KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Know your 2015’s real hero PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 January 2015 14:54

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned… For to us a child is born… And he will be called… Mighty God, Everlasting Father…” (Isaiah 9:2, 6, the Holy Bible).

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WHO IS THE REAL FILIPINO HERO? Yes, the question is most appropriate now, when our country and our people seem unable to achieve success even in the most ordinary aspects of their lives: who, indeed, can be considered the real heroes of the Philippines? Are there any Filipinos, past and present, who can qualify to be true heroes?

I am asking this question in view of the many adverse reactions which the film about Katipunan chieftain Andres Bonifacio generated among different groups, in the aftermath of the recently concluded 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival. Many of the reactions rejected the portrayal of Bonifacio as a hero with anti-democratic tendencies.

And since we are commemorating the death of Jose Rizal just a few hours before the old year leaps into the new, this kind of a debate—whether there is anyone who could be considered a real Filipino hero, then and now—is going to become noisier all the more. Unfortunately, however, any such debate is going to be useless, considering the uncertainty among Filipinos about the qualities that make one a hero.

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WHAT IS A HERO? What is a hero? Oxford defines a “hero” as “a person, typically a man, who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.” Webster’s Online, on the other hand, defines a hero as “a man of distinguished valor or enterprise in danger, or fortitude in suffering; a prominent or central personage in any remarkable action or event; hence, a great or illustrious person.”

Now, insofar as the Bible is concerned, does it contain the word “hero”? Or does it refer to anyone as a “hero”? Let me share with you some portions of an online article written and published on December 09, 2011, in the website “Words of Worth”. It confirms that the Bible contains “hero” as a word, and in fact refers to an existing “hero”.

Here are some parts of that article: “Could it be… that the word `hero’ is in the Bible? (Many) thought the concept of hero was in the Scriptures but not necessarily the word, until we turned to Isaiah 9:6 (which was written) nearly 700 years before the birth of Christ…

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KNOW YOUR 2015’s REAL HERO: “Since (this verse) is often printed in greeting cards… it maybe safe to say that this is one of the best known verses of the Bible. Yet, the promised child as the Jehovah Gibbor (or roughly translated as Mighty God) is often missed. `Gibbor’ in Hebrew has three distinct meanings—hero, warrior, and champion…”

The website then proceeded to explain further that Jesus was a real “Hero” (with capital “H”) who sacrificed his life for us, even if it meant agony and great suffering and loss for Him. He was also a Warrior God who fought and won many battles, the principal of which was held at the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus accepted His faith in the cross wholeheartedly, even if He earlier prayed that such a fate be taken from Him.

Then, finally, Jesus was also a champion for us all. He accepted the punishment of suffering and painful death that should have been our collective destiny as sinners. By His death on the cross, Jesus championed Paradise for us all who accepted Him as God and Savior. Indeed, the Bible contains the word “hero”, and talks about Jesus as the “real hero” that we all need for power and redemption.

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