I get asked a lot of questions about being a member of INC. Here’s some answers to clarify…
What does INC stand for?
Iglesia Ni Cristo. It originated from the Philippines, so the name is in Tagalog. In English, it means Church Of Christ. It’s Iglesia, not INGlesia. LOL you have no idea how many people has spelt it that way.
Who is your God?
We don’t have a particular God, such as Buddha. We believe there is only one God. We all have the same God. We believe that there is only one God that watches over all of us, INC member or not.
Why don’t you think God is Jesus?
Jesus is God’s son. You can’t be your own father, and your own son. Know what I mean?
Why is your church so strict?
Those rules and regulations are molding us to live a “righteous way of life.” I’m not saying we’re perfect, we still believe everyone commits sins.
Why can’t you eat chocolate meat? (meat cooked with the blood of the animal)
Somewhere in the bible (idk exactly where) it says we aren’t allowed to eat any animal unless the blood is sacrificed, or something like that.
Why don’t you celebrate [insert holiday here]?
Valentines: To commemorate St. Valentines- We don’t worship any saints, so we don’t celebrate St. Valentines day.
Easter: Celebration of the resurrection of Christ- The bible does not say the exact time of Christ’s resurrection, therefore we don’t celebrate something that isn’t mentioned in the bible.
Mother’s Day: To commemorate Mother Theresa- We don’t worship any nuns, therefore we don’t celebrate Mother Theresa Day.
Good Friday: “If you eat meat, you’re eating Jesus.”- Yeah… we just don’t believe in that.
Christmas: Christ’s Birthday-The bible does not say when Christ’s birthday is, therefore we don’t celebrate something that isn’t mentioned in the bible.
If there’s any more questions, you can reach me at janehhh.tumblr.com/ask, facebook.com/JanessaCecile, or any other INC member :) I’m sure there are lots!!
LOL & if y’all still got some questions or just wanna know more, we have bible studies :D
just a small correction on the “chocolate meat” one: we cannot eat blood because it a symbol of life, NO exceptions (whether sacrificed or not) and we cannot eat ANY food that is offered to idols either.