Current Issue
Organiser Home
The Moving Finger Writes
Media Watch
Thinking Aloud
Kids Org.
News Round-up
Readers’ Forum:
Kerala Newsletter

Previous Issues
September 04, 2011

August 28, 2011
August 21, 2011
August 14, 2011
August 07, 2011

July 31, 2011
July 24, 2011
July 17, 2011
July 10, 2011
July 03, 2011

June 26, 2011
June 19, 2011
June 12, 2011
June 05, 2011

May 29, 2011
May 22, 2011
May 15, 2011
May 08, 2011
May 01, 2011

April 24, 2011
April 17, 2011
April 10, 2011
April 03, 2011

March 27, 2011
March 20, 2011
March 13, 2011
March 06, 2011

February 27, 2011
February 20, 2011
February 13, 2011
February 06, 2011

January 30, 2011
January 23, 2011
January 16, 2011
January 09, 2011
January 02, 2011

December 26, 2010
December 19, 2010
December 12, 2010
December 05, 2010
November 28, 2010
November 21, 2010
November 14, 2010
November 7, 2010

October 31, 2010
October 24, 2010
October 17, 2010
October 10, 2010
October 03, 2010

2010 Issues
2009 Issues
2008 Issues
2007 Issues
2006 Issues

About us
Contact us


November 08, 2009

Page: 29/42

Home > 2009 Issues > November 08, 2009

Spreading evangelism through gossip
From Bharat Kumar in Guwahati

While taking treatment at Ernakulam, Kerala, I had a discussion with Shri ED Paul who is a resident of Kerala, aged about 60 years. He was in New Jersy, USA for seven years and was attending weekly church services in Malayalam language (of Kerala) there. He revealed that there were three churches in New Jersy (in his locality) and each of them was headed by a priest from Kerala, because the American churches don’t find White men to become priests. So the American churches are calling Fathers and Sisters from India to take care of their churches there. He said, "there are only a few to attend weekly church services and so, the churches are being converted into clubs and toga centres."

I asked him about preservation of culture by the Christians in Kerala. He said, "as our forefathers were all Hindus, we practice everything. We are Hindus by blood; we have to follow our traditions. We read Ramayana, Mahabaharata and Gita to learn the knowledge therein. I have grown old now, not thinking much of such things. To my knowledge there was a circular from Pope to follow local culture and traditions. We are having such things in our church also. We put earthen pot with rice and coconut on it as a sign of well-being and prosperity."

"Though we are getting old but our progeny will be surviving here, so we should show them a true path", I said.

Mr. Paul said, "you see all of us have got converted from Hinduism only; we are not Christians from Europe or America. Originally we were Hindus by blood."

I said, "you have a good emotion; but you see if the church is not allowing the natives to follow their own culture and traditions, then people are bound to leave the church. Now there is a call from the Mother Culture world-wide, which marks a symbol of identity. In India, nobody wants to give up his identity as it has happened in western countries where church destroyed everything. People don’t even know what they were previously. We should not think that church has developed a liking for it. It is a compulsion for its own survival as a religious sect. But we should be cautious of the western lifestyles that are invading our Indian society through church and its culture here."

Previous Page Previous Page (28/42) - Next Page (30/42) Next Page

copyright© 2004 Bharat Prakashan(Delhi) Ltd. All Rights Reserved
Designed and Hosted by KSHEERAJA Web Solutions Pvt Ltd