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Christianity In Comparison To Other World Religions

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BASIC CHRISTIANITY TERM PAPER: Christianity and its relation to other world Religions The relation between Christianity and other world religions has become one the most pressing issues for Christian self-understanding. It is impossible for Christians to ignore the existence of other religions, which are flourishing. These other world faiths make up much more of the population than Christian and provide spiritual homes to millions of people. Since there is no space for ignorance on the part of Christians and from the Christiandom of humanity, the paper discusses various ways in which Christianity is linked to other major world religions which make up the majority of the world's population.Until now this issue has been a theoretical issue receiving theoretical responses.Christians have lived within the cultural borders of Christendom and for many within the borders of the church. From this center Christians have been sending out missionaries to promote and propagate Christianity. They have also falsely enjoyed a sense, that the world is in the process of becoming completely "Christianized". In the past Christians have viewed most of the Non-Christian population in negative terms as the "unfortunate" not-yet-christianized portion of the humanity. However, now, this attitude of religious imperialism has now been shattered.The population of Christians in the world is something like, 20% of the total, and this population is continuously increasing but at the same time the proportion of Christian population is rapidly declining. One the main reason for this is the "Population explosion", which is taking part in non-Christian areas of the world.Hence the Christian faith is held, as in the past, only a minority which is more likely to become smaller than larger. This thought casts a massive shadow over any assumption that it is God's wills that all mankind shall be converted to the Christian faith.Most people in the world, about 98-99%, would say that the determination of your religion depends on your origin, i.e. where your parents were born and where you were born. The Christian faith makes sense of this by relating it to the universal sovereignty and fatherhood of god, which is done rather conspicuously by older theologians.In today's advanced world where information is available a finger click away, there are unlimited number of articles on the internet and millions of books on the history of religion, the phenomenology of religion, and comparative study of religions. Only a person (of the Christian faith) who prefers to be ignorant would know nothing of any other faith. Times have changed and today no one wishes to present the eighteenth century image of Fielding's Parson Thwackum who said, "when I mention religion, I mean the Christian religion; and not only the christian religion, but the protestant religion; and not only the protestant religion, but the Church of England." After the 1950's there were a number of immigrants into Europe from Asia,...

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