A Peaceful Perspective... June 13, 2011

June 13, 2011, Volume 3, Number 18 Online at http://anisa.org.za/

Anabaptism is a biblical, Christian-faith movement that embraces the life, teachings, and witness of Jesus Christ and strives to embody these as normative in the everyday Christian walk.

Column: The Unknown God

According to Matthew’s gospel, prior to his Ascension, Jesus commissioned his disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, and promised them that they would receive the strength and guidance of his Spirit in doing so. Thus the disciples became apostles – those who are sent – and soon the Christian mission began to spread across the Mediterranean world. To begin with, the target audience for the message was confined to Jews, but it was not long before Gentiles became converts. This raised several problems. One of these was whether male converts should be circumcised, and live according to the Jewish Torah, in order to be Christians. This problem confronted the apostle Peter at Joppa and, as we saw a few weeks ago, led to the incorporation of Gentiles into the church without them having to become Jews first. A second problem was how to communicate the gospel to people whose worldview was not shaped by the concepts and language of the Old Testament but by other religious systems and philosophies that prevailed in the Hellenistic world. This problem confronted the apostle Paul when he arrived in Athens on his second missionary journey. And it remains a problem for Christians today, living as we do in a pluralist society characterized by many different and conflicting religions and worldviews. more >>
Source: ANiSA News