Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte failed to last 24 hours in his promise to stop attacking the Catholic Church, after he suggested in a speech that only a “stupid God” would create Hell. He also questioned Heaven and then ended up apologizing to God.
Duterte had agreed on a moratorium against making statements against the Catholic Church earlier in the week following a meeting with Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, but in a speech before businessmen on Tuesday he was back to making questionable statements, UCANews reported.
Duterte said that God “never created Hell because if He created Hell, He must be a stupid God.”
“My God is not stupid to create man just to burn him in Hell. I do not believe in that,” the president declared.
He also questioned the existence of Heaven, telling the audience that if he believed in it, “only a fraction of you will ever enter Heaven.”
Duterte later met evangelical leader Eddie Villanueva of the Jesus Is Lord Movement, where he offered an apology of sorts for his remarks earlier.
“If it’s the same God, I’m sorry, that’s how it is. Sorry God. I said sorry God. If God is taken as a generic term by everybody listening, then that’s well and good,” the politician said.
“I only apologize to God, nobody else. If I wronged God, he would be happy to listen. Why? Because my God is all forgiving … Why? Because God created me to be good and not bad,” he added.
Duterte added that church leaders should “never use the name of God as a front to attack government [because] that is not the proper way to do it.” His statement reflected the years-long tension between him and the Catholic Church on issues such as the death penalty and his deadly crackdown on drug use.
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Source: Christian Post