Three: What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?

Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” –John 8:31-32

What if Jesus had never been born? The modern world would look much different, especially when it comes to education. On February 1, 1993, an article published in the Washington Post stated, evangelical followers are “largely poor, uneducated, and easy to command.” The media would have you believe that Christians are uneducated, even anti-intelligence. However, the opposite is quite true. There is a strong link between the Christian faith and education at all levels. Christianity has always stressed the importance of education and even Jesus’ Great Commission states, “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Jesus was called a rabbi or teacher and His followers were called disciples or students.

Christianity played a pivotal role in saving Western Civilization from extinction, after the Barbarians ushered in the Dark Ages by conquering the Roman Empire in the fifth and sixth centuries. It was the Christian monasteries and later their universities that preserved that great manuscripts of learning from the Greeks and Romans in their copying libraries. Without the Church’s emphasis on learning, the great works of history would have been lost forever.

It was the Church that even created the university around the year 1200 in Paris, which later spread to England and the rest of the world. In fact, virtually every one of the first 123 colleges founded in the United States were established by Christians for the purpose of being seminaries. Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth and Brown universities were once rooted in the Christian faith with the purpose of spreading the Christian faith. The most common motto in their mission statements is “The truth shall set you free,” but many today have forgotten that this statement came from Jesus.

The Church sponsored parochial schools of classical learning with the mission to educate common people to read the Bible and produce future pastors and teachers. Many of the first school textbooks used Biblical vocabulary, such as the first primers to teach the alphabets that used “A-in Adam’s fall, we sinned all. B-Heaven to find, the Bible mind. C-Christ crucified, for sinners died.” It was also the Church and their missionaries that first made education available to women.

Christians have always put an emphasis on education and intelligence. We are people of the Book and we will continue to seek after knowledge as we seek to be Jesus’ disciples in this world.

God Bless,

Pastor Joel