Summary: The premise of the movie was for George to find out what would have happened… how life would be different, if he had never lived. What if Jesus Had Never Been Born?
Ephesians 2: 1-3, 11-12
It’s a Wonderful Life
Movie Plot: Jimmy Stewart plays George Bailey, a local good guy with a beautiful family, lots of friends and a good job at the family bank. One day, his Uncle Billy loses an $8,000 deposit and George fears the worst. He gets drunk in a bar, crashes his car into a bridge and decides the only way out of the situation is to commit suicide by jumping off the bridge. In answer to many prayers, God sends a guardian angel in the form of an old man named Clarence. He doesn’t look much like much of an angel, and in fact he is only an angel second class who has not yet earned his wings (by helping someone on earth)
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The premise of the movie was for George to find out what would have happened… how life would be different, if he had never lived.
What if Jesus Had Never Been Born?
Although many committed Christians owned slaves in history, it was Christians who historians credit with being the primary force behind ending international slave trade. Two-thirds of the members of the American abolition society in 1835 were Christian ministers.
In the ancient world, for example in classical Rome or Greece, infanticide was not only legal, it was applauded. Killing a Roman was murder, but it was commonly held in Rome that killing one’s own children could be an act of beauty. Through a higher view of life, it was the early Christian church that ultimately brought an end to infanticide.
The modern pro-life movement is largely Christian. This pro-life view has been true from the very beginning of Christianity.
The Puritans were highly educated people (the literacy rate for men in Massachusetts and Connecticut was between 89 and 95 percent) who founded colleges, taught their children to read and write before the age of six, studied art, philosophy, and other fields as well.
All but one of the first 123 colleges in colonial America were Christian institutions. While these universities have lost their Christian identities, it is interesting to read the founding statements of these schools. Harvard, for example, was founded on this statement: “Let every student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life, John 17:3.”
There is a group of scientists who believe there is an infinite, personal God who created it, sustains it and can act within it in a natural and non-natural way. Here are some of the scientists (although some were deistic) who believed that God was the primary Cause of the universe and the one who created the laws of nature. These men gave birth to modern science:
Johann Kepler (1571–1630), celestial mechanics, physical astronomy
Blaise Pascal (1623–1662), hydrostatics
Robert Boyle (1627–1691), chemistry, gas dynamics
Nicholas Steno (1638–1687), stratigraphy
Isaac Newton (1642–1727), calculus, dynamics