HIV AND AIDS AND THE CHALLENGE TO CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

PROPOSING A CHRISTIAN ABC MODEL FOR HIV AND AIDS PREVENTION

  • Thomas Abraham St Mary’s Knanaya Church, Sharjah
Keywords: HIV, AIDS

Abstract

This study focuses on the reality and the consequences of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and proposes a strategic communication method for preventing HIV and AIDS globally. Perhaps, the number of people infected and affected with this reality is increasing day by day and the situation is becoming more complex every year. It is an established fact that the problem has gone beyond medical confines. HIV and AIDS has permeated all strata of human situations and many people lose their life as the consequences. This study would help people understand the seriousness of this issue, various ethical issues involved in it, and in particular the issue of justice in relation to HIV and AIDS and the role of the Church to address this situation biblically, theologically, ethically and pastorally. This study also attempts to analyse in depth issues like stigma and discrimination, and meaning and purpose of human sexuality. The main purpose of this study is to propose a new model of ABC, that is, ‘Abstinence, Be faithful with one partner and Communicating good sex to people of all age group,’ for preventing HIV and AIDS. It is a critique of the existing Ugandan model of ABC, where ‘C’ stands for Condom use. Since HIV spreads mainly through sexual route, behavioural change is probably the most effective way to control the transmission of HIV. This study is limited to the Christian response to HIV and AIDS on the biblical and theological basis.

Author Biography

Thomas Abraham, St Mary’s Knanaya Church, Sharjah

Thomas Abraham is an ordained priest of the Malankara Syrian Knanaya Jacobite Church. He holds MTh and Doctorate in Theology from Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore. He has served as a faculty member in Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary, Mulamthuruthy, Ernakulam. At present he is parish priest of St Mary’s Knanaya Church, Sharjah. Email: fatherthomasabraham@yahoo.co.in

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Stephen Muoki Joshua, “The Dowling Controversy, the ‘Message of Hope’ and the Principle of Oikonomia: A Historical-Critical Reflection on the South Africa Catholic Church’s Stance on the Use of Condoms in HIV Prevention between 2000 and 2005,” Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 137 (July 2010) 9.

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Published
2019-12-31
How to Cite
Abraham, T. (2019). HIV AND AIDS AND THE CHALLENGE TO CHRISTIAN MINISTRY. Asian Horizons, 13(04), 679-684. Retrieved from http://dvkjournals.in/index.php/ah/article/view/2286
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New Scholars