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Is God partial?

God doesn’t show favoritism, says the Bible. Then why does God show visitation to some people who have never pursued him while to some, not? And why does He give great gifts to some of his elects and not to all?

You are right.  God does not show favoritism. Then you asked why He shows visitation to some people and not others.

The answer is very simple.  God visits some who never pursued Him and not others because some where some one is praying for those whom God is visiting.  Remember that only in answer to prayer God does any thing spiritual in the world today (Mat.7:7; James 4:2). 

Then you asked why He gives great gifts to some of His people and not to all.  Good question

God Himself gives answer to your question in 1Cor.12.  Read that chapter several times until you are able to understand what God says about different gifts to different people.  Take special note of v.24. 

Same is true about riches and poverty.   God is not showing favoritism but when you read the first chapter of the book of James you will come to know that riches and poverty are the trials of your faith. Read the whole chapter but see vv.9-11 specially. 

God is never partial.  If you don’t have some thing, you have some thing else which others don’t have (James 2:5). God bless!

 
 

Inter-caste marriage

I am a 23 year old guy. I was in a relationship with a girl in the same college. We started liking each other and even submitted to God before we took a decision to start our relationship. As time went by we decided to marry and also informed our parents who were interested to look into the matter. There was some problem related to caste even though both of us are from born again Christian families. As things grew serious the girls family summoned a prophet who prophesied about our relationship as not God’s will. We love each other very much and now are on the verge of separation due to this move taken by the girl’s family.  I personally am deeply hurt and don’t know what to do in this case. Can this be a true cause of not marrying?!!

Dear son, I am sorry to hear about your situation.  Tragically in India caste is playing a major role even among born again Christians.  Truly it is of the devil.  It is a pity that our people do not realize this.

You knew it very well all your life.  Specially, if you are from a so-called lower caste and the girl is from a higher caste, you knew things would not materialize that easily.  Knowing the Indian situation fully well, I think you did a foolish move to love a girl from another community.

And in India, love marriages are still looked at by the society as not normal.  When some one opts for such a marriage, one should realize that he/she is challenging a well established culture which has its roots going back to 5000 years.  The Indian society has not accepted love marriages as the pattern yet.  Marriages in India are done by two families coming together in agreement about the future of their children and not merely by two young people deciding their future.

So, in opting for a love marriage you were challenging two highly rooted cultural cores of the Indian society.  Naturally, you had to expect uneasy situations as you are now in.

But tragically, the girl’s family is withdrawing from the situation based on a so-called prophet and his predictions.  It is a pity that born again Christians do not study the word to know for sure that we do NOT have apostles and prophets today in the church.  Please read Eph 2:20 where it is clearly said that the church is  “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone”.

When the Bible was not completed, God used the Apostles and prophets to communicate the mind of God.  When the Bible was completed, the gifts of Apostles and prophets are no more in the church today. Today in the church we have Evangelists and Pastor-teachers. We do not read about Evangelists in the early church till we come to the 21st chapter of Acts (v.8).  By that time the church had past its infancy. Compare Eph 4:11 to see the truth for yourself.  “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers”,

Tragically, today’s prophets preach the deceit of their own heart as in the days of Jeremiah (Jer.23:26).  So that is not a valid reason at all.  The reason is cultural which the girl’s parents are hiding giving it a spiritual appearance.  What a tragedy!  You should have foreseen all these when you entered into a relationship with a girl from another community.

We need young believers in India who can challenge this caste feelings in the church, not by love marriages, but by arranged marriages.  If two are compatible in all other respects, caste should not play a role in deciding marriages among born again Christians.  May we pray that such a time will emerge in the Indian church soon.  May the good Lord give you grace to get over the present predicament. God bless!

 
 

Inter-caste marriage

I am from India,where there are a lot of castes. People from one caste don’t marry people of other caste, but being Christians should we follow that? Even though our parents are Christians, they don’t allow inter-caste marriage. How should we deal with this kind of situation, where both the bride and groom are Christians but of a different caste?

The Bible clearly says that once a person accepts Christ that he/she is a new creation (2Cor.5:17) and that he/she is now a member of a new nation (1Pet.2:9).  While this is the real truth, generally that truth is not put in practice even by born again believers in India.

There are many reasons for the same.   Caste in India is basically based on social and economic status.  It is highly unimaginable for a high caste Hindu girl to be the wife of an untouchable!    One must remember there are a lot of cultural problems.  Each caste and sub-caste has its own cultural strands and sometimes it will not be tolerable by other groups.   Simple example is food habits.  One thing which is panacea for one group is poison for another group. I know of a newly married couple who has to cook two different kinds of meals at home!

Another situation in India is that marriages are arranged by parents and elders and it is not just an agreement between young couples but two families coming into a contract with each other. That makes the situation more complicated. Is it imaginable to have family and their relatives being engaged together in one place with a family which is socially and economically  incompatible?
As we all know, no marriage is without problems.  But why invite more problems knowingly by being in alignment with a family which is not compatible in any way.
On the other hand, if the families are educated and socially able to accept each other, inter-caste marriage is ideal which will bring glory to God.  God bless!