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What is christianity

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   What is Christianity?  Christianity is a religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the son of God and is the savior of all humans. Jesus is part of the holy trinity, which consists of the father or god, the son or jesus and the holy spirit. They are separate but one.
Jesus was crucified for our sins, rose from the dead and it is believed that he will come back to save us all. It is believed that he who believes in him will get eternal life. Jesus of course was jewish. Jesus is the messiah foretold in the jewish scriptures. In fact christianity is the culmination of judaism.
Those who do not believe will be condemned to an eternal hell. This seems a little extreme to me and I am hoping that non believers are not treated so badly.
   Christianity is the largest religion in the world with over 2 billion followers and is in virtually every country. Christians are basically three different groups. Catholics, eastern orthodox and protestants.
  The bible is the holy book. It is the foundation of christianity and christians believe it is the word of god. Unfortunately there are some irreconcilable differences among the different christian groups about the core tenets of christianity. For me when someone asks what is christianity, I take a very simple approach to christianity. Jesus is the son of god, he died for our sins and he will come back. Try to live by the “what would jesus do philosophy. I think jesus is about love and compassion. Everything else well, whatever. There is too much hatred and jealousy etc. in the world. We humans have a lot of faults, but isn’t that what going to church is all about. Acknowledging our faults and wanting to work on them and be more jesus like. I like to think so.
  Christians believe that God annointed jesus as our savior and that his coming and death was prophesized by the old testament.  Jesus was put on earth by God as a human. So he felt the same emotions as us including pain. When he rose from the dead he was God.
  Jesus was born from the holy spirit and was given birth by Mary. Little is known about him until his adult life. Mostly toward the end of his life.
  Although christmas and the birth of christ is probably most celebrated, Easter or when he rises from the dead is considered the most important event in christianity.
    Christianity is not so much do’s and don’ts of what is right and wrong etc. as much as it is a walk with god. So what is christianity, it is a close walk with god. It is cultivating a relationship with god. This relationship is made possible by the work of Jesus Christ and  the ministry of the holy spirit. What is christianity well christians believe that we humans were made specifically to have a relationship with god. But sin separate man from god. Jesus died on the cross for our sins. This act erased all of the sin debt we owed and repaired the broken relationship we had with god.
   What is christianity, well christians believe that in order to be saved and enter into heaven one must place ones faith entirely in the finished work of christ on the cross. Christians believe that Jesus died in our place and paid the price for our sins,  and this saves us. You or I or anyone cannot do anything to buy our way into heaven or salvation. We cannot be nice enough or generous enough. There is nothing we can do because we are all sinners. We cannot do anything because there is nothing else to be done. Jesus did all the work for us. When Jesus was on the cross he stated that “it is finished”. Meaning the work of redemption was complete. What is christianity, according to christians salvation is freedom from the old sin nature, and the freedom to pursue a right relationship with god. Walking with god.  We can have fellowship with god and have control over our sin nature.
   Christians will be in a constant struggle with sin as long as they are in these simple bodies on earth. However christians can have victory in the constant struggle with sin by studying and applying gods word in there every day lives. Like I was saying, be a better person every day, or at least try to.
    Jesus proved to us who he was by his deeds while he was here on earth. He healed people, created abundance, raised people from the dead. He did these things to show us what his world is like. Which is full of joy, has no jealousy or death, or suffering. It is heaven.
   What is christianity, it is the belief that Jesus came to earth as a man, died for our sins and rose from his death to sit on the side of god. All it takes is belief.
    Jesus was baptized by john the baptist. It is a very important moment in the church. Most christians today get baptized. It is basically saying yes I am a believer in God and christianity. To be a christian means justification. Or being right with god. Anyone can be a christian, if you are right with him you are a christian.
  Well this is a very brief explanation of what christianity is and it is by no means the perfect description. I am sure many religious scholars will be horrified by this article. But I find we get way to caught up in the details with this. What is it to be a christian? What do you personally want to get out of it. For me it is about love. It is about becoming a better person, a more compassionate person. So I guess if you ask what is christianity it is love and  joy.
   Please remember I am not a religious scholar, just a man who is trying to live a good christian life. It is always a struggle, but hopefully every day I become a better person, a better christian.

 

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