Thursday, 5 March 2015

The Muslim fear of Superiority.

What is clear in the last several weeks is the total disgust that Muslims belonging to the Islamic state have towards that which is good and superior to Islam.

The total hate for Christianity. The truth, the only way to heaven is only one example of this. Since Christianity is the pinnacle of truth and goodness, it is by its very nature home to the most superior thoughts to have ever existed. Thus, the total hate of the Islamic state towards Christianity and Our Lord Jesus Christ (who is truly God and truly man and who, as God died on the cross for our salvation and after whom there are no prophets and anyone claiming to be a prophet is truly from none other than the devil) is understandable. This is proof that the Islamic state hates anything superior to it.

But let us look at other examples. The destruction of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, the looting of the Mosul museum and the destruction of many ancient Mesopotamian artifacts is a clear indication that citizens of the Islamic state fear that which is superior to them in any way.

The Assyrian Empire, The Persian Empire, The Ancient Roman Empire, although lacking in many respects, are all still superior to Islam. This is why the Islamic State hates them and wants to remove any trace of them.

It seems that Muslims want to return us to one of two human development levels. Either a level of backwards tribalism which Mohamed grew up in Arabia, or, an era of tyranny by which people were united through fear, the sword and force.

But how are we to react as Christians? what are we to do? During this time of Saymo (Lent) we must have a spirit of contrition, both for us and for the followers of the devil-inspired Mohamed. So we pray the prayer of Our Lord "forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing". However, we must remember that at the same time that "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" and we MUST "speak the truth in love".

Monday, 19 January 2015

Patriarch Mar Raphael Louis Sako and Mar Sarhad Jammo - a traditional eastern opinion

It is a great pain when I hear of the recent events that have been unfolding within the Chaldean clergy. Especially in these times where Islamic faithful are taking and burning our Churches.

The events of the Chaldean Patriarch ordering Priests in Western USA to return back to Iraq and the subsequent appeal of the Eparch (Mar Jammo) to Rome is an event that is simply scandalous to the Chaldean faithful.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Pope Francis - The reason why Eastern Catholics may become Orthodox

Throughout the last several decades. The Catholic Church has made huge strides towards healing old wounds with our Orthodox brethren. These include theological clarifications as well as political reunions.

These moves are commendable, as they decreased the divide between the Orthodox and the Catholics. The residue of these moves though, are quite interesting. As they put the Eastern Catholic churches in a very unique position.

 A few centuries before dialogue with the Orthodox, factions of these same Orthodox churches came into communion with Rome. They are today called the Eastern Catholic Churches. Many of these Eastern Catholic Churches joined and accepted Catholic theological terminology (although did not use them).

Monday, 25 August 2014

Mar Mari Emmanuel - Suspended (or excommunicated?)

It seems that the Ancient Assyrian Church of the East has suspended Mar Mari Emmanuel in Australia. Mar Mari is known for his vocal support of Christian Unity, claiming that the Blessed Virgin is in fact the Mother of God and for his love for the youth.

It is not clear what are the reasons for this suspension (or possible excommunication). There have been certain things floating around. Such as: missing out on Ramsho prayers, wearing an Eskimo and his visits to the Holy Land. But nothing seems to be clear.

We hope for Mar Mari Emmanuel and the Ancient Assyrian Church of the East all the best.

Through the Birth-Giver of God Maryam, and Mor Ephrem. God bless you all.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Every letter of Syriac we forget, every tradition we forget is contributing to our extinction.

The recent events in Syria, and Northern Iraq (especially Mosul and Qaraqosh) show the destruction of Syriac Christianity. It was only in 1915 that the Ottomans Turks murdered countless Syriac Christians, it was only in 1933 that Kurdish forces murdered countless Syriac Christians. And today we see history repeating itself with ISIS.

But what are we to do? We as in the Syriac Christians in the diaspora? We must preserve what was given to us by our fathers. And their father's fathers. Because it is our tradition and our language that tell the narrative of our existence.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

ISIS are simply Muslims. Not only fundamentalist Muslim

Over the last several days we have heard of the atrocities committed by ISIS toward the Christians of Iraq. The slaughters, the forcible removal, the rape, the evil. But I say this to you my brothers and sisters. That this is not fundamentalist Islam. This is just Islam. What ISIS is doing is practising their Islamic faith to the letter. We must stop saying that 'Islam is a Religion of peace', we must stop saying that 'most Muslims are peaceful'. These are politically correct innuendos. They are incorrect and are false. Our Lord tells us to always speak the truth.

My proof? Islamic History and what is being done to a minority group called the Yezidis.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Kurds, Ninveh Plains and ISIS

So there seem to be reports that the Peshmerga (Kurdish Armed forces) are protecting Christians in the villages of the Ninveh plains (Al Qosh, Bakhdida etc). This is all well and good in the short term. However, what are the consequences for the long term?

It's no secret that the Kurds want Mosul and Karkuk to be part of the Kurdish Regional Government. The Kurds may very well turn around and claim that the Ninveh Plains is part of Kurdistan.

What would this mean for the Assyrian, Chaldean and Syriac Christians of Mesopotamia and Syria? Would it simply mean persecution 10/15/20 years down the track? Or will it mean stability?

I'm not sure, but what I am sure of is this: that the Kurds will not be as friendly as they are now if they are to annex the Ninveh Plains into Kurdistan.

God Bless the Assyrian, Chaldean and Syriac people!

Please pray for Christians in Iraq.