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‘Let Light Shine Through Shadows Of Ignorance’

The Methodist Church president Reverend Tevita Nawadra Banivanua said divine light would clear up the misconceptions of evil and allow through understanding the goodwill of communities towards each other. “Such
30 Oct 2016 11:00
‘Let Light Shine Through Shadows Of Ignorance’
Reverend Tevita Nawadra Bainivanua

The Methodist Church president Reverend Tevita Nawadra Banivanua said divine light would clear up the misconceptions of evil and allow through understanding the goodwill of communities towards each other.

“Such Divine Light has the potential to shine through the shadows of ignorance which keep us apart, shining its beams on our commonalities, our common humanity, our common struggles, and our common future,” said Reverend Banivanua.

Reverend Banivanua, in a statement conveying well wishes during the Diwali celebrations on behalf of the church to those of the Hindu faith, said: “The triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and life over death are themes that are also understood and celebrated by Christians who believe that Jesus the Christ is the Light of the World and that we are all called to shine the light of God’s unconditional love and kindness in the world through our actions.”

“The Methodist Church in Fiji extends to all its fellow Fijians of the Hindu faith community, its well wishes on the upcoming occasion of the Diwali holiday,” he said.

“The fact that we live in a country, that since independence has not only acknowledged the different faith communities, but also celebrates together our diverse experiences and expressions of faith, is proof that Fiji, despite our many differences can be one nation.

“As we all enjoy the lights, fireworks, food and fellowship of this national holiday, let us all celebrate the triumph of the human spirit over adversity and join to build and strengthen our relationships between our communities and one another as our part in making Fiji, once again, “the way the world should be”.

Reverend Banivanua’s sentiments were echoed by Church General Secretary, Reverend Epineri Vakadewavosa who said that as a public holiday in Fiji, all Fijians had an opportunity to share in the festive atmosphere and celebrate our cultural diversity.

“Jesus Christ calls all of us to “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Gospel of Matthew 5:16).

 

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