Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Most Asian cultures are polytheistic, and the people of these cultures have evolved specific ways to discern the gods' wills for their lives. 1 When an individual from an Asian background converts to Christianity, he or she faces many challenges. For example, family members may pressure the believer to return to polytheism, and the believer must respond to their difficult challenge. Polytheism provides many ways to discern the will of the gods, but Christianity limits its methods to prayer, guidance from the Bible, and the direction of the Holy Spirit.2 This dissertation will describe methods of spiritual discernment for Christians from polytheistic culture who seek to know God's will. This chapter describes the problems Christian converts from polytheism face; this story of a polytheist who became a follower of Christ illustrates the challenge.
Chen, Philip J. J., "In His Steps: An Asian Christian View to Discerning God's Will" (2006). Seminary Doctoral Programs. 339.