I have never been the “religious” type of person by any book. I remember how my parents used to reprimand me (I’m the leader, of course!) and my siblings whenever we to talk about how many fish died during the the Great Flood. To this day, I’ve always wondered why Noah allowed the fish to die, or maybe he didn’t. Maybe, someone just forgot to write it in the Bible.
The church members are empowered by their belief, regardless of any moral implications, that their obedience will take them to their Heavenly Abode, just like trying to keep a kid quiet, hence, the noisy kid can’t go to Disneyland to see Mickey. If someone assures me of my salvation at the expense of depriving people their BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS, condoning treachery, misleading people, hating people who are opposed to my ideas, Heaven has no meaning to me.
Is it ignorance that led this church to its “sorry state?” Highly unlikely. The new breed of the INC takes pride in its “force by numbers.” They take pride in the glory of the magnificent Philippine Arena, the luxury cars and businesses owned by their leaders and their lavish lifestyles. The once oppressed church, is now a powerhouse and a power broker. The church that was once an icon of persecution and poverty had evolved. The members are now solidified by their affiliation to a church that wields its influence in the economy and politics of the Philippines. The church reached its highest glory. Praise the Almighty!
What is SO WRONG, then?
The church members still remain living in sub-standard conditions despite the riches of the church. Majority of church members could barely afford to put food on their table. This is not a story anyone can spin. I’ve been around those families more than you can imagine. They have no money to take care of their sick, or at worst, bury their own dead. I’m sure even the Sanggunian members can bear witness to my story. The Sanggunian members didn’t come from royal families. They are from happy and underprivileged families, who were respected by church members. How could this have happened? Have they been deprived of the material things in the past? Did they just suddenly wake up from that deprivation and realized that material things can be easily obtained by a little craft? Ask yourself this – Did you want a career or you want to take care of the church? Fair warning, don’t use the church as a vehicle to achieve your personal and career goals.
So, did the fish really die during the Great Flood. It doesn’t matter to me now. I just believe. Besides, there are no moral issues involved why Noah didn’t save the fish, or did he? Maybe, I should blame my unlucky stars for being too inquisitive, as the old saying goes, “Ignorance is bliss.”