Archive | August, 2012

Tapal

22 Aug

The best tapal I’ve ever seen! I might even shed a tear or two because of joy! Errr… maybe except for “through the mouth”… “on the tongue” would be the better version.

I know someone who would be happy to see this! 🙂

Revising Relativism

21 Aug

There’s this little image I saw once that somehow ‘celebrates’ relativism… that one’s own perception of truth is just as good as anyone else’s. It’s just a different perspective of looking at a single truth. Perhaps that is applicable to some points as shown in the image below but it cannot be applied to morality.

 

Anyway, having objected to this view, I tried to ‘Christianize’ this image.

Relativism is a virus for Christians

14 Aug

Been in a mini-‘exchange of ideas’ because of a friend’s post. I simply chimed in because it talked about his conversion into Christianity — meaning the Protestant faith. I said to him, through a comment on his post, “you say that as if Catholics aren’t Christians” with a smiley at the end. 🙂 Some other friends commented and then a little exchange ensued. Not an ugly one, though. There was a question of “who are real Christians?” and how I think that Christians should also have a relationship with Christ through His body — the Church. And then the question “which Church?” came in. After some more exchanges, we finally ended up with Sola Scriptura and Sola Fide (actually, the 5 non-negotiables of Calvin but I only chose the two 2).

Everything was pretty civil and intellectual until finally, the owner of the post chimed in:

This reminded me of the 70s hippie crowd… love and peace for everyone! 😛

He, obviously, comes from the “it’s not religion, but a relationship with Christ, that’s important” group of Protestants.

He claimed that this was, in any way, going to resort to bashing of any religion. He corrected his title to “my journey towards being a born-again Christian” (like so many other people title their journey) to be more specific and, true enough, he didn’t say anything against Catholicism or Catholics explicitly. The only problem I had — the apparent exclusion of Catholics from Christians — was already resolved. The comments are the only things that kind of ‘set-up’ the situation for me to ask deeper questions of faith.

Things weren’t really getting out of hand. I don’t know if I was pressing the wrong buttons but the final comment he posted somehow stunned me. And led me to question if I had been actually evangelizing uncharitably, and have I gone too far in ‘defending’ my faith? Have I, instead of bringing one closer to God and His Church, turned others away?

After getting over the initial shock, I found some comfort (no matter how small) when I reviewed his comment and took note of the words I underlined. Relativism really is something that we need to combat, as Pope Benedict XVI says. It’s a pity how this ‘disease’ has affected one of my Christian friends. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” in John 14:6. And my friend has answered it himself through his post — that his own Jesus (truth) is what’s important. Never mind if other people have different Jesus’. What’s important is that you believe in your own truth. Such is the dilemma of Christians who think that they worship one God but do not realize that they only worship themselves because they create their own truths and ultimately their own god.

Another conclusion I have come to realize is that, perhaps, my approach was too direct for him. That my style of evangelization through challenge of thoughts and ideas is not his way of accepting things. He admits in his post, “as you can see, i am so much into the details and emotions and whatnot.” so witnessing through emotions might have been the better approach. I will confess, though, that this way (emotional approach) isn’t very convincing for me as I am more into the intellectual deduction of things. Emotions are volatile and easily misinterpreted. Remember that feeling of ‘love’ in high school? then in college? then at work when you found “The One” #1, “The One” #2, and so on? Yep, that’s right… those feelings.

 

“Born-Again” Christians ARE Protestants

11 Aug

yep. they are. deal with it.

Of Men and… well, Men.

1 Aug

Men and homosexual men.

I just heard of a book, “Of God and Men” by a certain Ateneo alumnus who goes by the name Raymundo Alikpala who, for all intents and purposes, has discerned that he is sufficient to be his own theologian, vanguard of morality, and spiritual adviser.

Why? Because he doesn’t want to change his lifestyle. Because he has conformed God to who he wants Him to be — not conform himself to what God wants him to be. Because he has, essentially, become a Protestant.

In his July 27 post entitled “The Things I Believe In” on his blog “Of God, Men and Bakla,” he has clearly renounced the Church, Peter, and essentially Christ himself. His reasons I quote below:

 

I believe in my own conscience and the mysterious workings of the Holy Spirit. I believe that my twenty years of Jesuit education and the many years of living that followed have sufficiently taught me the difference between right and wrong, moral and immoral, legal and illegal, and through God’s grace and spirit I am mature enough to make moral decisions for myself and take personal responsibility for my actions and my life, including the salvation of my soul. I believe that I do not need a bunch of old men telling me who God is and isn’t. Nor do I need experts telling me that God’s Word is this and that, or that I should conform my life to what they claim is God’s will.

I am an adult. My life here and beyond is strictly my own business and no one else’s. And I believe that God agrees. (emphases mine)

 

And THIS is exactly how a protestant “outs” himself to the world… how I believe that God agrees with ME.

Really? You’re staking your spiritual life on 20 years of Jesuit education? That’s not saying much from where I’m standing. It’s all about me… me, me, me… I, I, I…

But the Catholic is different. That is why we declare in the Credo, “We believe in one God…” It’s WE.

He also notes that “happily” there are other denominations more open to their lifestyle and cites the Metropolitan Community Church as one of them… a more “loving” community, I would guess.

I am not homophobic and neither am I a gay-hater.

I am only trying to point out that this theology doesn’t make sense… not to mention it disagrees with the Bible. But this is a ‘freethinker’s’ blog. So let’s stick to that.

How can I say that one person is wrong? Because if we apply the same thinking that “My life here and beyond is strictly my own business and no one else’s. And I believe that God agrees.” Then what a chaotic world we would live in! Every man’s desire can be good for himself because it is his business to do whatever he wishes. Actually, we can put God out of the statement because no matter what you do, God would always agree with you. Again, it’s God conforming to our wishes — just as I have done in my past.

And it’s kind of amusing that he is a lawyer who submits to the authority of the courts.

I don’t expect this to convert anyone or some miraculous event would enlighten the reader. It didn’t happen to me when I read the Bible. Or go to Mass. Or went to a prayer meeting… It happened little by little, every day, and it is happening to me until the day I breathe my last. So I can’t be as proud as the author to declare that “in my ___ years of ________ education, I can judge what is [TRULY] right and wrong, [TRULY] moral and immoral.”

Anyway, this could only mean that I have another person to include in my prayers.