Based on the study of Dr. Tom W. Smith, Philippines is the number one country in the world that believes in God the most.
According to Smith, Roman Catholic Churches are very strong in the Philippines. Catholic influence is emotionally active in the Philippine Society.
Sister Mary Catherine, a Filipino Carmelite nun, was not surprised of the findings. She said that: “Filipinos are like the Hebrews, they have a very strong Faith in God.”
In general, the Philippines has the strongest Christian influence in Asia, and a majority of Filipinos practice their faith in different ways, from the ultra-orthodox, traditional sort, to Folk Catholicism and even Charismatic Catholicism. In 2011, it was estimated that there were 75.5 million of Filipino Catholics.
According to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Catholic 82.9% (Roman Catholic 80.9%, Aglipayan 2%), Muslim 5%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, other Christian 4.5%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.6%, none 0.1% (2000 census).
Spanish missionaries and colonizers brought the Catholic Faith to the Philippines during the 16th century. Since then, Catholicism remained an integral part of the Philippine culture and way of life.
In today’s modern world, Filipinos migrate to different corners of the world, and they take their Faith in God wherever they go. In essence, they are true missionaries of faith and religion, very much like the Hebrews during the Biblical years.
© 2014 Joe Quintana