Capital Punishment: a Crime, a Cure, or a Consequence?

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Convicted rapist Leo Echegaray was sentenced to death by lethal injection last January 4, 1999. While the whole Filipino nation waited, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued an order temporarily restraining the execution to be set on or before June 15, 1999. Its reason to give time for the Senate and Congress to review the death penalty law. This came as a shock to many. Emotions ran high and reactions from various sectors of our society were unavoidable. While many of the anti-death penalty advocates were celebrating, others among their circle were disappointed. They felt that, regardless of one's views on the issue, the law and existing jurisprudence had to be implemented nonetheless. Pro-death penalty advocates were furious. Legislators were divided over the wisdom of the Supreme Court's TRO. Even Roman Catholic Church clergymen were divided. The rapist's daughter and victim, Miss "Baby" Echegaray, and those sympathetic to her, were heard over the airwaves and seen before national television accusing the Supreme Court and the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines as favoring the criminal and being insensitive to her. In just a few moments, the foreign media reported it to the whole world. Page 12 of the January 18, 1999 issue of Time Magazine had this to say:

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The Authority Of The Scriptures

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INTRODUCTION

We live in a day when anti-authoritarian tides have been raging from every direction. Rampant corruption has led to a growing sentiment from various sectors of society to seek the overthrow of human government institutions on a global scale. Scandals among church leaders have contributed to the erosion of credibility of religious institutions. The situation is no different at home. Sometimes, children do not know whom to follow, especially when marital conflict and child abuse are more of the norm than the exception in the domestic scene. This makes twenty-first century culture conducive to a relativistic mindset - anything goes. One’s opinion is just as good as the others. Truth, reality, ethics and moral judgments are being defined by and reduced to the issue of what will bring maximum benefit to oneself. Ethical egoism has become the pervasive ethic in our culture. This is a sure formula for chaos. Is there anyone in a position to demand obedience to set standards and norms that would somehow alleviate the prevailing confusion of our times? If so, what would be those standards? Who is going to impose them?

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The Bible vs. The New Age Movement

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The devil's at it again. The very lies and play of words he used in the beginning chapters of human history to bring our first parents to fall into sin are seducing many today in the opening chapters of the twenty-first century. "Yea, hath God said…?" (Gen. 3:1) was his question raised to undermine the authority of God's Word. "Ye shall not surely die…," (Gen. 3:4) was intended to directly contradict what God said would be the penalty for man's disobedience - death (Gen. 2:17). "Ye shall be as gods…" (Gen. 3:5) was the devil's deceptive but flattering incentive to allure Eve to sin. The New Age Movement (NAM) does these very same things. It disregards the authority of the Word of God. It flatly denies the resurrection but believes in reincarnation. In a sense, it tells man that he "shall not surely die." It caters to man's sinful and selfish nature by offering him the intoxicating thought of becoming god. What is unfortunate is many have not recognized these propositions as originating from Satan.

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The Bible vs. The Roman Catholic Second Plenary Council of the Philippines

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The question we are trying to answer in this study is this: Is the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) really changing? Is it headed toward a Scriptural direction?

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The Gay Agenda In The Light Of Reason, Research And Revelation

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INTRODUCTION

Is homosexuality right or should it be condemned? Is there an objective standard outside of ourselves to get fair and just answers to these questions? Should they be protected by the state through congressional legislation? How should society and the church deal with advocates of such a lifestyle? Should same-sex relationships be accepted as the new norm?

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The Truth About Biblical Fundamentalism

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As one born and raised in a country dominantly steeped with religious sacramentalism and eastern mysticism, the message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ was just one of the many options to access God. Thankfully, the person who brought me the gospel cared enough to persistently witness despite my show of obstinacy. After hearing the gospel ten times, at least, I finally trusted Christ as Savior forty years ago. Since that miracle, an appetite to know more of the things of God grew within me – a desire, I know, only the Holy Spirit can give. It did not take long to find out that following Christ meant a break from religious traditions. It was also misconstrued as defiance of family traditions. Hunger for Christian fellowship led me to discover serious doctrinal differences among professed Christian gatherings. It has also led me to study the Bible more to find out whether these differences were vital or relatively insignificant. 

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