Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:55
(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Jesus replied, `I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God’…” (John 3:3, the Holy Bible, New English Translation).
CHURCHES MUST SAY WHO TO VOTE FOR: Repost from April 27, 2013.Do churches or religious groups have the right to instruct or even dictate on their members who to vote for in elections? Yes, they do, and the Bible itself says so in many of its verses. The examples of Jethro and his son-in-law, Moses, of Joseph, one of the 12 sons of Jacob or Israel, and even of Jesus Himself, are all clear: there is a need for churches and religious groups to instruct or dictate on their members who to vote for.
This is the reason why at the “Anak Ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo” Church (or the Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ Church), its leaders are set to issue specific names of candidates to its members that they will vote for on May 13, 2013. This is the only way to make sure that the Church’s members will vote for candidates who have the Spirit of God in them, who fear and love God, who hate dishonest gain, who are able and willing to serve as slaves of the people.
I am of the view that all other religious denominations should do the same thing, and not allow crooked politicians to do the dictating on their flock. The time has come for God’s people to be elected to office—no longer those who honor God only in their lips but not in their hearts, no longer those who serve only their personal and family interests, but the interest of God—take note, I said God first—and of His people.
NO “BORN AGAIN” IN THE BIBLE? Last Saturday’s praise and worship service at the Quezon City central gathering place for worship, praise and thanksgiving of the Anak Ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo (AND KNK) Church, an interesting issue cropped up, prompted by a question of one of its members—in the discourse between Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, and Nicodemus, narrated in John 3 of the Bible, did Jesus really say “born again”?
The question was apparently prompted by AND KNK’s doctrine that it is not a “born again” church, but something else—AND KNK is a church that, according to John 1:12-13, is born “from above” or, more appropriately, born from God. This is the reason why AND KNK members are not called “born again Christians” but “born of God believers”.
What is the basis for this AND KNK doctrine? It is based on several Biblical verses that start with John 3:3, where Jesus is supposed to have instructed Nicodemus how a man could enter the kingdom of heaven. In the New International Version (NIV) translation of the Bible (which is basically the Born Again Bible), it is there said that for a man to enter the kingdom of God, he must be “born again”. Unfortunately, however, this translation is clearly a flawed one.
FLAWED TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE: Why is the NIV translation of what Jesus said a flawed one? This is because even the NIV admits that flawed translation, by adding a footnote on the phrase “born again”. When the NIV version of John 3:3 is read very carefully, that footnote will standout, and when it is read at the bottom of the text, it is there admitted that what Jesus really said was not “born again”, but “born from above”, or “born of God”.
Which, precisely, is what John 1:12-13 is saying: those who receive and have faith in Jesus become children of God, who are then born from God. It is therefore clear that for man to enter the kingdom of God, he must be born from God, not born again. This assumes great significance when we consider that man is really sinful (Romans 3:23, Genesis 6:7), so that even if he is “born again” a million times, he will remain a man who is full of sin.
Consequently, it is clear that the NIV and Born Again translations of John 3:3 would be totally misleading, first because “born again” was not what Jesus meant, and secondly, because being “born again”, according to the other verses of the Bible, would not really mean salvation. What is needed is for a man to be “born of God”, and that is what AND KNK is preaching and trying to convert man to.
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