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Why Lord? Why Do You Allow This?

Why Me?

What Have I Done To Deserve This?

Etc., Etc.


PURPOSE

The purpose of this document is to illustrate - as clearly as God allows us to - the one single answer that responds to those, and many more similar, "Why's".


INTRODUCTION

If we pick up and dust off the copy of the Holy Scriptures that we have in the already proverbial coffee table for decoration and we turn to the First Book of Samuel - right there, clear as day - we may find the answer as to the "Why?" of just about every calamity that afflicts mankind.

As you may know, or at least we hope so, the Holy Scriptures are a collection of Divinely inspired writings to instruct us on how to live in this world in as near as perfect bliss as it is possible and to warn us about the consequences we will face when we do not.

The portion which instruct us on how to live could be condensed, without losing anything, in probably twenty pages. The rest of the Holy Scriptures are just to demonstrate to us what happens when we do not follow the "Factory Manual of Instructions". Those examples run well over one thousand pages. Why such lopsided proportions?

The "Factory", God, knows that man without Him is basically stupid - more so than any animal of creation; thus He hoped that with over one thousand pages of examples of what happens to man without God, man would be moved to be in communion with God. Unfortunately, satan invented the proverbial coffee table and the Holy Scriptures did not get past being a decoration accent.


DETAILS

Most of the following text is straight out of the Holy Scriptures (0). When you finish reviewing the texts, you may have discerned the answers to all the "Why's?", but if not, we shall make the appropriate comments to assist those who need help to see it.

First Part

First Book Of Samuel, Chapter 2:

While Samuel was still a child and in training in the House of the Lord in Silo and Heli and his sons were the chief Priests....

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And there came a man of God to Heli, and said to him: Thus saith the Lord: Did I not plainly appear to thy father's house, when they were in Egypt in the house of Pharao? 28 And I chose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up to my sitar, and burn incense to me, and to wear the ephod before me: and I gave to thy father's house of all the sacrifices of the children of Israel.

29 Why have you kicked away my victims, and my gifts which I commanded to be offered in the temple: and thou hast rather honoured thy (Heli's) sons than me, to eat the firstfruits of every sacrifice of my people Israel? 30 Wherefore thus saith the Lord the God of Israel: I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father should minister in my sight, for ever. But now saith the Lord: Far be this from me: but whosoever shall glorify me, him will I glorify: but they that despise me, shall be despised.

31 Behold the days come: and I will cut off thy arm, and the arm of thy father's house, that there shall not be an old man in thy house. 32 And thou shalt see thy rival 33 However I will not altogether take away a man of thee from my altar: but that thy eyes may faint and thy soul be spent: and a great part of thy house shall die when they come to man's estate.

34 And this shall be a sign to thee, that shall come upon thy two sons, Ophni and Phinees: In one day they shall both of them die35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, who shall do according to my heart, and my soul, and I will build him a faithful house, and he shall walk all days before my anointed. (God was speaking here about Samuel.)

First Book Of Samuel, Chapter 4:

1 And it came to pass in those days, that the Philistines gathered themselves together to fight: and Israel went out to war against the Philistines, and camped by the Stone of help. And the Philistines came to Aphec, 2 And put their army in array against Israel. And when they had joined battle, Israel turned their backs to the Philistines, and there was slain in that fight here and there in the fields about four thousand men. 3 And the people returned to the camp: and the ancients of Israel said: Why hath the Lord defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us fetch unto us the ark of the covenant of the Lord from Silo, and let it come in the midst of us, that it may save us from the hand of our enemies. 4 So the people sent to Silo, and they brought from thence the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts sitting upon the cherubims: and the two sons of Heli, Ophni and Phinees, were with the ark of the covenant of God. 5 And when the ark of the covenant of the Lord was come into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, and the earth rang again.:

6 And the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, and they said: What is this noise of a great shout in the camp of the Hebrews? And they understood that the ark of the Lord was come into the camp. 7 And the Philistines were afraid, saying: God is come into the camp. And sighing, they said: 8 Woe to us: for there was no such great joy yesterday and the day before: Woe to us. Who shall deliver us from the hand of these high gods? these are the gods that struck Egypt with all the plagues in the desert. 9 Take courage and behave like men, ye Philistines: lest you come to be servants to the Hebrews, as they have served you: take courage and fight. 10 So the Philistines fought, and Israel was overthrown, and every man fled to his own dwelling: and there was an exceeding great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen.

11 And the ark of God was taken: and the two sons of Heli, Ophni and Phinees, were slain.

First Lesson - A Summary

Instead of serving and honoring God, Heli and his sons (the chief Priests) allowed themselves to be honored over God and enjoyed the first fruits of the people of Israel. Thus, even with the Ark of the Covenant present in the battle area, they lost the battle and were slain. It was not "magic" - it was Divine Action.

The Ark of the Covenant was not a talisman nor an amulet to be used at the pleasure of man, and neither is the Holy Eucharist nor the Sacraments.

For the Sacraments "to work" one must be striving to be in the Grace of God and truly attempting to fulfill His Will; otherwise the abusers, (1) who try to "use God and His Sacraments" through the mechanical fulfillment of rituals, (2) will increase their debt to God and their future misery will be multiplied.

Second Part

Sometime after the death of Joshua [Judges 2] Israel apostatized and the period of "Judges" started. These were the men who God assigned to help his people out of the state they came into being after the apostasy. They served as the conscience of Israel helping them to judge/choose what was right in the Eyes of God as well as communicating to them what God Willed.

In a way, we see the original purpose (3)  of the Successors of Peter precisely as that. The first amongst equals - having the last word on matters of faith and morals. After all - in any system, someone has to make the final decision regarding his/her area of responsibility.


First Book Of Samuel, Chapter 8:

After thirteen or fourteen judges, when Samuel was serving in that capacity the following took place:

1 And it came to pass when Samuel was old, that he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel. 2 Now the name of his firstborn son was Joel: and the name of the second was Abia, judges in Bersabee. 3 And his sons walked not in his ways: but they turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment. 4 Then all the ancients of Israel being assembled, came to Samuel to Ramatha. 5 And they said to him: Behold thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: make us a king, to judge us, as all nations have.

6 And the word was displeasing in the eyes of Samuel, that they should say: Give us a king, to judge us. And Samuel prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord said to Samuel: Hearken to the voice of the people in all that they say to thee. For they have not rejected thee, but me, that I should not reign over them. 8 According to all their works, they have done from the day that I brought them out of Egypt until this day: as they have forsaken me, and served strange gods, so do they also unto thee. 9 Now therefore hearken to their voice: but yet testify to them, and foretell them the right of the king, that shall reign over them. 10 Then Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people that had desired a king of him,

11 And said: This will be the right of the king, that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and put them in his chariots, and will make them his horsemen, and his running footmen to run before his chariots, 12 And he will appoint of them to be his tribunes, and centurions, and to plough his fields, and to reap his corn, and to make him arms and chariots. 13 Your daughters also he will take to make him ointments, and to be his cooks, and bakers. 14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your best olive yards, and give them to his servants. 15 Moreover he will take the tenth of your corn, and of the revenues of your vineyards, to give his eunuchs and servants.

16 Your servants also and handmaids, and your goodliest young men, and your asses he will take away, and put them to his work. 17 Your flocks also he will tithe, and you shall be his servants. 18 And you shall cry out in that day from the face of the king, whom you have chosen to yourselves. and the Lord will not hear you in that day, because you desired unto yourselves a king. 19 But the people would not hear the voice of Samuel, and they said: Nay: but there shall be a king over us. 20 And we also will be like all nations: and our king shall judge us, and go out before us, and tight our battles for us.

21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and rehearsed them in the ears of the Lord. 22 And the Lord said to Samuel: Hearken to their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said to the men of Israel: Let every man go to his city.

 
Second Lesson - A Summary

Israel did not want a man in tune with God to guide them, they wanted someone to Lord over them. Let us now remember the words of our Lord Jesus Christ regarding the pseudo sado-masochistic human tendency to lord over others and wanting to be lorded over.


Gospel of Luke, Chapter 22:

24 And there was also a strife amongst them, which of them should seem to be the greater. 25 And he said to them: The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and they that have power over them, are called beneficent.

26 But you not so: but he that is the greater among you, let him become as the younger; and he that is the leader, as he that serveth. 27 For which is greater, he that sitteth at table, or he that serveth? Is it not he that sitteth at table? But I am in the midst of you, as he that serveth: 

and

Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 20:

25 But Jesus called them to him, and said: You know that the princes of the Gentiles lord it over them; and they that are the greater, exercise power upon them. 26 It shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be the greater among you, let him be your minister: 27 And he that will be first among you, shall be your servant. 28 Even as the Son of man is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a redemption for many.


CONCLUSION

We have, in the political arena and in the organized religion arena exactly what we wanted and, thus, deserved, just as His chosen people received what they wanted and deserved: Someone - an earthly king - to lord over them even though God explained the serious consequences of their request through Samuel.

In the political arena there are many, many examples of God allowing upon us what we wanted even though it would lead to disaster - Hitler being a shining example, but certainly not the only one.

In the case of Christianity, it became even worse. After a short while, the descendants of the first Christian "Judge" [Peter]  (3) shed  - on their own accord - their role of "Judge", appointed themselves as Rulers and Kings (4) of the temporal rulers of the world and the rest is history, and a very sad one at that (5). The Imperial Church was born and true Evangelization died.

This "action-reaction" cycle, of course, applies to everything we do. When we insist in "our way", then we better be ready to endure the consequences.

We hope and pray that this new document will assist the reader in better understanding what we mean when we state that: Pain is the megaphone that God uses for the deaf to hear. (6)


EPILOGUE

Let us pray with contrite hearts and humble spirits. Then He will hear our prayers and come to our assistance without fail. Otherwise, He will do just as He explained in the First Chapter of the Book of Isaiah (7)  - that is, He Will continue to turn a deaf ear to the millions upon millions of prayers offered with unclean and arrogant spirits.

There is no mystery 
(8)  why the world is in the state it is in spite of the millions upon millions of Masses and rosaries offered - He is simply NOT paying attention just as He has warned us over and over again.


NOTE                                               
(0) The Holy Bible : Douay-Rheims Version : On Line Edition
(1) An example of the type of abuses we refer to.
(2)  Going through the motions may yield some results, but very costly.
(3) The True Petrine Ministry
(4) The Alleged Donation of Constantine to the Roman Church
(5) A quick look into the "Papal closets"
(6) The only way that God can be certain of getting through to man.
(7) God explains this in crystal clear terms
(8) About Heavenly Mysteries

Originally Published on February 2006. European Union

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