Punishments from God

   Fidel Castro is quoted in saying, “History will absolve me.”  If history takes too long, one can take a cue from former President Joseph Estrada: (literally) say your prayers.  In today’s issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Erap says:

…Our country is what it is now because the head of the Church went against God’s will.  Our country is not moving forward.

   Erap was reacting to another PDI story that in 2001, the Vatican reminded the late Jaime Cardinal Sin to not get the Roman Catholic Church involved in EDSA II.  “Vox populi, vox Dei,” Erap invokes: to him, it was “God’s will” that he won the Presidency in 1998.  So in effect, Erap is blaming the late Cardinal Sin.

   Following Erap’s logic, God is punishing the Filipino people for going against His divine will.

   Pardon the religious allusion: Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?

   Now I’m not a religious man, but I think that the faults and errors of this country aren’t God’s doing.  If God is going to punish the Philippines for subverting His will, He’ll do it as only the omniscient and omnipotent ruler of the Universe could.  I’m talking about pillars of fire, cataclysmic earthquakes, blocking out the Sun, raising the oceans, rivers turning into blood, people dying left and right from plague.  That, I think, is a “punishment from God.”  Systemic corruption is not a punishment from God: it’s the doing of man.

   To be honest, I don’t think that Erap should be too concerned with punishments from God right now.  And I don’t think that we should be worried about cosmic retribution anytime soon.  For all the Filipino trait of “pagpapasa-Diyos” is concerned, it’s not God’s fault why we are where we are now.

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