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Sunday, 18 February 2018 15:35

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… However, if you no longer listen to the Lord your God, and no longer obey His commands… all of these curses will come upon you and overtake you… The foreigners who reside among you will rise above you higher and higher and you will sink lower and lower… They will be the head, and you will be the tail…” (Deuteronomy 18:15, 43-44, the Holy Bible).

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HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR 2018: To those who, like me, sent out greetings of Happy Chinese New Year last Friday, February 16, 2018, are you aware that there are three major points about foreigners (like the Chinese in the Philippines) that are found in the Holy Bible?

The first point pertains to the command of God to believers everywhere to love and help, and not abuse, the foreigners who are residing with them, in the believers’ own country. The first commands about this could be found in Exodus 22:21 and Leviticus 19:34.

Leviticus 19:34 says we must treat well and truly love the foreigners that are in our country, in the same way we treat ourselves. In Exodus 22:31, it is there commanded that believers should not do anything that would harm or prejudice any foreigner in their land.

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BIBLE VERSES ABUT FOREIGNERS IN THE LAND: On the other hand, here is what the Bible says, in its Deuteronomy 28:43-45, about foreigners who reside or live in their adopted countries: they will be economically successful, they would in fact be the one to lend to the native believers, and they, the foreigners, would even become the leaders of the natives. While foreigners are prospering, natives on the other hand would become more and more impoverished.

There is a reason why foreigners get to be more prosperous than the natives in their (the natives’) own country, and why natives would become poorer and porter. Deuteronomy 28:15 gives this reason: natives would be recipients of, and become subject to, God’s curses, 53 in all, because they no longer listen to, nor obey, the commands of God. Part of these curses are foreigners who prosper while residing in the country of the natives.

Too, the Bible also warns the natives about foreigners being used by God to swoop down on their native land, abuse them, and make life difficult for believers who no longer listen to Him, and who no longer obey His commands (this is found in Deuteronomy 28:37-57). The sons and daughters of the native believers will also be given to foreign employers abroad, where they will also be abused and killed.

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RICH FOREIGNERS, POOR NATIVES: So, the question then, this Chinese New Year 2018, is this: which of these prophecies of the Bible about foreigners have already come true for the Philippines and among Filipinos? Isn’t it true that everything that the Bible said about foreigners in the Philippines already happened, are still happening, and will still surely happen in the days to come?

It cannot be denied that when the Chinese were just starting here in the Philippines, they were allowed by Filipinos to trade on empty small bottles and scraps, operate small stores and eateries, and sell other odd items. Filipinos took fun of them then with their kind of businesses. Yet, at this point, all big companies, including the highest positions in government, are now in their hands.

Can we fault the Chinese or the other foreigners for this? No, we cannot. It was our fault—the fault of the natives, as it were—precisely because we no longer listened to (as we continue to no longer listen to), and no longer obeyed (as we continue to no longer obey), the commands of God in the Bible. How then do we remedy this? Simple: we have to go back to God, listen to, and obey, His commands in the Bible!

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FOR QUESTIONS, REACTIONS: If anyone would like to ask me any question about what the burning issues of the  day mean, or what we have discussed here, or to consult on any problem, whatever it maybe, please call 0917 984 24 68, or email me at batasmauricio@yahoo.com, or post your concerns at www.facebook.com/attybatas.  Promise, I will answer right away. Thank God in the Name of Jesus, Amen!