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ARTICLES AND SERMONS OF H.G. DR. GEEVARGHESE MAR OSTHATHIOS

H.G. DR. GEEVARGHESE MAR OSTHATHIOS METROPOLITAN

H.G. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios is the senior most Metropolitan and President of the Mission Church Board & Charity Trusts of Indian Orthodox Church. He had also served as the Diocesan Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese of the Church for a long span and recently retired from the diocesan services due to old age and sickness. Even from the time of his priesthood he was well known as one of the foremost orators of the Church. By his tireless efforts he had extended in a great way the charitable outlook of the Church. He honors and keeps a balanced view of the doctrines of other religions and faith practices of other denominations of Christianity. He upholds and works relentlessly to establish the social justice of God in this world. He is a pioneering patron of Light of Life and had given blanket permission for publishing the contents of books authored by him.

H.G. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios was called for his heavenly abode, breathed his last at 7.30 PM on February 16, 2012, and gathered to His folks and joined the cloud of witnesses. He was 94 years of age at his last breath. He was a lived legend of our era. We bow before his greatness and kiss his hands tearfully..

TRIBUTE TO BELOVED OSTHATHIOS THIRUMENI

ARTICLES:
LOVE, THE ONLY MEANS FOR HUMAN UNITY [MALAYALAM]
Those who destroy the Church or Temple of other religions are doing so after ruining the self-temple where God abides. No religion in the world advocate for killing the co-human. No religion can wipe out any of other religions. The values in religious scriptures should be reflected in personal life. Gift of the human race is peace and all religions stand for it.
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ONE RELIGION OF LOVE OR SINGULARITY AND PLURALITY [ENGLISH]
God is not faith or hope or conviction. Love is the essence of the compassionate God, while faith is a theological virtue, a gift of God. Divine Love has no boundaries, whereas faiths have boundaries. Love is eternal, uncreated, selfless and global, but faith is relative, personal, the capability of the image of God. Love is social but faith is personal. Love is global but faith is religious, ecclesial, sectarian.
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BRETHREN, LOVE EACH OTHER [MALAYALAM]
But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. Faith, hope, and love, are the three principal graces, of which charity is the chief, being the end to which the other two are but means. This is the divine nature, the soulís felicity, or its complacential rest in God, and holy delight in all his saints. But love fastens on the divine perfections themselves, and the divine image on the creatures, and our mutual relation both to God and them.
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WHAT DO YOU SEE, AMOS? - "A PLUMB LINE" [MALAYALAM]
The plumb line which Amos had seen in his vision is Jesus Christ. If we build the wall using the plumb line, it will be straight and blameless and it will never fall. Plumb line is also the judgment of God. God is here coming forth against this sinful nation, first by one judgment and then by another. Only way which the man can turn away from the wrath of God is the repentance. Goal and guidance of our life should be Jesus Christ and plumb line we use to build our life should be the grace of God. The wall was made by a plumb-line of the grace of Jesus Christ will be very exact and firm.
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THE DECEITFULNESS OF RICHES [MALAYALAM]
The early Church congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them. And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all. For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales.
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RECONCILIATION IN THE CHURCH [MALAYALAM]
Digression from God, defeat any effort for conciliation among Churches. To accede with unification, we should be conscious of the underlying sin involved in separatism. Messiah has unified the world and heaven through the cross. Churches can reconcile each other only through the cross of Christ and in the model of Trinity. There is only one race and no doctrine of multiple castes. God's will is that all the churches are to be united. Churches can unite only if it becomes poor of its own accord. The biggest media to unify the entire world is the Holy Bible.
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THIRD MILLENNIUM AND THE UNITY OF MANKIND
Urbanization is widening the gap between cities and the villages, between the rich and the poor. God is not faith and Hope, but God is Love. Love is the essence of God. Last commission of Lord Jesus Christ was to make disciples of all the nations and not to baptize a few people. The main question today is whether members of all religions or ideologies will love their enemies also and help them and share their suffering. Orthodoxy is not totally isolated conservatism, but the Truth of all religions accommodated in the fellowship of selfless love and respect to Human Right of others also.
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MY DREAM ABOUT THE UNITY OF CHURCHES
The entrusted mission of the Church is huge and wide. Our commissioned mission is not to be confined for a small territory, but to extent it further to the extreme end of the world. The Church should be empowered and enforced to face the growing agnostics, atheist and skeptics in the society and to cope with the challenges of skepticism and mundaneness. Church should exhibit to the society warmth of the love of God. Church should be a stream of still water where thousands can drink from it and quench their spiritual thirst. Charity is one of the most needed faces of the Church.
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LOVE, THE ESSENCE OF GOD IN THREE RELIGIONS
God is not faith or hope; "God is love". Faith and hope are the essence of Man, Woman and Child. Love is the essence of God. Faith and hope are from below. Love of God is from above. Faith and hope has barriers, but divine love has no barriers. God's love gives rain to the just and the unjust.
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CONCILIATION AMONG CHURCHES
Digression from God, defeat any effort for conciliation among Churches. To accede with unification, we should be conscious of the underlying sin involved in separatism. Churches can reconcile each other only through the cross of Christ and in the model of Trinity.
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SELFISHNESS : MOTHER OF ALL EVILS
The congenital nature of man, gives way to selfishness. Origin of all other evils are selfishness. Selfishness is a sin by birth. It is a quality of the beasts. If we do not feel compassion we are loveless and egocentric. We can eradiate evils only through the Godly love.
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THE CHRISTIAN MESSAGE OF LOVE
The Bible teaches us 'God is Love'. The theory of 'Love Your enemies and pray for your persecutors' is seen only in the teachings of Jesus Christ and nowhere in Old Testament or in any other religion. Understanding and truly following God, who is the incarnation of Love, could be done only by true Christians.
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A MESSAGE TO ALL HUMANITY
Those who have the quest for the Absolute are human and others are sub-human. Unfortunately many humans are two - legged animals, who want only to eat, drink and be merry. Structural terrorism of exploitation, unfair trade, exploits industries, and wrong religions are the cause for the violent terrorism. Structural terrorism of exploitation, unfair trade, exploits industries, and wrong religions are the cause for the violent terrorism.
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