488Re: Fwd: Article- Oriental Consanguinity (History)
- Mar 6, 2002This Oriental Consanguinity has been
> acknowledged by Hon. Supreme Court of India.The SupremeCourt
> also recognizes H.H. Patriarch of Antioch and All the East(Turkey)
> in SYRIA as Supreme Head of Syrian Orthodox Christians
> in India.The Holy Throne Of Antioch was established by
> Patriarch.St .Peter, the chief Apostle in 37AD in Antioch
> as there was political unrest in Jerusalem aftercrucification
> of Christ in 33AD. (disciples of Christ were first calledCatholic
> 'Christians ' at Antioch, ACTS:11:26) .Same St.Peter then found
> another Church in Rome in 67AD later known as Roman
> Church.1. Kindly also mention the names of other churches and the
Apostles who founded them. For example: Churches founded by St.
Mark, St. Andrew, (and even St. Thomas if you will) etc.
2. According to most traditional teaching "Church of Anthioc"
was founded by Apostles Peter and Paul.
3. Oriental nature of a church is shown when church adopts to
the life and culture of common people of the land. Just like
Christ who spoke the language of common man, Aramaic.
What is the cultural state of Christians in India, especially
the Jacobite/ Orthodox factions? Are we going downhill culturally,
degrading also the cultural values of traditional Indians?
If so, how is this witnessing Christ and His church?
Do we have a vision about existing as an Orthodox Church in Indian
sub-continent? How the church is helping by adopting Ecumenical
liturgical traditions to the life and culture of Indian people?
Compare our siutation with the growth of Oriental church in
Ethiopia, Armenia, Egypt etc.?
4. Churches confessing same faith forms the one Church without
division. There is no division according to teachings of ancient
Church fathers, most notably St. Severus, St. Cyril etc.
So whether the church of same faith develops in the West or
in the Orient, it is the same church by nature of the confession.
So, there is no special importance to Oriental culture, since
Christ is for all civilizations. Our duty as Indian Christians
should be to be like our neighbours in good aspects of the
civilization, without acting foreign (Sheema) in culture, language
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