"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas and the Iglesia ni Cristo

You might be asking, Do Iglesia ni Cristo members celebrate Christmas? Well, base on my experience, they say they don't but they demand Christmas bonuses from their companies, they visit friends and join Christmas parties, they greet one another Merry Christmas and they even enjoy a Christmas holiday break. And more appalling is what you see below (from Manila Balita):



Photos Taken from Facebook "IGLESIA NI MANALO CHRISTMAS CONTRADICTION"

Here's what we got from their Official Magaine PASUGO about Christmas!

ANG PALAGAY NG IGLESIA NI CRISTO SA PASKO taken from Ang Katotohanan Tungkol sa INK-1914 ni Julian Pinzon

1-PASUGO Disyembre 1956, p. 34: (sinulat ni Benjamin T. Villalba)
“It strikes people as odd that members of the Church of Christ (Iglesia ni Cristo) do not celebrate Christmas. (ang Iglesia ni Cristo ay tuwirang hindi nagdiriwang ng Pasko ng kapanganakan ni Cristo).”

2-PASUGO Disyembre 1957, p. 28: (sinulat ni Emeliano I. Agustin) (Patula)
“Ang diwa ng Pasko ay kapayapaan;
Nang mundong naglunoy sa lusak ng Buhay;
Mabuting balita sa kinalulugdan;
Pagsilang ni Jesus sa abang sabsaban."

Napakagulong talaga ang mga Ministrong ito na inaralan ng Anghel Felix Manalo. Isang taon lamang ang pagitan, ay binago na naman ang kanyang paninindigan tungkol sa Pasko. Kahabag-habag ang anghel nilang ipinaglalaban ng pukpukan.

KABUUAN NG PAKSA:

•Ayon sa Magasing PASUGO, si Ginoong F. Manalo ay nangaral na hindi siya nagtatangi ng mga tao at hindi sinasarili ang kaligtasan. Ang kanyang turong aral na ito, ay siya rin ang nagpapawalang saysay, sapagkat pinatunayan din ng PASUGO na sinasarili niya ang kaligtasan.

•Ipinapangaral ni G. Felix Manalo na ipinagdiriwang ang Paskong kapanganakan ni Cristo, at ipinangaral din na hindi ipinagdiriwang, sapagkat aral daw ng mga Pagano ang pagdiriwang ng Pasko. (Sa gayon ay salu-salungatan ang aral na itinuro).

•Ipinangaral din na hindi masamang ipagdiwang ang kapanganakan ninumang tao huwag lamang iuukol sa pagsamba sa Dios. Ngunit ang kanyang kaarawan ay iniuukol sa pagsamba sa Dios at pati ang kaarawan ng kapanganakan ni Erdy Manalo.

2 comments:

  1. December 25th as Christ's birthday makes its way into a "calendar" or chronology created in 354 AD/CE called the Calendar of Filocalus or Philocalian Calendar. In addition to listing the 25th of December as the Natalis Invicti, which means "Birth of the Unconquered (Sun)," the Calendar also names the day as that of natus Christus in Betleem Iudeae: "Birth of Christ in Bethlehem Judea." Hence, we can see that people of the fourth century were clearly aware of the association, if not identification, of Christ with the sun, as they had been in Cyprian's time and earlier, since Jesus is claimed to be the "Sun of Righteousness" in the Old Testament book of Malachi (4:2).

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  2. December 25th as Christ's birthday makes its way into a "calendar" or chronology created in 354 AD/CE called the Calendar of Filocalus or Philocalian Calendar. In addition to listing the 25th of December as the Natalis Invicti, which means "Birth of the Unconquered (Sun)," the Calendar also names the day as that of natus Christus in Betleem Iudeae: "Birth of Christ in Bethlehem Judea." Hence, we can see that people of the fourth century were clearly aware of the association, if not identification, of Christ with the sun, as they had been in Cyprian's time and earlier, since Jesus is claimed to be the "Sun of Righteousness" in the Old Testament book of Malachi (4:2).

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