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Where was Jesus from his age 12 to 33? From age 12 to 30 he was in Nazareth. And from age 30 to 33 he was in and around Jerusalem. Where else? And no, he was not in India. Why does scripture not mention this period in Jesus' life? Because scriptures are not biographies of Christ. Their intention and purpose was different. They wanted to record the story ...


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This is in fact a Christian tradition coming from Paul: I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions just as I handed them on to you. But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the husband is the head of his wife, and God is the head of Christ. Any man who prays or prophesies with something on ...


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Jesus was called Rabbi (Teacher of the Law of Moses) by the Jews. John 3:1-2 (NIV) Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” ...


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You're operating under a misconception that these are idols. Most Christians don't worship these images, statues, etc. Instead, they are considered art, something that we create because we love the subject, not the work of art. Asking your question is like asking if looking at a painting of my wife means that I am allowed to cheat on her by devoting my ...


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The whole iconoclastic controversy has raged for thousands of years. In a nutshell, iconoclasts are taking your position, whereas iconodules maintain the position that what Christians do is venerate not worship these images. Muslims obviously are strict iconoclasts, and thus reject any depiction whatsoever. Over the centuries, Christian thought has ...


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Both the Gospel of Thomas and the Acts of Thomas are considered apocrypha by the Catholic Church and as such are not deemed to be part of the deposit of faith. No one can say with absolute confidence that St Thomas sailed to Muziris, India in 52 AD. Nevertheless both tradition and legend in this domain are believed by many of St Thomas Christians. Their ...


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There are no rules in Christianity about which hand you eat with. As NigelJ writes, Christianity does not consider how you eat to be important (see Matthew 15). Such rules as there were under Judaism were abolished in Christianity (and those Jewish rules did not prohibit eating with any hand). So, given this, allow me to explain the story you read. While ...


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There might be some confusion here, because killing animals in the church would probably not be done by most Christians. If, however, you mean "why to Christians kill and eat animals, in general?" then I can answer that. Christianity inherited its beliefs about food and animals from Judaism. Animals are perceived differently to Christians. They are not ...


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Christians go to missions inspired and commanded by the book of Matthew. Precisely: And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I ...


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If you're talking caste, I'm assuming your talking about the Christian caste in India. Within castes, there are denominational differences, which this answer will discuss. Legend says that St. Thomas - one of the original 12 apostles - made it to India in 52 AD. That's the official origin story of Christianity in India. The Christians of Nagaland and ...


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I think you are confusing two different things. All most all Indian Christian women use the end of their sari as a veil during a christian religions service. This is purely for convenience, nothing else. They cover their head for the same reason why Christian women all over the world cover their head. Also not all of them cover their head outside the Church. ...


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The idea that Epiphanius claimed the people of India were descendant from Abraham and Keturah appears to be derived from a conflation of two passages. In De Fide, 12.5 he writes: But again, I omit the names of many other mysteries, heresiarches and fomenters of schism whose leaders are called Magusaeans by the Persias but prophets by the Egyptians, and ...


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And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. [Matthew 15: 16-18 KJV translation.] Jesus himself made it very clear in the ...


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Is the Tamil name Savari derived from the name Xavier? It appears that the Tamil name Savari is not a Christian name and is unrelated to Xavier, after St. Francis Xavier. The given name Xavier is a masculine name derived from the 16th-century Spanish Navarrese Roman Catholic Saint Francis Xavier. St. Francis Xavier’s last name indicates where he is from: ...


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There's many a slip twixt cup and lip, so until an actual law is actually passed, we can only surmise. The history tag is useful to remind us that in every generation, sections of Christians in different parts of the world have had legislation enacted against them to stop their God-given commission to share the good news about Jesus everywhere. Many vicious ...


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I am an Indian Christian. I have spent five decades of my life in India and have never come across a church where animals are killed, either as a sacrifice or as food for the faithful. Of course, there are churches which accept animals and birds as offering on feasts, only to be auctioned for money. As for the statement that Hindus do not kill animals in ...


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Yes Saint Thomas had been to India and there are enough of evidences which seems to substantiate those claims. There are christian communities in South Western India (Kerala State) which trace back their ancestry to conversions that happened during that time.A substantial part of the Christian community in that Indian state has Syrian Christian lineage. It ...


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Where Jesus was during those times cannot be said with any academic certainty. No credible source ever even mentions it. Quite a few of the other answers point out exactly why Jesus was very likely never in India 1, so I will neglect to parrot it. I do want to point out one thing that I have learned recently. A contemporary of Jesus was Apollonius of Tyana. ...


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It is right to warn people against the sin of idolatry when they are committing it. But calling Christians idolaters because they have images of Christ and the saints is based on misunderstanding or ignorance of what Bible says about the purpose and uses(both good and bad) of statues. Idolatry is forbidden in Bible in verses Ex. 20:4-5 and Ex.32:3. God ...


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There is no biblical support or any evidence that Jesus left the land of His birth at any time, leave aside the speculation that He was in India before beginning His ministry in Israel. From the time when Jesus lived, it is unreasonable to expect to have each and every details account of any person, like we can have it today on any medium. Of the four Gospel ...


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Did St. Thomas come to India? According to Catholic tradition the answer is yes! Historical evidence seems to suggest the same results, although there is no direct proofs so to speak. The long-accepted belief is that St. Thomas preached in South India and established churches and left congregations known to this day as the St.Thomas’ Christians, and that in ...


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The Oriental Orthodox Church is comprised of six sister churches all of which are in communion with one another. These six churches include Armenian Orthodox Church Coptic Orthodox Church Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church Syrian Orthodox Church Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church was ...


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Interestingly, a large number of people who accept the belief that St. Thomas preached in Kerala, India are non-Christians while the skeptics, sadly, are mostly Christians of various denominations and rites. For instance, the Travancore State Manual (Published in 1940) at Vol I Chapter-X Religion-Christianity (page 713) discusses the issue at length and ...


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Acts of Thomas is the earliest extant reference to Thomas’ journey to India and conversions of Indians. Keith Hopkins says in A World Full of Gods, page 154, the Acts of Thomas was written in Syriac, probably at the beginning of the third century in Edessa, Syria. R. E. Frykenberg says in 'India', published in A World History of Christianity, page 152, it ...


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In Southern India which traces Christianity to the time of St. Thomas the Apostle (who is believed to have reached India in AD 52) and to the missionaries including those from Portugal and Spain, christening of children often owed its source to the Syriac, Portuguese or Latin name of the saint (or Jesus himself!) after whom the child was proposed to be named....


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The Christian's in the West did have some loose connection with those Christians in the far east due to the trade that went on with the Silk and Spice trail. The Christians of Far Asia and The Roman empire however were mostly separated due to the political divide between Rome and the Parthian empire, and of course the vast distances that existed at a time ...


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This so-called water miracle is an imaginary story to appropriate Brahmin status to a family belonging to a non-Brahmin, local caste. It's historically inaccurate because there were no Namboodiri Brahmins in Kerala in the 1st century C.E. Brahmins came in the 8th century and it's evidenced by the introduction of Sanskrit language after their arrival. Before ...


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