Christian Culture

on May 20, 2016

Artat Chapel

The Christian culture is by far the greatest influencer in the cultural collection of The Bahamas. It is a taste of the Bahamas. Christianity was not the religion of the indigenious Bahamians, Arawaks, Tainos and Lucayans, who preceeded The Christian culture is by far the greatest influencer in the cultural collection of The Bahamas. Christianity was not the religion of the indigenous Bahamians, Arawaks, Tainos and Lucayans, who preceded Christopher Columbus. They had a religion that looked to Zemis as god. Christianity came with Columbus but made no foothold in the country of the seven hundred islands as the Spanish did not find the country to be rich in spices, gold or diamonds. No time was taken to evangelize the natives either as they were used for manual labour. They eventually became extinct in this country.
It would almost 200 years later when the Eleutheran Adventurers would come would there be any active Christian presence. Like the settlers of Plymouth, these folks came to worship God freely. They however were shipwrecked at Eleuthra but did find the opportunity to make do with what they had and celebrated by worshipping at Preacher’s Cave.
Despite the harsh living conditions, this first group of true settlers made it possible for the establishment of The Bahamas as a viable colony. This ushered in Parliamentary Democracy. Historically The Bahamas has the oldest parliament in this side of the world. Many other Christian sects would follow in the ensuing years giving the islands a flavor of the salt and light of the Gospel.
Their influence was on the legislator and continues to hold sway even to this day. This separation but congeniality has made it possible for the country to be governed in such a way that the Christian principles espoused by the majority of the citizens has precedence and has kept the country on even keel despite the challenges faced throughout the country’s history.

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