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Essay on The Gospel of Christ

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Paul wrote this letter in response to some who were promoting another gospel (1:6) compared to the one he introduced at an earlier visit to this particular area. Are there any other "gospels" being promoted in our culture today? How can they be recognized? What distinguishes the gospel of Christ from these other gospels? Before I start to discuss the other "gospels" being promoted at "our" culture, I would love to discuss the cultural tension that scripted and introduced the different gospel to the Galatians, in order to produce a parallel to today. According to anthropologist Dr. Kraft, the early believers were Jewish, who considered that the cultural context in which they obtained the Gospel was to be normative for all others. Meaning if one was to come to Jesus, he or she must also convert to Jewish culture and customs as reflected not just in the book of Galatians, with respect to circumcision, but also in Acts. An illustration in Acts 15.1 reads: 1Some men came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the brothers: "Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you can't be spared" If the culture issue appears to be of lesser significance than the concept of works versus religion, a closer look into history may be interesting. In my anthropology course in APU we spoke a bit of the background via Dr. Kraft's notes. He states, the Protestant Reformation was the discovery that God could appreciate folks who spoke German and worshipped ways in German manners. This community didn't convert to Roman Language and customs. Kraft describes the use of the English Language and custom as "portion of the Anglican break with Rome" (Kraft 2) Furthermore when Wesley the theologian, stepped away from Anglicanism, it had been gr...

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