What is the view of Hell?
- I am not very informed of what our church's doctrine regarding
Do we hold a literal definition of hell as a place of eternal
fire? And those whose name is not in the book of life would be
condemmed there for eternity? A place there is actually burning
with molten sulpher?
Or do we hold a metaphorical view that hell is real but not a
literal fire but more a place of emotional and spiritual turmoil?
A place where there is darkness and gloom always.
Today, I heard of a third definition of hell. One that is an
eternal seperation from God. Death. Here, the soul is not
immortal but dies. The wages of sin is death. This also support
the moral argument about how an eternally Good God would not
allow people to suffer for eternity. Also, the old testament
law was an eye for an eye... and the punishment of eternal
suffering does not match the crime. Is there any biblical reference
to the immortality of the soul.
I wanted your views of this with verses from the Bible.
- Dear in our Lord,
I read the many letters posted in this site upholding the values of
christian witnessing in our society. All will agree that this is a shame on
all Christians but nobody is willing to to be patient and prudent.
The recent problems are created on the basis of the finding of the supreme
court that the election at the Parumala meeting was acceptable. This is in
continuation to the finding of the Kerala High Court in the execution
petition 2000 that the claim of the Catholicose faction that " the Malankara
Metropolitanship of Mathews 11 Catholicose was accepted by the SC in 1995
Judgement " was untenable. The above claim was grounded by the verdict of
the SC to conduct an election under an observor to find whether he had the
mandate of the people. This direction itself proves that the former claim
Now their claim that the SC has given Mathews 11 Catholicose all the
privileges to enter any of the parish churches is meaningless.
It is the age old tradtion of the Malankara Church that Any spiritual head
should be invited by the parish through its vicar for a visit. This right
itself is the core of all the privileges enjoyed by the parishes. Moreover
it is the most inappropriate move from a spiritual leader to seek the police
protection to enter a church agaist the wish of its members. Here all
propriety of the meaning of the term 'Bava' (beloved father) is lost.
Keeping aside all the legal claims and interpretations of the findings from
the courts, I will say it is against all the norms of the human
The most tragic part of the recent move is the after effects of the HATE
CAMPAIGN that is taking place in various places. This will release the anti
social and politicised elements in the community to utilise the oppertunity
to win their game at the expense of the church and the bible. The stand of
an uncontented UDF leader is the best example . He is using this oppertunity
to spit scandalous words agaist his rivals.
The media coverage for this unhappy episode also will at the end be agaist
the goodwill of the Christian works in the society.
Finally, the legal part should start again from the Additional District
Court of Ernakulam,Commonly known as the 'PALLY KODATHI'.This was suggested
by the HC recently that the Catholicose side can move an execution petition
intead of seeking police protection from the court and the government. There
is a pending execution petition filed as per the direction of the Division
Bench of the Kerala High Court in 2000. The Judgement of the Supreme Court
in 1995 should be implemented in its tatality and the implemenation is not
only the authority of the Malankara Metropolitan but other points like (1)
the spiritual supremacy of the Patriarch of Antioch, (2)The rights of the
parish churches, (3)The extent of meaning of the Throne of St. Thomas,(4)
The autocephaly of the Malankara Church! as it was claimed by the
Catholicose group,(5)Can the Catholicose group withdraw the acceptance of
the spiritual supreme of the church?, etc. are also dealt there. (If the
Catholicose group has any right to withdraw the relations with the Patriarch
why not the parishes too have that right to keep away from the faction
headed by the same Catholicose?)
The implementing should cover all the above points.
If someone of acceptance will come forward and find these facts and try to
make a converging point I am sure there will be meaningful peace in the
God bless us.
Kuriakose Corepicopa Moolayil