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Friday, April 14, 2017

Extreme religious acts mark Good Friday in the Philippines

It is as if they have no understanding of the meaning as to why Christ suffered all this Himself, that it was in their place and that one time was sufficient.

UK Daily Mail  "Whipping their backs to a bloody state and nailing themselves to crosses, devotees in the fervently Catholic Philippines marked Good Friday with extreme acts of faith that have become tourist attractions.


"In towns north of Manila at least five people were nailed to crosses, while in an island to the south hundreds of residents dressed up as Roman centurions as part of decades-old traditions in the Southeast Asian nation. 
"These customs flourish, although they are not officially endorsed by church leadership." . . .


Church leaders in the Philippines do not officially endorse the extreme acts of faith


. . . "Half-naked men showed their devotion in a cemetery by flogging their backs that had earlier been sliced by a razor as part of their vow to God. 
" 'I've been doing this for 15 years. I do this so my sins will be forgiven," said Sammy Matre.
"Newcomer John Allen Jamig, 17, briefly fainted after his flogging drew blood.
" 'I don´t know why I felt dizzy, I think because I didn´t have enough sleep last night," he insisted.
"In San Pedro village north of Manila, 56-year-old Ruben Enaje underwent his 31st crucifixion after surviving a construction accident." . . .
People also whip their backs, drawing blood, to show their devotion and be cleansed of their sins
"People also whip their backs, drawing blood, to show their devotion and be cleansed of their sins"
But the Scriptures say in the book of Hebrews, chapter nine, verses 25-27: 
25Nor did He enter heaven to offer Himself again and again, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26Otherwise, He would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
27Just as man is appointed to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28so also Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await Him. 

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