I found myself wondering the other day what would the world be like if Jesus had never been born, and the more I thought about it the more I began to realise it would be a vastly different place to what we know now – certainly not a better one.
Unfortunately the liberal West loves to blame Christianity for many of the world’s ills and keep people ignorant of the positive and profound impact Jesus, and consequently, those who have believed in, and followed him, have had upon the world.
Let me list a few…
The coming of Jesus has transformed lives, relationships and communities.
It has brought liberty and justice, education, medicine and health care to the masses.
It has brought deliverance from false and futile religion and dark satanic practices.
It has provided relief to the poor, lifted the downtrodden and broken the yoke of the oppressed.
It has impacted politics and law and given dignity and rights, freedom of speech.
It has been a stimulator and contributor to the whole arena of science.
It has given dignity to work and the rights of employees.
It has contributed enormously to music, literature and the arts.
It has provided the biggest season of goodwill the world has ever known.
And so we could go on….
Which reminds me, not so long ago I read a report that had come out of atheistic China that said that all that is good (note that) about the West derives from Christianity and therefore from Jesus. That is some statement!
Yes, if Jesus had not come into the world it would have been a far worse and poorer place.
Praise God Jesus did come!