What Is the Impact of the Middle East in Christian Theology?

There are lots of historical contexts in the Middle East that took place that impacted Christian theology. This impact is not just restricted to the specific historical contexts of the books of the Bible themselves. This impact extends far beyond the confines of history and geography but also to interpretation.
The interesting thing about Christianity is the concept of grace. Grace involves God’s mercy. God is

merciful not because He is required to be. God extends His mercy as a free gift. It is not something that He does because somehow someway He owes us, mere mortals, a favor. This is the biggest trap in any kind of Christian theology because it’s very easy to disregard grace and just look at a life of faith as essentially a series of quid pro quo exchanges between a deity and a human follower or servant of that deity. This is not Christianity.

If God owes you something because of the work that you did, then there is no need for Christ to die for our sins. There’s no need for Christ to be sacrificed for our sins. Since we can earn our forgiveness from God
and obligate God to clear away our sins, then the cross is dispensed to it. There’s no need for the cross

is dispensed to it. There’s no need for the cross. The fact that the cross does exist, it is the crucial element of the gospel, means that it’s all about mercy. It’s all about God’s grace.

If God owes you something because of the work that you did, then there is no need for Christ to die for our sins. There’s no need for Christ to be sacrificed for our sins. Since we can earn our forgiveness from God and obligate God to clear away our sins, then the cross is dispensed to it. There’s no need for the cross. The fact that the cross does exist, it is the crucial element of the gospel, means that it’s all about mercy. It’s all about God’s grace.

There is nothing we can do to save ourselves. There is no quid pro quo involved regardless of how good you live your life if you do not truly believe in Christ and if you do not truly depend on Him, then you don’t have a relationship with Christ. It’s all for show. This is the revolutionary concept that Christianity brings to the table as far as global theology is concerned.

We don’t mean to compose this as some sort of comparative religion course, but this point has to be emphasized. If you look at the totality of the human experience on planet earth, almost all expressions and formulations of man’s relationship to the divine has been a quid pro quo relationship. In other words, you have to sacrifice something or do something so that the deity would do something for you.

In essence, the deity has been turned into some sort of genie or some sort of cosmic servant. If you want to take it to its farthest logical conclusion, it’s as if the Lord or God has been turned into a cosmic butler. In other words, you have to do something to trigger the exchange and then after you have given God what He wants, He gives you what you want. That is not the truth.

The truth is God loved us so much regardless of whether we knew Him or regardless of whether we hate Him, that He gave His only begotten son so that whoever believes in Him, will have eternal life and won’t perish. That’s how much God loves us and that is grace

 MECC is all about grace. We focus on this grace of God to give us the strength to unite in an ecumenical way as many of the Middle Eastern churches as possible as we try to survive whatever pressures, strains and challenges churches face from age to age.