To The Editor,
With the present level of uncertainty and fear stemming from this pandemic, I want to pick up on Gordon Fraser’s reference to ‘our cavalier attitude toward the Almighty in our society’ (in his letter to the editor on the same subject. )
I have lived long enough to remember a time when most people had a certain fear of, or at the very least, a deep reverence toward God. We grew up acquainted with the Ten Commandments, and respected those limits as basic standards of behaviour.
No one was perfect but we knew that lying, cheating and stealing were wrong and instinctively understood that there were consequences for breaking these rules. It is clear that our post modern society has discarded The Holy Bible as myth or irrelevant literature along with religion. Sadly, we threw out the baby with the bath water.
“It is written” was followed by words of warning, or promises of hope in times of trouble. By way of example, the following warning from God ends with a promise.
II Chronicles 7: 13-14 reads: “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways (complacency and arrogance) then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
The great king Solomon write, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is Understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)
As we self-isolate and have time to reflect on the present epidemic and our eternal souls, it is a good time to re-acquaint ourselves with the scriptures. I’ll leave you with the following significant words from the prophet Isaiah.
“Seek the Lord while he may be found; Call on him while he is near…..Let us turn to the Lord and he will have mercy on us and to our God for he will freely pardon. Isaiah 55: 6
When you read the Holy Bible, you will discover that it is not so much about religion, but it is God’s message of comfort and salvation to man and is as contemporary today as it has been for thousands of years. Again it is written,
“All men (people) are like grass,
And all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
The grass withers and the flowers fall,
But the word of the Lord stands forever. ( I Peter 1:24-25)
Leola Meagher, L’Orignal