The Basics of Christianity
Christianity is the world’s largest religion, with over 2.18 billion people identifying as Christians. This faith tradition focuses on Jesus Christ and has consistently rejected polytheism. Thousands of different churches, sects and denominations make up the modern Christian community, which varies widely in beliefs, practices and attitudes.
Despite the diversity, there are some common themes that are found throughout the Christian tradition: believers believe that God created and loves them; they must share the Gospel (good news) about Jesus with others; they must obey only biblical teachings; and they must live holy lives. They also believe that the Holy Spirit indwells them and daily conforms them to the image of Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18).
The Scriptures that tell the story of Jesus and offer guidance for Christians are called the “New Testament.” Several books in this collection, written in the 1st century AD, include accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus. These are called the Gospels. Other New Testament writings, called epistles, are letters written by early church leaders.
Deliverance, Casting Out Demons, Healing the Sick, Miracle Healing
One of the most important and controversial issues within Christianity is healing, especially miraculous healing. Many Christians claim that Jesus healed the sick and even raised the dead. The Bible teaches that believers are to pray for the sick and believe that God will heal them. When God heals the sick, it is a great sign that He has come to save His people from sin and death.