Re: Malankara Orthodox Syrian Christian [ MOSC ] Group Re: Practical failure of the Big Mouths.
- Dear Padanaykan
Thanks for the email. Let me tell you a simple truth from Bible. One must be saved when he/she is alive.After death there is no salvation.When one dies, spirit and soul go to God's custody. Then the body left on earth is called is deadbody. A deadbody can't hear,think,act,talk. Deadbody turns to dust. That is why we put sand on the deadbody during funeral. Then it turns to dust in a few years. They will rise in the second coming of Jesus. That is God's teaching.
Your theology is good. Its half true and half false. True Church is founded on the teaching of Apsotles who followed Jesus. It is the truth. If you mix unchristain cultural traditions and false teaching in to the word of God, It is a lie. it is sin.Any rememeberance of passed away people with burning incense and praying to souls at the tombs is unchristian.
What happened to my departed relatives?. I believe that they are in Paradise. They will rise during the second coming of Jesus. Our priests say so during the funeral. I don't believe the lie that they say next."the souls are travelling to heaven for 40 days taking rest at different rest houses in the atmosphere so we have to have qurbana for 40 days". I call it clergy cheating.
How do I remember my departed ones? I have their photos at home. Once in a while I see their photos. I praise God for the good work they did when they were living on earth.I don't follow Babylonian system of worship by going to their tombs and talking, with burning incense and candles. This is what I teach my fellow orthodox believers also.Trust in the Lord in this life as well as life after.He is faithfull yesterday,today and forever as Bible teaches. No clergy ever told that he can save a soul after death. No clergy ever told that people must come to his tomb,pray and receive blessings. Even Valiya Bava told 2 yrs before his death, that clergy has control on people only up to the tomb.
I spend several hours a week teaching people to get saved now or get perished later. Heaven has different places for saved people. Martyers of Gospel will get the best mansion. False teachers and followers will get least category. You choose your house in heaven while living on earth.