Christianity Christianity

There are several denominations of the Christian faith. However all Christian Churches share in common a belief that God is the creator and sustainer of all life.

Christianity is the most popular religion in the world. Christians are people who believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. He came to earth as a man to restore the relationship between humans and God which had gone wrong.

Beliefs

Christians believe that during Jesus' life he had shown people how to be reconciled to God and to each other.

Jesus' death and resurrection was a form of atonement for the actions of humans and restored them to their correct relationship with God.

They believe life should be lived according to the example of Jesus Christ by:

- Loving God

- Loving fellow human beings as one loves oneself

- Sharing the Christian message

Christians also believe they have only one life. This life is judged after death by the way it was lived. Heaven is where the soul resides if one has lived a good life. While eternal punishment awaits in Hell for those who lead a bad life. Whether 'heaven' and 'hell' literally exists is hotly debated in some theological circles.

Christian Worship

Christian worship involves praising God in music, speech, readings from scripture, prayers of various sorts, a sermon and various holy ceremonies.

While worship is often thought of only as "services" in which Christians come together in a group, individual Christians can worship God on their own, and in any place.Styles of Worship

Different churches, even within the same denomination, will use very different styles of worship. Some will be elaborate with a choir singing to music played by a band or organist, in others the congregation will sing simpler hymns or worship songs.

Some churches leave much of the action to the minister, while others encourage great congregational participation.

All churches encourage the full participation of the congregation in praising God with heart, mind and soul.

The Holy Book

The Bible is the Holy Book. This is divided into the Old Testament, which incorporates the Hebrew Bible, and the New Testament.

It details the life of Jesus and a selection of beliefs and writings of the early church.

Prayer

Prayer is the means by which Christians communicate with their God.

The New Testament records that Jesus taught his disciples how to pray and that he encouraged them to address God as "Father".

Whilst prayer is often directed to God as Father, as taught by Jesus, some traditions encourage prayer to God through intermediaries such as saints and martyrs.

Prayers through Mary, as the mother of God are central to some churches and form a traditional part of their worship.

There are several denominations of the Christian faith however all the Christians share in common beliefs.

The Roman Catholic Church

Baptist

Methodist

Seventh-day Adventist

Orthodox

To learn about Christianity you can go to the following links or perform your own research:

http://home.christianity.com/

http://www.vatican.va/

http://geneva.rutgers.edu/src/christianity/

 

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