By: Bro: Fernando Presillas
The bible was not written by God according Sen. Miriam Santiago?
Technically and scientifically she was right. As Filipinos, we all believe and agree that the constitution of the Philippines is the fundamental law of the land though it was only a product of human legislators in congress and senate or whatsoever. And pretty-well, as doctor of Divinity, she knows also that the bible is the Word of God written in the languages of men as what she learned from Catholic school and of the fundamental teachings of the Church.
CHURCH DECLARATION THAT THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD:
The Bible, as the inspired recorded of revelation, contains the word of God; that is, it contains those revealed truths which the Holy Ghost wishes to be transmitted in writing. However, all revealed truths are not contained in the Bible (see TRADITION); neither is every truth in the Bible revealed, if by revelation is meant the manifestation of hidden truths which could not other be known. Much of the Scripture came to its writers through the channels of ordinary knowledge, but its sacred character and Divine authority are not limited to those parts which contain revelation strictly so termed. The Bible not only contains the word of God; it is the word of God. The primary author is the Holy Ghost, or, as it is commonly expressed, the human authors wrote under the influence of Divine inspiration. It was declared by the Vatican Council (Sess. III, c. ii) that the sacred and canonical character of Scripture would not be sufficiently explained by saying
that the books were composed by human diligence and then approved by the Church, or that they contained revelation without error. They are sacred and canonical “because, having been written by inspiration of the Holy Ghost, that have God for their author, and as such have been handed down to the Church”. The inerrancy of the Bible follows as a consequence of this Divine authorship. Wherever the sacred writer makes a statement as his own, that statement is the word of God and infallibly true, whatever be the subject-matter of the statement.
Though the Bible was written in the languages of men, but it is the will of God that His words be heard through the mouth of His chosen people called Hagiographers.
a)Heb.4:12”For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword..”
b)2 Pet. 1:20-21”Understanding this first: That no prophecy of scripture is made by private interpretation. For prophecy came not by the will of man at any time: but the holy men of God spoke, inspired by the Holy Ghost.”
c)Heb.1:1-2 “In the past God spoke to our ancestors many times and in many ways through the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us through his Son..”(GNB)
d)Mal 2:7 “For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.”(KJV)
e) Rom 15:16 “of being a servant of Christ Jesus to work for the Gentiles. I serve like a priest in preaching the Good News from God, in order that the Gentiles may be an offering acceptable to God, dedicated to him by the Holy Spirit.”(GNB)
f) Gal 4:14”You despised not, nor rejected: but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.”(DRB)
g) 2 Co 13:3 “You will have all the proof you want that Christ speaks through me. When he deals with you, he is not weak; instead, he shows his power among you.”(GNB)
The Catholic Church violated the fundamental laws of the land regarding Declaration of Principles and State Policies Article II, Section 6 that says:”The separation of Church and State shall be inviolable. The separation of Church and state.”
• The principle of separation of church and state is often cited by many persons in all sorts of situations. From traditional politicians trying to surreptitiously push a morally questionable population control program, to anti-clerics who want to monopolize debate in important issues, the principle of separation is employed whenever the Catholic Church, or any other religion, speaks out and steps on a few toes.
• The separation of church and state is sometimes thought of as a “wall” separating the affairs of the two. Those who follow this thinking usually claim that religion should have nothing to do with the affairs of men. They would probably also say that religious belief should not influence the crafting of laws, affect the actions of public officials, or even be part of public debate. Instead, government should be neutral towards all religions and be totally secular in nature.
The Philippines is currently governed by the 1987 Constitution, which states in Article II, Section 6:
”The separation of Church and State shall be inviolable.”
In Article III, Section 5, the Constitution also states:
“No law shall be made respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed. No religious test shall be required for the exercise of civil or political rights.”
The Philippine Constitution therefore in that it specifies two points governing the relationship between the state and religion. First there is an “establishment” provision which prohibits the establishment of an official state religion or a state-favored religion. 2nd there is the guarantee of protection of the free exercise of religion.There is no mention, however, of a “wall” separating religion and government. More importantly, there is nothing that mandates that religious belief cannot be a consideration in the crafting of laws and public policy, or that it be kept out of public debate, or that public officials must abandon religious beliefs in the performance of their duties. It can be argued then that the idea of a “wall” separating church and state really has no constitutional basis.The document itself speaks of keeping the state from adopting any religion or imposing the same through any coercive means. It does not, however, state
that religion can have no role in public life.The purpose of separation of church and state is to defend religion from federal interference, not the other way around.
Some have even gone so far as to claim that separation of church and state means that religious leaders including priests and ministers cannot run for public office. This is plain religious discrimination and has no legal basis in the Philippines.
The Catholic Church itself discourages priests from participating in partisan politics since such participation may divide the flock; but this is not a constitutional or legal prohibition, and the Church can also allow it in some cases. As far as the law goes, there is simply no provision whatsoever in the Philippine Constitutions that prohibits priests and ministers from holding public office. The bottom line is that the principle of separation of church and state is to guarantee religious freedom by preventing oppression by the government but not to silence the church. Yet it seems that there are those who would rather use it as a means to keep the Church from pointing out errors and exposing wrongdoing.
This is the reason why Pope Benedict XVI has spoken of an “intolerant” secularism that begins by excluding religion from the public sphere and ends up so extending that public sphere that the individual conscience is left with no room for religious belief.
Total separation of Church and State means total separation from God because Christ is the head the Church is His body. A government without a Good is helpless and will not prosper in all his plans.
a)Eph.5:23 For a husband has authority over his wife just as Christ has authority over the church; and Christ is himself the Savior of the church, his body.
b)Sirac 10:4-5”The Lord sees to the government of the world and brings person to power at the right time. The success of that person is in the Lord’s hands. The Lord is the source of the honor given to any official.
A true Christian leader will not separate God from civil obligation. To separate God and the Religion He founded, the civil government become a Godless human institution and it is unconstitutional because we implore the aid of God in our PREAMBLE of the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines to wit:”We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of Almighty God, in order to build a just and humane society and establish a Government that shall embody our ideals and aspirations, promote the common good, conserve and develop our patrimony, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of independence and democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution.
Rom 13:1 “Everyone must obey state authorities, because no authority exists without God’s permission, and the existing authorities have been put there by God.”(GNB)
Joh 19:10-11 “Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Remember, I have the authority to set you free and also to have you crucified.” Jesus answered, “You have authority over me only because it was given to you by God
1Ti 3:15-16 “But if I delay, this letter will let you know how we should conduct ourselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth. No one can deny how great is the secret of our religion: He appeared in human form, was shown to be right by the Spirit, and was seen by angels. He was preached among the nations, was believed in throughout the world, and was taken up to heaven.”(GNB)
Act 4:19-29”But Peter and John answered them, “You yourselves judge which is right in God’s sight—to obey you or to obey God. For we cannot stop speaking of what we ourselves have seen and heard.”(GNB)
Christ Himself expressed His faith at all times. He didn’t hide behind any sentimental notions of “keeping one’s faith a private matter” or political correctness.
Sabi nang mga Iglesia ni Cristo,” mali ang interpretation ng mga Catolico sa Gen.1:28 na magparami ng anak. Ibig sabihin niyan controlin ang panganganak. Ito po ang sabi ng biblia:
(TAB) “At sila’y binasbasan ng Dios, at sa kanila’y sinabi ng Dios, Kayo’y magpalaanakin, at magpakarami, at kalatan ninyo ang lupa, at inyong supilin…”(ang salitang”at inyong supilin” ,ibig sabihin pigilan ang panganganak at gagamit ng contraceptibo.”
• Anong klasing “Iglesia ni Cristo?”Seguro “Iglesia ni Cristo MCMXIV?” Dahil ang tunay na Iglesia ni Cristo ay ang Iglesia Catolica ayon sa turo mismo ng kanilang Pasugo Magazine:”True Church of Christ is the Catholic Church. “Even secular History shows a direct time link between the Catholic Church and the Apostles leading to the conclusion that the True Church of Christ is the Catholic Church” Pasugo Magazine July-August 1988, page 6”
• Iyon ba talaga ang turo nila?Hindi ko narinig eh? Pero kong totoong turo nila yan, maling-mali ang kanilang interpretation at salungat sa katotohanang inihayag sa biblia. Balikan po natin ang sinipi nilang sitas ng Bibliang Tagalog translation. Ito po ang full text ng Gen.1:28
(TAB) “At sila’y binasbasan ng Dios, at sa kanila’y (sinabi ng Dios, Kayo’y magpalaanakin, at magpakarami, at kalatan ninyo ang lupa, at inyong supilin; )at magkaroon kayo ng kapangyarihan sa mga isda sa dagat, at sa mga ibon sa himpapawid, at sa bawa’t hayop na gumagalaw sa ibabaw ng lupa.”
• Klarong-klaro po dito na hindi ang pagdadalang tao o pagbubuntis ang dapat supilin kundi ang lupa.Sa English translation po ay mas lalong malinaw.
(CEV) “God gave them his blessing and said: Have a lot of children! Fill the earth with people and bring it under your control. Rule over the fish in the ocean, the birds in the sky, and every animal on the earth.”
• Dito po ating napatunayan na tao ang controlin at hindi ang pagdadalang tao.(”Have a lot of Children! Fill the earth with people”)
• (GW) God blessed them and said, “Be fertile, increase in number, fill the earth, and be its master. Rule the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that crawl on the earth.”
To you Sr. Joanne and to those who are seekers of truth, I think I have done my part to answer and clarify the stand of Cong. Manny Pacquiao and all oppositions concerning the interpretation of Genesis 1:28. So let us be one in defending life and truth who is Christ himself (Jn.14:6). St. Paul says,”
2 Co 13:8 “Non enim possumus aliquid adversus veritatem sed pro veritate- For we can do nothing against the truth: but for the truth.”