"Christianity in Syria and Iraq is tainted by the Nestorian view that Christ is not fully divine. As such it was a weak form of godliness that had little resistance to Islam. Without a proper view of Jesus anywhere the church is doomed to a weak existence. Assyrian Christian are at a grave disadvantage in facing Islam unless they encounter the presence of Jesus themselves."
Dreams and Visions - Thomas Doyle.
The issue for us is, do we have a strong form of godliness or have we accepted godliness without power as the norm?
The subsidiary issue is this: Is the church absorbed in Jesus or is the church absorbed in the church?
I have been to India three times this decade. We run healing services as a matter of course. Hindus turn up in large numbers to be healed and ask for prayer for all kinds of things, like 'Would you pray for my son who is sitting for his final exams next week.' Religion in India is more a way of life than an addition to one's life as it can be in Australia. People expect that if God is God then He should act like God and do supernatural things - which He does. We saw many healings after prayer.
People are encountering Jesus in Islamic countries. He appears to them in visions and dreams. There is no substitute for the real and actual Jesus. He is the human face of God and is as much with us today as He was with the disciples because he returned in the Spirit to multiply Himself in those who believe.
THOSE WHO BELIEVE
Our position may be that Jesus is fully divine but do our actions agree with this?
Not a few Christians have no more of God than worshiping him at weekends plus a pride in their religious heritage. This is rite and tradition but not necessarily Jesus. The community of the church multiplies the reality of Jesus but only if those who attend have a real Jesus relationship. Jesus is the human face of God. The Holy Spirit delights in uniting us with the heavenly family. God becomes real when He is treated as such and when He lives through us.
'Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them' John 14.23 NIV.
When we have seen Jesus we have seen the Father. No matter how churched we are, if we have not seen Jesus and do not know Him we have not seen anything. Then we are left to make a faith out of our unbelief and faith out of the false christ we have made for ourselves.. But you can do better than that because you have made Jesus your life!
'But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!' Matt 6.23 NIV.