The Virtue of Humility, a Superhero’s Quality

By Heaven’s Knight

Every man in this world possesses his own inborn ability or talent. Some are outstanding in academic aspects, and some in arts and literature. Others are gifted to have a beautiful voice, while others are in painting, or dancing, or acting. What more can we ask in this world which is abundant of persons showered by God of different talents and different skills!

But, no matter how talented a person is, no matter how well he mastered his craft, no matter how proficient he is in his ability, modesty and humility should not be forgotten. As God gave us different talents, he also disciplined us on how to handle these. St. Paul wrote Corinthian to learn to acknowledge the source of different unique characteristics.

(I Corinthians 4:7 NKJV)

For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?

Most people are always more delighted to see a person greater than what was expected in him. That could be better than those who are boasting themselves but prove lesser than what was promised. Humility and meekness make the difference. Because of this kind of attribute, many heroes were generally accepted and admired by most people. Even fictional characters like Superman, though they possessed a supernatural strength, have a mild character like any ordinary people.

Superman, the Man of Steel, known to be meek in his Clark Kent mode.

Our Lord Jesus Christ gave example of this kind of trait. Despite of the fact that He is the Son of the Almighty God, He humbled Himself and mingled with servants.

(Philippians 2:5-8)

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

But if there is a hero in every story, a villain could be expected. Jesus Christ, as a hero of our faith, has an antagonist – satan. They have the opposite character where satan is so much ambitious to exalt himself to equal with God.

(Isaiah 14:12-14)

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

So That Everyone Should Know

In the following statements made by Abraham “Abe” Arganiosa, a Catholic priest, in his response against Members of the Church of God International’s (MCGI) belief, we have a very good example of an egotist.

Abe Arganiosa said,

HINDI  NAMAN EVIDENCIA ANG IYONG BINIBIGAY. THE RULE OF EVIDENCE IS THAT THE ONE ARGUING MUST PRESENT A RELIABLE DOCUMENT TO SUPPORT HIS CLAIM.

In this statement, Abe is trying to pose as being knowledgeable in rules of evidence. It can also be seen through his other statements how well he boasts his intellect regarding this matter.

IF YOU ARE TALKING OF HISTORY. PRESENT BOOKS WRITTEN BY HISTORIANS. PRESENT SCHOLARLY DOCUMENTS FROM ENCYCLOPEDIAS NOT YOU TUBES AND ARTICLES WRITTEN BY UNKNOWN. HA, HA, HA…

I’M POSTING. BECAUSE IT DOCUMENTS FOR US HOW IGNORANT AND STUPID YOU ARE IN HISTORY JUST LIKE YOUR COMPANIONS WHO TRIED TO ARGUE WITH US ABOUT CONSTITUTION.

WE KNOW THE HISTORY OF OUR RELIGION. WE HAVE OUR OWN RELIABLE AND SCHOLARLY CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA. IS THERE AN ADD ENCYCLOPEDIA? WALA, KASI WALA KAYONG KAKAYAHAN AT CREDIBILIDAD PARA GUMAWA NITO. (None, because you don’t have the capability and credibility to do these.)

If a professor of political law will have read Arganiosa’s remarks, he might raise his eyebrows. First, he stated that, “The rule of evidence is that the one arguing must present a reliable document to support his claim.” He then mentioned encyclopedias as examples of documents in conveying evidence.

Generally, books such as encyclopedias are taken by layman as documents but strictly speaking, they are not the same. According to Mr. Francis Africa, a Professor of Political Law and Mercantile Law, “Documents are manuscripts or pieces of printed matter regarded as conveying information or evidence. Examples are a deed of sale, a mortgage contract, a marriage certificate, a letter written by one person to another. It must be borne in mind that not everything reduce into writing is a document. Books, magazines, pamphlets, are to be regarded as personal testimonies of their authors.”1

1 Africa, The Art of Arg. and Deb., p.46

History books or encyclopedias, therefore, are not documents but testimonies of their authors. Arganiosa must know this for he  pass  himself off as knowledgeable in history and rule of evidence.

Another noticeable thing about Arganiosa, he presented his knowledge about rule of evidence but he seems to be violating the rule he, himself, has presented. Consider his statement.

ELI SORIANO IS TEACHING THAT THE ADD MEMBERS KNEEL BEFORE THE SUN.

He made an accusation that in any manner he hadn’t presented any reliable person, document, or any thing to support his assertion. In order to refute, he invented lies against Bro. Eli Soriano, the presiding minister of Members, Church of God International, then attacks the lies he invented. This is a very good example of a straw man argument, where “he sets a man of straw, attacks it, then proclaims victory. All the while, the real opponent stands by untouched.”

http://www.fallacyfiles.org/strawman.html

Some mistakes in argumentation could be pardonable if it was done out of honest misunderstanding. But, it is shocking to man’s conscience if mistakes are committed from a malicious intent to malign others, to distort the fact, or just to put others in ridicule. Someone who poses as a messenger of God but placing dignity as his jest could be prone in making prevarications. How much more if someone is doing it out of pure deviltry! Self-contradictions and inconsistencies are sure signs of having this kind of an unreliable arguer or speaker.

The Priest Refuting Himself

In his article entitled, “An ADD Inquires Catholic Practice of Kneeling Before Graven Images”, Abe Arganiosa clearly condemns the practice of praying towards the east. He even marked MCGI Members as doing satanic practice when kneeling towards this direction. He also called them stupid and ignorant. He said,

IN ALL ACCOUNT YOU ARE PAGANISTIC IN YOUR WORSHIP. KNEELING BEFORE THE EAST IS SATANIC PRACTICE FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU CLAIMED THAT IT IS IDOLATRY TO KNEEL BEFORE ANY CREATURES.

…Well, it seems that you are as stupid and as ignorant as she is. That is why she is poisoned by your reasonings. You have the same illogical ideas and distorted concept of truth.

But months later, he then contradicts what he stated – the very practice that he highly condemns is now the one he propagates.

First, The Ad Orientem is focused on Christ as the Light of our Life. Because for us Jesus is our God and He is our Light. When we pray to the East it symbolizes and manifests our essential doctrine of Jesus’ Divinity, that Christ as THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.

The priest himself is also praying to the east. Whenever an argument has an inconsistency within itself, it is innately weak.

A Model of Humility

On the contrary, Bro. Eli Soriano, the one being attacked by Arganiosa, possesses a different characteristic. It can be manifested every time he was regarded or praised highly, he refused to accept such compliments. For example, he repudiates being called a Sir, from the Old English word sire which means Lord, and he prefers to be addressed simply as Brother Eli. More so, he also refuses being called as reverend, most holy father, your highness and the likes.  Bro. Eli Soriano never  graduated in high school but never in his life he poses himself nor boast like someone who has a very high profession. As what our Lord Jesus Christ taught, the same way Bro. Eli is practicing it.

http://esoriano.wordpress.com/2007/08/05/a-scientific-way-of-discovering-biblical-truth-part-2/

Bro. Eli Soriano

(James 4:10)

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

It could be better if we inherit what our Lord Jesus Christ taught about humbleness for being boastful will not win the admiration of others more easily.

(Luke 14:11)

For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

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The Reason Why Bro. Eli Soriano Does not Apologize is Because he is NOT GUILTY of any Crime

Here is another article for the Catholic Priest, Abe Arganiosa who doesn’t stop to post his delusional statements on his blog. Apparently, the Catholic Priest would really write something on an article without careful examination if what he is stating is accurate or not. He points out that Bro. Eli is not facing his accusers which for him is a sign of guilt. Let me quote his statement from his article,  YOUNG CATHOLIC APOLOGIST FROM UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS, CEBU CITY BRILLIANTLY REFUTED THE LIES AND DISTORTIONS OF DATING DAAN.

“FR. ABE: LEGAL ACCUSATIONS EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE ERRONEOUS WERE FACED BY CHRIST. THUS, BY DOING SO HE PROVED HIS INNOCENCE AND REVEALED THE IMMORALITIES OF HIS ACCUSERS. IF MAMA ELI WILL FACE HIS ACCUSERS LIKE CHRIST THEN HE CAN PROVE HIS INNOCENCE. WHAT HE IS SHOWING ARE SIGNS OF GUILT.”

The first sentence is misleading.  The Lord Jesus Christ did not voluntarily surrendered in order to be put to trial before the court of Pontius Pilate. Keep in mind that the Lord Jesus Christ was betrayed by Judas. The High Priest during his time actually paid Judas to do the deed of betrayal.

(Like 22:1-6)

Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.  And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.

Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.  And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.  And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.  And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.

In addition to that, there is an account of escape made by Christ in order to avoid those people who wants to put him to death. That was carefully written by St. John.

(John 10:39)

Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,

What Abe Arganiosa does right now is a result of  a reckless thought resulting to a delusion. Even in the law of man, a person cannot be called guilty unless proven in court; thus the presumption of innocence is formulated. According to lectlaw.com, and I shall quote.

INNOCENCE, PRESUMPTION OF

The indictment or formal charge against any person is not evidence of guilt. Indeed, the person is presumed by the law to be innocent. The law does not require a person to prove his innocence or produce any evidence at all. The Government has the burden of proving a person guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and if it fails to do so the person is (so far as the law is concerned) not guilty.

Even the bible stated an instance wherein the presumption of innocence is applicable just like what happened to St. Paul.

(Acts 16:37) NIV

But Paul said to the officers: “They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.”

The Apostle Paul appealed to the Roman Soldiers of an unjust treatment that they’ve received because of the fact that what happened to them lacks trial. It is indeed against human standards to execute a person without due process even in the Roman Law. What happens to Bro. Eli may be similar to what happened to St. Paul. We see a Catholic Priest who was suppose to be regarded as God’s messenger by Catholics but is doing the same thing that the Roman soldiers did. He actually stated that Bro. Eli Soriano is guilty despite the fact that none of his cases were proven in court, ultimately none were proven in the Supreme Court.

In fact, the Rape Case which the Catholic Priest loves and adores to repeatedly say was already dismissed on grounds that it lacks substance.

The case was only cause by a rift between INC and ADD according to the decision. The prosecutor was able to see that the complainant was ill-motivated because Daniel Veridiano was excommunicated from the church and later on transferred to INC, thus lessens his credibility.

More information can be found on http://jakeastudillo.wordpress.com/.

Is there any particular reason why the Catholic Priest is fond of repeating to state that Bro. Eli is a Rapist on his trash articles? Was he there when the incident happened? Was he ever a victim of rape to cry for justice? The Catholic Priest, if he he is still on his right senses, cannot and will never claim an affirmative answer to all these questions. It was clearly a trash talk and a resort to insult of a person who is unable to reason out effectively.

To make his trash talk worse, he pointed out that Bro. Eli did not apologize on his alleged crimes after I’ve stated the incident that happened during the time of Inquisition.

FR. ABE: THAT IS THE GREATNESS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. OUR LEADERS HAVE APOLOGIZED FOR THE SINS OF OUR MEMBERS BUT MAMA ELI IS NOT APOLOGIZING FOR HIS VICTIMS AND FOR HIS LIES. THE PROTESTANT LEADERS HAVE NOT APOLOGIZED FOR THE CATHOLICS THEY ANNIHILATED, FOR OUR FAITHFUL THEY HAVE TORTURED AND FOR THE CATHOLIC CHURCHES-MONASTERIES THEY BURNED.

Bro. Eli Soriano has nothing to apologize. After all, the reason why he does not apologize is because he is not guilty of any crime. On the other hand, the act of apology that Pope John Paul II did for the 300,000 people who were murdered during inquisition is a proof of admission of guilt. They really have something to apologize that’s why he did,  whereas Bro. Eli does not have anything to apologize at all. His guilt only occurs in the perverted mind of Abe Arganiosa.