When sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with others cultures, it is evident that one must be able to present Information In a way that Is understandable to that culture. In the field of missions, this is called conceptualization, or Biblical conceptualization. Simply stated, Biblical conceptualization is the act of clothing the gospel with effects from the culture to which It will be presented so that the people of that culture will e able to understand the gospel.
In his book, Brochure, Bruce Olsen relates multiple instances in which he was able to Biblically conceptualize the gospel and present it, with results, to the Monotone Indians of South America. Two of these Instances are very interesting to me: The first instance of Biblical conceptualization that stands out to me is found in chapter seventeen. Bruce and his closest Monotone friend, “Bobby,” are walking through the Jungle when they come upon a man yelling Into a hole that been dug in the ground.
This is a strange sight for Olson. However, he discovers that the man is trying to find God because his brother has died in another region. This man whom Olson encounters fears that his brother’s language. What we as Christians would call his soul would be dead forever. In talking to the man, Bruce Olson thinks of a Monotone legend in which a man becomes an ant to help a family of ants build an anthill. In this legend Olson discovers a way to relate to the Monotone Indians how God became man in the Person of Jesus Christ.
A second instance in which Bruce Olson really seems to understand Biblical conceptualization is when he uses the analogy of the skin of a hunted boar. When a Monotone Indian would kill a wild boar, he would cut the skin off the boar and put it over his ears to keep the evil spirits of the Jungle from entering his hears. Monotones believed that deception (evil spirits) entered through the hearing; In fact, In American culture we may find this as true also. Nevertheless, Bruce Olson ten makes an analogy of a hunter putting boar’s skin ever his ears to Jesus Christ covering us, our sins, with His blood.
Of course, had he told the Monotone that he must be washed In the blood of God’s Son there would have been much confusion and loss of interest. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Brochure. This book was so interesting. It is such a blessing for work of missionaries such as Bruce Olson. I had never heard of Biblical conceptualization, but Lesson’s experience with the Monotones really demonstrate multiple instances of pure conceptualization in order to resent the gospel of the Monotone culture.
I realize also that Biblical conceptualization Isn’t Just Important for language barriers, but for cultural, age and viewpoint barriers also. Jesus needs to be presented as a child to children, a teen to teens, and an adult to adults. Sagittarius Q. Boyd Missions and Evangelism must be able to present information in a way that is understandable to that culture. From the culture to which it will be presented so that the people of that culture will with results, to the Monotone Indians of South America.
Two of these instances are are walking through the Jungle when they come upon a man yelling into a hole that man whom Olson encounters fears that his brother’s language, what we as Christians anthill. In this legend Olson discovers a way to relate to the Monotone Indians how entered through the hearing; in fact, in American culture we may find this as true told the Monotone that he must be washed in the blood of God’s Son there would have conceptualization isn’t Just important for language barriers,