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This is a follow up of last night’s (07/08/2010) page discussing the fire that destroyed several businesses and homes in Aglayan, Philippines.
The cause of the fire has been determined to be a faulty/damaged propane gas line in one of the restaurants.
As you can see in the pictures, taken early the next morning, most everything that was not pulled out during the fire has been turned to ash.
Sadly here in the Philippines it is very rare for people to take out insurance. This is because many, if not most, of the insurance companies charge a small fortune for premiums all the while promising to give the person very good coverage should a disaster strike. But when a tragedy like this happens even when a person was supposedly fully covered the insurance companies pay out only a fraction of what they received in premium payments. Which means an insured person looses twice. Once from the tragedy that destroyed the person’s life, then from losing of most of the money paid to the insurance company for alleged protection should disaster strike. Thus it is not worth carrying insurance, as many people have told me, during the time I have been located here. While I am sure there are a few honest insurance companies here, from what I have seen regarding corruption and dishonest practices most everywhere one looks, I can understand why very few people are willing to risk loosing even more by getting insurance from a company that may or may not do what they are suppose to do.
So the people sometimes turn to relief organizations that always want money to “help” those in need only to discover that the help the groups claim to give does not apply to local tragedies and no assistance will be given. For the people are not “important” enough.
Basically the people are left on their own. Some of us try to do what we can to help, but alas the demand is simply to great for our limited recourses to be able to do much.
There are so many groups and people here that claim to be Christian, if they actually did what they are suppose to do and claim to do this country would be very different than what it is. Sometimes I wonder how many have read or really understand a couple of sections of the bible.
James 2:15-16 If a brother or sister is naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you sayeth to them, Depart in peace, be you warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
33: And he will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34: Then will the King say to them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35: For I was hungry, and ye gave me food: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came to me.
37: Then will the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38: When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39: Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came to thee?
40: And the king will answer and say to them, Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as ye have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it to me.
41: Then will he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42: For I was hungry, and ye gave me no food: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44: Then will they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to thee?
45: Then will he answer them, saying, Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46: And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
I do not know why these actions (or more accurately stated inactions) surprise/annoy me. Jesus saw and discussed the same root issues about 2000 years ago. Then reading through the rest of the bible it does not appear that things will get any better, without a LOT of work and effort. For Lucifer, that ole devil himself, and his minions, have convinced so many that they are doing right while in reality they are faithfully traveling on a path that leads to destruction.
While there are a lot things other people (you) could do to help the victims here, there is much greater request is that I would like to ask of you. When you lay down tonight before you go to sleep, when it is just you and your thoughts, search your soul and ask yourself, Our Father, His Son Jesus, and The Holy Spirit if you are really traveling the correct path. Are the things you are doing truly bringing forth "good fruit"?
If you honestly ask and seek the answer(s), without making excuses to justify the things you have done, or are doing, you just might be surprised what you discover.May Our Lord watch over you and everyone where you are located.