Below is paper I’ve been working on for a while. I hope it helps clear the air.
What is Christianity?
If you took a poll today of what people thought about Christians and Christianity, you would get a variety of answers. From what it really is, to some twisted version that has been warped by the telephone game and willful interpretations. I’m writing this to reveal the truth to anyone who is willing to listen.
Christianity isn’t going to church on Sundays, and it isn’t a lack of substance abuse and swearing. Christianity may include these things, but they are not the heart. There are lots of good people out there who don’t do these things that aren’t Christian. The term Christian was used to describe the early church. It means little Christ. A true Christian is just that their behavior, words and attitude all reflect Jesus. So, Jesus is what we would consider the ultimate Christian.
Now let’s back up a little bit to the beginning of time. In the beginning, God created the heavens, earth and all that was in them (including us), and it was good. There was no sin, thus no death, and everything existed in perfect harmony with God. God put us in charge of the Earth and all that was in it, and His only rule was to not eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Well guess what? Our Great Grandparents Adam and Eve ate from the Tree and introduce sin into the world, and passed it down to all their children. Have you ever noticed how no one has to show a small child how to misbehave? It comes naturally, they inherit that trait.
So, what does this mean? Sin is breaking the rules, God’s rules. God is perfect and can only accept perfect. Even our best efforts are like filthy rags compared to him. Sin breaks our connection with God, thus making it to where we can no longer commune with him.
God never wanted for this to happen, but it did. So he set a plan in motion, a plan that would enable us His children, (for we are the children of Adam who is the first human son of God), to be reunited with Him. Now the wages of sin, the punishment, the required payment is death. So in order for us to be acceptable to God, we had to have a substitute, a guilt offering. In the beginning animals were used (and not just any animal would do, it had to be perfect, without blemish), and their blood covered over the individuals sins. The sin was still there, but they were masked by the animal’s blood. The problem with this is it was only temporary, and if you sinned again a new sacrifice must be made.
God wanted more for us than this. He wanted a deep connection like he had with Adam in the garden, to literally walk and talk with us. So He sent Jesus His only begotten son. A child conceived by His Spirit, fully God and fully man, the perfect human, no sin, without blemish. Jesus walked the earth for thirty three years. His latter three years He began to teach the world about the kingdom of God. He took on twelve disciples, of whom eleven would be the leaders of the church, to spread the good news of the Gospel. At the end of His life He was seized, beaten, insulted, hung on the cross, the sins of all man-kind were placed on His shoulders, and He died, thus making the payment for all the sins of the world, to not just cover them, but to wash them away. This is why Jesus is the only way to heaven. All other religions are built on earning your way into heaven. But like I previously alluded to, no amount of good deeds can erase our sins only the blood of Christ can do that.
So, what do we make of all this. If Jesus made the payment, does that mean we’re off the hook? Yes and no. If we read Genesis 15:6 it says 6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. Romans 10:9 says 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. So the key to salvation is belief, belief in Jesus and the fact God raised Him from the dead.
But what about those who choose not to believe? Well that’s the sad part in all this. God is not only a loving God. He is also a just God. Sin must be punished. The blood of Christ is the only thing that can satisfy this requirement. In the end, those who don’t accept God’s free gift are ultimately choosing Hell.
So in summary, Christianity is all about Jesus. Belief in everything the Bible says about Him, the study of His words, and the mirroring of His life, to know Him and to know God in a personal way. God is not just some all powerful being that made the world and has no interest in it. God is all powerful, He did make the world, He made us, and He made you. God cares deeply about you and wants to be involved in your life and spend eternity with you. John 3:16 says 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.