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Jesus Is the Hope of the World

The Gospel of Jesus Transformed the World

 Did you know that before Jesus came into the world there was darkness and terror over the whole earth?  And until the Gospel spread around the world, it remained in darkness?

In Africa, there was tribal warfare, cannibalism, and slavery. The Northern Europeans were barbarians. The Aztecs practiced human sacrifice, slavery, and cannibalism. The Incas worshipped the sun god, practiced cranial deformation, and had tribal warfare. The Mayans practiced human sacrifice (particularly of children). On the Pacific Islands there was also tribal warfare, cruelty, and cannibalism.  In India, the caste system had developed, leaving so many hopeless, and they practiced widow burning (suttee), and infanticide. The Native Americans also practiced cannibalism and tribal warfare. Some argue that the Druids of England practiced cannibalism. The Phoenicians were known to roast babies alive as sacrifices to their God.  And have we forgotten that those bastions of so-called civilization, the Greeks and Romans, practiced infanticide, slavery, polytheism, aggressive wars, torture, execution, and even blood sport?

These weren’t “noble savages” as Rousseau claimed, they were savages.

This was the world that Christ was born into. But John declared, “In him (Jesus) was life, and that life was the light of men” (John 1:4). This was a fulfillment of the prophecy found in Isaiah 9:2 concerning the messiah: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.”

Jesus spoke words that had never been spoken before. For example, the Greek philosophers, Plato and Aristotle, accepted infanticide as part of Athenian law. The Spartans practiced infanticide. The Romans, Cicero and Seneca, both mentioned infanticide as a common practice in the Roman Empire, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come unto me, for such is the Kingdom of God.” 

Plato and Aristotle also accepted slavery as a matter of course, considering some to be “human tools” that were “marked” at birth either for subjection or rule. But Jesus said that he came to “set the captives free!”

Jesus provided the world with a tenderness it hadn’t known before.  As the Gospel spread around the world, those who hungered and thirsted for righteousness, rather than cruelty and suffering, found a resting place in Christianity’s branches. If a tree is to be known by its fruit, as Jesus said, rescuing abandoned children, redeeming slaves, caring for the poor and sick, and opposing poisonous religions such as polytheism and Emperor worship, were all fruits of this tree.

 

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About Diana Lesperance

I'm passionate about Jesus and I love to defend the gospel of grace and truth. I have a large and active family that keeps me busy and overwhelmed on a daily basis.

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3 thoughts on “The Gospel of Jesus Transformed the World

  1. Interesting piece from a psychological perspective. It’s nothing but 400 words that are a textbook example of confirmational bias. You’ve cherry picked history and arranged it in a specific way to support your beliefs. That doesn’t make those 400 words definitionally true. In fact, your unbelievably loose use of “facts” is an indication that you’re not at all interested in reality, and instead will go out of your way to deny it.

    That’s fine, it’s your right, but it doesn’t make it real.

    You say Jesus had an impact on the world, and yet he didn’t say anything new or even marginally useful. He didn’t mention bacteria, pasteurization, or the importance of dental hygiene. He didn’t explain lightning, the tides, the sun, our position in the solar system, the galaxy, gravity, the composition of the atmosphere, or dispense the formula for sun block. He didn’t point anyone in the direction of morphine, teach a soul about the nature of asthma, epilepsy, atoms, genetics, subatomic particles, the periodic table, volcanology, the causes of headaches, muscle cramps, prenatal care, plate tectonics, architecture, evolution, or tell a single living being about the science of corrective-optics. He didn’t mention anything about better, faster, safer forms of transportation, communication technology, math, the metric system, a new swimming technique, scuba diving, blast furnaces, magnetic compasses, quartz watches, wind turbines, the wonders of reinforced concrete, ball bearings, immunization, New Zealand, the physics of flight, thermal dynamics, podiatry, water purification, desalination, stainless steel, umbrellas, telescopes, microscopes, macroeconomics, paper, washing machines, tupperware, bicycles, bras, buttons, refrigeration, or even introduce a single new spice to spruce up otherwise bland Judean recipes. He didn’t even say that an average sized adult is a composite of some 7, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 flavoured atoms arranged on a 4.54 billion year old planet circling a middle-aged 4th or 5th generation star on its 23rd trip around the centre of a galaxy composed of about 200 billion stars in a 13.7 billion year old universe peppered with hundreds of billions of galaxies glued together in super clusters along expanding tendrils held in-place by the indirectly observed but otherwise still utterly mysterious dark matter.

    I’m sorry, but the character Jesus said nothing new or useful. Even the so-named Golden Rule is not new. It’s plagiarised. The concept dates back to the Egyptian Middle Kingdom (c. 2040–1650 BCE) “Now this is the command: Do to the doer to cause that he do thus to you.” It also emerged in the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi (1780 BCE), as well as in 6th century BCE Taoism, “Regard your neighbour’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbour’s loss as your own loss,” in 5th century BCE Confucianism, “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself,” in 4th century BCE Mohism, “For one would do for others as one would do for oneself,” and was articulated by the Greek, Pittacus (640–568 BCE), who said: “Do not do to your neighbour what you would take ill from him.”

    Posted by john zande | September 21, 2013, 9:14 am

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Why am I WAITING for “Shalom?”

"They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven . . ."
(1 Thessalonians 1:9b-10a)

The word "shalom" in the Hebrew has many meanings which indicate restoration, renewal, friendship, peace, safety and so on. At one time, God placed his creation in a perfect garden--a place of safety, security, provision and peace--and we disobeyed God, losing 1) our relationship with God and 2) paradise.

Since that time, we've attempted to bring back both of these losses in our own way. Religion is our attempt to gain back our relationship with God, and politics is our attempt to gain back paradise.

The solution to both of these losses is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet the world refuses to believe the good news! Instead they try to attain the restoration--the shalom--in their own way through their own effort.

I believe that the kingdom of God is restored in the hearts of men as they receive Christ's finished work, but the kingdom of God doesn't come physically to earth until Christ comes.

Any effort to bring about the promise ahead of time in our own strength is akin to Abraham going to Hagar for fulfillment of the promise instead of waiting with Sarah for the birth of the promised child through whom the nations of the earth would be blessed.

The evangelical church is rushing en masse to bring about shalom through their own effort, power, and influence. Men like Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, Jim Wallis, and Donald Miller are losing their faith in the promise of Christ that he would prepare a place for them and they're attempting to restore paradise now.

I want to let it be known that I'm WAITING for shalom. I won't be a part of their dream. They are moving ahead of God rather than waiting on God and they will create another Ishmael as a result.

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