Through evolutionary biology analysis, I have come to the conclusion that the Christian religion is God's gift to mankind that helped us to a better life. Through my belief in Darwin and Christ, I have come to the conclusion that the most important thing to achieve better living conditions is to counteract the violence that comes from God creating man through natural selection. Important means for this have been; Justice, Monetary, Democracy and Christian Religion. How we act against each other determines what type of society we get.
Humans can, by talking to each other, which animal can not, agree to be kind to each other, and through the judiciary punish those who try to gain benefits by exercising violence against others. The significance of the penalty is that it makes crime an "evolutionarily unstable strategy". Monetary economy means that an individual gets money by performing services for other individuals, after which he can use the money to make others perform services for him, which benefits the individuals to perform services for others. Legislation and money economy mean that for human it is a more "evolutionary stable strategy" to be kind to each other than to other animal species.
The fact that Christian civilization has been more successful than the Muslim is because Christianity is a more effective religion than Islam to counteract human innate violence. Those who believe that the way to God is a ruler who has conquered a kingdom through victories in war has a different attitude to violence than those who believe that the way to God is one who died on a cross for our sins. Although there were pre-Christian religions that were more violent, it is Islam that historically was the alternative to Christianity. The failure of Islam is that the Prophet Muhammad was not only a prophet but also a war fighting ruler. Earlier when we lived in a world where one became ruler and created the kingdoms through victories on the battlefields, many believed that it was God who determined who would prevail and that a victorious ruler was thus chosen by God. When one of God through victories in war selected rulers received revelations, there were many who believed that the revelations were messages from God. After Muhammad had revealed the Qur'an from the Archangel Gabriel, he tried to persuade the townspeople of Mecca to join the new religion. However, he was driven from the city and came to Medina where he succeeded better. Then he gathered an army whose help he in 630 conquered Mecca. At that time, before democracy was invented, no general election was announced when one had conquered power, so he became a totalitarian ruler. Many Muslims today even dream of new Muhammad in the form of a strong totalitarian ruler who will unite the Muslim world into a Kalifat and give Islam world domination.Unlike Muhammad, Jesus lacked both political power and military merits. He was tried by the temptation that he would receive political power if he worshiped the devil. When he was asked by Pilate if he was the King of the Jews, he replied that his kingdom was not of this world. In addition, he was executed by crucifixion by the political rulers. The personal cult of the war fighting totalitarian ruler Muhammad implies that Muslims have a more positive attitude towards the use of violence and warlike non-elected rulers than in Christianity. This is something that current dictators in the Muslim world are gratefully using to justify the oppression and preserve their power, thus many Muslim regimes have the death penalty for those who convert from Islam.
If Jesus had did as Muhammad and instead of ascending to heaven after the resurrection went to Rome and did what Constantine did 300 years later; gathered an army, won on the battlefields and as ruler of the Roman Empire created the first Christian society. Then Christianity had the same problem as Islam, namely that the believers had a war fighting dictator as the highest moral model. But since it was Constantine who created the first Christian nation by winning on the battlefields and as a Roman ruler introducing a society based on the Christian doctrine, then the development potential of the Christian community became larger as the believers did not have Constantine but Jesus who was not one war fighting ruler as the highest moral model. One can publish how many caricatures most of the war fighting ruler Constantine who won on the battlefields and created the first Christian kingdom but no Christian would care. But if you publish caricatures of the war fighting ruler Muhammad who won the battlefields and created the first Muslim kingdom, it will be riots in the Muslim world and you have to live with police protection for the rest of your life so that you are not killed by any militant Islamist.
Christianity was introduced into the Roman Empire by Emperor Constantine and before the advent of Islam, all countries around the Mediterranean were Christians. The Muslim armies managed to conquer the former Christian countries of the Middle East, North Africa, Spain, and penetrate France, where they were, however, stopped in the Battle of Poitiers in 732. Over time, a border emerged between Islam and Christianity, where the dry, hot and poor countries of the south became Muslim while the cooler and forest-rich countries in the north remained Christians. The forest saved Christianity. This is because war is not only won by brave and aggressive warriors who perform heroic warfare on the battlefield but also by hardworking workers who manufacture weapons, and for workers who manufacture weapons, forest was an important asset. Before the 19th century, when developing methods for producing iron with coal, charcoal made from forest was an important prerequisite for iron production. It required large amounts of charcoal to make iron and most of the workforce required for iron production worked in the forests to produce charcoal. With large forests one could make a lot of charcoal and produce more iron, whereby more warriors could be equipped not only with weapons but also with armor. More iron is required if you are to equip a weapon with both arms and armor. Thanks to the armor, the Christian warriors became more invulnerable and could defeat the Muslim invaders. One can say that the Christians, through hard work on charcoal production in the forests, defeated the brave Muslim warriors. Access to forest promoted a religion such as Christianity that was better at getting people to cooperate and help each other and thereby work and manufacture weapons while lack of forest promoted religions that could bring forth strong and aggressive warriors who could perform heroic warfare on the battlefields.
Christianity cannot eliminate violence only to counteract it, which is why there are also Christians who have fought and committed acts of violence. A prerequisite for a religion to be established is that there are rulers who believe in it and in the past it was the battlefields that decided who became ruler. If Christianity had eliminated violence, Christian civilization had not existed and Christianity existed as a minor sect. Any attempt to create a Christian civilization in any country had then been thwarted by believers to a doctrine prepared to practice violence had conquered the country. Before Constantine, the Christians were a small minority. It was Constantine who, by winning the battlefields and conquering power as a Roman ruler, could create a society based on the Christian doctrine where Christianity dominated. Many became Christians because one of God, through victories in war selected rulers, advocated the new religion. The strength of the doctrine of violence is that they can inspire the followers of the heroic deeds on the battlefields required to conquer and defend the kingdoms and so that religion / ideology can thus become state-bearing. Examples of this are communism which, through the belief that the violence in the form of armed revolution and the dictatorship of the proletariat through war in a short time, managed to create a great empire in Eastern Europe and northern Asia. Communism collapsed in Eastern Europe because more and more people realized that violence teaches poverty and misery, and the group needed to preserve the regimes became too small. The strength of a non-violence religion such as Christianity is that it can make people cooperate and help each other instead of fighting each other, which means that through their work they create better living conditions.
Our society is built on Christian ethics. However, the myths of the identity liberals that it is intolerant to consider that non-Christians do not have the same ethics as Christians and that the success of Western civilization is due to slavery and colonialism, means that many do not see Christian values as particularly valuable. However, without Christianity, Western civilization had not become so successful and created the society with better living conditions that we have today. The identity liberals claim of slavery and colonialism as the basis for our prosperity is wrong. By portraying Christian Western Europe as an exceptionally evil civilization, they creates an image of Christianity as an evil religion. It was the abolition of slavery that was the basis of the success of Western civilization, a succes that also created colonialism. Slavery and slave trade were banned in Sweden in 1335. In Europe, Christian values meant that slavery was abolished in the Middle Ages, the age when the Christian church had the greatest influence. This gave rise to technological development and created conditions for today's society with better living conditions and a higher standard of living. Before Sweden was Christianized, a large part of the income from the Vikings' ravages was to take prisoners to be sold as slaves. These incomes and the merit of forcing slaves to work were abstained. By replacing the slave market with the labor market, the person who performs the work gets paid to work instead of being forced to work. By developing their professional skills, new production methods, etc. the worker can give a greater value of his work and thus the opportunity to get more paid for it. This creates a development of working methods and technology in order to maximize results, which creates a technical and economic development. However, after the Middle Ages, the power of the church decreased and the royal power was strengthened. The need for cheap labor to the colonies in America led to European kingdom begin to buy slaves from the slave-exporting rulers in Africa who have long been exporting slaves to North Africa and the Middle East. However, slavery in Europe was not reintroduced, which would have been devastating for the development of society in Europe. The fact that African rulers exported slaves was due to the fact that in Africa it was impossible to tax agriculture in the same way as in Europe. The lack of growing seasons meant that the food was produced at the same rate as they were consumed, so that there was no surplus that a ruler could collect from as tax. However, rulers could gain incomes by imprisoning people and exporting them as slaves. The incoms were used to support the army needed to create the kingdoms and capture prisoners for slave exports. That other parts of the world did not receive a corresponding development which in Europe can be due to the fact that in many parts of the world there is a slave owner as a prophet and the highest moral model and therefore did not see slavery as something negative that must be abolished and thus missed the social development that we got in our part of the world. Slavery existed in the Muslim world long into the nineteenth century and in 1801 Sweden, in alliance with the United States, went to war against the Barbarian States in North Africa as we did not want to accept that Swedes were sold as slaves in their slave markets.
Colonialism, that European rulers managed to conquer empires that stretched all over the world is due to the technological advances in Europe giving them access to better weapons. All rulers of the past not only our westerns attempted to conquer as large kingdoms as possible. The Macedonian King Alexander was greatly admired because he succeeded in conquering a kingdom stretching from Greece to Pakistan in the 300s before Christ. Muslim rulers conquered former Christian territories in the Middle East and North Africa and created a caliphate extending from Spain to Pakistan, but failed to conquer Europe and creted a Kalift that stretrched from Spain to Pakistan. That colonialism was exceptionally evil is contradicted, for example by the fact that many millions there killed and taken as slaves when the Muslims from the 7th century onwards conquered India (Youtube video). In the 18th century, the British took with Indian soldiers equipped with British weapons India from the Muslims without a similar carnage. It was the war against slavery that created the British Empire (Youtube video, & Youtube video). The North American War of Independence of 1775–1783, through which the United States became independent, led the British to lose most of its American slave colonies. Thus, the British had no greater interest in slavery, but could instead strengthen their power by becoming a moral great power and fighting against slavery. Slavery in England and the British Isles had ceased since the Middle Ages when Wilhelm the Conqueror in the 11th century had banned slave trade. Slave owners in Jamaica who were reimbursed to release the slaves, but had left the US southern states in the empire had the cost of replacing slave slaves for free slaves to be much larger. Those who were hit hardest by British warships hunting slave ships were the slave-exporting rulers of Africa who lost their export earnings and thus could not maintain the armies they needed to defend their kingdoms, which led Europeans to conquer and divide Africa.
In order to manifest Christianity's greatest contribution to the development of society, the abolition of slavery, the Church of Sweden should set up a holiday for thanksgiving over our far-sighted Christian ancestors who already abolished slavery in the Middle Ages. When it was done in the Middle Ages when Sweden was part of the Catholic Church, it can be done ecumenically in collaboration with the Catholic. To celebrate the abolition of slavery in the Middle Ages and its importance in creating the society that we have today is therefore important for getting people to understand that left myths are wrong and thus creating a picture of Christianity as a good religion. Gratitude to our ancestors as a result of Christian faith discontinued slavery has provided better living conditions for anyone living in Sweden regardless of membership in the Swedish Church, which is why this should be a matter for everyone.Erik Levlin 2018-12-26