Flashback 2016: ‘Christians’ In Mumbai, India Drink Miraculous ‘Holy Water’ Dripping From Another Crucifix

(Christian Today) For the second time in the span of four years, another statue of Jesus Christ seeping water is creating a stir in Mumbai, India — when news spread last week about the alleged miracle, large crowds began gathering in the village where the statue is located, prompting the police to rush to the area to ensure that no stampede-like situation would develop, the Daily News and Analysis (DNA) reported:

The Jesus statue is located near the Infant Jesus Chapel, which is under the supervision of St. Anthony’s Parish in Kharodi village. Locals have been coming to the place, forming long queues, to collect what they believe to be “holy water.” Online pictures and videos of the statue have gone viral, drawing more devotees to the site.

George Mendonca, a village resident, told DNA, “I believe that it is a way that Jesus Christ is trying to make his presence felt to the devotees. We believe that it’s a miracle and it depends on the perspective of the individuals. We are receiving pictures and messages from every nook and corner, and larger crowds are expected in the next two days.”

When sought for comment, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bombay said they still have to check the report. “We have not confirmed or sought details of the incident, but have received the pictures from the priests regarding the same,” said Fr. Nigel Berret, spokesperson for the archdiocese.

A similar incident was reported in 2012, also in Mumbai, The Guardian reported. Water also started trickling down a statue of Jesus Christ at the Church of Our Lady of Velankanni in the Indian city of about 20.7 million people. Locals quickly declared the incident a miracle and began collecting the alleged holy water.

However, Sanal Edamaruku, a renowned rationalist, later revealed that upon inspection he found out that the water dripping from the feet of the Jesus statue was due to clogged drainage pipes behind the wall where the statue stood, according to The Guardian.

Edamaruku warned believers not to drink the water, which they believed could cure ailments. “This was sewage water seeping through a wall due to faulty plumbing,” he said. “It posed a health risk to people who were fooled into believing it was a miracle.”

His disclosure was met with death threats from religious zealots. He was then charged [by leaders of two Catholic laity organizations] with blasphemy in the Mumbai high court, an offence that carries a three-year prison sentence. The death threats eventually forced him to seek exile in Finland.

[From the 2012 Guardian article] Edamaruku “spurned an offer from a senior Indian Catholic bishop to apologise for the exposure of the “miracle”….The Catholic archbishop of Bombay, Oswald, Cardinal Gracias, has said that if I apologise for the ‘offence’ I have caused he will see to it that the charges are dropped. This shows that he has influence in the situation but he will not use it unless I apologise, which I will not do as I have done nothing wrong,” he said.

Father Augustine Palett, a PIME clergyman and parish priest at Our Lady of Velankanni, Mumbai insisted, “It does not matter whether science can explain what happened or not, a miracle did occur in Irla, namely that of having dozens of Christians, Hindus and Muslims pray together under the cross.”

Of course, Christians, Hindus, and Muslims would not have “miraculously” prayed under any other cross that wasn’t accidentally leaking sewer water — so it took a fraud to create this miracle — a fraud that was expressly and cynically promoted by the Catholic Church.

These incidents are typical of superstitious Indians regardless of the “religion” they practice — India is the land of a thousand gods — and a recent survey found that practicing “Christians” in India still clung to many of their pagan beliefs — as do many, if not all, Christian converts in the Third World.

However, the Catholic Church clearly has very cynically taken advantage of the superstitions of the native Indians — Our Lady of Velankanni — the church where this dripping “miracle” allegedly took place — calls itself the “Lourdes of the East” and has a long history of promoting spurious “miracles” to the unwashed.

Whether it’s a crucifix leaking sewer water or a deformed one-eyed calf, the Indians are game — and yet somehow they have been sold to the American (and other western nations) as the paragons of “spirituality” — with Indian gurus raking in millions from white people who have abandoned Christianity thanks to the false doctrines, scandals, and hypocrisy of mainstream denominational churches.

Paul did not write any epistles to these Indians or any other Third Worlders for good reason — they were never part of the Genesis 10 nations, which became collectively known as “the gentiles” when Jerome coined the term for his Vulgate translation — arbitrarily substituting “ethnos” in Greek for “gentiles” in Latin.

Simply put, the gospel was never intended for these non-Adamic peoples who are not part of “the generations of Adam” (Genesis 1:5) — and they certainly are not part of the lost tribes of Israel, as many Jews now claim.

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