, and is, that nobody seems to be paying attention anymore to the prediction, and others of its kind which have been handed down to us through the ages.

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WHY WAS TANTO ABLE TO COMMIT MURDER? The prediction goes like this in part: “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…”

Now, it might be asked likewise: why will people become so bad? The reason was also predicted quite accurately. The prediction said: “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons…” And why will people abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and the teachings of demons?

It is because they will want nothing else but to satisfy their own desires, and this too was predicted to happen. Read: “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths…”

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DID TANTO READ THE BIBLE? So, if these worsening behavior and attitude of human beings had been predicted and prophesied to happen, as they are in fact happening now as shown by the case of the Tanto-Geralde murder, is there anything we can do to reverse the prediction?

Yes, but only if we realize that the only thing we can ever do is go back to our Creator, the One who made us, and sincerely submit ourselves to Him once again. Truly, we, His creation, have become bad only because we have strayed away from Him by refusing to read and obey His Word, His command. Indeed, it would be good to ask Tanto if he had been reading the Word of God, the Bible.

We have been told many times over: if we listen to the Lord our God, and obey His commands, blessings and blessings, and not curses, will come upon us. If we read His Bible and put everything there into practise in our lives, we will be considered “wise”, and would be freed from the pitfalls of misfortune. So, what are waiting for? Read God’s Word, and obey His commands!

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