Is Christianity a Western Religion? 10: Does it Claim to Be?

Is Christianity a Western religion? What kind of religion does it claim to be?

Christianity itself claims to belong to all peoples of all nations who follow the Christ, and its initial followers believed it was their calling to spread from Jerusalem (the Mid-East) throughout all the world. This is not a religion that claims it belongs to a certain geographically fixed nation or ethnicity. It never called itself Western, but calls itself global, being called out across the world.

Here are but a few verses highlighting the global nature of Christianity:

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
-Galatians 3:28
Here is a religion that does not claim any allegiance to Western society or culture.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
-Matthew 18:16-20
All nations are called, not under another nation, but a spiritual kingdom.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
-John 3:16
The entire world is loved, not one nation in particular.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
-Romans 1:16
If there is one people on the earth given “privilege.” it was not the Greeks, but the Jews who would first receive the message.

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