Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The Use of Signs and Symbols

Hey everyone,

The class I am taking is dealing with cross-cultural discipleship with an emphasis on contextualization. For those of you not familiar with that word it simply means making the Gospel understandable to someone from another culture. One of the areas that we spent quite a bit of time on today is the use of signs and symbols. But my question is this. How far is too far when it comes to the use of icons and rituals? For example, should we take rituals already in that culture and try to Christianize them in hopes that it will help them to understand the Gospel better?

Another question is what about the use of symbols and icons in communicating God special revelation and worship. Is there a difference in the communication of God's truth through them and the verbal communication of God's word? I ask this because some in the class seem to see them as equally valid. I will not have time to respond to your answers if you choose to leave one, but I will certainly read them.

God Bless,


P.S. If anyone has some insight into the icon controversy that took place in church history that would help also.


At Tuesday, July 25, 2006 9:59:00 PM, Blogger Kendall Touchton said...

I am sorry that I do not knowvmuch of the church history. I really wish I did know about that. But I did have a comment. On the different mission trips i have been on - the Jesus films and such things as the EvangeCube have been used. One man in London asked me if that is what Jesus looked like as he pointed to the light-skinned and brown-haired man. Is it okay to use these things/tools to communicate the gospel to those in other languages? Perhaps this has nothing to do with what you were talking about . . .


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