One of my Facebook contact shared this link on the internet. Here is my reaction to it.
Seriously? Is ‘dowry’ biblical?
What makes something to be ‘biblical’? its presence in the text. We can find the devil there too. If the devil ‘biblical’? We also find there the genocide at the time of Joshua. Is genocide also ‘biblical’?
Let’s be serious and not play games with these dangerous things.
If Jenny is right on something, is the fact that we should not try to impose western rules on other cultures (nor the other way around). However, we also have to be aware that no culture is 100% ‘biblical’ (in the correct sense of the word, meaning compatible with the ‘mind of God’). That is why all cultures, be them in the East or the West, have to be judged in light of God’s revelation, correctly understood – meaning, not in a literalist/biblicist manner, which could lead to heresy, and even worse, but ecclesially – both in a synchronic and a diachronic manner.