Monday, February 20, 2017

INC™ nagkaroon ng bagong news post tungkol sa kanilang kaanib na nagbigay ng Pasugo sa Santo Papa

Kaya pala ERROR 404 ang naunang balita na inilathala ng Eagle News ay sapagkat ito ay ginawan ng bagong post (dito). Narito po sa ibaba ang kanilang pagbabalita.

Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church is handed two Pasugo (God’s Message) magazines by a Filipino student at the Roman Tre University which the pontiff visited on Friday, February 17, 2017. The Catholic Pope was also invited by Klein Mendiola, a member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in Rome, to attend the INC’s evangelical mission in their local congregation in Rome that will happen the next day, Saturday, February 18. (Photo grabbed from Centro Televisivo Vaticano, CTV)

(Eagle News) — Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, visited for the first time on Friday, (February 17) the Roman Tre University, a public research university in Rome, Italy, where he met students who excitedly took the time to take various selfies with him and even briefly talked to one Filipino student who was handing him religious pamphlets and magazines of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo).
[The Iglesia Ni Cristo is a local sect founded by Felix Y. Manalo in the Philippines only in 1914 A.D.]

Pope Francis, the 266th pope of the Catholic Church, gladly obliged to the selfies as he shook hands with the students, and also took the “Pasugo” (God’s Message) magazines handed to him by a Filipino student, Klein Mendiola, who is studying at the Roman Tre University.
[Here is a LIST OF 266 POPES of the REAL CHURCH OF CHRIST - THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. Notice the FIRST POPE St. Peter the Apostle and the 266th as Pope Francis.]

That moment was even captured by news photographers in the Vatican and was featured in the article written about the Pope’s visit by La Repubblica, an Italian daily general-interest newspaper. (See: http://www.repubblica.it/vaticano/2017/02/17/news/papa_francesco_a_roma_tr

The article said that in the first visit of the Argentine pontiff in Roman Tre University, a public university in the capital, the Pope told the students: “Apritevi a scambio di culture perché questo toglie le paure.” (Open yourselves to exchange of cultures because this takes away the fears.)

The Vatican Television Center or Centro Televisivo Vaticano (CTV), the official media of the Catholic Pope, also captured that moment when the Pope entertained and listened to Mendiola’s invitation for him to attend the evangelical mission of the Iglesia Ni Cristo that was to happen in the church’s local congregation in Rome, which is also the seat of the Catholic Church.
[CTV is technically NOT a Pope's official media. It is more accurate to say CTV is THE official media of THE VATICAN STATE as an independent government of which the Roman Pontiff is the HEAD OF STATE.]

The Catholic Pope upon learning that Mendiola was a Filipino, cracked a joke saying, “Voi Filippini siete mal educati, mi chiamate lolo Kiko.” (Translation: Kayong mga Pilipino ay maledukado, tinatawag niyo akong Lolo Kiko)
[All INC™ Ministers and INC™ members should emulate the Pope for being cordial, no matter if one belongs to another faith or sect and stop demonizing the Catholic Church and all Catholics.]

Mendiola invited the Catholic Pope to attend the “Missione Evangelica” (evangelical mission) of the Church of Christ which was to happen the following day, Saturday, February 18, 4 p.m., at the Church of Christ locale in Rome, Italy located at Nella Casa Di Adorazione Della Congregazione.
[What the Pope knows is that the Catholic Church is STILL the ONLY and ORIGINAL CHURCH OF CHRIST which St. Paul addressed his LETTER TO THE ROMANS (16:16)]

The INC evangelical mission is sponsored by the School for Ministers branch in Rome of the Church of Christ. The main school is located in Quezon City, Philippines where the main temple of the Iglesia Ni Cristo is located.
[If the INC™'s intention is to "bring back" the "original" Church of Christ to Rome (of which INC™ bragged IT WAS ALREADY BROUGHT BACK", how come, the CENTRAL GOVERNMENT of the "true" Iglesia is STILL LOCATED IN THE PHILIPPINES not in Rome?  How come that Romans 16:16 is their favorite Bible verse when they do not do what it's saying? To SEND ITS GREETINGS TO THE CHURCH IN ROME but in truth all INC™ churches worldwide SENDS THEIR GRETTINGS to the (INC™) in the Philippines?]

The Pope appeared to have been amused by Mendiola and even tousled his hair as he ended his brief conversation with the Filipino student who happened to be a member of the INC or the Church of the Christ. Mendiola is the District Director of the Christian Brotherhood International (CBI) in Southern Europe. CBI is the student organization of the INC.
[On the contrary, it was KLEIN MENDIOLA who was AMUSED of the Pope. He was STAR STRUCKE at the site of the 266th SUCCESSOR of ST. PETER THE APOSTLE.] 

Below is a comment made by a Catholic apologist-defender/ journalist on the same issue.

The joke is on them [INC™].

The INC media is making a big deal out of a chance encounter one of its members had with Pope Francis in Rome recently during which he was given a copy of its sectarian literature as though it was its greatest achievement aside from the Philippine Arena.

The implication is that they have scored points against the very person they and other anti-Catholics consider as the "Antichrist" himself, and by extension, against all Catholics. But the overtly deferential attitude of the INC member shows otherwise. In fact, he looks like a fan boy having his close encounter with his childhood hero. Moreover, the INC media fails to see the irony in referring to the pontiff as Pope (Father), a big no-no as far as their "theology" is concerned.

Actually, the "meeting" does not prove anything except what we already know: that Pope Francis is so pure a soul that he welcomes even those who treat him as their number one enemy warmly, and that they excel at the religious equivalent of social climbing.

If you're a common termite, why would you even brag about meeting another termite or an amoeba when you can brag about meeting the lion?

INC does not seem to realize that the popes, past and present, have met with all sorts of people before, including Queen Elizabeth, the head of the Church of England; Patriarch Bartholomew, the primus inter pares of the Orthodox churches; the Ayatollahs of Iran; and Stephen Hawking, the greatest living scientist and an atheist.

And in case they don't know yet, Pope John Paul II once prayed inside the Grand Mosque of Syria and at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem as a gesture of goodwill. His funeral was attended by world leaders from US presidents and Saudi sheiks to Hollywood A-listers.

The Chief Rabbi of Rome, Israel Zolli, was so moved by what Pius XII had done in saving many Jews during the Holocaust that he converted almost overnight.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Iglesia Ni Cristo® - 1914: On Pope Francis receiving Pasugo

Itong nailathalang balita sa Eagle News ay DELETED na po sa kasalukuyan.
Narito ang isang napakagandang komento ng isang Catholic defender tungkol sa isyu ng pag-aabot ng magasing Pasugo ng isang kaanib ng INC™ sa Santo Papa:

The joke is on them.

The INC media is making a big deal out of a chance encounter one of its members had with Pope Francis in Rome recently during which he was given a copy of its sectarian literature as though it was its greatest achievement aside from the Philippine Arena.

The implication is that they have scored points against the very person they and other anti-Catholics consider as the "Antichrist" himself, and by extension, against all Catholics. But the overtly deferential attitude of the INC member shows otherwise. In fact, he looks like a fan boy having his close encounter with his childhood hero. Moreover, the INC media fails to see the irony in referring to the pontiff as Pope (Father), a big no-no as far as their "theology" is concerned.

Actually, the "meeting" does not prove anything except what we already know: that Pope Francis is so pure a soul that he welcomes even those who treat him as their number one enemy warmly, and that they excel at the religious equivalent of social climbing.

If you're a common termite, why would you even brag about meeting another termite or an amoeba when you can brag about meeting the lion?
INC does not seem to realize that the popes, past and present, have met with all sorts of people before, including Queen Elizabeth, the head of the Church of England; Patriarch Bartholomew, the primus inter pares of the Orthodox churches; the Ayatollahs of Iran; and Stephen Hawking, the greatest living scientist and an atheist.

And in case they don't know yet, Pope John Paul II once prayed inside the Grand Mosque of Syria and at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem as a gesture of goodwill. His funeral was attended by world leaders from US presidents and Saudi sheiks to Hollywood A-listers.

The Chief Rabbi of Rome, Israel Zolli, was so moved by what Pius XII had done in saving many Jews during the Holocaust that he converted almost overnight.

Again, the joke is on them. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mga Kaanib ng INC™ ni Felix Manalo ay nanood ng Pagbisita ng Santo Papa sa Roma Tre University via Eagle News

Nagulantang at nagsaya ang mga kaanib ng INC™ ni Felix Manalo sa balitang 'TINANGGAP" ng SANTO PAPA ang kanilang magasing PASUGO nang siya ay bumisia sa Roma Tre University noong nakaraang Biernes (Peb. 17, 2017. Napapanood DITO ang kaganapan.)

Heto ang nalathala sa kanilang Eagle News Facebook Page na accessible pa mga mula kahapon hanggang kaninang 7:00AM (Feb. 18, 2017)

 Ngunit bandang 10:00 AM ngayong araw ng Linggo ika-18 ng Pebrero 2017 ay ganito na ang nakalagay sa kanilang Eagle News website "ERROR 404"!


At dahil hindi naman natin alam kung bakit nila INALIS SA KANILANG WEBSITE ang balitan iyan, narito po sa ibaba ang buong video courtesy of CTV.

RUNNING TIME 1:44:02  Makikita natin kung paano tinanggap ng Santo Papa ang magasing PASUGO at ibinigay sa kaniyang mga Swiss Guards.

RUNNING TIME 1:44:06 Makikita ang pagpapaliwanag ng kaanib ng INC sa Santo Papa na ang INC™ raw ay isang "IGLESIA SA PILIPINAS" (malinaw po yan).

RUNNING TIME 1:44:16 Ang pagkaunawa ng Santo Papa ay ang IGLESIA KATOLIKA sa PILIPINAS, kaya't naibulalas niya na sa Pilipinas ay tawag sa kanya ay "LOLO KIKO" na ikinatuwa naman ng kaanib ng INC™.

RUNNING TIME 1:44:21 Namamalas sa mukha ng kaanib ng INC™ ang KAGALAKAN sa NAKASALAMUHA at NAKAUSAP niya harap-harapan ang itinuturing nilang "ANTI-CRISTO". Nakapagtataka na HINDI MAN LANG NIYA NAGAWANG sabihan siya at ng mga TAO roon na ang SANTO PAPA ng TUNAY at NAG-IISANG IGLESIA NI CRISTO ay na sinsabi nilang "NATALIKOD NA GANAP" ay ang ANTI-CRISTO!

RUNNING TIME 1:44:28 WALA NA ANG MAGASIN SA KAMAY NG SANTO PAPA!


Monday, February 13, 2017

Dumalaw ang Patriyarka ng Moscow sa Santo Papa ng Iglesia ni Cristo sa Roma

Andrea Gagliarducci February 12, 2017
CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY via CRUX

From Cuba to Switzerland, from Havana to the great hall of the university, many things have changed. But what has not changed is the strong desire for dialogue between the Holy See and the Patriarchate of Moscow.

Pope Francis meets with Patriarch Kirill in Havana, Cuba on Feb. 12, 2016. (Credit: L'Osservatore Romano via CNA.)
ROME - One year ago marked a historic first meeting between a Pope and a Russian Orthodox Patriarch.

Now, the Vatican and the Moscow Patriarchate will celebrate the meeting’s anniversary with a conference at Switzerland’s Freibourg University.

The conference will take place Feb. 12, exactly one year after the meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill at the St. Marti airport in Havana.

Christian brotherhood and unity were the focus of the 2016 meeting.

“We spoke as brothers,” Pope Francis said of the meeting last year. “We have the same baptism. We are bishops. We spoke of our Churches.”

Patriarch Kirill said their private discussion was conducted “with full awareness of the responsibility of our Churches, for the future of Christianity, and for the future of human civilization” and provided a chance to understand each other. He said the two Churches will work against war.

Now, one year later, Catholic and Russian Orthodox leaders will gather in Switzerland for a conference. The event is held by Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, and Metropolitan Hilarion, president of the department of the external ecclesiastical relations of the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate.

Cardinal Koch and Metropolitan Hilarion both led the negotiations that led to Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill’s joint statement in Havana. At the Switzerland conference they will talk about progress and rapprochement between the two Churches.

It is probable that Cardinal Koch’s lecture will follow the approach of Father Hyacinthe Destivelle, who is in charge of the Eastern relations desk at the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the Christian Unity.

In Jan. 19 essay for L’Osservatore Romano, Destivelle emphasized the advances in the dialogue between the Holy See and the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate.

The 2016 meeting was not framed by theological dialogue, which is instead the competence of the International Roman Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue. Rather, it was framed “by the dialogue of charity, and more precisely by pastoral ecumenism.”

The priest reiterated that the joint declaration between the Pope and the Patriarch was “a pastoral one.” He rejected interpreting their declaration through “geopolitical lenses” and said it would be incorrect to see in them an excessive theological impact.

The declaration focused at length on anti-Christian persecution, especially in in the Middle East and North Africa. It lamented the hostilities in Ukraine. The declaration also voiced concern about the threat of secularism to religious freedom and the Christian roots of Europe.

Other topics of the discussion between the Pope and the Patriarch included poverty, the crisis in the family, abortion and euthanasia. The Pope and the Patriarch exhorted young Christians to live their faith in the world.

Destivelle also noted that the declaration drew criticisms from both Orthodox and Catholic sides.
In particular, from Ukraine the Greek Catholic Church expressed “strong reservations” focused on some passages.

The priest said more time is needed for the Havana meeting and the joint declaration to bear fruit.
As for the upcoming anniversary, Destivelle listed a series of concerts, exhibitions and even exchanges of gifts that will show strengthened relations.

He noted that Hilarion visited Rome four times in the last year and met with Pope Francis twice, on June 15 and Oct. 21. The metropolitan has met with other Vatican leaders. He had a June 26 meeting with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, and several meetings with Cardinal Koch.
Destivelle wanted to reiterate that the Havana declaration was a “pastoral declaration” that intended to soften the polemics, even the polemics raised after the declaration was issued.

The declaration was at that time considered “Russophile” in some quarters. The Ukrainian religious agency RISU described it as such in its introduction to an interview with Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Asked about his strong criticism of the declaration, Major Archbishop Shevchuk said that “some considered my words to be too harsh,” but he then noted that the Pope himself “affirmed that that the declaration’s text was not infallible, that it is not ‘a page of the Gospel’.”

“It should not be underestimated but it should also not be exaggerated,” the archbishop said.

For Major Archbishop Shevchuk, an important result of the Havana meeting was that the Ukrainian Church began a conversation with the Holy See on these points.

“Certainly, even before this event, we always strove to inform the Vatican regarding the truth concerning the war in Ukraine,” the archbishop said. “Nevertheless, after Havana, the global community was able to perceive our distress once again, by being reminded of the ‘forgotten war’ in Ukraine. Our pleas also resounded anew in the Vatican.”

Archbishop Shevchuk also voiced appreciation for the progress of the Holy See, and recalled Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s trip to Ukraine. On the other hand, he emphasized that Ukraine should invest more in relations with the Holy See.

Russia too is investing much in relations with the Holy See. While in Paris for the European Meeting between Catholic and Orthodox Bishops, Hilarion granted an interview to the Italian Bishops’ Conference’s news agency SIR.

In the interview, he underlined the good relations with the Holy See and in particular with Pope Francis. Though he said that another meeting between Francis and Kirill is “not in the agenda,” he said there are many things both Churches can do together.

“If our Churches speak joining their voices, our message is certainly stronger and of more impact,” Hilarion said.

These are all the issues on the table that will likely be developed in the conference in Freibourg on Sunday. From Cuba to Switzerland, from Havana to the great hall of the university, many things have changed. But what has not changed is the strong desire for dialogue between the Holy See and the Patriarchate of Moscow.

Hindi lahat ng may abito ay paring Katoliko! Ang iba ay Peke!

"Paring" mula sa Philippine Ecumenical Christian Church ng Agusan del Sur ay tumiwalag at umanib sa iglesiang tatag ni Felix Manalo. Kaya't kaduda-duda ang suot ng "paring" sinasabi nilang atin sapagkat PULA (Red) ang kanyang ISTOLA at LUNTIAN (Green) naman ang suot na ALBA. Hindi po dekorasyon lamang ang kasuotan ng pari sa Iglesia Katolika kundi ito ay Liturgical meaning.  Libre ang KUMOPYA ngunit siguraduhin lamang na tama ang pagkopya. Hindi porke't nakasuot ng ISTOLA o SUTANA ay paring Katoliko na. Gayon din naman, hindi porke't "Iglesia Ni Cristo" ang registered name eh ito na ang original na iglesiang tatag ni Cristo.

Sumatotal, ang PEKE ay PEKE kahit anong anyo o anong katawagan pa nito.




Thursday, February 9, 2017

AP: Archaeologists Find Oldest Paintings of Apostles in Roman Catacombs

Ang pagkakaroon pala ng mga imahe ng mga banal katulad ng mga apostol ni Cristo ay sinasang-ayunan na ng Unang Iglesia hanggang sa kasalukuyan.

News Source: FoxNews
Published June 22, 2010 Associated Press

June 22: A cameraman films a painting discovered with the earliest known icons of the Apostles Peter and Paul in a catacomb located under a modern office building in Rome.  (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
ROME — The earliest known icons of the Apostles Peter and Paul have been discovered in a catacomb under an eight-story modern office building in a working-class neighborhood of Rome, Vatican officials said Tuesday.

The images, which date from the second half of the 4th century, were discovered on the ceiling of a tomb that also includes the earliest known images of the apostles John and Andrew. They were uncovered using a new laser technique that allowed restorers to burn off centuries of thick white calcium carbonate deposits without damaging the dark colors of the original paintings underneath.

The paintings adorn what is believed to be the tomb of a Roman noblewoman in the Santa Tecla catacomb and represent some of the earliest evidence of devotion to the apostles in early Christianity, Vatican officials said in opening up the tomb to the media for the first time.

Last June, the Vatican announced the discovery of the icon of Paul — timed to coincide with the end of the Vatican's Pauline year. At the time, Pope Benedict XVI also announced that tests on bone fragments long attributed to Paul "seemed to confirm" that they did indeed belong to the Roman Catholic saint.

On Tuesday, Vatican archaeologists announced that the image of Paul discovered last year was not found in isolation, but was rather part of a square ceiling painting that also included icons of three other apostles - Peter, John and Andrew - surrounding an image of Christ as the Good Shepherd.

"These are the first images of the apostles," said Fabrizio Bisconti, the superintendent of archaeology for the catacombs, which are maintained by the Vatican's Pontifical Commission of Sacred Archaeology.

The Vatican office oversaw and paid for the two-year, euro60,000 restoration effort, which for the first time used lasers to restore frescoes and paintings in catacombs. The damp, musty air of underground catacombs makes preservation of paintings particularly difficult and restoration problematic.

In this case, the small burial chamber at the end of the catacomb was completely encased in centimeters (inches) of white calcium carbonate, which under previous restoration techniques would have just been scraped away by hand. That technique, though would have left a filmy layer on top so as to not damage the paintings underneath.

Using the laser, restorers were able to sear off all the layers of calcium that had been bound onto the painting because the laser beam stopped burning at the white of the calcium deposits, which when chipped off left the brilliant darker colors underneath it unscathed, said Barbara Mazzei, the chief restorer.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

CNA: Isang Samurai sa Japan, Malapit nang Maging Santo ng Iglesia

Samurai. Credit: Britannica, Wikipedia Public Domain.
Tokyo, Japan, Feb 8, 2017  (CNA/EWTN News).- A 17th century Catholic Samurai and martyr was beatified during a Mass in ‎Osaka, Japan on Tuesday.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Vatican’s ‎Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided over the Beatification Mass of Justo Takayama Ukon, who was declared a martyr by Pope Francis in January last year.

Takayama Ukon was born in 1552 in Japan during the time when Jesuit missionaries were being introduced within the country. By the time Takayama was 12, his father had converted to Catholicism and had his son baptized as “Justo” by the Jesuit Fr. Gaspare di Lella.

Takayama's position in Japanese society as daimyo (a feudal lord) allowed him many benefits, such as owning grand estates and raising vast armies. As a Catholic, Takayama used his power to support and protect the short-lived missionary expansion within Japan, influencing the conversion of thousands of Japanese.

When a time of persecution set in within the country under the reign of Japan's chancellor Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1587, many newly-converted Catholics abandoned their beliefs.

By the 1620s, most missionaries were either driven out of the country or into underground ministry. These missionary priests would have been of the same era as those featured in the recent movie “Silence” by director Martin Scorsese. Although the film is based on a fictional novel by the Japanese author Shusaku Endo, many of the events and people depicted in “Silence” are real.

Instead of denying their faith, Takayama and his father left their prestigious position in society and chose a life of poverty and exile. Although many of his friends tried to persuade Takayama to deny Catholicism, he remained strong in his beliefs.

Takayama “did not want to fight against other Christians, and this led him to live a poor life, because when a samurai does not obey his 'chief,' he loses everything he has,” Fr. Anton Witwer, a general postulator of the Society of Jesus, told CNA in 2014.

Ten years passed, and the chancellor became more fierce in his persecution against Christians. He eventually crucified 26 Catholics, and by 1614, Christianity in Japan was completely banned.
The new boycott on Christianity forced Takayama to leave Japan in exile with 300 other Catholics. They fled to the Philippines, but not long after his arrival, Takayama died on February 3, 1615.

In 2013, the Japanese bishops' conference submitted the lengthy 400-page application for the beatification of Takayama to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. On Jan. 22, 2016, Takayama's advancement in the cause for canonization was further promulgated when Pope Francis approved his decree of martyrdom.

“Since Takayama died in exile because of the weaknesses caused by the maltreatments he suffered in his homeland, the process for beatification is that of a martyr,” Fr. Witwer explained.
Takayama's life exemplifies the Christian example of "a great fidelity to the Christian vocation, persevering despite all difficulties," Fr. Witwer continued.

"As a Christian, as a leader, as a cultural person, as a pioneer of adaptation, Ukon is a ‎role model and ‎there ‎are many things we can learn from him,” ‎Father Renzo De Luca, and Argentinian Jesuit and the director of the 26 Martyrs Museum ‎in Nagasaki‎, told Vatican Radio.

“In this era of political distrust, I think he ‎will be helpful ‎for ‎people other than Christians.”

Kung Ang Biblia ay Hindi Maaaring Magkamali Ganon din ang Santa Iglesia na Siyang Nagtakda nito!

Hindi maikakaila ng lahat ng iglesiang Protestante na kung walang Iglesia Katolika ay wala ring Biblia. At kung tanggap nilang WALANG PAGKAKAMALI ang Biblia, tanggap din nilang WALANG PAGKAKAMALI ang IGLESIANG nagtakda nito sa buong sangka-Kristianuhan!

If The Bible Is Infallible Then So Is The Church
February 6, 2017 by K. Albert Little
Source: Patheos

Photo Credit: Dwight Stone.
A paradigm shift occurs when the number of compelling facts and figures from a competing world view other than your own forces you to concede your position—and adopt another.
It happens like this.

Facts and information enter your radar which you perhaps hadn’t considered before. They challenge your perspective, opinions, and ultimately, your view of the world. As more and more of these new arguments and ideas pile up the lens through which you’ve previously understood much of reality begins to look a bit foggy—the edges aren’t as crisply in focus as they used to be.

And on and on.

Eventually—and this may take a lifetime—the enormous pile of facts in the other, competing worldview appear to be more compelling. They make more sense; offer a more robust explanation of what you understand to be the world and you make a radical leap.

A paradigm shift.

This is what happens when an Evangelical Christian becomes a Catholic.

For me, one of those crucial pieces of information, which began as a question, orbited around the idea of an infallible Bible. Where did we get the Bible? And how did it get put together?

And what made us so sure it was the infallible Word of God?

This began, for me, the fateful journey towards a paradigm shift in my own life.

A journey into the Catholic Church.

In my early twenties, having been “saved” in the Evangelical church at the age of fifteen, I was embarrassed to not have an answer to that first question: Where did we get the Bible?

Sadly, up to that point in my life, it wasn’t even a question I’d considered. But, to be fair, it’d never been put to me either.

In my large Pentecostal church—where I clocked a good amount of Sunday mornings and Friday nights—the historical understanding of the timeline of the Bible ended with the final punctuation mark in the Book of Revelation and began again somewhere in the 1960’s (which was about when the oldest book in our church library would’ve been written).

There was, as there often is in Evangelical circles, a giant gaping hole in the middle of Church history.

As if nothing happened between the last book of the Bible being written and the preacher grasping it in his sweaty palms on a Sunday morning.

So it never occurred to me to ask either where we got it or how it was put together and when it was, finally, asked of me I had not discernable answer.

And that was worrying.

Digging around in familiar Protestant sources failed to make it any more clear.
The Bible, from a Protestant perspective, was hard to square.

Where exactly these books came from was fairly clear. In many cases the author identifies himself and their identity can be linked directly to the apostles and Jesus’s ministry. But why these particular books were included and others, as I learned, were intentionally left out was a complete mystery.
How do we, as Evangelicals, affirm these books to be infallible while declaring others to be not.

How do we know?

I was no closer to an answer, so I kept digging.

I learned that the biblical canon became relatively stable around about 400AD. The Protestant sources I read argued that these books, clearly, were collected together and considered canonical because they were the most read in and, thus, the most respected.

But why were they the most read while others weren’t?

As I dug deeper no satisfying answers emerged and even the best Protestant scholars admitted that the thesis of these particular books standing out of their own merit was weak.

Instead, it was the Church which affirmed these books as worthy to read, copy, and pass around amongst congregations. Congregations under the unequivocal authority of bishops who drew in a successive line tracing back to the apostles.

In other words, it was bishops like Augustine (who affirms a canon in his early writings) who authoritatively declared which books and letters, out of those being circulated, should carry weight.
And, finally, when these same bishops got together to make early pronouncements on the biblical canon in the 400’s it was through the authoritative mechanism of a Church Council. The same mechanism that Peter, Paul, et. al. used to sort out the earliest theological scramblings in Jerusalem (see Acts 15).

As I dug deep into the formation of the biblical canon I was flabbergasted because even the most robust of the Protestant theologians, R.J. Sproul, admits that the unless we afford some authority to the Catholic Church (we he doesn’t) we must admit that the Bible is, ultimately, “an fallible collection of infallible books.”

You can see my difficulties.

Unless we are to admit that the Catholic Church, with its hierarchy of bishops et cetera, held some kind of God-given authority and infallibility to collect up the Bible into its current form then we must be comfortable in admitting that maybe we got it wrong.

How can we trust that?

Because there is no infallible Table of Contents and nothing in the New or Old Testaments gives us a clue as to what should be in there.

Martin Luther, first-leg runner of the Reformation, actually wanted to remove certain pieces (like Hebrews and James) because they didn’t fit with what his interpretation of the salvation looked like. We know from history that these same sorts of disagreements happened in the first 400 years of the Church when there was no fixed canon.

Who’s to say that some letters and books weren’t removed then?

No one.

Unless we trust the Church.

I want to end with this,

In the first 400 years of Christian history, without a fixed canon, it had to have been the Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, which maintained unity and helped its people to discern right, wrong, and understand its theology and teachings. Nevermind that most couldn’t read and even with a Bible it wouldn’t be much good; the Holy Spirit guided the authoritative teachers of the Church, first the apostles, and then their successors, in helping to discern important pieces of theology and identity.
It was in the first 400 years, before the serious concretization of the biblical canon, that important pieces of the Christian worldview like our understanding of the Trinity and the Person of Jesus were developed. These were developed and defended passionately by the Church at the time—before the Bible was canonized.

These developments happened within the context of a Church with an authority structure which also made decisions on how we can, and do, pray for the dead, the important place of the Blessed Virgin, the power and necessity of Baptism so save, and the unequivocal Real Presence of Christ in the Communion elements.

If we trust the Bible we have, how can we avoid trusting the Church?

In other words, if the Bible is infallible it can only be because it was put together by an infallible authority which is the Catholic Church.

The same Church which exists today, authoritatively governed by bishops who succeeded the men who collected the Bible, because Christ Himself said nothing would overcome it.

And, truly, if we trust the Bible but throw out everything else that the Church affirmed and taught prior to canonization than we’re doing nothing more than snacking as we please at a theological buffet. Established doctrinal norms like the Trinity and the Personhood of Jesus are not any more “evident in Scripture” than the Eucharist as Real Presence, the necessity of Baptism, and a Catholic understanding of the Communion of the Saints.

Like the canon of the Bible, these doctrines were affirmed by authority and rely, ultimately, on an extra-biblical source.

It was these struggles, as an Evangelical, which amounted merely to more information heaped onto an ever-growing pile of other compelling evidence. Answers without satisfactory questions; and the most I asked and received answers the more another way began to become more appealing.

These questions did have incredibly satisfying answers, I learned, found in the historic Church. A Church which claims continuity and historical pedigree stretching back to Jesus laying hands on a fisherman named Peter. And I’ve found, much to my delight, a spirituality, a historical grounding, and depth of faith and grace in this historic Church beyond anything I could’ve imagined before.

Monday, February 6, 2017

What Convinced This Secular Scientist the Shroud of Turin is Real

Source: ChurchPOP
By Ann Schneible

Public Domain, Wikipedia / ChurchPOP
The Shroud of Turin has different meanings for many people: some see it as an object of veneration, others a forgery, still others a medieval curiosity. For one Jewish scientist, however, the evidence has led him to see it as a meeting point between science and faith.

“The Shroud challenges (many people’s core beliefs) because there’s a strong implication that there is something beyond the basic science going on here,” Barrie Schwortz, one of the leading scientific experts on the Shroud of Turin, in an CNA.

Admitting that he did not know whether there was something beyond science at play, he added: “That’s not what convinced me: it was the science that convinced me.”

A Non-Practicing Jew Studying the Ancient Artifact

The Shroud of Turin is among the most well-known relics believed to be connected with Christ’s Passion. Venerated for centuries by Christians as the burial shroud of Jesus, it has been subject to intense scientific study to ascertain its authenticity, and the origins of the image.

The image on the 14 feet long, three-and-a-half feet wide cloth is stained with the postmortem image of a man – front and back – who has been brutally tortured and crucified.

Schwortz, now a retired technical photographer and frequent lecturer on the shroud, was a member of the 1978 Shroud of Turin Research Project which brought prestigious scientists together to examine the ancient artifact.

As a non-practicing Jew at the time, he was hesitant to be part of the team and skeptical as to the shroud’s authenticity – presuming it was nothing more than an elaborate painting. Nonetheless, he was intrigued by the scientific questions raised by the image.

Despite his reservations, Schwortz recounts being persuaded to remain on the project by a fellow scientist on the team – a NASA imaging specialist, and a Catholic – who jokingly told him: “You don’t think God wouldn’t want one of his chosen people on our team?”

And Schwortz soon encountered one of the great mysteries of the image that still entrances its examiners to this day.

A Mysterious 3D Image

He explained that a specific instrument used for the project was designed for evaluating x-rays, which allowed the lights and darks of an image to be vertically stretched into space, based on the lights and darks proportionately.

For a normal photograph, the result would be a distorted image: with the shroud, however, the natural, 3-D relief of a human form came through. This means “there’s a correlation between image density – lights and darks on the image – and cloth to body distance.”

“The only way that can happen is by some interaction between cloth and body,” he said. “It can’t be projected. It’s not a photograph – photographs don’t have that kind of information, artworks don’t.”

This evidence led him to believe that the image on the shroud was produced in a way that exceeds the capacities even of modern technology.

“There’s no way a medieval forger would have had the knowledge to create something like this, and to do so with a method that we can’t figure out today – the most image-oriented era of human history.”

“Think about it: in your pocket, you have a camera, and a computer, connected to each other in one little device,” he said.

“The shroud has become one of the most studied artifacts in human history itself, and modern science doesn’t have an explanation for how those chemical and physical properties can be made.”

The Evidence Is “Overwhelming in Favor of its Authenticity”

While the image on the Shroud of Turin was the most convincing evidence for him, he said it was only a fraction of all the scientific data which points to it being real.

“Really, it’s an accumulation of thousands of little tiny bits of evidence that, when put together, are overwhelming in favor of its authenticity.”

Despite the evidence, many skeptics question the evidence without having seen the facts. For this reason, Schwortz launched the website www.shroud.com, which serves as a resource for the scientific data on the Shroud.

Nonetheless, he said, there are many who still question the evidence, many believing it is nothing more than an elaborate medieval painting.

“I think the reason skeptics deny the science is, if they accept any of that, their core beliefs have been dramatically challenged, and they would have to go back and reconfigure who they are and what they believe in,” he said. “It’s much easier to reject it out of hand, and not worry about it. That way they don’t have to confront their own beliefs.”

“I think some people would rather ignore it than be challenged.”

Where Science Ends and Faith Begins

Schwortz emphasized that the science points to the Shroud being the burial cloth belonging to a man, buried according to the Jewish tradition after having been crucified in a way consistent with the Gospel. However, he said it is not proof of the resurrection – and this is where faith comes in.

“It’s a pre-resurrection image, because if it were a post-resurrection image, it would be a living man – not a dead man,” he said, adding that science is unable to test for the sort of images that would be produced by a human body rising from the dead.

“The Shroud is a test of faith, not a test of science. There comes a point with the Shroud where the science stops, and people have to decide for themselves.”

“The answer to faith isn’t going to be a piece of cloth. But, perhaps, the answer to faith is in the eyes and hearts of those who look upon it.”

When it comes to testifying to this meeting point between faith and science, Schwortz is in a unique position: he has never converted to Christianity, but remains a practicing Jew. And this, he says, makes his witness as a scientist all the more credible.

“I think I serve God better this way, in my involvement in the Shroud, by being the last person in the world people would expect to be lecturing on what is, effectively, the ultimate Christian relic.”

“I think God in his infinite wisdom knew better than I did, and he put me there for a reason.”

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Palatandaan na kayo ay niloloko at pineperahan ng inyong "Church"

Napakahalagang malalimang alamin kung ang kinaaaniban ba nating "iglesia" o "church" ay tunay o isang tatag na hanap-buhay lamang ng isang pamilya ng mga nag-aangking pastor, pastora, ministro o iba'y inaangkin ang pagka-sugo o propeta o apostol.

Mula sa Defenders of the Catholic Faith Facebook page, narito ang apat lamang na palatandaan kung ang inyong kinaaaniban ay sa tao at hindi sa Diyos.

1.) Palaging pinapaalala ang kahalagahan ng abuloy
➤Dapat kusang loob lang. Mahalaga ang abuloy sa pagpapatuloy ng gawain ng simbahan, ngunit kung ito'y ginawa nang halos pang-araw-araw na aral aba'y magtaka na kayo.

2.) Palaging pinapaalala ang kahalagahan ng pagsamba
➤Mahalaga ang pagsamba. Pero kung sa pagsamba mismo, puro pagpapahalaga lang dito ang itinuturo at hindi ang mga aral at turo ng ating Panginoong Jesu-Cristo, may problema tayo diyan.

3.) Palaging pinapaalala ang kahalagahan ng membership sa nasabing grupo
➤Muli, ang isang tunay na mananampalataya ay hindi aalis sa isang grupo kung nalalaman niya na pinapangaralan nito ang katotohanan, hindi iyong pagpasok mo ay pinapangaralan ka na na huwag umalis

4.) Tinatakot ang mga miyebro sa pag-alis sa grupo
➤Maraming pangyayari na tinatakot ang mga miyembro na paghuhukom at pagkawasak ang mangyayari sa taong humiwalay sa "church". Tanging ang Diyos lamang ang may kakayahan na maghatol ng kahatulan ng kaluluwa ng isang tao.

THE CONFUSION CAUSED BY RAMIL PARBA USING HEBREW TEXT OF GENESIS 23:6 TO SHOW THE GREEK WORD, THEOS IN THE THIRD CLAUSE OF JOHN 1:1 IS NOT A NOUN BUT AN ADJECTIVE.

Ni Kapatid na Duane

We can see in this video that Parba found it very difficult to distort the Bible verses using his questionable knowledge of biblical languages.

Since his explanation of John 1:1 is wrong, no New Testament scholar will agree with him that the Greek word "Theos" in John 1:1 is an adjective. He used the verse from the Old Testament where the Hebrew word, "נְשִׂיא אֱלֹהִים" or "mighty prince" in English was compared to the 3rd clause of John 1:1 "and the Word was God".

IF UNDERSTANDING OF HEBREW TEXT IS WRONG, WHAT MORE IF IT IS ABOUT SYNTAX?

When Ramil Parba read Genesis 23:6, we noticed he read the word, אֲדֹנִי (Adoni) as Adonay so he referred to Abraham as God. He was wrong from the start.

Is it right to use the Hebrew Word "נְשִׂיא אֱלֹהִים" or "n'si Elohim" from Genesis 23:6 to show that the Greek word Theos in the 3rd clause of John 1:1 is an adjective?

He used the Hebrew syntax since he wanted to rectify his wrong understanding about the Greek syntax?

שְׁמָעֵנוּ אֲדֹנִי, נְשִׂיא אֱלֹהִים אַתָּה בְּתוֹכֵנוּ--בְּמִבְחַר קְבָרֵינוּ, קְבֹר אֶת-מֵתֶךָ; אִישׁ מִמֶּנּוּ, אֶת-קִבְרוֹ לֹא-יִכְלֶה מִמְּךָ מִקְּבֹר מֵתֶךָ.
(Genesis 23:6, Hebrew Bible)

First of all, Elohim is not an adjective in Genesis 23:6. As usual, think context. Genesis is an ancient narrative, in Hebrew, written in the sixth or fifth century BCE, in formal courtly language: “a prince of God.” As opposed to ancient narrative, John (half a millennium later) is making a solemn claim, in Greek, that Jesus is God and co-eternal with God. The Hebrew and the Greek cannot be compared on equal terms. The Hittites (polytheists!) are not thinking John's "God."

John specifically and dramatically is claiming that Jesus IS GOD.

John 1:1 is Greek, while Genesis 23:6 is Hebrew; so the rules of syntax are somewhat different.
Greek syntax works different than Hebrew syntax.

Ramil Parba is trying to confuse the issue by appealing to Hebrew syntax as a way to refute a point of Greek syntax.

That would be like suggesting a point in Spanish syntax could illumine an issue in French syntax—mixing apples and oranges.

The question about the syntax in John 1:1 is Greek, so the only kind of syntactical parallels that will count must be in Greek.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Ano ang ibig sabihin sa mga kulay sa kasuotan ng isang pari?

Larawan po ng isang pari di umano na umanib daw sa INC™ ni Felix Manalo (1914)
Para po sa kabatiran ng mga di-Katoliko, ang MGA KULAY po sa mga kasuotan ng pari ay HINDI po lamang NAGKATAON. Ito po ay may MALALIM na KAHULUGAN at sinusunod po ito ng bawat pari sa bawat sulok ng mundo. Mula Gitnang Silangan hanggang sa Vatican, iisa lamang po ang kulay na sinusuot ng mga pari sa tuwing nag-mimisa.

Isang kasinungalingang pagsasalarawan ng isang tunay na pari na magsuot ng 'Luntian' at 'Pula'. 

Sa nakikita niyong kasuotan ng nagpapanggap na paring Katoliko na tumiwalag at UMANIB daw sa Iglesiang TATAG NI FELIX MANALO noong 1914, ay isang panlilinlang.

Ayon sa dummies.com, ang BERDE o GREEN ay"
The color of vestments used during ordinary time. (Ordinary time is the rest of the year that’s not the Christmas or Easter season — it’s still important, it just has an unexciting name.)
Ang PULA o RED naman ay:
For on feasts of the Passion of Jesus and for the Holy Spirit, representing red tongues of fire, in addition to being worn for the feasts of martyred saints, who shed their red blood for Christ.

Ibig ba nilang palabasin na ang kulay na pinili ay KULAY NG IGLESIA NI CRISTO na hanggang ngayon ay walang opisyal na paliwanag.

Kasanayan na ng mga umaanib sa Iglesia Ni Cristo® - 1914 ang panlilinlang at pagsisinungaling.  Huwag nating tularan ang ganitong pag-uugali sapagkat ito ay kasuklam-suklam sa Diyos (Prov. 11:1)

Kung may Katoliko man na umanib sa kanilang samahan, hayaan na lamang po natin sapagkat AYON SA BIBLIA  (2 Tim. 3:13) may mga nadadaya ang mga bulaang propeta kaya't NATUTUPAD ito sa loob ng INC™ na tatag ni Felix Manlo noong 1914.

Alin ang naiba?