Ninan Mathulla2018-08-04 11:45:17 NewsThanks for the thought provoking story. Nobody can say for sure how Jesus (God) will react to this request. Many situations are there in Bible where God changed his mind. According to Christian faith Jesus is the only way to salvation. But who will go to heaven or hell is in the authority of God as heaven and hell belongs to God. It is better we do not put our hand on the authority of God, to say who will go there or who will not go. About praying for a person already dead, nobody dies. The spirit is immortal. That is the reason Book of Hebrews talk about the 'cloud of great witness' that includes both dead and alive. If Judas mother pray to God, and God grant that prayer, you and I are nobody to say anything about it. So those who believe in praying for their dear ones that are dead, let them pray, and those who do not believe that God will not listen to their prayer they need not pray. We are nobody to say that God will listen to a prayer or not. Besides, Bible talk about rewards only when it talk about death and work, and not about salvation. Our work here determines our reward only in the afterlife, and not our salvation which is in the authority of God. But work is also important that reflect our faith, as faith without work is dead. But God can bring to life even dead ones.
GEORGE2018-08-04 09:41:24 Newsആയിരം പുരോഹിതർ കുറ്റം ചെയ്താലും ഒരു പുരോഹിതൻ പോലും ശിക്ഷിക്കപ്പെടരുത് എന്നാണല്ലോ കാനോൻ നിയമം അനുശാസിക്കുന്നത്. നാല് വോട്ടിനു വേണ്ടി നിയമ വ്യവസ്ഥയെ വ്യഭിചാരിക്കുന്ന ഇടതു വലതു ഭരണങ്ങൾ. ഇനി ബി ജെ പി വന്നാലോ അരമമനയിൽ പോയി മാപ്പും കൂടി പറഞ്ഞേക്കും.
George V2018-08-04 08:11:18 Newsബൈബിളിലും ചരിത്രത്തിലും ശ്രി ആൻഡ്രൂസിനുള്ള അറിവ് മനസ്സിലാക്കണമെങ്കിൽ അദ്ദേഹത്തിന്റെ ഏതെങ്കിലും പുസ്തകം വായിക്കുക. പിന്നെ ഇല്ലാത്തതു ഒരു ഡോക്ടറേറ്റ് ആണ്. അദ്ദേഹത്തിന് അതില്ലാത്തതു നന്നായി എന്ന് ഇപ്പോൾ തോന്നുന്നു
V.George2018-08-04 07:49:33 NewsWhat Malayalee Achayans need is a wax museum to place their statues so that they can be immortalised. Just getting a photo opportunity for emalayalee will not be sufficient for the new generation to remember them. I pledge the first $100 for the wax museum. Let us unite and build it. So that we can remember all our achayan-chechi leaders for ever. Build the museum, not the new organizations.
BENNY KURIAN2018-08-04 05:10:37 Newsഎല്ലാം അച്ചായന്റെ ഒരു നേരംപോക്ക്...! ഹേയ്... ഇതൊന്നും ഇല്ലാതെ എന്നാ ഫൊക്കാന സമ്മേളനം.. ഇതല്ലേ അതിന്റെ ഒരു ഇത്!!
andrew2018-08-04 00:33:25 NewsWho the hell you think to write comments with no sense at all?
The comment writers, the readers or the author- who is confused here. Judas was not a single person.
The gospels are simply metaphors, not history. They were edited and re-written to justify and propagate the political agenda at the time of edition.
The gospels were written at a time period when the ‘Jesus cults’ were anti-Roman like few sects among the Hebrews. Those revolutionary Hebrews were given the wrong name Jews. Like the present-day media which refuse to tell the truth but gives perverted false news and politically motivated propaganda, the gospels were yellow news of the time. The Hebrews had 4 divisions among them depending on their philosophy, faith & way of life. They were the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes & Zealots.
None of the gospels, rest of new testament or old testament ever mention the name -Essenes even though they were the vast majority. The prophet Isaiah groups, John the Baptist group, the Dead Sea Scroll group- belonged to Essenes. When the gospel authors completely ignored the vast majority, we can realize how prejudicial they were. The Zealots are the heroes here. They were the revolutionary group originated during King Herod’s time and got destroyed in CE 73 in the Masada fortress. As per the gospels, Jesus too one time belonged to Iscariots – another name of Zealots. A close analysis of the gospels reveals that later Jesus got separated from the Iscariots. The Hebrews were forbidden to gather or bear arms during the Roman occupation. The Iscariots carried hidden long daggers under their long clocks sneaked and mingled among crowds and stabbed a few and fled; whoever got caught were killed. Remember men who accompanied Jesus carried swords.
The gospel writers were not ‘Jews’ and were ignorant of their religion and traditions and even the landscape of the places Jesus said to have travelled. They regarded the Zealots as the entire Hebrews [ Jews] and blamed the reason for Roman torture on them. The gospel writers wrote, the Jews killed our Jesus and so we hate them and was pleading with the Romans to torture the Jesus killer Jews and not Jesus cults. For the Romans, the Jews and Jesus cults were the same and did not buy into the gospel propaganda. The Romans killed Jesus because he claimed to be the king of Jews meanwhile there was a Roman-appointed king for the Jews. Jesus was not the only ‘king of Jews or Messiah’ who got killed. There were several who claimed to be so and the Romans simply butchered them.
Judas is not a single person’s name. Judas is a common name for the entire Jews- the money keeper, traitor, revolutionary. Jews were a small sect when compared to the rest of the Hebrews. They claim their origin from one of the 12 sons of Jacob; Juda, -the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham. Juda was the 4 th son of Jacob, the descendants of the 11 other sons too were there. Only the descendants of Juda were supposed to be Jews. So, they were supposed to be a closed paternal group. But later historians and new testament writers addressed all the Hebrews as Jews. Jews are not a race, Judaism is the common religion of the Hebrews with several sects and divisions like other religious groups. Now the modern-day Israelites, all are not Jews or Hebrews, they mingled, intermarried & the majority of them are immigrants/ settlers from Babylon, Caspian and Black sea area.
Judaism is an open religion, anyone can become a ‘Jew’. You don’t have to be a son of Abraham, Isaac or Jacob. Remember, historical Jesus was not a ‘son of David’- from the patriarch Juda. Jesus was not a Judean, he would have been from the Joseph or Levite tribe.
Remember! Judas is not a single person, it is a common name for all the Jews, Judas/ Jews did not betray Jesus, Jews did not kill Jesus, they had no political power to kill anyone at the time, The Roman’s Killed Jesus for revolting against the Roman Emperor who claimed to be god or god’s son.
Ninan Mathulla2018-08-03 18:46:13 NewsThe judges appointed by the majority community always follows the agenda and interests of the majority community. We have seen this in the USA supreme court appointments. The fight to appoint a judge is decided by political parties mostly based on party affiliation and it is natural that many judges can become partisan in their decisions. Those days where judges used to decide based on justice and principle are scarce to see. In India also judges are decided by the party that rule, especially if they can manage two third majority. Recently a judge that the panel of supreme court judges approved, the government was not ready to appoint as he was from a different religion (?) and the ruling party might not not trust him to be the judge on the supreme court. Can we say that the supreme court of a country is impartial in decisions that affect the day to day life of citizens and especially minorities? India saw some changes from the thousands of years of religious traditions when British came here and forced change. Sometimes force is only the language for some people to change their behavior.
Mathew V. Zacharia. St.ThomasMar Thoma Parishioner of New York2018-08-03 12:27:52 NewsThekemurry: Thank you for speaking out with warning. I had witnessed 70's hippie movement in New York city. But current situation in Kerala is abominable to our God. Pray for the nation and people to have the gift of discernment.
Mathew V. Zacharia. St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church Parisioner and an Indian American Of New York.
Jose vadakara 2018-08-03 12:09:20 NewsFlood relief fund in kerala
She was very talented professor and devoted house wife . Kind hearted women and dear to all knew her. My home was only 200 feet away from hers. All of our neighbors were very sad when she said good bye in 1977.May Lord grant her eternal rest and peace in heaven. Our prayers and condolences
Biju Cherian, NY
കുഞ്ഞാലി 2018-08-02 23:39:27 Newsമാലിനി' നദിയിൽ കാണുന്ന 'ശശി'യുടെ പ്രതിഫലനം യാഥാർത്ഥമല്ല . അതുകൊണ്ടു ആ പ്രതിഫലനം ഇല്ലാതെ നദി ഒഴുകട്ടെ .