– Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said he will announce his resignation immediately if anybody can prove that God exists
– The president also attacked the Catholic Church for collecting money from members
– He accused the church of collecting donations from members to build and maintain luxurious palaces
The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has vowed to step down immediately if it can be proven to him that God is real through a selfie.
The president sparked outrage in his largely Roman Catholic country by saying that if just one Christian told him truthfully that he/she had been to heaven and had a conversation with God, he would quit, The Independent UK reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that he also attacked the Catholic Church for collecting funds from members, accusing it of using donations to “maintain the palaces and the luxurious things that the rest of humanity do not have”.
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“If you are really helping people, why do you ask money from them?” he asked.
Just recently, the president sparked controversy by calling God “stupid” and questioning certain beliefs, such as the story of creation, the concept of heaven and hell, and the last supper.
Christian groups accused him of insulting God and demanded an apology, to which he reportedly replied: “Not in a million years.”
Duterte, who was allegedly giving an unrehearsed speech on Friday, July 6, said: “If there is anyone of you…who say you’d been to heaven, talked to God, saw him personally, and that he exists, the God is yours, and if he does, it’s true, I will step down the presidency”.
“I just need one witness who will say, ‘Those fools at the church ordered me to go to heaven and talk to God. God really exists. We have a picture together and I brought a selfie’,” he added during the opening of a science and technology event.
“You do that today, one single witness, that there is a guy, a human being was able to talk and to see God. Of the so many billions, I just need one. And if there is one, ladies and gentlemen, I will announce my resignation immediately.”
The 73-year-old leader, who was born and raised as a Catholic, questioned some of the basic tenets of the Catholic faith, including the concept of original sin, which he said tainted even infants and could be
Duterte has been in office for two years but critics reportedly say he has “become isolated domestically and internationally” partly because of his spat with the Church, and may not finish his six-year term in office.
Despite his challenge to believers, Duterte, however, suggested there must be a God or a supreme being that prevents billions of stars and planets from colliding in a frequency that could have long threatened the human race.
And he insisted he believed in his own God, whom he created after being abused by an American Catholic priest when he was young.
“I have this deep and abiding faith in God but my God, my concept of God is [based] on the lessons I learned in life the hard way,” he said.
“I do not think of my God as a God that is applicable…otherwise there would be no widespread injustice: hunger, killings, and all,” he added.
Meanwhile, in an opinion piece published by NAIJ.com, Muhammed Subair, a Lagos-based journalist, stated that in most parts of Africa, especially Nigeria, people perpetrate evils on daily basis under the guise of religion.
Most religious leaders have subjected their members of congregation to hardships while at the extreme, some so-called men of God kill people for rituals at will.
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