Recently "The Hindu" newspaper (June 24, Page 7, Kochi edition) reported that 6+2 lorries of Bibles were sent for recycling. All India Christian Council condemned this in strong words and asked the government to take action against it.

While even a single copy of a Bible readable condition should not be recycled, there is much more to the news than what meets the eye. Consider the following:

1. It is Christians who print and stock Bibles. Thus obviously it is Christians who are ultimately responsible for selling these Bibles as scrap, instead of distributing them to the needy. The Christian Council did not condemn Christians.

2. The Christian council says "We are not accusing anyone". Why not. If recycling of Bibles as scrap is wrong, the Christians who sold it as waste paper are to be condemned. The stand taken by the Christian Council is hypocritical.

3. Many in high-level Christian organizations are linked with each other. That is one reason why many are afraid to condemn others, for tomorrow they will return to condemn you. Is that the reason why the Christian Council members refuse to "condemn" any.

4. Interestingly, though they say they do not condemn anyone, the Christian Council shamelessly goes on to condemn the government for not stopping the recycling. This is double standard. Judgment should begin from the house of God. What have we go to do with condemning outsiders if we condone the sins of insiders.

5. The "source" from which the Bibles went out as scrap is known and is reported in general terms. It can easily be discovered if it is not known. Yet the Christian Council does not make an effort to condemn the source. They make no effort against Christians who are the guilty party.

6. In the ultimate analysis, it is obvious that some "Christians" in Andhra Pradesh were able to get large hoards of Bible (probably financed by American money) which was then sold as scrap. The rot is in the Christian church. It cannot be solved by accusing the government.

7. The Christian Council is hypocritically holding the buyer and the government as responsible for the "Christian" seller who sold the Bibles and pocketed the money.

8. If the rot inside the family is solved by pointing accusing fingers against the government, tomorrow the Christian Council will probably end up holding the government responsible for all those Christians who fail to have their devotions, family prayers, and who fail to participate in the Communion.

Is it not time for the Christian Council to remove the beam(s) from its own eyes?

PS: It seems that the prevailing Moral Relativism is prevailing with increased force within the Christian community!
Man is basically selfish. Though there are numerous philanthropists around the world, they are only an insignificant minority when one takes the total population into account. Thus one can safely say in general that mankind is selfish.

Look at the way selfish people cut you off in traffic. Look at the way people try to jump queues, get unmerited favor, and get privileges that they do not deserve. Go to countries where public facilities do not match between the demand-supply chain and you will see selfishness on its peak. Look at the world. You will see hundreds of wars ethnic strifes and warlords who have only one aim -- plunder the innocent and helpless.

Christianity is just the opposite. Instead of exploiting the helpless, the all-powerful God allowed Lord Jesus to die on their behalf so that they could be made rich. But the world has so much possessed the mind of Christians that now many so-called Christians have started defining God not as the "generous-giver" but as the selfish tyrant who is trying to selfishly create a kingdom of privileged unto Himself.

My reference is specifically to an aberrant teaching that is gradually rising its head among Christians that there is no need to preach the gospel and that there is no need to invite sinners to the free gift of salvation.

According to this new teaching, Christ did not die for the whole world. They claim that Christ died only for a select elite and that the non-elite cannot come to salvation because Christ did not die for them. Thus, according to them, telling common people that Christ died for them is wrong because the common people are not part of this selected elite.

It needs a lot of selfishness and depravity to reduce God's love for the "entire mankind" to a love for the "select elite", yet some have risen to say "Let us make God in our image, who is as selfish as we are".

Johnson C. Philip

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