Friday, May 06, 2005

Will History Repeat Itself?

Does History have To Repeat Itself?
Or Can We Change It?

The collapse of nations and empires has held an interest for me all the way back to my teenage years. I remember talking to dad about the civilizations that have disappeared from the earth. Like the Egyptians, the Romans, the Greeks, Babylonians, to name a few. My question at that time was how long could we expect the US to last when other nations have failed to survive.

Over the years I have read different opinions why the different civilizations failed. Some of these writers were right with at least part of their reasons. I was looking for a simple condensed three point statement why the powerful nations failed.

Little did I think when talking to my dad all those years ago that I would live to see the day when America (Canada Included) would meet all the requirements for failure, as shown to us by past civilizations.

Two words describe the reason for the downfall of once powerful nations.

>>>>>>>>>>"MORAL CORRUPTION<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Moral corruption is a monster with many heads and any nations that allow this monster to mature will become its victim.

History does not have to show that North America followed the same road as the other nations in the past did.

Abraham asked the Lord (Gen. 18:16-33) if He would spare Sodom if there were ten righteous people. God said He would spare the city even for ten righteous people. "God does hear the prayers of a righteous man". "Our destiny can be chosen".

The moral life of any people rises or falls with the vitality or decay of its religious life. John Sutherland Bonnell

Test of Faith

The last few months I have been entering Beachy ancestors into my "Family Tree Maker" program on the computer. I feel like I’m beginning to know some of the Beachy people back there so long ago.They are more than just a name with a date of birth and death. They become a real living person when I read about the death of their children, babies, teens, young men and women, deaths through accidents, and sickness. Life was not always easy, oh Yes, there were good times as well, when we all hoped it would never end.

Today some of you are experiencing hard times dealing with sickness, old age, cancer, and loss of family members. Death seems to be lurking around the corner, like a thief waiting for the next victim to come along. To rob us of our life that we had planned so carefully; to cheat us out of the dreams we laid out to achieve over the years.

“In reality our birth is nothing but our death begun.” (Quote)

This is nothing new; it has been going on ever since God made man out of dust. The positive side, is the "Hope" we have that has been passed down for hundreds of generations. Our ancestors in Switzerland had this hope so firmly ingrained that even death by cruel inhumane ways, would not cause them to retract their belief in God.

They must have been tormented in their minds, "why should we have to suffer at the hands of supposedly religious men? Why should we be murdered because we understand the Bible differently than the rulers of the church?" Regardless of the cruel torture and death they suffered, they still left a legacy that we profit from today. They fled to America to start a new life, free to decide for themselves what was right.

Their faith was beyond our imaginations; was it really? There are many of you people in our own families and friends that have this Hope, this Faith; just as strong as our ancestors who were put to death for what they believed.

The Test of Faith comes to all of us, with slight variations, as it did our ancestors; will history show we passed the test? "We can be sure it will."

“Faith is a path; that leads us through unknown territories with confidence, because we know the final destination.”

“More than anything else, I believe it's our decisions, not the conditions of our lives, that determine our destiny.”