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(a.s- abbrev for alaihissalam-peace be upon him)
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In Our Christian Muslim Dialogue Group on Whatsapp, we were discussing about the St Thomas Christians of South India and their belief and how they eventually changed into the trinity religion of the Rome!
Surprisingly we came across with the modern south Indian Christians whose roots goes back to St Thoma Christians:
[11:09, 12/23/2018] Discover Islam: http://www.lancasterdiocese.org.uk/our-people-places/the-personal-parishes-for-syro-malabar-catholics/
The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is a Major Archiepiscopal Church in full communion with the Apostolic See of Rome. The Church is headed by its Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly, Mar George Cardinal Alencherry. It is one of the 23 sui iuris (autonomous) Eastern Catholic Churches in the Catholic communion. It is the second largest Eastern Catholic Church, the largest being the Ukrainian Catholic Church. The Syro-Malabar Church follows the East-Syrian liturgy which dates back to the 3rd century.
Syro-Malabar Catholics, also called “St. Thomas Christians”, trace their origins and faith to the missionary efforts of St. Thomas the Apostle, who landed at Kodungallur in Kerala, India, in 52 AD. St. Thomas was martyred at Mylapur, Chennai, India, in 72 AD, after preaching and establishing Christian communities in different parts of India.
Until the late 16th century, Bishops were appointed and sent by the Patriarch of the East Syrian Church, who governed the St. Thomas Christians. However, the arrival of the Portuguese in India marked a new era in the life of the Church. Hierarchically they were brought under the rule of the Latin Bishops after the Synod of Diamper.
In 1653 in the infamous ‘Coonan Cross Oath’ at Mattancherry, many St. Thomas Christians vowed to disobey the Latin hierarchy. Thus began a rift among St. Thomas Christians, who were one Church until that time. Eventually, some returned to the jurisdiction of the Latin rule to be in communion with the Pope, while others stood firm in their stand of opposition to the Portuguese.
Those who continued under the Latin rule formed the community that became the Syro-Malabar Church. Those who remained opposing the Portuguese encountered the Jacobite Patriarch and eventually became Jacobites, of which a fraction reunited with the Catholic Communion in 1930;they are now known as the Syro-Malankara Church.
Finally, after 230 years of Latin governance, the Syro-Malabar Church hierarchy was established in India, in 1923. Since then it has grown rapidly, and in 1992 Pope John Paul ll elevated it to the status of a Major Archiepiscopal Sui iuris Church with the title of Ernakulam-Angamaly. It is one of the four Major Archiepiscopal Churches, the other three being the Syro-Malankara Church, Ukrainian Church and the Romanian Church.
This the description we read above , how the Malabar Christians describe their historical root! So we must know the truth and we must educate people who are ignorant of their ancient roots and make them understand how the followers of the disciples of Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him) were believing and worshipping the God of Jesus and not Trinity!
So that those brave ones from among them understand the truth and can return to the pure creed and way!
[11:10, 12/23/2018] Discover Islam: This is what a few days ago I was explaining from our spirituality! How the Roman Catholic eventually overtake the st Thomas (Nazarene)Christians!
Just as the disciples all the direct followers of the 12 disciples were pure monotheistic Christians and they were believing in Jesus Christ as the Muslims believe. They believed in Christ as the Messiah and believed in the last Prophet Ahmad (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
Due to this reason, they called Baptism as “Mahmmodisa” and this name of Baptism existed with in the Aramaic- Syriac Christians , even today the Baptism is known as “Mamodisa immersion” by many of the Christians!
Mammodisa is a slang version of “Muhammad-Isa” the Baptism mentioned in Matthew 28:19. The Baptism in the Name of God,Messiah (Peace be upon him) and Spirit of Truth Ahmad (Peace be upon him)
They were called Nasrani (Nazarene) Christians in India , they still use that title , and they don’t understand that the earliest Christians who followed St Thomas were worshippers of One God , not trinity or Jesus Christ
The Word “Nasrani” is a slang form of the word “Nazarene” , poor Christians in South India does not know who are Nazarene Christians!. When they research and find out who are Nazarene Christians, that’s the moment of truth they will known the truth and truth shall set them free and they will embrace Islam! They don’t research what Nasrani means In the history!
Because their history is reshaped by Syrian orthodox after the era of the direct followers of st Thomas, after a couple of generations?then when Catholic church arrived they took over the church. And Nazarene and Syrian orthodox legacy declined
That’s how The Nazarene Nasrani became Syrian orthodox and Syrian orthodox became Latin and Catholic!
The legacy of Nazarene which is the worship of one true God as Muslims and Jewish followers of Christ and Jews themselves!
Disciples went in on their ministries around the world, not even one time we can see they worship Jesus nor they instruct their followers to worship Jesus!
Earlier Christians even in India where it is said Thomas went there, they were Called Nazarene (Nasrani) , Nasrani were monotheistic followers as the disciples, then Syrian orthodox church came and made them Syrian Christians , then later in the colonialism came western Churches!
Many of them still have legacy of Syrian orthodox church!
but they still remember the title Nasrani, but not knowing what it means to be a Nasrani In the ancient Day!