The Essence of Christianity
The Bible describes Christians as people who have received a new birth and a new identity, as the result of the work of God’s Holy Spirit.
Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, and that by faith in him and following his teachings they can inherit eternal life. They also believe that Jesus died for the sins of the world, was buried, and rose from the dead.
Christianity is a major religion with more than 1.3 billion members worldwide. It is the third largest religious group, behind Islam and Hinduism.
Founded in the late first century, Christianity is based on the story of Jesus. It is a faith in the person and teachings of Jesus, which emphasizes the importance of love and compassion toward others.
In the beginning, christians believed that Jesus was the Messiah, or the messenger sent by God to free his people from slavery and suffering. They also believed that Jesus would return to earth and establish his kingdom, or rule over the world.
Early Christians were a diverse group, and the essence of their faith was difficult to define. Nevertheless, they maintained that their faith tradition was fundamentally monotheistic.
They also emphasized the importance of baptism, which symbolized repentance and turning to God. They hoped that one day Christ would return to the world to set up his kingdom, and they organized their faith in the form of a church (Greek: ecclesia).