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Iglesia ni Cristo 97th Anniversary on Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"The growth of the Iglesia has not only led to an improvement of the quality of life of its millions of members. As a social institution, it has proven its commitment to national development, unity, and spiritual growth. The Iglesia ni Cristo has become an integral part of the history and progress of the country."

If there is a God, why does he allow earthquakes and tsunamis?

When something like the recent earthquake in Japan inflicts destruction and suffering on unsuspecting people, perhaps the most immediate question that comes to our mind is “Why?

Why did so many people have to suffer?

For theists or those who believe in an all-powerful and all-loving God, the more disturbing question is, “Why did God allow this to happen?”  A favorite among atheists and skeptics, this question can be converted to form a philosophical argument called the Problem of Evil.  That is, it seems unbelievable that if an omnipotent and omnibenevolent God exists, He would permit evil and suffering to exist in this world.  As one  famous philosopher puts it:

"Is He willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then He is impotent. Is He able, but not willing? Then He is malevolent. Is He both able and willing? Whence then is evil?"

Bible Exposition in Tokyo on April 17, 2011

Our Church (Iglesia Ni Cristo) here in Tokyo and in other parts of Japan's Kanto area will be having a bible study meeting on April 17, 2011.  Everyone is invited so if you are in Tokyo and would like to join us in our study, please drop us a note so that we may accompany you to the study meeting.  

New Year, New INC Ministers

Yesterday was a busy yet memorable day for me and Cerg and many other Iglesia ni Cristo members, especially those in congregations and locales that took part in the special worship service for the ordination of new church ministers.

Welcoming year 2011

Unlike in the Philippines where the new year is welcomed literally with a bang using paputok (firecrackers), torotot (toy trumpets), and almost anything that creates noise, new year is greeted silently and peacefully in Japan.  This striking difference is perhaps a reflection of the contrast between the cheerfulness of Filipinos and the silent nature of the Japanese people.

The color of forgiveness

"'Come now, let us reason together,' says the LORD. 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool." - Isaiah 1:18

The preceding passage is considered by many Bible readers as one of the most powerful Bible verses about forgiveness.  Through beautiful use of imagery, it deeply illustrates the graciousness of God in forgiving even the most undeserving sinner.  The contrast between the colors white and crimson red effectively shows the loving-kindness of God and His ability to remove even an extreme degree of moral blemish.

Did God die on Good Friday?

The answer is simply "No" if we consult the Bible. The Bible categorically states that the true God cannot die (I Tim. 1:17). However, it seems those who believe that Jesus is God find it hard to answer this question.

Here is a link to an article which discusses Trinitarian answers to this question.

http://iglesia-ni-cristo.org/did-god-die-good-friday

INC joins "Earth Hour" observance

Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) members join billions of people around the world in observing "Earth Hour" or switching off lights and appliances for one hour tonight.

INC buys 11,000-sq-ft. facility in El Cajon, California

Iglesia Ni Cristo purchased the 11,000-square-foot church facility located at 401 Broadway in El Cajon for $1,755,000. Built on a 1.11-acre lot, the facility features a traditional church building with recent upgrades, four classrooms, nursery, choir room, kitchen, fellowship hall and library. Iglesia Ni Cristo is the largest entirely indigenous Christian organization that originated from the Philippines and the largest independent church in Asia. Eric Knowles of the CB Richard Ellis Religious Facilities Practice Group represented the seller, Christian Missionary Alliance. The buyer represented itself.

Church Unity only in spiritual matters?

Whenever there is a coming election, I'm often asked about the reason for the unity of our Church even in things that do not seem to involve matters of faith such as the exercise of suffrage. My usual response is to point out that the early Church were in fact united not only in spiritual matters but also in matters that seem to concern only this world.