In response to questions about stigmata

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Dear Editor,

In the past weeks there have a lot of writings, about the Stigmata. It is no secret that this is clearly something that is out of the ordinary, the fact that this girl had been chosen, In my opinion, must be viewed as a blessing, not just to her but to all of Samoa. The fact remains that there are forces in this life that we cannot pretend to understand. 

On Sunday a preacher, said “……, he doubts that what has been described as a ‘miracle’ is in line with the word of God.” 

Good Sir, I am surprised. One would then pose the question to you. “What is then the basis of Christianity?” It is Faith. Faith misguided or not, is powerful, I need not tell you, about the history of religion, and how it was used by some of the leaders to progress agendas, that we are now “enjoying” today. 

You and the likes of “Rachel , and M.S. Filimoeatu” question the validity of the stigmata, and you in particular have made a point and referenced Moses. What you have forgotten, my good sir is the message, behind the miracles performed by Moses, “Goodness conquers Evil” case in point, swallowing of pharaohs snakes by Moses and Aaron’s snakes.   

I agree “Right from the scriptures there was always another spirit that goes against the spirit of God.” Yes that is true. BUT I urge you to read Matthew 12: 22-28, Mark 3: 24-25 and Luke 11:17 

Matthew 12: 25 “Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.”

M.S Filimoeatu, ….. “But to have an exhibition of this sort and to use the Lords name in Vain is ungodly and Unholy” I ask you; what about the saints? They too Exhibited their deeds all in the name of Jesus and for all the world to see, the only difference is technology. 

What we have taken for granted is that, if it weren’t for these “Exhibitions” we would never have believed in Christ. It is human nature that we doubt. 

 We know from history that not all the saints “Men of God” were holy, in fact I must say, 80% of them were “Unholy and Ungodly” yet we have overlooked their pasts and only appreciated their wins. Their deeds, allowed for the Evolution of our Christian Faith, that we now enjoy. We see everyday, how the Lords Name is been used in Vain, yet do we voice it? No we don’t. Why? Because we have grown accustomed and are comfortable and are unable to distinguish, between the abusing of HIS HOLY NAME and the later.   

Rachel“Signs/Stigma has only approached through individuals of purity……… due to their constant love and care for others……… this girl however, not only does not have any proof behind such conspiracy but have claimed to receive a message from that is somewhat addressed only to Samoa and its church…..”  Who are we to question the purity of another? Who gave us the right measure how one cares and loves?  How much more proof do we need? 

If it is “To see is to believe”, then why do we accept the accounts of the bible…. We accept it because it is by faith. Faith in the unseen is the true measure of Christianity. In relation to the message, I put this to you. Is the message wrong? 

Oscar Wilder….“Every Saint has a past and every Sinner has a future” to me this is what I am taking away from the “Message of Toaipuapuaga” it has given me hope. That I too must change my ways; That I too, must do my part in the grand scheme of things. Our Leaders have also acknowledged this, and only now is my respect for the PM, restored I now believe that he will lead Samoa righteously.   

Toaipuapuaga. I thank you for your courage, you have been chosen, it is not an easy path that awaits you, but it is one that you must take. From a Sinner, I pray, “May the Lord keep you, May the Lord guide you, May the Lord be with you ALWAYS Amen. Someone told me that before you were born you were named by your dying grandfather. And the meaning of your name is beautiful. And I believe that he too was shown a vision about your future. 

To all I leave you with the prayer of Serenity by; 

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) 

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
Amen.


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