Bar blast, fat salaries, and murderous Pinoys PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 14:53

BAR BLAST CAME FROM MURDEROUS MINDS: If it is true, as government authorities are saying, that the grenade blast which rocked the last Sunday of the 2010 bar examinations in September was really intended for a particular group, that shows the murderous mind of those that did it.

The question now is: how come our students now exhibit killer instincts even at an early age? If they have no qualms about killing one another now that they are still young, what will they be like when they get a little older? What is the future of the Philippines---and all Filipinos---with citizens like them?
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WHY DO FILIPINOS NOW HAVE MURDEROUS MINDS? Come to think of it, there was a time when it was not easy for our children---and even for a lot of our grown-ups, too---to acquire a murderous mindset, simply because many Filipinos could not really bring themselves to maim or much less kill anyone. How come many of us suddenly changed, and are now willing to kill? What happened?
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LACK OF JUSTICE IN RP GAVE RISE TO MURDEROUS MINDS: Could it be because many crimes have been committed in the past but the perpetrators were not even charged in court at all? Could it be that, even if charged, the guilty still went scot-free because they were moneyed and influential and powerful?
Could it be because of the perception that justice in our country is a rotten system that could be bought, silenced and twisted, and stacked against the poor? Could it be because many now believe that there is really no justice in the Philippines, in the first place?
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MEXICO CLIMATE TALKS MUST FOCUS ON THE BIBLE: May I suggest to those who are even now very noisy about the forthcoming climate talks in Cancun, Mexico to somehow look into the Biblical dimensions of global warming and climate change as one way of addressing the issue?

I believe that no talks anywhere in the world will produce a solution to climate change and global warming, unless we take into account what the Bible says about these two devastating and destructive phenomena.
Again, I would like to bring to the attention of world leaders what the Bible, in its Deuteronomy28:15, 23-24, is saying about the real cause of droughts, hot temperatures and lack of rain. If we want a real solution, looking into what the Bible is saying may yet be the key.
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HYPOCRISY ON FAT SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES: If Senate and House of Representatives executives and other officials are receiving equally-gorgeous salaries comparable to those given to executives of government-owned and controlled corporations, will lawmakers still have the right to investigate GOCCs on the same issue?

It would be the height of hypocrisy, I suppose, for lawmakers to be looking into how to stop GOCCs from giving out big salaries and allowances to their officials when Senate and House of Representatives officials are themselves wallowing in riches courtesy of the lawmakers. What is this, double standard?
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SHOULD FAITH IN GOD BE BASED ON THE BIBLE ALONE? For those who will have nothing better to do this All Saints’ Day (and All Souls Day), may I seek your thoughts on the question of whether our faith in God should be based on the Bible alone. Can you read what I wrote in an Internet egroup (see the article below) and send me your reactions through batasmauricio@yahoo.com? Thanks.
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THE BIBLE SAYS WE MUST ALSO FOLLOW EVEN TEACHINGS NOT WRITTEN IN IT: “Please pardon this unsolicited piece on the matter of the Fatima, which obviously refers to Mary, the Virgin Mother of Jesus. There are just certain matters that will have to be put in their proper perspective, so that we may not be misled by unwarranted and unsubstantiated conclusions.

“First. The statement that any teaching outside of the Bible is not `godly truth’ will have to be read more carefully in conjunction with what the Bible itself says about teachings not really written down in Its pages.

“It would seem that the Bible Itself is telling us that we must hold on to teachings outside of the Bible, so that it would not be wise to call these teachings `not godly truth.

“In 2 Thessalonians 2:15, it is there clearly stated, using the Born Again New International Version of the Bible, that we should all hold firm to the teachings that have been passed on to us, whether by word of mouth or by letter.
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TRADITIONS ALSO STRONG BASIS OF FAITH IN GOD: “Let us have that more clearly: `So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.’

“Significantly, the NIV puts a footnote on the word `teachings’, with the footnote giving an alternative word for `teachings’---`traditions’. `Traditions’ of course means the teachings outside of the Bible---teachings not really written down in the pages of the Bible.

“The footnote in the NIV is significant, because the New American Bible (which is the Catholic Bible) gives this version of 2 Thessalonians 2:15: `Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours.’

“But over and above all of these is the fact that we are being told to hold on to teachings handed down to us even by word of mouth or by an oral statement, which is in reality the traditions of early Christians.
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FOR A MORE COMPLETE FAITH, FOLLOW TRADITIONS TOO: “These traditions, if you will examine your Bible more carefully, actually complement the Word of God, and actually complete the commands and decrees that God wants to impart to us.

“If we would therefore want to be complete in our faith in God, it would not really be wise to refer solely to the Bible, because that same Bible teaches us to `hold on’ even to traditions not written therein…”

Atty. Batas Mauricio