Reflections on the Holy Scripture

There are a few things that you should know about what Christianity is about. This page outlines the doctrine of Christianity, or the very base of what we believe. Specific, less-central beliefs often vary from one denomination to another depending on how one interprets the Bible. These are also discussed as briefly as possible, without neglecting important details, to reduce the chance of confusion.

There is One Almighty God

Simply, there is one, single, all-powerful God is known as the Creator of Earth and the Universe. God in Christianity is loving, holy, righteous, and just. He also exists in three persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. God that is ruler and Creator of the entire universe. He is infinitely loving and just; He is perfect and without sin, and He cannot be in the presence of sin. God is all that is good. He has revealed Himself to us through miracles, the Bible, and prophets of the past. There is no other god but Him.

The Bible is God's Word

The The Bible is the holy text of Christianity. It is inspired by God, therefore infallible, and it is the base of all Christian doctrine. See Bible. Bible, the basis of all Christian doctrine, is the Word of God. This means quite a few things. It is God's message to humanity and individuals; we are to read and study it in order to learn from Him. The Bible is infallible, meaning it has no faults. We as Christians are to follow and obey the Bible and recognize it as our divine instruction.

Everyone Has Sinned

Every human who has ever existed has Sin is a disobedience to God and His standard. Sin ultimately causes death or loss of spiritual life. Sin must be paid in this way, and , who lived a completely sinless life, paid the price though He wasn't deserving of it. See Getting Saved sinned—in other words, all have committed some sort of wrong against God. As such, we have all died a spiritual death, meaning we are eternally separated from God. After our physical death on Earth, that means we have an eternity in Hell is a place of eternal separation from God. Those who do not accept the sacrifice of Jesus will be thrown into Hell and suffer eternally. See Heaven and Hell Hell before us.

Scripture: Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23

There is a Savior

God is a just God, but he is also a loving God. He does not want any of His people to exist apart from Him. So, He sent His begotten Son, Jesus is the begotten Son of God who came to earth some time ago, died, and rose from the dead so that every person may be forgiven of sin. Jesus is known by many names throughout the Bible, such as Messiah, Son of Man, Immanuel, and Prince of Peace. Jesus is alive today and capable of doing great works as He did in the past. Jesus Christ, to bear the burden of everyone's sins; yours, mine, and everyone's past, present, and future sins were carried on Jesus's shoulders as He was put to death. Jesus in having shed innocent blood has washed us clean and taken the punishment on Himself. In this way, we may not have to know the infinite punishment of sin. For more, see here.

Scripture: 1 John 1:9, John 3:16

Jesus is Resurrected

Though Jesus was crucified and died for the salvation of mankind, He did not remain dead. After three days in the "heart of the Earth", He was resurrected and lived on the Earth once again for a short time. Afterward, He ascended into Heaven is where Christians who have accepted Jesus's sacrifice will go and live eternally. In Heaven, there will be no sadness or pain or suffering. See Heaven and Hell Heaven. Thus, Jesus is alive today and able still to perform works in our lives, and we are able to worship a living Savior. The resurrection of Jesus shows His power over death and sin, and because of His victory we can rejoice!

Jesus is God

The Bible calls Jesus God's begotten Son. So, sort of how people beget other people and rabbits beget other rabbits, Jesus, God's begotten Son, is God Himself. Both the Father and the Son have always existed; God the Father did not come before or create Jesus.

There is only one God. However, God the Father and Jesus the Son are different "persons". One way to attempt to explain this is by looking at a triangle; a triangle is a single shape, but there are three distinct sides. Similarly, Jesus and the Father are a single God, but separate persons. The Holy Spirit is also a part of this triangle.

In reality, there is no way for us to truly comprehend this relationship. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all a single God, and yet they are not the same. God truly is beyond human understanding.

Scripture: 1 John 5:1, Hebrews 1:3

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a third person of God, the person who spiritually lives within us. When someone accepts Jesus as their Savior, the Holy Spirit lives inside them to help guide the believer closer into a relationship with God for the rest of his or her life on Earth. The Holy Spirit also acts as a conscience, correcting us when we sin and steering us in the right direction.

Scripture: John 14:26, Acts 1:8

Grace Saves Us

Ultimately, it is through God's grace that we are saved. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, God forgives us for all of our sins of the past, present, and future. We are not guilty for anything we have or ever will commit against God. While we are saved, we are still sinners at heart, so there will be times when we mess up. It is through Him that we are granted eternal life in Heaven. Thank God we're forgiven!

The Church's Mission

The Church includes every Christian. When you choose to believe in the sacrifice of Jesus and accept Him as your Savior, then you become a part of the Church and its mission. As Christians, we are called to minister to others and give them the knowledge of God's sacrifice. As a body, we must also strive to live the example that Christ lived while He walked the earth.

The Rapture and Christ's Second Coming

At the end of time there will be a seven-year period called the 70th Week of Daniel. Before this, all believers on Earth will be taken to Heaven by God so they may escape the judgment of the The three and a half year period in the End Times in which God releases His wrath upon the world. Great Tribulation. This future event is known as the Rapture. Once the Tribulation has ended, Jesus will return to Earth set up His Kingdom to reign for a thousand years.

New Heaven and Earth

God will replace the current Heaven and Earth with a new set. It is in this new Heaven and Earth that those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ will live for eternity with God. This new life with God will far exceed our current existence, for there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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