Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The biblical apple tree – Alfred E. Baldacchino
The first time man met his Creator it did not take him long to upset the applecart through his lust and greed for power. When man later met the Son of his Creator, he crucified Him, ironically in God’s name.
History books recount how crusades and holy wars were waged to wipe out the infidel. Countries were looted, civilisations raped and that which did not have any economic value burned, all in God’s name.
In the meantime, leaders consolidated their power through such atrocities executed in God’s name. These leaders, whether political or religious, swore that their power was given to them by God. They acted in God’s name and, as such, they could do no wrong.
As man became more conscious of the intelligence with which he was endowed by his Creator, his relationship with God became something of a myth, to the extent that he found it more convenient to create his own god, a gold-god, nicknamed dollars, euros, pound, yen or what have you.
Man adores his newly made gold god. He does everything for it and is ready to die for it even by gnawing at the very root his own existence. So reminiscent of another biblical passage when Moses went on the mountain to receive the Tablets and his absence his followers made and adored a golden effigy.
This phenomenon can also be seen in our country. An illegal development was issued with a permit on the pretext that the
Mother of God appeared on site!
Holy Mass is celebrated on a monthly basis, with political shrewdness lacking any spirituality – making mockery of the very concept of God – on the development site of a cemetery that has been issued with a stop notice for irregular works.
I recall another biblical passage when the Son of God cleared the temple because the house of His father was being turned into a den of thieves. Commercial activity then was the selling of doves and pigeons, not land or graves!
“The biblical apple tree has been stripped of all its apples”
The limited resources of our planet are being exploited as if man is living just for the day. The biblical apple tree has been stripped of all its apples, denuded of its leaves, uprooted, chopped into pieces and what was not of economic value thrown on man’s intelligent-dump heap.
Ecosystems, such as rainforests, oceans, fresh water, air, climate, land and the fauna and flora they embrace are being exploited beyond the limit. Man feels he is no longer answerable or dependant on any superior being but only to his man-made god. This god never chides him but urges him on in his lust for power, without any need of ethics or of any spiritual guilt feelings.
Man wants to play god. He decides on what and who ought to continue to live on this planet. He changes ecosystems that took billion of years to evolve but which are not good enough for his own ends. He genetically modifies organisms to make them more perfect, on the pretext of feeding the hungry, the very same people whose countries he raped and looted in bygone times. It’s a convenient excuse to adore and honour his gold god, now his servant.
Barely a century ago, the world fought a regime that wanted to have a perfect race and butchered anyone who was not fit to form part of it or who stood in the way of achieving such aim. Millions died to oppose this bizarre idea. Yet, today, even in some of the very same countries that fought such a weird concept there are ideas that unfortunate and disabled people are a burden to society because they are exerting pressure on the gold god and not contributing anything to it.
The terminally ill and the old have been facilitated with legal euthanasia. Those who do not contribute to the gold god because of unnatural conditions are not worth their place on this planet. This man-made gold god has led some to prefer to have a plush palace from where to dictate and decide the people’s fate rather than to offer last comforts to those who have humbly lived a decent life working and, possibly, contributing to elect their leaders. But in gold god’s name such leaders turn against the very same people when they dare ask questions or show their dissent.
The planet is inundated with atrocities committed in the name of this god. A similar scenario can also be witnessed closer to home, albeit still more subtle.
My God is a totally different God. He forgives, loves, cares, helps and aids all life on this planet. He is not in need of any material paraphernalia and detests wars, killings, butchering, stealing and injustices. I won’t be surprised if some might laugh me off saying that I still believe in granny’s tales or in fiction. Admittedly, there is no more spirituality in man’s life today, no respect, no ethics, no compassion but just greed and lust for materialism and power achieved in gold’s name.
One can easily see the biblical camel cantering through a needle’s eye while man is suffocating in insatiable mouthfuls of biblical apples.
Well, whatever, whichever, wherever, however and whoever your god is, may your god be with you when you reach the end of your lease on this planet and depart to meet your Creator, whether you believe in Him or not. With your god by your side, you may say: Quis ut Deus?