Sunday, April 02, 2006

What is Christianity?

One of the earliest statements of Christian belief reads like this in its standard English translation (don’t let the slightly old fashioned language put you off):

We believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of all things visible and

and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten of the
Father, that is, of the substance of the Father, God of God, light of light,
true God of true God, begotten not made, of the same substance with the Father,
through whom all things were made both in heaven and on earth;

for us men and our salvation descended, was incarnate, and was made man,
suffered and rose again the third day, ascended into heaven and cometh to judge
the living and the dead.

And in the Holy Ghost.

Christianity is a way of life that is based on certain beliefs about the nature of God. More specifically, it is a way of life based on believing the New Testament accounts of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Basic Christian belief includes an understanding that God exists as one God. God also exists as three related beings – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three beings are united as one God, yet they exist as three distinct divine beings.

If Christianity is true then everyone should follow the Christian way of life. If it is false or if truth doesn’t matter then Christians are very foolish people.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the basic message that Christians try to spread to all people. You can read about it here.
Christianity has a distinctive contribution in the world of ethics and morality. Christians believe that God has given the world guidance on how to live life to the full. This guidance is found in the writings that make up the Old Testament and the New Testament.

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