Re: An appeal to brothers & sisters
- Dear Mr. Sam,
> The whole problem I believe is for power. The AntiochI will agree with you on one point, that the problem is
> wanted to have power over the Indian Church. If they
> followed teachings of Christ, they would long ago have
> withdrawn fully from Malankara church affairs and given
> freedom to run our own Indian church founded by St. Thomas
> saying that "I am God's humble servant, and what I have
> done is only my duty". But it did not happen and I
> believe that's why problems started.
regarding power. An institution of power is money.
Please let me ask you some questions. Who told you that
"Antioch wants to have power over the Indian Church?"
Do you honestly believe this deep in your heart? Do you
believe that the Syriac fathers who abandoned their lives
in their homeland to serve India, and die in India, want
power over the Indian Christians? I believe such an
assertion is illogical.
Why do you look and see differences in human beings
(Indian vs. non-Indian)? If you are a servant, as Christ
commanded, why does it matter if your spiritual heirarch
sits outside of India?
You are aware that the SOC in India has its own Catholicate
and Indian administration correct?
How has India benefited from the creation of the IOC?
> St. Thomas came to India and St. Peter went to Antioch.This is not a battle between St. Peter and St. Thomas, and
> Both went for the same purpose. Both conveyed our Lord's
> message that "He who is greatest among you shall be your
> servant". (If everyone followed His words, we wouldn't
> have had any of the problems).
I really wish the IOC would not present it as such. Yes,
St. Peter has a special place in the history of the Christian
faith, as does St. Thomas. I hope that you understand that
India is part of the East, and as such is confirmed by the
earlier councils, that it comes under Antioch. If a
community of Christians in the East needs to grow beyond
this relationship with Antioch, then fine, no problem. This
is what eventually happened with Armenia and Cyprus. The
formation of the IOC however, was usurped by a few individuals
led by Vattasaril the apostate. The movement began without
merit and was dubious from its beginnings. As such, the IOC
is no longer Orthodox, but a Protestant sect which worships
like Syriac Orthodox Christians.
Did the great Syrian Orthodox saint Mar Gregorios of Parumala
confess allegiance to India or a line of succession to
St. Thomas? You can read his Salmoosa online. Mar Gregorios
confessed obedience to Antioch--not out of pride in Antioch,
but out of loving humility. Does this loving humility exist
within the IOC today? Why does the IOC refuse to join the
rest of the Orthodox world in council to solve this issue?
Why does it leave it to the secular courts of India?
> If a groupDo you honestly believe that we Jacobites believe such a
> of people still thinks they will be Christians only if
> HH the Patriarch is their supreme spiritual leader, and
> one apostle is superior to another (against what Jesus
> taught) I don't think anybody can stop them.
thing? HH Mar Ignatyos Iwas Zakka is my spiritual leader
until America receives its own Catholicos--and even then,
the Patriarch of Antioch would still be given honor and
respect. I am a Jacobite, and I do not believe in such
"supremacy." I accept St. Peter's role in Christendom,
as do I St. Thomas's, St. Bartholomew's, St. Addai's,
St. Mattias, St. Paul's, etc. Further, I confess the Holy
faith of the councils of Nicea, Constantinople, and Ephesus.
Can the same be said of the IOC?
> (I am not for any argument, as I don't think I am qualifiedThen I believe you need to question what you are being taught
> or knowledgeable for that. Please let me know your views
> in a rather calm and friendly language so that it will be
> interesting to read and I could learn more).
by the IOC. They are either repeating falsehoods that they
have heard about us, or they are being deceptive. Please
reflect upon this in prayer.
Wishing you the best,
Mike FI, CA