IFAMS Missions Conference
Death and Ancestors in a Global Missiological Perspective
Thu, September 12, 2019 @ 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Fri, September 13, 2019 @ 08:00 am - 09:00 pm
Sat, September 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
What is the nature of the human being? Where did we originate? What happens at death? What is our destiny?
The Adventist answers to these questions are at the very core of the worldview assumptions that define Adventist uniqueness. A small, though growing, number of Christians agree with the Adventist position, but the great majority of the Christian world disagrees. Their beliefs and practices include a wide variety of spirits, saints and ancestors with whom they interact. Many people understand the unborn, the living and the dead to be part of the human family with whom relationships are on-going. These perspectives leave the door open for the many manifestations of spiritism and animism. Christians who retain these unbiblical views may live in perpetual dual allegiance and have a bias toward spiritism.
Non-Christian peoples (like Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and animists) hold an even greater variety of practices and beliefs that provide answers to the basic questions about human origin, nature, death and destiny.
Recent research by the General Conference Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research has shown that a significant portion of the Adventist membership believes that the dead are conscious and that ancestors continue to interact with the living. This places them at odds with beliefs that are at the core of Adventist uniqueness.
The majority of contemporary Adventists have become members in recent years as the church has grown rapidly. Thus, the focus of this conference will be on contemporary and recent issues and approaches, seeking to give missiological responses to (1) the situation within the church membership, (2) the challenge of mission among Christians of other types and (3) the challenge of mission among the two-thirds of humanity who do not confess Christ.
Daniel Duffis Jr.