The World is a Better Place Because of Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the most important person who ever lived on earth. Not only did He die to save people from their sins, He also changed the world for the better.
Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds but when it is grown it is greater than the other plants and becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32
Jesus was born in a stable. His family was poor. He did not have a lot of money. He did not have an important job, he was a carpenter. In fact, at the end of his life he did not have a home. But, He became the most important person in history. His birth is the foundation for our calendar. Even non-Christians recognize Jesus Christ as the most important figure in history. Former President George W. Bush, said that Christ was the most important influence in his life.
Look at the list below. Could you imagine life without these institutions?
3. Free public education for all people
4. Literacy (teaching people to read) programs
5. Capitalism and free-enterprise
6. Representative government, especially American democracy.
7. Separation of powers (no single branch of government has all power, this
limits corruption and protects freedom).
8. Freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and religion
9. Slavery has been made illegal
10. Modern science.
11. The discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus.
12. Women’s rights and equality.
13. Charities (organizations that help the poor).
14. High standards of justice
15. Elevation of common people.
16. Prevention of adultery, homosexuality, and other sexual sins. This has helped to protect the family and saved people from needless pain and death through disease. Christians love people who do wrong even if we do not agree with their lifestyle.
17. High value on human life.
18. Establishment of order and government in undeveloped cultures.
19. The written form of many languages.
20. Greater development of art and music.
21. Transformation of many lives as a result of Christ. Murderers and criminals have been changed for the better.
22. Heaven for countless souls.
All of these things are the result of Christ, Christianity, and Christians.
Christianity also values human life more than other religions because the Bible teaches that every life is unique and special in God’s eyes. “So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female.” Genesis 1:27
In the culture of the world at and before the time of Jesus human life was not valued. Prisoners were forced to fight each other to the death or to be killed by lions for the entertainment of crowds. Babies were killed for as offerings to various idols. Abortion was widely practiced along with the killing of newborn babies. Wherever Christianity has become the religion of the majority of the people, these terrible practices have been made illegal. As Christianity declines in countries such as the US, abortion and other practices become legal again and life loses its value.
In non-Christian cultures women often have the same value as farm animals. They have no rights and are not allowed to do anything without the permission of their father or husband. Today, in such places as China, it is common for parents to abort female babies so that their one legal child will be male. Christianity teaches that men and women are equal before God. “So there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles, between slaves and free people, between men and women; you are all in one union with Jesus Christ.”
In the US (not to mention all the other nations where Christians live and give) Jewish and Christian religious institutions donate more than $19 billion each year to care for children, elderly, education, medicine, food for the hungry, and housing for the homeless. In addition, more than $6 billion is given yearly in volunteer labor (free work; doctors, teachers, builders, etc.) People who do not believe in God are not nearly so generous to the poor. They generally do not give their own money. Instead they expect the government to help the poor with other people’s money.
The belief that all people should receive education came from Christianity. Over the past two hundred years Christian missionaries were the first to provide education to hundreds of millions of people in lesser developed nations.
The universities of Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, Princeton were started to teach people about the Bible and to train pastors. Today, these universities are anti-Christian despite the fact that Christians started them.
Much of American democracy is based on Christianity. The idea of limited government power comes from the idea that God is above all nations and so even kings must obey God and not take away the rights of the people. The idea of human rights is based on the teaching of Christianity that humans are created by God and are given rights that cannot be taken away by the government. The idea for the separation of powers (President, Congress, Supreme Court) comes from the Christian teaching that all people are sinful and so no single person should have all power but that others should limit their power.
Important scientists who believed that God created the universe.
Joseph Lister-antiseptic surgery
Johannes Kepler-mechanics of stars and planets
Georgess Cuvier-comparative anatomy
Charles Babbage-computer science
John Ambrose Fleming-electronics
William Ramsey-isotopic chemistry
John Ray-natural history
And many more!
Hospitals-The first hospitals that took care of the poor as a ministry were founded by Christians around the year 350. Christians believe that serving the poor and the sick is the same as serving Christ.
34. “Then the King will say to those on his right, `Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
35. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
36. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37. “Then the righteous will answer him, `Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
38. When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
39. When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40. “The King will reply, `I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
The Red Cross was founded by Henry Dunant in 1864 to prevent the suffering and death of soldiers on the battlefield because he felt the call of God to do this.
Kennedy, D. James. and Newcombe, Jerry (1994) What if Jesus had never been born? Thomas Nelson Publishing.
This is a very encouraging book!