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# 02049 :  Indian culture Vs Western Culture

Why do we prefer Western culture over Indian culture? I believe God placed us in this world where ever he wish & we should be a part of that culture and within that culture we should show we are God's children. Brethren ppl are always prefering Western Culture even if we are Indians and thinking that we are unfortunate Indians

eg: Dress (Suit  Vs Jubba) , food (preferring Western food over Indian), Functions (prefering Western ways)

I would say Hinduism(not religion) is a culture which we have to follow as an Indian and we have to follow accordingly as a God's child...

What Bible says? your thoughts?

Post by : mailto_brother  View Profile    since : 27 Jul 2010

Reply by : George P. Koshy   View Profile   Since : 27 Jul 2010 6:19:39 PM Close

Dear ' mailto_brother," 

You posted similar threads on the Youth Forum.  Could you provide some Scriptural support from the sixty-six books of the Bible, especially for your statements in the first paragraph?

If you have gone to North India, you would have seen that many Hindus wearing suits, especially in winter.

About food, do you know that PUTTU that we eat in Kerala in the morning is of Chinese origin.  In Kerala, we also use CHEENI-CHATTI has Chinese origin, that is why it is called by that name.  The KAPPA, Tapioca, we eat came from South America.  So are potato, chili pepper, cashew nuts, bread fruits, maize, etc. came from South America, Africa, North America, and so on.  PARIPPU VADA may have its origin in the Middle East.  Almost all the people who live in India came from outside the Indian Continent using the Kiber Pass.   We should not forget our heritage.  It has its origin outside India.

Hinduism is a religion and being a religion it may have its own culture.  Indian culture includes Hindu culture, Buddhist culture, Christian culture, Islamic culture, etc.  They are all different.  At the same time, there may be some common elements in all those cultures, being in the same continent.  You should distinguish between the Indian culture and Hinduism.

I wait for your answer from the Bible.

Shalom Malekim!!! 

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Reply by : joyboy   View Profile   Since : 27 Jul 2010 8:09:34 PM Close

Firstly, there is a very simple standard that you can glean from the scriptures:

1 Cor 10:23-33: All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth. Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake: For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof. If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake. But if any man say unto you, this is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof:  Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience? For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks? Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

Please apply these principles properly.  The western Indian could subject himself to these principles by considering others, but you also can consider others by refraining from stating your preferences.  Western / Eastern / Indian / etc., is irrelevant.  Consider others better than yourself.


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Reply by : jesusmyall   View Profile   Since : 5 Aug 2010 1:49:22 PM Close

Malayalee Syrian Christians take pride in having a great cultural tradition in Kerala.  There is nothing wrong with that. 

But the Word of God is above any culture and transcends both good and bad cultures.  Cultures change over time.

Ethnicities come and go with time.  Where are the Hittites and the Philistines today?  

God has kept one ethnicity intact over time and that is the Jews.  The Jew is part of God's divine plan and prophesy and will be here until Jesus returns. 

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Reply by : jmat_86   View Profile   Since : 6 Feb 2011 1:46:27 AM Close

Dear brother,

First of all, where in the Bible does it say that as believers,  "we have to follow our own respective cultural values" (American, Indian, African, Chinese etc)? From my reading of God's word, I have not come across any principle which support this idea. Please prove me wrong if you can.

Second, I'm not against following our own cultural values, AS LONG AS THEY ARE IN LINE WITH GOD'S WORD". The Bible emphasizes only one culture for us as believers and that culture can be seen in Matthew 5-7 where it talks about the Kingdom of God. We are citizens of that Kingdom. We need to understand that even though God may have chosen us to come from different races and cultures, all believers are seen as the same by God- as one body, the Church. God does not make such distinctions between races and cultures for believers, so why should we? Many times, we focus on the wrong things in life like comparing Western culture with Indian culture. You will tend to find both good and bad things in both. If you find Indians following Western culture, esp wearing suits and eating Western food, what is wrong with that? All food is the same composed of the same substances- carbohydrates, proteins, and fat. Just because people cook food in a different way doesn't give anyone the right to judge  one culture to be a superior choice over another. Every person will have their own likings, so we need to learn to respect that and not be critical of someone who doesn't follow one's own cultural background. At the same time, if you look at the bad things in each culture, you will find things which will of course be against God's Word (for example, in the West, premarital relationships, divorce, homosexuality, abortion are things which many people think are ok, which we know clearly goes against God's Word). However, even in India, these issues are starting to be a problem also. I've come across people  who have made foolish statements to actually blame the West for that also. Sin originated from Adam, not the West :) So that virus of sin is in every human being regardless of race or culture. No earthly culture or race is perfect. We know that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

I just wanted to end by saying that we should be focused on one thing i.e. identifying ourselves in Christ instead of trying to identify ourselves in the worldly cultures. As our denomination calls itself- Brethren/Verbad (Separatist), we should be separating ourselves from the rest of the world's views and teachings and instead implement God's Word in our lives.  I believe that is what God has called us to do. When we implement God's Word in our lives and display His love, that is how unbelievers will be impacted. Let's always focus on that in our lives.

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