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3 Good Things the Songs for Heroes Concert Showed Us

Earlier this year, 44 soldiers of the Special Action Force were killed by muslim rebels during a mission in Mamasapano, Mindanao. When Televangelist Brother Eliseo F. Soriano of the group Members Church of God International (MCGI) heard of this great casualty, he no sooner proposed that a Charity Concert be launched to commemorate the so-called Gallant 44, and provide help to the families they left behind.

With the efforts of Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon and UNTV: Your Public Service Channel, the ‘Songs for Heroes Concert’ was arranged and set on March 19, 2015 at the SM Mall Of Asia Arena. The concert venue was easily jam-packed, and it was a total success. At least 7 Million Pesos was raised for the families of the Gallant 44, members of the Special Action Force who were killed. It was amazing to see a lot of people come together to support the event, and a lot of famous people who helped sponsor the event. (See: Brother Eli Soriano’s Call on Twitter Produced Full House Songs For Heroes Concert)

Being able to partake in this moving event, I feel quite inspired and uplifted. I feel happy and just thankful to God for these families, despite the heartache they have recently suffered. And with regards to the concert, here are 3 wonderful facts that it has taught us:

1. Officers are tough-looking, protectors of society who can sing.
In this heartwarming event, we were able to witness performances not only from renowned musical artists, bands and YouTube sensations, but from AFP and PNP’s very own. A notable performance by 3rd Class Officer Lorly Diatras with his rendition of the song “Go the Distance,” sung with the AFP Combo, was well-loved by the audience. The Philippine National Police’s very own Major Allan Cabanlong also sung the tear-jerking interpretation of “In My Life” together with the PNP Combo.

“PNP Major Allan Cabanlong singing ‘In My Life,'” Originally posted on Twitter by @TheOldPathTV

And the AFP and PNP Chorale in their uniforms were admirable as they sung the Nationa Anthem, standing alongside artists Jayson Fernandez, Miro Valera, Jeck Manuel and Mcoy, when they later performed the Medley songs “Salamat” and “Iisang Bangka” which emphasized how life may not always be a smooth-sailing voyage, and that true friends are needed during times of the rough waves.

“The AFP and PNP Chorale,” Photo taken by Prince Maverick Medina Marquez/Photoville International (taken from untvradio.com)

As Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, AFP Chief of Staff, later mentioned in his speech, “While you may see us as tough-looking individuals displaying no emotions, as what our duty requires, we also have lighter sides which we are so willing to display especially tonight. We in the Armed forces of the Philippines are very much privileged to join our celebrity entertainers, as well as our talented singers and musicians in performing for tonight’s benefit concert.”

2. You can bring the starry night sky to people who need them.
All the performances were very heart-warming and tear-jerking. Some songs were about patriotism; others poked through hearts and made to reminisce the happiest moments of the families of the SAF 44 before their tragic deaths.

Some in the audience were in tears as they listened to the duet performances of Faith Cuneta and Bo Cerrudo, performing the songs “Dakilang Lahi” and “Iisang Lahi.” The group 5th Gen performed “One Sweet Day” which, on a positive light, brought a message of hope that they would one day see their loved ones’ smiling faces again.

“These people are very simple people who died na wala silang naiwan sa pamilya nila kundi yung pagmamahal nila sa bayan… in this way malaking bagay itong magagawa dahil itong benefit concert na ito ay makakatulong lalo na sa family ng mga naulila ng ating mga heroes.” (“These people are very simple people who died leaving nothing to their families but love for their country… in this way, it is a great contribution because this benefit concert will help especially the families left behind by our heroes.”)

– Jeck Manuel, Artist/Performer

You wouldn’t exactly be able to choose which performance stood out because all were lovely and special in their own way, with each performer really pouring their sympathies for the families. But when Noel Cabangon took the stage to perform “Kanlungan” and asked the audience to ‘light up’ their cell phones, it sent a beautiful message that I wished could’ve wipe the tears of the grieving family members. Because when there’s rain pour, it’s quite hard to see the beautiful stars in the night sky.

“MOA Arena lights up with cellular phones while Noel Cabangon plays ‘Kanlungan,'” Photo by Kenji Hasegawa/Photoville International for MCGI

These families were grieving, yes, but after the rain has passed and dark clouds lifted, it would be wonderful to see the countless stars that are perhaps willing to guide the way to a peaceful heart—reminding them that there are so many people who sympathize with them. And I learned that if you can’t be under the starry night sky because of the dark clouds, you can still light up the dark MOA Arena during a mesmerizing star-light performance.

#Songs4HeroesConcert "Panapanahon ang pagkakataon, maibabalik b khapon."

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This brings me to my third point.

3. There are people who genuinely care.
When some families were interviewed and asked about their thoughts regarding the benefit concert, one of them, Nicky Nacino, Sr., father of late SAF member, PO2 Nicky Nacino Jr., honestly replied that he at first doubted the gesture by UNTV saying, “Kasi marami ng gumamit ng [nangyari sa] SAF para lang mangalap [ng pera]. Iyon po yung una kong reaksyon, pero sa nakita ko po ngayon parang nagagandahan naman ako kasi pag pasok palang namin iba yung tumanggap. Habang hinahatid kami, iba ng iba. ‘Uy okay ata ito’ sabi ko” (“Because many are using the SAF [incident] to garner [money]. That was my first reaction, but with what I have seen now, I found it pleasing because even when we first came here, the welcoming was different. As we were escorted, it was improving. ‘Oh, I think this [event] is okay,’ I told myself.”)

We admire your sincerity and believe that you also found it in your heart the sincerity of this event that was meant especially for you.

Brother Eli Soriano, the proponent of this Benefit Concert, through live-streaming, spoke at the event, reminiscing how he thought of the idea in the first place. “Karangalan para sa kanilang pamilya na sila’y sumuong sa mapanganib na lugar para lamang ipatupad ang batas, to serve the warrant of arrest of some suspects of criminal acts; na aking naisip ang bagay na ito na ‘papaano kaya matutulungan?’ Kasi I want to sympathize with these people, yung kanilang mga naiwang pamilya… (It is an honor to their families that they infiltrate into a dangerous place for the sake of fulfilling the command, to serve the warrant of arrest of some suspects of criminal acts; then I thought this, ‘how could [we] possibly help them?’ Because I want to sympathize with these people, the families they have left behind…)”

@BroEliSoriano on Twitter

Brother Eli Soriano also offered free scholarship at La Verdad Christian College Caloocan for the children of the Gallant 44, and thanked all those who supported and graced the event, acknowledging Atom Henares, president of the Progressive Broadcasting Corporation who so willingly donated an additional 500,000 php for the families.

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PNP Officer-in-charge Police Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, through Police Superintendent Nestor Quinsay said, “On the part of the PNP, we will always be here for the families and loved ones of our brave 44. While we move forward from sadness we felt in their tragic death, bilang kinatawan ng PNP, lubos po ang aming pasasalamat sa lahat ng nakiramay at patuloy na tumutulong sa pamilya ng ating magigiting na pulis.”

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The outpouring love and support was plentiful. Being able to witness such an event take place for the benefit of these families, to help them in the process of grieving, letting them know that a lot of people cared enough about them and that they are not alone in seeking justice for their loved ones’ deaths, it was just such a worthwhile experience.

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Thanks be to God. May God bless us all.

“Nakita ko na marami pala kaming kasama na lalaban para sa hustisya.” (“I see [now] that many are actually with us to fight for justice.”

– Erica Pabalinas, widow of Sr. Insp. Ryan Pabalinas

Kuya Daniel Razon, in agreement with Brother Eli Soriano, plans to make a second Benefit Concert dedicated to the other 77 injured SAF 44. Everybody is waiting for it to come to fruition.

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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.