Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Groans of a Fallen World

"For we know that creation groans and travails in pain, even till now. And not only it, but ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption of the sons of God, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope. But hope that is seen, is not hope. For what a man seeth, why doth he hope for? But if we hope for that which we see not, we wait for it with patience." ---Rom 8: 22-25

Like everyone else I have been watching in pain everything that is happening in our world today, to this very moment. The jaw drops, and we can only gawk at what is presented before our eyes in Japan, earthquakes, Tsunamis, nuclear accidents and all the human suffering. Christians have always known that there is an intimate link between the moral and physical orders of the universe. And doubtless we see that link more than ever with each passing day. We reap what we sow---and then some. [I am referring to the nuclear accident here. This may not have been clear this morning].

If we determine that in order to sustain our modern Babel of skyscraper-greed and hubris, our endless wars and rumors of wars on route to conquests and empires of futility---if we determine that to sustain it all we "must" have Frankensteinian nuclear powered technology---born of Einstein's (Click) and others' Great Misdeed--- it is probably only a matter of time before it comes back to turn on us with a vengeance. I'm not moralizing abstractly here, this is up-front-and-personal for all of us. Our own lives are at stake---to say nothing of our souls.

Don't believe in sin? Better look around [and within].

We fancy ourselves to be great conquerors marching under sublime-sounding banners and cliches---only to find that we are already nearly conquered---not by foreign powers but by Reality, by creation, by the works of our own hands, by God Himself.

When we were children we were told by our fathers "don't play with fire unless you want to get burned". But we spurned that wisdom for so many lies. We have rejected balance, simplicity, and have sought after the grotesquely unnatural in the name of "Enlightenment". So who now, after seeing so many near or real nuclear power catastrophes, can doubt that one day a nuclear war could likewise be triggered by supposedly 'unforeseen' events, and reckless disregard for human life and the gift of creation? As thinking and moral beings it is our duty to see and to refuse unthinkable risks. One thing is certain: we will reap what we sow, for good or ill.

The Natural Law: Everyone but the greedy and willfully blind knows:

"I am the owner of my karma.
I inherit my karma.
I am born of my karma.
I am related to my karma.
I live supported by my karma.
Whatever karma I create, whether good or evil, that I shall inherit."---The Buddha, Anguttara Nikaya V.57 - Upajjhatthana Sutta

--->Radiation level soars after Japan nuke plant fire...

--->The "Unthinkable" has happened in Japan, says EU Energy

Commissioner [click].

--->BBC: Radiation levels at nuclear plant now harmful government says...

--->Does Japan deliberately underestimate dangers to world? Nuclear crisis highlights history of 'cover-ups'...

--->Europe split over nuclear safety amid Japan crisis...

--->Natural Disasters and God: The whole creation rocks...

--->America on nuclear alert: Could fallout from Japan explosion reach U.S. West Coast...?

--->Chernobyl Revisited: Living in the Dead Zone - by Martin Cruz Smith...

--->Saudi Arabia Sends Troops To Bahrain...

He made his choice--->"Fat Man: Herman Kahn and the Nuclear Age..."

"Albert Einstein ventures outside the domain of natural science when he speculates about the essence of time and the relativity of simultaneity. The same is true about the quantum physicist Werner Heisenberg when he makes far-reaching philosophical deductions regarding indeterminacy, freedom, causality and the first principles of being. Jacques Monad in his Chance and Necessity makes outrageous metaphysical claims about chance, necessity and God."---Joseph Seifert (More here)

--->Andrew Gavin Marshall: Robber Barons, Revolution, and Social Control. The Century of Social Engineering...

--->Karzai Calls On NATO And US To Stop Operations In Afghanistan...

--->A visit to an American tent city...

--->Accused of blaspheming Islam, a Pakistani Christian dies in jail...

--->Japan Disaster Threatens Economic Recovery, Affects Economies
Globally...

Dead--->Teaching Justin Bieber doublespeak? Scroll down the page here (click) for the whole split article...Poor Justin, the powers want him to know that being openly prolife and for chastity can be a career killer. His head is probably spinning and the porridge they offer tastes so good.

--->The Rule of Gold After The Financial Collapse. Since the gold standard was abandoned worldwide, the banksters have run wild...

--->Sandro Magister writes from Rome: "For the Catholic Church, in fact, Italy has a universal mission. John Paul II affirmed this in solemn words, in a letter to the Italian bishops and in a great prayer for this nation, in 1994: "To Italy, in keeping with its history, is entrusted in a special way the task of defending for all of Europe the religious and cultural heritage implanted in Rome by the apostles Peter and Paul..."

--->A skeptic friend in Japan---1,600 Km from the affected nuclear power sites---sends the following, contradicting dire nuclear scenarios...FYI...(click) [In any case, nuclear power is potentially very dangerous (click), whatever ultimately happens this time]

 Japan, nuclear power technicians--->Surgeon General to West Coat residents: Buying Iodine a "Precaution"...

--->7 PM EST: New reactor fire as Japan works to contain threat...

--->Japan Evacuates Nuclear Power Workers: Japan suspended operations to prevent a stricken nuclear plant from melting down Wednesday after a surge in radiation made it too dangerous for workers to remain at the facility...

--->While State Security Forces Across the Middle East Falter, in Afghanistan, NATO Continues to Build...

--->Al Franken: ‘They're coming after the Internet’...

--->Never despairing of God's mercy...

"Evil may look lively, seductive, and flamboyant, but this is just the flashy show it puts on to cover up the hollowness at its heart. It is the paper-thinness of evil, its brittle unreality, which is most striking about it"---Terry Eagleton, Tikkun

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