- Bishop Pablo Virgilio David told Senator Pacquiao not to use the Bible to justify the death penalty
- According to the Bishop, Bible verses can only be interpreted and understood in its proper context
- Otherwise, people who want to execute homosexuals, bring back slavery, and promote gender inequality will also use Bible verses to support their agenda
Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Tuesday urged Senator Manny Pacquiao to avoid using the Bible out of proper context in trying to justify the death penalty.
“Kung sa personal na opinyon ni Senador Pacquiao, ang death penalty ay makatutulong sa pagsugpo ng kriminalidad, karapatan niyang ipahayag ang personal niyang opinyon… Pero sana huwag na lang niyang gamitin ang Bibliya bilang justification,” the Bible scholar said.
(Senator Pacquiao has the right to express his personal opinion that the death penalty can eliminate criminality… However, I hope that he avoids using the Bible as a justification.)
According to the bishop, Bible verses have to be interpreted and understood in the proper context. Otherwise, these Bible verses could be used to support ungodly ideas.
“Kung gagamitin lang natin ang Bibliya bilang depensa o para lang igiit ang mga pansarili nating opinyon, e 'di ibalik na rin natin ang pang-aalipin (slavery), ang mababang pagtingin sa mga babae, ang death penalty para sa mga bakla, ang mga sinaunang batas tungkol sa malinis at maduming pagkatao? Kasi nasa Bibliya din ang mga iyan?” Bishop David pointed out.
(If we will use the Bible to defend and advocate our personal opinion, we can also use it to bring back slavery, gender inequality on women, the death penalty for homosexuals, and the early laws regarding clean and indecent ways of living. Since all of those are also in the Bible?)
The Church leader said that Jesus Christ showed the highest level of maturity that a human being should possess and that is why the verses of the Bible should be read in light of His teachings and examples.
He also warned Bible readers of using lines from the Bible to support their agenda without taking into consideration the other lines written in the Bible.
The Bishop explained that Jesus prevented the execution of an adulterous woman and that the Bible also teaches in John 3:16 how God wants to save the world and not condemn it. – Kami Media