SOCIAL DEVIANCE AND FAMILY STRUCTURE

SOCIAL DEVIANCE AND FAMILY STRUCTURE
The family is the primary social institution in every community. Families make up communities, and communities make up a nation. I remember quite well when my sons took their pet hamsters to school for the “show and tell” portion of their class, and the Mommy Hamster started giving birth, and in sheer horror started eating her babies in front of the other school children. I ended up having to pick up the hamsters and my kids. I can always say, “What’s your problem with an animal eating its young, right?” They are animals. Certain species do that.
In real human societies, eating our children is taboo. It’s a social deviance. Social norms dictate that as families, we have stay together and help one another. We take care of our sick and our elders and we nurture our relationships with each other no matter how challenging it may be, and that’s the reason for our progress and civilization. At least, that’s what I believe.
We make our choices in life. If you can live with the choice you’ve made, alienate your family and put them in dire situation, that‘s perfectly OK with me, I will not judge you. They will fight you if they want to. Some people are sad because they have lost connections with their friends and families. We love our families and friends. I don’t care about your plane or your money. I can’t take all that with me in my grave. Spare those of us, who value families and friendships. Those memories are more important to us.

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EVM’S CURSE – THE BIG SHOES TO FILL

EVM’S CURSE – THE BIG SHOES TO FILL

Never in my wildest imaginings did it ever cross my mind that the church will be in its current state of affairs.  There was no way I could have ever conceived it will happen to the church.  Sometimes, I ask myself why I even care since I left the church a long time ago but somehow, I keep going back to that reality that when I left the church, I never left my friends and my family and the respect for the church I once belonged to.

Like most of you, I question the same things.  How could Eduardo treat his legacy with indignation?  How could he ever watch the church divided in state of chaos?  What could he have done better?  I guess we will be wondering about the answers until all the dust settle, or maybe, we will never know.   So for now I would just like to share with you my observations and analyses as objectively as I can to make sense of what motivates someone to act or not to act in any manner predicted by the general population.

No member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, will ever question the unprecedented success of the Iglesia ni Cristo under the leadership of Ka Felix and Ka Erdy.   Both of them are recognized as “RESPECTED RELIGIOUS LEADERS.”  INC under Ka Felix stood the ravages of war.  From a handful of listeners, after 49 years of existence, the INC had 1,250 local chapels and 35 large concrete cathedrals. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Manalo

After the death of Ka Felix, people predicted the failure of the church when Ka Erdy took leadership.  Contrary to what critics predicted, Ka Erdy led the church to achieve global expansion.

Enter Eduardo…  He has 2 big shoes to fill.  Imagine the mounting pressure to live up to or exceed his grandfather’s and father’s legacy.  That’s mind-blowing.  He has to re-invent himself.  Lacking the qualities of a competent leader, he has to RE-INVENT THE CHURCH by the introduction of a “new culture” to disassociate himself from the historical and epic achievements of Ka Felix and Ka Erdy.   In an effort to cement his name in the history of the church, he has to SHRINK those big shoes to fill.  He, not only attempted to shrink those big shoes, but he also tried to destroy and bury them.

Consumed with his delusional portrayal of himself as the “BELOVED” and the “WAY TO SALVATION,” EVM has a very deep desire to go down in history as the one who “revolutionized” the church.  He created an institution that preyed on the weak, the poor, and the socially and economically disadvantaged.

EVM created a religious institution resembling “Corporate America,” where the CEO and high ranking officers and their families get the perks and the treats.  EVM capitalized on the previous years of financial success of the church to extend its economic and political control as far as encroaching on the Philippine government, and at the same time callously using the same money given by the members to subdue them with threats of expulsion or being cast in the lake of fire.

Next time you think this is all about faith, total submission and obedience to God, think about the BIG SHOES EDUARDO HATES TO FILL!

THE CASE OF THE BAD APPLES AND THE MINISTERS OF THE CHURCH

Have faith that there are still ministers out there looking out for the flock. One case of a few rotten apples can rot a whole barrel of apples.  However, your ministers are not apples.  They are humans, and capable of thinking what environment is conducive to the survival of the flock.

I have decided to take a scientific analysis on this matter, so as to avoid having to come up with my own EVIDENCE.

What causes the decay in fruits?  Blame it on ethylene.

Ethylene is a small hydrocarbon gas. It is naturally occurring, but it can also occur as a result of combustion and other processes. You can’t see or smell it. Some fruit will produce ethylene as ripening begins. Apples and pears are examples of fruit that produce ethylene with ripening. http://postharvest.tfrec.wsu.edu/pages/PC2000F

Ethylene is manufactured and released by rapidly growing tissues (i.e., meristems) in roots, senescing flowers, and ripening fruit.  For example, the darkened spots on a ripe banana release great amounts of ethylene.  Ethylene has many effects on plants including being responsible for the stunting of plants in high winds or when repeatedly touched.   In addition, ethylene promotes fruit ripening.  Like many hormones, it does so at very low concentrations.  Apple growers take advantage of this by picking fruit when it is not ripe, holding it in enclosed conditions without ethylene, and exposing it to ethylene right before taking it to market.  This process is why we have newly ripened apples grown in temperate North America even in the spring and summer (apples ripen in the fall).http://botany.org/bsa/misc/mcintosh/badapple.html

I know… you’ll ask me what the hell does ethylene got to do with the ministers.  Well… I really don’t know.  I’m just trying to stay away from being too upset reading my FB account so I thought about writing a Fairy Tale, which goes:

Once upon a time..

The God of Apples picked out all the good ministers before they get infected.  HE set them aside, and puts them in the Fairyland where there is no ETHYLENE.  From here, I don’t see a happy ending.  Maybe those apples didn’t get rotten, but I can’t end my story there.  Maybe you can finish the story for me until the point when everyone lived happily ever after.

THE FEAR OF EXPULSION AND BEING CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE AND BRIMSTONE

What is behind the silence of most members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, despite the overwhelming evidence of corruption, and injustice inside and outside the church?  Is this silence motivated by FAITH or FEAR?

There is growing tension between members inside the church, most akin to the RIGHT WING AND LEFT WING, or the REPUBLICANS and the DEMOCRATS.  This is evidenced by the prevalence of mud-slinging by both factions in social media.   While some vehemently deny the validity of any corruption or injustice, some choose to stay silent.

Is it FEAR, or FAITH, or BOTH that makes one turn a blind eye to moral and social injustice?

‘EXPULSION’ is the most feared word for any IGLESIA NI CRISTO member, and the only fate that awaits an expelled member is being cast into the Lake of Fire, most commonly known as “Hell.” To make sense of this, I consulted with a former INC member, who is a Behavioral Therapist.

She explained a few theories to me to better understand the underlying motivation behind the silence.  She discussed  how such fear can be cultivated through Reinforcement, Shaping, and Conditioning.  One of the church’s core beliefs is that anyone outside the church will be condemned to the Lake of Fire. That’s how “EXPULSION” became the most feared word to any member.  Love for the Church Administration is fostered in the church.  Thus, questioning their appointment or decisions is similar to going against the Words of God.  Members  were shaped and conditioned from childhood or from indoctrination to follow these beliefs. This to them, became a self-fulfilling prophesy.

How long will this fear or faith reign?  Some members choose to just pray for God’s will, while the Church Administration continue to do their will.

2 Timothy 1:7 King James Version (KJV)

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

ABSOLUTE SUBMISSION AND OBEDIENCE TO THE IGLESIA NI CRISTO ADMISNISTRATION

To demand absolute submission  and obedience is tantamount to a leader proclaiming his ABSOLUTE AND DIVINE POWER.  Who has been given the ABSOLUTE POWER, that no one, not even Jesus Christ claimed to have possessed?

Religion is supposed to direct us and lead us to act or behave in ways pleasing to God. It taught us to love the Church Administration and respect their decisions.   When God asked Abraham to offer his first born, he didn’t hesitate binding him and raising a knife in an of act of murder. Do you know why?   Because for Abraham this is his act of Love for God.  His Absolute Obedience was guided by his Faith in God.

Absolute Submission and Obedience by THREAT IS  TYRANNY IN  ITS PUREST SENSE. To name a few:  Hitler, Stalin, Castro, Mussolini, Mao, Gadhafi, etc.

Open your history books one more time. These leaders deceived their subjects, and they all fell in ruins, along with their followers.

You might have silenced and suppressed the people for now.  If you are deeply convinced this is the result  of absolute submission and obedience reigning in the Church, you’re better off taking your minions to join the Disney characters in Disneyland.  You ain’t fooling anyone.

Hebrews 13:17

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

ISAIAS SAMSON, JR. – THE MYSTERY AND THE COMEDY OF ERRORS BY THE IGLESIA NI CRISTO

News of a lengthy interview with Isaias Samson, Jr. hit the news yesterday.  As we all know, Mr. Samson is the Editor in Chief of the PASUGO, the Iglesia Ni Cristo newspaper, which my sisters and friends purchase in multiple copies and stash in their closets.

Mr. Samson was accused of being Antonio Ebangelista, the man responsible for publicly exposing the misappropriation of funds of the Church.  He was one of the victims of the witch hunt the Church Council conducted to flush out the suspected ministers and members.  However, the confiscated computers and cellphones, belonging to him and his family yielded no evidence that he is the mysterious and elusive  Antonio Ebangelista.

How did he end up being expelled?  Mr.Samson alleged that he was held under house arrest, refused communication with the outside world, and was interrogated at length.  Subsequently, Mr. Samson and family managed to escape with his family but went on hiding for fear of his life. Did Mr. Samson fear for his life because he has knowledge of this alleged unlawful church activity committed inside the church?  To date, the Church has not issued any statement that they have positively identified Mr. Samson as the Antonio Ebangelista.   AE remains a hidden mystery.

Fast-forward…..  Members were summoned by the Church Administration to join a peaceful rally in the streets, blocking motor vehicles and pedestrians to fight for SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.  For a moment here, I want to point out without prejudice, that most of the church members did not attend Law School.  This is not the kind of issues they discuss while sharing meals with their families.

However to clarify this matter, the separation of Church and State has long been part of the Philippine Constitution.  In Article II “Declaration of Principles and State Policies”, Section 6, the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines declares, “The separation of Church and State shall be inviolable.” This reasserts, with minor differences in wording and capitalization, a declaration made in Article XV, Section 15 of the 1973 Constitution.[52][53] Similarly, Article III, Section 5 declares, “No law shall be made respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed. No religious test shall be required for the exercise of civil or political rights.”; echoing Article IV, Section 8 of the 1973 constitution verbatim. (the Amendment 1973 Constitution Retrieved March 22, 2015, 1987 Constitution of the Rep. of the Phil. -Article III Retrieved March 22, 2015.  This should have been the highlight of the lesson in the pagsamba before the members were summoned to the rally.

Needless to say, the Church’s actions did not earn support from the community, instead, it earned the title “CULT.”  A title so vile which made the church an object of intense humiliation and ridicule.