According to Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President Rodrigo Duterte could have been “absent” when the catechism was discussed in class because his interpretation of the Bible was not in line with the Catholic faith.
David said he was “sure that [Duterte’s interpretation] was not the way religious education teachers at Ateneo and San Beda teach catechism.
“What we were criticizing was his own interpretation of the Bible,” David said in a statement written in Filipino and posted on Facebook.
“Maybe he was absent when his teacher explained it to him,” David said. “The story of Adam and Eve from the book of Genesis is found in the Bible, not only of the Catholics, but also in the Jewish Bible, the Protestant Bible, the Orthodox Bible and the Iglesia ni Cristo Bible,” he said. -He underlines.
The creation story in the Bible, David said, had different interpretations, explaining that Duterte’s interpretation was “sort of fundamentalist.”
“[The interpretation] was far from what the riddle contained in Genesis chapter 3 was intended to suggest,” the bishop said.
“It was about a free man created by God who has the ability to use his freedom to do evil,” he said. “The story is an enigma. The writer knows that no snake can actually speak in real life. The language is figurative.
According to the bishop, nothing in the Bible says that the Lord created the world as perfect and sent the serpent to tempt Eve.
“In which Bible did the president read this? Sin is not just eating a forbidden fruit that has caused wickedness. Nothing in the Bible also indicates that the fruit was an apple,” David said.
“The story was about man’s desire to ‘become like God’ or ‘act like God’ [as stated in]Genesis 3:4-5,” he said. /at M
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