Tuesday, February 21, 2006 [ 8:44 AM ]


In the editorial of the Philippine Daily Inquirer yesterday regarding the grief-stricken landslide in Baranggay Guinsaugon in Saint Bernard town, Southern Leyte, it wrote this phrase:

“Ours is still a religious nation, so it is only to be expected that in the last few days both public discourse and private conversations have touched on the threshold question: How can God, Allah, or Providence, allow something like this to happen?

There are no easy answers; there may be in fact no answer.”

I believe that the bible has the answer, and I would like to assert this for those who still question the authority of God and His compassion.

In a country that admittedly has a vast corrupt government officials and unproductive citizens, why should God take away the lives of the chaste and the children innocently studying when the landslide occurred? Why not just make the landslide arise in the halls of congress to lessen the corrupt? Or in the prostitution dens where shameless lust takes place in bright daylight? That seems reasonable to think. But to think that God seems merciless, God seems inconsiderate, that is very idiotic.

The scenario is something like of what happened in Sodom and Gomorra. Everyone was killed, including innocent children. But why?

God has his reason, and we cannot question His wisdom and justice. The death of the children is not something we should mourn about, although to anguish in this situation is something natural. Just think about it, God may have saved those little children from more misery. Those children will surely make it to heaven. As said in Matthew 19:14

“But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

That could be the reason, and that is a great reason. Those children who died would not need to suffer long, they need not endure the inequities of this world anymore. It seems a tragic death for them, but they might be luckier than us, when they woke up, what they would see will be the face of our Lord. Who knows, if they did not die in that horrible event, they might not end up in heaven.

For those wondering why the fraudulent is still alive and kicking, God gave them a chance to make their lives anew.

That tragedy is a warning. It is a reminder for us that there is Someone, greater than us that we should always remember. Someone whom we are liable to. No matter who we are, wealthy or not, we should learn to recognize that someday we would be accountable for all our deeds. Maybe not in this world but somewhere else.

“See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.” –Deuteronomy 32:39