Wednesday, January 29, 2014


                            A ship was sailing along a calm ocean. Its captain was a renowned and skilled mariner with long years of experience and expertise in safe sailing even in the rough sea. The confidant crew had absolute faith in their captain’s efficiency. But quite unexpectedly, the ship sailed away from the established path and collided against a large rock. The ship was split into two parts which drowned, killing most of the mariners. The Government ordered an official enquiry about the unexpected accident.
                            Finding no easy clue, the team of investigators deputed divers to recover the essential equipment in the ship. In those days, a mariner’s compass was the major equipment to determine the direction of sailing. The compass was examined in detail. It was found to point to a direction different from the north. Further study showed that the needle was pointing in a definite direction in the compass, without displaying any effect of the magnetic north pole. A metallic object was detected within the compass which was misdirecting the magnetic needle. It was identified as the tip of an iron knife used by someone for a minor repair of the compass, such as moving the lid up to make the needle free to rotate. But, without the notice of the person, the tip of the iron knife broke and remained there, causing deviation in the direction of the magnetic needle and misdirecting the huge ship away from the standard channel and ending in a tragic ship wreck.
                            King David prayed to God, “Your Word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path.” 
                            The word of God is given to us through the Holy Scriptures to provide correct direction in case of confusion in the voyages and tempests of life. Distortions and misinterpretations of the Divine words are sure to misdirect us from the correct path of life. No one is permitted to alter the words of God as revealed in the Holy Scriptures. We must learn the Holy Scriptures systematically. Then false teachers cannot mislead us from the path of truth.
© By: Prof. Dr. Babu Philip, Darsana Academy, Kottayam-686001, Kerala, India ( Former Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India), Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally,  Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School, Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Maniparambil, Ooriyakunnath, Kunnumbhagom, Kanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, Kerala, India.
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