In June of this year, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, asked, “Who is this stupid God? This son of a bitch is then really stupid? How can you rationalize a God? Do you believe?” He went on to claim that he has the freedom to make such statements. “Why do you bind me with something very stupid?,” Duterte said. “I was given my own mind by God.”
On this occasion, Duterte seems to believe in God, since he declares that God gave him his invisible mind with which to reason.
Many of his comments about religion are directed at the Roman Catholic Church and some of its doctrines, some of which were rejected by the Protestant Reformation of 501 years ago. But rejecting man-made doctrines is not a logical reason to reject God. Jesus rejected the man-made reasoning and laws of the Pharisees:
The Pharisees and the scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with impure hands?” And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. ‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN’ [Isa. 29:13]. “Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.” He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition” (Mark 7:5-9).
Over the centuries, the Roman Catholic Church has developed numerous traditions that are not found in the Bible, everything from indulgences and baptismal regeneration to a celibate priesthood and transubstantiation. Even the Papacy is a man-made doctrine.
In his most recent tirade, “the 73-year-old leader said that if there’s ‘one single witness’ who can prove, perhaps with a picture or a selfie that a human was ‘able to talk and to see God,’ he will immediately resign.”
Notice that Duterte is setting the conditions as to what constitutes evidence. No matter what evidence a person presents to Duterte, he can dismiss it by claiming that the evidence is not good enough.
It gives the impression of being open-minded, but it’s really a declaration of autonomy by a being that is not autonomous…