q Christianity – Answering Problems

Summary

Do you want anything: less pain, more purpose, or a longer life? Jesus wants to give you all that is good (Matthew 7:7), so long as you change your life to not hurt others (Matthew 16:24). No other religion, politics, or science has evidence of a sinless (Hebrews 4:15) Being who was resurrected (I Corinthians 15:4-6). Only Jesus is offering you everything with the highest of evidence. Do you believe a Higher Being could have created this universe, and that He has a plan to save it (John 3:16)? We have a list of reasons why you should consider caring about Him (Hebrews 4:15).

Endorsements

Almost every Christian cares about God and spirituality or wants to more.

Concepts

Experience

Christianity heals pain.

Most Christians choose Jesus because of a personal “testimony” of God saving them from some evil. God promises that everyone who seeks anything good will find it if they ask, like knocking on a door of a library (Matthew 7:7). You won’t lose anything by looking up and saying, “Jesus, if You’re listening, tell me how to get what I want.” It could be pointless, but a seed of faith can do anything (Luke 17:6).

Christianity solves needs.

Most honestly would say that they naturally want more: a better body, more money, better relationships, love, etc. (I John 2:16). Science and other religions offer this, but say you have to work for it. Work is good (Proverbs 12:14), but what about when you can’t work enough: what if you want a billion-dollar house or healthy relationships but you know 3 lifetimes won’t be enough to get it? Jesus offers you an abundant earthly life (John 10:10) and many riches in heaven (Matthew 6:19-20). Although it’s free (Ephesians 2:8-9), you will have to obey Jesus, who only wants what’s best for humanity (Matthew 7:21).

Christianity is the largest religion.

Christianity has the most followers and compared to other large religions like Islam or Hinduism, Christianity gains more followers from conversions. There is a larger percentage of Muslims and Hindus who are systematically religious because their parents wanted them to be instead of having a personal relationship with God. The main reason why these beliefs have persisted so long is because of a culture of submission to elders coupled with a high birth rate.

Logic

Christianity forgives wrongs.

Everyone believes in justice (Proverbs 21:2), but do you believe you should be punished for your wrongdoings? Many think that only exceptionally bad people deserve earthly prisons or spiritual punishment like hell, but all humans seek perfection. Everyone wants eternal bliss (Ecclesiastes 3:11), and the only logical way to have it is to remove evil. With this logic, doing more good than bad cannot save you. Even if God doesn’t exist, humans would keep evolving until they eventually create a dystopia where all sin is punished. Jesus offers something much easier: just believe in Him and you won’t have to pay for your sins (Romans 3:25).

Christianity has a perfect Leader.

From a historical point of view, it’s interesting that only 1 person out of the 15 billion that existed claimed and proved perfection. Many have claimed to be God, but only 1 claimed to be sinless (Hebrews 4:15). Doesn’t it make sense that those who want to live a better life should want to hear the opinions of a person who lived a perfect life? Over 500 people were eyewitness of His perfection and resurrection from the dead (I Corinthians 15:4-6). It will only take you a few hours of studying, but might save you years of pain and suffering.

Christianity’s Leader is God.

Jesus said He is one with the Father (John 10:30). Being one with God means you are God (John 10:38), which angered the Pharisees (John 10:33; John 5:18) who claimed He was equating Himself to God (John 5:18). He also said “I AM”, another claim of being God (John 8:58-59; Exodus 3:14). All of Jesus’ followers also thought He was God (Titus 2:13; John 20:28), including the early church. More than that, Jesus is the Creator (John 1:3; Hebrews 1:2), because although God is one, God is also plural because God said “us” in Genesis 1:26. If you’re wondering why Jesus never said, “I am God” more directly, it’s because He never praises Himself (Proverbs 27:2), being perfectly humble (Isaiah 57:15; Matthew 11:29). The whole point of faith is to see if we believe Jesus is God or not (I John 4:2-3).

Society

Christianity modernized government.

All of the largest and most influential non-Christian kingdoms expanded and maintained their power through murder (Exodus 20:13), such as the Persian Empire, Roman Empire, Mongol Empire, Qing Dynasty, Inca Empire, and various African empires. This prevented long-term peace and prosperity. Back in 886, Alfred the Great created the Kingdom of England. Alfred was a strong Christian, who became famous for his legal reforms in the Doom book, with a special focus on mercy (James 2:13) and the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17) over the prevailing notion that the strongest should rule by murder. Although colonialism is rife with abuse, the British Empire was the major reason most people today believe discussing problems is better than killing those we disagree with.

Christianity modernized education.

After God gave the 10 Commandments (Deuteronomy 5:7-21), He immediately tells everyone to study them and write them down (Deuteronomy 6:7-9). The 15th century BC was the first time any society prioritized literacy. Around 500 AD, Benedict of Nursia created the first monasteries, places to educate oneself about the Bible. This later evolved into the modern notion of the university through the University of Paris in the 1100s. It was also primarily dedicated to studying theology. In the 14-1500s, literacy became the majority with Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation desiring everyone to read the Bible in their modern German language. This was possible through Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press, which printed many copies of the Bible. It was this explosion of biblical literacy in the 1500s that created the Scientific Revolution and all of modern literature and education.

Standard of Living

Christians are the wealthiest.

As of 2023, the 10 countries with the highest GDP per capita are predominately Christian. All of these countries are in Europe or were heavily influenced by Europe, where Christianity ruled for about 1000 years. By comparison, the 10 countries with the lowest GDP per capita are all in Africa (besides Afghanistan). Africa didn’t become predominately Christian until the 18th century, and unlike most wealthy countries that have about 3/4 of the land as believers, Africa is still at 49%, with 42% being Muslim. For perspective, despite Africa being 3x larger, its total GDP PPP is $8T in 2022, while the USA is $25T.

Christianity modernized healthcare.

The modern notion of the hospital was popularized by Christians during the Middle Ages. Many groups such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and those who swear the Hippocratic Oath use the Rod of Asclepius (see image) as their symbol. It is believed this symbol is derived from the Bible, a reminder that God is the source of our health (Numbers 21:5,8-9).

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Christianity modernized science.

The following is a list of renowned scientists, their primary accomplishments, and how Christianity played a role in their work:

  1. [15-1600s] Johannes Kepler created his laws of planetary motion and was a pioneer in astrology. He believed God created the cosmos, and fought for Christian unity.
  2. [15-1600s] Galileo Galilei was a founder of astronomy, classical physics, and modern science. He was a devout Christian, and made many scientific reforms in the church. 
  3. [15-1600s] Francis Bacon is the father of empiricism, famous for enhancing inductive reasoning and philosophy.  He often defended the faith through unity to combat atheism.
  4. [1600s] René Descartes is the father of modern philosophy and did much work in the sciences. He claimed to receive revelations from God.
  5. [1600s] Blaise Pascal enhanced studies of geometry, fluids, and especially pressure. He wrote often about Christian apologetics.
  6. [1600s] Robert Boyle was one of the first modern chemists, pioneered the scientific method, and discovered Boyle’s Law. He greatly funded missionaries.
  7. [16-1700s] Sir Isaac Newton formulated the laws of motion and developed theories on gravity and planetary motion. He also was passionate about theology.
  8. [1800s] Michael Faraday made discoveries in electromagnetic induction and electrolysis. Einstein had a picture of him. He was also a deacon and elder at his local church.
  9. [1800s] Gregor Mendel is the founder of modern genetics, and created many rules of heredity. Much of the funding of his work came as being a friar for the Catholic Church.
  10. [1800s] Samuel Morse created the telegraph and the Morse code. He dedicated large sums to charity and created a lectureship on “the relation of the Bible to the Sciences.”
  11. [1800s] James Maxwell founded the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation. He also loved the Bible.
  12. [1800s] Wilhelm Wundt is the father of modern psychology who encouraged the study of the mind and human behavior. His gravestone quotes John 4:24.
  13. [1800s] Charles Babbage is the father of the computer, and he prayed daily.
  14. [18-1900s] George Washington Carver was a pioneer in environmentalism. He was a strong believer who fought slavery and racism.

There are also many modern scientists that are fond of Jesus or Christianity:

  1. [18-1900s] Nikola Tesla made great contributions to AC electricity and the motor. He believes intelligence comes from God and studied the Bible.
  2. [18-1900s] Albert Einstein created the theory of relativity and E=mc^2. He liked Jesus’ teachings and said, “the aspiration toward truth…springs from the sphere of religion.
  3. [2000s] Elon Musk made strides in electric cars and private space flight as the richest man. He believes in Jesus’ teachings and said without Christianity, the West would collapse.

FAQ

Which church should I join?

Join any church that believes in the Gospel (Titus 3:3-8), especially the Trinity and that Jesus is God (I John 4:2-3). Any church that claims they are the only way is a cult and should be avoided because Jesus alone is the Way (John 14:6). Other churches claim their church is the best way, but no organization can claim that. Read more about church authority