What’s wrong in believing in God’s existence?

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I really do not understand why Education Secretary Armin Luistro had to give in to demands of a group of people who wanted the words “maka-Diyos” (pro-God) and “God-loving” removed from the Department of Education’s (DepEd) mission and vision statements.

The group, calling itself Free Thinkers,” claimed that not everyone in this country believes in God or is a member of a religion or sect, thus these words should be stricken out from the statements of a government institution.

While it may be true that there are some who do not believe in God, simply because they were not introduced or taught by anyone about the Almighty, or accept the existence of a Supreme Being, majority of Filipinos worship, or at least, believe in God, who, by the way, is also called Allah, Yahweh, Jehovah, Brahma, Krishna, El Shaddai, Panginoon, etc., depending on one’s faith.

The Free Thinkers, as citizens of this country, have the right to voice out their ideas or opinions without having to contradict the thoughts or beliefs of most Filipinos, particularly on the issue of God.


In raising their demands, they cited a provision in the Constitution about the separation of the church and state, asserting that belief in God “should not find its way [to]nor [show]bias [for]the vision and core values of government offices.”

I also do not understand why our Free Thinkers brothers and sisters assumed that putting the word “God” in DepEd’s vision and mission statements will mean an introduction to the study of God in our basic education curriculum.

But is it wrong to teach children that there exists a Supreme Being or an Almighty One? Certainly it is not a grievous offense to mention God’s name orally in our society today? Besides, our public schools do not have a curriculum on religion or subject about God. So, non-believers, atheists, agnostics, etc. of this country should not be afraid of what their children might learn about God.

What’s the big deal when a teacher says he or she believes in God? Will that statement poison the child’s mind and have a negative impact on his or her future?

If the Free Thinkers do not want the word “God” in any government documents or statements, then they should now push Congress to rewrite the preamble of our 1987 Constitution, which clearly states, “We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of the Almighty God, in order to build a just and humane society….”

Why don’t the Free Thinkers concern themselves with calling on the government to address instead hunger, unemployment, low wages, corruption and unsolved crimes in our country?

Not only do Catholic priests and nuns but also preachers of different Christian and Muslim faiths disagree with Luistro in giving in to the ideas of this group.

Luistro, an ordained Catholic brother, should have defended his belief and that of millions of Catholics, Christians, Muslims, Protestants, etc. in the Philippines.

I am sure he studied that God existed long before these Free Thinkers were born or created by God but the Education secretary failed to apply what he had learned in the seminary or Catholic formation house.

I am neither a priest nor a preacher, or even a holy man but I believe in God and I am ready to defend Him anytime, anywhere.

etulfo2011@yahoo.com

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  1. Tulfo if you really believe in God, you should also believe in what said in the bible that look at the mole in your own eyes before you point to the mole of the others.

  2. Separation of Church and State.

    We are no better than the Middle Eastern countries who are stucked in the Middle Ages. Or the U.S. southern States that are stucked in the Civil War years.

    Religion has become the refuge of sinners and conman.

    Celebrating God is none of the States business. I do not want my government to intrude in my beliefs.

  3. We’ll this is democracy and everybody has the right to voice out their different opinions and ideas. I am a free thinkers but I cannot understand the point of this group of free thinkers to strike out that part of in the Dep Ed. vision statement. By doing such act , this group only shows that they are not free thinkers because they do not respect the beliefs of others in the existence of God. As much as we respect their beliefs, on whatever it is either they believe on Darwin or Satan, this group must learned to accept the fact that in a democracy there is a market of ideas that must be respected and tolerated as long as it does not violate the laws of the land. This group comprehension of free is twisted and must be corrected. Let your ideas compete in a democracy do not impose it on others.

  4. The Secretary of DEPED is Brother Luistro of La Salle, ANYARE? This line of reasoning was successfully imposed in the USA by LGBT and their allies like Planned Parenthood, ANYARE BRO?

  5. ma angela rivilla on

    What gives the “free thinkers” the right to IMPOSE their beliefs or lack of it, on others. And how sad that we have a Luisitro for the Dept Ed – who cannot see that he is being fooled.
    Obviously he is fearful and goes where the wind blows strongest. Happy landing.

  6. it reminds me of an article written by an ex-KGB, how the big US of A is/was defeated by Socialist Russia without firing or wasting a single missile coming from USSR during the cold war era. Before that US was one of the the most God fearing countries on this planet, at least, in Russian point of view. She has to be converted into something and they won. Now, abortion, free sex, divorce, gay marriage, greed, removing the word God in all school and government institution, empty churches, etc. it looks like Ph is heading the same direction. I won’t be surprised….i hope not..
    By the way, post USSR, the Russians are going back to church…go figure it out..

    • If believing that there is a God means going to church on Sundays and on religious holidays, believing and obeying the church dogmas, and maintaining, through cash collections, the hierarchy of priests, bishops, etc. and their residences and human & ceremonial needs, one needs to ask the question whether a God required all these, or that men invented these and using a God as the ultimate excuse, foster fear to this God, obedience to what the priests/bishops say, and being afraid of hell if one “sins” – instead of reforming oneself and being responsible for one’s action. Once a Christioan, one is forgiven for one’s sins – by the death of a Jesus Christ. If thus one is already forgiven, what is the use of all of these?

  7. Of all government agencies to renounce God in its mission vision statement, ang DepEd pa! Philippine society is slowly being seduced by the teachings of humanism, nakikigaya tayo sa ibang bansa. Instead of teaching our children about honoring God and obeying Him by showing love and concern for others, humanism will teach them that it’s okay to believe in anything, even the devil or yourself as god. Huwag naman. Secretary Luistro, please do something POSITIVE about this. We are supposedly the ONLY CHRISTIAN COUNTRY in Asia – that is, majority of the people being Christians. Let us shine forth as Christians in this dark world. “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)

  8. Daniel B. Laurente on

    Sometimes the Sec. of Education is the source of ignorance for the generations of graduates who cannot really speak good english upon graduaqtion, not all graduates of course but mostly and Pilipino language being planned to be removed in higher curriculum, then this belief in God also being planned.
    On recent past a Secretary of Education issued a statement saying not all Filipinos has the right to education. It was really one of the stupid utterance i ever heard in my existence and coming particularly from a Goverment official.

  9. I am 100% with you Mr. Erwin Tulfo. I also believe in the existence of God and I am ready to defend my belief.

  10. Bonifacio Claudio on

    “… Filipinos worship, or at least, believe in God, who, by the way, is also called Allah, Yahweh, Jehovah, Brahma, Krishna, El Shaddai, Panginoon, etc., depending on one’s faith.” … Your statement, sir, talks back to you just how religion divides instead of uniting the people of the world. You are talking of Education which is a continues study of the all of the universe as we see it. There’s that process of continues research to answer all of the whats, the whys, wheres, hows of the mother nature. That’s how we come to arrive at our present civilization today. NOW, if you insists on your belief of GOD, then we stop all inquisitiveness because all of the answers would only be GOD. Where did we come from? From God. Why are we here for? For GOD. Where will our food come from? From GOD. Everything will be magic as to all existence in the universe. You believe in magic, Mr. Erwin Tulfo? Had you opted to read more extensively about religiion, then you will come to realize that you could be talking about myths & legends, written by the ancients who lack the advance knowledge of our present times in science & technology to answer the whats, the whys, the wheres, the hows of mother nature. When you chose to send your children to school, then you know that they will be exposed to questions & answers putting GOD aside to come up to the truth of the matter instead of just answering “bahala Diyos” because the Bible says “If I feed the birds & the fowls in the wilderness, how much more of you men made unto the likeness of God?” Yet believer would say nobody has seen God. Yet we were made unto “THEIR” LIKENESS. See how CONFUSION would set in in the educational process once you make them believe in the magic of GOD?! You see, it has no place in true-to-goodness education. God bless po… Yahoooooooooooooo !!!

  11. dodie p. matanguihan on

    Why did Sec. Luistro easily give in to remove “God Loving”. Have faith!

  12. P. Akialamiro on

    Perhaps, the Secretary of Education would like to appear “trendy” that he gave in to the ‘Free Thinkers’! Before we know it, everything is ‘free’ and without any responsibility to fellowmen, to society and to the country.

  13. yes, another big blunder from one of the Great Thief Executive’s men. Luistro should’nt have been the Education Secretary kasi nagpadala sa mga iilan na ayaw na me word na GOD. Wondering why kasi in the United States ganun din meron pa nga silang sinasabi in the end ng every speech na “SO HELP ME GOD”. Tarantado talaga itong mga ilang kababayan natin na ewan kung saan nakukuha o natututunan yung mga bagay na hindi na dapat ginagalaw o pinakikialaman. Uto-uto din si Luistro eh. Kawawang gubyerno ito este hindi pala tayo palang taumbayan puwera ung mga ilang experts na me pakana nito.

  14. So then, sir, if the majority in this country were muslims, its okay with you if you sit in a class for 1 hour in many days, listening to a lecture about the Koran and Allah? Certainly not. I am not discriminating against Muslims, I respect their beliefs. But if you are a Christian, you certainly wouldn’t want to spend hours in a classroom listening about a belief different from yours. If you are a Christian parent and you want your children to be the same, then the responsibility to teach them should be done at HOME, Not in schools where different people– People with different beliefs– come together. This isn’t about ”poisoning” the child’s mind sir, this is about RESPECTING EVERYONE’S belief with no bias in favor of the majority.

  15. So then, sir, if the majority in this country are muslims, its okay with you if you sit in a class for 1 hour in many days, listening to a lecture about the Koran and Allah? Certainly not. I am not discriminating against Muslims, I respect their beliefs. But if you are a Christian, you certainly wouldnt want to spend hours in a classroom listening about a beleif different from yours. If you are a Christian parent and you want your children to be the same, then the responsibility to teach them should be done at HOME, Not in schools where different people– People woth different beliefs– come together. This isnt about ”poisoning” the child’s mind sir, this is about RESPECTING EVERYONE’S belief with no bias in favor of the majority.

  16. Agree Tulfo… Luistro lost his faith in God enjoying his power as Education Secretary… So sad!!!

  17. These so-called free thinkers are really out-of-this world: when surprised, they quickly quip “oh my god!” ) in the vernacular.. “Diyos ko!”

  18. Reynaldo Q. Nisce on

    I totally agree to what Mr. Erwin Tulfo wrote in his column regarding DepEds removing “mama Diyos” in its vision and mission.

  19. Jose A. Oliveros on

    Early on his term, PeNoy ordered the closure of the Malacanan chapel where his own late mother used to hear Masses when she was President of the Philippines and which even Protestant FVR did not touch. One should not, therefore, be surprised at Sec. Armin Luistro’s succumbing to pressure to remove the phrase “maka-Diyos” from the Vision/Mission Statement of the DepEd because as a Cabinet member, he is PeNoy’s alter ego and consequently reflects PeNoy’s frame of mind, although he is a La Sallian lay brother.

    Sec. Luistro should be reminded that even the Preamble of the 1935, 1973 and 1987 Constitutions invoked the “aid of Divine Providence.” In the words of Justice Jose P. Laurel, when the Filipino people, in the Preamble of their Constitution invoked the aid of Divine Providence, they thereby manifested their religious nature and placed unfaltering reliance in Him who guides the destinies of men and nations.

  20. Phylliss Quinn on

    This proof from the Department of Education’s removal of “Maka-Diyos” from its mission and vision statements conforms with the mindset behind the government’s push for the Reproductive Health Law.

  21. Phylliss Quinn on

    This decision of the Education Secretary is one more proof that the Philippine government has truly decided to be like those of the Western countries suffering now afflicted by the demographic winter of an aged-majority population. Their society’s dominant morality is relativistic (all moral systems, religions, opinions are equal and acceptable). They are doomed to become the non-human society depicted in anime and Marvel comics videos that poorly brought up and mal-educated children and adults love.

    • You are absolutely correct. We Pilipinos have the bad habit of being copy-cats, especially copying practices popularized abroad like in the U.S., Britain, Italy, France, Australia, etc. But when it comes to good governance, the Philippines is always behind where our government workers are the most corrupt in the entire world.

    • I agree……. I live and work here in Spain and what schools did was, they removed all signs of Christianism inside the school class rooms.

  22. How can “free thinkers” command a Catholic brother to do what they please? How many free thinkers do we have in the Philippines and how many are Christians? Catholics and Protestants I believe composes 98% of our population and how can Luistro agree to what these free-thinkers demand? Where is the majority rule here? Has nowhere man PNoy already contaminated the mind of Luistro?