Alam ng nakararami kung sino si Padre Damaso sa nobelang Noli Me Tangere (Dr. J.P. Rizal) at ang nilalaman ng Fray Botod (G.L. Jaena). Hindi rin lingid sa kaalaman ng bawat isa na maraming relihiyon, sekta, denominasyon o grupo ang naglalayong mapagtibay ang paniniwala at pananampalataya hindi lang sa Pilipinas maging sa buong mundo. At higit sa lahat, alam natin (halos) na lumulobo ang populasyon ng Pilipinas at malaking usapin (para sa iilan) ang Reproductive Health Bill at Sex Education.
I don’t practice religion.
By default I was born Catholic; going to church on Sundays religiously and became part of Commentators-Lectors. I studied at Catholic University in high school and part of it is doing stuffs as Catholic voluntarily and wholeheartedly. While into it, I attended/taught several DVBS every summer in a Christian church (non-catholic) and on my tertiary years Bible Studies set foot in our house by local pastors (Born Again Christians) when Dada got sick.
My faith/church orientation is mixed up from the beginning.
Come 2nd year college I joined a community/campus based ministry – the start of my journey to know more about what I believe, whom I worship and the purpose why I was part of millions and millions competing for oxygen in the atmosphere to survive.
The foundations were laid down and the only basis is the Bible (the faith I practice, believing these are infallible words of God). No more, no less. I bade good-bye to campus ministry packed with all the core values imparted by my mentors and the wisdom inculcated by God.
I taught in a Christian School for almost three years and served at a local church (BAC) in our community. Chanced upon with a mission teacher and enrolled. The catch is I was tagged/labeled as “cult” for the reason of joining missions and the teacher whom I’m working with has SDA background. Affected by the rumors (my family) I tendered my resignation four months before the end of the academic year (a soundless brawl) and finished the course. Intensity arose; friction almost killed my mother due to the circulation of word “cult” in our community and my relatives became furious to the church that spread it. I was asked by my mentors to go back to my home-base (campus ministry) to at least recover from such tragedy. I insisted not to (matigas kasi ulo ko).
I don’t practice religion.
The Central Dogma has been broken from the early stage of church, man-made church.
ASAL (Ang Sa Akin Lang)
- No single/particular religion will save mankind. The only way is Christ. (Jn 14)
- Salvation is between God and us (me and you) not the church.
- Church by definition is a structure. The gathering of the “saints” / people who come to worship the Living God is the church.
- Excommunication is condemnation. The church is not for condemnation or elimination (Mt. 18). He came to seek and saved the lost; the poor and the sick. We are all sick that’s the reality.
- The immoral and heretic (basis of excommunication) as reflected on the books of Gospels (woman caught in adultery) Galatians (causes division in the church) and Corinthians (man on illicit affairs) all called for repentance and forgiveness. He alone can forgive not the church. It’s a day by day walk.
On RH Bill
Based on what I’ve read the premises of the bill calls nothing to be worried about. It’s the state duty to at least deliver the Philippines from over population by giving choices and options. Again, choices, options and pro-life.
On DAMASO Protest
There is a proper avenue to air such frustrations why the Catholic Church keeps on barring the RH Bill. He has the right to protest in any form, but then again, same as the (RH Bill) premise t-he-y are fighting for it accounts for responsibility. Not any more moral responsibility, civil responsibility. Stage a rally, dialogue or others.
On Catholic Church
It was once proven that the church has something to do with values formation, doing good deeds and acts of kindness. It was long overdue and established that you have say on what is happening within and outside the Philippines that concerned morality and righteousness. I think the government is not in one way or another excommunicating you from participating and voicing your side. I think you have enough powers to use all your means (pulpit, rally, call for prayer, etc.) and other platforms (responsible parenthood) to educate how to live a pure life as a human being and the people are willing to follow and listen. Let them do their job and mind yours and we’ll mind ours. Case closed.
As simple as eating. You eat because you’re hungry and you want to satisfy the call of stomach. If the table is full of mouths but food-less then it won’t satisfy. Act as the people mandated you to satisfy at least the temporal need of hunger and everything will follow. I think we’re hungrier than before.
I don’t practice religion and denomination.
Last Thursday night (overnight prayer meeting), I was asked to deliver John 3:16 in an exhortation form. Everyone knows this verse in the Philippines per se.
It is the miniature gospel of our Lord, God’s love letter and the heart of the Bible. It says it all. A LIFE for a Life; forgive because we are forgiven and not forsaken, begotten but forsaken and forgotten, a love that surpassed all because he loves us so, keyword “so”. Let’s put it in this way (now I am preaching). The Lord loves all races and colors; murderers not murder, adulterer not adultery, liar not lie, robber not robbery. He waited long before and kept on waiting ‘till now PATIENTLY: No exclusion, No condemnation and No excommunication. His love is uninfluenced and that’s what He wants the church and people to know. And He is the only one who can cleanse us from all unrighteousness: No priest, pastor, elder, no one, only Him.
That’s why I don’t practice religion and denomination.
There is no salvation on/in religion. Earn the right to preach Christ for sure they’ll follow.
Madalang na lang ang mga pamahalaang bayan (munisipiyo – kapitolyo) na kadikit ang simbahan (by location) sa Pilipinas. Marahil, natuto na ang mga Pilipino noon. Magpapatali pa ba tayo ngayon? Kinikilala ng Panginoon ang pamahalaan at ang mga opisyal nito maging ang mga institusyon na nagpapalganap ng kanyang katuruan. Naniniwala ako na ang anumang desisyonng gagawin ng pamahalaan ay may kaakibat na pananagutan hindi lang sa mamamayang Pilipino pati na rin sa Kanya na nagbigay ng buhay para sa bayan at sanlibutan.
Ito po ay aking personal na opinyon at walang intensyon na sumira o tumuligsa ng isang indibidwal o institusyon.
Kung pinaniniwalaan ang Bibliya bilang mga Salita ng Diyos. Take time to read and digest. Spoon feeding is obsolete even in the field of teaching.