Can you believe in God but not in religion? A reply to Mayor Duterte
|In an interview with Jessica Soho of GMA, President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte said:
Let’s analyze this statement.
The clause “I believe in God” can be found at the beginning of the Apostle’s Creed:
Just saying “I believe in God” is incomplete. You have to define the God Whom you believe in.
Is it the God of Agnostics–the God who may exist, but unknowable and irrelevant to our existence?
Is it the God of Hebrews who revealed Himself to Moses?
Is it the God of Muslims, Allah, who was revealed by an angel to Muhammad nearly 666 years from the birth of Christ? The God of Muslims may be the God of Abraham, but not of Isaac and Jacob, since the Muslims trace their religious lineage with Ishmael (Isaac’s half-brother), and Esau (Jacob’s older brother) married Ishmael’s daughter:
Is it the God of Protestants, of the multitude sects who arose after the year 666 x 2 = 1332, each one declaring the Bible as the sole Word of God outside of the Catholic Church, each one interpreting it according to their own wishes, each one making themselves their own popes, just like Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy who calls himself “The Appointed Son of God”?
Or is it the God of Catholic Christians? Then you must believe the Apostles Creed, or the Niceno-Constantipolitan Creedwith the filioloque (and the son) clause to be more precise, in order to distinguish yourself from the Greek Orthodox Church:
To say “I believe in God” is not enough. You have to define who God is, and by doing so you establish a Creed: those who subscribe to this Creed are your members; those who won’t subscribe won’t be saved. But since Man is a metaphorical being, he has to express what it means “to believe”, in the same way as a man would express his love for a woman by giving her chocolates or flowers or in the same way as Mayor Duterte would express his love for the country by kissing our flag. That is why Man creates a liturgy consisting of prescribed words and actions for the worship of the God he believes in. This is true not only for the Manobos and other Lumads of Davao, but also for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the Name Above Every Name, Inc. of Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy who is a friend and supporter of President-Elect Duterte. Once a group of persons has a creed and form of worship–even if this form of worship consists of nothing but men looking up to the sky and saying, “Lord!”– then you have a religion. Such religion may not be as organized as the Catholic Church with its Catechism and Canon Law, but it’s still a religion nevertheless.
Thus, President-Elect Duterte is wrong: it is impossible to say that you believe in God but not in religion, because religion is what binds Man to God.
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