The Major Belief Systems In Christianity
Christians believe that there is only one God, whom is called Father. He is a Trinity of Father,
Son, and the Holy Spirit. God created the universe, knows everything, loves everyone unconditionally, and people are able to communicate with God through prayer.
Christians teach that Jesus was both human and divine. As a human being he was perfectly respectful
to God the Father, and Christians believe they are suppose to follow his example. As a divine being, he
was not another god but a visible incarnation of the one God. He is called the Son of God, the
Word of God, or the Image of God as a way of describing his divine origin and nature,
and his relationship with God the Father
Christianity teaches that Jesus was raised, or resurrected, on the third day after his death on the cross, and forty days later rose to heaven, where he lives and reigns with God. Christians worship Jesus and pray to him. He is not physically visible now, but is still present wherever his followers gather. Christians expect Jesus to return at some future date to judge humanity and usher in a golden age.
Christianity also teaches that there are invisible beings that can influence individuals and events. Created by God, they can be either good angels or bad demons. Angels are often described in the Bible as messengers from God, frequently delivering their messages to people in dreams. Demons are thought to be rebellious angels, led by a fallen angel who was once called Lucifer, meaning "bearer of light." Now he is called the Devil or Satan, meaning "adversary."
Christianity teaches that God hates sin and will punish the wrongdoer. It is natural for all humans to sin, so all people risk separation from God, the source of all life and love. This cuts us off from God and we suffer anxiety and despair in an insignificant and unhappy life. We become hateful toward others and ourselves, inflicting pain on each other and on the rest of creation.
Christians also believe that human existence does not end at physical death. There is a world to come, and the consequences of sin will follow humans there. As the judge of all, God will assess each individual's relationship to Christ people risk a sentence of eternal punishment and spiritual death, forever separated from God.
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