Faith/Are You Saved?
- Dear all,
Mr.Oommen Kappil aptly referred to this question as the Notorious
Here's what Rev.Fr.Mathew Vaidyan has to say on this topic -
reproduced here for the benefit of all -
(Reference- "70 Questions Answered" - Rev.Fr.Mathew Vaidyan)
[The same answer was given by him in a video casette brought out by
the Martha Mariya Samajam of the American Diocese a few years ago.]
We can understand the Biblical answer from the following verses:
For it is by grace you HAVE BEEN SAVED, through faith--and this not
from yourselves, it is the gift of God--
(here salvation is shown in the past tense)
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are
perishing, but to us WHO ARE BEING SAVED it is the power of God.
(here salvation is shown in the present continous tense)
so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people;
and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but TO BRING
SALVATION to those who are waiting for him.
(here salvation is shown as a thing to happen in the future)
So salvation is not a matter of the past alone that can be achieved
through any single act, but it includes the present and the future ,
and u got to "grow into it".
Rev.Fr.Mathew Vaidyan mentioned his intention to publish the book in
Malayalam and give it off free to our Churches in Kerala.
"Iniyum Ithu Paranju aarum sabha vittu Pokaruthu" said Achen.
Hope and pray that this noble mission is accomplished.
In this age of various forms of assaults of false teachings both from
inside and outside the Church, it will be advisable to learn from
Other such books that come to mind are
"40 Questions Answered" By Osthathios Thirumeni.
"The Mirror Of Apostolic Faith"
which is the translation to English of the book -
"Annamayum Pastarum"(Translation to English by E.S. John) which
depicts a lady of Orthodox faith, Annama , who in every chapter
answers the questions posed by her friend pastors.
Moderators' Note: '40 Questions Answered' as mentioned by Mr. Samuel is one of the excellent reference books everyone should keep. This book's translation is available in Malayalam also (with 50 questions answered). 'The mirror of Apostolic Faith' (written by Rev. Fr. K. Geevarghese, Anchal) also is a good reference book well received especially because of its conversational style and wonderful expression of true faith.
These two books and other books by renowned authors are available for purchase at the MGOCSM Student Centre near CMS College, Kottayam, and at the Church book Store at the MD Commercial Centre, Kottayam and other stores.
- "Although the soul is one and the members of the body are many, the soul sustains them all, giving life and movement to those that can be animated. Should some of them have withered because of some disease and become as if dead and inert, yet they are still sustained by the soul, even in their lifeless and insensate state. Similarly, the Spirit of Christ is present with integral wholeness in all who are members of Christ, activating and generating life in all capable of participating in it; and in His compassion He still sustains even those who through some weakness do not actively participate in the life of the Spirit. In this way each of the faithful participates, by virtue of his faith, in adoption to sonship through the Spirit; but should he grow negligent and fail to sustain his faith he will become inert and benighted, deprived of Christ's life and light. Such is the state of each of the faithful who, though a member of Christ and possessing the Spirit of Christ, fails to activate this Spirit within himself and so is stagnant, incapable of participating positively in the life of grace."
St. Gregory of Sinai.
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10