Being A Christ-Follower in a Pluralistic Context: Toward a Contemporary Reading of 1 Corinthians 8
This article will argue that Western society maintains a demonstration of religious beliefs. Those beliefs are diverse and often counter historic Christianity. While there is not a conformity of beliefs there is indication of a turn from traditional understanding of the nature of God to an increasing desire for religious experience sometime in the form of beliefs in reincarnation, telepathy, good luck charms and horoscope. As such, the Western religious landscape is characterized by a continued interest in the experiential aspects of religious life. First Corinthians 8 provides guidelines for how the Christian should live in such a society. These guidelines emphasize the uniqueness of the Christians view of God, the Christian relationship with God and the Christian relationship with others. In particular, the relationship with others is motivated by a deep love and desire for a clear presentation of the gospel as exemplified through the manner in which the Christian lives her or his life.
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