October 2015

Monthly topical artices kindly supplied by a regular visiting               

speaker from Northampton: Stan Burditt.

 

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Deception       The German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen has sunk into its most serious criminal charge of ‘aggravated deception’. Lawsuits are being raised in a number of countries such as America, Canada, Italy and France for the mal-practice of tinkering with their cars and vans computer. Computers in certain makes and models were adapted to cheat an exhaust emission test reading when being tested on a rolling road. When the vehicle returned to normal road use the computer flicked a component that permitted nitrogen oxide to pollute the atmosphere up to 40 times above the legal limit. This was done to give higher fuel economy and alleged cleaner emissions to enhance car popularity and increase sales. 11 Million cars worldwide are affected.

Repercussions from these revelations have caused the company boardroom to be shaken up and their CEO Martin Winterkorn to resign, and German Prosecutors have opened an investigation against him.

BBC News reported that German chancellor Mrs Merkel said on Sunday that the carmaker now needed to provide the "necessary transparency". "It is of course a dramatic event which is not good….But I think the reputation of German industry... is not so shaken that we are no longer considered a good place to do business."

VW’s stock value has dropped 40% in the past week and bankruptcy is a real threat. This would send shock waves through the German economy and World Stock markets.

 

The polluting of the atmosphere has more serious consequences than loss of money, it causes loss of life!  ‘To lose one’s wealth is much! To lose one’s health is more! To lose one’s soul in Hell is something no one can restore!’

The Detroit News in their Business Section wroteVolkswagen’s pollution-control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years, according to an Associated Press statistical and computer analysis.’    

BBC News reported on Sept. 29th. ‘Olaf Lies, a Volkswagen board member and economy minister of Lower Saxony has told Newsnight some staff acted criminally over emission cheat tests.

He said the people who allowed the deception to happen or who installed the software that allowed certain models to give false emissions readings must take personal responsibility.

He also said the board only found out about the problems at the last meeting.

About 11 million diesel engine cars are affected by the problem.

Mr Lies told the BBC: "Those people who allowed this to happen, or who made the decision to install this software - they acted criminally. They must take personal responsibility."

He said: "We only found out about the problems in the last board meeting, shortly before the media did. I want to be quite open. So we need to find out why the board wasn't informed earlier about the problems when they were known about over a year ago in the United States."

This VW Board member has an unfortunate surname in attempting to exonerate the Board and implicate others.

 

I learn from Matthew’s Gospel (ch.28:12 to 15) that large money can produce large lies, “And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.”

The Jews who crucified Christ did not want the truth to come out that He had risen from the dead and was no longer in the tomb.

The Devil (Diabolus: – Deceiver, slanderer) was busy in the Garden of Eden. 1Tim.2:13 reads, “For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”  Eve was duped by the devil to disobey God, which Adam did also and sin came into the world. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Rom.5:12)

There are numerous recordings in the Bible of people deceiving others and those who were deceived. Jacob is a prime example of a person who practised deception. He deceived his father Isaac to obtain the firstborn’s blessing. Thousands since have deceived their parents, they have lied to them to achieve their own will without thought of the consequences. Jacob’s deception affected his brother Esau who swore that he would kill Jacob and their mother Rebecca was implicated in sending Jacob away to her family in Syria. While in Haran in Syria, he married Laban’s daughters. He served Laban for Seven years in order to marry Rachel but when the time came for her to be given to him, Laban decived him and gave him Leah. He served Laban another seven years for Rachel. Laban deceived Jacob, Jacob deceived Laban, Rachel deceived her father. What a web of deception that family wove and the issues are stll running between Arab and Jew. Thankfully God changed Jacob’s character at Jabok when he beame ‘Israel’, not only a name change but his life changed for the better and the future blessing of that nation in a coming day.

 

Galatians 6:7 is a timely warning, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” We might think that we can deceive others and possibly deceive ourselves but we cannot deceive God, the concequences of our sin we shal answer to God for, and where shall we stand in that day?

When a person trusts Jesus Christ to be their Saviour all the guilt of past sin is dealt with through the death of Christ on the cross. 1John1:7 says, “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”  Are you a believer or are you deceived? 

God bless.

 

Stan Burditt