Saturday, July 26, 2008


I REALLY don't get it !!!

London, July 26 (ANI): With the picture of a sari-clad Virgin Mary and a loincloth and turban-clad Joseph in the first Indianised Bible, the Vatican is hoping to attract more people into turning to the Catholic church in India - as congregations decline in Europe and North America.

And the news comes straight from the mouth of Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Mumbai, who released The New Community Bible during a recent ceremony.

I am sure this Bible, made in India and for Indians, will bring the word of God closer to millions of our people, not only Christians, Times Online quoted him, as saying.

Read it here

The article says the Society of St. Paul produced the bible which is written in English and has 27 sketches of mostly Indian scenes. Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa are also included. There are quotes from Hindu scriptures used in an effort to show parallels between Hindu Scriptures and Christian beliefs. The first run of 30,000 books sold out in a week.

Isn't the Bible supposed to contain absolute truth? Did Joseph wear a turban? Why has no one told us that he did until now? Did the Blessed Virgin wear a sari? If it promotes the faith to dress the leading figures of the faith story in local garments, why not put the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph in blue jeans for the American Bibles? Is Gandhi a Biblical figure? And Mother Teresa?

Catholicism may turn out to be the New World Religion by simply claiming all the religions of the world are part of Catholicism. If that happens, will the faith still have any meaning?

I REALLY REALLY don't get it!

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