"A country torn between Religion and Change.."

Vernz By Vernz, 3rd Oct 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This page is all about a country that is struggling to find solutions to problems related to Social Change and the Church.

How we had Religion?

A country of Religion, Philippines is known to have a large number of Roman Catholics in Asia. It was during the Spanish Colony that the Spaniards and Friars were able to create a solid foundation of Catholicism in Philippines. And for centuries up to present the Church has always been a powerful sector in the country and has a great influence for Filipinos. Because of religion Filipinos were raised as conservatives and is loyal to the church. This is never a bad thing, it is how we profess our faith. Philippines developed a culture that is unique and unlikely to other countries, because of the influence of several tribes and nations that has tried to invade the Philippine Islands.

Issues of Social Change

Since its a developing country, Philippines is updated in technologies of communication like cellular phones, computers, internet, and social networking. The change is abrupt and it is easily adapt by the youth.The Modern Society change implies essential differences that result to loss of original identity of the Philippine society. With the influence of innovative communication technologies, social interaction and relationships changed a lot from its original trend. Like before you can date a woman, the man should visit the house to ask permission and clear his intentions. And of course the sanctity of sex after marriage. This was suddenly changed as Filipinos adapts Modernization. And since then the issues of Premarital Sex, Abortion, overpopulation, and teenage marriage is rampant.

Government Vs. Church.. (who must Lead?)

Now the government and the new administration aims to provide solution to this problems. As the government perceives that if issues of abortion, and overpopulation continues to rapidly increase, they fear that the government won't be able to feed every Filipino few years from now. They recently proposed to pass the Reproductive Health Law , the use of modern contraceptives for birth control and ensures women's reproductive health as well.
The Church opposes to approve this law for it is against morality and the bible. For the church this law is encouraging people to engage in premarital sex and could cause further problems. Now the church questions the loyalty of the President to his religion. The president said that even before he was elected, he has never changed his plans how to solve problems of abortion and population growth. And his religion is never a question to the government's intention to solve such issues.

In my personal view, to educate people about reproductive health is not a bad idea. After all in real life there are many couples that does not understand the importance of reproductive health and birth control specially women. On the other hand I understand the church adheres to promote morality and in accordance of what the Bible says. This present issue shows the conflict of Religion and Change. However, there were many Catholics that supports the RH Law. Some seeks immediate solution, others would prefer to stick with morality issues. This is a picture of a country full of traditions, and unique culture that is struggling to attain necessary and unnecessary change. It is not surprising that the two large sectors of this country is divided into two different objectives. Who must really lead? what are the vital factors to create the best solution to this problems? I must say my logic supports the government, my faith is not a question and with morality issues,, who are we to judge? Nobody is perfect in this world at all. And as a person we are held responsible of our individual actions and choices. After all, only you will harvest the fruits of which you have planted.

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Abortion, Faith, Morality, Religion, Social Change

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I love to read books, specially about life realities. I write everyday of my life, like my personal journal. And I like to write articles related to current events and health.

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author avatar mirage
4th Oct 2010 (#)

I personally would like to say that when its the matter of
existence,no
religion should stand against the govt...!!some changes are inevitable.....'change is a law of nature'...
n the govt. should see to
it that the changes are brought in a slow and
sustainable manner!!!n not just dump it on the citizens....

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author avatar Vernz
4th Oct 2010 (#)

your are right. I hope the results will turn out good. The president just meet with the bishops.. Have to watch out what's their next step..

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author avatar Retired
4th Oct 2010 (#)

You ask some very good questions and there are easy answers that will satisfy everyone. The best you can do is just what you have done, think about it, write about it and keep asking.

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author avatar Retired
4th Oct 2010 (#)

ETA: I meant to say there are NO easy answers. :)

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author avatar Vernz
4th Oct 2010 (#)

Thank you redneck lady.. :)

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author avatar Retired
4th Oct 2010 (#)

YW Hun!

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author avatar Denise O
4th Oct 2010 (#)

I agree, no easy answer but, I
am not big on the government
handling any thing.
I am so envious of my sister, after reading your articles.
She was able to go on a high
school trip to the philippines, when we lived in Guam from
72-77.
I wish I had been able too go.
Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
4th Oct 2010 (#)

What you are describing is taking place all over the world today. In one way or another, it has been for centuries. It just never stops.

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author avatar Vernz
4th Oct 2010 (#)

thank you too denise!! yes my country philippines has extraordinary gift of natural resources... I hope your sister enjoyed her field trip!

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author avatar Vernz
4th Oct 2010 (#)

you are definitely right james.. only thing is it is so hard in this case because the issue of morality and religion is being asked as basis of your preference about how to control population.. Thank you !!

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