While working at a Christian conference I asked a venue employee what he thought about the conference. He enthusiastically replied "You guys have changed the atmosphere of this place." Not only did we change the inside of the civic center but I also noticed many attendees reaching out to the homeless people outside.
Former Beatle, John Lennon wrote a popular song called Imagine. I wonder if he really imagined a world without Christianity.
The next time you hear someone blame religion for being the main source of the world’s problems or criticize Christians for being hypocrites, just take a moment and think about a world without Christianity. Imagine our world with no Christian hospitals, orphanages, or relief charities. Think about how many universities, colleges or educational institutions from around the world would not exist. Could you comprehend our world today without the humanitarian work of William Wilberforce or Martin Luther King Jr.? Imagine the great void if the world had never experienced Christian inspired art, music and literature. Again, pause and think about… no Salvation Army, Y.M.C.A, Emory Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital NYC, Yale University, Duke University, music from Bach, writings from C.S. Lewis and art from the renaissance era. As unthinkable as it may be to imagine a world without these influences the most horrific thought imaginable is a world without Jesus. Thankfully, Jesus did step down from heaven to enter our world. He took on the form of a human to experience life as we do and teach us His truth. His influence upon this world is like no other.
What about all the Christian atrocities and Christian hypocrites? For something to be false or counterfeit you must have the genuine article to make that comparison. Jesus actually warned us of wolves in sheep’s clothing, those who would be Christian in name only. Anyone acting out murderous or unjust ways is in contradiction to the teachings of Christ. A real born again Christian has a new nature that is continually conforming to the image of Jesus.
The teachings of Jesus and His followers has brought forth monumental benefits to this world.
However, Christianity is not here just to make the world a better place. It's here to show the love of Christ and to tell the world how to receive eternal life through the redemptive work of Jesus. He died on a cross to pay the price for our sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Whoever believes in Him will be accepted by God and granted eternal life.
Our time on earth is temporary. Choosing where you spend eternity is of the greatest importance.
Note: Some of the organizations mentioned above have not held to Christian orthodoxy but were originally established by Christians.
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