A common expression "for the sake of" invites a deeper thinking and reasoning. There are statements that are introduced by "for the sake of......." that should be looked into for that requires sacrifice. "For the sake of peace" or "to buy peace" sometimes entails forgiveness, understanding, leniency, letting go, etc. The Bible tells us to practice sacrifice of pride to attain something divine or human.
I CORINTHIANS 6:7
Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
The expression "to err is human but to forgive divine" suggests the letting go of pride and self sacrifice. Actually, biblically speaking, to err is not only human because even angels with superior strength and understanding have erred.
II PETER 2:4, 11
4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
Pioneer in committing all errors was the angel who turned to be satan. Satan means arch enemy of God.
12 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!
13 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:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Biblically speaking, not only humans do err but even angels. But then not forgiving doesn't necessarily mean the act is not divine for God did not forgive the angels that sinned against Him.
II PETER 2:4
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
Not all transgressions or sins are pardonable. There are sins when committed intentionally do not merit mercy.
26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
I have read a recent article written by a Catholic Filipino in the US, particularly in the state of California, saying that what is happening in the Philippines is evil because of extra judicial killings. Almost everyone seems to be recklessly using the term "extra judicial killings" to condemn the present government.
Which is more evil, criminals are being killed or criminals are being cuddled?
THE ROMANS 1:32
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Have these Catholic priests and members bravely spoken also in the past against these drug perpetrators?
What is noteworthy is, why are these self-righteous talkatives silent when drug addicts killed their young, their parents, their relatives and even authorities, who sacrifice their lives to arrest these criminals, that wrought havoc not only to the entire nation but also to the entire world? And why are all the criminalities associated with drugs not as exposed and highlighted as they are now. Must it mean that there are those who pay the media to sensationalize the alleged "extra judicial killings" to unseat Duterte?!!!
And must it mean also that the "silence" that have passed and that the ongoing "noise" now are orchestrated by these same people playing their instruments under the baton of those who profit most in drugs?!!! A thinking mind (not Dutertards), I believe, must be asking these questions.
All these I ask is "for the sake of justice and fairness" now that the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights have absolved the government of President Duterte on extra judicial killings,
Rody absolved by Senate panel on killings – Palace
By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 16, 2016 - 12:00am
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the Senate committee on justice and human rights, chaired by Sen. Richard Gordon, has cleared Duterte of any liability in extralegal killings when it wrapped up its probe on Thursday.
“The recently concluded investigation by the Senate panel on alleged summary executions of crime suspects absolved President Duterte of any involvement in the killings when he was still mayor and now that he is President,” Abella said.
The Senate’s official report will be presented tomorrow, Abella said.
“There is no proof that the killings were state-sponsored,” Abella quoted Gordon as saying.
I expect to hear more attacks and noises, both internationally and locally, against the present government. I am reiterating this to those stupid critics of my blog that I am not in defense of President Duterte! May your stupidity be known unto all men.
Let us have a comparison. Which do you prefer or classify as good news?
1. Manufacturers and suppliers of illegal drugs being killed because they resisted arrest; or
2. A son being killed by his father because his father is a drug addict; or
3. A son killed by his mother killed by his mother because his mother is a drug addict; or
4. A husband killing his own wife because her husband is a drug addict; or
5. A religious group cuddling drug peddlers because of money;
May your conscience guide you.