I am making this post in reference to a recent news I have read from GMA News Online: Duterte says God talked to him on the plane: I promised to stop cussing.
I will quote what he said in verbatim:
I was looking at the skies as I was coming over here. And I… everybody was asleep snoring. A voice said that you know ‘If you don’t stop (inaudible), I will bring this plane down now.’ And I said, who is this? Of course, it’s God. Oh, OK. So, I promised God not to express slang, cuss words.
I am a Christian but not a Roman Catholic. I believe the bible is and the only living Word of God so I will be citing biblical references.
I do believe God speaks to His children in many ways. I honestly don’t doubt God would speak to Mr. President in the plane or anywhere at anytime. It is what God reportedly said that bugs me.
First of all, according to Mr. President, God, basically, gave him an ultimatum and demanded that he stop doing what is ‘unrighteous’ (in this case, swearing) and do what is ‘righteous’. I would like to address this, by putting this radical statement out there, God doesn’t demand righteousness from people anymore. I know you may think it heretical to say that. However, remember what Jesus died for at the Cross. He died for our sins. He died to take away the sin of the world.
According to Romans 5:17, Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross gave us (those who believe) the gift of righteousness. After giving us this gift of righteousness (through faith), making us righteous by faith, it will be very uncharacteristic of God to demand this righteousness from us, again. Doing so would 1) devalue what Jesus did on the Cross 2) make God unjust. See, Jesus has already paid the price.
God demanding righteousness through good works (in Mr. President’s case, not swearing), and not through faith in Jesus tells us that He’s not satisfied with the payment Jesus died for and that He is asking for more payment, making Him unjust.
Secondly, and of equal importance, when Mr. President quoted God as saying “I will bring this plane down now,” he has confirmed my supposition that it was not God that spoke to him.
God is love. And love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith Jehovah, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end. Jeremiah 29:11 ASV
These are just a few of my scriptural evidences that God is good and, by no means, intends to harm His people. It’s important to remember that, Mr. President was not the only person on that plane. How, do you think, can a just God choose to kill everyone else on board just because Mr. President couldn’t tame his tongue? Where is the character of Jesus in this picture?
When Jesus walked the earth, He healed the sick, made the lame walk and raised the dead to life. This is very contrary to the kind of god Mr. President is describing. God loves Mr. President so much more than he knows. God loves him, as a person, more than his attempts at righteous doing.
I come down to a couple of conclusions. Clearly, now, it was not God that spoke to him. It was either the devil or something else.
‘Why is this important, anyway?’ you ask. My reason for posting this is simple. If people believed that it was God, they are associating God with fear and works, not faith. Only the grace of God through faith gives us salvation and the gift of righteousness. Believing that God operates through fear and wants our works instead of our faith is heretical and destroys people’s lives both before and after death. This is so much more important than the success of innumerable states and kingdoms.