Christians in other parts of the world are reading scripture in different ways because of there cultural experiences. I find it very interesting that the Western-world has had the mission to Christianize those who are in the non-Western world. Studies show that there are many people in the West who denounce Christianity daily while there thousands who become Christians daily in places like Latin America, Africa, and Asia. As I interacted with the three required texts I was compelled to search the dictionary for the written meaning of the two words Christianity and Christianize. My findings:
Christianity: 1.The religion based on the life, teachings, and example of Jesus Christ. 2. The fact of holding Christian beliefs or being a Christian. 3. All Christian people considered as a group.
Christianize: 1.to change the religious beliefs and practices of a person or group of people from another religion to Christianity. 2.to make somebody or something Christian by imbuing him, her or it with Christian principles or a Christian spirit.
Although, many areas have been saturated or Christianized by the West they have been able to identify with a reflection of their culture through the spiritual experience of scripture realized in their lives.
Over the past century, Christianity has grown by drastic measures in the global south. Whereas in the past, the majority of the Christian population was in North America and Europe today the majority live in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Africa is considered by many to be the new Christian heartland. In the New Faces of Christianity, Jenkins believes Christians in Africa, Asia and Latin America are able to read the Bible with new eyes because their cultures are most like the early Christian cultures. These communities read the Bible together as a people rather than separate as individuals like the west. The Bible is also read very literally. Because of their literal reading of scripture issues like...