Trying leaders who truly believe in God PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 June 2015 08:42

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them…” (Romans 1:18, the Holy Bible).

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TRYING LEADERS WHO TRULY BELIEVE GOD: You want to elect good leaders in 2016? Read on: There are some readers of this column who are taking issue on our reminder to voters to elect only those candidates who have the fear and love of God in their hearts, and in whom the Spirit of God dwells. They say I am just being religious, and that religion is not the solution to our problems in this country.

Well, first of all, I am not religious. I did not say, Filipino voters must vote according to the dictate of religion. And neither did I say that religion is the solution to the problems of this country. What I am only saying is that, people need to be spiritual, and obedient to God’s directives, to assure that only the godly—and, as far as I am concerned, better—people are elected this time.

Certainly, many people who have no god at all—or who only profess with their lips that they obey God but who do otherwise—have been elected, and yet all that they were able to do is bring this country to the perilous condition we are now in, closer more than ever to destruction. That being the case, we must try new leaders who sincerely believe in God regardless of religion.

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RELIGION AND POLITICS, THE OTHER VIEW: Nevertheless, there is one reader of ours whose ideas are worth sharing, even if they contravene my own. His name is Trevor Llewellyn Evans, from the Facebook group “The 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines”. Here are his reactions to our column: “Any honest assessment of history would conclude that religion makes people bad at least as often as it makes them good.

“Religion has inspired great acts of charity and selflessness, beautiful music, art and architecture, and countless examples of human kindness and compassion. It has also inspired horrific, bloody wars, brutal inquisitions, tyrannical theocracies, fanatic campaigns of terror, and countless incidents of discrimination, prejudice and bigotry.

“You are worried that people who aren’t `Godly’ are not moral, but religion does not solve that problem. If anything, the problem is far worse when the elected official is a theist who claims that his desires are not just some idiosyncratic expression of individual preference, but the very will of God. And atheist, or agnostic, at least, has no warrant to claim holy sanction or divine infallibility for his opinions, and in theory can be persuaded by reason.

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“SECULAR HUMANISTS”: BETTER LEADERS? “On the other hand, a person who sincerely believes that they are acting in accordance with the will of the creator is immune to evidence, diplomacy, and compromise, as the many religious wars still smoldering after millennia should make abundantly clear.”

“Personally, I think the world would be better served by electing `secular humanists’ into government positions. `Humanism’ is defined as a democratic and ethical life stance, which affirms that human beings have he right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. It stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethnic based on human and other natural values in the spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities.

“It is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality. `Secular humanism’ is an ideology that espouses reason, ethics, and justice, while specifically rejecting supernatural and religious ideas as a basis of morality and decision-making.”

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PLEASE LISTEN: “Ang Tanging Daan” (The Sole Way), a Bible study and prayer session on radio, airs Mondays to Fridays, 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at DWAD 1098 kHz on the AM band. For replays, go to www.facebook.com/angtangingdaan or www.facebook.com/ANDKNK and scroll for “Ang Tanging Daan” broadcasts. Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0917 984 24 68. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com.