Response to the Latest News on Duterte

Most times, I avoid making any online comments about political figures in the news. However, I felt I had to weigh-in on the latest controversial speech of the President of the Philippines when after he told of a paraphrased version of the Adam and Eve story, he said… well, let’s say that he was bluntly colorful in what he called God. [video link here] But my comments will not be on his use of language.

Instead, I read something more from his speech that should be a clear sign for Christians to pay attention. If you cut out the president’s colorful language which is not cool, he does bring up a very fundamental point especially in God’s character. After the President laid out how Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, he stipulated that God basically set them up for failure. How? By putting in the garden the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that would eventually tempt them to sin, after which he asked, “how can you rationalize a God like that?” I can appreciate his point of view because at one time in my early Christian days when I was reading and studying the book of Genesis, I asked a similar question, “Was God in error in putting the forbidden tree in the garden?” In my book, this is an honest question.

Of course, in truth, God does not make mistakes. But if someone asked you to show how you know this, would you be hard pressed to adequately explain? This is important, for the President had mirrored the world’s lack of truly knowing God. The Apostle Peter wrote, ‘Always be prepared to give an answer…’ (1 Peter 3:15) Christians, don’t waste time in emotional outcries. I encourage you to get yourself ready, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

For those of you who have questions about God, please put them in the comments below. I will post them in my blog. Then, in my JESUS 101 series, I and others will dedicate time and effort to guide you to an answer. How about it? Any takers?

Until my next post,

Johann Q

PS… look for my attempt to the answer the President’s underlying question in my next post – JESUS 101: Was God in Error?

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