CRUCIAL EVENTS OF HISTORY
In the course of human history there have been several pivotal events that have caused man to be what he is today. For example, it would be difficult to imagine what America would be like had the South won the Civil War. To me the most amazing circumstances of man’s story can be divided into history’s fortunes and tragedies as follows:
Zoroastrian Influence on Judaism The Crucifixion of Christ
560 - 350 B.C. 27 A.D.
Christianity’s Entry into Europe The Burning of the Library
50 A.D. of Alexandria, 642 A.D.
Arabic Influence on the Crusaders The Catholic Inquisition
1095 - 1270 A.D. 1200 - 1500 A.D.
Protection of Martin Luther by The Mongol Request for
the Ruler of Saxony Missionaries Rejected
1520 A.D. 1275 A.D.
Success of the American Revolution The Chinese Opium Wars
1781 A.D. 1839- 1842 A.D.
League of Nations Failure
How different things would be if these “chance” happenings had yielded reverse results! Of course, the Crucifixion must remain the chief tragedy of history, but it was part of God’s paradoxical nature to make it into history’s most fortunate event as well. The very term for “crucial” events has reference to the “cross.”
Richard L. Atkins