Christianity a “Threat” to Primitive, Untouched People Group

Through satellite technology a totally primitive, untouched people group has recently been discovered in Brazil near the Peruvian border. A Brazilian government official said:

The main threats to the integrity of these groups are illegal fishing, hunting, logging, mining, agro-pastoralists with large clearings, missionary activities and frontier situations, such as drug trafficking.”

Wow!  God forbid these people become exposed to anything that might actually HELP them. Let them die of cancer. Let their children die of diseases that are easily treatable. Let them live in spiritual darkness, without hope.

In the past several centuries, the “integrity” of thousands of groups like this untouched group have been violated by Christian missionaries who have been the catalysts for all kinds of changes: improved living conditions, urgent medical care, literacy, hope, and even peace between warring villages/tribes. Call it an arrogant, superior complex. Call it Western snobbery. I call it loving people and helping them.

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5 thoughts on “Christianity a “Threat” to Primitive, Untouched People Group”

  1. Isn’t it odd they are given almost an animal like classification. They are called people, but for some reason leaving them in an unreached state is considered noble. It’s like we’re trying to preserve the existence of a frog or field mice. They are people for crying out loud. People aren’t going extinct. Missionary activities while bringing the good news has brought unknown diseases to some indigenous people. So any missions group planning on approaching them should take extra medical precaution and maybe do a self imposed quarantine before approaching them. But for crying out loud they need to know of a Savior.

  2. Perhaps they have their own savior. If people can survive this long without being a part of our glorious modern world, they should be left that way. They most likely committ less sin in God’s eyes than any American missionary or church member I have ever met.

    1. Anthony, I’m sorry you have apparently had so very little exposure to genuine Christianity, the kind of Christianity that has brought hope and healthcare and education to millions through the years. Sure, there has been a number of “professing” Christians who have brought death and enslavement and despair to others. But the Christianity that we want to spread is evidenced by the kind of testimony seen in this video:

      The man on the left killed the father of the man on the right. Today they are like father and son.

  3. Brett, I believe your heart is in the right place and you’re a very compassionate man. That being said, I also believe that we should leave these primitive people alone. There are millions of others that we could help before intruding on these indigenous people and their culture.
    I know you love people and want to help them as you stated. However, I wouldn’t place these people near the top of any “Needs Saving” list. There is far more “destitution” that needs immediate help in our own back yard. Think locally. Act locally.
    What do you think?

    1. Mateo, Thanks for commenting and for your gracious words. I also agree that we need to make sure we are seeking to help those immediately around us. However, I don’ think that precludes us from offering to help to those at a distance, whether that distance is physical or cultural.

      If we look at the history of Christian missions to “primitive” people groups we discover that they most often welcome the missionaries and are grateful for the so-called “intrusion.” Imagine if a loved one was suffering from a disease of which we currently have a cure. Would you not be grateful if someone brought you the cure? Now what if someone had the cure but refused to bring it to you because they thought it would be an intrusion upon you? Did you watch the video below?

      As for the “Needs Saving” list, I believe all peoples of all cultures, advanced, primitive, or somewhere in between…all need salvation (in the biblical sense of the word).

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