Monday, April 25, 2011

Extreme Worship!

So I came across this news article on Msnbc about Filipinos who willingly surrendered to crucifixion on Good Friday as an act of piety/penance or whatever medieval reason their mind came up with.
“The most number of crucifixions were staged beside a ricefield in Pampanga's San Pedro Cutud village, where 15 men were nailed to crosses three at a time on a dusty mound as more than 30,000 people, including three European ambassadors, watched and snapped pictures”.

One of the guys said he’s been doing it every year since 1985. Yep, you counted right - 25 crucifixions!!

I don’t even know what to think.
There I was uncomfortable with my walk for Christ (okay not uncomfortable let’s say shy) and here are men going to extremes.
What can I say??….At the risk of sounding like a snobbish western all I could think was “where poverty and under-development is found, there is found violent fanaticism be it to self or to others. See Palestine, Bauchi, Jos, Congo, Mexico.

11 comments:

  1. I saw it once on TV. Didn't know what to think. To think people can actually go that far....
    And you are right, poverty can do a lot of havoc to the mind. SMH.

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  2. OMG!! You're kidding me right?!! Geeeez!

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  3. 'Religion is the opium of the masses' (Karl Marx)
    You're right poverty and religion make a heady mix,
    To each his own...but I find all these overt displays a bit much.

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  4. my oh my! are you for real? hmmm, I guess that is their own thinking. AS for me, Christ has gone through this suffering for me...all He needs now from me is a pure and holy heart and I'm striving to do just that :)

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  5. What Vyvyka wrote is how I also feel.

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  6. I shook my head when I heard this news. Na wa o...

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  7. I dont get it, how come he doesnt die after being crucified though?
    smh.. this ceremonial acts amount to nothing if he doesnt live a christ-like life. And you'e so right, i try to avoid religious extremists cos they get crazy!!

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  8. Religion run amok.
    Christ died once so we wouldn't have to. Who the heck started this ish?

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  9. You know Dad and I are pagans. We find stuff like this very strange indeed. (Maybe the word is "whack"!)

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  10. Wow talk about doing the very MOST! crucify yourself na obe because iwu who? Inukwa iberibe.

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