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Perspective on Unchanging Truth
on June 15, 2016
As an online missionary with Global Media Outreach, I am the fortunate recipient of a wonderful education in cultures around the world. Recently GMO pointed me to a book about the way cultural teachings about right and wrong are shaped by various other cultural norms. In the West, for example, we are brought up to believe that law embodies right and that lawlessness is evil run rampant. Each person stands on his own before the judge, and each is responsible to comply with the law in his own strength of character. This cultural model affects the way we understand the gospel, too. For us, the story of sin and salvation works out in our individual lives, placing each of us alone before God to deal with our individual sin for our individual salvation.
Until I read The 3D Gospel, I did not realize that the gospel could be understood any other way. I would have said, and I would have been very sure that I was right, that this is how God sees it. In the past, exposure to other cultural patterns before I read 3D Gospel led me to believe that other cultures needed to “grow up” and see it our way.
The author of The 3D Gospel makes it very clear that our understanding that the Bible is for everyone is absolutely true. Cultures in which the individual has an overarching responsibility to avoid bringing shame to the family, the local community, or the tribe are known to God, and they are loved. God did not forget them when he inspired the language of the Bible. God also lovingly integrated into Scripture language that resonates with cultures who fear the spirit realm and have developed their communal deportment to manipulate spiritual power. The Bible, in fact, embodies all three of the cultural views of right and wrong that shape cultures around the world. I was already familiar with stories and Bible verses that address the way each form of culture receives the good news about Jesus, but when I heard those words in the past, my mind immediately translated each story and each verse into my own cultural worldview.
The notion that people from the USA feel a need to educate people in other cultures to think the way we think is one of the most reviled images of America. That attitude is at the root of rejection of Americans and American ideas. It is an attitude unbecoming to someone who wants to share Jesus, the light of the world, with people who live in darkness. Many people around the world speak and write English with great skill. For that reason it is easy for us to wrongly believe that we all think alike. We don’t. The 3D Gospel is a good introduction for any person who loves people and wants to tell everyone about Jesus.