Earthquakes are (sorta) my wake-up, reality jolt…reminding me of the prophesied times in which we live. The anxiety-toll, suffering-toll and death-toll rise in Nepal (and elsewhere). (Praying everyone gets their specific needed help in whatever form/description help takes for them personally.)
Always remaining optimistic…
And tomorrow the sun will shine again
and on the path I follow
it will unite us again
in our happiness
in the midst of this earth which breathes the sun…
And to the broad shore, blue with waves,
we shall walk down, slowly and quietly;
we shall look into each other’s eyes without a word,
and the wordless silence of happiness will fall over us.
John Henry Mackay (1864-1933)
“Wordless Silence of Happiness”…perhaps, before long, i’ll reach that peaceful place/remaining there and never write again? (It’s on the horizon and will over take me.)
DO NOT be anxious about tomorrow,” said Jesus Christ in a famous discourse on a mountainside in Galilee. According to the rendering in The New English Bible, Jesus continued: “Tomorrow will look after itself.”—Matthew 6:34.
When Jesus said “tomorrow will look after itself,” he simply meant that we should not allow undue anxiety about what might happen tomorrow add to our problems today. Another Bible version renders his words: “Do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings.”—Matthew 6:34, Today’s English Version.
One thing that the Bible reveals is what the near future will bring that will affect the whole earth on an unprecedented scale. Jesus said: “There will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now.” (Matthew 24:21) No human can avert that event. Because this event will rid the earth of all evil, and it will usher in “a new heaven and a new earth,” meaning a new heavenly government and a new earthly society. In that new world, God “will wipe out every tear from [people’s] eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.”—Revelation 21:1-4.
I just can’t see man “alone” without divine intervention (given our (incapable) track record: compounded past/present evidence of sad history & modern-story)…being able to promise/realize a new government and a new earth…free of tears, suffering, pain.
Based on the long history of major earthquakes shaking our planet, it is fair to say that we should expect more in the years to come. The U.S. Geological Survey puts it bluntly by stating: “Large earthquakes will continue to occur just as they have in the past.”
Serious Bible students cannot help but think of the Bible prophecies that specifically mention earthquakes as part of the composite sign of the last days of this system of things.—Matthew 24:3, 7; Mark 13:8; Luke 21:11. (excerpted Awake! 2010)
…and how many earthquakes since 2010?? http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqarchives/year/eqstats.php
A person’s prospects for tomorrow affect the way he acts today. For example, those with little hope for the future may adopt the attitude: “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we are to die.” (1 Corinthians 15:32) Such an attitude often leads to overeating, heavy drinking, and anxiety—not to genuine peace of mind.
Granted, if the future were left entirely in human hands, our prospects would be bleak. […]the Bible promises that God will “bring to ruin those ruining the earth.” (Revelation 11:18) By means of his Kingdom, or heavenly government, Jehovah will cleanse the earth of wickedness and bring about the conditions he originally purposed. (Genesis 1:26-31; 2:8, 9; Matthew 6:9, 10) (excerpted: What does the Future Hold? w08)
Garden of Eden…original paradise-park-like conditions on Earth: (check out Please these points excerpted from read article: Was There Really a Garden of Eden? W11) my highlights:
Among scholars, intellectuals, and historians, it was once popular to attest that the events recorded in the Bible book of Genesis were true and historical. These days, skepticism about all such matters is more in fashion. But what is the basis for the doubts about the Genesis account of Adam, Eve, and the garden of Eden? Let us examine four common objections.
1. Was the garden of Eden a real place?
Why is there doubt on this score? Philosophy may have played a role. For centuries, theologians speculated that God’s garden was still in existence somewhere. However, the church was influenced by such Greek philosophers as Plato and Aristotle, who held that nothing on the earth could be perfect. Only heaven could contain perfection. Therefore, theologians reasoned, the original Paradise had to be closer to heaven. Some said that the garden sat atop an extremely high mountain that reached just above the confines of this degraded planet; others, that it was at the North Pole or the South Pole; still others, that it was on or near the moon. Not surprisingly, the whole concept of Eden took on an aura of fantasy. Some modern-day scholars dismiss the geography of Eden as nonsense, asserting that no such place ever existed.
However, the Bible does not portray the garden that way. At Genesis 2:8-14, we learn a number of specifics about that place. It was located in the eastern part of the region called Eden. It was watered by a river that became the source for four rivers. Each of the four is named, and a brief description about its course provided. These details have long tantalized scholars, many of whom have scoured this Bible passage for clues to the present-day location of this ancient site. However, they have come up with innumerable contradictory opinions. Does this mean that the physical description of Eden, its garden, and its rivers is false or mythical?
Consider: The events in the garden of Eden account unfolded some 6,000 years ago. They were put into writing, evidently by Moses, who may have made use of oral accounts or perhaps even preexisting documents. Still, Moses was writing about 2,500 years after the events described. Eden was already ancient history. Now, is it possible for such landmarks as rivers to change over the course of dozens of centuries? The earth’s crust is dynamic, ever in motion. The region that likely included Eden is an earthquake belt—one that now accounts for about 17 percent of the world’s largest quakes. In such areas, change is the rule rather than the exception. What is more, the Flood of Noah’s day may have altered the topography in ways that we simply cannot know today.
Here, though, are a few facts that we do know: The Genesis account speaks of the garden as a real place. Two of the four rivers mentioned in the account—the Euphrates and the Tigris, or Hiddekel—flow today, and some of their source waters are very close together. The account even names the lands through which those rivers flowed and specifies the natural resources well-known in the area. To the people of ancient Israel, the original audience who read this record, these details were informative.
Do myths and fairy tales work that way? Or do they tend to omit specifics that could readily be verified or denied? “Once upon a time in a faraway land” is a way to begin a fairy tale. History, though, tends to include relevant details, as the Eden account does.
Any of us with or without a measure of health..would probably find peaceful-paradise-park-like living conditions on Earth desirable, huh?!
(word count post 1212 published 4/26/15 @ 11:21)