09 Oct The Book of Life
2016, October 09
The BOOK OF LIFE
Last week, the world saw the funeral of the Israeli leader Shimon Peres. The event drew the world’s most illustrious leaders like Bill Clinton, Obama, Tony Blair, Holland, etc… Listening to their meticulously crafted eulogies extolling Shimon’s exploits, one can get the impression that he will ascend straight to heaven at any moment. But no. Right now, Shimon is gnashing his teeth in hell, for the hundreds that he has killed.
GOD doesn’t listen to eulogies, as they are rich in flatteries and lies. In funerals, there is always an abundance of flatteries and lies. In judging a man’s fate, whether he is for Heaven or for hell, GOD refers to the ‘BOOK OF LIFE’. Nothing sways HIM, not these eulogies, not the pleadings of mothers, friends, priests, whoever.
Shimon has a Guardian Angel who watched him ceaselessly 24/7 thru his entire life, taking note of all his deeds: every thought he entertained, every word he uttered, every action and emotion he had, even those things he had opportunity to do but didn’t do. All of these the Guardian Angel recorded in the Book Of Life. Like Shimon, each of us seven billion people living today, has a “201 file” in there, always being updated by our Guardian Angels every moment. Thru this book, everything will be accounted for, whether one is great or small, king or slave.
Salvation is unaffected by eulogies, even if graced by the most elaborate ceremonies and blessings of the Highest Priests. Eulogies failed to save even one of the American Presidents. From George Washington to Ronald Reagan, all of them are now gnashing their teeth in hell. They all died with bloodied hands, still so proud and unrepentant up to their last breath. In the most dire condition are JFK (Vietnam War) and Harry Truman (atomic-bombing of Hiroshima).
Those who see you stare at you,
they ponder your fate:
“Is this the man who shook the earth
and made kingdoms tremble;
the man who made the world a wilderness,
who overthrew its cities,
and would not let his captives go home?”
All the kings of the nations lie in state,
each in his own tomb.
Even this President Marcos’ burial brouhaha, whatever happens won’t affect anything anymore. Pres. Marcos himself is now oblivious to all of these. He has forgotten everything, that he doesn’t even remember he has children named Bongbong and Imee. Right now, he is ceaselessly begging Abraham to “have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.” (.LUKE.16:24.)
Also, priests cannot forgive sins. Like the rest of us, no priest is perfect: all of us have sinned, all of us will die, and all of us will be judged. All of us are merely temporal creatures on earth. If Catholic priests can forgive sins, essentially that means they hold the keys to eternal life, making them the gate-keepers of Heaven.
The task of forgiving sins is exclusive to the FATHER. HE is the only one to choose who will be with HIM in Heaven. HE has not delegated it to any flesh and blood, not even to Abraham, Moses, the Prophets, and the Apostles. Though these men of GOD performed miracles and prophesies, they were not given the authority to forgive sins**. It is unthinkable that Catholic priests who don’t do miracles and prophesies can be “higher” than the Prophets.
**F.Y.I. – Moses brother Aaron and many Israelites made the golden calf, Moses did not forgive them but only interceded before GOD for their sins. (.EXODUS.32:30.)
When King David sinned, Prophet Nathan (.2 SAMUEL.12.13.) , and Prophet Gad (.2.SAMUEL.24.11.) did not forgive him but just conveyed the LORD’’s punishment for him.