Could somebody please tell neophyte Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao to stop using the bible in interpreting issues that has got to do with political or governmental problems affecting the nation today?
The reason why I am making this plea is because, foremost, he is not a Bible scholar or someone who has gone on higher study, perhaps a masters or a doctorate degree, specifically specializing and excelling in Biblical studies.
Not that I am debasing Pacquaio, but it is a common knowledge that he has not even gone through a formal academic education.
So how could he pretend to be an authority of the bible and make us believe that his opinion is correct?
Most likely than not every time he opens his mouth and refers to the bible he subjects himself to criticism because he contradicts himself and the reason why he contradicts himself is because his knowledge of the bible is only skin-deep, yet he gloats in his shallow understanding of the holy book.
”Having read the bible on a regular basis, I’m convinced that God is not just a God of mercy, but he is also a God of justice,” Pacquiao said during his privilege speech supporting President Rodrigo Duterte’s stand on the imposition of death penalty.
I am for the death penalty, too, but it is out of my personal belief and conviction that it is what the country needs at this stage of our development.
Whether death penalty is ‘lawful and moral’ is not my concern, but I find it as a necessary evil.
While I don’t agree with Pacquiao’s shallow interpretation on the issue of death penalty with the bible as his basis I, however, appreciate what Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, a noted Bible scholar, said upon reacting to Pacquiao’s privilege speech justifying the death penalty.
“If Senator Pacquiao is convinced that the death penalty is a useful deterrent for criminality, he is entitled to his personal opinion. His right to express it will be protected in a democracy. But I just wish he didn’t have to justify it using the Bible.”
“The Bible has been used much too often to justify even the most inhuman and ungodly things,” Bishop David added.
Bishop David’s admonition of Pacquiao is very timely, if not prophetic, because days after his privilege speech the latter expressed support for the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani despite public clamor against it, saying: “We should learn to forgive no matter how bad the person is. As what the Bible says, we should not get mad or anything because of what he did. We should have forgiveness.”
Why, are those criminals meted with the death penalty does not deserve to be forgiven?
What a contradiction!
And to think that the dead dictator is a criminal many times over! (https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2011/02/17/no-to-marcos-burial-at-the-libingan-ng-mga-bayani/)