Dear All, The first and foremost thing that is …
Comment posted Lifestyle of Kerala Syrian Christians by Jackson.
The first and foremost thing that is to be understood is that we cannot just look at the DNA project and it’s outcome/results without studying our History, Traditions, Cultural and religious background and our Heritage. First we must be having a good knowledge of the rest of the part before we jump to genetic studies of a community. Because genetics is there as a ‘support’ for traditions and culture and never the other way so the latter is more important but not complete without the former (genetic data). Well let us keep aside genetics for sometime and analyse certain things…. (I will come back to this)…
Now looking at our history, traditions and lifestyle (both religious and cultural) since early times (not recently invented ones) we get a common, inevitable and most evident bottomline almost in all of these that our Hebraic/Jewish/Semitic heritage is very strong (or strongest). Similarly no one can deny the Judeo-Christian roots of our community and it’s origins even before Christianity was established in the West. So who were these first followers who accepted the Messiah, for whom Thomas came looking for and baptized ?
There is not a single statement in the entire Church history or writings that says Thomas was ever called a ‘disciple to the Gentiles’ (not even faintly) as Paul is called so (Book of Romans, NT). Why so, if we say Thomas baptized so ‘many pagans’ in his mission (atleast in India) ? Thomas is indeed called an apostle to communities in Persia and India in early church writings. But where is it written/held that he evangelized predominantly gentiles/pagans. And if an apostle of Christ is to go to Persia and India why will he go if there are no first of all Israelites in these places and thus in accordance with the commissioning by his Master Yeshua who says “to go rather first to the lost sheep of Israel”. Lost then means Israelites were lost in spirit and not physically and thus to be restored back to Yahweh thru’ Christ. Indeed some pagans may also have accepted Christ surely coz the covenant was extended indeed later !
And if God was the one who dispersed and scattered Israel in various nations, will He also be not the One who knows where they are, and send his messengers to seek them and restore them back ?!!This is a very good eye-opener for unbelievers to see God’s plan better.
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