‘So, that’s what a typhoon is like’

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FAITH OUT OF THE MUD A girl retrieves a statue of the Sto. Niño and cleans it of mud and grime after landslides hit her home due to nonstop rains brought by Typhoon “Pablo” in Compostela town, Compostela Valley province, in Mindanao on Tuesday. AFP

DAVAO CITY—For the first time, people in the coastal towns of Davao Oriental saw for themselves what a typhoon was like.

“Even from the sound alone, it seemed like the wind wanted to eat us alive,” said Juvy Tanio, assistant of Mayor Michelle Rabat of Mati City in Davao Oriental.

Except for the Surigao provinces that  face the Pacific Ocean, the rest of Mindanao is not often visited by storms, with only six typhoons making landfall in the area in the past 15 years, according to data from the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center compiled by The Manila Observatory.

Tanio said he was surprised to find the roofs of houses in the neighborhood were gone and trees knocked down.

“So, that’s what a typhoon is like,” said Tanio, who said it was his first time to experience being in the midst of a typhoon.

Between 1945 and 2010, only 35 typhoons made landfall in Mindanao, or about one every two years. An average of 20 storms or typhoons hit the country each year.

In September 1984, Supertyphoon “Nitang” (international name: “Ike”) battered Mindanao, with wind speeds of up to 220 kilometers per hour, the worst typhoon to hit the island in recent memory. Nitang killed more than 1,300 people.

Mindanao’s location near the equator makes it less likely to be hit by typhoons, according to experts. That was when global warming had not ushered in stronger typhoons in the country over the past few years and somehow pushed down the paths of certain storms down to the Visayas and Mindanao.

In December last year, Tropical Storm “Sendong” killed at least 1,268 people in Northern Mindanao and the Visayas, mostly in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City. Most of the fatalities, who lived along waterways, drowned.

Never-heard sound

Tanio said people were still grumbling on Monday afternoon because it was “too hot.” It never felt like there was an approaching typhoon. Rain fell during the night. The nightmare started before dawn Tuesday.

“When the wind started to howl at 3 a.m., nobody dared to speak,” Tanio said. “Everyone was so quiet, we never heard that sound before.”

Davao Oriental’s Tarragona town, which faces the Pacific Ocean, was among those badly battered when the typhoon made landfall Tuesday morning, forcing the evacuation of close to 300 families.

“I live near the shore, so I’m used to big waves and strong winds,” said Vivencio Anislag, a resident of Tarragona.  “But this one is something different, a storm is a different thing.”

At least one electric post and 14 trees were felled in Davao City.

Investment come-on gone

The city’s investment come-on as a typhoon-free area is no longer true.

“Scary,” said Patrick Ronolo, a student at Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology.

“The wind was really strong,” he said.

“This is the first time we experienced anything like this,” said Flordeliz Bantolinao, a teacher at Baculin National High School in Baganga, Davao Oriental, where Typhoon “Pablo” made its landfall.

She said until Tuesday, she had never seen coconut trees falling down because of strong winds.

Sources: Observatory.ph, typhoon2000.ph, http://www.nrlmry.navy.mil with Inquirer research

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  • kulittwit

    There is always a first time.

    • ARIKUTIK

      Really ? Just when did the moon rise for the first time …. ewwwwww …..

      • yesyesyo

        No doubt, virgin ka pa.

      • 12JEM

         Many moons ago.

      • ARIKUTIK

        Kulittwit claims “there is always a first time” but can not figure out when did the moon rise for the first time.12JEM, figured, “many moons ago”. This guy is courageous enough to think for an answer. Well,l bride and groom gets married for the first time at sunny day when moons does not shine. They are eagerly waiting for the guest to scram away before night falls so that honey Moon will rise for the first time.  weeeeeee >>>>> 

  • filipinaskoh

    So, that’s what climate change is!

    Our environment is being devastated at a very high speed and it seems no one dare to care in our country.  

    I hope our law makers will focus on our environment- that they may ban any manufacturers that causes the detrimental of our environment and other human activities that are harmful to our mother nature.

    • Scar Mind

      overpopulation is directly proportional to global warming 

      • generalproblem

        ah oo tutuo yan. laging mainit ang pakiramdam mo pag apat ang asawa mo tanong mo pa sa mga muslim

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

      that was not climate change. That was product of greed. Wind and rains did not create much damage, it’s the flood and landslide which was abated by cutting of trees…

      …kinalbo mo ang bundok, babaha yan. hindi yan climate change… plain and simple greed ng mga loggers, legal and illegal…

  • ManilaByNight

    I guess the people of Mindanao shoud learn to brace themselves for other possible typhoons and get used to them. Global warming has disrupted and changed many things now.

  • joerizal

    Kasalanan lahat ni Gloria yan!! Kahit itanong mo pa kay PNoy.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Sinabi mo na..,di na kailangan…wala ka bang tiwala sa sarili mo?

      • joerizal

        Meron, pero ang sarap mong paglaruan Dong, para kang stuffed toy.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/A3B5B7CAS25M3OSQSEBXPKDEIU zafirol

      Gloria is under arrest and may not find that funny.

      • joerizal

        Loosen up tightwad.

    • observer1356

      ha ha ha … bakit di mo pa isinama sila fvr at erap kila gloria at p’noy sa may mga kasalanan, aber?

      • joerizal

        Sama na rin si Marcos at Cory.

      • observer1356

        hahaha.. huwag mo na isama ang mga yumao dito sa mundo… that’s bad for your health… LOL

  • moshki

    …kami taga Davao ignorante sa bagyo..a good thing or bad???…back in gradeschool we envy those who study in Manila because they get a lot of “no-school-days” . . . but the reality these typhoons can claim hundreds of life…let’s do hope for our brother and sisters in Mindanao for fast recovery… 

    …ayu ayu mo ja taga cdo akong salad na taga zambo ug akong mga budootz ug budatz ja sa del sur…bae dili hilakan…pakamatyan!…

    • bugoybanggers

      VIVA! MINDANAO, VIVA! VISAYAS.

  • TUBAGBOHOL.com

    Instead of praying directly to the invisible, almighty God, many Filipinos are worshiping stones and woods that are all abomination in the eyes of God.

    • http://twitter.com/wadjitzain coty

       ha ha it’s a lot better than “worshiping” politicians!  derisive laughter!

    • kalikasanipagtanggol

       Bakit hindi mo na lang ibigay sa kanila ang nagpapatibay ng kanilang loob? Hindi ito ang tamang panahon para i-bash ang ibang religion na iba sa iyong paniniwala! Ito ang panahon para tumulong, kung ito ay bahagi ng inyong community outreach program sa iyong religion, kung meron man ay matutuwa pa ang panginoon diyos sa iyo! Maraming nasalanta, namatayan at nangangailangan ng tulong, tulong ang kanilang nila hindi ang kutyain pa!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Kaya, ‘tamo. hindi natibag ng bagyo ang kapayapaan sa mukha ng babae…kitang kita na payapa ang maaliwalas niyang mukha sa gitna ng Supertyphoon PABLO.
      A VERY FITTING ILLUSTRATION ON HOW FAITH CALMS ONE IN TIMES OF TROUBLE!

    • generalproblem

      stupid. kung iba ang relihiyon mo pinoy ka pa rin at kahit sa iba ka nagdarasal eh pagdasal mo pa din. kung may pera ang simabahan nyo pak tulong na din  hindi yung puro ka pamimintas ganyan ab aturo ng dyos mo na invisible.

    • tukmoldinako

      since the beginning of time , typhoon, low pressure area , cyclone being called in other parts of the world are natural phenomenon produced from the heating of the athmosphere combined with colder fronts that moves in directions in varying degrees that conforms to the surrounding athmosphere. it consist of strong wind and rain that rotates in centrifugal form that normally originates in the inter tropical convergence zone going up to higher latitude until it dissipate. such occurence cannot be avoided when two different layers of athmosphere  converge.  “many filipinos are worshipping stones and woods that are all abomination in the eyes of God.”

      did it not came to your mind a friend of yours who worship stones and woods and idols didn’t die during the typhoon? why was many was been save if it is an abomination in the eyes of God? is God selective? why did God took the baby who had never known to worship a stone God?

      i don’t even know the answer, maybe you know better.

    • bugoybanggers

      Itigil mo na iyan. Sarilihin mo na lang ang paniniwala mo. Lahat ng tao ay may karapatan maniwala sa kanyang sarili. Huwag mag mayabang!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AQ7FKNAHJQWEDZKOGGWF7E3ZZU Gene

        hwag ka na mag-internet, bugoy.

      • bugoybanggers

        Aba, ang yabang mo bata. Ako dinedepensahan ko ang tama. Ang mga paki alamero inaasar ko iyan. Bakit iyan ba ang natutunan mo sa PASTOR mo ang maging pakialamero! Sira ka pala, wag mong idaan sa galing mo sa BIBLIYA ang talino mo BATA. Kung gusto mong makatulong sa BANSA, patayin mo lahat ng mga BUWAYA sa lipunan pagkatapos doon ang PASTOR mo at kahit ihuli mo sarili mo para masubaybayan ko ang kaluluwa mo. Kukunin kita kasi sa amin maluwag at DEMOKRASYA!

  • akoombulator

    sa Malay language ang mati ibig sabihin patay

    • regd

      At ang Manila sa malay ay mabaho? Ok, I made that up.

      • bugoybanggers

        Yeah joe

  • virgoyap

    He he he, for the first time typhoon Pablo was having fun in  Davao Oriental.

    • Karabkatab

      Paligsok na lintian na ini.

  • MG

    Am afraid it will not be the last as studies show that more violent typhoons are to be expected in that part of the country. Best to be prepared always.

  • Danny Bravo

    the  causes  of  many  calamity  in  mindanao  and  visaya is  the  religion,,,causes  of  lack  of  research  in  science  of  the  filipino  nobody  knows  why  have  a  typhoon  ,,what  is  the  causes  ,,what  is  came  from  and  why  you  will  always  hit,,,,because  of  ignorance  how  to protect  your  land  and  the  planet,,,to  teach  the  pilipino  for  the  protection  of  inviroment  and  to  help  in  right  religion  is  a  kind  of  suicide,,,,  or  terrorism  ,,  because  of  sobrang  mapagmataas  sa  kapwa,,,  napakataas  ng  tingin like  a  god

    • bugoybanggers

      Itigil mo na iyan. Sarilihin mo na lang ang paniniwala mo. Lahat ng tao ay may karapatan maniwala sa kanyang sarili. Huwag mag mayabang! Bakit mas hindi tinatamaan ng BAGYO ang mindanao kumpara sa LUZON. Aba sira kaba? Alam mo ba ang pinag sasabi mo ignorante? Nagmamataas ang mga taga MINDANAO. Ang taga MANILA o kayo ang mayayabang at swapang! Kahit humiwalay ang VISAYAS at MINDANAO sa LUZON pwede kasi lahat nandito ang ikabubuhay ng BANSA. Buwaya kayo sa lahat kaya nadadamay ang mga tagaMINDANAO sa mga SALOT na namumuno na tulad ninyong mga TAGA LUZON! Tumigil ka! IGNO!

    • kamoteLangAngKatapatNyan

      ano raw!?! hahahaha. tagalog na lang. please? 

  • Pablo316

    “They followed worthless idols and became worthless
    themselves.” (Jeremiah 2:5)

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/276L22SZM5ZUQGV24IL4ZEF6UA Edward

      here we go pablo316…it is your time to expose your Bible expertise here since you are the so-called self-proclaimed sole interpreter of the Bible…

      d2 ka n nmn..quote quote pa ng Jeremiah out of context nmn..at wla sa audience kung bakit nabanggit un sa Jeremiah…

    • bugoybanggers

      Itigil mo na iyan. Sarilihin mo na lang ang paniniwala mo. Lahat ng tao ay may karapatan maniwala sa kanyang sarili. Huwag mag mayabang!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AQ7FKNAHJQWEDZKOGGWF7E3ZZU Gene

        h’wag ka na mag-internet, bugoy. bagay sa iyo ang pangalan mo.

      • bugoybanggers

        Aba, ang yabang mo bata. Ako dinedepensahan ko ang tama. Ang mga paki alamero inaasar ko iyan. Bakit iyan ba ang natutunan mo sa PASTOR mo ang maging pakialamero! Sira ka pala, wag mong idaan sa galing mo sa BIBLIYA ang talino mo BATA. Kung gusto mong makatulong sa BANSA, patayin mo lahat ng mga BUWAYA sa lipunan pagkatapos doon ang PASTOR mo at kahit ihuli mo sarili mo para masubaybayan ko ang kaluluwa mo. Kukunin kita kasi sa amin maluwag at DEMOKRASYA!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NYOKKWJDJKP6HLLGJ7TVFKQVPI Rene

      Naku!!! Signal No. 3 pa rin dito. Typhoon Pablo316 hehe

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WOWHE3FMD722OX6DQ72FFBKTD4 Nel

    Matthew
    7:15
    [ A Tree and Its Fruit ] “Watch out for false prophets. THEY COME
    TO YOU IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING, but INWARDLY ARE FEROCIOUS WOLVES.

     

    It is now becoming and revealing now a days which false
    religion is which. False prophets are putting billions and billions of people
    into damnation with the abominable idolatry and adding worthless traditional
    law which God ordered not to cling on.

     

    Matthew
    24:24
    For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and
    miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible.

     

    This religion will deceive the many as prophesied

     

    Revelation 20:8

    and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners
    of the earth—Gog and Magog—to gather them for battle. In number they are like
    the sand on the seashore

     

    Revelation
    13:14
    Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he DECEIVED
    THE INHABITANTS OF THE EARTH. He ordered them to set up an image in honor
    of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived

    Revelation
    17:2
    With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the
    inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her
    adulteries.”

     

     

    But what will
    happen to this deceitful religion?

     

    Isaiah 42:17

    But THOSE WHO TRUST IN IDOLS, WHO SAY TO IMAGES, ‘You are
    our gods,’ will be turned back IN UTTER SHAME.

     

     

    What does the bible say? Do not add to his laws with any form
    of tradition. Do not make ANY idols.

     

    Exodus 20:4

    “You shall NOT make for yourself an idol in the form of
    ANYTHING in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

     

    Mark 7:9

    And he said to them: “You have a fine way of setting
    aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!

     

    Isaiah 42:17

    But those who trust in idols, WHO SAY TO IMAGES, ‘You are
    our gods,’ will be turned back in utter shame.

     

    4.Deuteronomy 4:2

    Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from
    it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.

     

    What does this false religion PROMOTE? Lawlessness.

     

    2
    Thessalonians 2:3-43Don’t let
    anyone deceive you in any way, for (that day will not come) until the rebellion
    occurs and the MAN OF LAWLESSNESS[a] is revealed, the man doomed to
    destruction. 4He will
    oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is
    worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to
    be God.

     

    When this fake church promotes lawlessness, what happens?
    Many will become evil as planned by Satan.

    Galatians
    5:19-21 (New International Version)

     19The acts of
    the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of
    rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as
    I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

     

    What are the penalty?

     

    Revelation 21:8

    But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers,
    the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the IDOLATERS and all
    liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the
    second death.”

     

    So how many will this deceitful religion put to damnation? They
    are many as the sand of the sea as prophesied…

     

    Revelation 20:8-10  8and will go out to deceive the
    nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—to gather them for
    battle. In number they are LIKE THE SAND ON THE SEA SHORE. 9They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded
    the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and
    devoured them

     

    A revelation brought to you by a member of Church of Christ or Iglesia
    ni Cristo member  Acts: 20:28 (Lamsa translation)

     

     

    John
    17:3
    Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God,
    and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/276L22SZM5ZUQGV24IL4ZEF6UA Edward

      Another cult in the making..his name Nel, a member of INC…A Lamsa Bible promoter…Kawawang kaluluwa…Magpapasalamt nlng kau na sa kabila ng iyong pagbatikos sa Inang Simbahan nndyan pa rin Ang Inang Simbahan na wlang tigil sa panalangin para sa kaligtasan ng lahat…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/276L22SZM5ZUQGV24IL4ZEF6UA Edward

      “Catholics worship statues!” People still make this ridiculous claim. Because Catholics have statues in their churches, goes the accusation, they are violating God’s commandment: “You shall not make for yourself a graven image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: you shall not bow down to them or serve them” (Ex. 20:4–5); “Alas, this people have sinned a great sin; they have made for themselves gods of gold” (Ex. 32:31). 

      It is right to warn people against the sin of idolatry when they are committing it. But calling Catholics idolaters because they have images of Christ and the saints is based on misunderstanding or ignorance of what the Bible says about the purpose and uses (both good and bad) of statues.

      God Said To Make Them

      People who oppose religious statuary forget about the many passages where the Lord commands the making of statues. For example: “And you shall make two cherubim of gold [i.e., two gold statues of angels]; of hammered work shall you make them, on the two ends of the mercy seat. Make one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end; of one piece of the mercy seat shall you make the cherubim on its two ends. The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be” (Ex. 25:18–20).

      David gave Solomon the plan “for the altar of incense made of refined gold, and its weight; also his plan for the golden chariot of the cherubim that spread their wings and covered the ark of the covenant of the Lord. All this he made clear by the writing of the hand of the Lord concerning it all, all the work to be done according to the plan” (1 Chr. 28:18–19). David’s plan for the temple, which the biblical author tells us was “by the writing of the hand of the Lord concerning it all,” included statues of angels.

      Similarly Ezekiel 41:17–18 describes graven (carved) images in the idealized temple he was shown in a vision, for he writes, “On the walls round about in the inner room and [on] the nave were carved likenesses of cherubim.”

      The Religious Uses of Images

      During a plague of serpents sent to punish the Israelites during the exodus, God told Moses to “make [a statue of] a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and every one who is bitten, when he sees it shall live. So Moses made a bronze serpent, and set it on a pole; and if a serpent bit any man, he would look at the bronze serpent and live” (Num. 21:8–9).

      One had to look at the bronze statue of the serpent to be healed, which shows that statues could be used ritually, not merely as religious decorations.

      Catholics use statues, paintings, and other artistic devices to recall the person or thing depicted. Just as it helps to remember one’s mother by looking at her photograph, so it helps to recall the example of the saints by looking at pictures of them. Catholics also use statues as teaching tools. In the early Church they were especially useful for the instruction of the illiterate. Many Protestants have pictures of Jesus and other Bible pictures in Sunday school for teaching children. Catholics also use statues to commemorate certain people and events, much as Protestant churches have three-dimensional nativity scenes at Christmas.

      If one measured Protestants by the same rule, then by using these “graven” images, they would be practicing the “idolatry” of which they accuse Catholics. But there’s no idolatry going on in these situations. God forbids the worship of images as gods, but he doesn’t ban the making of images. If he had, religious movies, videos, photographs, paintings, and all similar things would be banned. But, as the case of the bronze serpent shows, God does not even forbid the ritual use of religious images.

      It is when people begin to adore a statue as a god that the Lord becomes angry. Thus when people did start to worship the bronze serpent as a snake-god (whom they named “Nehushtan”), the righteous king Hezekiah had it destroyed (2 Kgs. 18:4).

      What About Bowing?

      Sometimes anti-Catholics cite Deuteronomy 5:9, where God said concerning idols, “You shall not bow down to them.” Since many Catholics sometimes bow or kneel in front of statues of Jesus and the saints, anti-Catholics confuse the legitimate veneration of a sacred image with the sin of idolatry.

      Though bowing can be used as a posture in worship, not all bowing is worship. In Japan, people show respect by bowing in greeting (the equivalent of the Western handshake). Similarly, a person can kneel before a king without worshipping him as a god. In the same way, a Catholic who may kneel in front of a statue while praying isn’t worshipping the statue or even praying to it, any more than the Protestant who kneels with a Bible in his hands when praying is worshipping the Bible or praying to it.

      Hiding the Second Commandment?

      Another charge sometimes made by Protestants is that the Catholic Church “hides” the second commandment. This is because in Catholic catechisms, the first commandment is often listed as “You shall have no other gods before me” (Ex. 20:3), and the second is listed as “You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain.” (Ex. 20:7). From this, it is argued that Catholics have deleted the prohibition of idolatry to justify their use of religious statues. But this is false. Catholics simply group the commandments differently from most Protestants.

      In Exodus 20:2–17, which gives the Ten Commandments, there are actually fourteen imperative statements. To arrive at Ten Commandments, some statements have to be grouped together, and there is more than one way of doing this. Since, in the ancient world, polytheism and idolatry were always united—idolatry being the outward expression of polytheism—the historic Jewish numbering of the Ten Commandments has always grouped together the imperatives “You shall have no other gods before me” (Ex. 20:3) and “You shall not make for yourself a graven image” (Ex. 20:4). The historic Catholic numbering follows the Jewish numbering on this point, as does the historic Lutheran numbering. Martin Luther recognized that the imperatives against polytheism and idolatry are two parts of a single command.

      Jews and Christians abbreviate the commandments so that they can be remembered using a summary, ten-point formula. For example, Jews, Catholics, and Protestants typically summarize the Sabbath commandment as, “Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy,” though the commandment’s actual text takes four verses (Ex. 20:8–11).

      When the prohibition of polytheism/idolatry is summarized, Jews, Catholics, and Lutherans abbreviate it as “You shall have no other gods before me.” This is no attempt to “hide” the idolatry prohibition (Jews and Lutherans don’t even use statues of saints and angels). It is to make learning the Ten Commandments easier.

      The Catholic Church is not dogmatic about how the Ten Commandments are to be numbered, however. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “The division and numbering of the Commandments have varied in the course of history. The present catechism follows the division of the Commandments established by Augustine, which has become traditional in the Catholic Church. It is also that of the Lutheran confession. The Greek Fathers worked out a slightly different division, which is found in the Orthodox Churches and Reformed communities” (CCC 2066).

      The Form of God?

      Some anti-Catholics appeal to Deuteronomy 4:15–18 in their attack on religious statues: “[S]ince you saw no form on the day that the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire, beware lest you act corruptly by making a graven image for yourselves, in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, the likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air, the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water under the earth.”

      We’ve already shown that God doesn’t prohibit the making of statues or images of various creatures for religious purposes (cf. 1 Kgs. 6:29–32, 8:6–66; 2 Chr. 3:7–14). But what about statues or images that represent God? Many Protestants would say that’s wrong because Deuteronomy 4 says the Israelites did not see God under any form when he made the covenant with them, therefore we should not make symbolic representations of God either. But does Deuteronomy 4 forbid such representations?

      The Answer Is No

      Early in its history, Israel was forbidden to make any depictions of God because he had not revealed himself in a visible form. Given the pagan culture surrounding them, the Israelites might have been tempted to worship God in the form of an animal or some natural object (e.g., a bull or the sun).

      But later God did reveal himself under visible forms, such as in Daniel 7:9: “As I looked, thrones were placed and one that was Ancient of Days took his seat; his raiment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, its wheels were burning fire.” Protestants make depictions of the Father under this form when they do illustrations of Old Testament prophecies.

      The Holy Spirit revealed himself under at least two visible forms—that of a dove, at the baptism of Jesus (Matt. 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32), and as tongues of fire, on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1–4). Protestants use these images when drawing or painting these biblical episodes and when they wear Holy Spirit lapel pins or place dove emblems on their cars.

      But, more important, in the Incarnation of Christ his Son, God showed mankind an icon of himself. Paul said, “He is the image (Greek: ikon) of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” Christ is the tangible, divine “icon” of the unseen, infinite God.

      We read that when the magi were “going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matt. 2:11). Though God did not reveal a form for himself on Mount Horeb, he did reveal one in the house in Bethlehem.

      The bottom line is, when God made the New Covenant with us, he did reveal himself under a visible form in Jesus Christ. For that reason, we can make representations of God in Christ. Even Protestants use all sorts of religious images: Pictures of Jesus and other biblical persons appear on a myriad of Bibles, picture books, T-shirts, jewelry, bumper stickers, greeting cards, compact discs, and manger scenes. Christ is even symbolically represented through the Icthus or “fish emblem.”

      Common sense tells us that, since God has revealed himself in various images, most especially in the incarnate Jesus Christ, it’s not wrong for us to use images of these forms to deepen our knowledge and love of God. That’s why God revealed himself in these visible forms, and that’s why statues and pictures are made of them.

      Idolatry Condemned by the Church

      Since the days of the apostles, the Catholic Church has consistently condemned the sin of idolatry. The early Church Fathers warn against this sin, and Church councils also dealt with the issue.

      The Second Council of Nicaea (787), which dealt largely with the question of the religious use of images and icons, said, “[T]he one who redeemed us from the darkness of idolatrous insanity, Christ our God, when he took for his bride his holy Catholic Church . . . promised he would guard her and assured his holy disciples saying, ‘I am with you every day until the consummation of this age.’ . . . To this gracious offer some people paid no attention; being hoodwinked by the treacherous foe they abandoned the true line of reasoning . . . and they failed to distinguish the holy from the profane, asserting that the icons of our Lord and of his saints were no different from the wooden images of satanic idols.”

      The Catechism of the Council of Trent (1566) taught that idolatry is committed “by worshipping idols and images as God, or believing that they possess any divinity or virtue entitling them to our worship, by praying to, or reposing confidence in them” (374).

      “Idolatry is a perversion of man’s innate religious sense. An idolater is someone who ‘transfers his indestructible notion of God to anything other than God’” (CCC 2114).

      The Church absolutely recognizes and condemns the sin of idolatry. What anti-Catholics fail to recognize is the distinction between thinking a piece of stone or plaster is a god and desiring to visually remember Christ and the saints in heaven by making statues in their honor. The making and use of religious statues is a thoroughly biblical practice. Anyone who says otherwise doesn’t know his Bible.

      NIHIL OBSTAT: I have concluded that the materials
      presented in this work are free of doctrinal or moral errors.
      Bernadeane Carr, STL, Censor Librorum, August 10, 2004
      IMPRIMATUR: In accord with 1983 CIC 827
      permission to publish this work is hereby granted.
      +Robert H. Brom, Bishop of San Diego, August 10, 2004

      • Tarik Khan

        Treat religion as if it’s your genitals. Don’t flaunt it in public, and don’t force it down other people’s throat.

    • bugoybanggers

      Itigil mo na iyan. Sarilihin mo na lang ang paniniwala mo. Lahat ng tao ay may karapatan maniwala sa kanyang sarili. Huwag mag mayabang!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AQ7FKNAHJQWEDZKOGGWF7E3ZZU Gene

        h’wag ka na mag-internet, bugoy, para hindi ka nakakabasa ng taliwas sa paniniwala mo. h’wg ka na rin lalabas ng bahay at ng k’warto. at h’wag na h’wag ka makikipag-usap dahil hindi lahat ng tao ay pareho ng paniniwala mo.

      • bugoybanggers

        Hindi ako nanlalason at nambabahay-bahay, ulupong ka! Hindi ako nakikialam sa mga paniniwala ng iba dahil lahat sila ay may KARAPATAN pero ayaw ko ng paki alamero na tulad sa mga KULTO ninyo! Magpakamatay ka nalang para magkita na kayo ng tagapagLIGTAS mo. Bago iyan, nakatimbre na ang reservation mo sa lugar namin. Hintayin kita para mai tour kita sa tunay na MALAYANG LUGAR… DEMOKRASYA.Ang yabang mo bata. Ako dinedepensahan ko ang tama. Ang mga paki alamero inaasar ko iyan.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GRJCBEOUL25WWKSSM3JV7IFFII syaoransangel

      bibliya ba ang almusal, tanghalian at hapunan mo? kawawa ka naman.

      • bugoybanggers

        Nagmamarunong lang iyan, pinalaking pakialamero kasi.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NYOKKWJDJKP6HLLGJ7TVFKQVPI Rene

        Bagong account yan ni Pablo316. Expand mo kanyang profile, 6 comments pa lang ang naipagkalat. hehe

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NYOKKWJDJKP6HLLGJ7TVFKQVPI Rene

      Naku!!! Signal No. 3 pa rin dito!!

      Typhoon Pablo316 heheh

  • bugoybanggers

    Itigil na ninyo iyang mga patutsada ninyo sa BIBILIA. MAYABANG kayo! Dapat kayo na lang sana ang namatay. Kayong mga nagmamagaling huwag ninyong pilitin ang paniniwala ng bawat isa! May sarili silang paniniwala kaya TUMAHINIK na lang kayo! Bakit kung gusto ninyong mapuntang langit ano ngayon? Walang maiinggit sa inyo dahil walang katutuhanan iyang mga sabi sabi ninyo! Kung gusto ninyo gumawa kayo ng sariling BANSA at sarilihin ninyo lahat! Wag magmagaling dahil hindi kayo ang mayhawak sa utak ng marami.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SNOTPR3RQG5A5K5YIHHOKYWNAM Bagwis

      Bugok..!

      • bugoybanggers

        Bugok ang RELIGION ninyo. PEKE! Mga inggitero, mga manLOLOKO, mga nagmamagaling. Kung malinis kayo at matatag ang KULTO ninyo. MagPUGOT kayo ng ULO ng isang KATOLIKO at ipa MEDIA ninyo. DIYAN hahanga ako sa inyo!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AQ7FKNAHJQWEDZKOGGWF7E3ZZU Gene

      bugoy, bakit kami tatahimik? kaya nga me forum para kami mag-comment. kung ayaw mo makabasa ng mga comment na tiwali sa paniniwala mo, h’wag ka mag-internet, takluban mo ng kumot ang ulo mo. mahirap ang sarado ang utak, nagiging tanqa  .

      • bugoybanggers

        Kaya nga, huwag karing umasta. Tandaan mo sa forum na ito binabanatan ko ang mga NAGMAMALINIS at PAKIALAMERO. Hindi sa forum na ito kayo makakaKUHA o makakapangHIKAYAT para makarecruit kayo ng mga bagong KAMPON sa inyong KULTO. Titirahin ko ang mga nagmamagaling at mga sira ULONG MAKA BIBLIYA! BIBLIYANG ginawa ng PASTOR ng KULTO mo!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AQ7FKNAHJQWEDZKOGGWF7E3ZZU Gene

    gagamitin na naman ‘to ng simbahan sa panloloko nila. subaybayan natin ang batang ito kung bibigyan ng himala ng sinagip niyang diyos-diyosan na hindi man lang kayang maghimala para malinis ang sarili. 

    Ang santo nino ay si ninus, anak ni madonna kay nimrod na ama ng mehika at katampalasanan. namatay siya when he was about 7 or 8 at ginawa siyang diyos ng mga babylonians, na tinawag na tammuz. ang birthday ni tammuz ay december 25, kaya ito ang napiling date ng pasko. ang planetary symblo niya ay sun, kaya nagsisimba ang mga katoliko ng SUNday.

     bakit magkakaroon ng santo nino kung ang Messiah ay umabot sa 33 years? nagkaroon ba siya ng alternate reality na hindi siya lumaki? ang daling lokohin ng mga panatiko sa simpahang parasito.

    Bakit lahat ng sinasamba ng simbahang ito ay mga patay. hindi ba bawal sumamba sa mga patay at image at rebulto? bawal ‘yun, dude.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WT5ZX5O7ZBC6Z3LXFA4UIQZC3I emajega

      ikaw lang naman nagsasabi nyan na patay ang sinasamba ng mga katoliko. saliksikin mo munang  mabuti kung bakit dec. 25 ang pasko.

      by the way, kaya Sunday ang simba ng mga katoliko dahil ayun ang araw na sya ay nabuhay. kahit ang mga sinaunang kristiano sunday ang nilaan nilang araw ng Panginoon, dahil ang Saturday ay araw ng Sabbath ng mga Judio. Ginawa ng mga sinaunang Kristiano na linggo ang simba para madali silang ma identify na iba sila sa mga Judio na nung mga panahon na yon ay nagkakaroon na ng iringan.

      Yung mga diyos ng babylonia na sinasabi mo i compare mo naman kay Jesus at kay Maria kung sila ba yun.. Basahin mo ang mga katangian nila ang layo para ipagkumpara mo.

      Ano ba relihiyon mo? Kung di ka linggo sumisimba o sumasamba sigurado ako pwede rin i apply yung mga sinabi mo laban sa katoliko; bakit?
      Dahil ang;

      Monday – para sa moon god na sinasamba ng mga sinaunang tao
      Tuesday – named after the god of war of the pagans
      Wednesday – a germanioc god also known as mercvury
      Thursday – comes from the name Thor, siguro kilala mo na kung anong pagan god sya
      Friday – comes from pagan god frigg
      Saturday – named after pagan god Saturn. Sabbath naman sa mga Jews.

      So mamili ka na kung ano araw mo gusto sumamba. In any days dahil sa kakitidan ng utak mo pinararangalan mo ang alin man sa mga dyos ng mga pagano.

      Ang mga katoliko ay naniniwala na ang lahat ng bagay ay sa Dyos nilikha nya para magbigay parangal sa kanya. Kung kukuha ka ng kahoy at ipupukpok mo sa ulo mo o sa kapwa mo di mo pinararangalan ang Diyos sa mga likha nya. Pero kung yung kahoy na kinuha mo ay ginawa mong gitara o tambol at umawit ka ng papuri sa kanya pinararangalan mo ang Diyos sa mga likha nya.

      Sabi nga ni San Pablo ang lahat ng pagkain ay malinis sa harapan ng Diyos, pero kung yung kapwa mo ay bawal sa paniniwala nya na kumain ng karne o yung mga handog sa mga diyos diyosan eh wag mo kainin sa harap nya ng di sya magkasala.

      Ayan ang kaibahan ng mga katoliko sa ibang relihiyong kristiano, hindi makikitid ang pang-unawa. 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/276L22SZM5ZUQGV24IL4ZEF6UA Edward

        very well said…thanks dre..

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZGTYUSW5IZOJGNHOHMHD4OQWJY raymart

        Kudos Bro. You have explained well. Ang maingay sa relihiyon ay may mababaw na pananampalataya. Gal 1:8 Anathema sa mga Bulaang Propeta sa mga huling araw!

      • xrisp

        Mukhang wala pang kumokontra ah. Wala pa siguro maisip yung mga nagpupumilit wasakin ang simbahang Katoliko. 

      • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

        Matagal na pong wasak ang relihiyong iyan kaya sayang lang ang panahon para makipagtalo. Magresearch po kayo kung anu-anong kabalbalan ang kinasangkutang mga kaso ng paedophile, sexual assaults ang nasa korte.Ang karamihan ay nakulong/nakakulong na.Sinong invoived? Mga Pari. 
             Ginagalang din po namin kung kayo ay sumasamba sa rebulto,kahoy at semento. Kahit katangahan at bulag iyan e, magandang negosyo nakakatulong sa economy.Ok lang po.

      • xrisp

        Sorry na lang bro. Pero katulad mo muntik na rin ako naloko ng ibang sekta na lumipat sa kanila. Mabuti nagaral ako at nagsaliksik at salamat andito parin ako sa relihiyon ko. Ginagalang ko ngayon kung ano pagkakaintindi mo sa sekta mo.

    • PalePilsen

      May tanong ako sayo Gene, Katoliko ka ba dati?

      Kung hindi, naloko ka ng kung sino mang nagsabi sayo nyan. Kung oo, either tanga ka or di mo naintindihan mga klase mo sa katekismo kaya naloko ka ng kung sino mang nagturo sayo nyan.

      Ang “pagsamba” ay ang pagkilala, pagpuri at pagtanggap sa Panginoon bilang tagapagligtas mo.

      “Pagsamba” ba ang pagdasal sa pumanaw mong minamahal para mahiling na nasa mabuting lugar na ang kaluluwa nila? 

      “Pagsamba” ba ang pag-alay ng dasal bilang respeto at ala ala sa mga taong nagpakita ng magandang example ng pagkabuhay sa mabuti at maprinsipyong paraan?

      “Pagsamba” ba ang pag gamit ng imahe o litrato twing nagdadasal ka para maging simbulo na andyan lang at parati kasama mo ang Diyos?

      (Nga pala, yung Diyos ang sinasamba po ha, yung mga imahe props lang yun, kung di mo pa rin gets, dahil di naman lahat ng Katoliko gumagamit ng ganun.)

    • magiting78

      Gene kanya kanya tayong paniniwala respetuhin natin paniniwala ng iba. kaya tau nagiging magulo kc wala tayong pag respeto s paniniwala ng iba. Karamihan sa atin ipinipilit tama ang kanilang paniniwala…Tandaan lang natin sinabi mismo ng panginoon walang ibang makakapagligtas s atin kundi ating mga sarili. Kht ano pa ang relihiyon mo hnd k maililigtas ng relihiyon. Kung ang iyong gawain ay taliwas sa itinuturo ng relihiyon mo, wala kang pag kakaiba sa mga pareseo n nag pako ki Kristo, nag tuturo ng mabuting aral subalit taliwas ang kanilang gawain.

  • princeipeazul

    Luzon has been plagued by these catastrophic natural phenomenon. It’s been years and now Mindanao has to face this devastation mother nature has just left. It’s natural and there’s nothing to worry. Let’s pray for them.

  • Tarik Khan

    Typhoon Pablo and the deaths resulting from it is not an issue of religion. Treat religion as if it’s your genitals. Don’t flaunt it in public, and don’t force it down other people’s throat. Please people, grow up!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VFPFOEUIFDLDNLIN3U5SN52A5A Gelai

    Bottomline, di napigil ni Pedro (Calungsod) si Pablo, just merely 3 days after the arrival in Cebu. Wake up people.

    • magiting78

      What’s your point? lahat ba ng tao dun katoliko, lahat ba ng napinsala katoliko? kung ang  lahat ng namatay at nawalan ng ari arian ay pawang mga katoliko maniniwala ako sau n mali ang paniniwala ng katoliko

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    ANO BAYAN REBULTO NA NAMAN” KAYA BINAGYO!!!!

    • magiting78

      Hoy wag ka makialam s pananampalataya ng tao, intindihin mo ang sarili mo. matuto ka rumespeto sa pananampalataya ng iba, kung may sarili kang paniniwala ariin mong iyo at wag ka makialam sa iba.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    YANG SANTO NINO NAYAN MERON AKO NIYAN MADE IN CHINA”’

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      ‘Tamo naging abo ang laman ng ulo mo.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

      DING BADING

  • PalePilsen

    Nagpuputak na naman mga bunganga ng iglesia ni manalo at iglesia ni kulapo..

    Ano kinalaman ng article na to sa relihiyon? Kita na ngang andaming namatay at nasalanta mga p u t a n g i n a n g kikitid ng utak nyo..

    Kung sabagay mga B O B O at makikitid lang ang utak naloloko ng mga pilosopong nagpapanggap na propeta ng mga huwad na relihiyon nyo.

  • disqusted0fu

    the only constant thing in life is change… now even the climate is changing. now when are we going to experience the change that Aquino has promised during his campaign?! yes, there may have been some changes, but majority of them are not for the better.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Hindi cannot unchange in 2 years ang putik na nalikha ng mga nakaraan henerasyon…pero, may naipon na siyang P8B calamity fund ready for disbursement…kung hindi sana nawala ang daangbilyong grandmother, mother, father, children na mga scams, dapat bago pa siya naupo kayang kaya na ang mga ganitong klase ng calamities.

    • Mel

      Rome was not built in one day.

  • wawa2172

    It simply science and environment. The abused in our environment simply affected our climate and it change has turned into worse. Even the unexpected places are experiencing the calamities. Now the people suffers. Looking back into the typhoon path model the super typhoon Pablo looks like it would gobble up Mindanao. It hit Iligan City again bur the early warning help with most of the people affected by Sendong then opted to evacuate on the safer ground. I would rather suggest to the NMRDC to identify evacuation centers in provinces and cities all over the country where people could go before  a typhoon hit the area. This could be done with the help of LGU. It appears that Davao Oriental was not ready and its local disaster coordinating unit  was a failure because of inexperienced, Its a lesson learn and could make use of it to prepare early next time. The Monkayo tragedy at Compostela Valley, now refereed to as valley of death is basically a calamity prone area. Illegal mining in the area is a grave zone. Typhoon or earthquake hit would surely wrecked the place. The mining site protected illegally by politicians, military and communist needs to be placed under martial rule to put a stop on all illegal activities in the area. The place needs a rehab. If illegal activities  cannot be stop then, we have to stop making a concern because it is the community that allows it to become a grave zone.   

  • JaAb65

    oh ano DENR at illegal loggers pti na mga kakuntsabang buwayang pulitiko, anong msasabi nyo sa ngyaring flashflood? di na ntapos ang mga gnitong pngyayari, tgilan nyo na pgpputol ng troso sa kgubatan! mkonsensiya nman kyo mga hayop!

    • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

      Walá nang conciencia ang mg̃a yan. Inialay na nilá sa salapî.

  • Olibo

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(((((((())))))))))!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    To all forum people it’s time to make peace with each other. Our beloved country is devastated with calamities.Social and political problems. There’s is an ongoing disputes involving our territories, that might end up in an armed conflicts with  Red China. To the Catholics it’s your choice to bow down or worship your idols. For protestants go ahead  post your biblical passages. To INCs don’t retaliate, if ever they criticised you. For those atheist, bless you too.We maybe differ in our beliefs and principles but for our country Philippines we unite and dream for her peace and prosperity. HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (((((((()))))))))) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • bugoybanggers

      For PROTESTANTS go pray to your AMERICAN GOD!

  • isalexus

    “….a statue of the Sto. Niño and cleans it of mud and grime after landslides hit her home due to nonstop rains brought by Typhoon “Pablo” in Compostela town, Compostela Valley “- Too bad the Sto. Nino needed to be rescued and not the other way ’round!

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