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In My Search for Truth, I Learned of Ang Dating Daan and Bro. Eli, and Everything Changes

 “The Old Path.”
 
I remember the days of my youth where I first heard of it. I remember the voice of conviction in the man, Bro. Eli Soriano, who spoke. He spoke of things unknown to me, yet familiar. I believe I thought it right to repel, to find it at the very least distasteful to listen.
 
In 2006, Bro. Eli was a household name and the program “Ang Dating Daan” was popular (until these days). I would hear his preaching, and then hear much about him, but I never bothered to actually listen.
 
During the time, the idea of shifting away from my Catholic belief seemed an impossible feat.
 
I was devoutly Catholic. I even memorized many Catholic prayers in my lifetime and knew by heart many of the doctrines of this church, which I revered then as the true religion of the world.
 
Little did I know the time would come, that through the program “Ang Dating Daan” (‘The Old Path‘ in English), I will veer away from the faith that I learned to accept blindly since birth – the faith I had readily perceived to die with.
 
That was until I actually listened.
 
To Bro. Eli.
 
Through Ang Dating Daan.
 

 
“The Old Path” started radio broadcasts in 1980 as a three-person production team. Bro. Eli, encouraged by his nephew and now veteran broadcast journalist Kuya Daniel Razon, went on to preach on television starting in 1983. Later on, ‘Biblia Ang Sasagot: Itanong Mo Kay Soriano’ worked its way as the programs best segment.
 
 

“I may be mocked, abused, accused, and denied. But given the chance to live again, I will choose this life for I am loved by my God!”

– Bro. Eli Soriano on Twitter, February 4, 2010

 
 
Then, it was in the late 2000s that Ang Dating Daan received huge backlash, as Bro. Eli was attacked personally by another religious group. The actions of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), founded by Felix Manalo, taken against Bro. Eli reached impeccable heights, storming the news media with fallacies – stories that even I believed.
 
It was not until I was in college that I slowly opened my heart to the teachings of Bro. Eli on UNTV Public Service Channel. Later on, I would resolve to listen to the indoctrinations offered at the Members Church Of God International’s congregational locales.
 
Bro. Eli was out-of-country, when charges were re-opened against him. The Iglesia Ni Cristo made many false accusations against him, and drove the lone televangelist to stay away from the country. It was then that Bro. Eli had realized the God-given opportunity for him to preach salvation to other nations.
 

 
 
Like the many, I have been tricked to loathe this preacher and the program which did nothing but good to others. I was wrong – terribly wrong indeed. Ang Dating Daan has been devoted to many advocacies and charities in line with Bro. Eli’s motto, “Walang gawang mabuti ang magbubunga ng masama. (Good deeds can reap no evil.)”
 
I would be remiss to not mention the advocacies started through Ang Dating Daan, with the leadership of Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel Razon.
 
Only last year, during the 35th Anniversary of Ang Dating Daan, 1,700 PWD (Persons with Disabilities) and charities received a night to remember, witnessing the ‘Ang Dating Daan Chorale’ sing praises to God, and receiving donations of 100,000php each.
 
The Medical Missions and socio-civic activities of UNTV are well-supported by Ang Dating Daan. As a volunteer nurse with Clinic ni Kuya Medical Mission in Cavite, I can very well say this.
 
 
“The Old Path.”
 
The program celebrates 36 years of continuous and fruitful broadcast. Celebrating the Anniversary at the Mall Of Asia Arena on December 9, we invite you to listen to the Live Bible Exposition.
 
I am humbled for the blessings of being able to know the Church that I am now a part of. Listening to the program and Bible Expositions, I found my way.
 
And now I share this to all. Be willing to listen. I dare you to take this journey –
 
A definitely worthwhile journey through The Old Path.
 
 

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Excerpts of Life: I Speak, Therefore I Rant.

Uarts.edu Art by Lindsay Beach

 

I used to think that the reason I’m not prone to grammar-lapses was because I hooked onto the American accent as a kid. No.

Proper English grammar was hard-wired into me not only by the sole effort of my mom who strictly forbade speaking Tagalog inside the house (until we moved), and her TV choices for the both of us (me and my sister), but also my grade school teachers who were exemplary at teaching and speaking the language, using words in variety and non-redundancy, and explaining diversity very accurately.

Being able to speak English in this manner (as my primary language) has been very useful to me. I have seen the benefits of it even in my growing years. I became confident and was good with academics.

(Heck! I often used the words “complacent” and “redundant” in grade 6. My 4th grade diary is full of words you’d think a high school student should be using in essay-writing. And some FilAms I meet, who don’t know me, are remarkable, as though I insulted them for responding in the same language.)

Teaching English as a first language in a country whose native tongue isn’t English is quite a issue for many, but should children have or not have this privilege? Research have shown that being bilingual from a young age have positive effects on brain development. (Read-up on that! I’m not posting any links here, you can google it.) And, it’s not like you are also going to deprive the child of his heritage and culture? You can still teach him how Apolinario Mabini was a great man but suffered Polio so he definitely wouldn’t stand up in those movies. He’ll learn Tagalog once he starts day care, it’s the perfect place to learn! When he’s three, you can take him out to meet people, and he’ll want to learn those languages they’re speaking too, so by the time he enters school, he won’t be at a total loss.

I share this in order to inspire, because I want parents to emulate this example of my mother who contemplated early-on the importance of teaching your child the most-spoken language in the world, and not just to a level of complacency, but to perfection.

Granted, no one is perfect. But what use is any effort if you don’t strive for the best, give your best. And if you are a mother, you must know what it means to want the best for your child.

For this, I thank you, mom.

 

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The Televangelist Who Reads

In times past, humans sometimes called magic and/or miracles the things and occurrences they could not explain. As decades went by, there slowly became a system of ‘discovering’ and ‘naming’ of such things and occurrences that were later known as systems and processes; and men called it “Science.”

As more things are being explained by the Science of men, more ideas emerge – sometimes dangerous and self-serving ideas – they consider as theories. As some theories become proven to be facts, some theories are simply made fact because of a majority of agreement. And that’s just how it is. Some traditions change. And as it happens, even the perception of human history is theorized against what could be called tradition, and apologists and atheists arise, refuting that God exists.

But some traditions don’t change. And despite all odds, the facts are clearer than day; And I don’t believe there is no God. For unlike what Kurt Eichenwald claims, I believe in the Televangelist who reads.

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Atheistic Conspiracy Theories
In December 2014, Newsweek came out with an article “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin” by Kurt Eichenwald. In this article, the self-proclaimed atheist author wrote, “No television preacher has ever read the Bible.”

He claims further that the Bible of today is inauthentic, and that words and ideas have been changed and adulterated through the times. Eichanwald mentioned many known preachers including 700 Club’s Pat Robertson and Governor Rick Perry, and some practice of various religions that are practically just for show.

Let me cut to the chase. As Eichenwald had written, “There were no vacuum-sealed technologies to preserve paper for centuries. Dried clay broke, papyrus and parchment crumbled away, primitive inks faded.” Therefore, what more proof do people need in order to establish the authenticity of something as old as the Bible?

They say, if you judge a fish for its ability to climb a tree, you may convince that fish that he is stupid for the rest of his life. I’m not saying that something inanimate such as a book, if it were to listen to an atheist tell it that it’s made up, would believe it. That’s not the point. I’m saying that people shouldn’t be convinced that the Bible is no longer authentic due to the lack of present-day objective evidence.

God can’t be comprehended by the punitive science that man has thus far discovered, so inevitably, atheists would want to conform to human standards of explanation of His existence–which is not enough!

So they go about their pointless mission, exclaiming that all must not believe in God, looking for evidences but biased by their stronghold belief, or unbelief rather. Such is how Eichenwald has made his long elaborated article on why people should not believe the Bible, when in fact, he himself claims that he has not read the Bible.

Because if Eichenwald had researched thoroughly, he would have known of the man given the title of “The Most Sensible Preacher of Our Time.”

What is there to refute that Brother Eli Soriano has read and, in fact, continues to read the Bible? I daresay. For those who do not know Soriano or have only heard false word about him, I dare you to seek for in all corners of media, for with the help of modern technology, he is even preaching through the internet.

 

Brother Eli on The Old Path Channel

Biblical Explanation to Creation

There is a particular part in Eichenwald’s article wherein he discusses “alleged inconsistencies” in biblical Creation. He claims, without full understanding (because, as he has claimed in writing, he has not read the Bible), and I quote, “Few of the Christian faithful seem to know the Bible contains multiple creation stories.”

Again, I am quite appalled. I have much to say, but nothing I say would compare to the answers Brother Eli has the blog posted, “Creation: The Most Misunderstood Portion of Genesis.

The article points out and corrects various misinterpretations regarding biblical creation by going straight to the core of the issues – discussing as necessary even regarding the origin of certain translated words in the Bible. That said, there are mysteries in the Bible, but not everything is a mystery.

“To qualify, not everything in the Bible is considered a mystery. The Bible contains information worded in simple words understandable even by the most illiterate of humans. Honor and obey a father and a mother can be understood even by a child.”

– “Creation: The Most Misunderstood Portion of Genesis

In his blog, “Big Bang Theory and Creation: What to Believe In,” he wrote:

Before man has even discovered the Law of Gravity, the Bible tells us in advance that it was hung by God upon nothing.

JOB 26:7
He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.

We know that it is the force of gravity that holds the earth and other planets and heavenly bodies in their place in space.

For atheists, to believe in science is to reject the Bible because for them it is fiction and unscientific! But I say that, in believing the Bible you will learn true science.

Atheists say that the universe started with a Big Bang and is ever expanding. God said in the Bible that He created the universe with exact measurements and weight!

But there are always things that man could never find out.

Human sciences are wanting, wanting as ever. That is because God has reserved some knowledge of his work for him alone.

ECCLESIASTES 8:17
Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labor to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.

As defined in the dictionary, human science is the study and interpretation of the experiences, activities, constructs, and artifacts associated with human beings. Normally used with the Letter “s,” the human sciences correspond to humanities and social sciences, but also include aspects of psychology and even mathematics.

Discussions by Michael Dunn in The Human Sciences (2013), theoryofknowedge.net said many people do not consider human sciences as true science because they rely on empirical observation to arrive at findings. In contrast, the natural sciences, which are much ‘stricter’ in their use of observation, are backed up by rational theorizing. Still they are just theories. And yet man resorts to either in trying to understand the universe.

Therefore, human sciences as well as natural sciences endeavoring at their best, lack explanation in so many things that actually happen and exist. In faith and in the Bible such unexplained thing is called mystery. This progress report, for example, by Adam Hadhazy published in Popular Mechanics is about unsolved mysteries of science.

– “Creation: The Most Misunderstood Portion of Genesis

Not Just A Reader but a Heeder

For the likes of people who oppose biblical truths for the ideals of men, you can listen to his preaching in the program The Old Path in popular segments such as “Bible Expositions” and “Itanong Mo Kay Soriano: Biblia ang Sasagot (Ask Soriano: The Bible Will Answer),” for he is the Televangelist who reads!

“My dream is to find friends; the lost souls; to meet the less fortunate; the hungry; the underfed; the forgotten; and all those rejected by human society: to share with them the hope that is in me; and to be a humble instrument of my Great God, to announce that there is something beautiful and wonderful in store for them who were neglected by this present world! (Luke14:13-14)”

Bro. Eli on WordPress

The Bible is source of many scientifically proven knowledge of today. For instance, the Bible teaches that Honey is nutritious, but good only for adults and not babies. This simple pronouncement in the Bible that Soriano puts forward is quite an evidence already, if one is not blind nor a coward.

 “Would anybody dare to refute this truth? To the enemies of the Bible, SPEAK THAT YOU MAY BE HEARD AND BE JUSTIFIED; OR BE FOUND TO BE FOOLS AND IGNORAMUSES,”

– Brother Eli Soriano 2007, written in “Sweet Evidence of Authenticity of the Bible”

There is such a person who reads the Bible in all its glory and preaches accordingly. And if any atheist claim to have read the Bible, and choose to refute its authenticity, I would say to him: It is in utmost sympathy I tell you that I believe (and know) your understanding of the Bible is misled.

“It is possible that a cause can cause an effect but it is impossible that the cause is nothingness for in nothingness, the ability to think cannot develop or exist.

“It is possible for the seen to cause another seen to exist, but penultimately, the seen is caused by an unseen, a being of higher level than the one caused.

“It is possible that atheists may fool people with their so-called masterpiece knowledge but it is impossible for such knowledge to take the place of truth.”

– Brother Eli Soriano 2014, written in “Possibilities and Impossibilities: God is in Control”

Below, a testimony from one of the listeners of The Old Path’s Bible Expositions.

Claims of Neutrality and Equality

Maybe Eichenwald’s purpose in writing his article is not mal intended. Maybe, like the many seekers of the truth about God, Eichenwald isn’t trying to  escape from the many requirements of holy living (be it there be a God in his life), but is just one of those people who are fed up of listening to pastors and preachers who hardly even read, let alone investigate the Bible to know that what they are saying are exactly contrary to what the God of the Bible teaches.

I too cannot refute that there are those atheist who claim to fight for what they think is humane, what they think is what humanity deserves. In the first week of January, I came across a controversial article from the Huffington Post: “Jewish Atheist’s Controversial T-Shirt: “I Met God, She’s Black”“. There is pretty much nothing I can say except that most people’s perception of God, even if they claim Him to be a make-belief god, are misled if they think that believing in God is being a sexist, or racist.

As far as I have learned, the God of the Bible is neither sexist nor racist.

It is not God’s intention in creating the woman to be the leader or someone dominating the male above her but a helpmate, and to satisfy the desires of the man He created.

PSALMS 145:16

Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

In creating the woman, God wants to satisfy the desire of a man and symbiotically the woman also. See how wise the Creator is?

THE ROMANS 16:27

To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

But to maintain order and prevent strife that may lead to evil, God placed the woman under the authority of the man.

I TIMOTHY 2:11-14

11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

Placing the woman under the authority of the man is not being misogynistic, but being compassionate, loving, and with utmost concern for the woman. God knows the physical constitution of the woman He created. He knows that the woman is inferior in strength.
– Mr. Controversy at controversyextraordinary.com

And God is neither male nor female. God is genderless, for He is Spirit!

http://angdatingdaan.org/pangkalahatang-tanong/ang-dios-ba-ay-may-kasarian-o-sex/

– Brother Eli Soriano answers the question: “Does God have gender or sex?”

A Distinction

There is, in fact, many different interpretations of the Bible, as there is many theories to the things that exist which the human-discovered science of today cannot comprehend in facts. But not all interpretation is correct. Not all of the preachers are the same.

As with the case of the Bible, how sure are you, Eichenwald, that there is absolute error with the inter translations from ‘koine’ to today’s various languages? You focus so much on detesting the Bible, you spend so little time looking for the one ‘preacher’ who actually reads and understands the Bible.

There he is on TV broadcasting the Word of God in all purity, even to the point of creating enemies. A man who disposes of inauthentic early ‘christian beliefs’ (such as trinity and 6,000 years of creation and misleading verses in the Bible), to the point of creating for himself enemies from other religious denominations that choose to, as you put it, “sugarcoat” the words in the Bible.

Since you had written in very great detail how the Bible could be false, placing evidences out of the mouth of several pastors and preachers who are contrary even to each other, this blog entry seems to say very little compared to your article. But I am not the one you should be asking, I am merely stating an excerpt of opinion.

One may think Science and Religion are contrary to each other, but the human race, in all its so-called glory which is the science and technological breakthroughs discovered, have not reached the peak of Scientific Understanding. Therefore, to conclude that God doesn’t exist is futile. But to conclude there are many misleading interpreters of the Bible is more befitting. There is a distinction!

True, this world is filled with fools who claim to have read the Bible and preach it incorrectly, but not all. And if you are ready to investigate, unbiased by the influence of atheistic ideations (that claim to build a stronger, wiser human race, but does the opposite), you will realize there is a God, by listening to Soriano.