Dear John Mathew, Quote you “Now, despite my belief …
Dear John Mathew,
Quote you “Now, despite my belief in our West Asian origins….” Unquote you.
Glad that you admit of your West Asian origins. For that is one step forward. Understand that your objection is to our leaning towards Hebrew/Jewish/Israeli heritage without sufficient proofs.
You are in effect saying that our heritage would be from any one or more of the following ethnic groups,
1. Arab Christians
2. Non Hebrew Persian Christians
3. Syrian Christians/Nestorians/Eastern Orthodox Christians
4. Coptic Christians
5. Ethiopian Orthodox Christians
6. Phoenicians (Christians?) who were non Semitic
7. Greek Orthodox Christians
The above are the only 7 possibilities. Of the 7, we can easily eliminate the last 4 and focus on the first 3; you may please mull over this and share your further experiences with us.
But I can add with respect to all other ethnic groups that conmen sense tells us only the Hebrew/Jewish Christians would have the sufficient resilience to survive for 2000 years in Hindu/Islamic India as a micro ethnic group of 5 million in 1200 million. I recently learned that one can easily loose ones ethnic identity when that ethnic group is a micro minority.
Now touching upon a different matter which we have not so far discussed but yet relevant to our discussion is an area where I find the strength of our Nasrani heritage being put to powerful use is by the Malabari Pentecostals.
While in India and abroad, one is dumb struck by the religious enthusiasm seen in the eyes of a Pentecostal of Nasrani origin (this does not mean that I am a fan of the Pentecostals). One even wonders whether the Pentecostal movement started in the USA or in Malabar.
Their great advantage is their lack of egoism of heritage and their simple organizational structure. This makes them connect easily with the public and many souls are won for Yeshua by their efforts. I sometimes wonder whether our early Nasrani forefathers of the 1st and 2nd Century were kind of operating more of “Pentecostal Style” or the complicated structured style that we now follow?
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