GOD’S SIMPLE & AFFORDABLE WAY OUT OF POVERTY:SOIL TOILETYeHoWaH, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, was and is always a Godof freedom. In the Old Testament, He demonstrated His freedom-loving andfreedom-giving quality by liberating the Israelites from the 430-year bondage of Egypt.One type of freedom is the freedom from occupation, colonization or oppression by a foreign people. In the years 1677 B.C. to 1462 B.C. Egyptwas the oppressor to Israel; from A.D. 1521 to A.D. 1898, Spain was theenslaver of the Philippines.Through Moses, YeHoWaH plucked out Israel from slavery in Egypt.Through the Americans and Filipino revolutionaries, God physicallyremoved the Spaniards from the Philippines.But the slavery to sins such as those injected to the slaves by the enslaversdid not go away with their human agents. The sins remained, even thoughthe sin-teachers had already gone away.Bonifacio and other Filipino revolutionaries thought that by driving theSpaniards away, the Filipinos would finally be free. Yes and No. Yes, physically and politically, we were set free; there were no more Spaniardswho ruled over us. But No too because even if the Spaniards were gone, wewere still slaves to sins and vices perpetrated by those evil occupiers for our weakening and continuous downfall. True, indeed, a little more than acentury after the exit of the Spaniards, the vices of gambling especiallycards and cockfighting, smoking, drunkenness and others have transmutedfrom being seeds into huge trees now, overshadowing the whole nation – read: almost every Filipino is either a practitioner or a supporter of suchvices.