Thomas Paine “The Bible, it has been often said that anything may be proved from Bible, but before anything can be admitted as proved by the Bible, the Bible itself must be proved to be true, for if the Bible be not true, or the truth of it doubtful, it ceases to have authority, and cannot be admitted as proof of anything.”
The Myth According to Christian leaders in India, the apostle of Jesus St. Thomas came to India in 52 A.D. He founded many Syrian churches in India. He was killed by “fanatical Brahmins” in 72 A.D. The myth of St. Thomas is a prototype of todays popular Jesus-in-India story.
The first St. Thomas story was invented to give Syrian immigrants Indian ancestry and the patronage of a local martyr saint. It was resurrected and embellished in the 16th century by Jesuit and Franciscan missionaries. There is nothing factual, nor secular, about the claim that Thomas ever came to India.
From the beginning of the Christian era to the Arab invasions of the 7th century, Judas Thomas was & remained the central object of worship at Edessa in Syria. He had lived and taught in the city and if he did not die there, his body was returned soon afterwards from Persia.
Christian community in India was founded by a merchant Thomas Cananeus or Thomas of Cana in 345 A.D. He led 400 refugees who fled persecution in Persia & were given asylum by the Hindu authorities. So Thomas of Cana came to be identified with St. Thomas within a few generations of his death in Malabar.
Lack of Evidence There is no literary account on alleged arrival of St. Thomas in India. Some Christian historians had denied credibility to the Acts of Thomas, an apocryphal work, on which the whole story is based Those who had accepted the 4th century Catholic tradition about the travels of St. Thomas, had pointed out the utter lack of evidence that he ever went beyond Ethiopia or Arabia Felix.
Uncertainty of the name “India” When Columbus had landed in America, which he thought was East Asia, he labeled the indigenous people “Indians”, meaning “Asians”. Afghanistan is one area that was Iranian-speaking and predominantly Mazdean [Zoroastrian] but often considered part of “India”. So, Afghanistan may well be the “Western India” where Pope Benedict placed St.Thomas in his controversial speech in September 2006, to the dismay of the South Indian bishops.
Misinterpretation of Mazdai’s land as Mylapore. The town of King Mazdai or Misdaeus described in the Acts of Thomas is referred as Mylapore. Acts of Thomas describes Mazdai’s land as “a desert country”. But Mylapore has never been “a desert country”. It has always been known as a Hindu pilgrimage town and busy port, with jasmine gardens, jungles, peacocks and lush coconut groves.
The Acts of Thomas is purelyfictional work without anyhistorical authority.It was written specially to promotedoctrine that a Christian must bechaste even within the relationshipof marriage.
If it is true that the apostle Thomas came to India, then the following information furnished by the Acts of Thomas is also true: 1. Thomas was an antisocial character; 2. Jesus was a slave trader; 3. Thomas was Jesus’s twin brother, implying that the four canonical Gospels are unreliable sources which have concealed a crucial fact, viz. that Jesus and Thomas were God’s Twin-born Sons. In other words, accepting the Thomas legend as history is equivalent to exploding the doctrinal foundation of Christianity.
Arrival of first Jesuit missionaryFrancis Xavier, in 1542, turnedChristianity in India into a violentand destructive political force thatcontinues to operate in the countrytill today.
C.A. Simon, article “In the memory of slain saint”, IndianExpress 1989
St. Thomas was executed for the crimes against society. These crimes included Subversion of family life, Enslavement of free-born women in the name of Jesus. Untouchabiltiy is still rampant among “St. Thomas” Christians today.
Caste System-strength of Hindu Society The missionaries were unhappy with the institution of caste not because of its intrinsic inequality. The problem missionaries had with caste was that it offered a lot of communal togetherness, social security and a certain pride in one’s caste identity. This caste cohesion is an important reason why Hinduism could survive where the cultures of West Asia disappeared under the onslaught of Islam.
Church converted Hindusfrom schedule cast and tribesbecause ,according to churchcast system was not allowingto improve their conditions.
Christian missionaries preach that thebest hope to get rid of the caste systemis to accept Jesus.And now the same missionaries areasking for appellation that claimScheduled class status for HarijanChristian”, “Dalit Christian”, “Scheduled caste Christians”.
Through the missionarypropaganda, we see caste as anexclusion-from, but in the firstplace it is a belonging-to.
Today a number of lower casteconverts to Christianity ismyriad and they are no moreaccepted by their upper classbrethrens.
Pope Gregory XV(1621-1623) There is a sanction of the church in the form of bull issued by Pope Gregory XV authorizing caste divisions within Catholic life.
Destruction of Vedapuri Iswaran Temple A.R.Pillai records(17 mar 1746) “...on Wednesday night at 11,two unknown persons entered Iswaran temple carrying in a vessel of liquid filth, which they poured on the heads of the Gods...” Iswaran temple was the principal place of worship for Hindus of Pondicherry. The Jesuit missionaries built a church of St. Paul adjacent to it and got an order from the King of France that the Iswaran temple should be destroyed. Even after it was the main place of worship for Hindus. There were so many controversies regarding the temple but it was destroyed cruelly.
Abomination done in templeA.R.Pillai records “… then Father Coeurdoux of Karkil came with a great hammer, kicked the lingam, broke it with hammer...” “...then Varlam also kicked the great lingam 9 or 10 times with his sandals in the presence of Madame Dupleix & priest, & spat on it, out of gladness,...”
Kapaleeswara Temple Kapaleeswara Temple at Mylapore, Madras, was situated not in its present site, but at the site of the present San Thome Church.
San Thome ChurchIt was demolishedby the Portuguesevandals and theirmissionaries of thatperiod, who erectedSan Thome churchon the site wherethe Hindu templeoriginally stood.
“Mylapore fell into the hands of the Portuguese in 1556, when the temple suffered demolition. The present temple was rebuilt around three hundred years ago. There are some fragmentary inscriptions from the old temple still found in the St. Thomas Cathedral.”N. Murugesa Mudaliar, Arulmigu Kapaleeswara Temple Mylapore,
San Thome ChurchSan Thome Church &Bishop’s House havebeen renovated andrebuilt many timedover in the last 150years.
Ruins of Hindu TemplesThe renovationwas an effort madeby Churchauthorities to hidethe evidence ofdestroyedHindu, Jain &Buddhist religiousbuildings thatonce occupied thissacred stretch ofMylapore seafront.
What difference does it makeweather Christianity came toIndia in the first or the fourthcentury?The motives were as follow:
If it can beestablished thatChristianity is asancient asHinduism no onecan nail it downas an importedcreed brought infrom Westernimperialism.
Church needed aspectacular martyrof its own. Thechurch has to useits own resourcesand churn outsomething.St. Thomas, aboutwhom nobodyknows anything,offers a ready-made martyr
Church said that St.Thomas was killedby Brahmins. Now itcan be shownBrahmins havealways been viciousbrood, so much sothat they would notstop from murderinga holy man who wasonly telling God’sown truth to atormented people.
The Catholics inIndia need no morefeel uncomfortablewhen faced withhistorical evidenceabout their Church’sclose cooperationwith Portuguesepirates, incommittingabominable crimesagainst the IndianPeople. They say thatchurch was here longbefore thePortuguese arrived.
According toChristiansmissionaries, Indiamight have beenHindu homeland.But since St. Thomasstepped on hersoil, it has becomeChristian land.
Indian Constitution Article 25:“Every Indian has a freedom of propagation of religion. But forcible conversion is an offence.” Article 25 of the constitution has given us the freedom of free profession and propagation of religion. Freedom of propagation does not mean conversion but Christian missionaries have taken disadvantage of this freedom. Missionaries are funded by organizations in abroad for this illegal activity.
Missionaries are taking full advantage of the articles of the constitution. It empowers them to establish educational institutes and go ahead with their religious fairy tales and communal viruses to the great detriment of the most vital interests of the Indian nation as a whole.
Very soon after independence theCongress Government enacted theLand Reforms Act which was socrafted that it effectively denudethe Temples- but not the churchesand mosques- of what little bits ofland that still remained with them.
Every government in Kerala had been ruthlessly sabotaging and destroying temples for last 2 centuries. These government have also deliberately and eagerly functioned as the transshipment point for the transferring of Hindu wealth to Non-Hindus. Where the Hindus are concerned, for Kerala government it is loot, loot, loot and where the churches and mosques are concerned, it is give, give, give.
Repeated requests for a few acres of forest land for provision of some basic amenities for the millions of pilgrims converging on the forest temple at Sabarimala Sri Sasta Temple have been flatly turned down on the ground that forest land cannot be alienated without the permission of the Centre. At the same time 10 hectares of forest land were granted in a jiffy to build a church close to the Sabarimala Temple
Churches in Kerala are the biggestlandowner after the state.The churches own countlessplantations which have beencarefully left outside the preview ofthe Land Reforms Act.
The Church in Palayan is amagnificent edifice on a vast tractof priceless land;The mosque too is an imposing newbuilding on a spacious grounds.But the temple is just a dilapidatedhutment standing on just four centsof land.
Robert De NobiliRobert De Nobilibelieved in fraudrather than force.He dressed as aBrahmin, andtaught the“Yesurveda”, a fifthVeda which hadbeen lost in India
This history of iconoclasm is not an accident: it is thelogical outcome of Christianity theology, is not anaccident: it is the logical outcome of Christiantheology.
Christianity practice CannibalismJesus had said that thepieces of bread hewas distributing werehis body and thewine with which hewas filling his disciple’cups was his blood.Can a civilized manspeak like this?No one except anuncouth savagewould command hisdisciples to eat hisflesh and drink hisblood. Last Supper
Virgin Birth of Jesus is fake Jesus was neither the son of a virgin mother nor the Only Begotten Son of God. Jesus’s perception of himself as the Messiah & the Son of God was a psychopathological condition, supported by Hallucinations (especially the voice he heard during his baptism, the visions of the devil during his fast, the vision of Elijah & Moses on Mt. Tabor) The psychopathological condition partly caused by his most ordinary but traumatic shame of having been conceived out of wedlock.
Christian Doctrine Platonic notion of an immortal soul, which is part of Church doctrine, makes the central Christian message of the “resurrection of the body” superfluous. Christianity’s emphasis on the individuals dependence on Scriptural or Church authority has suffocated many people in their Spiritual development. It directly caused the persecution and killing of numerous freethinkers.
Platonism wasconsideredauthoritative in theMiddle Ages, andmany Platonicnotions are nowpermanent elementsofCatholic/ProtestantChristianity. Platonism influenced Christianity first through Clement of Alexandria(left) and Origen(right).
Jesus Jesus was not God’s Only Begotten Son, nor he was the Savior of mankind from its Original Sin. Historically. He was just one of the numerous antisocial preachers going around in troubled Palestine in the period of Roman rule. Whatever the worth of the values which Christians claim as theirs, nothing can be gained by making people believe in a falsehood like the faith in Jesus Christ.
Unhappy man JesusJesus was aunhappy man. Wecan feel compassionfor this thoroughlyunhappy man withhis miserablyunsuccessfullife, but we shouldnot compensatehim for his failureby elevating him toa super-humanstatus.
Beware of False ProphetJesus predictedthat the End wasnear (definitely afailedprophecy, unlesswe redefine“near”), and he hada rather highopinion of himselfand of his role inthe impedingcatastrophe.
Churchmen have the impression that the Pagan alternative, though softer & weaker than Islam in a confrontational sense, ultimately has a stronger appeal to the educated western mind. They calculate that the better-educated mankind of the next century will typically go the way of today’s European intellectuals, rather than the way of today’s Black Muslims or Christian Dalits.
Islam’s money & muscle power may look impressive, certainly capable of doing some real damage to targeted countries & societies. But Islam has no chance of becoming the religion of science-based, space-conquering world society. That is way the Churches are investing huge resources in the battle for Asia’s mind, where they face their most formidable enemy.
That is why they are so active inIndia: not only India’s atmosphereof Islamic countries, or even ofnon-Islamic countries whereproselytization is prohibited; butthey also know & fear the intrinsicsuperiority of the Indian religion.
The Santhome Church whichChristian claim commemoratesSt. Thomas’s martyrdom at thehand of “Hindu fanaticism”, is infact a monument of Hindumartyrdom at the hands ofChristian fanaticism.