This morning I’m thinking again – a dangerous thing to do these days. And I happen to be thinking about the positive contributions of Christianity to the world. Some of my thoughts are historical facts and some are my own ideas, hopefully based upon the ideas of others who have written books on this subject.
The concept of forgiveness is the first thing that comes to mind. This is at the heart of Christianity. When Jesus was being killed by Roman crucifixion, he said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” According to Christian teaching, in the death of Jesus, God was actually dying for the sins of the world. This teaching has strengthened the world’s concept of forgiveness by setting it upon the strong foundation of sacrificial love and justice. Christianity, in the historical actions of Jesus Christ, joined the three concepts of love, justice, and forgiveness, in effect making them one.
The rule of law also comes to mind. This concept is based directly upon the Judeo-Christian belief that God gave us an absolute standard for law. This has strengthened the world’s concept of law by setting it upon the strong foundation of an absolute standard which can be used to judge both subjects and kings.
Christian charity, as expressed in the creation and support of charities, schools and hospitals are indisputable historical examples of the positive contributions of Christianity to the world.
The last, but not the least thing that comes to mind is the historical fact that the Christian concept of a reasonable God who created a reasonable universe forms the basis for all that falls under the category of science.