Thought Question: The Gospel in India

File:India with cross.svgGreat, great article from Christianity Today on the growth of Christianity in India. What do you think?

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7 Responses to Thought Question: The Gospel in India

  1. Royce Ogle says:

    “I realized that Jesus is the living God,” Shivamma told Christianity Today.

    There is a misconception that in counties like India that churches and the gospel story can’t thrive. It appears that the opposite is true. Every place on earth where opposition to the Christian message is the greatest the church is having great growth, even in the face of severe persecution.

    Jesus is just keeping His promise. “I will build my church..”

  2. David P Himes says:

    I’m particularly pleased to read that Indians are introducing other Indians to Jesus. And they finding their own way to manifest their faith and worship.

    Western believers need to show more constraint about exporting a Western version of Christianity

  3. I endorse David’s comments. Instead of sending Americans to India to export our middle-class American dreams, enable Indians to build preacher-training and missionary-training schools so that Indians build the Indian church.

    I have seen this work in Nigeria, where Africans are teaching Africans to be missionaries to Africa.

  4. laymond says:

    “I realized that Jesus is the living God,” “Jesus is just keeping His promise. “I will build my church..” ”

    We somehow, time and time again forget who Jesus speaks for.

    Mat 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
    Mat 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
    Mat 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed [it] unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
    Royce, I might be wrong, but I took Jesus’answer to mean”right on bro” , not “close but no cigar “.
    Can you show me where it now says God is dead therefore his son has asscended to the throne, I missed that somehow.

    Can someone explain what Jesus answered, without saying Jesus speaks the words of the Father? Actually Jesus became the “word” of his Father.

    Hbr 1:1 ¶ God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
    Hbr 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

    There are many places in scripture that refer to “the living God” none, as far as I can tell, refer to Jesus Christ. Please correct my ignorance.

    When Jesus said “I will build my church” who was he speaking for?
    “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
    The words Peter spoke then, are just as true today.

  5. Royce Ogle says:

    Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses agree with you about the deity of Jesus. Over several years you continue to deny that Jesus was God in flesh and I don’t remember any Christian agreeing with you. That should be a hint that you might be off base.

    You and I have gone back and forth about this many times and I don’t know that we gained anything by the exercise. I am content with my position and you yours so I’ll leave it there.

  6. Manish says:

    So you all think we Indians should rejoice about you exporting your religion to our lands?

    Please, keep it to yourself, we don’t need religion in this Science age, that’s what you aren’t understanding

    Most of the converts are poorly educated who are being conned by evangelical preachers

    What’s your future move? Ask us to hang homosexuals like you’ve taught the Ugandans to do?

    I come from a Hindu family and though I’m proud of my five millennia old heritage, I didn’t stop believing in Hindu Gods to adopt yours, it’s not a fight to know who’s imaginary God is for real, go grab a science book, your neurons, if you have any, will thank you

    India just sent a probe on Mars, go check, no Christians among the scientists who did it

  7. Dwight says:

    It is hard to believe that a person can read the scripture and not understand that Jesus was God in the flesh, because it say so. God didn’t die so that Jesus could reign, but gave the throne to Jesus who will give it back. God cannot die. Jesus was the Son of the living God and because of this was God. If you are the son of your father you will have his characteristics and nature, while being a different person.
    Manish, the Ugandans might have hung homosexuals, but not under the teaching of Christians or Christianity, although they might have done this in the name of to justify their desire. You obviously don’t speak for the Indians who are being converted to Christ willingly. And here in America there re many Christians who are scientist in the top of the fields, including the space program.

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