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Monday, July 18, 2011

The Cult of Manolo and the Modification of the Words of God

[This blog entry was from my old defunct blog and I decided to re-post this entry here.]

A couple of years ago, I encountered a forum about the bogus claims by the Philippine-based Iglesia Ni Cristo (Tagalog for “Church of Christ”) and the intentional modification of the verses in the Bible. The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC), claimed to be the largest independent religious organization in Asia, was founded in July 1914 (in some account, in 1913). Manolo’s cult are guilty of modifying the Words of God to delusionize and manipulate people in believing that their cult founder Felix Manolo was the last messenger of God and that his presence was prophesied in the Bible. The Church leaders or patriarchs (the Manolo dynasty) did not even consider but rather ignored the true meaning of the Biblical verses they modified and the historical connections of those verses.

This is not the first blog article I wrote concerning the changing of the Words of God, the first article: “The Islands of the East” talks about how Filipino habit to always believe about rumors they heard or stuffs they read about. I made the example of the story of a certain Filipino named Agapito Flores and the bogus beliefs that he invented the fluorescent lamp. Of course, the Filipino people have always been manipulated by their own countrymen. The rich elites were able to manipulate the ignorant masses to vote for them every election in exchange for money and nepotism.

The blog also talks about Manolo’s intentional modification of the Bible.

Particularly about the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament.

When I was kid, I heard people talking about the Philippines being mention in the Holy Bible. One story I heard was that the Philippines was the same islands as that of those of Ophir with mountains of gold, which had trading relation with the Davidic Empire of Israel under King Solomon. Another story was that of course, the one about the so-called “islands of the east”.

According to Manolo and his version of the Bible, in the Book of Isaiah, chapter 24 verses 15-16, it said,
“Therefore in the east give glory to the Lord; exalt the name of the Lord, the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea. From the ends of the earth we hear singing: 'Glory to the Righteous One.'”
Sounds good isn’t it. I am sure Manolo’s followers love to read that one all over again.

However, the verses are very different from the original English translation of the Bible, the King James Version (KJV) of 1611. The Bible that is use by most independent Christian churches around the world today is the King James Version and that simply because it's the original English translation.

According to the Bible (KJV), the Book of Isaiah 24:15-16:
"Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea. From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous."
So where is the word “EAST”?

Just as I said at the beginning, I encountered a forum talking about the bogus claims by the Manolo followers. In the forum, I read more verses in the Bible intentionally modified in order to persuade or manipulate people that the Manolo cult is the right way.

One of the verses in the Bible that was and intentionally mistranslated was the Isaiah 46:11

The Book of Isaiah 46:11 (according to some version or the cult’s version) said:
“From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What have I said, that I will bring about; what have I planned, that I will do.”
The Iglesia Ni Cristo claims that the so-called “Bird of Prey” was the church’s founder Felix Manolo and the term “From the east… from a far-off land” meant to be the Philippine Islands since it was the only Christian country in the Far East when their cult was founded in 1914.

Indeed, the Bible did mention about a bird or a raven but it was not talking about a cult leader. The King James Version of the Book of Isaiah 46:11 said:
“Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.”
Aside from the obvious modification of the verse, the cult also made an intentional blasphemy by claiming the “Bird of Prey” was their cult leader. A historical crime that is comparable to the mentally challenged Charles Darwin’s Evolution and delusionized Al Gore’s Climate Change/Global Warming.

The raven that was mention in the verse was meant to be Cyrus the Great, the great king of the Persian Empire (at that time, the largest empire in the known world). The Persian Empire was directly EAST of Israel and therefore, the prophet Isaiah prophesied about the Persian king being an instrument of God. Of course, Cyrus the Great was not the first king from the east (that is “EAST” of Israel) to be used as an instrument of God. The Assyrian and Babylonian kings, such as Nebuchadnezzar, were used by God to punish the unfaithful Northern Kingdom of Israel and later, the Southern Kingdom of Judah.

Another verse that was intentionally misinterpreted was the Book of John 10:11 of the New Testament. It said (in the King James Version):
“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”
The Manolo’s cult believes that the “shepherd” mentioned in the verse was their cult founder Felix Manolo. This was their response to the Roman Catholic Church’s claim that the “shepherd” mentioned was the Pope in Vatican. Both are wrong. Very wrong. The verse was part of the response by the Lord Jesus Christ to the Jews and the Pharisees. As you see above, the verse was in red letters because the Lord Jesus Christ himself said it. Why would Jesus Christ said, “I am the good shepherd” if he is referring to somebody else?

One thing that makes Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) a cult is that they refuse to believe the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ. Of course, just like any cults, the INC was indeed prophesied in the Bible but not as what they want to describe their cult. In the Book of Galatians 1:6-9 (KJV) said:
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Which is not another; but there be some that troubled you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
The Book of Second Corinthians 11:3-4 (KJV) added:
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”
The apostle Paul warns about false prophets and their false Christian doctrines, and clearly, the Manolo’s cult falls to this category.

The Words of God should not be modified and just like the first blog, I am going to end this blog with this…

Here is the Lord’s message to those who loves to change the Words of God:
In Matthew 24:35 the Lord Jesus Christ said,
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
God also gave a stern warning to those who change His Words.
In Revelation 22:18-19, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
In Proverbs 30:5-6, “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”
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