One of the Australia’s heritages that is being eroded is the proclamation of “THE GREAT SOUTH LAND” by Captain Pedro Fernandez de Quiros on 14 May 1606. “Let the heavens, the earth, the waters with all their creatures and all those here present witness that I, Captain Pedro Fernandez de Quirks in the name of Jesus Christ hoist this emblem of the Holy Cross on which His (Jesus Christ’s) person was crucified and whereon He gave His life for the ransom and remedy of all the human race. On this Day of Pentecost, 14 May 1606, I take possession of all this part of the South as far as the pole in the name of Jesus, which from now on shall be called the Southern land of the Holy Ghost, and this always and forever, and to the end that to all natives, in all the said lands, the holy and sacred evangel may be preached zealously and openly”.
Significance Of The City Of Light
Another heritage of Australia which is also fast eroding in the hearts and minds of the Australian people is the acceptance of Perth as the City of Light.
According to Gregory (1999), in 1962 a lone astronaut orbiting the earth sighted a small cluster of lights on the dark silhouette of Australia’s western coastline – a token of friendship from the people of Perth that prompted the world’s media to dub this isolated provincial outpost the ‘City of Light’. City of Light expands this metaphor by shedding new light on the social history of Perth since the 1950s. Its focus is the city centre and the events that unfolded there.
Although John Glenn, an American astronaut saw a physical light while orbiting the earth on Friendship 7 in 1962, most Christians believed that the physical reveals what has happened in the spiritual realm and therefore the light he saw represented the Light of our Lord Jesus Christ, the True Light.
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followed me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life; John 8:12”.
It is not a coincidence that the southern pole was declared Southern Land of the Holy Spirit on the 14 May 1606 by Captain Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, John Glenn declared Perth the City of Light in 1962 and Jesus Christ said that He is the Light of the world. This is our Australian Christian heritage which we need to celebrate yearly!!
Exodus 12: 24-27; And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons forever. And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service. And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, what mean ye by this service? That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD’s Passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when he smote the Egyptians and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshiped.
The Lord commanded the Jews to celebrate their history and their heritage, PASSOVER yearly. Today, every child and adult of Jewish origin anywhere in the world understands how God delivered them from the land of Egypt to their promised land. It is a well-known fact that while other religions have infiltrated Australia and are growing; Christianity which this country started with is diminishing at a very fast rate. It is also a well-known fact that while the majority of people in Australia and outside Australia do not know the Australian Christian heritages, many people are making great effort to deny and to cover up the Australian Christian Heritages. It is our responsibility to support and encourage the annual celebration of the Australia Christian heritage through AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN HERITAGE INITIATIVE.
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