Condemning Self-Flagellations and Self-Crucifixions


This is my first day of the month of April and the first month of the second quarter of the year 2010.  I have a topic to discuss here that I condemn some Filipinos or even foreigners who are joining to the annual celebration of self-flagellation and self-crucifixion in San Pedro, Cutud, Pampanga.

The Cutud rites are known for the re-enactment of  “senakulo” or the dramatization of the Passion and Death of Christ with live nailing of the people on the wooden cross every Good Friday.

 

Aside from the crucifixions, dozens of barefoot and shirtless men, their faces draped by black hoods repeatedly whipping their own bloodied backs with thin bamboo strips tied on a rope.

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Catholic Church and other Christian Organizations condemn this “barbaric” act instead to confess our sins.  Some men that you saw in the photos above that the unhealthy flagellation and crucifixions physically.  In this Christian dispensation, it is prohibited in the scriptures:

(Colossians 2:23, KJV) “Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.”

Some people are not really satisfied about the sufferings of Christ. But Jesus died once for all to redeem us from sins.

(Hebrews 10:10, KJV)  “By which we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

For Christ Jesus, he himself made sin for us that we made righteousness of God in him.

(II Corinthians 5:21, KJV) “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Dear friends, Jesus offered his body on his cross once for all because for our sake he made him to be sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

I encourage everyone to boycott of watching the re-enactment of the Passion and Death of Christ in Cutud, Pampanga because I pitied for the people who are participating this unhealthy, foolish event. It is better to confess your sins to God than to flagellate or crucify yourself that will commit sin.

(Psalm 32:5, KJV) “I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.”

It’s better to go to the mass or attend the worship services or read/meditate the Bible than to watch the brutal self-whipping and nailing — that part became the punishment of death penalty for the criminals during the Roman Empire.

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