CHRISTIAN NEWS BIWEEKLY PUBLICATION FOR KERALA MALAYALEE CHRISTIANS FROM INDIA AROUND THE WORLD
February 15, 2002 ARCHIVE
Vol:2 Issue:4
A MESSAGE TO ALL HUMANITY

By Geevarghese Mar Osthathios Metropolitan 


H.G.Geevarghese Mar Osthathios
Diocesan Metropolitan of Niranam  Diocese of Malankara Orthodox Church. A Renowned Orator and Writer. Author of many Spiritual Christian Books. HG is the Patron of numerous Charity and Gospel Organizations of the Church. Out of his Charity works and continuous fight against social injustice, he is known as 'Apostle of Love & Justice'.

Blessing on all those who search for a better world.

Beloved brothers, Sisters & Children.

Religion is ultimate concern' according to one of my best teacher Paul Tillich. Hence all those who have ultimate concern on the ultimate Being are religious.

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. Such Epicureans are increasing in number. They have their selfish, narrow, fundamentalist religions, politics, economics and culture.

Structural terrorism of exploitation, unfair trade, exploits industries, and wrong religions are the cause for the violent terrorism. So, what is the solution? The only basic difficult solution is a shift from many communal gods to one Absolute Social God, for whom there is a hidden quest in all religious and Secularists. May I recommend a small book of mine entitled One Religion of Love as a new theology of Sola amor (Love alone) instead of Sola Labor (work alone) and Sola fidei (Faith alone).
We can have a better world only by a shift from Capitalism and Communism to Welfare Economics of Amarthya Sen of Nobel Prize fame. We must realize the 'Sin of being Rich in a Poor World' (a book of mine now out of print)

A better world will emerge only if we know the ultimate Co - Being , the Social God of Compassionate Allah or the Triune God of all Churches and Advaitic Brahman of Shankaracharya, Ramanuja acharya, Madhavacharya together.
A global religion of Love is freedom of all religions and new religions. To hold on to these new theology or ideology and at the same time to love and respect other theologies and ideologies. The human rights to choose any religion is not the freedom convert others by force or unfair means. Let us move up to One Religions of Love with freedom to belong to any religious faith.

H.G.Geevarghese Mar Osthathios Metropolitan,
Bethany Aramana, Thiruvalla - 1
Phone; +91 0473 601357/603357
OR
St.Paul's Mission Training Centre,
Mavelikara - 3.Phone; +91 479 302473/342709
Mavelikara

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WHY GOD ?

By Rev. P.K.Zachariah Bethel Marthoma Church, Philadelphia, USA


Rev.P.K.Zacharia

Vicar of Bethel Marthoma Church, Philadelphia, USA. He is a blessed Orator. Achan had a severe car accident during last year and bottom half of the body got paralysed by a spinal injury. Now he is on a wheel chair, but by the Grace of God he is slowly recovering. Immediately after the discharge from the hospital he started Lord's work with a lot of vigour and enthusiasm.

[This is Reverend P.K.Zachariah, vicar of Bethel Marthoma Church in Philadelphia, USA. I was in a serious car accident on July 8th, 2001. Since the accident, I have been on a wheel chair. I am slowly recovering and healing. I want to thank all of you for your prayers and fellowship over the past many months.]

Why God? This is a question asked by many, whenever a misfortune or tragedy occur in their life. Same question was asked several times by several people in the Bible. Job asked this question. The prophet Habakkuk also questioned God, when he witnessed the suffering of his own people. This is a universal question. When unexpected misfortune strikes others, we too question God, and raise the question Why God, Why?  

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Out of my experience, I want to share with you the following:

The Bible does not promise that God will get us out of all troubles or solve all our problems. By being a Christian, it does not guarantee us a trouble-free life. The Apostle Paul frequently encountered troubles and difficulties as he worked for Christ. But God promises us many important things. He promises to give us peace in the midst of storms of our life. In Isaiah 43:1-2, Lord says "..Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." What it does promise is that God will give us the power to overcome our problems and will sustain us in our troubles. In 2 Corinthians 12:9, God says to Paul, "My Grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." He promises us in the midst of troubles, that He will be there to help us and strengthen us. The child of God is enabled to handle his struggles in a different way, as our God cover us with His Grace. In any emergency, believers will have the power to face it.

Let me share a personal experience with you. One time, when I was in the Hospital, I had a very high fever. I was extremely sick. I was shivering severely from being so cold and so weak from vomiting. I was alone in my room. Everyone else had left. I felt as if I was at the end of my rope. I felt I could take no more. I asked Jesus to give me no more. That I had enough. It was at that time, I felt Jesus spoke to me. He showed me a rope. There was a hand at the end of the rope. Jesus said to me that the hand is His own hand. Yes, it was His own hand at the end of the rope. Those were His hands that hold me, that strengthened me.

In this world, there is suffering. But who is with us? Our God. He is the one who never leaves. Even after many years , even though many people change. He never change. We can rely upon God's promises. The Bible is the book of promises. When ever I am happy or sad , I hold on tightly to the word of God. We, as human break  our promises, but God never breaks His. God promises that he will always be with you, regardless of any situations. When we learn to trust the future into His hands, then we do not need to become anxious or worried about the outcome. Philippians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition , with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Promises also come with obstacles. God promised Abraham the land of Canaan. God was faithful to his promise. Abraham and his offspring were given the land of milk and honey. However, many years passed between Abraham and the time Israelites entered the promised land. In Numbers 13, the people of Israel after wandering 40 years in the desert came to the land of Canaan. They were instructed by God to explore this land. Twelve people were assigned to explore the land. All twelve of those people came back and reported that land was good. Ten people said they could not possess the land. Only Joshua and Caleb came back and reported that land could be overtaken because God's promise never changed. God made a promise to Abraham that the land of Canaan would be his and his descendant's. Yet they needed to fight for the land. We are just like these Israelites. We want Canaan. It was everything we ever want. But we fear the land or its people. In every human life, we can't win the land of Canaan. The Bible says there is no crown without a cross and no cross without a crown.

During a recent Youth Convention at our church, I spoke from the Gospel of John 2:1-11. I would like to share this message with all of you too. This passage is about a miracle at the Wedding of Cana when Jesus changes water into wine.

1. Jesus will come to any situation, in any place. Jesus came to this small ordinary wedding. Lust like He entered Peter's empty boat. Just like he stayed with Zaccheus at his house.

2. God will always use ordinary things and ordinary people for his work. He used the servants and the vases because they were available for se and were obedient.

3. Jesus transforms the worst of situations. Suddenly, sorrows turn into joy, agony turn into joy, pain turns into joy. Jesus transformed everyday water into the choicest of wines

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IT'S A MATTER OF RELATIONSHIP
By George Samuel - New York, USA
It was another beautiful day in New York City as I snaked my way through the congested traffic. Bogged down on the Expressway, I turned on the radio for the latest traffic update. I was startled to hear the announcer say that a plane had just crashed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center. Topping a stretch in the roadway that gave a view of the city skyline, I saw smoke bellowing from the tower. It felt unreal even though I was witnessing it with my own eyes. With one eye on the traffic and the other in the direction of the towers, I continued, when to my horror, I saw the second tower explode in flames. Time stood still. It will be a day that will be etched deep into the psyche of all Americans. People agree that America, nay, the world, will never be the same after the happenings of Sept. 11th.

Two thousand years ago on a hill in far away Jerusalem, towered a cross, on which hung a Man called Jesus. As the events unfolded that day, the earth quaked and the heavens turned dark, bearing witness to the happenings. Never before and never since has such an event taken place. Humanity, nay, history itself, has never been the same. The events of Sept. 11th were an expression of hate that brought death and destruction. But the event at Calvary was an expression of God's love, offering peace, salvation and eternal life. Both incidents have impacted humanity. One, limited to time; the other, extending to eternity. How have the events at Calvary impacted you as an individual? Is the death of Christ just another incident in history? What is Christ or Christianity to you? Christianity is many things to many people. I offer a few vignettes for our consideration.

1. Christianity by Roots:
For those of us who trace our ancestry to a tiny stretch of land on the southwestern tip of India, our roots are an important part of life. No friendship is initiated or relationship culminated without scrupulously enquiring or tracing the family name or lineage. To many of us, our Christian lineage also becomes a matter for our boast. We are Syrian Christians or Orthodox Christians or this or that. And to the uninformed we wax eloquent about being evangelized by St. Thomas, the disciple of Jesus. But alas, it remains just that - a matter of our roots. Not for us the questions of faith and belief - that is for the clerics. Not for us the study of the Word of God or prayer - that is for the devout. We are happy and content that our forefathers were Christians and that we carry forward that tradition. Going to church or not, become matters of convenience rather than of conviction. We are comfortable just being born in a Christian family. But, just as being born in a car doesn't make one an automobile, so also, being born in a Christian family doesn't make one a Christian. Being a Christian then, has to be more than a matter of one's roots.

2. Christianity as a Rite:
God instructed Moses in the institution of many observances and practices among the Israelites. He wanted the Israelites to know that they were a special people and also so that they would fear and reverence Him. Most churches have rituals as part of their worship. They are incorporated into the service for the purpose of making us realize that God is a holy God and that when we come into His presence we do so with a sense of fear and reverence. But what happens when we turn rites into mere routines ? Or when rituals replace repentance ? We could deceive ourselves into believing that our knowledge of the liturgy, or our fasts or penances are a sufficient and just means for our salvation. Rituals, as and of themselves are impotent if they are not grounded in a personal relationship with the One to whom it is directed to. Like the Pharisees of old, we can follow the letter of the law, while missing out on its power in our lives. If there was one person who could have boasted of his roots and relied on his knowledge of the law, it was Paul. But even he surrendered it for the excellency of knowing Christ - personally. Rites can never be a substitute for a relationship.

3. Christianity by Rationalization:
One of Satan's greatest attacks against a committed Christian life is rationalization. It started in the Garden of Eden - "Did God really say you shall not eat of every tree in the garden?" (Gen 3:1) - and it continues to this day. The "everybody does it" or "its okay just this once" mindset, has, like the canker worm, eaten away at the innards of our convictions. Prejudices, permissiveness and a whole host of other "behaviors" are ratioinalized away, eventually leading us deeper into sin, until there is no distinction between the deviant and the devout. And this attitude is more so today as we reap the fruits of post-modern secularism - the thinking that there are no absolutes like good and evil. Moral relativism is the order of the day. But in the light of the Sept 11th attacks, can we rationalize away the fact that there is no evil in this world? The Bible says that the heart of man is "deceitful above all things and desperately wicked" (Jer 17:9). Our rationalization of our sins and our rejection of God's absolutes can only lead to one end - the pit of hell.

4. Christianity as a mere Religion:
In the history of mankind, more wars have been fought in the name of religion than for any other reason. Religion, per se, can only be divisive, at best. In some countries it engenders discrimination and in some others, people are killed just because somebody belongs to the wrong religion. So what good is religion when all it produces is hate and discord. Those disappointed with religion swell the ranks of atheists and agnostics. But religion is a very important part of the lives of a large majority of people. To some, it is a crutch, to some others a balm to assuage feelings of guilt, and to most a refuge from the fear of the unknown. Religion or being religious lulls us into a false sense of security because of all the outward expressions of piety - reading the scriptures, saying our prayers, attending church or partaking of the sacraments. But, if all that religion requires of its followers is that they follow a set of rules, regulations, rituals and to do good deeds - then all devout followers of all religions can earn their own salvation. What is the need then for God or for that matter what is the need for a Savior? The Kingdom of God then becomes like unto capitalism. He who has the means to do the greatest good can attain the highest portals of heaven, and the poor, lowly man with no means, loses out on his salvation. But thank God, it is not religion that saves, and salvation is not achieved by works. We are saved by the grace of God. It is God's gift to all those who believe in Christ. Is Christianity a mere "label" to you? Or is it an outward expression of an inward experience?:

5. Christianity as a Relationship:
What is your trust in? Our roots are good only for tracing our family line, our rites may give us a false sense of being religious, our rationalizations only draw us deeper into sin, and merely following a religion, robs us of the pure joy of knowing and enjoying intimacy with God. So where does that lead us? If the above mentioned options were the only choices available to us, then our lives would have been without hope. Christ came into this world not to establish a religion but more so to restore a relationship. A relationship that was broken when Adam sinned. In its very essence, Christianity is a relationship. And throughout the Bible we see this - God seeking a continuing relationship with man. This is magnificently brought out in the Bible by two word pictures that exemplify God's attitude towards man or humanity. One is that of a Shepherd and the other, that of a Father. Both pictures evoke memories of love, care and a one-to-one relationship. And this is what Christianity boils down to God wanting a one-to-one relationship with each one of us. That is why He sent His only Son into the world to die on the cross for our sins, because we of ourselves could never save ourselves from our sins. Jesus is the sufficient and perfect sacrifice for our sins. Hence Jesus could say "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through me." (Jn.14:6) No one else made a claim like that. Only by trusting in the finished work of Christ can we become acceptable to God. There is no other way to God. Wouldn't you want to restore your relationship with God? And it is just as simple as restoring a relationship with someone you have wronged. It involves just three simple steps:
a.Recognize that you are a sinner:
The Bible says "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Rom 3:23) "There is no one righteous, not even one." (Rom.3:10) "All our righteous acts are like filthy rags." (Is.64:6) By ourselves we don't measure up to God's standards. Not our qualifications, not our roots, not our rites, not even being religious. Only when you recognize that you are a sinner, would you realize that you require a Savior.
b. Repent of your sins:
When we recognize the fact that we are sinners and realize that nothing we do can help us get right with God, all we can do is throw ourselves at the mercy of God, and ask for forgiveness of our sins. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 Jn. 1:9) Repentance consists of two aspects - (i) being remorseful for our sins, and (ii) making a conscious decision to change direction - to turn away from our old way of living and make a new start with God.
c. Receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior:
Accept the fact that Jesus died for your sin and ask Him into your heart. "Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me." (Rev.3:20) This invitation of Jesus still stands. This restores the relationship between God and you. This act becomes the beginning of a new life because you are born into the family of God.

God is the Creator of all but He is not the Father of all. Only those who are born into the family of God can call Him their Father. There are only two options either be in such a relationship with Christ or be out of it. I sincerely hope you make the choice of being in a relationship. That is the only relationship that matters - both for time and eternity.
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Thomas Mar Athanasios

ASSISSI - 2002

By Thomas Mar Athanasios Metropolitan

John Paul II called an ecumenical meeting at St.Francis Basilica compound Assisi, Italy on Jan 24, 2002 to aim at The World Peace. Various religious leaders of the world attended the meeting which includes Catholic Christians, various Orthodox Christian, Muslims, Buddha, Jews, Religious Leaders from Africa etc. This is the third world meeting called by John Paul II after the world trade center attack  After the world trade center attack, there is a feeling that Muslim Community is getting separated from the rest of the religions and to avoid same, this ecumenical meeting was arranged by John Paul II. 

H.G.THOMAS MAR ATHANASIOS REPRESENTED MALANKARA ORTHODOX CHURCH.

(L'elenco dei partecipanti, Chiesa siro ortodossa del Malankar (India) S.E.Thomas Mar Athanasius, Vescovo di chengannur, Rev.Dr.Mathew Baby,.......)
Quotation from L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO News paper from Italy

Chengannoor: Assissi - 2002 All Religion Conference called upon by Pope John Paul II was convened at Assisi of Italy where the Francis Assisi, the prophet of peace was born. To attend the prayer and meeting H.H.Pope and other participants traveled from Italy to Assisi by a train specially made for this. More than 200 delegates representing various religions in the world took part in the association on Jan.24th. These includes Cardinals of Roman Church, Muslims, Jews, Buddhist, Sikhs, Jain, Bahaist, Hindu, Sourashtra Priest, Top Religious Leaders of African Tribes' Christians. All these delegates attended the meeting as per the special invitaion from Pope.

JOURNEY TO ASSISSI
POPE'S JOURNEY TO ASSISSI 

ASSISSI CONFERENCE

Prayer of different religions were offered in lower Basilica of Assisi and in sacred convent. H.H.Mar Pope addressed the world leaders. He reminded the significance of the spiritual association in a world of terrorism, wars and troubles. He also said there is lacking of love and unity among the world leaders and there is threats, enmity, competitive spirit in them. It is true for all religions to assemble and pray for unity in a such difficult situation. Now we have assembled and have offered our prayers. We are all now in one place with prayers and greetings. How great is God!

Swami Agnivesh and his disciples representing Hindu religion of India took part in the prayer.

"We know it is very difficult to prepare a way for peace and we may be able to attain it only through hard works and sacrificial lives" said Sir.Richard Gerard, representing the Arch Bishop of Canterbury. He also reminded only through such a life, peace and brotherhood would be brought in humanity.

"This is a day that we have turned our minds with prayer for the peace and the prosperity of the world " said Dr, Ismaiel Nocko of the Muslim Community." Only through debates, self examination and prayer based on respect can rout out the evils of terror, will and hatred" he said.

Dr, Satree Neomi, Secretary of Allans Sa Mondal after prayer said in the association that the world countries always should follow brotherly love.It is the mountain duty of all religions to grow towards this kind of love .

Geeshe Thasi Sering the Budhist said that we should help the needful.

"The peace is a gift from God if there is no peace in man in his family and social life how can he bring peace to the world."said Amdu Gazeto of African Vodu Dynasty.

"We may think there is peace in the world when there is no war and pestilence, but if there is no co operation and benevolence among them the world is not in peace" said Deedi Talvalker of the Hindu religion

All religious leaders unitedly proposed to put an end to terrorism activities from the world.(The prayer meeting conducted in a newly built tent near the tomb of Francis Assisi.The leaders prayed with one heart for peace,love,justice and tolerance with Holy Pope.

I am fully convinced of the importance of this Association that may lead world to peace.

EMBLEM
ASSISSI EMBLEM
Assissi Conference
MEETING PATRIARCH

'TOGETHER FOR PEACE'   QUOTATIONS FROM NEL MONDO

"Violence never again! War never again! Terrorism never again! In God's name, may all religions bring upon earth justice and peace, forgiveness, life and love!"

"The appalling events which shook the world in September of last year.at the very beginning of the third millenium, sowed seeds of violence and hatred, and broke the spell of a society which saw itself as advanced and free, but yet in an instant found itself fragile and threatened.

The terrorist acts, which struck and damaged places seen as symbols of economic and military power, touched the hearts of everyone and revealed the weakness of the world situation. There was danger that these events would be seen as a conflict between the Muslim world and other religions, especially Christianity.

Beyond the predictable and almost unanimous condemnation of terrorism understood as a threat to the harmony and rights of individuals and nations throughout the world, the tragic events of Sep.2001 stirred a number of helpful reactions in more attentive observers, and especially among the followers of the different religions;

-First, a condemnation of terrorism and every type of armed aggression, which always bring hatred and violence and everywhere sow seeds of death and sorrow.

-Second, the desire to testify together that religions are committed to fostering in the world a climate of peace, justice and understanding, avoiding at all costs opposition between the various religions and the use of the different creeds to justify war and violence.

-Third, followers of the different religions, their hearts enlightened by the religious spirit which everywhere promotes fraternity among the world"s peoples, were deeply aware of the still open and weeping wounds of injustice, ethnic and social conflict, the violence of war, and disregard for the rights of individuals and peoples, which cause suffering and endemic poverty, the lack of work and dignity, the great migrations and the menacing conflicts still taking place.

Faced with this world scene, the representatives of the various religions have almost spontaneously in recent months to a common mind on three great commitments, to which they have often given expression.

-First, a heightened sense of the value of peace as a gift from God, to be prayed for with ever greater trust, according to the practice and tradition of each religion.

-Second, the desire to demonstrate solidarity, joining together in shared supplication for peace.

-Third, the urgent need to witness to a commitment to peace and justice,both in daily life and in the great decisions of political and social life - a witness which the secularized world ,though far removed from religion,often demands and of which it feels itself in need.

Ever since the fearful events of last Sept., His Holiness Pope John Paul II has condemned terrorism and has by his universally recognized moral authority urged everyone to choose peace, justice and forgiveness. He has interpreted the wishes of many in summoning Catholics to Day of Fasting and Prayer for the sake of peace-undertaken with great seriousness on 14 December last, during Advent-and in inviting Representatives of the world religions to make a pilgrimage of prayer to the City of Assissi;"I wish to announce that I intend to invite Representatives of the religions of the world to come to Assisi on 24 January 2002 to pray for the end of conflict and the promotion of true peace, and to come together,especially Christians and Muslims,to declare before the world that religion must never become a cause of conflict,hatred and violence(Angelus,18 November 2001)

In a renewed "spirit of Assissi", and gratefully recalling the Day of Prayer for Peace on 27 October 1986,which offered the world a moving witness and was the prelude to historic change in the countries of Eastern Europe, the Holy Father issued an invitation to come to Assisi on 24 January 2002,and this has been widely and generously accepted by Representatives of the Churches, Ecclesial Communities and the great religions of the world.
CONFERENCE
A SEEN OF CONFERENCE
CONFERENCE
ASSISSI CONFERENCE
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WHAT IS CRUCIFIXION
By Br.Paul CiniRaj Mohamed
(
Malankara Sabha Missionary, Devalokam, Kottayam)

The cross is placed on the ground and the exhausted man is quickly thrown; backwards with his shoulders against the wood. The legionnaire feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drives a heavy, square wrought iron nail through the wrist deep into the wood. Quickly he moves to the other side and repeats the action, being careful not to pull the arms too tightly, but to allow some flex and movement. The cross is then lifted into place. The left foot is pressed backwards against the right foot, and with both feet extended, toes down, a nail is driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees flexed. The victim is now crucified.

As he slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrists, excruciating fiery pain shoots along the fingers and up the arms to explode in the brain- the nails in the wrists are putting pressure on the median nerves. As he pushes himself upward to avoid this stretching torment, he places the full weight on the nail through his feet. Again he feels the searing agony of the nail tearing through the nerves between the bones of his feet. As the arms fatigue, cramps sweep through his muscles, knotting them deep relentless, throbbing pain.  With these cramps comes the inability to push himself upward to breathe. Air can be drawn into the lungs but not exhaled.  He fights to raise himself in order to get even one small breath.

Finally, carbon dioxide builds up in the lungs and in the blood stream, and the cramps partially subside.  Spasmodically, he is able to push himself upward to exhale and bring in life-giving oxygen. Hours of limitless pain, cycles of twisting, joint wrenching cramps, intermittent partial asphyxiation, searing pain as tissue is torn from his lacerated back as he moves up and down against rough timber. Then another agony begins: a deep, crushing pain deep in the chest as the pericardium slowly fills with serum and begins to compress the heart. It is now almost over-the loss of tissue fluids has reached a critical level-the compressed heart is struggling to pump heavy, thick, sluggish blood into the tissues-the tortured lungs are making frantic effort to gasp in small gulps of air. He can feel the chill of death creeping through his tissues...Finally, he can allow his body to die... All this the Bible records with the simple words, "and they crucified Him" (Mark 15:24).

What wondrous love is this? Many people don't know that pain and suffering our Lord, Jesus Christ went through for us...because of the brutality, crucifixion was given a sentence to only its worst offenders of the law. Thieves, murderers, and rapists would be the types of creeps who got crucified. Yet, here Jesus is being crucified between two hardened criminals... What did Jesus do? Did he murder anyone? Did he steal anything? The answer as we all know is NO!!  Jesus did nothing to deserve this type of death, yet he went willing  to die, in between two thieves, so that we might be saved. And there, in between the sinners, was our slain savior for our sins.

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TO BECOME A COMPLETE MAN
By Fr. T.G. Varghese Thundil
(
Vice President Catholicate Society and Author of many Malayalam Christian Books)

What is man and who is a Christian man? Can a man become a complete man or God-man?

Man! He is the most wonderful creation among all Creations of God.  He is the crown of all beings and apex of creation.  He is a bud, which aims for better flowering.  Man is the Cosmo genesis and axis of universe.  But he is a combination of Divine and Material.  So he is both celestial and terrestrial by nature.  There is weakness in his terrestrial structure.  He is materialistic and impotent in the divine body.  He was formed "Little less than God" and adorned with the crown of glory and honour.  Though he is weak by nature he has given the power and "dominion over the works of his hands."  (Ps. 8,5) He is always imperfect in his actions and performances.  He usually commits wrongs and doing sins.  He is both and a saint a sinner.

All are sinful due to one ancient man's sin.  He lost his completeness due to Adam's sin.  The history of human race is the history of down fallen and trodden race till the coming of Christ.  Due to one man's sin his successors shared that sin.  Sin remained as the same while sinners increased in the world.  Wars, pestilence and disharmony that were prevalent in the world were brought out from imperfect, incomplete and immature minds of the sin bearing human race.  Due to sin man lost friendship with God, nature, others and with in themselves.  He was in disharmony with God, Nature, others and with his own heart.  Man became a broken vessel.  He was separated from harmonious life.  Shame prevailed all over them.  In their hidden dens they tried to reconcile themselves with God.  They offered sacrifices to Almightily.  They lighted lights to God and offered perfumes of please Him.  Though licentiousness governed him, his desire to rejoin in the friendship of God in creased in him.  But how can an in perfect human nature join with the finite. 

God Almighty  from above understood man's struggle for reconciliation.  He understood man is quite helpless in attaining re-union with Him.  So God sent his only begotten son down on earth to redeem His human creation from the pit of sin and to restore them to their former glory.  Jesus came down at the will of His father and incarnated in the womb of Virgin Mary.  He took Himself man's sin on Himself and shed His Blood as a ransom for man's sin.  Thus God the son brought redemption of man and returned to His former place at the right hand seat of the father.  He gave the fallen race Redemption, Remission, Regeneration, Restoration and Reconciliation with the Father.  His blood procures redemption, justification, cleansing, peace, sanctification and nearness.  His word converts the soul, enlightens the eyes and cleanses the ways.  He has given us the liberty to enter in to salvation.  The door of Faith and Salvation is ever opened visiting the sinners to enter in. Those who accept Him and His salvation become a complete man.  Those who are in Christ become a Christian.  He becomes a new creation governed by Christ's spirit, i.e.; Holy Spirit.  He invites all to receive Holy Spirit and to get saved.  Come and Kneel before his love; He is our peace.  For your completeness you accept Him as your Savior.  Through faith in Him and through baptism you are grafted with His Divine Body.  Wonder! How easily you become a complete man.

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(Rtd.Superendent of M.P.Electricity Board - Jabalpur)

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GOD CALLS US BY NAME

BY MAREEN MATHEW

Dear friends,
Did you ever thought that God knows us by our own name. If we search in the Bible we come to know that God calls each of us by name. In several cases we see that God himself put the name or he decide which name is to be put for a person. God put the name of the first man as 'Adam'.

As soon as we are originated in the womb of our mother God put a name for us and that name is written in a Book of Life. So even the still born child who has never seen the world or no name was put in the world, also got a name given by God. In several cases God instruct what name is to be given to a child. Angel of God appeared to Hagar and instructed her to call her son 'Ismael'. Also God told Abraham to name his son as Issac. When John the Baptist was born, first his parents wanted to call him by the name of his father Zacharia. But God instructed them to put the name of the Child as John. When Angel appeared to Mary, she was instructed to put her Son's name as Jesus. So God gives a name to everyone in the world, died, living, and those to be born.

Can we imagine such a big storage of name God has. Of course it will need a much bigger computer to store these entire names, than the biggest Computer in world.

How many of our friends' name, we can remember? But God remember the name of every body and he calls us by our name. When he called Samuel, he called him by name. He called in the night 'Samuel, Samuel, Samuel'. Some time God even change our name as per context. Initially Abraham's Name was Abram. One day God changed his name as Abraham from Abram. Same way his wife's name was Sarai. God Changed her name from Sarai to Sarah. Jesus Changed Name of Peter as Cephas which means rock.

Do You know that God not only name Human , but also all living things, Mountain, River, all the things in world and celestial. After the creation, God came down to Adam and asked him to put name for all the creatures in the world. What ever Adam called it, that became its name. After he created the earth he put names of rivers in Eden like Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel, Euphrates. Also he put name for land, mountain, villages, towns, even he put name for Stones.

What Wonder! How big is God's Name Storage ?

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Father of Believers:2

An Old Testament Story

So we have seen that Abraham with his family, his father and his nephew Lot started his journey from the city of Ur to the Place God promised him. Just watch that there was no communication like EMail, Phone not even a Post Man that time. So he never knew about the place where he was going. Also there was no conveyance like car, plane or not even a Bullock Cart. He had to walk all the way or use Camel for the journey. He never questioned God. He blindly believed him and obeyed him. Abraham was well settled in Ur and he had a lot of Sheep, Cattle, Farm Houses, Servants, Relatives etc. But He renounced everything to obey the Commands of God.

The land what God promised to Abraham was not so near. Also imgine that the journey is through the desert and heat during the day is so high and unbearable. They had to travel many days. So they made tents to stay in between during the night. They had to prepare their food in the wilderness. Abraham was not knowing where exactly he was going! All he knew was that God promised to show him where to go, and he believed God. He was sure God would show him the way to a promised land. And God did it.

The tiring journey went on and on, day after day and week after week. They came to a place called Haran. Haran was in a country called Mesopotamia; now this country is called Iraq.Some very important thing happened when they reached Haran. A very sad incident for Abraham. Abraham's father died there. His father was very old and he could not bear the struggles during this journey. But Abrham did not get dicouraged. They started their journey further, and finally they reached the land which God had promised to Abraham.

By this time you might have noted that Abraham and Sarah were alone. They did not have child. But there was a promise from God that he will have a son and his Children will be inumerous like the stars in the sky and the sand on the sea shore.
This promise was given to Abrhaham some time back. Even though this promise of God was not fullfilled so far, Abraham did not get disappoined. He became more strong in faith. He believed that God can not say lie, God can not give false promise. It is the question of time. So God got his own time to act.

(To be continued in the next issue)

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