I fell asleep watching The Gospel of Judas on National Geographic. That was how exciting it was for me. But the next day my sister-in-law and her husband told me they were intrigued by it and started asking questions like "Is the gospel of Judas true?" It dawned on me that for people who are not that familiar with theology, church history and the issues posed by the gospel of Judas something like this can be faith-shaking. Which means I can't afford to consider these things as unimportant; I have to read up on these so that I can be "ready to give an answer."
Which leads me to the Da Vinci code. Again, it's one of those things that ordinarily I do not find interesting enough to get me to lay aside temporarily Calvin, Owen or Barth so as to plunge into Dan Brown instead. But a friend lent me Dan Brown's Angels and Demons and, of course, The Da Vinci Code – required reading for the holy week! What can I do? It was impolite to refuse and he was really excited about lending me those books. Anway, I now think it's a duty to read Dan Brown – a Christian apologetical responsibility, so to speak. By the way, the movie's coming out in May and the question is, "Should I go and watch it?" Frankly, I think I might do just that. But here's a contrary view that makes me hesitate. I'm providing the link to this contrary view for anyone who wants to make up his or her mind. To see or not to see? That is the question!
For those who'll be watching The Gospel of Judas episode on National Geographic (which will be airing in a few minutes as I write this) and who might think that this gospel is no more, no less than "gospel truth", better read what James White has to say about it here.
Today is a special day for me. I’d just like to say thank you to all my friends who greeted me. Above all, I thank God for being so gracious to me, for giving me the gift of life, for providing a Savior for my sins and for giving me meaning and purpose in life. “What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me?” (Ps. 116:12)
I was planning to write something more on PP 1017 but when I read Fred’s recent take on the matter over at atty-at-work I decided the better and easier thing to do is to refer anyone interested to his post. I enjoyed the reference to Spiderman’s wisdom as something the president can learn from (imagine that! If I were writing the post I would have invoked Alexander Hamilton’s The Federalist), and the distinction between presidential “wise”dom and “wa-is”dom in relation to the whole PP 1017 issue just struck me as a fun but insightful way of putting it – in other words, very wise and wa-is at the same time. Iba ang pinoy!
“For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” (Romans 7:14-15)
Why, my heart is truly hell!
Will is helpless,
All seems hopeless,
God alone can make me well
Wash me whiter,
This my prayer;
Tho’ the devil holds me fast
Thou can sever
Give the victory at last!
O my Master,
Keep me ever;
Save me from this sinful mass.
Flesh will never
Be the victor
If Thy Spirit strengthen us.
Dead I reckon
Self – a lesson
Hard to learn, but learn I must.
Trust God’s reason;
Spirit, lead on!
Do Thou pardon – Thou the Just.
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Some of the things I intend to do on this blog is to link to the latest labor law cases on the Phil. Supreme Court website and add a few comments.
Hello world indeed! I intend to use this blog as a place where to post some of my poems, sermons, theological and legal reflections from a Filipino perspective. But I have to do a lot of learning first as to how to operate a blog. So here goes…