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Why we are divided
Report from Good News Weekly
Yesterday I was reading "Good News" a Malayalam weekly published on September 20, 2010. I red an interesting report. In Pathanapuram, (Kerala, India) on September 3rd a Pentecostal paster was mercilessly beaten up by the followers of Br. Thangu (founder) of Heavenly Feast Church. Pastor George Kutty, ministring at Sharon Felloship Church, Sharja, Ajmal was the unfortunate.
As per the report Heavenly Feast Church was organized a Convention from 2nd September. Pastor George Kutty was attending the meetings from the very first day of the Convention where Br. Thangu and Br. Thomas Kutty were ministering. On Friday 3rd September when Br. Thangu and Br. Thomas Kutty were ministering Pastor George Kutty found some teachings which was against his faith and understanding. He couldn't accept the teach fully. So he went ahead and asked some doubts to Br. Thangu and Br. Thomas Kutty. While returning from stage after speaking with Br. Thangu and Br. Thomas Kutty some youths come forward and told Paster George Kutty that they are ready to clear his doubts and took him back side of the stage and beaten up mercilessly.
Pastor George Kutty informed the Good News through his elaborated letter that "for the financial prosperity of humanity Jesus appeared in this world and had crucified on the cross" was the subject matter of teachings of the speaker which he find very hard to accept.
Pastor George Kutty was admitted at the Government Hospital at Punalur for treatment and was discharged after two days.
United we stand, divided we fall
After reading the report I remembered the story of blinds who set out to know the elephant. The story goes like this.: Once upon a time there lived some blind men in a village. One day someone told them that there is an elephant in the village. They had no idea what an elephant looks like. They discussed the matter in between them and decided to go and feel and know the elephant.
They got the permission from the owner of the elephant and went ahead to touch the elephant and understand it. The first one touched the leg of the elephant told that the elephant is like a pillar. The second one who touched the tail told that "No! It is like a rope" The third one who touched the trunk of the elephant told that it is like a thick branch of a tree.
The forth one who touched the ear of the elephant told that it is like a big hand fan. And the fifth one who touched the belly of the elephant told that it is like a huge wall.
After feeling the elephant they started to argue about the elephant and everyone of them insisted that he was right. A wise old man who was watching the whole incident attracted the attention of all the blind men and calmly explained to them that "All of you are right. The reason every one of you is telling it differently because each one of you touched the different part of the elephant. So, actually the elephant has all those features what you all said."
When they understand the elephant, they felt happy that they were all right. The moral of the story is that there may be some truth to what someone says.
We can find different teachings by different people. Some talk about prosperity theology which they are experiencing in their Christian life, and some talk about poverty theology which they may be experiencing in their Christian life. Some talk about the troubles and tribulations. They may be gone through some troubles in following Jesus. Some talk about the peace and happiness of Christian life which they are experiencing.
Christian life has many dimensions. You may be experiencing one or two dimensions of Christian life and arguing like the blind man who touched one part of the elephant. He is right. He has experienced that aspect and has bible verse to support his faith and belief and experience.
Those who are suffering from an illness has bible verse of Apostle Paul that Paul suffered a sever pain in his body and prayed for it. But did not get any relief but only the strength to bear that pain. Suffering people may say and argue that Christian life is full of suffering and pain. They are right in their experience. This is one dimension of Christian life.
Prosperity theologians highlight the wealth of Abraham and Job. They may have received some wealth when they stared to follow Jesus which forced them to believe that getting wealthy is part of the Christian life. They are right in their knowledge and experience. They wont accept poverty theology. In fact no one like it.
Those who had trouble and persecution in following Jesus would say that Christian life is full of persecution and troubles. They quote bible verse to support their belief. This is another dimensions of Christian life.
If you open your eyes and look around, you will find that Christian life has all these many dimensions. After enjoying one dimension of Christian life do not behave like the blind man who has experienced one aspect of the elephant. Insisting others to follow your experience and understanding is wrong. You are like the frog in the well who never seen a river or ocean. And argue that well is the biggest water in the world. That is the biggest mistake.
We have doctors who are specialized in different areas like heart specialist, eye specialist, Dentist, etc. People go the doctors according to their need. We have different markets in a city. In one area, you will find many book shops. One market is entirely devoted to fish, one is for meat, one is for stationary and the other is for fast moving consumer goods. People go to different shops as per their requirements. One who is looking for fish will not go to a hardware market, even if he is offered many discounts. He need fish not the things sold in hardware shop.
Different people are in different need. One is wealthy but not feeling well physically. He need physical healing. He is interested in a meeting where an anointed man of God pray for his physical healing. He is not interested in a meeting where an anointed pastor praying for wealth because he already has enough wealth. A physically and mentally sound person is least interested in a meeting where healing is preached because he is already well physically. He may be in need of money. He is looking for a place where he can get deliverance from his financial difficulties. He goes to the meeting where some one praying for wealth. But the truth is that every preacher is preaching and showing a Jesus through whom one can get deliverance over the bondage of Satan.
We need specialized preachers who preach Jesus through their area of specialization as different people are in need of different things in their life. Some need physical healing. Some need mental healing. One need money, other one is in search for joy and peace. Everything is available in the feet of Jesus. You will find money, good family life, peace of mind, happiness, healing (mental and physical)etc. in the feet of our our Master Jesus Christ.
However, let us have the attitude of Paul who said. "It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice."
(Note: My humble request to all the concerned party in the above news is that let us look at the matter in a border view point and forget and forgive the each other and lead a commendable life. And leave the entire matter to the Lord to handle. Do not try to bring the matter to the legal front of unbelievers. May God bless you)