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Christianity

Overview
- monotheistic and evangelistic faith that is centered on the life and
teachings of Jesus Christ
- The Trinity is often regarded as an essential doctrine of Christianity.
Trinity states that there is one God that exists as three Persons –
Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. "Father, Son and Holy Spirit"
represents both the immanence and transcendence of God.
- The disciples were first called "Christians"
- The World’s largest religion
God(s):
- Jesus as the Son of God and the Messiah or Christ
- Christians generally believe that Jesus is God incarnate and "true God
and true man" (or both fully divine and fully human
- Jesus, having become fully human in all respects, suffered the pains
and temptations of a mortal man, yet he did not sin. As fully God, he
defeated death and rose to life again.
- According to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, Jesus was conceived by
the Holy Spirit and born from the Virgin Mary
- Within the body of Christian beliefs, the death and resurrection of Jesus
are two core events on which much of Christian doctrine and theology
depend.
- According to The New Testament, Jesus, the central figure of
Christianity, was crucified, died, buried within a tomb, and resurrected
three days later
Scriptures:
- Christianity regards the Bible, a collection of canonical books in two
parts (the Old Testament and the New Testament), as authoritative
- Protestant Christians believe that the Bible contains all revealed truth
necessary for salvation
Beliefs
- Trinitarians: believe in the concept of Trinity
- Non-Trinitarians: don’t believe that god exists as three distinct
persons in one being
- Roman Catholics & Protestants are separate divisions of
Christianity
- Christians assemble for communal worship on Sunday, the day of the
resurrection, though other liturgical practices often occur outside this
setting
- Scripture readings are drawn from the Old and New Testaments, but
especially the Gospels
- Instruction is given based on these readings, called a sermon
- a variety of congregational prayers, including thanksgiving, confession,
and intercession, which occur throughout the service
- Christians believe salvation is a gift by means of the unmerited grace
of God. Christians believe that, through faith in Jesus, one can be saved
from sin and eternal death