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Jesus Christ and his apostles taught a gospel of love.[1] For example, the New Testament teaches that a husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25).

Jesus Christ and his apostles taught a gospel of love.[2] For example, the New Testament teaches that a husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). See also: Agape

In his article The Triumph of the Gospel of Love, Monk Themistocles (Adamopoulo) wrote:

It is generally agreed by scholars and saints that the teaching of "love" and charity represent one of the essential dimensions of the Gospel of Jesus and the Gospel of Paul. Accordingly, from the extant words and parables of Jesus many concern themselves with the message of love. For example on the Sunday of Meat Fare, from the Gospel of Matthew, we hear Jesus identifying Himself and in solidarity with the destitute, the suffering, the rejected and the oppressed, calling for and rewarding altruistic philanthropy:

"... I was hungry and you fed me, when I was thirsty you gave me drink, when I was a stranger you took me in, when naked you clothed me, when I was ill you came to my help, when in prison you visited me ... I tell you this anything you did for one of my brothers here, however humble, you did it for me." (Matt 25:35-36, 40)...

Christians undertook a great deal of almsgiving to the poor not only to fellow believers but to pagans as well. So amazed was the anti-Christian pagan emperor Julian the Apostate (361-363 AD), with the sheer benevolence and excellence of Christian philanthropy that he was forced to admit in wonder their superiority over paganism in matters of charity:

"These godless Galileans (ie. Christians) feed not only their own poor but ours: our poor lack our care" (Ep. Sozom. 5:16).[3]

Most Christians live outside the Western World where divorce rates are lower

Hong Kong Christians at Gateway Camp. In 2005, there were four times as many non-Western World Christians as there were Western World Christians.[4] (photo obtained from Flickr, see license agreement)

See also: Global Christianity

Global Christianity

Christianity is the world's largest religion and it has seen tremendous growth over its 2000-year history.[5] Christianity has recently seen explosive growth outside the Western World.[6] In 2000, there were twice as many non-Western Christians as Western Christians.[7] In 2005, there were four times as many non-Western Christians as there were Western World Christians.[8] There are now more non-Western missionaries than Western missionaries.[9]

In 2012, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) reported that every day there are 800 less atheists per day, 1,100 less non-religious (agnostic) people per day and 83,000 more people professing to be Christians per day.[10][11]

In 2011, the American Spectator declared concerning research published in the International Bulletin of Missionary Research:

The report estimates about 80,000 new Christians every day, 79,000 new Muslims every day, and 300 fewer atheists every day. These atheists are presumably disproportionately represented in the West, while religion is thriving in the Global South, where charismatic Christianity is exploding."[12]

For more information, please see: Global Christianity

Developing countries and lower divorce rates

Developing countries have lower divorce rates than countries in the Western World.[13]

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