While preparing for Sunday school lessons on the Bible, I gave the children a few examples of noted Christians who did not only believe in the Bible, but excelled in the secular sphere as well.
I later published it online, and to my surprise, someone it shared it on another website as well.
Note that all entries in this article may not be considered “orthodox” Christians. Nevertheless, here is an overview of the influence of the Bible, and ode to people who rightfully were the “salt of the earth:
· The Bible was the first major book to be printed in the world, launching the Gutenberg Revolution.
· The Bible is still the highest selling book in the world.
· Till 1998, the Bible was translated in more than 2000 languages. Almost 93% of the world's population read the Bible in their mother tongue .
· The King James Version, being just one of the many translations has played a major part in the development of the English language. Almost 60% of all English language idioms come from the KJV.
· Despite the widespread notion that science is at loggerheads with religion, scientists considered the pioneers of modern science (such as Isaac Newton, Galileo, Robert Hoyle, Johannes Kepler, Blaise Pascal, and Copernicus) all were Bible believers.
· Famous sportspersons and athletes like Shawn Michaels and Eric Liddell not only believe in Christ, but took part in Christian evangelism as well.
· Johann Sebastian Bach and Mozart have a timeless influence on both secular and Church music.
· Florence Nightingale, a Christian, was the founder of modern nursing.
· William Wilberforce, an evangelical Christian, led the movement which ended African slavery.
· Top universities like Oxford, Harvard and Yale were started as religious institutions.
· Christian missionaries have helped local communities in poor countries immensely. Indeed, it is not a coincidence that education and health care came with arrival of missionaries in the third world
· Many astronauts on both Apollo 8 and 11 were believing Christians. They read the Bible in space, and even performed Eucharist while orbiting the Moon! Infact, an athiest onboard on Apollo 8 actually filed a lawsuit against Christians reading Genesis in the Spacecraft.
This does not go without saying that adherents of other religions have not contributed in anyway to the development of humanity. Nor do I argue that Christians have never acted in way that has harmed mankind.
But history has shown us one thing: Christianity is a religion of revival. There have been dark periods in Church history, but today the nations influenced by Christianity stand on the forefront of modern civilization.
Most importantly, all major atrocities committed by the Church were stopped by the members of the same faith. Whether it was the slaughter of Jews, war with the Turks, or the burning of innocent women, every time it was the Christians themselves who rose against the evils done in the name of God by their own brethren.
This is one, but not the only one, reason that Christianity still holds some relevance today.