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The theology of Christian Migration

Updated on July 4, 2017

Migration means movement of people whether permanent or temporary, forced or voluntary of a person or more people from one region to another.The context of early Christian migration has become one of the contemporary theological issues which many Christians seek to find answers about. It is still unclear why early Christians would migrate in large volumes, yet the current migration is directly linked to globalization and political agitations in various nations. Various theological approaches have been used to explain a wide array of perspectives about the migration phenomenon in early Christianity, but proper dimension has never been settled on. For instance, Asian philosophers have discussed about migration and intercultural theology in various communities makes the issue to have a diverse perception which makes it impossible to have a proper formulated reality about the traditional migration

Migration missions and pastoral challenges remain the main barriers to realign the main underlying theory about the theological migration. Perhaps the pressures for more space and the need for better economic being ties the whole phenomenon to eco-migration. Colonial movements have been the most frequent migration due to territorial collusions that have often intrigued wars. The theme of Exodus offers a great reflection towards migration. It redefines the divine favour and Promised Land of settlement. It establishes the church narratives that express the search for freedom, which is one of the major reasons why people migrate even in modern times. By providing movable theological maps, pilgrimage routes can be well traced and reasons deduced why the early Christians were wandering from place to place. It well explains how Israelites enjoyed God’s favour and moved to the Promised Land. It perhaps explains why Abraham was a stranger in the land of Canaan and why Lot took his family to flee Sodom. In modern world, communities are struggling to mingle with other communities while earthly pressure has made many to demand for more resources including land. Some have lost the sense of belongingness, which makes them to fight for more land. With all these issues combined, migration becomes an inevitable choice.

The myth of colonization invokes a divine power of genocide and holistic power that has emigrational impact.The matter is often intertwined with doctrines of God.Some philosophers wonder why God hardened the heart of Pharaoh to let the Israelites free and later brought the ten plagues against Pharaoh. Why God let the Israelites suffer in exile, yet God was with them? Some theological texts seem to acknowledge that God has a stronger feeling in any kind of suffering. However, it becomes difficult to elaborate the supremacy of God and how he favours his grace

Different religious groups have different perspectives about the meaning of migration. According to Christians, Jewish and Islam, migration acts as a pivotal moment that all the religions to symbolise the spiritual change from Old to new.For instance, the journey of Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem means forgiveness of sins to Christians. The journey of Abram from Haran to Canaan made him to change his name to Abraham, which ordinarily means starting a new life to the Jewish. On the other hand, Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to Yathrib also called Medina meant casting out demons, which theologically means starting a pure life among Muslims.

In conclusion, the migration has various theological perspectives, which are often interpreted differently by both philosophers and scholars. Various contexts coexist and spiritual narratives embedded in the matter are often associated with spiritual symbols. Many religions believe that migration is meant for spiritual change

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