Do missionaries destroy the host country's culture?

@manong05 (5030)
Philippines
January 16, 2007 9:15am CST
By introducing a new set of beliefs that affects the people's culture and family values, will be it better if they just leave the peope alone? Any thoughts on this?
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• Canada
14 Jun 07
I think good missionary will not destroy the culture of the people that they share Jesus with. If you read the Bible Jesus and His disciples shared salvation to many many cultures . They taught each new believer to respect each other and not look down on them , and not expect them to be all the same. I think the big problem is that Westerner's go in and mix traditions up with the gospel and expect the people to conform to these traditons . For example dressing up , using a certain Bible, having the service at 11am , when in some places that may be an aweful time to have church . There are many examples but I can't think of the all right now.
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@vivienna (583)
• Venezuela
14 Jun 07
You're very right, bigpinkmomma. Jesus has a message for every time in history and every place on this planet. This is only true if people understand the difference between tradition and faith, as you do. Thanks!
@RealIolo (1835)
• United States
17 Feb 07
If it can be said that missionaries destroy the host country's culture? Then it should follow that Islam destroys the host country's culture when they come in and dictate to that countries citizens convert or die.
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@jep_toyo (1607)
• Philippines
17 Jan 07
Yes, culture is already rooted in our personality. New set of beliefs will only change people who adopts it. Even though you adopt new beliefs there will still be part of you that belongs makes us identified with this culture or values.
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