Christianity is a religion built around the teachings of Jesus Christ who they call the son of God. Christianity is the most popular Western religion in the world.
Christianity is a monotheistic religion that began shortly after the death of Jesus Christ in approximately AD 33. The followers of Christianity are known as Christians and believe that through Jesus Christ they receive eternal life.
The one belief that all divisions of Christianity share is that Jesus is the Son of God and that he came to fulfill the messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. With the death and resurrection of Jesus, anyone who believes in Him will have eternal life in Heaven. The gift of Jesus is free and all one has to do is believe in Him.
According to Christianity Jesus led a sinless life which is what enables humans with a sin nature to be redeemed and allowed to be seen before God. Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary and conceived by the Holy Spirit so he did not inherit the 'original Sin' that all other humans possess.
Paul the Apostle, an early Christian convert, wrote:
"And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."
1 Corinthians 15:17-22
The death and resurrection of Jesus are the most important events in Christian Theology, as they form the point in scripture where Jesus gives his ultimate demonstration that he has power over life and death and thus the ability to give people eternal life.
To Christians, the Bible is regarded as the book of life written by man, inspired by Holy Spirit. Because of this inspiration through the Holy Spirit it is highly regarded as the absolute truth towards eternal life.
The Bible is broken into two main sections: The Old Testament and the New Testament.
The Old Testament deals with the history of God's children, the Israelites, and outlines a number of stories and prophecies.
The New Testament is centered around Jesus and his teachings. It explains his word and how one may enter into the Kingdom of God, Heaven.
Heaven and Hell
Christians believe that after this life we are then judged and depending on our faith in Jesus, either go to eternal Heaven or eternal Hell. They believe that we are all have a soul that will move on to a place of eternal rest once our physical bodies die here on Earth.
Christians believe that Hell is ruled by the Devil, who is a fallen angel, and that he purposefully attempts to deceive and manipulate people into his ways and ultimately Hell.
Salvation through Faith
Christianity teaches that people are saved through their faith in Jesus Christ alone, rather than the works that they accomplish here on Earth. Contrary to most other religions and belief systems, they don't think you can work you way into Heaven by solely doing good deeds. The only way into Heaven, according to Christian theology, is through belief and faith Jesus Christ.
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