Lenten reflection: God and angels

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By Ver F. Pacete

As I See It

Saturday, March 28, 2015


GOD is a Supreme Being, infinitely perfect who made all things and keep them in existence. Angels are usually portrayed as attendants of the heavenly court. Their role is to worship God and carry out the divine will on earth. The Bible names only few angels: Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, Uriel, and Jeremiel.

In the catastrophe of Sodom and Gomorrah, God sent two angels who appeared to be men to tell Lot to take his wife, sons, daughters, sons-in-law, and daughters-in-law out of the town fast because it would be destroyed very soon. Lot’s family was told to escape to the mountain and not to turn around. Why? What actually happened at Sodom?

It is hard to believe that the powerful God is tied to a timetable. Why were the angels in a hurry? Was there a time bomb to explode at a specific time? Could there be radiation and that could be the reason why they were not allowed to look around again? Lot’s wife disobeyed and she saw the atomic sun that turned her into a “pillar of salt.” Is God bias for saving only Lot’s family? Are the sinners not His children?

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The Ezekiel Experience is something worth reflecting. When Ezekiel was among the captives by the river of Chebar, he saw that the heavens were opened; a whirlwind came with the color of amber (arrival of a spaceship?). He saw four living creatures with the likeness of a man. Everyone had four faces (astronaut’s helmet?) and four wings (just like James Bond’s gadgets in “Thunderball”).

If those were God’s angels (or one of them may be God Himself), why did he come with a noise and allow Himself to be seen? God is a spirit. That’s what the priest told us. Ezekiel described them to be riding on wheels. These beings told Ezekiel that he has to restore law and order to the country. He was taken up to their vehicle which Ezekiel described to be weird. (Was Ezekiel abducted by the aliens?)

We are also reminded of another event when God instructed Moses to build the Ark of the Covenant. Specific directions were given to Moses and he was warned by God not to make any mistakes. God told Moses to speak from the mercy seat and no one should come close to the Ark of the Covenant. God gave precise instructions on what clothing and footwear should be worn when transporting it.

As experienced by those who disobeyed the directions, that Ark was electrically charged. (Electricity was still unknown in the time of Moses and David.) If we reconstruct that diagram given by God to Moses today, we will end up having an electric conductor with several hundred volts. Moses made use of the Ark as his transmitter to God. Moses heard God’s voice but he never saw Him face to face.

Those who read the “Epic of Gilgamesh,” you will find similarity in the chronology of events. This epic of Sumerian origin is much older than the Bible. The same sentences could be read, “No mortal comes to the mountain where the gods dwell. He who looks the god in the face must die.”

If this knowledge comes from Moses, probably he was able to read in the Egyptian library knowledge of ancient secrets. Moses was brought up in the Egyptian royal household. Similar events could be read also from the Qumran texts that were unearthed near the Dead Sea.

We always believe that there is a God. Theosophists, theologians and philosophers will always agree that man is always seeking the truth and that truth is in God. Whatever our religion is, we always have God. What does God want us to become? God simply wants us to be good.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 28, 2015.

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