Our faith according to St. Severus
- I am writing this so that every one in our Church,
both Orthodox and Jacobites, read this and reject any
teaching that is against the teaching of Patriarch St.
Severus. Then, the immediate thing to do is to unite
on the basis of this faith.
"That a church is a confession of right faith no one
who is reckoned among Christians and has understanding
doubts, since the Lord plainly said in the Gospels to
the divine Peter, the first of the apostles, when he
made the confession, Thou art Christ, the Son of the
living God, Thou art Cephas, and upon this rock will I
build my church, and the gates of Sheol shall not
prevail against it; and he called the firmness and
fixity of such a confession a rock. And, as speech
knows a right and sound opinion on faith as a church,
so it also knows the believers who confess it as a
church." [St. Severus, Letter to the Holy Convents of
Virgins of Christ]
In Orthodox church Peter along with Paul is honored
are firsts among Apostles. Peter, as the elder among
them and Paul, because of his hardwork for the Church.
But the Church does not use this as an opportunity to
bring local churches under single administration.
Regarding administration, Apostolic Canons (Canon
Slihe) mandates the unity of the church, the bishops
in "each Nation" under one head bishop.
Few things to notice from the words of St. Severus:
- that "a Church is a confession of right faith"
- that "He called the firmness and fixity of such a
confession a rock"
- that "as speech knows a right and sound opinion on
faith as a Church, so it also knows the believers who
confess it as a Church."
In clear words St. Severus teaches that the "firmness
and fixity of confession" is the Rock.
Based on this, those who teach that the person of
Peter is the Rock is teaching a wrong faith, a faith
different from St. Severus.
Pope Shenouda also explains that the faith of
confession is the Rock upon which the Church is found.
- Dear sister susan
Thanks for the new thread
Nisha Sharma had her 15 seconds of fame!
In India she can extend that to 15 years or even more.
As long as there are are arranged marriages dowry has to be
part of it.
In Muslim community they give money to the girl's family.
For Hindus and Christians who have arranged marriages, the dowry
system works like this:
For no dowry, one can find a bum for their daughter - he may even
live in the bride's house.
For one lakh rupees you can probably find a daily laborer
For 10 lakh rupees you can find a white collar employee.
For 25 lakh rupees you can find a professional.
For 1 crore rupees you can find an IAS officer - or more.
SO GET OVER WITH IT.
Aji Thomas David
--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, Susan Jose wrote:
> Dowery system has its good and bad side. Under christian law a
girl has no
> rights to her parents property after the marriage.(unless she go
> court) So it is good to give her fair share of her parents wealth
> time of marriage.
> The bad side is that people get greedy and try to squeze dowery
> other's ability to pay.
> Your comments please.
> In Christ
> Susan Jose