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In many countries in the West there is a debate about Multiculturalism. Some people see it as a good thing that enriches people’s lives with difference experiences and should be fully embraced. Others feel a sense of fear of losing their culture and their cultural identity. I think this shows that there are both good and bad things about multiculturalism.

 

One of the things I like about multiculturalism is bringing in new ‘foreign’ foods. Some of them have an inviting smell that waters the mouth.  They are ‘foreign’ to the local scene but this doesn’t make them attractive to people.

 

When we start to follow Jesus we enter the kingdom of God. We are no longer ‘strangers and aliens’ (Eph 2:19) to God’s people but are part of God’s family. Then we become ‘citizens of heaven’ rather than this world, and therefore are ‘aliens’ in this world.

 

For some our ‘being foreign’ (or ontoxenos) will be a negative thing. Jesus’ died for our sins because none of us are ‘good enough’. Some people get offended with the idea of not being good enough. When we live out a life that truly knows we aren’t good enough to earn God’s love and just receive God’s love because he is love, this can offend some people.

 

On the other hand, if we truly live out loving one another as Jesus as loved us, then this will be attractive to others. When we truly live out a Christ centred community people will be attracted to this.

 

It makes me wonder how much I contribute to this sort of community. Where do I do this? How can I help this happen?

 

It also makes me wonder ‘how do others see my community’? Do they think it is loving? Do they think it is attractive?

 

(Taken from http://ontoxenos.wor...lticulturalism/ used with persmission)



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Unfortunately some cultures clash. There are cultures that are simply not compatible with Judeo-Christian values!



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Unfortunately some cultures clash. There are cultures that are simply not compatible with Judeo-Christian values!

 

I suggest there are some values within some cultures.

Not sure there are 'cultures' that are not compatible. Can you give an example?



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Unfortunately some cultures clash. There are cultures that are simply not compatible with Judeo-Christian values!

 

I suggest there are some values within some cultures.

Not sure there are 'cultures' that are not compatible. Can you give an example?

 

I agree that there are some values and practices within all cultures which help people of that culture understand Jesus and the gospel. Every culture has some tie in to open the gospel to them.



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Unfortunately some cultures clash. There are cultures that are simply not compatible with Judeo-Christian values!

 

I suggest there are some values within some cultures.

Not sure there are 'cultures' that are not compatible. Can you give an example?

 

 

Islam clashes with every other culture on the planet.



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Unfortunately some cultures clash. There are cultures that are simply not compatible with Judeo-Christian values!

 

I suggest there are some values within some cultures.

Not sure there are 'cultures' that are not compatible. Can you give an example?

 

 

Islam clashes with every other culture on the planet.

 

 

Yes; and 'clashes' is putting it mildly!  :lightbulb2:



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In the USA pride and rebellion are considered noble things.
Love is promoted but not understood as being commitment and devotion; rather love is treated casually and as fickle, based on feelings or attraction.
Faithfulness or allegiance are overlooked as unnecessary.
Joy and happiness are equated with fun and amusement.
Peace and security are equated with financial gain.
Goodness and meakness or gentleness are considered as being naive and or weak.
There is no patience and often little self control.
Perhaps kindness or "doing unto others" is still thought of as a virture. But it is losing rapidly to being kind to ones self.

Our culture is warped and so in need of Jesus.
Our only hope is God's grace. Perhaps that is right where God wants us.

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Unfortunately some cultures clash. There are cultures that are simply not compatible with Judeo-Christian values!

 

I suggest there are some values within some cultures.

Not sure there are 'cultures' that are not compatible. Can you give an example?

 

Islam clashes with every other culture on the planet.

 

 

:thumbsup:

 

Including

 

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

 

Other

 

And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;

 

because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.

 

And he will be a wild man;

 

his hand will be against every man,

 

and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren. Genesis 16:11-12

 

Islamics

 

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

 

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

 

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30



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Islam is a religion and not a culture and there are many branches of Islam and many cultures which have been influenced by Islam.



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Islam is a religion and not a culture and there are many branches of Islam and many cultures which have been influenced by Islam.

 

Yes, and every culture influenced by Islam has become rotten.

Islam is not really a religion, it is a complete political ideology that influences all areas of life, therefore you can call it a culture too.



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Islam is a religion and not a culture and there are many branches of Islam and many cultures which have been influenced by Islam.

Um, there is a term currently being used - "cultural Christian".


Cultural Christian:

Web definitions

A cultural Christian is a secular or nonreligious individual who still significantly identifies with Christian

culture due to family background, personal experiences, or the social and cultural environment in which they grew up. ...

http://en.wikipedia....tural_Christian


In Australia and I'm guessing most Western countries, Christianity is entwined with the culture of the place.

If you reside in this country, you will get days off from work to celebrate Easter and Christmas. You don't have to be a practising Christian to participate in the celebrations - it's just part of Australian culture.

And the foundations of Western law - the OT fingerprints all over it.




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