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What good has the christian faith brought to us

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What good has the christian faith brought to us

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To me, its a difference like day and night. Adopting a theistic world view, i can know God, and  experience his grace and love of a loving father. Its a joy to be able to witness to others about the greatness of God. In that way, i am making a difference in this world, and my life has also value for others.   It means loving and being loved by others.  Furthermore, i find meaning , self worth, and ultimately it makes a difference, how i live, and who i am, and what i do today, has significance and consequences also in eternity. My life is not doomed when i die, rather i have the perspective of living eternally with God. So belief in God gives me hope for a eternal life in heaven. Furthermore, i find peace with God through the forgiveness of my sins, through Christ's death on the cross. Without faith in God, there is no hope of deliverance of unjustice and evil. Nor are there objective moral values. Everything becomes subjective and relative, and depends entirely on each  individuals standpoints. Ultimately, there is no good, and no evil. There are just different viewpoints and standards based on personal preferences. Furthermore, the existence of the universe and life makes sense and its existence is explained in a satisfiying manner through a creator. In a broader sense,

Christianity has shaped western civilisation in many ways for the better. The Bible itself is responsible for much of the language, literature, music and fine arts we enjoy today as its artists and composers were heavily influenced by its writings. The liberties and human rights of secular governments ,  freedom and rights of the individual,  and so the criminal and justice system are direct consequence of the bible, and so the belief that man is accountable to God and that the law is the same regardless of social position, power and wealth. The education system, care of orphans and the elders, and hospitals  goes back to the spread of monasteries, which were taking care of the general population. Science began to flourish in the western world, like Occam's razor in the twelfth century , and many science fathers, like Galilei, Newton, Volta, Ohm, Ampere, Kelvin, Faraday etc. were all Christians.  There are many other things, but this is just to name a few.

If you're talking about many of the first orphanages, all of our major Ivy League universities in fact all but one the first 123 colleges and universities in colonial America, almost every charitable organization i.e. the Red Cross, Nursing (Florence Nightingale), the abolition of slavery in both the Roman world and the European Slave Trade, ALL of the first sciences including the scientific method (as we know it today), Kepler, Newton, Pasteur, Boyle, Maxwell, Steno, Martel, ect; free enterprise and work ethic (ethics in general), wherever there are starving people, there are Christians feeding, wherever there are homeless, Christians are building shelters, in Rome during a plague Christians would not flee but tend for the sick and dying, the greatest contributions to music, literature, and art who brought them to music theory and even revolutionizing literature as we know it today are all contributed to Christians and Christianity.

"This is our culture's powerful emphasis on compassion, on helping the needy, and on alleviating distress even in distant places. If there is a huge famine or reports of genocide in Africa, most people in other cultures are unconcerned. As the Chinese proverb has it, 'the tears of strangers are only water.' But here in the West we rush to help....Part of the reason why we do this is because of our Christian assumptions....The ancient Greeks and Romans did not believe this. They held a view quite commonly held in other cultures today: yes, that is a problem, but it is not our problem....However paradoxical it seems, people who believed most strongly in the next world did the most to improve the situation of people living in this one." -D'Souza

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The dramatic transition from a spiritually non-living, to a spiritually living follower of Christ

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Denton: Evolution, A Theory in Crisis, p249 writes:
We now know not only of the existence of a break between the living and non-living world, but also that it represents the most dramatic and fundamental of all the discontinuities of nature. Between a living cell and the most highly ordered non-biological system, such as a crystal or a snowflake, there is a chasm as vast and absolute as it is possible to conceive.

The same break happens in the transition from a spiritually non-living, to a spiritually living Child of God, and represents the most dramatic and fundamental of all the discontinuities of human life. there is a chasm as vast and absolute as it is possible to conceive.

FINALLY ALIVE - What Happens When We Are Born Again, John Piper :

Before the new birth happens to us, we are spiritually dead; we are morally selfish and rebellious, and we are legally guilty before God’s law and under his wrath, our present condition is hopelessly unresponsive, corrupt, and guilty.

Eph. 2:1–2 : Apart from the new birth, we are dead in trespasses and sins

Eph. 2:3:  Apart from the new birth, we are by nature children of wrath

John 3:19–20:  Apart from the new birth, we love darkness and hate the light

Rom. 8:7–8: Apart from the new birth, we are unable to submit to God or please God

Ephesians 2:4–5: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.”

Without the new birth, we won’t have saving faith, but only unbelief, we won’t have justification, but only condemnation, we won’t be the children of God, but the children of the devil, we won’t bear the fruit of love by the Holy Spirit but only the fruit of death, we won’t have eternal joy in fellowship with God, but only eternal misery with the devil and his angels

Dead implies lifeless. Not physically or morally lifeless, but spiritually lifeless. Verse 1: We are “walking” and “following” the world. Verse 2: We have “passions” of the fl esh, and we carry out the “desires of the body and the mind.”

The new birth is unsettling because it refers to something that is done to us, not something we do.

John 1:13 emphasizes this. It refers to the children of God as those “who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” God causes the new birth; we don’t. Peter stresses the same thing: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again” (1 Pet. 1:3).  
The Holy Spirit supernaturally gives us new spiritual life by connecting us with Jesus Christ through faith. It is a newness that involves a cleansing of the old and a creation of the new.

Ezekiel 26–27: “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your fl esh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.”

It means soft and living and responsive and feeling, instead of being a lifeless stone. In the new birth, our dead, stony boredom with Christ is replaced by a heart that senses the worth of Jesus.

1 John 3:14: “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.”

1 John 4:7: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”

1 John 5:1: “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him.”

1 John 5:4: “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”

1 John 5:18: “We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.”

Gal. 5:22-23: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control

When God causes us to be born again, saving faith is awakened,
and we are united to Christ.

1 John 5:1: “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God.” Not will be born of God, but has been born of God. Our first faith is the flicker of life through the new birth.
When the new birth awakens faith, and unites us to Christ, we are justified—that is, counted righteous—through that faith.

Romans 5:1: “Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” New birth awakens faith, and faith looks to Christ for righteousness, and God credits righteousness to us on the basis of Christ alone through faith alone.

When new birth awakens faith and unites us to Christ, all the legal obstacles to our acceptance with God are removed. So God adopts us into his family and conforms us to the image of his Son. John 1:12: “To all who
did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the fl esh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
We are born again from God, not from the will of man, and we believe on Christ and receive him, and God makes us his legal heirs and spiritual children.
All condemnation is replaced with justification and the Spirit of adoption moves into our lives, he produces the fruit of love.

Galatians 5:6: “In Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.”
1 John 3:14: “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers.” Where there is new birth, there is love.
Finally, when the new birth wakens faith and unites us to Christ, who is our righteousness, and unleashes the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, we are on the narrow way that leads to heaven. And the pinnacle of heaven’s joys will be eternal fellowship with God. “This is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3). The pinnacle of the joy of our new life is God himself.

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