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Sunday, June 30, 2013

God speaks to those


30 June 2013

This weekend  www.stgregorioshosur.com  brings you
SUNDAY SERMON
This  is  the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost. The Gospel reading for this Sunday is Mathew 15: 32 - 39 (30/6/2013)   based on the Lectionary of the Syrian Orthodox Church.

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost :- The Compassionate God by: Jose Puliyeril Kurian


Brings you - Quotes that inspire 

Interesting  Short Stories and articles this week include
  • A TALE OF TWO SEAS
  • BLESSED AND FULFILLED LIFE
  • FRUITS OF LABOUR (HARD WORK)
  • MILLION FROGS
Ben Hur - A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace is on  Chapter IX of Part V 

Plus other features such as Just for Laughs and Did you Know ?

Thoughts for the Week which is an ever increasing collection Quotes and Inspiring Articles to Inspire you, Encourage you and Make you Think. This week, we bring you  DO UNTO OTHERS….By James Fisher Jr
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In the forward to this edition of Malankara World Journal Dr. Jacob Mathew tells us about St. Peter and St. Paul
 "...........I like St. Peter. He was just like any of us. We can all identify with him. He was human, sensitive and emotional. He never had any problem expressing his opinions or thoughts. (Sometimes he talked too much just like many of us.) Peter was a humble man; he was also a humbled man just like St. Paul..............".  Plus lots of other articles.

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Holy Spirit works in the Church


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by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
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The Holy Spirit works in the Church

Holy Spirit works in the Church according to the promise of Jesus Christ. “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 

Howbeit, when he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth; for he shall not speak for himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come (John 16:12-13). “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witness unto me both in Jerusalem, and all in Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts. 1:8) 

The disciples experienced the fulfillment of this promise; “And they were filled with Holy Spirit...” (Acts.2: 4). The result of this fulfillment is edified in, “And he gave some, apostles, and some, prophets, and some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,” (Eph.4: 11, also see 1 Cor. 12:8-28). 

Thus by the authority of Jesus Christ and power of Holy Spirit disciples entrusted the continuation of the work of the Church which are gospel and sacramental service to their descendants through ‘breathing and laying of hands,’ (1Tim.4: 14).

Therefore my plea to all those who encounter heresies is to resist temptation and obtain wise counsel from the bona fide priests and teachers of the Holy Church. God of peace be with you.

Friday, June 28, 2013

More examples of Translation Errors


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by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
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More examples of Translation Errors

“Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come” (John 2:4). Protestants twist this verse to abate the ├ęclat of St. Mary. 

This is a deliberate translation error. There are also many different versions about this verse. “You must not tell me what to do,” (Good news Bible). “What does your concern do with me?” (The open Bible 1982). “I can’t help you now” (Living New Testament). The correct wording is; “What to you and me” (Peseetho Bible).

“...And he did eat locusts and wild honey” (Mark 1: 6) “..And his meat was locusts and wild honey.” Matt.3: 4 (Scofield). Locust is a kind of winged insect, which flies in swarms and destroys crops. 

In Syriac Peseetho Bible the original word used is “kamsa,” which stands for both locust and a kind of edible root like carat or yucca. We are made to understand that John the Baptist had an excellent ascetic life and hence it is most appropriate to presume that he was a pure vegetarian and ate only ‘kamsa’-a kind of root and honey and thus the translation of ‘locust’ is inappropriate.

I have pointed out these instances only to emphasis the fact that there are so many spurious versions with lots of discrepancies and errors, which forms the basis of certain cults and self-styled churches. These are designed to detract the faithful from the real faith and ‘the only Church.’

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Translation Errors


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Translation Errors

Translation errors have devastating effect. Most of them are deliberate inclusions to substantiate the divisive and parochial motives.

The first ever translation in German and English was chiefly aimed at breaking away from the Roman Catholics and to establish their own factions and to do so the original translators willfully manipulated the original contents of the Holy Bible so as to interpret to suit to their own need to rally the sentiments of common people against Roman church. Dr. Emsor, a German linguist, has pointed over 4000 translation errors. Malayalam Bible may contain even more errors.

“Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto Son of God; abideth a priest continually,” Heb.7: 3. Can anybody be born without neither mother nor father? Even Jesus the ‘Son God and Man’ had an earthly mother! Commonsense would suffice to discern that this is a typical citation of translation erratum. The actual diction ought to be, “There is no record about his father, mother, beginning of his life, end of his life or his ancestry...”(Peseetho Bible).

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

More example of Discrepancies.


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More example of Discrepancies.

Cain asks God, “That everyone that findeth me shall slay me.” The way origin is narrated, we are led to think that Adam and Eve were the first human beings and Cain and Abel were their only children. Cain killed Abel and Cain is now sole survivor other than his parents. 

God pronounced judgment without knowledge of his parents. Cain is right away subjected to God’s punishment. In this situation what is the reverence of fear so as to prompt such a question? Again, God assures him that “Whoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” Who is ‘everyone’ mentioned here? Cain proceeded from there and dwelt in the land of Nod and “Cain knew his wife.” He also built a city. Where and how did Cain get a wife? and what kind of city he could build in the given situation? All these point to endless questions about the origin.

Different descriptions are seen about genealogy, Noah and the flood etc, 2 Samuel 24:22-24 says: “...So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of Silver.” The same incident is recorded in 1 Chr.21: 25, “So David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of gold by weight.” In the first narration the seller is ‘Aranuah’ but in the second the seller is ‘Ornan’ and the price amount and kind are remarkably different, say, fifty shekels of silver in the first place and six hundred shekels of gold by weight in the second place. There is no mention of buying oxen in the second reference.

As for the New Testament, Gospels are not written the same way. While St. Matthew starts the genealogy from Abraham to Jesus, St. Luke starts the genealogy from Jesus back to Adam. St. Matthew, in arranging 14 generations each from Abraham to David, David to Babylonian captivity, and from Babylonian captivity to Jesus has omitted some names. (New Testament commentary of Orthodox seminary, Kottayam page 18) St. Mark does not seem to be concerned about the birth or genealogy and goes straight into the public ministry. St. John elevates the reader to an entirely high plane and goes even back to creation.

The very presentations of Jesus’ public ministry, manifestations, passion, details of crucifixion, resurrection, appearances after resurrection, ascension etc. are depicted differently by different authors. St. Matthew quotes from the Old Testament forty times to assert that Jesus was the fulfillment of old prophesies. Other gospel-authors do not seem to be very curious about this aspect. 

The word, ‘ecclesia’ (church) is found only in the Gospel of Matthew (Matt. 16:18 and 18:17). Describing the miracle of turning water into wine at the marriage in Cana of Galilee, St. John says, it was the first and conspicuous miracle of Jesus (John 2:11). No other gospel records it. The parable of Good Samaritan is found only in Gospel of St Luke (10:30-37). Jesus uttered seven verses on the Cross-, but none of the gospels give full account and we have to collect them from all the gospels. Thus the list of differences in presentations goes on and on

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

More on Discrepancies


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
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More on Discrepancies

Regarding discrepancies I do not wish to deal in detail. It is a very vast subject. However I cannot resist but give a few examples. 

I have already hinted that according to the modern thinkers the Pentateuch is not written by Moses but derived from ‘J, E, D, P’ traditions and that these were written many years after the narration actually took place for instance, Genesis 12:6 and 13:7 says, “And the Canaanite was then in the land.”

Discrepancies, repetitions and contradictory statements of the same incident crept in as a result of compiling different traditions. For example, according to Gen.1: 1-2 God created all the living beings both animate and inanimate before creating man (man was the last creation). 

As per Gen.2: 9 God created another set of plants, the tree of knowledge and the tree of life after the creation of man. As per Gen 1:27 God created man in his own image, “in the image of God created he him; male and female created he him”. Here man and woman are created at the same time and by the word of mouth, but in chapter 2: 7 man is created by his own hands (formed) and given life and soul by His own breath but there is no mention of His image. 

God also installs man in the specially developed Garden of Eden, and parades all the animals in front of Adam so as to name them and Adam does so. Creation of Eve was a later act and of very special and distinct method Gen.2: 21-23.

Regarding creation of light there are two versions: Gen. 1:3 “let there be light; and there was light.” He divided the light from the darkness. Verse 4. That was the first day of creation. Verse 14-18 deal with the same light i.e. creation of Sun, moon and stars as the fourth day’s work, Gen. 4:14-15.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Bible is perfect, but there are more.


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
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Bible is perfect, but there are more.

Everything in the Holy Bible is perfect, but there are more things outside the H. Bible and hence incomplete.

I am reminded of an intelligence question came up in an interview long ago to a group of contenders for a job placement. 

Three transparent containers filled to full capacity each measuring 1-gallon (a), 2 gallons (b) and 3 gallons (c) with colored liquid was placed on a table in front of them. The question was, ’which of the three containers is full? 

There were Bachelor Degree holders in science and Diploma holders in engineering. Most of them were perplexed and 80 % answered wrongly i.e. (c) and the rest answered correctly, i.e. all three containers are full, but all were unanimous in one thing that none of the vessels were equal in measure. 

Similar is the case regarding the perfectness of the H. Bible. Neither (a) which can be the 73 book - Bible nor (b) which can be the unwritten tradition are complete though full to their capacity and (c) can be the Church which is full and it accommodates both (a) and (b) and thus Church combines written and unwritten tradition to make it whole.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Perfect vs. Incomplete


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
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Perfect vs. Incomplete

Now, there can be a question if I am suggesting that the present Holy Bible is imperfect. My answer is that it is not imperfect but it is perfect in its own merit. 

Each word in the Bible is holy and not a single word in unimportant or unholy for the very reason that each word is of a divine revelation. Holy men were moved by the Holy Spirit to reveal the will of God in different times in different fashions and who can fathom the wisdom and veracity of God?

“And who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him?”1Cor.2: 16.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for the doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works,” 2Tim.3: 16-17.

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Dead Sea Scrolls


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
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The Dead Sea Scrolls

Twentieth century scholars are all the more baffled by another discovery known as ‘The Dead Sea Scrolls.’ 

These were manuscripts discovered by some Bedouin boys from a cave near western coast of Dead Sea in 1947. 

His Eminence Mor Athanasius Yeshue Samuel, the then Metropolitan of Jerusalem, having had the good sense to recognize that hitherto unknown manuscripts in Hebrew language from an uninhabited area would be of immense importance and acquired them. 

He made frantic efforts to get them deciphered and having failed to get help from the home and neighboring governments, persisted in the teeth of discouragement, and finally brought the scrolls to United States and succeeded in his attempt. 

Some of the scrolls were found to be prophesies of Isaiah and Daniel, The book of Jubilee, The Book of Enoch, The Testament of twelve Patriarchs, The Assumption of Mosses, The Book of Lamech and Psalms which are not found in the present day Bible. 

A major portion of the manuscripts is still under study. Experts construe it, “Most startling discoveries of our times.” and, “A missing chapter of Bible.” (Fonta Book Publication, by Edmund Wilson). These elucidations suffice to bring home the fact that the ‘perfect Bible’ is neither 66 books nor 73 books. 

I also uphold that no canon ever restricted, inferred or imputed to deem that the Holy Bible should have only 66 or 73 books. The Holy Synod of the Universal Church, under the authority of Holy Spirit has the power to add to it.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

‘Didache’ or Teaching of the twelve Apostles


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‘Didache’ or Teaching of the twelve Apostles

In 1883 AD Christian library witnessed a major breakthrough when Philotheos Bryennios, the metropolitan of Nicomedia, discovered and published a Book called, ‘Didache’ or Teaching of the twelve Apostles.

This is believed to have written around AD 120 which contains very important admonitions of the twelve Apostles such as: ‘the ways of life and death, need to abstain from carnal body desires, fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays, observance of Sunday instead of Saturday, Confession and reconciliation before Eucharist, Baptism, need to receive and honor Apostles, Prophets, Bishops, Deacons etc., warnings about false prophets.’ 

Mor Clemis, Mor Athanasius etc. have recommended that every Christian should read this book. 

This book occupies the first position in preference after the Holy Bible. The very fact that nobody claims its authorship adduces the basic truth that it was compiled as originated from the mouths of 12 Apostles and I firmly believe, had it not been lost at the time when the Holy fathers canonized the books of the Holy Bible, ‘Didache’ would have been a sure choice.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Probable reasons for Discrepancies in the Bible


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Probable reasons for Discrepancies in the Bible

Nathaniel on the other hand, might have been expressing popular belief based on the documented prophecies. 

I am more inclined to admit it as an ‘error in memory’ similar to one found in Mark 2:26 which reads, “How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with them?” This quotation is from 1Sam.21: 1-6 and the then high priest in charge was Ahimelech, not Abiathar.

Similar phenomenon can be found throughout Old and New Testaments. “So Moses, the servant of Lord, died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord. And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Beth-peor: but no man knoweth of his sepulcher unto this day,” Deut.34: 5-6. 

We have no further information about what happened to Moses after that throughout the Old Testament, but in epistle according to St. Jude. v.9, devil and Michael, the archangel, disputed about the body of Moses and Michael said to devil, “Lord rebuke thee.” How this incident, which took place in heaven about 1400 years before his birth, was known to St. Jude when there is no trace in the now existing Bible? Again, in verse 14 it is written, “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.” All we know about Enoch is from Gen.5: 21-24 and Heb.11: 5 where there is no mention of such a prophecy. 

It is apt to cogitate that St. Jude must have either read some books that are not in our present text or he might have known it from a tradition.

“Now the acts of David the King, first and last, behold they are written in the book of Samuel the seer, and in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the seer, 1 Chr.29: 29. Also refer 2Chr.9: 29A footnote in the Schofield ref. Pocket edition vide page 489 adds: “These books have perished.” How we would ascertain if the ‘perished books’ = might be thousands = did not contain divine instructions that we are bound to follow?

Monday, June 17, 2013

More Discrepancies and Inadequacies


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More Discrepancies and Inadequacies

Our present day Bible does not contain the said ‘epistle to Laodicea’ but we are most certain that there was such an epistle and that was read by the church members at both Laodicea and colossia and they had taught those things to their descendants.

“And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene,” Matt 2: 23. 

There is no trace of such a prophecy in any Old Testament books. According to Jews there was no chance of any goodness out of Nazareth, John 1:46. They were not aware of any prophecy concerning Messiah from Nazareth. 

How then and from where St. Matthew quotes like this? Or, can this be a wrong quotation? Scholar-world is confused and could not so far satisfactorily unravel the riddle. 

Some vaguely suggest that this can be an interpretation of the prophecy in Isaiah 11:1 where it says, “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.” Hebrew word for ‘rod’ being Netzer, some scholars think that St. Matthew might have probably meant an abridged form of ‘Netzer,' as Jesus was really a branch of Jesse (Scofield ref.). 

Some others think that the word ‘Nazarene’ is used as an attempt to give prominence to Nazareth and to show that Jesus’ ministry actually began in Galilee, as the Jews had a contemptuous look about Galilee (New Testament Commentary of Orthodox seminary Kottayam).

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Discrepancies and Inadequacies


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Discrepancies and Inadequacies

Though it is impossible here to deal with all discrepancies and inadequacies; nevertheless that is not my intention; I must point out certain aspects briefly.

First of all, we have no idea at all how many disciples wrote how many epistles or gospels and what were the contents in such writings, if any, but indubitably, we are sure that there are more things left unwritten and that a major portion of the writings was lost in the course of time due to various reasons. 

We read, “To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:” Acts.1: 2. We have not gotten any documentation as to what exact matters he taught them, ‘pertaining to the kingdom of God,’ or in the available writings, whether or not, all such teachings are incorporated; most probably not.

While exhorting Corinthians St. Paul says, “I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators.” Evidently, St. Paul had written an earlier letter to Corinthians as now referred to, which we do not have, in other words, of the three epistles written to Corinthians, the first one is missing and as it was untraceable at the time of compiling the books of the Bible and the second and third were named first and second respectively.

“And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea,” Col.4: 16.

Two things come to light from this verse: namely,

(1) there is an epistle under the title ‘epistle to Laodicea,' most probably authored by St. Paul himself and

(2), this epistle to Laodiceans differed in contents with the epistle to Colossians and that was why both the churches were admonished to read epistle to each other.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Equal importance to Bible and Traditions.


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Equal importance to Bible and Traditions.

” And the things thou hast heard of me among many witnesses the same commit thou to faithful men who shall be able to teach others also,” 2Tim.2: 2.

“And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book,” John 20:30, also read John 21:25; where St. John asserts that the unwritten tradition is comparatively more voluminous than the Bible and that he wrote the gospel to meet with a definite purpose, “That ye might believe that Jesus is Christ, the Son of God; and that believing, ye might have life through his name,” John 20:31. 

So is the case with all the books in the Bible; that they were written either to explain a point, mostly of doxology, morality or social order or in reply to specific questions and hence does not allude in any way that those matters not poignantly dealt with in such letters and Gospels would be of lesser magnitude or importance rather, we are advised to adhere to both with equal importance at the same time.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Traditions and the Bible


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Traditions and the Bible

In this respect one need to know that the Holy Bible is the best form of tradition handed down to us. To elucidate further, we have both written tradition that is The Holy Bible and unwritten tradition that is testimony and instructions of the fathers and doctors of the Church. 

The fact that the unwritten tradition is equally vibrant, important and imperative as to the written tradition is well explained in Bible itself.

“Those things which ye have both learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you,” Phil.4: 9.

“Brethren, stand fast and hold to the traditions which ye have been taught by us, whether by word or by epistle,” 2Thes.2: 15.

“Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink; but I trust to come unto you and speak with you face to face,” 2John 12.

“And the rest will I set in order when I come,” 1Cor 11:34.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Syrian Orthodox Church and the Bible


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The Syrian Orthodox Church and the Bible

The Syrian Orthodox Church attributes maximum reverence to Holy Bible and treats it as ‘God the Word.’ Many people are unaware that it is the illustrious fathers of this Church, who preserved, at the cost of their lives, compiled and named it as ‘Holy Bible’. 

There is not a single liturgy or prayer without readings from the Holy Bible. Deacons read from the Old Testament and Epistles and the chief celebrant himself reads from the Gospel with lighted candles on both sides and incenses in front while all the faithful stand in awe and reverence. 

The Bible is kept on a special table known as ‘Evangalion Mesa’ that is usually at the right hand side of the Thronos. I also said that church should not teach any extra-biblical concepts. 

We, the Syrian Orthodox does not, as often as branded by Protestants, especially those offshoots from this Church, but we are, more often than not, ‘more sinned against than sinning’.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Bible as a means of livelihood for some.


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Bible as a means of livelihood for some.

I have, in part 1, briefly discussed the need for not assuage the importance of Bible by loose and mollified interpretations. “As also in all his epistles speaking in them of these things; in which are some thing’s hard to be understood, which they that are unlearnt and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” (Peter 3:16). 

In this respect I must add that most Protestants use the Bible as a means of livelihood, or to muster money or to win people to support their parochial and recalcitrant views. 

The Bible is handled with contempt and insulted by throwing, folding, shaking, running about from one end to other end of the stage with it, putting it under armpit, uttering, shouting, laughing while holding it on hand etc. are common scenes in the TV evangelism.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Inter-dependence of the Bible and the Church


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Inter-dependence of the Bible and the Church

However, reader of this article should not misconstrue that the above elucidation is a license to teach or practice extra biblical dogmas; God forbid; Church should not and our Church do not teach nor practice anything contrary to the message of the Bible and thus the mutual inter-dependence of the Bible and the Church is kept unhindered. 

I am strongly of the opinion that root of all present day ills emanated from the tendency of mitigating the holiness of the sacred Word of God, manipulating it to defy the authority of the Church, interpreting it to suit ones own vindictiveness and creating Pandemonium in the minds of innocent believer.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

You are mine ....


9 June 2013

This weekend  www.stgregorioshosur.com  brings you
SUNDAY SERMON
This  is  the third Sunday after Pentecost. The Gospel reading for this Sunday is John 6: 35 - 46 (9/6/2013)   based on the Lectionary of the Syrian Orthodox Church.

Sermon for the third Sunday after Pentecost :- I am the Bread of Life by Rev. Fr. Dr. V. Kurian Thomas Valiyaparambil 


Brings you - Quotes that inspire 

Interesting  Short Stories and articles this week include
  • HOSPITAL WINDOWS
  • THE FENCE
  • REGRET CITY
  • PUPPIES FOR SALE
Ben Hur - A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace is on Chapter V of Book VII

Plus other features such as Just for Laughs and Did you Know ?

Thoughts for the Week which is an ever increasing collection Quotes and Inspiring Articles to Inspire you, Encourage you and Make you Think. This week, we bring you  A You Travel Through Life
This edition of Malankara World Journal features - "Manna and the Eucharist". Today, Jesus attempts to link the Old Testament event of the feeding of the manna to the Israelites to his ego eimi or the "I am" sayings, that is, his being the bread of life. Whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.............................


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Can the Bible be interpreted according to one's own viewpoint ?


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Can the Bible be interpreted according to one's own viewpoint ?

So the question whether, ‘chicken first or egg first,’ does not bother the faithful. 

Yet, some insolent people insist on Bible’s authority over the Church, often confusing both; I have already dealt with this in brief and add only that such of those claiming that they believe only what the Bible says do not understand the entirety of Bible and are simply repeating after their leaders. 

In other words, they conceive the Bible according to their leader’s viewpoint and never go beyond the authority of their leaders. So, in fact, they are concurring authority to the Bible relative to the leader’s opinion. 

Those who cannot submit to one another, as ought to be, wish always to be in first place (power mongers) at any cost, play with the scriptures; attribute new interpretations; even print their own conveniently worded Bible (didn’t you hear that, of late, some sponsors of women's activists from London have already published a new version of Bible in which “our father who art in heaven.” is replaced by the words, ‘our mother who art in heaven!’ Matt.6: 9 and this is only one of the numerous changes) to establish their own clientele. 

Martin Luther, in the course of reformation, attempted to delete the ‘Books of Revelations, Epistle to Hebrews and Epistle of James-he called it “epistle of straw”, and placed himself above the Holy Bible, as those Books went counter to his teachings; so is the case with all the so-called leaders.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Christ’s ORAL commands to the Apostles


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Christ’s ORAL commands to the Apostles

Be it specifically understood that Christ’s commands such as to preach, teach, heal, baptize and so on were orally given to the Apostles who were in a haste to implement and to put into practice rather than waiting to write and that all of them were in practice even before a single Letter in the Gospels was written. 

Also, bear in mind that holy fathers of the Church, inspired and guided by Holy Spirit, protected them from imminent betides of war and natural calamities, even at the cost of their lives, compiled and named them: “Holy Bible” (Kthobo kaadeeso in Syriac).

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Which came first The Bible or the Church ?


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Which came first The Bible or the Church ?

In the case of both Old and New Testaments, ‘Church’ came first into existence and scripture followed in support, which adduces beyond any reasonable doubt that scripture is not the basis for the existence of the Church but it supports and edifies the Church. 

Number of instances can be cited to prove this point, but I avoid for fear of length. Most importantly, the Bible is the most praiseworthy and excellent product and priced possession of the Church; that God used devoted men to reveal Himself for the benefit of the Church which is His agile body, and the Church uses the sacred scriptures for the edification, inspiration and spiritual growth of its members and to proclaim and profess faith, deriving authority from Lord.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

When was the New Testament Written ?


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When was the New Testament Written ?

Again, coming to New Testament: Crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ are dated as 33 AD. Probable date of Matthew’s Gospel is 37 AD. 

However this date is incorrect; as according to Orthodox, Catholic and ancient scholars; first Gospel ever written was ‘Gospel of Mark’ around 70 AD. and they place the date of Matthew’s Gospel after 70 AD. 

Even granting correctness, for argument sake, that the Gospel of Matthew was written in 37 AD and was the first, there is a time gap of 4 years from resurrection and ascension to Gospel of Matthew, during which period Church and Gospel flourished throughout Jerusalem, Judea and surroundings. 

Selection of Matthias as twelfth disciple (Acts.1: 26); the first sermon of Peter, followed after advent of Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost and subsequent baptism of 3000 souls (Acts. 2:41) marking the beginning of the Church; first healing lame man by Peter- the head of all apostles (Acts. 3:6); Ordination of Deacons (Acts. 6:6); Stephen’s martyrdom (Acts. 7:60); Saul’s conversion as Paul, etc. took place before even the first letter of New Testament was written.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Should Bible alone be the basis of one's faith ?


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
Source - www.malankaraworld.com

Should Bible alone be the basis of one's faith ?

Assuming correctness to the said dates; in the absence of an alternate date; from the first creation to the first writing of Genesis, there is a gap of about 2500 years, during which period there were men of strong faith in God. 

Abel offered the firstlings of flock and God was pleased Gen.4: 4. Worship started in the name of the Lord during the period of Seth, the son Adam, Gen 4: 26. Enoch walked with God ... and God took him, Gen 5:24. Then came Noah, ‘just and perfect man in his generation,’ Gen 6:9, then the great flood, then the great tower of Babel, then the confusion of languages and scattering of human race around the globe, then the choosing of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob-the patriarchs, then the settlement at Egypt and the great exodus under the leadership of Moses and so on. 

If people could believe in God, walk with God, demonstrate unflinching obedience to God, and worship God for more than 2500 years without the support of a written document, no one can claim a written document, whatever nomenclature it may bear, be the basis of faith.

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Church and the Bible are are inter-dependen


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
Source - www.malankaraworld.com

The Church and the Bible are are inter-dependent

My considered opinion on this issue is that both are inter-dependent and inter-related as there cannot be Church without Bible and there cannot be Bible without Church; provided, however, that there was time when there was no Bible and there was time when Church and faith in God existed without Bible. 

For example, Scofield reference Bible places the most probable date of Adam’s creation as 4004 BC. and the mission of Moses as 1491 BC.

General belief is that Moses authored the first 5 books, although this has been contradicted by various 18/19th. century scholars who suggest that Pentateuch were derived from different traditions namely, J (Jahuites), E (Elohites), D (Deuteronomist) and P (Priestly) and someone other-than Moses compiled it at a later date resulting in various repetitions and discrepancies and acquired full shape as we see today by the end of 5th. century, which fact, invariably, weakens the claim of Protestants.


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Church vs. The Bible


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
Source - www.malankaraworld.com

Church vs. The Bible

Another question often posed is whether Church has authority over Bible or Bible has authority over Church? This is an apple of discord for centuries.

Roman Catholic and Orthodox believe and teach that Church is supreme in matters of faith and has authority over the Bible, as opposed to the teachings of Protestants who advocate that the Bible (word of God) is supreme, above the Church and the basis of faith.