Philippine Bible Society

Scholars Trace Bible Influence in Society

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How much has the Bible influenced society?
This was the piercing question that scholars sought to answer during the Bible forum entitled, “The Influence of the Bible in the Philippines,” held last October 17, 2015 at the University of the Philippines College of Social Work and Community Development.
Organized by the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) and the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), the event intends to build a case for teaching the Bible in public schools in the Philippines.
Scholars, such as PBS Translation Consultant Dr. Daniel Arichea, Loyola School of Theology Professor Helen Graham, Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate Executive Secretary Dr. Natividad Pagadut, PBS Publishing Manager Dr. Edgar Ebojo, Asia Theological Association Publications Secretary Rev. Dr. Federico Villanueva, Asian Theological Seminary Professor Joanna Feliciano-Soberano, College of Saint Benilde Professor Pablo Millan, Jr., and Atty Charles Michael Puno, presented their papers that traced the Bible’s influence on Philippine history, law, media, music and arts, women, education and families.
“Beyond the Church, we believe that the Bible is part of our everyday lives and holds a substantial amount of influence in what happens in it, in the past, present or future. Our forum emphasizes the huge impact the Bible has on society and its viability as an academic subject,” Dr. Lucero explained.
Also present in the forum was Essentials in Education (EIE) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chuck Stetson, who shared how his organization’s Bible Literacy Project (BLP) successfully managed to have God’s Word taught in American public schools.
In 2005, the BLP published The Bible and Its Influence, which is now being used as a textbook to teach about the Bible in high school English Literature and Social Studies courses taught in 43 states in the USA, and six other countries.

I am a Bible Ambassador because I believe that the Bible can help people a lot. And knowing the Bible, people come in touch with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.
Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.Apostolic Administrator, Achdiocese of Manila

Gusto kong makipag-fellowship sa kanila, masaya sa Philippine Bible Society kapag may mga (membership) meetings.  Gusto ko rin madagdagan knowledge ko... yung opportunity makapag.distribute ng Biblia sa maraming tao at magamit ako ng Panginoon. Pangatlo ay yung ma.bless din ako and be a blessing to many people.

Ptra. Dolores “Loy” Fulgencio
Ptra. Dolores "Loy" FulgencioAnnual PBS Member

It's an honor and a privilege for me to support the Philippine Bible Society - to reach out to the unreachable people by giving Bibles not only in the Philippines but the whole world.

Ptra. Nina Vergara
Ptra. Nina VergaraAnnual PBS Member

“It is a blessing to be able to support our local churches in need of Bibles and Bible study programs. It is our hope that they not only grow in terms of membership but also have the heart to extend spiritual help to others, just like how they have received help.”

Ptr. Callum TabadaUCCP Cosmopolitan Administrative Pastor (AACP benefactor)

“We are thankful since each individual now has a Bible. Our members will no longer have a hard time reading. Thank you also for the discipleship materials for these will help all in getting to know Jesus and to know how to be a better Christian.”

Ptr. Eric BulanteChurch Pastor, Shepherd's Church in Hills of Zion, Talim Island (AACP beneficiary)

“Philippine Bible Society organizes trainings that really respond to the needs of people who are suffering.
It has well-equipped leaders who facilitate trainings and workshops.
Its mission to reach out to Filipinos using God’s Word is fulfilled through its works.”

Miriam del RosarioExecutive director at The Birthright Educators Foundation

“I praise and thank our Almighty God that, through PBS, I now own a Poimen version of MBB (Magandang Balita Biblia) in the national language of the Philippines – Tagalog.
Knowing Matthew 10:32-33, I read and study the Bible so that I will not be dismayed when the Lord Jesus Christ comes. Life is too short compared with the promise of eternal life in God’s Kingdom.”

Jorge BianesLocal Church Elder at LJOR Unified Commonwealth

I think this is very helpful to every readers. The word of the Lord are the food of our soul which we always need every minute of our life. I dont often read the Bible but everytime i open it, God was always like in front of me and speaking as what is something i'm just needing to hear. He speaks to me and i can feel it. A million thanks to You my Lord.

CrisTin Bocar AtregenioHousewife, Stay-at-home parent

I love the ministry of the Philippine Bible Society in sharing the Word to the world. God bless PBS!

Ganni BanzueloScripture Marketing Officer at Philippine Bible Society