Shall the Meek Inherit the Earth. A Weekly Post and a feedback….
April 19th, 2008 | by Philip Verghese 'Ariel' || Leave a comment |
Shall the Meek Inherit the Earth. A Weekly Post and a feedback
Apropos the write-up “Shall the meek inherit the earth” (The Sunday Indian News Weekly New Delhi) made a revealing read. I refute the statements made by R L Francis; He said “60 years ago, we converted from Hinduism to Christianity with the expectation of cast discriminate free existence society. But it was not quite the salvation that was promised.”
I was wondering who promised him salvation. Jesus Christ or the Church? If a person changes his religion to another with some expectation and material benefits, no doubt his change is not genuine at all. Jesus Christ never promised his followers a bed of roses; instead it is full of hardships and sufferings. Such situation will show the real color of a genuine Christian. Christ himself suffered a lot, all the while he was on earth. Epistle of Peter writes: “For you have called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth. ( I Peter 2:21-22).
Only a real convert can take this cross. Vatican’s dealings with its churches all over the world may be an administrative set up for its smooth functioning. Nobody can question that, as it’s their internal matter and if anybody has a problem, they can willingly leave the system. No one can deny the Pope and his community’s yeomen service to the society. However at the same time, Pope’s or Vatican’s interference with other religions is not tolerable. These days he (Pope) pokes his nose unnecessarily to the affairs of other religions by making controversial statements. This is not a good practice to such a reputed religious leader like him.
P V Ariel, Secunderabad.
A Freelance writer from Secunderabad India
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