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Strengthening the Identity of Converts from Islam in the Face of Verbal Assaults: A Study with the Background of Turkish Society

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The study focusses on converts from Islam to the Christian faith in Turkey. Converts are confronted with special challenges. Based on Islamic theology and Turkish nationalism most Turks cannot think of positive reasons to choose Christianity. So verbal assaults with social consequences like ostracism, prejudice, suspicion, and very low esteem are very common. The First Letter of Peter provides advice for strengthening new Christians by defining their identity as chosen und loved people of God.Personal caring for converts from Islam is crucial to provide a new “home” in assuring them of their new identity. They have to learn to evaluate accusations honestly, and from a faith-based position, and to integrate their new faith with their old environment. In the context of modern Turkey a fresh look at history can be meaningful: There were Turkish Christians before Islam, and there are still Christian Turkish people today. More important however is a genuine spiritual approach that understands verbal assaults within the framework of God’s history with his people. Converts should find their identity “in Christ”. At the same time, being in Christ must become practical in finding a new family in the local church and seeing themselves as part of the worldwide multinational body of Christ.该研究集中于在土耳其从伊斯兰教转变为基督教的信徒。信徒面对特殊的挑战。基于伊斯兰神学和土耳其民族主义,大多数土耳其人不能想到积极的理由来选择基督教。所以,带着排斥,偏见,怀疑和非常低的尊严等社会后果的言语攻击是非常普遍的。彼得一书通过将他们的身份定义为被上帝拣选和爱的子民,为加强新信徒的力量提供了建议。关爱从伊斯兰教归主的人,是提供一个新的“家”来保证他们的新身份的关键。他们必须学会诚实地评价指责,以信仰为本,把新信仰与旧的环境结合起来。在现代土耳其的背景下,历史的新景观可以说是有意义的:伊斯兰教之前有土耳其基督徒,今天还有基督教土耳其人。更重要的是,以一个真正的属灵方法,在上帝与他子民的历史的框架内来理解言语攻击。信主的人应该在基督里找到自己的身份。同时,在基督里必须变得切实实践,在本地教会找到一个新的家庭,并将自己看作是世界万国基督身体的一部分。El estudio se centra en los conversos del Islam a la fe cristiana en Turquía. Los conversos enfrentan desafíos particulares. A raíz de la teología islámica y del nacionalismo turco, para la mayoría de los turcos no existen buenas razones para optar por el cristianismo. Entonces, son muy comunes los ataques verbales con consecuencias sociales tales como el ostracismo, el prejuicio, la sospecha y la baja estima. La Primera epístola de Pedro da consejos para fortalecer a los nuevos cristianos al definir su identidad como el pueblo escogido y amado de Dios.Es esencial el cuidado personal de los conversos del Islam para proveerles con un nuevo “hogar” que garantice su nueva identidad. Tienen que aprender a considerar honestamente las acusaciones desde una postura basada en la fe y a poder integrar su nueva fe con su antiguo entorno. En el contexto de la Turquía moderna, un nuevo enfoque sobre la historia puede ser significativo: Había cristianos turcos antes del Islam, y hay cristianos turcos en la actualidad. Sin embargo, lo más importante es un enfoque espiritual genuino que conciba los ataques verbales dentro del marco de la historia de Dios con su pueblo. Los conversos deberían encontrar su identidad “en Cristo”. A su vez, el estar en Cristo debe ser capaz de hallar una nueva familia en la iglesia local y verse a sí mismo como parte del cuerpo mundial de Cristo.This article is in English

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