6 July 2018
This is a response when President Duterte stated Original Sin is an absurd teaching from his speech in June 2018.
As preamble, I am neither for nor against Duterte as President. My personal belief is that rulers hold no terror for those who do right (Romans 13:1-5). Mine is not driven by political motives nor is it to question his governing methods but rather as defense of the Faith that I hold very dear.
President Duterte stated –
“Who is this stupid God?”
“You created a perfect paradise. You created a perfect human being. Two of them. You gave them all. Why did you have to call Satan to bring an apple to Eve and to tempt both of them?”
“Bakit mo ginawa iyon? Perfect na sana. Ngayon tinakwil mo kasi nagkaroon ng malisya.”
(Why did you do it? It would have been perfect but now you’ve cast them out because of malice.)
“Tell me if it is a perfect god. Luluhod ako dito.” (I’m going to kneel right here.)
“I never said I don’t have any god. Your God is not my god. Your God is stupid. My god is perfect and has a perfect common sense. Ako, I believe in a universal being.”
Why is it dangerous to deny Original Sin?
I will attempt to refute this doctrine of President Duterte as it has significant implications especially since it is compounded by his numerous attacks to the Catholic Church and the established Truth about humanity.
How come? Because it undermines our Faith formed out of Judeo–Christian origin.
First, Sin wasn’t God’s design.
Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24
13 For God did not make Death, he takes no pleasure in destroying the living.
14 To exist — for this he created all things; the creatures of the world have health in them, in them is no fatal poison, and Hades has no power over the world:
15 for uprightness is immortal.
23 For God created human beings to be immortal, he made them as an image of his own nature;
24 Death came into the world only through the Devil’s envy, as those who belong to him find to their cost.
As you can read from this passage, it is through the Devil’s envy that Death came as a result of Sin. Satan and his cohorts undermine God’s authority by creating division where it lays claim that the Church and its ministers devised myths or stories so it can manipulate people. This is why evil tends to promote the lie that God is not so perfect.
It was never God’s design for his creation to become corrupted and to accuse God of such is to assume of God’s intent. Duterte himself always insisted that no one should force him into a set of religious beliefs and to question his moral authority on his actions.
Who, therefore, plays god in this situation? Is he greater than God?
Who is the “perfect” God that he claims if it is not the same Being that created the universe that Catholic Christians believe?
I remember when God stated these words in the book of Job:
Job 38:4-5 (NIV)
4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?”
Second, God’s perfection is not measured by preventing tragedies to happen.
God created Freewill so that His creations are not robots or machines where it will only follow his every whim. Duterte acknowledged that he is free to choose whether he can believe in a god or not.
Isn’t it that proof that God gave to Adam and Eve which allowed them to choose their own destiny? Doesn’t President Duterte’s statement exhibit that same freedom that our first parents exercised?
the condition, state, or quality of being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects.
the action or process of improving something until it is faultless or as faultless as possible.
You may have heard of the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” We can reach perfection not because we were sinless but through overcoming the trials and tribulations we’ve experienced.
It is why we call that life is a pilgrimage, a process that one has to take to realize one’s purpose and follow God on our own choosing.
Lastly, if we deny Sin then why would we need a Savior?
If we don’t need a Savior, then, it means that we attain our destiny on our own merit. If that is the case, then, it leads to a greater Sin which is Pride.
Pride was the sin that Lucifer made as he wanted to assume God’s throne. Pride is what led to Satan’s downfall.
It is something way more dangerous than the Original Sin of disobedience committed by Adam and Eve. Is it the same pride that Duterte leads to mock the belief of every Christian?
Isaiah 14:13 (NIV)
13 You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God;”
Does it give him authority to question God granted that he was hurt and had a traumatic experience from people that “claim” they are Christ followers?
To call God stupid and question his sovereignty is where any Christian should draw the line. Indeed, the times are evil since our religion is being attacked left and right. God’s truth is being diminished by claims and accusations all across the globe.
Is it my intent to convince President Duterte? No, Rodrigo Duterte will answer to God on judgement day for his actions.
Do I celebrate because Original Sin came into the world? No.
I am writing this so that people in my circle of influence are not misled by false teachings and assumptions.
To my fellow Christians, I leave you with Saint Paul’s admonitions to Titus on how you should conduct yourselves accordingly. I don’t need to add anything into it since the Bible has given such sound teachings long time ago.
In memory of a good friend from my Catholic high school Alma mater. May eternal rest be unto you, Brother.