Missing the point?

September 6, 2008

Very Interesting

Filed under: Christianity — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — thenonconformer @ 10:04 pm
“As for Christianity in Ethiopia, Africa,, in Acts 8:26, we read that the apostle Philip ministered to an Ethiopian eunuch, a high-ranking member of Queen Candace’s court. The eunuch had been reading Isaiah 53:7 – “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth” – and asked Philip to whom the prophet was referring here, whereupon Philip explained that Isaiah was foretelling the story of Jesus. Thus, Philip used this passage to establish a prophetic link to Christianity, persuading the eunuch to convert to Christianity and be baptized then and there.But why would a ranking Ethiopian official in the first century A.D. be reading from the Old Testament in the first place?The most reasonable explanation is that the Old Testament was not only welcomed by scholars in Ethiopia, but – even more likely – was widely read, and most likely followed, no doubt as part of accepted religious practice at the court. This supports the theory that, by that time, the Ethiopian elite had been practicing Judaism for some time, perhaps centuries.Though details are unclear, this unnamed eunuch may have later become the founder, in Ethiopia, of Christianity, not as a ready-made new religion but as an outgrowth Judaism – the same way it was first presented. That this happened in the middle of the first century A.D. supports an early start for Christianity in black Africa.At any rate, Christianity had already been firmly established in Ethiopia for centuries when Muhammad went there, where his teachings were rejected.

Thus, while black Muslims today insist that Islam is the religion of black Africa, it was almost 600 years later that that religion came to black Africa, and it became the religion of the first slave traders, who sold their brothers into captivity. An African Christian, Olaudah Equiano, was the only African-born abolitionist who helped end slavery in England. The abolitionist movement in Britain and America was in fact almost exclusively a Christian one. No Muslims joined in this cause.”







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