Caring for the Poor was Key to the Early Church’s Exponential Growth
On that first Easter morning in the year 33, Christianity was little more than a fringe Jewish movement consisting of 12 dudes huddled in a room in Jerusalem. By the year 350, however, there were almost 34 million Christians in the world.
What was the reason for this explosive growth?
Many scholars attribute Christianity’s exponential growth during this period to early Christians’ compassionate treatment of the poor.
In the Roman world, all religious groups took care of their own. They were generous toward their families and toward members of their own religion.
Christians, however, were revolutionary in that they extended their help and generosity to the poor of every race, caste, and creed. In so doing, they attracted massive throngs of people to their way of life.