Further on the Text Book Controversy


Further on the Text Book Controversy

 

I have seen several comments regarding my posting “on
the Text Book Controversy”. I also received several personal emails and letters
by post. Some of them appreciative and some critical, some approve what I said
and some do not. But to my surprise, not many, both among those who appreciated
and those who were critical really commented on the issues I raised. This is
depressing. I was not trying to make an ‘official’ or absolutist statement. I
was trying to begin a healthy discussion on the forum

On the few issues I raised. These are the ones I
wanted us to discuss:

First, what would be our response to Paul’ direction
in 1 Corinthians regarding wife and husband in two religions and children from
that relationship being called holy? If we accept that as some thing valid, how
can we Christians oppose to a similar comment in the 7th standard
text book? My second question was, if what happened in
Egypt can be interpreted in two ways, why not the other
side of the story be presented in the text book? My third question was how a
narration of an atrocity can create negative impact on people?

 

These are not essentially political questions to help
any political party. Some considered this position as politically motivated. I
refuse to accept it, because no one has really addressed the questions put
forward by me. In such case interpreting my posting as a political one is only
a way of escaping from the real issue.

 

My statement “if what we see in the text book is
communism, what is in the Bible is also communism” was to imply that there is
no communism in the text book. To me, rather it is Biblicism we see in the text
book. Bible occurred first and then only communism so chronologically
there can not be any communism in the Bible. Why can’t we say, communism is
Biblicism minus faith in a personal God?

 

Again think for a moment why do we fear communism? If
we were true to our calling and to the principles of Christ, there would not
have been any cause for the emergence of communism. Communism is an economic
principle and is concerned only of material world and hence can not have
eternal existence. Once the economic question is answered, there is no
relevance for communism. But that is not the case with Christianity. It has much
more than economic concerns. As a matter of fact it goes beyond the physical
world and enters in to metaphysical one. Christianity is also concerned of a
dimension that communism is not concerned which is spirituality. Of course
these days communism also talks about spirituality. But that stays only in the
realm of human relationship in the material world. Christianity talks about a
spirituality that goes further beyond the material world.  So Communism is not a threat to Christianity.
More over, communism has existed several decades now and has not succeeded in
wiping out religion. So why should we be afraid of it? I think we are fighting
a war against a shadow. What is required is we concentrate on our duty as
Christians and teach the children its principles. No person will be attracted
by any ‘no God theory’ whether of communism or of any thing else if we do that.
And then we do not have to quarrel with any one for what they think right. We
are not the sole custodians of ‘right’. Let God decide what is right and let us
not act as advocates of God.

 

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