Re: Showing no respect to St Thomas
- Dear C J Varghese,
I dont think that Mr Paul Reji had shown any
disrespect in his posting.
As far as the Indian Christians are concerned,
they "BELIEVE" that Apostle St Thomas came to
India in 52 AD, was martyred in Chennai etc
etc.( Not only you, i too "BELIEVE" that)
But i dont think that we can claim the arrival
of St Thomas to be part of "HISTORY". Because
when we claim that its part of "HISTORY", we
have to proove it.
And we dont have anything to proove except for
But inturn there are many facts which go counter
to our "BELIEF" that St Thomas came to India, like,
1. Absence of brahmins in kerala in first century.
(Brahmins came to kerala from konkan in later stages)
2. The "Belief" that St Thomas converted only the
Brahmins. The deciples went out to convert the
gentiles. Not to convert the "high class" and i
dont think that St Thomas wound have gone only
after the brahmins for propogating christianity.
3. The absolute absence of any proof of clergy
and liturgy in the indian church, in the initial
centuries. When the clergy and liturgy could
survive in many places known for annihilating
christians, there is no way it could not have
survived in kerala.
4. The claim of establishing the seven and a half
'Cross', which became a Christian symbol only in
the fourth century.
So definitly we cannot claim that the arrival of
St Thomas in India is part of "History". But it
is part of our "FAITH AND BELIEF" that St Thomas
is the Apostle of India.
To answer Christofer Mathews,
I believe in the miracles of Jesus Christ and that
He had truly resurrected from the dead. Wheather
its part of history or not i dont bother, because
for me its part of my "belief and faith" and i dont
need any historical or scientific proof for it.
(Same is the case with the arrival of St Thomas)
I have never claimed that the Gospels are the
property of Syrian Orthodox Church. Rather the
Gospels is the property of humanity. But the
traditions of "Syrian Orthodox Church" is the
property of the "Syrian Orthodox Church". But
even if some people start copying those traditins,
there is no way something can be done about it.
It only shows on the integrety of those people.
On one side you banish everything even remotly
"foreign". And on the other side you copy
exatly what those "foreigners" do.
The marthomites should be appreciated in this
regard. At least they made some changes in the
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