Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, one of Catholic Church’s stop Bible scholars, said that the senator’s belief about death penalty being a useful deterrent for criminality is his personal opinion and that he has a right to express it by the power of democracy but he wished that “he didn’t have to justify it using the Bible,” he said in a statement on Radyo Veritas, August 9.
He also reiterated the need to understand the Scriptures in the proper context and with Jesus as “our criterion and standard for reading the Bible as Word of God.
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Furthermore, he said that “The Bible has been used much too often to justify even the most inhuman and ungodly things.”
The senator cited specifically the verse Genesis 9:6 which states “Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God, has God made mankind.”
According to Pacquiao, he having read the Bible on a regular basis, he is convinced that God is both a God of mercy and a God of justice.
David expressed the difficulty in discussing the Bible with fundamentalists (Pacquiao was a former Catholic), or those “who would quote a verse or two from the Scriptures, and not mind the other passages that may not be supportive of their opinion.” ASCS
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