Beware: The Black Holes of Covetousness
Part 1: Definition of Terms
█ Black Hole – 1 : a celestial object that has a gravitational field so strong that light cannot escape it and that is believed to be created especially in the collapse of a very massive star 2 : something resembling a black hole: as a : something that consumes a resource continually (“a financial black hole”) b : an empty space : void.
█ Covet – to wish for enviously; to desire inordinately for something that belongs to someone else; Covetous –synonyms: Greedy, Acquisitive, Grasping, Avaricious
Part 2: Prologue
As you see, black holes in space are greedy powerful forces that gorge everything on its path or event horizon. It is the very heart of quasars, the brightest celestial objects in the universe. Black Holes are relentless in consuming everything into nothingness! Because it is a “void,” being sucked into them is sheer annihilation.
Sin is like that. The door to it, therefore, we liken to a Black Hole. And this hole in the mind. No matter how bright our minds are, if we don’t eliminate the black holes of sin, or at least lock them out, we are reduced to nothing.
Part 3: The Bottom Line of the Commandments
Right at the end of the 10 Commandments we have a hint of this black hole and how not to be sucked into it. The 9th & 10th commandments are very unique; they talk about a hidden & very dangerous sin: covetousness. They are not about actions, they are about thoughts, about mental dispositions. Notice mo ba?
Ex 20: 17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male or female slave, nor his ox or ass, nor anything else that belongs to him.”
█ God is concerned not only with what we do but also with what and how we think. We are slaves of our thoughts. Kaya gusto yang i-conquer ng demonyo.
█The crowning glory of the ten commandments is what happens in the mind. Hindi sapat na ang actions natin ay clean. Dapat pati thoughts natin clean.
√Whatever the mind has decided on, the body will willingly obey.
Bakit nung gabi nasa immoral na lugar ka? Kasi nung 3pm pa lang habang nasa-work naisip mo na, at nag-pasya ka na, ‘di ba?
█ Your Neighbours’ House.
√Gaanong karami na ang magkakapatid na di nagbabatian dahil ang pinag-aawayan ang house ng yumaong magulang? Bakit nag-aaway away? Because of covetousness.
√ The World’s History of Imperialism is all about greed! All the great empires of Japan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain, Portugal, America, and even the great ancient civilizations naging “Great” because they were covetous. The Church was covetous too in its dark ages! Alexander the Great of the Macedonian Empire was great because he conquered the world. The Pharaohs of Egypt were great because they plundered their neighbours. Japan became an Empire because it wanted to conquer Korea and China. Ito lang 1940’s gustong kunin ng Japan ang Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. Para sa U.S. naman, American Benevolent Assimilation daw as declared by US Pres. William Mckinley noong 1898. A mild way of saying, sa amin na rin ang Philippines?
█ Your Neighbours’ Wife/ Husband.
√One of the greatest perils of ancient and modern civilization is adultery. Pag may asawa na, hindi na natin kino-consider yan.
√Loneliness is not an excuse to sin. Hindi sana dahilan ang kalungkutan para magkasala sa nagamahal mong asawa at mga anak. Kung nalulungkot ka, e di malungkot ka, live through it. It is a temptation na pag dumaraan tayo sa phase of loneliness, pupunan natin ng distractions, entertainment and relationships without Godly considerations. Even the Lord was a man of sorrows. Be not afraid of loneliness. Just be watchful when you are lonely.
√ Don’t be afraid to be lonely! Walang influence si Satan sa isang taong hindi takot malungkot.
█ Your Neighbours’ Man/ Maid Servants.
√Human Resource Piracy. “Lipat ka sa akin, dadagdagan ko sweldo mo.” Maraming friendships ang nasira na dahil sa covetousness na ganito for other peoples’ services. This Piracy exists even in executive levels! There’s piracy of top level people in companies and corporation.
█ Your Neighbours’ Ass/ Donkey.
√ Coveting your neighbours’ tools for production, his cars, his business, his assets. Minsan kasi ayaw nating umaasenso yung katabi natin kasi na i-insecure tayo, na-iingit tayo. Mabuti nga’t uma-asenso yung kapit bahay mo para di ka na mautangan, ‘di ba? We should be glad when somebody progresses.
█ Anything else that belongs to your neighbour.
√ Things. Minsan may naka-iwan ng cell phone sa pew after the mass. Ilang seconds lang, nawala na. Kung panyo lang yan, sa isang linggo mo balikan, baka nandiyan pa yan e. Ilang mga kapatid ang nag-aaway sa kalye pagnagka-salubong, “Bakit mo suot-suot yang sapatos ko?!” E kasi imported e.
√ Ideas. Intellectual honesty and respect for intellectual property rights of others.
√Status / Natural Endwoments. Inggitan madalas sa mga magkakapatid. “Mabuti pa siya laging nakukuhang Reyna Elena. Ako palagi na lang Infanta Judith, may takip pa ang ulo!” Naiingit-inggit tayo sa accomplishments ng iba. Mag-ingat. Mag-bantay. Huwag magpapaniwala sa mga advertisements. The ads are just to whet your appetites to be covetous.
CAUSES OF COVETOUSNESS
√What we look at. I came, I saw, I conquered. Veni, vidi, vincit. Looking too long with longing eyes. David sinned too because of what he saw. Watch your eyes. Lahat ng naligaw ng landas nagsimula sa pag-tingin.
√ Exposure to sinful pleasures. Tigilan ang pa-tikim tikim, ang “minsan lang naman” attitude. Physical intimacy has its place in marriage. Especially, among the youth, don’t ever be exposed to it because if you do, you’d long for it. The longer we expose and engage ourselves to sinful pleasures to more we become slaves. How do we know if we have become slaves? If we can’t do without them. Then we break our relations with God, with others, para lang we can do what we should not be doing. Just say NO. What you don’t know will never enslave you.
√Comparing. Complaining. Criticizing. Competing.
These are the 4 C’s of Covetousness. Magbantay! Critical people are the most unhappy people unless they have grown insensitive.
üAttaching Too Much Importance to Material Things, to Fame or to Power. We attach too much importance to material things, forgetting that we will leave them all behind. Don’t hurt your eternity just because of things that are not eternal.
√Close association with covetous people.
1 Cor 15:33 Do not be led astray: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” Kung ang lagi mong kausap ay mapag-hangad or materialistic magiging ganun ka rin. Choose you companions. Mag-ingat sa Collectors’ Complex. May mga impulsive collectors; you often see them on TV. Yung room punong-puno ng mga stuffed toys, ganitong brand, ganitong characters, punong puno ng mga sapatos, at kung ano-ano pa. Be reasonable even in your hobbies. Do not covet what is not yours. Do not covet what should not be yours. Yung extra shoes no yan, even if you bought it, it should not be yours; it belongs to someone who needs it the most. Kaya ka binigyan ni Lord n’yan ay dahil alam Niyang ibibigay mo rin sa nangangailangan.
√Be content with what you have. When you begin to think of what you do not have, you begin to be very unhappy. Think of what you have, then you are on your way to true happiness, wholeness, Godliness.
√Habitually thank God. Magandang prayer din sana natin: “Salamat, Lord, at hindi mo binibigay ang lahat ng aking gusto.”
1 Chron 16:34 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. Ang Diyos ay napaka-buti. He does not give us all that we want. But gives us what we need according to his plan and will.
Covetousness is, indeed, a black hole that leads us to break all the commandments, thus, to death! ♥
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