E150 Heroism: How did a defeated Messiah conquer the World?
Heroes. We all have them. But what determines the heroes of a given culture? In short, what is deemed heroic is based upon what a culture values. Prior to the life of Jesus, heroes were people who had the power to conquer and dominate others. Men like Alexander the Great and Augustus Caesar come to mind. However, the cross of Christ changed everything. Jesus replaced brutality with love, and pride with meekness, and domination of others with self-sacrificing service. His example transformed our whole concept of heroic behavior and the world is a better place because of it!
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