As the country marks the National Bible Day on January 28, there is a great need for the millennials for a spiritual transformation that starts with reading the Holy Book.
Born-again Pastor Jay Rodriguez said Monday that this celebration will help the younger generation to be reminded of their spiritual transformation which they seem to have forgotten.
“To bring back the right values, good quality, and morality, especially to the young generation kasi medyo ang millennials ay nakakalimot na (because the millennials are now forgetful) in terms of the spiritual lalo na sa morality (particularly in morality). Kinakailangan na ma-develop ang spiritual formation nila (They need to develop their spiritual transformation) through the word of God,” Rodriguez, a pastor for the Christ-Centered Life Global Church, said.
He added that spiritual development could help the growth of an individual which also transforms and impact society.
Regardless of religious differences, Rodriguez believes words coming into the lives of the people will remind them of the change they need to do in accordance with the teachings of the Bible.
“Kapag ang tao nakakapagbasa ng Bibliya, di lang yan mere word, and every word na binabasa ng tao sa bibliya brings back the spiritual conviction para sa pagbabago ng tao (If a man reads the Bible, he’s reading not only mere words; he reads every word which brings back the spiritual conviction to change),” Rodriguez added.
On December 20 last year, President Rodrigo Duterte signed a law declaring the last Monday of January every year as a special working holiday in observance of the National Bible Day.
Republic Act 11163 aims to “aid and encourage the development of the moral character and spiritual foundation of the Filipino people.”
“As a predominantly Christian nation and the largest Christian nation in the Asia Pacific, this Act recognizes the value of the Holy Bible as the core of Christian faith,” the law said.
The National Bible Month is also celebrated during the month of January.