June 28, 2018

President Duterte Questioned the Creation and the Original Sin




Thousands of years had passed, many things had happened to world - beliefs were created, religions were formed. With all that is happening to world today, the existence of God is still being questioned; teachings of religion is being questioned. For some God exist, for others God doesn't exist. It might happen that when one person is comfortable to his life, he would be more acceptable of God's existence, but for some that were born in poverty, they might not even ask if there is God - all they might think is to survive.

Recently, President Rodrigo Duterte questioned the story of creation in the book of Holy Bible, particularly, why God created Adam and Eve only to allow them to succumb to temptation that destroyed them. He also questioned the truthfulness of the idea of original sin (that people are born with original sin), a teaching of Roman Catholic Church.



In the world today, not all people believe in the Book of Holy Bible - religions have different stories about God. Muslim's story is different from a Christian, Buddhist's story is different from Jews, Taoist's story is different from Hindu. We exist in a world with different beliefs about God, but there are similarities, almost all religion advocates Love and Peace.

The world today is composed of different beliefs; let this be a source of creativity rather than division. Let our differences be the seed for the search of truth and solutions to problems of society rather than it be the seed of hatred and chaos.

I want to quote a passage from Holy Bible form Matthew 22:21 were Jesus said: "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's". I believe that the separation of power of the government and church is related to this passage. The government by all means should exercise its power to improve the well being of the people; while church with all its power should promote love and peace. The government should focus on matters of government while church should focus on the matters of church.

Even the famous scientist Albert Einstein has different belief about God. Here is a letter of a student asking Einstein 'do scientist pray?':


My dear Dr. Einstein, 

We have brought up the question: 'Do scientists pray?' in our Sunday school class. It began by asking whether we could believe in both science and religion. We are writing to scientists and other important men, to try and have our own question answered.

We will feel greatly honored if you will answer our question: Do scientists pray, and what do they pray for?

We are in the sixth grade, Miss Ellis's class.

Respectfully yours,

Phyllis

A. Einstein reply:


Dear Phyllis, 



I will attempt to reply to your question as simply as I can. Here is my answer:



Scientists believe that every occurrence, including the affairs of human beings, is due to the laws of nature. Therefore a scientist cannot be inclined to believe that the course of events can be influenced by prayer, that is, by a supernaturally manifested wish.


However, we must concede that our actual knowledge of these forces is imperfect, so that in the end the belief in the existence of a final, ultimate spirit rests on a kind of faith. Such belief remains widespread even with the current achievements in science. 

But also, everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that some spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of man. In this way the pursuit of science leads to a religious feeling of a special sort, which is surely quite different from the religiosity of someone more naive. 

With cordial greetings, 

your A. Einstein


(source: https://bigthink.com/articles/did-einstein-pray-what-the-great-genius-thought-about-god)


 Clearly, in the letter of Einstein, he indirectly said that he believes in God, "some spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of man".


It should be known to world that the questions about God and Religion did not only exist in the recent years, it has been in the world in very long years. 

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