The Christian message explains that as the Almighty watched the evil going on in the world, as Satan and his forces is present in this earthly realm, he decided to provide a solution to the calamities of men, writes historian Hanne Nabintu Herland in her World Net Daily Christmas column, America’s largest conservative news network.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” explains John the Apostle in John 3,16.
The idea is that by adhering to Christ’ new law, by practicing the commandments of Jesus – which summed up is: Love thy God and love thy neighbour – man is given a path to peace.
By doing good to others, seeking out those in need, attempting at the best of your ability to make the world a better place, the eternal message of God’s love is fulfilled. (Feature photo: Damascus, Syria Orthodox Christmas worship, 2017.)
The light of Jesus Christ: The path to freeing yourself from the forces of darkness begins by accepting God’s gift of Jesus Christ. Upon opening one’s heart and inner self, searching to connect to God mentally, the reality of Jesus Christ is revealed to men.
This is mental health in the deepest sense. By searching for Christ, a mental path opens and men may begin a spiritual journey that disconnects man from the present evil.
Next, by studying the Bible, connecting to other believers such as the Orthodox community and others, man may tap into the existential wisdom that elevates the individual and frees him from the horrifying torment of depressions and anxiety, hopelessness and emptiness, fear and sadness.
He is given the mental tools to combat this evil and the path to inner freedom and peace opens up.
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In the famous Madison Square Garden Crusade, the leading Christian preacher, Billy Graham repeats the Christian verdict by saying that the heart is the seat of a man’s conscience and light.
The Bible is a several thousand years old historical document and represents the back bone of Western civilization for more than a thousand years.
It is comprised by a number of books that provide exquisite literature, wisdom, anecdotes, history, poetry, prophetic writings and much more.
The demonization of the Bible is currently at its most rampant in the West, as atheism seeks to quench the spiritual voice in this vast literature, so that the light and hope from the Eternal should not reach the individuals struggling in darkness. The evil at work at this very moment is staggering.
And this world is engulfed in starkly opposing forces. The existential battle between good and evil is taking place before our very eyes.
The degree of evil may now at a peak, human rights discarded, the war between the sexes crushing the family, rampant abortion and millions not born causing population decline.
The classical Western values that stem from Christianity include the principle of equality regardless of race, creed, gender. It unleashed the revolutionary idea that each man has unique value.
It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of Christianity’s influence on Western values. It was Christianity that introduced the principle of equality, which unleashed the revolutionary idea that each man, regardless of class, gender and race, has a unique value.
The atheist, Marxist New Left’s war against the Church is raging, and many speak of totalitarianism engulfing us. Yet, this is precisely the environment that makes Christianity the perfect choice, the path to mental health in a tormented situation.
The light of Jesus Christ: The current type of authoritarian police state that many now feel we live in, was exactly what Jesus was born into. The Roman Empire gave little freedom of speech to those who wished to disagree with its policies.
The Jewish people – Jesus was a Jew – were handled with remarkable force by the Romans if they revolted against the tyranny. In the end, the Temple in Jerusalem was crushed and the Jews dispersed from their country to live homeless among other nations for two thousand years. The horror must have been indescribable.
It is important to note that the Bible clearly states that those who have not comprehended the Christ path, will be judged by their conscience.
In the Old Testament this was the rule – with David, Joseph, Samuel, Moses and many more – and how God will judge others we may leave up to him. The point being that the existential path opened by Jesus Christ is a revolutionary passage to mental peace, mental health and mental welfare in a steadily darker world.
This is what we celebrate at Christmas. The baby boy born in a manger far from the palaces of power, became the Saviour of the world.
As he was celebrated by shepherds and astrologers who saw his massive star flare up the heavens, they knew that a remarkable revolution was taking place.
Since then, Christianity has become the world’s largest religion with billions searching for the light of Christ in order to combat the evil that engulfs this world.